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Tower Line Tool

Last updated July 1, 2019 by Developer TIN Structures.developer.in@trimble.com

Software version: 
Not version-specific
Environment: 
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Tower Line Tool

Use Tower Line Tool for creating rectangular transmission tower layout using construction lines. This make easy for inserting members in 3D by using snap points.

How to locate

The installers are available at Transmission Tower Collection. After installing, Tower Line Tool come under Transmission Tower Collection in the Applications & components. Or else Search for Tower Line Tool 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 tower line as shown below.

 

Usage

Input for this extension:
Pick two points. The first point determines the insertion point of the tower and the second point decide the orientation of  tower.

Double click on Tower Line Tool icon or inserted component itself to open the Tower Line Tool dialog.

Picture 

Picture tab shows the general geometry of tower body layout. Yellow dot is start pick point. Magenta is end pick point. 1, 2, 3 and 4 are sides of tower and which is helpful when creating views.
 

Body

Major parameters are available here.
  

Field Description
1 Tower body level 0 length and width
2 Tower level 0 to 1 height distance list
3 Tower body level 1 length and width
4 Tower level 1 to 2 height distance list
5 Tower body level 2 length and width
6 Tower level 2 to 3 height distance list
7 Tower body level 3 length and width
8 Define number of levels
9 Hair Line Types

Lines

Parameters related to lines are available here.
 
 

Field Description
1 Body line color
2 Hair line color

Sample Output

    

Direct Modification Features

The  Tower Line Tool is enabled 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.
 

 Preview Graphics:

It shows you a preview of shape what your are going to insert. This get activate when user pick on the extension icon. Example:
 

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.
    

Height Manipulators:

After selecting Tower Line Tool component in 'Select Components' height manipulators gets activated. By clicking and dragging the square blue grips, the height of of each level gets updated. Or else pick the handle and edit the height between two blue square dots directly. Additional Intermediate levels can be added by picking small blue grip between  two square blue grip and trying to move towards left or right.
 

Length and Width Manipulators: 

Height and Length can be edited directly from the dimensions displayed in each level.

  

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