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Formwork condition for a column

Question: How do you set up a formwork condition for a column in Tekla Structures using the Formwork placing tools? Answer: We can configure conditions through the Formwork placing tools - Walls. Definition of a new condition happens in two phases. First you need create the needed sub-assemblies and once you have all needed sub-assemblies available you can define a new condition by giving it a name and specifying which sub-assemblies are used in the new condition. Let's keep things simple and break it down into two exercises. First we'll create a column and add panels, ties and braces.
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by Trimble Solutions UK
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  • Condition setup
  • Formwork placing tools - Walls
  • Conditions
  • configure

Tekla EPM Plugin

The Tekla EPM Plugin (formerly FabSuite TME) allows for seamless communication between Tekla EPM and Tekla Structures. The Tekla EPM Plugin integrates with Tekla Structures allowing you to: Export the Tekla Structures model into a compressed EPM XML file. This single file contains the Drawings, Revisions, Bill of Materials, User-Defined Attributes, CNC Files, and Drawing Files. Import an EPM XML file into Tekla Structures to update the model with the current status information and colorize the model based on those statuses. Installation The Tekla EPM Plugin supports and is installed with
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by Tekla Support US
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  • Tekla EPM Plugin
  • EPM Plugin
  • EPM
  • fabsuite
  • Fabsuite TME
  • TME
  • xml
  • XML Files
  • export to epm

Wrong quantity exported to NC files with certain settings

We have a serious defect which might lead to wrong number of parts to be fabricated, if you use the following settings in the NC DSTV export: XS_SECONDARY_PART_HARDSTAMP=TRUE Hard stampinformation written in an NC file that sets the NC machine to create a text mark, containing information on the part or assembly, in a partHard stamp can contain, for example, a project and lot number, phase, or part and assembly position. contains assembly positionposition number that is assigned to an assembly or a cast unit This might lead to unnecessarily fabricated parts. The problem is in Tekla
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by Tekla Global Support
  • NC
  • DSTV
  • hard stamp

Improvements to the Document manager

Question: I'm new to the Document managertool that is used for listing and managing drawings and other types of documentsWith the document manager the user can, for example, reorganize, update, freeze, lock, and delete drawings.The user can also organize file documents, such as PDF, NC, and DWG files, and drawings, in document categories, and search documents and open drawings.Document manager is replacing drawing list from the version 2018i onward., do you have a quick overview of how it works? Answer: With the Document manager you can list and manage your drawings and other types of
by Trimble Solutions UK
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  • drawings
  • drawing version history
  • edit switch
  • search string
  • categories
  • show all documents
  • Invert document visibility
  • create new category
  • 2019i
  • Tekla recommends

Create 3D renders and animations

Question: What software works best with Tekla Structures to create model flythrough animations? Answer: For Tekla Structures 2019 the Trimble Connect(1) Trimble’s platform for microservices in the cloud (1) Trimble Connect platform’s microservices include services for uploading, storing, processing, and managing or consuming data. These services are meant to provide common solutions required by multiple applications.(2) application for information sharing and collaboration for construction projects that is based on the Trimble Connect platform(2) Reference models are used in Trimble Connect
by Trimble Solutions UK
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  • render
  • 3D
  • Visualizer
  • Trimble Connect
  • Tekla Warehouse
  • Animation
  • 2019i
  • Tekla recommends

Attaching point cloud with URL option (internet)

Question: I am working on a renovation project using a point cloudgroup of measured points that are imported to Tekla Structures as one unitPoint clouds can be placed by the model origin or by a defined base point. within my model. My computer is working very slowly and whenever I zoom into the model it takes a while to show the point cloud each time. How can I improve this? Answer: Point clouds are groups of measured points on the surfaces of objects created with 3D laser scanners and can be large files, which can affect computer speed. You can now use point clouds through the internet to
by Trimble Solutions UK
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  • point clouds
  • URL
  • internet
  • Point cloud manager
  • Attach point cloud
  • 2019i
  • Tekla recommends

Export into Autodesk Revit format

Question: For reasons beyond my control I have no option but to work using .rvt files rather than .ifcfile format commonly used in BIM that facilitates software interoperabilityIFC is an open specification developed by the IAI (International Alliance for Interoperability).Model can be exported into an IFC file. files, can I export from Tekla Structures to .rvt? Answer: The Export to Revit Geometry extension allows the export of model parts, from Tekla Structures, to a native Autodesk® Revit® project .rvt file. The extension is available from Tekla Warehouse This file is ideally utilised for
by Trimble Solutions UK
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  • Export to Revit Geometry
  • *.rvt
  • native Autodesk® Revit®
  • 2019
  • Tekla recommends

Quickly search in model for objects

Question: I'm working on a large model, what is the easiest way for me to quickly select all columns on only the first floor? Answer: The Search in model command allows you to search the whole model or a selected portion of the model using name, profile, material, or position numberidentifier that is assigned to all similar parts, assemblies, cast units, or reinforcementPosition number consists of a prefix, separator, and running number. The prefix is part of the position number, identifying a numbering series. The running number is part of the position number, and is the assigned number in
by Trimble Solutions UK
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  • search in model
  • Search in selection
  • 2019i
  • Tekla recommends

Create item shapes and edit model geometry

Question: I've imported a Sketchup (.skp) file into my Tekla Structures model, I'm wanting to model a few other parts and then save these parts and the imported shape as one object. What is the best way to do this and can I then duplicate this object throughout my model? Answer: It's great to hear you're utilising the functionality to import a Sketchup file. Firstly let's attach the parts and your imported shape together to create one object. From the Edit menu, select Added material > Attach to part. Select the part/s to attach to and then select the part/s you want to attach. Confirm
by Trimble Solutions UK
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  • Import skp
  • SketchUp
  • attach to part
  • lofted plate
  • Create shape from geometry
  • import shape
  • Shape Catalog
  • 2019i
  • Tekla recommends

Detect clashes between welds and other objects

Question: When running a clash check on my model how can I make it check for overlapping welds? Answer: When you run a clash check using Tekla Structures 2019i, you can check the model for duplicate and overlapping welds and for clashes that occur between welds and other objects such as parts and bolts.  From the File menu > Settings > Options > Clash check. Ensure Exact solid weld clash check is set to Yes. Run the clash check, Tekla Structures will now check the welds against other welds, against bolts, and against the real geometry of the part profiles including roundings.  
by Trimble Solutions UK
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  • Weld clash check
  • Polygon weld
  • Exact solid weld clash check
  • 2019i
  • Tekla recommends

Inquire Object: Part Position / Assembly Position

Question:  When inquiring on an object, my Part Position, and Assembly Position sections both show up as the main assembly's position number. How do I make the Inquire object dialog also display the part position? Answer: By default, Tekla only displays the Assembly position because the Advanced option XS_​USE_​ASSEMBLY_​NUMBER_​FOR is set to MAIN_PART, which means that it will always assign the assembly or cast unit number to the main part of an assembly or cast unit. To change that outcome, the value must be left blank. This will allow you to get a part number, regardless of whether the
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by Maria
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  • XS_​USE_​ASSEMBLY_​NUMBER_​FOR
  • inquire object
  • part position
  • part position inquire
  • part position assembly position

How do I set the cover for rebar sets?

Q. How can I set the cover for rebar sets? A. This article explains how to set default covers and covers by part or surface   A default cover that applies to all concrete parts can be set through Options. Concrete part user-defined attributes can be used to set different default covers for different part types. You can also set different covers for selected parts by changing the user-defined attributes of the selected parts. Surfaces can be used to set covers for selected faces. This is explained in more detail below and in the following article:Define the reinforcement cover thickness 1.
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by Tekla Global Support
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  • cover
  • rebar set

Templates created in version 2017i or later are not working in earlier versions of Tekla Structures

Q. When I open drawings (in version 2017 or earlier) templates created with the 2017i version of the Template Editor are not displaying in the drawing. How can I fix this? A. From 2017i the template editor (v 3.50) adds attributes that did not exist in earlier versions. The template will not work in Tekla Strctures 2017 unless these attributes are removed from the template. If recently created templates are not appearing in drawings it may be because the template contains attributes that are not compatible with the version of Tekla Structures you are using. To check if this is so, open the
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by Tekla Global Support
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  • template

How to workaround the limitation: Prefix and Postfix cannot be a plain number

Question: I would like to replace the numeric value of the dimension with a numeric prefix or a numeric postfix. Why can't a prefix or a postfix be a plain number? Answer: This is to make sure you accidentally wouldn't confuse manually added values with the actual numeric dimension values. The prefix value cannot be plain numbers, and cannot end with a number when the numeric value of the dimension is visible. The postfix cannot be plain numbers, and the it cannot start with a number when the numeric value of the dimension is visible. Workaround: You can enter a non-breaking space character
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by Area Finland Service
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  • Prefix and Postfix cannot be a plain number

Missing Drawings

Question: How can I verify that drawings for all parts are accounted for on the Document Manager?  Answer: Because there are different approaches to creating dawings in Tekla Structures, there are also several ways to ensure that all drawings are created. However, the best way to check after drawings have been created is by using the Document Manager to identify the objects in the model that have associated drawings as indicated in the linked article under section Find model objects that have associated drawings in Document manager. To check after drawings have been created: Sort your
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by Maria
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  • Missing drawings
  • Verify all drawings created
  • Check missing drawings

Studs on Drawings

Question: Is there a UDA attribute that I can use, which will allow me to quickly add that information to the part mark on a GA drawing so that the number of studs will show up? Answer: The UDA marks for Virtual (or FIeld) studs are as follow: USERDEFINED.SHEARSTUDS = Number of Virtual studs USERDEFINED.size_STUD1 = Virtual Stud size For the rest of the attributes, see the image below follow those names (case sensitive) preceded by USERDEFINED. You could add all those to any mark with the UDA content and then add text for special characters, as shown below. You can also use the
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by Maria
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  • Virtual stud mark
  • Field stud mark

Modeling with colors from version 21.1 and older

Question: We are moving from an old version of Tekla, where the modeling colors are brighter. In the new version that we are working on,  the modeling colors are more opaque. Is there a setting we can change to view our 3D model with the old colors? Answer: The modeling colors in Tekla Structures have changed since version 2016, but you can still use the ones from older versions by switching to the Class colors from version 21.1 and older option in the Display settings of the View properties. For additional information about colors in the new User Interface, see 2016 UI Release notes under
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by Maria
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  • Use old colors
  • Old modeling colors
  • Colors from 21.1 and older

Relation Update Needed

Question:  In the drawing list under the "changes" column, some of my GA drawings sporadically say, "Relation Update Needed."  It will occasionally go away, but then it will be back 15 minutes later when I didn't touch that specific drawing. What is this message referring to? Answer: This message occurs when, on a GA drawing, sections or details are created and then moved to another GA drawing. If, in a given GA drawing where views were moved from you go back and make any changes to the detail or section symbol properties (even just a change to the color of the text), a Relation update
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by Maria
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  • Relation Update Needed

Print everything in Black & White except the logo

Question: On our drawings, we would like to have our logo print in color but to have everything else in black. Is there a quick way to achieve this? Answer: A quick way to do this is possible by inserting an image directly into the drawing. In Tekla Structures, you can only either print everything from a template in color or B&W. Therefore, to achieve this using the template editor, you would need to make every line and text in templates black except, of course, the image/ logo. Doing so would be time-consuming because you would have to revisit all the templates that are being used in
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by Maria
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  • Print logo in color

Using the Template Editor without opening Tekla

Question: Is it possible to use the Tekla Template editor without opening Tekla Structures? Answer: Yes, you can open it without Tekla being opened. To do so:   Browse for the version of Tekla that you are using from the list of installed software at the Start menu (or Start screen depending on your OS). Click the downward arrow to unhide the contents of the version, and you will find the Template editor there. After clicking on it, you will be prompted to choose an environment.
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by Maria
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  • Open Template Editor
  • Template editor as Administrator
  • Open Template Editor without opening Tekla

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