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Last updated September 28, 2016 by Steel Extensions tekla.extensions-steel@trimble.com

Software version: 
Not version-specific
Not environment-specific




Purpose and description
System Requirements
Installing Offset
Using Offset
Application properties
Additional information

Purpose and description

Offset component is similar to the copy-offset command for lines in many 2D CAD applications. This allows users to quickly copy at an offset distance any beam framing geometry in plan views of the Tekla Structures 3D Model.

System requirements

Tekla Structures version: Not version specific
Environments:   All

Installing Offset

To install the extension:

  1. Download the Offset installer package from Tekla Warehouse. For more information see Downloading an application from Tekla Warehouse.
  2. Install the file package.

Using Offset

To use the extension:

  1. Open a Tekla model.
  2. Click the Applications & components button  in the side pane to open the Applications & components cataloguser interface for displaying or modifying information in categorized lists

    For example, profile catalog and shape catalog are catalogs.

  3. Search for Offset  and then double-click to open it.
  4. The Offset dialog window will open.

  1. Enter in the appropriate offset distance value.
  2. Click the Offset button.
  3. You will then be prompted to pick a beam to copy and offset.

  1. Once a beam has been selected, pick the side of the beam in which you want the copy offset to be placed.

  1. After you pick the side of the copy offset, the copy is created.

  1. The command then will automatically start again and you will be prompted to pick another beam to copy offset. If you want to exit the command, right click and choose ‘Interrupt’ or press the Esc key on the keyboard.

Application properties

Field Description
Distance Distance in which a copy of the selected beam is copied.
Offset Use this button to activate the offset command.
OK Use this button to closes dialog box and remember the currently
entered distance value.
Cancel Use this button to closes dialog box and not remember current
distance value.

Additional information

  • This tool only works on Beam type parts, and is designed to work in plan views in the model. It will not offset polybeams, contour plates, etc. and doesn’t work well in elevations views;
  • The usimperial unit dimension entry is very particular about getting the correct input. The inch values should always be following by the “ (inch) character. For instance what would normally be written in imperial 5’-6 3/16” you will need to enter in the Offset dialog box as 5’6”3/16. If you don’t enter in the imperial units in
    this way, none of the other buttons on the dialog box will work until you have input a value distance value;
  • This tool requires that the computer running it has permissions to read and write to the same directory where the exe is running and also the XS_MACROsaved series of actions that includes instructions for a program

    Macros are located in the applications and components catalog. They are recorded or created manually and stored as .cs file in a folder defined with the advanced option XS_MACRO_DIRECTORY.

    Macros can, for example, be used for creating drawings or reports.

    Macros are sometimes used to run an application.

    _DIRECTORY\modeling folder.

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