Define and modify head codes and design codes

Tekla Structural Designer
2021
Tekla Structural Designer

Define and modify head codes and design codes

Tekla Structural Designer allows you to select from a range of international design codes of practice. Each new project initially adopts the codes that have been specified in the active settings set. However, you can also change the codes in the middle of a project.

Change design codes in an existing project

Warning:

If you change the head code in an existing project, the following will occur in the model:

  • Some materials, steel sections, studs, decks and reinforcement may require re-selecting in the model to make them consistent with the new head code/unit system.
  • Wind loading (if any) and wall/roof panel properties will be deleted. The wind wizard will need rerunning, wall/roof panel properties need resetting and the wind loadcases will need recreating.
  • Seismic loading (if any) will be deleted. The seismic wizard will need re-running.
  • All combinations will be deleted.
  1. On the Home tab, click  Model Settings.

    The Settings dialog box opens.

  2. Go to Design Codes.
  3. Select the head code as required.

    The head code controls which action and resistance codes are available for selection.

  4. Set the action and resistance codes according to your needs.
  5. Click OK.

Define default design codes for new projects

  1. On the Home tab, click  Settings.

    The Settings dialog box opens.

  2. Select a suitable settings set, and click >> Active to make it active.
  3. Go to Design Codes.
  4. Check that the head code is set as required.

    The head code controls which action and resistance codes are available for selection.

  5. Set the action and resistance codes according to your needs.
  6. Click OK.

    Tekla Structural Designer retains the selected codes to apply them for each new project until you decide to modify them.

  7. To use the set design codes in a new project, on the Home tab, click New.
    A new project opens with its design codes, (and all of its other model settings) copied from the active settings set.
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