Create a drawing view filter for view-level dimensioning

Tekla Structures
2021
Tekla Structures

Create a drawing view filter for view-level dimensioning

You need to create a drawing view filter to use the Filter dimensions dimensioning type in view-level dimension creation in single-part, assembly and cast unit drawings. The filter needs to be created on view level, because you create the dimensions view by view.

Create a drawing view filter

You need to create a drawing view filter to use the Filter option in view-level dimension creation in single-part, assembly and cast unit drawings. The filter needs to be created on view level, because you create the dimensions view by view.

Note:

If the performance becomes a problem, you can try using a selection filter instead of a drawing view filter. If you want to improve the performance of dimensioning, check if you have some rules that are not creating any dimensions and remove them. Every rule consumes time even if it does not find any objects to dimension.

  1. In an open drawing, double-click the drawing view frame to open the View Properties dialog box.
  2. Click Filter.
  3. Click Add row and define the filter properties.
    • Add a row first to define the Object type object category. This needs to be defined for all drawing view filters that are going to be used in dimensioning definitions. Set the Value to Part or Reinforcing barReinforcing bar

    • Then add a filter row that selects all parts in a specific class, for example.

  4. Use Save to save the filter with a unique name.
  5. Click Cancel to close the dialog box.

Now you can select the drawing view filter from the filter list in the Dimensioning rule properties dialog box and use it for dimensioning. If the filter is not displayed immediately after creation, refresh the list by closing and opening the dialog box.

For more information about rule properties, see Dimensioning rule properties.

Create a filter for holes and recesses

You can create a filter for cut parts. The filter can be a drawing view filter or a model selection filter.

To create a model selection filter for holes and recesses:

  1. Click the Selection filter button on the Selecting toolbar.
  2. In the Object Group - Selection Filter dialog box, add the first row:
    • Select Object as category, Object type as property and Equals as condition.

    • To fill 11 in the value, use Select from model, and select a cut part.

  3. Add the second row:
    • Select Template as category, enter NAME in uppercase as property and select Equals as condition.

    • Enter the name of the template as the value.

  4. Select check boxes Selection filter and All drawing types.

    Too see all available filter types, click

  5. Save the filter with a unique name using Save as.

For more information about creating filters, see Create new filters.

Create a filter for the main part of an assembly

When your subassembly consists of many objects, but you only want to select the main part for dimensioning, you can create a filter for that.

Create an exclude filter for dimension tag

Often several objects need to be excluded from dimension tag content. You can exclude everything else from the tag content, except the parts that you want to include.

With the example filter shown below it is possible to exclude everything else from the tag content, except cut parts that have the name ‘HVAC’.

Create an exclude filter for stirrups in section views

The view-level dimensioning currently dimensions reinforcing bar polygon points along the center line of the reinforcing bar. You can filter, where stirrups (shape 14) are excluded but all other reinforcing bars are dimensioned.

Below is an example of a stirrup in section view. In some cases, the resulting dimensions are created similarly regardless of the hook type.

To avoid this kind of results, you can use suitable filtering criteria. See below for an example of a filter, where stirrups (shape 14) are excluded but all other reinforcing bars are dimensioned.

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