Report terminology

Tekla Structural Designer
2020
Tekla Structural Designer

Report terminology

The following terms are used to described specific aspects of the report creation process in Tekla Structural Designer.

Model reports

Model reports are used to set up the printed output for either the entire structure or a part of it. Model reports are configured by selecting specific output categories (referred to as chapters) in a list of all the available output categories. You can include entire chapters, or just the headings within the chapter you require.

The combination of selected chapters is referred to as the report structure. If necessary, you can apply filters to individual headings in the report structure to limit the output that is produced.

Model report chapters include:
  • Structure:

    Structure data (under headings such as Loadcases or Wind Data).

  • Analysis:

    Analysis model properties and results

  • Concrete, Steel, Timber, Cold Formed, Cold Rolled, and General Material:

    Member reports for each different member types. Each member report can be configured to contain as much or as little output as needed. You can also decide to include design summary tables for the members that Tekla Structural Designer can design.

  • Beam End Forces, Bracing Forces, and Foundation Reactions:

    Chapters for specific sets of analysis results.

  • Picture:

    A 3D view of the entire structure. Applying model filters also allows you to view a picture of selected sub structures, frames, or levels. If necessary, you can also include applied loads in the picture by applying a load filter.

  • View:

    The current display in any 2D or 3D view can be saved as a view configuration, and then, included in the model report as a View chapter.

  • Analysis Diagram:

    A 3D diagram of the entire structure. Applying model filters also allows you to view a picture of selected sub structures, frames, or levels. If necessary, you can also display the analysis results by applying an analysis method filter.

  • Material Listing:

    Tabulated quantities of materials.

  • Revision History:

    The revision history that has been recorded in the Project Wiki.

Member reports

Member reports are only output as part of a created model report or by right-clicking on an individual member and selecting Report for Member.

Member report chapters include:
  • Picture:

    The 3D view that you receive by right-clicking a member and selecting Open [element name] view.

  • Drawing:

    The DXF file that you receive by right-clicking a member and selecting Generate Detailing Drawing...

  • Loading:

    The table that you receive by right-clicking a member and selecting Show Member Loading.

  • Different force diagrams and Deflected Shape Diagram:

    The diagrams that you receive by right-clicking a member and selecting Open Load Analysis View.

Active model report

The active model report is the default report displayed in the list on the left corner of the Report toolbar, unless another report view is already active.

To specify the active model report, do the following:
  1. On the Report tab, click Model Report...

    The Report Contents dialog box opens.

  2. In the Available Styles list, select the desired report.

  3. Click >> Active.

Active member report

The active member report is the report that is generated when you right-click a member in a 2D or 3D view and select Report for Member.

To specify the active model report, do the following:
  1. On the Report tab, click Member Report...

    The Report Contents dialog box opens.

  2. In the Available Styles list, select the desired report.

  3. Click >> Active.

Active and inactive chapters

In the Report Contents dialog box, each chapter in the report structure is marked as either active or inactive. Only the chapters that are marked as active are included in the report that you generate.

Report filters

You can use filters to limit the amount of output in the report.

Tekla Structural Designer offers the following filters for different data types:
  • Model filters:

    If necessary, you can filter the report for selected levels, frames, or planes. You can also filter certain data types for selected beams, columns, or walls. If you have applied user-defined attributes to your model, you can also use them to filter the report output.

  • Loading filters:

    If necessary, you can filter the report for selected loadcases and combinations.

Available styles

A number of sample reports are available in the Available Styles list of the Report Contents dialog box. The reports serve as templates and can be modified to suit the model in question. If you cannot find a report that can be customized to meet your needs, you can add further reports to the list by clicking Add.

If you start a new project, the same default reports are available. However, they are reset to the default report structures. It is not currently possible to save customized reports from the Report Contents dialog box to apply them to other projects.

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