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Problem with select handles with ALT-key down

Question:I’m not able to select handles with the ALT-key down. What is the problem? Answer:You need to swich off the crossing selection (in File > Settings > Crossing selection) and then the ALT-selection works for handles. See also:Some of the handles will not get selected in Tekla Structures SP4Select handles
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Clash check does not start

Question:Tekla Structures has problem starting the clash-check, and it gives this errors message. Answer:This is because some other software (for example 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. Viewer) has installed an older version of TKernel.dll to the Windows/System32-folder. Tekla Structures uses newer version of that dll.You should either move that .dll to the same folder where e.g. the IFCViewer .exe is, or
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Importing steel model into a concrete model

Question:I have a steel model made with Tekla Structures and I want to import it into my own concrete model. I want to maximize information that is imported. Answer:Copy from another model functionality copies the Tekla Structures objects as native Tekla Structures objects.Go to Edit tab, click Copy special > From another model. You can choose there the model to import.Please note that Copy from another model doesn’t copy for example the attributes, custom components nor the grids, you need to copy the attribute files manually.
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Exporting DWF-files from Tekla?

Question:Is it possible to export DWF-files from Tekla? Answer:You can print from Tekla Structures directly to DWF using the DWF writer (which is a printer driver) – when talking about 2D drawing export.The Autodesk DWF Writer you get from Autodesk website.  Another option is to export DWG file from Tekla Structures and then use some converter to create DWF from the DWG file. There should be some free convertors available in the Internet.Design Web Format (DWF) is a secure file format developed by Autodesk for the efficient distribution and communication of rich design data to anyone who
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Changing reference model appearance

Question:Is it possible to turn off only the highlighting of a reference modelmodel which the designer can use as an aid when building another modelA reference model is created in Tekla Structures or in other software and can be inserted to Tekla Structures. The reference model appears together with the model but it is not modified by Tekla Structures. The user can snap to reference model points.For example, an architectural model, a plant design model, or a heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) model can be a reference model. in the model viewview that is represented in the
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Converting Tekla Structures model to Autodesk Inventor

Question:What is the best way for converting Tekla Structures model to Autodesk Inventor? Answer:Tekla Structures model cannot be exported to Autodesk Inventor directly. At the moment the Tekla STEP IGES converter is the only available free of charge tool for Tekla Structures users to get a STEP or IGES file of a model. There are some limitations: for instance the size of models/files will be rather big and that's causing problems with Mechanical CAD applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not
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  • Autodesk Inventor
  • convert

Unexpected change of object ID

Question:What would cause the change of object (assembly) ID?Answer:There are some actions which might cause the change of object IDs:- Copy from model: when you copy the same object from another model the duplicate will get new ID number- When changing some child objects of the assembly- It may happen sometimes that IDs of child objects of components change when component is recreatedGUIDs of the objects are not changing when ID  changes.
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  • object ID
  • numbering

Basic Firm and Project Folders

What is a Firm folder? Tekla Structures has settings that are defined using .ini files at several levels, including global settings (known as ‘common’), and environment (such as usimp).  There are also many system files that define the standard values that the program uses out-of-the-box. When you save values in the model for drawing styles, connections, profile and material catalogs, etc., there are files created in the model folderfolder that is used for storing files associated with a modelTekla Structures stores all files associated with a model in a folder it creates with the same name
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  • firm
  • project
  • folder
  • attribute
  • setting
  • <username>
  • Documents and settings
  • <version>

Handling Gage Material

In The Model Add the Gage Material into your model as a 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 represents a steel structure(2) Plate is mainly used as a connection piece or as a floor plate.. Model the thickness in a 1/16 increment that is close to the decimal thickness of the Gage material you need. Open the plate UDAobject property created by the user in order to widen the range of predefined object propertiesUser-defined attributes are used when the predefined object
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Controlling Default Model Views

This tutorial will show you all the View attributes that you can control to your liking. These are the views settings that are used when you perform a right-click on an object and create views. Please note that you can pick and choose the ones you want. You do not have to do them all. Regardless to which one(s) you do choose, the attribute(s) you save away will always will visible in the View Properties drop-down list.Here are all the View attributes that this tutorial covers.For all of these view attributes, there are 2 critical things that you must follow.1. The View - Name you enter in
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Datum Reference Level in Marks

Elevations in Marks You can provide the relative distance to the view planeplane in a space that defines the viewIn Tekla Structures, the grids are projected onto the view plane and the grid lines can be visible on it.View depth is defined starting from the view plane. in part marks of parts in that view. This is commonly used when the top of steel values for beams differ slightly. Adding datum reference values In the View Properties, you will need to verify that you are using the View plane option for the Datum point for elevations: setting and it is providing the correct value in the
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Running macros from a network drive

Question:Why are macros not executed when XS_MACROsaved series of actions that includes instructions for a programMacros are located in the applications and components catalog. They are recorded or created manually and stored as .cs file in a folder defined with the advanced option XS_MACRO_DIRECTORY.Macros can, for example, be used for creating drawings or reports.Macros are sometimes used to run an application._DIRECTORY points to a folder on a server?Answer: Due to Microsoft .NET Framework security policy restrictions it is not possible to run .NET applications on a network drive. The
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  • network drive
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Distinguishing between plates modeled with contour plate properties and beam properties in Template Editor

Question:Is there a way in Template Editortool in Tekla Structures that is used for creating and modifying templates to be used in drawings and reports to distinguish between a 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 represents a steel structure(2) Plate is mainly used as a connection piece or as a floor plate. modeled with contour platepart whose outline form the user defines by picking three or more pointsThe user can define the shape of the contour plate parallel to the
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  • differentiating plates

Chamfer accuracy for polybeams and contour plates

Question: From Tekla Structures version 15.0 onward the setting XS_CHAMFER_ACCURACY_FACTOR does not affect polybeams. Is there another advanced option to manage the segments for polybeampart of a certain shape that is created as a continuous chain of beams passing through points that the user picksThe segments of the polybeam are straight, but segment intersections can be curved. For example, a beam that follows a zigzag line is a polybeam. chamfers? Answer: The XS_CHAMFER_ACCURACY_FACTOR advanced option has been changed to only affect contour plates. You can control the number of segments
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  • XS_CHAMFER_ACCURACY_FACTOR
  • polybeam
  • number of segments

Similar assemblies in templates

Question:I have a drawing template with multilevel assemblies, but it does not read all similar assemblies with SIMILAR_ASSEMBLY rows. What is the right setting? Answer:This how you need to set the row properties:  
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  • SIMILAR_ASSEMBLY
  • similar assembly

All parts are not exported to IFC or BIMsight

Question:When I export my model to 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. format or with the Publish to Tekla BIMsight command, a part of the model is not exported.What is the reason for this? Answer:Check the following after making an IFC export: The following message in the out.ifc.log filefile that contains information related to changes, actions, and errors in the model or drawingTekla Structures writes information
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  • Publish to Tekla BIMsight
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Affecting the XS_DISABLE_VIEW_CENTERING_GA advanced option?

Question: I am trying to use the advanced optionssettings used to customize Tekla Structures for specific companies, standards, users, or user groupsIn Tekla Structures, advanced options are settings that are used, for example, in a specific project or geographical area, or by a specific company.In Tekla Structures, advanced options usually begin with the initials XS and are followed by the name of the function, for example XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR. XS_DISABLE_VIEW_CENTERING_GA, XS_DISABLE_VIEW_CENTERING_ASSEMBLY, XS_DISABLE_VIEW_CENTERING_MULTI and XS_DISABLE_VIEW_CENTERING_SINGLE. Are there any
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Model saving after License Server crash

Question:If the License Server crashes, can I save my model after the crash? Answer:Yes, if the license server crashes, Tekla Structures will work for a while, then an error message about the lost license server connection is displayed. Click the Save button to save your model. You will then need to restart Tekla Structures. It will connect to another license server if you have predefined one in the Connect to license server dialog box. If you use the Autosave featurepart of Tekla Structures functionality that is maintained and owned by Trimble Solutions and that is included in the Tekla
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Trigonometric functions in Rebar Shape Manager

Question:I am trying to use trigonometric functions in Rebar Shape Managertool that is used for customizing the bending shapes of reinforcing barsRebar shape manager can be used for bending shapes only and not for any other reinforcing bar properties. but I do not see anything in reports. What am I doing wrong? Answer:When trying to map angles and trigonometric functions, you need to write the functions (sin, cos, tan) in small letters, as shown inside the brackets. If capital letters are used, the letters are not recognized, and a blank space will appear in reports. Another thing to note is
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  • Rebar Shape Manager
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Some printers cannot handle zero line weights

Question:I am trying to print a drawing from Tekla Structures but the printer does not print. How do I get printing to work? Answer:The problem is most likely related to line weights (line thickness). Some printer drivers cannot handle zero line weights.The workaround is to modify the Color table and change zero pen number settings to 1 or to some other appropriate value.For more information about line weights and how to set up printer instances see Colors and line weights in printing in Tekla Structures Help.
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