Add, modify, and delete shape abbreviations

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Add, modify, and delete shape abbreviations

Shape abbreviations allow Tekla EPM to identify a shape. By adding shape abbreviations, you can ensure that Tekla EPM recognizes the shapes in any files that you import, even if the files do not use the Tekla EPM standard shape abbreviations.

If you are importing a file and Tekla EPM does not recognize an abbreviation in the file, Tekla EPM automatically prompts you to select the shape and grade that the abbreviation should redirect to. Then, Tekla EPM asks you if you want to add an abbreviation for the imported shape.

We recommend that you keep detailers up to date on the used shape abbreviations, so that you can minimize the need to create new shape abbreviations.

According to your needs, see any of the following instructions:

Add a shape abbreviation

  1. In the shape list of the Shape / Grade / Size Maintenance dialog box, select a shape.
  2. Open the Shape Abbreviations tab.

    You can see the existing abbreviations for the selected shape in the Abbreviation list.

  3. At the bottom of the Shape Abbreviations tab, click Add Abbreviation.
  4. In the Abbreviation field, type a letter combination or a number.
  5. Click OK.

The abbreviation is added for the selected shape. If necessary, you can delete previous abbreviations.

Modify a shape abbreviation

  1. In the table of the Shape / Grade / Size Maintenance dialog box, select a shape.
  2. Open the Shape Abbreviations tab.

    The existing abbreviations for the selected shape appear in the Abbreviation list.

  3. In the Abbreviation list, select the item that you want to modify.
  4. At the bottom of the Shape Abbreviations tab, click Edit Abbreviation.
  5. Modify the abbreviation.
  6. Click OK.

The abbreviation is updated.

Delete shape abbreviations

  1. In the table of the Shape / Grade / Size Maintenance dialog box, select a shape.
  2. Open the Shape Abbreviations tab.

    The existing abbreviations for the selected shape appear in the Abbreviation list.

  3. In the Abbreviation list, select the item that you want to delete.
  4. At the bottom of the Shape Abbreviations tab, click Delete Abbreviation.
  5. To permanently delete the abbreviation, click Yes in the confirmation dialog box.
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