Model ribbon

Tekla Structural Designer
2021
Tekla Structural Designer

Model ribbon

A list of the commands accessible from the Model tab on the ribbon.

Levels Group

Command Description
Construction Levels Opens the Construction Levels dialog box allowing you to define the levels required in order to construct your model.
Frame Create a frame when in a 3D view (when a 2D view is displayed, this is inactive). Only those members that lie within the plane of the frame are displayed.

The drop list underneath can be used to delete existing frames.

Sloped Plane Create a sloped plane when in a 3D view (when a 2D view is displayed, this is inactive).

A sloped plane is a 2D View of the model created in a sloped plane. It is defined by selecting 3 existing grid points.

Because only those members that lie within the plane of the slope are displayed, this type of view can be particularly useful for defining inclined roofs and ramps.

The droplist underneath can be used to delete existing sloped planes.

Grid & Construction Lines Group

Command Description Note
Grid Line Create a straight grid line between two points.

The drop list underneath can be used to create grid lines in other ways.

Inactive in 3D Views.
Construction Line Create a straight construction line between two points.

The drop list underneath can be used to create construction lines in other ways.

Inactive in 3D Views.

Steel Group

Command Description
Column Create a rolled steel column.

The drop list underneath can be used to create columns of a specific fabrication type.

Beam Create a rolled steel beam.

The drop list underneath can be used to create beams of a specific fabrication type.

Brace Create a rolled steel brace.
Joist Create a joist.
Truss Runs the Truss Wizard to define a steel truss.
Portal Frame Create a portal frame.

To create the frame, you firstly define the two column base positions between which the frame will lie. The base positions are restricted to lie on existing grid points.

All other details of the portal frame are subsequently entered in the Portal Frame dialog.

Concrete Group

Command Description
Column Create a concrete column.

The drop list underneath can be used to create columns of a specific fabrication type.

Beam Create a concrete beam.

The drop list underneath can be used to create beams of a specific fabrication type.

Meshed Wall Create a reinforced concrete shear wall characterized analytically by a mesh of 2D solver elements located along the wall insertion line and extending to all four corners.

Non-rectangular and sloping wall geometry is allowed as well as openings.

The type of 2D solver elements used is controlled from the structure properties and can be overriden on a wall by wall basis in the individual wall properties.

Mid-pier Wall l Create a reinforced concrete shear wall characterized analytically by a single vertical pier object of identical properties as the wall section, located at the centre of the wall and extending from the top to the bottom level.
Mid-pier concrete shear wall restrictions:
  • must be rectangular
  • must be in a vertical plane
  • openings are not allowed
Wall Opening Create a rectangular opening in an existing meshed shear wall when in a Frame View.

Wall Opening is inactive in 3D Views and Level Views.

Cores Assign existing concrete members as part of a concrete core.

Slabs Group

Command Description Note
Slab on Beams Create a slab.
Slab Opening Create a rectangular or circular slab opening.

Inactive in 3D Views.

Slab Overhang Create an overhang at the edge of a slab.

Inactive in 3D Views.

Column Drop Create a column drop.
Slab Split Split slab items into smaller panels for the purposes of pattern loading and slab design.

Inactive in 3D Views.

Slab Join Join slabs to create larger panels for the purposes of pattern loading and slab design.

Inactive in 3D Views.

Timber Group

Command Description
Column Create a timber column.

The drop list underneath can be used to create columns of a specific fabrication type.

Beam Create a timber beam.

The drop list underneath can be used to create beams of a specific fabrication type.

Brace Create a timber brace.
Truss Runs the Truss Wizard to define a timber truss.

Cold Formed Group

Command Description
Column Create a cold formed column.

The drop list underneath can be used to create columns of a specific fabrication type.

Beam Create a cold formed beam.

The drop list underneath can be used to create beams of a specific fabrication type.

Brace Create a cold formed brace.
Truss Runs the Truss Wizard to define a cold formed truss.

Walls & Panels Group

Command Description
Bearing Wall Creates a wall which resists only axial forces and does not contribute to lateral stability.
Shear Only Wall Creates a wall which resists only in-plane shear and has no out of plane stiffness or load bearing resistance.
Roof Panel Create roof panels for distributing loads and/or introducing diaphragm action.
Wall Panel Create wall panels for distributing loads.

Miscellaneous & Validate Group

Command Description
Support Create additional supports underneath existing members
Element Create analysis elements.
Measure Measures the distance between any existing construction points or intersection points.
Measure Angle Measures angles between existing points in 2D Views.
Dimension Create dimensions between appropriate points which can be included on drawings.
Validate Validate the structure for physical model issues.
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