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Since Tekla 2021 it is possible to install Switzerland Environment defining which lanuage-specific content is needed. Thus only the roles and files to the chosen language will be installed.
If you want to install Switzerland Environment using Command Prompt, here you will find all information needed about how to do so (e.g. for silent installation):
Install Switzerland Environment without any arguments
In this case it will install language-specific content for all three languages (german, french, italian). Simply type the name of the installation file into the Command Prompt, for example:
How to show the linked DWG file automatically on shared model when offices that are in different location using two different firm folder.
Consider there are two user (A&B) working on shared model from different location and having different firm folder path .User (A) can link the DWG file from the Firm folder which in his local machine .
After linking the drawing, change the file name syntax as " .\Drawing name " instead of "C:\xxxx\yyyy\Drawing name " and modify the DWG path as shown below.
Once the modification are done as mentioned above ,user(A) can "Write
Name (CUSTOM. + ...)
Type of a model object.
Output example: "ContourPlate"
Type of a planar object.
String (PLATE or BEAM)
Does a part have weld prepping?
String (NO or YES)
Polybeam endpoint coordinates in the global coordinate system.
Polybeam endpoint coordinates in the work
Making simple HTML edits for the instructor side pane
The Instructor is a new tool designed to help users with the basic inputs of tools. If your company makes custom components or API tools and you want to create your own instructor instructions for your tools you can follow this guide for some easy instructions.
First review the content here for information on how to get started with setting up an instructor file. I will go over the basics here also...
Let's open the instructor by opening Tekla Structures and then opening a model, on the side pane you will have an icon that looks like
Question: I have several *.tbp (Native BIMSight extension) files and I need to open them on Trimble Connect. How do I do it? I no longer have the software installed.
Answer: You can drag and drop the *.tbp file to a Trimble Connect project page. (It doesn’t work if you try to import the *.tbp file inside an existing TC project). The conversion process might be slow, so you need to be patient.
All the files and their placements are imported to the Trimble Connect project. There are, however, the following limitations:
Those are not exported to
Question: Is there any way to share locations of the point cloud from user to user. I have a point cloud that was moved and rotated, but I am the only one who can see it.
For Model Sharing
Unfortunately, point clouds are not shared through Model Sharing as the files created for them are stored in App Data, and that is not a shared directory. For additional information about this limitation, see our linked article for Point Clouds (at the bottom of the preface).
You could, however, take the files from the cloud cache folder (%localappdata%\Trimble\Tekla Structures\PointClouds) and place
Question: Is there a known limit on file size to insert Point Cloud files into Tekla? We have a 40 GB E57 that has crashed after a while of processing.
Answer: There is no known size limitation.
It is crucial to keep in mind that during the process of transferring and decoding point cloud data between different software packages, information tends to be lost, reduced inaccuracy, or corrupted due to programming errors or miscommunication between the writer and reader of the data. One way to ensure that the file has not become corrupt is by using a point cloud viewer such as CloudCompare (
Question: Is there a way to make the drawing and the reference object in the model have a smooth radius? Can I add more segments somehow to make this look more natural? The DXF file looks correctly in a viewer.
Answer: To see a smoother radius for cross-sections or sketched profiles, you must define the number of points used for chamfers with the advanced option XS_CHAMFER_ACCURACY_FACTOR, and also change the angles dividing a cross-section chamfer using the advanced option XS_CS_CHAMFER_DIVIDE_ANGLE. To do so:
1. change XS_CHAMFER_ACCURACY_FACTOR=1
2. change XS_CS_CHAMFER_
Question: Is it possible to make fabrication drawings of field studs added through the User Defined attributes of a part?
Answer: Studs added through UDAs cannot be viewed as parts in drawings. These virtual studs are only meant to be used within templates or marks (or templates in marks). If you need studs to show up in drawings as part, they need to be modeled using either beam or bolt options/ properties.
Add templates in marksUser-defined attribute (UDA) switches and workflowsHow to call custom-made User-defined attributes (UDA) in your reports/drawings templates?Field
Question: Even though I am able to import my PDF, after the import, all the text within the sheet shows up distorted and does not match the original file. Why is this happening?
Answer: Fonts within the PDF may contain optimizers/ enhancers or encoders, causing such a response when importing into Tekla Structures. We were able to resolve this by doing a Save as of the file under the PDF/X subset, using a PDF editor like Bluebeam Revu or PDF-XChange editor.
PDF/X's primary purpose is to facilitate graphics exchange and contains a series of printing related requirements, such as all fonts
January 18, 2021
Text in Imported PDF looks distorted or does not match the original
Question: I am trying to add a slab in my model using the Turned Down Slab Custom component. When I add it, the component symbol (green cone) shows, but the turned down slab does not. I am not receiving any errors in the status bar. Why is this happening?
Answer: This is most likely happening because the Sketch Solver warehouse extension is not installed on your computer, due to the presence of sketched profiles in the component that you are trying to use.
To verify that the warehouse extension is the issue:
After having added the custom component, Save the Model, and Reopen it.
Question: In component US Base Plate (1047), how can different hole sizes be created in the base plate and the cover washer per the image below? I have 1 3/8 dia anchor rods and would like 1 7/8 dia holes in the base plate and 1 7/16 holes in the plate washer.
Answer: In the Anchor rods tab, go to the Create hole in washer section at the bottom of the window. Once you are there, change the option to Yes and type in the size of the hole diameter, as is shown in the image below:
To achieve 1 7/8 dia holes in the base plate, set a 1 3/8 bolt size and 1/2 tolerance in the Bolts tab
Question: I would like to enter symbols for diameter and degree from a laptop (without a side number keypad) but am not having any luck. I am trying to input per Windows Alt Codes found online such as Alt+0176 for ° (Degree) and Alt+0216 for Ø (Diameter), but these only work from a desktop. Can I input a different way?
Answer: Characters like the diameter symbol come from the character map utility included with Microsoft Windows operating systems to view characters in any installed font. If you cannot use a number pad, you can still copy characters from the map and paste them. You will
Question: I'm trying to import some custom component files, but I get an "Import failed. Export version not recognized" error message. What could I do to the .uel files to make them work? I'm using Tekla Structures V2017, and the files I exported from are in V2018. Is there a way of solving this?
Answer: You cannot import a .uel (custom component) file from a newer version into an older one. If you click OK on the error messages, toward the end of it, you are asked to Check the log file for details. Below is an image of what this log says when attempting to import the .uel into a previous
Question: How do I quickly remove a related status message under the Changes column?
Answer: To remove related status messages, the drawing needs to be Updated. There are two options to do so:
1. Highlight the drawing(s) that has a Related status message.
2. Right-click> Update or click on the Update drawing button.
1. Open the drawing that has a Related status message.
2. Without necessarily making any changes or movements in the drawing, Close the drawing.
3. In the Tekla Structures drawing warning dialog that pops up next, asking if you want to keep the
January 13, 2021
Update Drawing status flags and related status messages
Question: In my model, two phases of similar colors are adjacent to one another. Is there a setting to adjust these colors? I want to set up the Color by Phase View property Representation to have different primary colors to avoid having related colors near each other.
Answer: To assign personalized colors to phases, you must create your own Object Representation settings in the model (including phase Filters to assign colors to those specific phases). Here are the steps:
1. Double-click on the background of your model's 3D View to get the View Properties dialog box shown in the image above
Question: I am receiving the following error during a PDF import. What does it mean?
Here is what my PDF looks like:
Answer: This is a rare error, but it may point at something corrupt inside a PDF sheet. We have resolved it by deleting unnecessary content such as legends, words, and details in the sheet using a PDF editor like Bluebeam Revu or PDF-XChange editor.
In the case of the PDF file above, deleting everything outside the Floor plan has resolved the problem:
It is essential to check for other PDF inaccuracies inside your PDF file, such as raster images inside a vectored plan,
Template attributeattribute in a template object that Tekla Structures uses to calculate and display information from a model databaseTemplate attributes represent object properties. REVISION.LAST_MARK was changed in TS2020 SP3 so that an empty value is no longer returned, but zero value (0) instead if there is no revisions. This change might affect existing templates which use empty value in their rules. We have already noticed this in a revision table in Finland environment, where stange line is drawn next to the title block when there is no revisions and in USA environment where the text
We have found an error in the Tekla Structures 2020 SP4 version when selecting handles in a model viewview that is represented in the modeling modeModel view is available also in the drawing mode and it is represented in its own window.. Some of the handles will not get selected with Alt + area selectionmethod of selecting objects that are included in a certain rectangular area of a modelIn addition to the selected area, selection switches and selection filters control which object types are selected., like in the example below: The handles which are not selected are random. This happens