Drawing objects, views and layouts

Tekla Structures
2021
Tekla Structures

Drawing objects, views and layouts

Drawing objects are organized inside drawing views, which are placed in the selected drawing layout according to the selected settings.

Drawing objects

Drawings may contain several types of objects. Some of them come from the model and represent something that will exist in the real building or will be closely related to it. Others are objects that represent information that is only relevant in the drawing, or add extra information to the information in the model. Drawings may include the following object types:

  • Building objects: parts, bolts, welds, chamfers, reinforcing bars, surface treatment, etc.

  • Associative annotation objects: dimensions, marks, associative notes.

  • Independent annotation objects: objects that are not linked to the model: text, .rtf files, symbols, links, hyperlinks, DWG/DXF files, and reference models. These objects become associative if they have associativity points, i.e. they are associated to building objects.

  • Sketch objects: graphical objects you create using the various sketching tools. These objects can be used for highlighting parts of the drawing (clouds, lines, rectangles, etc.), for example. These object are associative if they have associativity points, i.e. they are associated to building objects.

(1) Sketch objects: clouds and rectangles

(2) Dimensions

(3) Marks, associative notes

(4) Building objects

Drawing views and layouts

  • Drawing views are views to the whole model, to a part of the model or to individual parts in the model. Views can show building objects from different directions (top, front, back, bottom) and cross sections. Drawing views act as containers for the building objects or areas in the model that you have selected to be included in the drawing.

  • A drawing layout defines the drawing size, drawing view margins, spaces between drawing views, a table set including tables, such as revision tables, title blocks, material lists, key plans, DWG references, or bills of materials, and also drawing frames and foldmarks. The data in the tables is derived from the model data. Tekla Structures has a range of predefined layouts, and you can also create your own layouts. Different tables can be included in your drawing according to the selected drawing layout and drawing size.

Below is an example of the drawing layout and views in a workshop drawing.

(1) Top view to a part. Here you have selected to include the top view in the View creation pane.

(2) Front view to a part. Here you have selected to include the front view in the View creation pane.

(3) Material list. This is defined in your drawing layout.

(4) Drawing title block. This is defined in your drawing layout.

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