Reverse member axes and panel faces

Tekla Structural Designer
2021
Tekla Structural Designer

Reverse member axes and panel faces

Sometimes when creating a model, you may end up creating beams or wall panels that run or face in the wrong direction. This may lead to problems in the analysis phase. In order to fix these kinds of inconsistencies, you can use the Reverse command.

Reverse the local axis of a beam

You can easily end up with beams running forwards and backwards if a consistent approach has not been adopted when selecting start and end nodes. Beams that run in different directions can result in confusing force diagrams. By manually reversing the axes of beams, you can make all beams run left to right and bottom to top in a plan view.

To reverse a beam, do the following:

  1. On the Edit tab, click Reverse.
  2. Click a beam to reverse its direction.

Reverse the outward face of a wind panel

The front of each wall should be facing outwards in order to correctly determine the wind direction relative to the wall. Ensure that all the outward faces are displayed in the color assigned to the front of the wind wall.

If a wall is facing in the wrong direction, reverse it by doing the following:

  1. On the Edit tab, click Reverse.
  2. Click a wind panel to reverse its direction.
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