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First Steps with Tekla Structures - Lesson 1

Software version: 21.1 - 19.0

Last updated March 7, 2017 by Tekla Structures Videos tekla.software.videos@trimble.com

First Steps with Tekla Structures - Lesson 1


In this first lesson you will:
- create a new model
- modify the grid modeling aid that represents a three-dimensional complex of horizontal and vertical planes

In Tekla Structures, grids are used as an aid in locating objects in a model. The grid is shown on the view plane by dash-and-dot lines. It is also possible to show grids and grid line labels in drawings, and to modify grid properties in the drawings.

It is possible to have more than one grid in a model. For example, a large-scale grid for the entire structure, and smaller grids for some detailed sections.

- add a reference model model which the designer can use as an aid when building a model

A reference model is created in Tekla Structures or another software and imported to Tekla Structures. It appears in the background of the model. The user can snap to reference model points. Tekla Structures does not save the reference model when the user saves the current model, but saves the link to the reference model.

For example, an architectural model, a plant design model, or a heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) model can be a reference model.

- create views
- create and modify parts

This is an interactive tutorial that will help you get started with Tekla Structures.
After completing this lesson, continue with Lesson 2.

You can download the reference models used in this tutorial here.

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by Patrick Guilfoyle


Step 1 test mode i.e. grid is not there.
Not very good start.
What do you suggest

by Tekla eLearning

Hi Patrick,
I suggest that you check the coordinates and labels on the video (they are inside the red highlight box) and type them in the Grid dialog box. Then click Modify to get the similar grid as on the video.

by Sherwin Lee

On auto connect, It doesn't have the option of engineering cutback; how do I get this option?

by Tekla eLearning

Hi Sherwin, engineering cutback is available when you start Tekla Structures with the engineering role.

by Sherwin Lee

Thanks for the quick reply Tekia, anyway I still didn't have the engineering cutback option after I redo my model under engineering Metric role. Just wondering I don't have a full verson of Tekla but a "Steel Detailing" verson thus that make a different? Thus "engineering cutback" only aviable in full version?

by Tekla eLearning

Sherwin, roles and their contents are also environment-dependent. Engineering cutback is available in the default environment on engineering role. You could try using that one, or you could trim the footings by using Fit part end and cutting commands. For more information on Fit part end, see the video https://teklastructures.support.tekla.com/video-tutorials/en/fitting_a_part

by Ramin Jalali

Hello tekla
Why I can't see the video??

by Tekla eLearning

Hello Ramin, this is a Flash video. You need to have Adobe Flash Player plugin on your web browser to watch the video.

by Ramin Jalali

Thanks for your answer but I do have Adobe Flash Player. I can see the videos in Learn section of Tekla campus but I can see nothing in this page.

by Ramin Jalali

Hello Tekla,
Thank you very much for your help, the link you sent me worked currectly. But another question, where can I download the First_step_architect.dwg file?