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Tekla Structures 2019 Finland environment Release Notes

1. General Settings 1.1 Environment installation and new file path Environment installer is downloaded same way as on previous versions but it now contains .tsep installers. Whole environment is packed into smaller role packages that contain smaller file sets. When setting up the installing, user can decide whether the environment .tsep packages are installed immediately or at the first startup of Tekla Structures. The old file path for environment (C:\ProgramData\Tekla Structures\2018i\Environments\Finland) is now changed to C:\ProgramData\Trimble\Tekla Structures\2019.0\Environments\
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Centralized distribution of Tekla Structures 2019i

Introduction Tekla Structures consists of the following installations: Tekla Structures software installation  Tekla Structures environment installation Localized environments include your country-specific codes and standards. Installing Tekla Structures software and environments one by one on each user’s computer is a time consuming task in large companies, and therefore, Tekla Structures is often installed in a centralized manner across company workstations. This article clarifies the basic principles of building a centralized installation for the Tekla Structures installation
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  • centralized distribution
  • silent install
  • administrative install
  • admin install
  • prerequisites
  • install
  • installer

Offset Modeling Dimensions

Question:  Why are dimensions in my Model views not true to view? In the model, dimensions of material picked or even dimensions added are offset from the beams and have arrowheads that look unusual. I have not changed any of the symbols or Rendering settings. Other models look fine; here are some examples:   Also, in drawings, the extent purple dashed box is off of the view:   Answer: These are all issues that surface when the model is too far from the origin. As it is explained here, you must always model parts as close as possible to the origin in Tekla Structures to avoid graphical
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  • Modeling dimension
  • offset dimensions
  • strange modeling dimensions
  • strange arrowheads
  • dimensions not true to view
  • Far from origin
  • origin

Curved Stanchions

This warehouse extension automates curved handrails, curved beams, chamfered polybeams, and the Complex Polybeam Extensions by mimicking the functionality of Stanchions (S76) on curved beams.  For a brief walkthrough of how the extension works watch this video.
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  • Curved Stanchions

Missing Components

Question:  Every once in awhile I am in a model that is shared or was started by someone else and a lot of the components that I had in a previous model are not available. How do I resolve this?  Answer:  That is often due to Custom components not being present in the model. To check, find out if the Custom components group is available in Applications and components: The absence of Custom components in a model happens mostly at the moment of model creation. It is not related to the installation of the software unless the Environments have not been installed on one machine and therefore were
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  • No Components
  • No Connections
  • No Custom components
  • Missing components

Vulcraft Joist Plug-In For Tekla Structures

Question: How do I install the plugin available on Nucor's website? After it is installed where do I find it in Tekla? What versions of Tekla does it support? Answer: The plug-in's downloads are available in an .exe format. It must first be unzipped and then installed (run the executable) while Tekla is closed. Further installation instructions are available in the Readme PDF included with the download package. As it is stated in that file, to use the installer:  1. Make sure that Tekla Structures is not open. 2. Run the file named “VulcraftPluginSetup.exe”.  3. Click the “Install” button
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  • Vulcraft
  • Vulcraft Plug-in
  • NuBIM
  • Vulcraft Joist Plug-In
  • Vulcraft Joist

Which licensing option should I choose, on-premises or online?

Question: When Tekla Structures starts up, it asks me to choose between on-premises and online license. What do I select? Answer: In most cases, you will use the on-premises license server. Choose Tekla online license only in the following cases: Tekla PowerFab suite license. Tekla Structures Partner license. Tekla Campusonline portal service for students to learn Tekla StructuresTekla Campus offers a student license for using Tekla Structures for learning. Tekla Campus includes a learning environment for Tekla BIM tools.Tekla Campus is one of the Tekla Online services. student license. To
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  • license server address
  • on-premises
  • online license

How to split bars into stock lengths using splitters

Question: I've inserted a rebar set into a slabplate that represents a concrete structureIn Tekla Structures, a slab is created by picking three or more points.Slab may be part of a floor, for example. but the bars are the whole length, I need to split the bars into stock lengths with standard laps. What's the best way to go about this? Answer: You can define standard and custom lapping and crankingrebar set end detail that creates cranks for certain reinforcing bars in a rebar setCranks refer to crank-shaped bends and they can be created with rebar set end detail modifiers or rebar set
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  • splitters
  • lapping
  • cranking
  • rebar sets
  • tapered edges

How can I remove all locks from a model?

Sometimes there can be locked objects in a model that are difficult to find and unlock. This article shows how to select and unlock all locked objects in the model. The objects.inp file and filter described below are included in the attachment at the bottom of this article. First create an objects.inp file that contains the OBJECT_LOCKED attribute as shown below or use the attached file. Copy this inp file to the model folder and open the model (the model needs to be reopened after the objects.inp file has been placed in the model folder for it to be read). Open the User Defined Attributes
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  • locked objects

Installation Guide

Introduction to installing Tekla Structures This article will give you step by step instructions on how to install Tekla Structures software and its environments.  Hardware requirements The installation and hardware requirements can be found here .  Before you start    Remove any previous versions of Tekla Structures you might have. Note that you will lose all Tekla Structures projects when you do this. If you have incomplete projects, you might want to finish them with the old Tekla Structures software because there might be compatibility issues. Make sure you have Windows Administrator
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  • installation
  • install
  • setup tekla
  • setup.exe
  • setup

Direct modification arrow doesn't work in Tekla Structures 2019 Service pack 2

In Tekla Structures version 2019 Service pack 2, the Direct modificationfunction that activates the mode where the model objects can be modified by using handlesDirect modification enables additional handles and modification options. arrow that is used in components and extensions doesn't work when DM is set on.Some of the components and extensions that show problems are: Floor Layout tool, Meshreinforcement that represents a mesh of steel bars in two perpendicular directionsIn Tekla Structures, the reinforcement mesh bars in one direction are called main bars and reinforcement mesh bars
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Basic Modeling for Precast - Tutorials

US Precast Tutorials   Here is a collection of modeling tutorials, many of which are specifically geared towards concrete modeling. You can save this link to your favorites and use it as the launch page to view the precast concrete training videos. The first set are basic introduction videos for general viewing and orientation. The second set will guide you through basic modeling of a parking structure. Tekla Structures First Steps videos Click the item below you wish to view. First Steps with Tekla Structures - Lesson 1 First Steps with Tekla Structures - Lesson 2 First Steps with Tekla
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  • US Precast tutorials

An alternative way to installing Tseps

Question 1: Is it possible to install a single extension from the Tekla Warehouse onto several computers without going to each machine individually? Answer: Yes, please reference this article and then the section "Installing .tsep packages"  Question 2: When I double click on my .tsep to install, I receive an error. Is there a quick fix? Answer: Both errors attributed to .tsep installations have workarounds as described in this article for no installation package, and here for invalid signature error. The latter has been fixed in certain versions as described in the article.   There is an
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  • Tseps on multiple computers
  • Tsep installation
  • .tsep
  • Install .tsep
  • install warehouse extension
  • install warehouse

Tekla Structures 2019i India environment Release Notes

1. Steel Settings: 1.1 Modelling: Lofted plate:  Lofted plateplate that is created by using construction objectsLofted plates can be used to model plates with complex shape, for example, rolled plates and plates with double-curved form. is a new featurepart of Tekla Structures functionality that is maintained and owned by Trimble Solutions and that is included in the Tekla Structures installation. It is an easy way to create a rolled plate(1) part that represents a flat structure(1) In some contexts, for example in analysis, the term plate object may be used to refer to plates.(2) plate that
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  • Release notes
  • India environment
  • India
  • Steel components
  • Connection attributes
  • filters
  • reports
  • 2019i release notes

Global UCS does not change

Question: I noticed that while on Direct X on Tekla 2017 when you change the UCS, the visual marker in the corner does not change as it does in Open GL mode. Is there a way to change this?    Answer: This is a 3D graphics defect in version 2017 that happens only while on DirectX rendering as shown above. The issue is non-fixable in Version 2017. In 2017i and newer the problem does not exist, only that in 2017i you must press "Enter" immediately after changing the Work plane to change the Global UCS while in Direct X. After that version, the USC shifts as it should.
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  • Global UCS on Direct X vs. Open GL
  • Coordinate System Glitch
  • Global UCS does not change
  • Coordinate System does not change
  • DX-54

Tekla Structures 2019i Hardware Recommendations

Recommendations for Tekla Structures workstations Tekla Structures hardware recommendations are based on the set-ups that have been used in testing Tekla Structures and proven to be compatible with Tekla Structures. In addition to the set-ups presented in this document, there are many other suitable set-ups available. You can use this document as a guideline in choosing new hardware, but bear in mind that the equipment and labels presented in this document are not the only suitable hardware set-up.  The main criterion when choosing hardware is reliable performance. If you are considering a
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  • Tekla Structures 2019i Hardware Recommendations
  • hardware recommendations

Incorrect placement of Parts in the model after creating a Section View

Question: When detailing rails, after I cut an Elevation view using two points down the center of my stringer my stanchions are being placed along the face of the stringer in the new Elevation view, and not the center. Why?    Answer: First, you must check that the view was created correctly and that the Elevation view properties have been loaded and applied. If you are confident of this, check your Snap depth before adding the stanchions. The snap depth tool defines the depth of each position you pick. If snap depth is set to 3D, anything that is added will snap to positions in the entire
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  • Snap depth
  • wrong placement of parts in the model
  • wrong elevation view.

Cursor leaves a trail across the screen

Question: I recently upgraded my laptop and after installing Tekla structures 2018i the issue shown below has been occurring. In the image, you can see where my cursor has left a trail. Is this a memory issue or an installation issue? Answer: This issue was caused in newer versions of Tekla due to certain NVIDIA graphic card upgrades. A defect was placed and has been resolved in versions 2017 and newer. The first thing that needs to be done to fix is Update your service pack and your Environment. If you are using a version before 2017, or if updating SP is not an option: In the past, the
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  • Cursor issue
  • cursor leaves a trail
  • cursor tracers along path
  • cursor path
  • TTSD-16505

Revision not showing up in the plot file name

Question: I am trying to put a revision at the end of my file name when printing by using %REVISION_MARK% in XS_​DRAWING_​PLOT_​FILE_​NAME, but in 2019 it does not show. Why? Answer: In 2019, include revision mark to file name has been added to the Options list as shown below. You must include the %REVISION_MARK% Advanced option in the Value and check the box when printing to get your result.
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  • no revision
  • print revision

How to run a Multi-user server

In Tekla Structures, Multi-user mode allows several users to access one model at the same time. Because the service is network-based, it presents advantages and disadvantages that should be reviewed carefully before proceeding to work using this method. Alternatively, Model sharing allows for efficient cloud-based project collaboration where issues presented by network storage are eliminated. This article provides some guidelines for using either one.   The Tekla Structures Multi-user service runs on a TCP/IP network and must consist of a server computer running xs_server.exe, and a file
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  • multi-user mode
  • multi-user server
  • Install Multi-user
  • Multi-User
  • Multi-user vs. Model sharing
  • Multiuser
  • multi user
  • Multiuserserver