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Opening Symbol Manager

Last updated September 23, 2019 by Sascha Hamanke sascha.hamanke@trimble.com

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Opening Symbol Manager

Purpose and description

This extension enables the user to manage openings in the model. The user is able to name the opening, define the opening type and to define the symbol type on the drawing, which will represent the opening.

Installing the Opening Symbol Manager Extension

The installation package can be found here
After the installation, the Opening Symbol Manager Extension can be found in the component catalogcatalog that contains all system components and custom components, and the macros and applications

The term component catalog is used in Tekla Structures until version 21.1.

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Using the Opening Symbol Manager Extension

The extension is started from the component cataloguser interface for displaying or modifying information in categorized lists

For example, profile catalog and shape catalog are catalogs.

by double-clicking on the icon. The following dialog box opens:

The user can get the openings from selected model objects or from selected drawings. In the model the selection can be done by selecting openings, parts, cast units or pour units.

Settings

Name

Shows the current name of the cut object. This name can be changed here.

Opening Type

Determines the opening type of the cut object. This can be selected from a dropdown list.
The opening types are read from an objects.inp file which is delivered with the installation. The name of the file is objects_OpeningSymbolManager.inp. you can find it here: ..\Environments\common\system
The attribute is called: DISPLACER_TYPE

Dummy

Determines whether a dummy object is created within the cut object.

    

Dummy Properties

Determines which properties this dummy object should have.
You can either select the property directly or you choose Auto which then takes the right property from the Setup.
The dummy object propertiesproperties associated with an object type

Usually a single object property includes a default value that the user can modify.

are saved properties of contour plates. The already existing properties can be edited there. New ones can be created if needed.

Get from model

Loads the selected cut objects from the model. You can select cut objects, parts, cast units or pour units. After loading the, they are displayed.
If a cut object is still filled with the part which it was created from and the part or the dummy contain the displacer type, the filled part is converted into a dummy 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.

with the correct attributes.

Get from drawing

Loads the selected cut objects from one or multiple drawing(s).
If a cut object is still filled with the part which it was created from and the part or the dummy contain the displacer type, the filled part is converted into a dummy plugin with the correct attributes.

Setup

Opens the Setup, where the different opening types can be defined.
  

Main / Top view setup

Here you can define the symbol (type, lines and fill color) for the openings in a main or top viewdefault view that is created using the part’s or component’s coordinate system and that shows the part or component from the top direction

Part’s top view is a view on part plane created of the part’s top plane.

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You can choose from these symbols.

 

Dummy properties

Determines which properties this dummy object should have. This is used when Auto was selected in the main extension.

Save

Saves the Setup. These information’s are stored in the OpeningSymbols.dat file in the system folderfolder that is used for storing files that define default settings

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Cancel

This button will close the Setup dialog box.

Close

This will close the 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

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On the drawing

The opening symbols will not be visible on the drawing automatically. The drawing plugin needs to be started manually.

The extension is started from the component catalog by double-clicking on the icon. The following dialog box opens:

Using the Opening Symbol Applicator

After the drawing is open, the Opening Symbol Applicator Extension can be found in the component catalog.

 

The drawing plugin is applied to all selected objects (Drawing, Views or parts). The symbols which are defined in the setup will be created.

  

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