Join and split members

Tekla Structural Designer
Tekla Structural Designer

Join and split members

You can use the Join command for joining discontinuous members, thus creating a continuous member. The Split command, on the other hand, allows you to split continuous members of any material.

Join members

You can use the Join command to manually join concrete beams, even when the Allow automatic join end options are not selected. This is because the Allow automatic join end only applies to the automatic joining that occurs during design process or when you run the Beam Lines command.

Restriction: You can only join:
  • Two similar members if that the angle between the members is less than 45 degrees in both plan and elevation.

  • Beams that have an end point in common.

    If Tekla Structural Designer fails to join two beams, their end points have probably been defined using different construction or grid lines.

  1. On the Edit tab, click Join.
  2. Hover the mouse pointer over the member that you want to join to another member.

    Both the original member and the member to which it will be joined become highlighted. The point where they will be joined is indicated by a red dot.

    Note: If Tekla Structural Designer tries to join the wrong end, move the mouse pointer towards the other end of the member until Tekla Structural Designer indicates the correct end.
  3. Click the highlighted members to join them.
  4. Click additional members to join them, or press Esc to finish.

Split members

Restriction: You can only split members that have previously been joined.
  1. On the Edit tab, click Split.
  2. Hover the mouse pointer over previously joined members that you want to split.

    The member is highlighted, and Tekla Structural Designer uses a red dot to indicate the point where the member will split.

  3. According to your needs, do one of the following:
    • Click the member to split it at the indicated point.
    • Move the mouse pointer further along the member to identify other points where the member could be split.
    Note: If the member being split is a concrete beam, Tekla Structural Designer splits the member into two separate beams. The first beam has the Allow automatic join end 2 option cleared, whereas the second one has the Allow automatic join end 2 option cleared. This prevents Tekla Structural Designer from automatically making the two beams continuous again when the model is designed.
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