Start Tekla Structural Designer

Tekla Structural Designer
2020
Tekla Structural Designer
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Start Tekla Structural Designer

When you start Tekla Structural Designer for the first time, you are asked to choose a country or region. Based on your selection various region specific settings such as design codes, units and default section sizes are configured. These settings, which can be changed to meet your company requirements, are applied when you start each new project.

Choose the country for your settings

  1. Start Tekla Structural Designer by selecting it from the Windows Start menu or by double-clicking the desktop icon.

    A dialog box where you choose your settings appears.

  2. Select a country that fits the region where your project is done.
  3. Click OK The Tekla Structural Designer interface appears, with settings configured for the selected country.

Check or change your settings

You can check or change the settings that get applied to new projects at any time.

  1. On the Home ribbon, click Settings The Settings dialog opens, displaying the settings that have been configured for the selected settings set.
  2. Change the settings as needed.
    Note: Any changes that you make only apply to new projects, existing projects are unaffected. For more information about changing settings, see: Manage settings sets.

Start a new project

  1. On the Home toolbar, click New
    Note: Once familiar with the program, some users might prefer to set up a template to use as the basis for new projects - particularly when there is a lot of commonality between projects.
    Your new project opens and you will see:
  2. Click the Structure tab under the Project Workspace

    A Structure tree is displayed in the Project Workspace.

  3. In the Structure tree, click Structure

    The Properties window displays the Structure properties.

  4. In the Structure tree, click Levels

    The Properties window changes to display Levels properties - at this point there is only only level in the model.

    Note: The units in which the levels are displayed, (along with other settings), have been copied into the model from the settings set that was active when the project was started. These are known as 'model settings'. Model settings apply to the current project only and can be edited to suit the model as required.
What to do next:

Check or change model settings in your project

You can check or change the model settings in the current project at any time.

  1. On the Home ribbon, click Model Settings

    The Model Settings dialog opens, displaying the model settings that have been copied in to your project from the active settings set.

  2. Change the model settings as needed.
    Note: Any changes that you make only apply to the current project, new projects are unaffected. For more information about changing model settings, see: Apply and manage model settings.
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