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Gage Line

Last updated July 15, 2019 by Developer TIN Structures.developer.in@trimble.com

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Gage Line

Use Gage Line for creating construction lines representing bolt gages on Angle (L) sections. This make easy for snap points for inserting other  members or bolts on the already inserted member.

How to locate

The installers are available at Transmission Tower Collection. After installing, Gage Line come under Transmission Tower Collection in the Applications & components. Or else search for Gage Line in Applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation

&components. Icon for Gage Line as shown below.
 

Usage

Input for this extension:

Clicking on the icon ask for pick angle section. Pick angle section. Based on the gage values provided in the dialog, it creates construction lines.

Double click on Gage Line icon or inserted component itself open the Gage Line dialog.

Gage Line Dialog

 

Field Description
1 Start extension allows user to trim or extend gage line at start of member.
2 End extension allows user to trim or extend gage line at end of member.
3 Gage distances at start allows user to enter absolute values of gage at start of member. Copy arrow allows to copy the values to Gage distance at end, if  gages are unchanged .
4 Gage distances at end allows user to enter absolute values of gage at end of member. Copy arrow allows to copy the values to Gage distance at start, if  gages are unchanged.
5 Gage Line Options allows to create gage line on both legs or one of  either legs.
6 Gage Line type can be a construction line or part. When using Part option, lines are made of 'ROD1' profile,  sothat the lines visible in drawings. Name is 'Dummy'. It allows to filter out from reports.
7 Line color can be changed from here, this get activate when the Gage line type is construction lines.
8 Class can be changed from here, this get activate when the Gage line type is  part.

Sample Output

 

Unequal Gages:

 
If different gage values are required on two legs. Then switch off lines on one leg (say leg1). Then apply the plugincomponent that is developed using Tekla Open API

Plugin is a .dll file and loaded inside Tekla Structures process.

Plugins can be started from the applications and components catalog.

one more time and switch off lines on  the other leg (say leg2)

Direct Manipulation Features

The Gage Line is equipped with direct manipulation features. This get enabled by activating the following 'Direct Modificationfunction that activates the mode where the model objects can be modified by using handles

Direct modification enables additional handles and modification options.

(D)' switch.
 

Contextual Toolbar:

Contextual toolbarfloating toolbar that contains commands for modifying the most common object properties

The user can customize the contextual toolbar.

The term mini toolbar is used in Tekla Structures until version 21.1.

is a mini toolbar which gets opened once click on component in 'Select Components' and click on cubic button as shown below. Please make sure that the Direct Modification (D) switch is active. This enable user to change frequently used attributes very ease with out opening extension dialog.

 

Distance Manipulators

After selecting Gage Line component in 'Select Components' distance manipulators gets activated. The distances displayed can be edited directly. For the gages, please make sure that the arrow activated (yellow) is pointing away from heel.
 

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