Create mats

Tekla Structural Designer
2021
Tekla Structural Designer

Create mats

In Tekla Structural Designer, you can create various types of mat foundations, including minimum area mats, rectangular mats, strip mats, area mats, and mats within bays. Circular mats and mats with curved edges can be created by following the same instructions used for creating mats within bays.

For detailed information on creating mats, see the following instructions.

Create a minimum area or rectangular mat

  1. On the Foundations tab, click either Minimum Area or Rectangular.
  2. In the Properties window, adjust the mat properties according to your needs.
  3. Do one of the following:
    To Do this
    Create a mat in a 3D view
    1. Click anywhere on the first column or wall to be supported.

    2. Click to define the other necessary columns and walls.

    3. To create the mat, click the last column or wall again or press Enter.

    To Do this
    Create a mat in a 2D view
    1. To select multiple columns and walls, hold down the left mouse button and drag a box from right to left to encompass the columns/walls under which you want to create the mat.

    2. To add individual columns and walls, click each member individually.

    3. To create the mat, click one of the previously selected members or press Enter.

Create a strip mat

  1. Open a 2D view at the base level where you want to place the strip mat.
  2. On the Foundations tab, click Strip.
  3. In the Properties window, enter the width (measured from the strip center line to the edge).
  4. Adjust the other mat properties according to your needs.
  5. In the model, click the start point of the strip.
  6. Click to define the other necessary points.
  7. To create the strip, click the last point again or press Enter.

Create an area mat

Either click once again on the last point, or press <Enter> to create the mat.

  1. On the Foundations tab, click Area.
  2. In the Properties window, adjust the mat properties according to your needs.
  3. In the model, click a construction point at a corner of the area.
  4. Click to define the remaining corner points.
  5. To create the mat, click the last point again or press Enter.

Create a mat within bays

  1. On the Foundations tab, click Bays.
  2. In the Properties window, adjust the mat properties according to your needs.
  3. To select a bay, do one of the following:
    • Click within an enclosed area defined by grid lines, or grid arcs.
    • Hold down the left mouse button and drag a box around an enclosed area defined by grid lines, or grid arcs.
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