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Work plane manager

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

Software version: 
Not version-specific
Not environment-specific

Work plane manager



Purpose and description
System requirements
Installing Work plane manager
Using Work plane manager
Application buttons
Additional information

Purpose and description

Use Work planeplane that the user has chosen in a model and that is currently active for working on in a model view

Newly created, copied, or moved model objects comply with the work plane. For example, shifting the work plane to follow a sloped plane makes it easier to model sloped structures.

component to define and manage the work planes in a model.

System requirements

Tekla Structures version: Not version specific
Environments: All

Installing Work plane manager

To install the extension:

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

Using Work plane manager

To use 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


  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 Work plane manager and then double-click to open it.
  4. The Work plane manager dialog window will open.

  1. To create a work plane click View > Set work plane > select one option for creating the work plane.

  1. Click the part (beam, column, etc.) or pick the defining points for creating the work plane.
  2. Enter the name of the work plane in the Name field. (eg. Work Plane)
  3. Enter a description of the work plane in the Description field. (eg. global)
  4. Click the Save button to save the new work plane.
  5. The created work plane will appear in the Work plane list field.

Application buttons

  1. Save button

    Use the button to save the created work planes.

    • If the given name already exists, a warning message will appear: 'Work plane "Work Plane" already exists. Overwrite?'

Note: The button is not active when the Name and Description fields are blank.

  1. Set button

Use the button when in the Work plane list is selected a work plane to show the defined plane.

Note: The button is not active when no row is selected.

  1. Delete button

Delete an existing work plane.

Note: The button is not active when no row is selected.

Additional information

  • If Tekla Structures is not open the user will get the fallowing message: 'Please Open Tekla Structure and a model!'

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