Tekla Structures includes many tools you can use alone or together with other tools to snap to specific locations. These tools are:
• Snap switches
• Numeric snapping
• Orthogonal snapping
Use the Enter a numeric location toolbar to key in position coordinates you want to snap to.
|To display the toolbar, initiate a command that requires you to pick positions, and then do one of the following:
• Start entering the coordinates using the keyboard.
• Click Tools > Enter a Numeric Location and select an option. To access additionaloptions, click Tools > Options > Shortcuts > Enter a Numeric Location.
The following table explains the types of information you can enter.
|After you enter the coordinates, press Enter or click OK to snap to the position.
Snapping mode Tekla Structures has two snapping modes, relative and absolute. Use the variableXS_KEYIN_DEFAULT_MODE to indicate the default snapping mode.
See also XS_KEYIN_ABSOLUTE_PREFIX
Use the shortcut O (Tools > Ortho) to snap to positions in orthogonal directions on the work plane (0, 45, 90, 135, 180 degrees, etc.).
To control orthogonal snapping, use the variables XS_SEMI_ORTHO_ANGLE andXS_USE_SEMI_ORTHO. For more information, see Appendix C, Variables, in the System Manual.
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|You can also track beyond the snap point, for example, 4000 units from the last point picked.|
|Track in the opposite direction by entering a negative value, for example, -1000.|
In this example, we create a beam using a grid line midpoint as a temporary reference point and tracking along an orthogonal direction (shown as green dashed line) for 500 units. Click OK,and Tekla Structures creates the beam along the magenta line.
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|If Visibility in components is not checked for the parts within the components, they arevisible when you create them. When you redraw the view window, they are no longer visible.
To use Show component:
1. Click View > Representation > Show Component Content.
Use Show assembly to display the actual contents of a selected assembly, even if someobjects are hidden in a view:
1. Click a part.
2. Right-click a part.
3. Select Show assembly from the pop-up menu.
Tekla Structures displays all parts, bolts, welds, cuts, fittings, and other details belonging to the assembly, even if they were hidden in the view properties.
Lots are consignments of assemblies for transporting to site. You can use lot names and numbers in reports.
To use lotting:
To create a lot:
1. Click Tools > Lotting to display the Lotting dialog box. Tekla Structures lists the existing lots.
2. Click Properties to display the Lot properties dialog box.
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|3. Enter new lot number, and then enter a number in Current lot, Number and ensureNumber is checked.
4. Enter a the maximum weight of the lot in Max weight. Click Add.
To add parts to a lot:
1. Click Tools > Lotting to display the Lotting dialog box.
2. Click an existing lot on the list. Tekla Structures highlights the parts included in the lot. The total weight of the lot and the number of assemblies it contains in are displayed underApplied values.
3. To add parts to an existing lot, use the Shift key and select the part(s). Click Apply selected. Tekla Structures displays the weight and number of the parts you add underCurrent values.
4. Click OK to close the dialog box. When you re-open the lotting dialog box, the Applied values include the weight and number of the parts you added.
5. Tekla Structures displays a warning message when the weight limit of the lot is exceeded.
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|Creating a new sequence
To create a new sequence:
1. Click Tools > Sequencer to display the Sequencer properties dialog box.
2. Enter the Sequence name.
3. Click OK or Apply.
4. Select the parts you want to include in the sequence. The first part gets the sequence number 1, the second, number 2, etc.
To add parts to an existing sequence:
1. Click Tools > Sequencer to display the Sequencer properties dialog box.
2. Click the Sequence name.
3. Select the parts you want to add to the sequence.
Project status visualization
Use the project status visualization tool to review the status of the objects in the model, in specific time frame, for example:
• Display the erection schedule for groups of parts using colors.
• Identify the parts that are scheduled to be fabricated during a specific time period.
To create project status visualizations, you need predefined object representation settings which include object groups based on date rules.
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|Usage To use the project status visualization tool:
1. Click Tools > Project Status Visualization… to open the Project Status Visualizationdialog box. You have the following options:
|2. Select the object representation settings from the list box.
3. Select the Review date.
4. Enter the time step.
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|5. Select Scale start and Scale end.
6. Select the Refresh view automatically checkbox.
7. Click Save to save the properties.
8. Use project status visualization tool by clicking the step buttons.
Tekla Structures saves the project status visualization settings with filename extension *.4din the current model’s attributes folder.
• You can copy the *.4d file to another model’s attributes folder.
• To make the *.4d file available to all models, copy the file to the system folder.
• Include also a copy of the object representation file (filename extension .rep) and object group files (filename extension .PObjGrp) when copying the *.4d file to theattributes or system folder to have all the files working correctly.
Tekla Structures searches for the *.4d files in the standard search order.
In this example, we visualize when parts are erected. The project status visualization is based on object representation settings including an object group rule for the user-defined attribute Planned erection date.
This is how the model looks with the standard object representation settings:
|Object To define which objects are shown in the model:
1. Click View > Representation > Object representation… to open Object representation settings
2. Enter a name for the object representation settings.
3. Click Add row to add a new row.
4. Select the newly added row, and click Create new group… in the Object group list box.
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|5. In the Object group – representation dialog box, enter a name for the group, for example, “plan_same_or_before_review_date”.
6. Click Save as.
7. Modify the rule. This rule should include all objects that have the user-defined attributePlanned erection date earlier than or equal to the review date.
• Select Object in the Category column.
• Select Planned erection date in the Property column.
• Select Earlier than or equal in the Condition column.
• Click Select date… in the Value list box and select Review date in the Select datedialog box and click OK.
8. Save the object group and click Close.
9. In the Object representation dialog box, select Color by class for the new object groupin the Color list box and check that the row is set to Visible.
|10. Set the All object group to last, and select Hidden:|
|11. Click Save.
Project status To use the object representation settings in the project status visualization tool:
1. Click Tools > Project Status Visualization… to open the Project Status Visualization
2. Modify the properties (the image below shows the Review date and other properties according to this example):
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|3. Click the step buttons to change the Review date and to view the changes in the model.
The images below show how the objects are shown when you click the step button. The object group rule defines the visibility of the objects based to the time steps:
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