2020 SP7: New features and improvements

Tekla Structures
Tekla Structures

2020 SP7: New features and improvements

Changes in sharing pour units

The default value of the advanced option XS_CALCULATE_POUR_UNITS_ON_SHARING has been changed to FALSE. This means that Tekla Structures no longer automatically calculates and updates the pour units in shared models during writing out and reading in. Instead, each user can now run the Calculate pour units command in their local version of the shared model when they need up-to-date pour unit information.


Texts in PDF reference models

PDF reference models now have better coverage for texts.


New control for forcing IFC object category in IFC2x3 export

The IFC2X3 export does not export steel secondary objects as IfcDiscreteAccessory from now on. You can force previous categorization by setting the new advanced option XS_IFC2X3_EXPORT_SECONDARY_AS_DISCRETEACCESSORY to TRUE in an .ini file, for example, teklastructures.ini.


Trimble Connect Visualizer: updated material appearances

The appearances of the following pre-defined materials have been updated in Trimble Connect Visualizer:
  • Concrete

  • Glass

  • Grass

  • Ground

  • Steel

  • Timber

In the image below, from left to right, you can see the new appearances of steel, concrete, timber, glass, ground, and grass.


Improvements in concrete components

Beam reinforcement (63)

On the Parameters tab, you can now select to create side bars as rebar groups. Previously, all side bars were created as separate single bars.


Corbel reinforcement (81)

On the Transverse stirrups tab, you can now select that only one open U-bar is used as the transverse stirrups.


Concrete console (110)

On the Parameters tab, there is a new cut type around T-beams. With this new option, you can add an additional cover thickness to the created openings.


Embedded anchors (8)

On the Placement tab, you can now select whether to detect braced girders in the whole assembly.


Hole reinforcement for slabs and walls (84)

On the Picture tab, you can now define the cover thickness separately for the horizontal and vertical edge bar groups.



Defect number Development area Description
TSAC-4442 Concrete components Lifting anchor (80): The assignment of the main part has been improved. Previously, the created lifting anchors could in some situations get a non-steel embed as the main part. This has now been fixed.
TSAC-5088 Concrete components Reinforced concrete stair (95): Anti-material created by the component is now always created in the correct position.
TSAC-5089 Concrete components Rebar coupler: Previously, the component did not identify the primary and secondary rebars based on the given primary side point. This happened when the Rebar coupler component was added to a rebar set. Now this has been fixed.
TSAC-5206 Concrete components Pad footing reinforcement (77): Previously, when the third zone had enough space for one rebar only, the rebar was not created. This concerned both the primary and the secondary bars. This has now been fixed. Additionally, you can now define in each zone that rebars are not created. The creation of just one rebar in each zone has been improved so that the rebar is now created in its proper position.
TSAC-5246 Concrete components Embedded anchors (8): When a polygon thickening in the insulation layer was created around anchors, the anchors were created at the bottom edge of the thickening and not at the top edge. This has now been fixed.
TSAC-4879 Steel components Joining plates (14): Previously, galvanizing holes were not created correctly in the second end plate. This has now been fixed.
TSAC-5208 Steel components Cold rolled sleeved (2): Previously, the component did not work correctly for steel sketched Z profiles. This has now been fixed.
TTSD-29244 Import, export, interoperability IFC object conversion: The following changes have been made in Copy properties to UDAs:
  • You can now copy Material to UDA.

  • You can now copy Object type to UDA with ObjectType.

TTSD-32952 Import, export, interoperability Reference models: A LandXML reference model sometimes had invalid alignment geometry. This has now been fixed. 
Note that you need to delete and reinsert the reference model if the data has changed. 
TTSD-40172 Import, export, interoperability IFC4 export: IfcReinforcingMesh has been added to the IFC property set management.
TTSD-40630 Import, export, interoperability Reference models: Earlier, detailed object level settings did not work for reference models in drawings. This has now been fixed. Particularly, it is now possible to show different reference models with different colors.
TTSD-41379 Import, export, interoperability Export drawings to DWG/DXF: The export sometimes placed views to overlapping places when Model space coordinates was set to Local. This has now been fixed.
TTSD-41552 Import, export, interoperability IFC2x3 export: Shop welds now belong to the assembly in all export types.
TTSD-42341 Import, export, interoperability IFC4 export: The property set property value conversion from option UDA value to true or false did not work. This has now been fixed.
TTSD-42649 Import, export, interoperability IFC2x3 export: Previously, a broken solid prevented the IFC export. Now broken solids are skipped in the export. We recommend that you diagnose the model periodically, and fix possible model issues.
TTSD-42922 Import, export, interoperability Trimble Connector: Overlay models now work even if you change the model folder location of the Tekla Structures model with the attached overlay models.
TTSD-43025 Import, export, interoperability Reference models: Locked reference models could not be updated during the first refresh attempt even if the advanced option XS_REFRESH_ALSO_LOCKED_REFERENCE_MODELS was set to TRUE. This has now been fixed, and the reference models are updated normally.
TTSD-43104 Import, export, interoperability Reference models: PDF reference model special character handling in file names was broken in the latest service packs.
The special character handling has now been improved to the support special characters of the current Windows locale again. 
TTSD-43115 Import, export, interoperability Previously, rebars were excluded from pour units when the model containing the pour units was uploaded to Trimble Connect with the Upload model command. This has now been fixed.
TTSD-5900 Import, export, interoperability IFC2X3 export: The export does not export steel secondary objects as IfcDiscreteAccessory from now on. It is possible to force previous categorization by setting the new advanced option XS_IFC2X3_EXPORT_SECONDARY_AS_DISCRETEACCESSORY to TRUE.
TPLED-196 Templates and reports Template Editor: Using the CopyField function to a target valuefield that is not output sometimes still created an output. This has now been fixed.
TTSD-36249 Templates and reports The XS_DIMENSION_DECIMAL_SEPARATOR advanced option now works also with reports and templates
TSAC-5247 Drawings Drawing 2D Library: An application error sometimes occurred due to a large amount of details in the Drawing 2D Library. This has now been fixed.
TTSD-21184 Drawings The XS_IGNORE_CUT_VALUE_IN_TEMPLATE advanced option now works correctly when its value is set in an .ini file.
TTSD-33022 Drawings Drawing layout (.lay) files whose names are longer than 63 characters are no longer available in the Layout list in drawing properties because Tekla Structures does not allow the use of layout files with names over 63 characters.
TTSD-34845 Drawings Moving views between drawings now works more reliably.
TTSD-38056 Drawings Previously, grid line labels were sometimes placed incorrectly when modified. This has now been fixed.
TTSD-40630 Drawings Earlier, detailed object level settings did not work for reference models in drawings. This has now been fixed. Particularly, it is now possible to show different reference models with different colors
TTSD-40866 Drawings Dragging dimension points in a drawing now disables the dimension combining.
TTSD-41011 Drawings Layout editor: The tables in the Tables in use list are now shown in alphabetical order again.
TTSD-42155 Drawings If moving a view from a drawing to another drawing does not succeed, the view stays in the original drawing. Earlier, the view was removed from the original drawing.
TTSD-42175 Drawings A reinforcing mark template in a drawing now works correctly for rebar sets.
TTSD-42354 Drawings Reinforcement marks attached to a rebar set are now cloned correctly.
TTSD-42726 Drawings Tekla Structures application error no longer occurs when you inquire a rebar set in a drawing.
TTSD-42834 Drawings Rebar pull-out pictures are now drawn more reliably.
TTSD-42933 Drawings When working in drawings with different amount of views it could happen that Tekla Structures would crash at some point. This has now been fixed.
TTSD-43068 Drawings The deletion of the main part of a drawing is no longer reported as an inconsistency in Diagnose & repair model.
TTSD-43157 Drawings The stability of radial grids in drawings has been improved.
TTSD-42962 System and options The XS_CONNECT_UPLOAD_MODEL_FOLDER advanced option has been moved from the Components category to the File locations category.
TTSD-32094 Reinforcement

Rebar sets: Modifiers and splitters now adapt to the new geometry when copying rebar sets by using the Copy special > To another object command.

TTSD-39497 Reinforcement The rebar set property modifier grouping option Manual has been extended so that it is now possible to group bars that are not side by side or that are on different sides of an opening.
TTSD-40508 Reinforcement Rebar sets: All rebar set modifiers and splitters now adapt when a part is modified. 
TTSD-40552 Reinforcement Rebar sets now work better when modifying magnetic grid lines. Earlier, rebar sets did not at all adapt to magnetic grid line changes.
TTSD-42663 Reinforcement Rebar set creation could in some rare cases freeze Tekla Structures. This has now been prevented.
TTSD-42747 Reinforcement When creating a rebar mesh using the properties loaded from a settings file, the mesh type was not correctly applied. This has now been fixed.
TSAC-5172 Modeling Linear array tool does not duplicate copies anymore if the source object has been selected several times.
TTSD-39184 Modeling When using the Create weld to part command to create welds, the weld preparation is now correctly displayed in the model. Previously, you had to refresh the view to correctly display the weld preparation in the model.
TTSD-41718 Modeling Previously, plates and slabs could rotate or move unwantedly after you had made two or more consecutive edits to the plate, for example, by modifying the chamfer point values, and the plate had been on a different work plane than the global coordinate XY plane. This has now been fixed.
TTSD-42659 Modeling Previously, when you numbered parts that had been copied, the copied parts sometimes got a different number than the original part. This has now been fixed.
TTSD-42864 Modeling In corrupted multi-user models that contained assemblies with main parts missing, creating reports with the SUPPLEMENT_PART_WEIGHT template attribute caused crashes. This has now been fixed.
TTSD-43047 Modeling Tekla Structures now correctly displays rebar sets when using the Assembly > Show Assembly command even if reinforcement is defined as hidden in the display settings. 
TTSD-40870 Tools and components Variable names that contain mathematical operators (+,-,*,/) cannot be used in the custom component editor anymore.
TTSD-40871 Tools and components Using a mathematical constant, such as PI or e, as a parameter name is not possible anymore in custom components.
TTSD-41526 Tools and components Previously, the custom component editor mode could not be closed when saving the component failed because of missing plug-ins. This has now been fixed.
TTSD-43425 Tools and components Previously, there could be an error when you opened a new model while searching in the Applications & components catalog. This has now been fixed.
SOLD-1584 User interface The Tekla Structures Sign in dialog box is now shown in the selected Tekla Structures language. Previously, it was shown in Simplified Chinese even if Traditional Chinese was selected as the Tekla Structures language.
TTSD-42900 User interface Previously, there were issues related to how some special characters were displayed in the property pane. The handling of special characters has now been improved.
TSAC-5177 Import, export, interoperability (concrete) BVBS Export: For the Round options Up and Down, there is a new preliminary tolerance for small length differences up to 0.2 mm before performing the rounding. This ensures that values very close to exact increment are not rounded when it is not necessary.
TSAC-5234 Import, export, interoperability (concrete) Export Unitechnik (79): Previously, line attributes were not correctly exported in certain cases when there was a cut part former too close to the contour edge. This has now been fixed.
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