Modify the location or layout of a load

Tekla Structures
2021
Tekla Structures

Modify the location or layout of a load

You can modify the location or layout of loads using direct modification.

Before you start:

  • Ensure that the Direct modification switch is active.
  • Select the load.

    Tekla Structures displays the handles and dimensions that you can use to modify the load.

    When you select a handle and move the mouse pointer over , Tekla Structures displays a toolbar with more modification options. The available options depend on the type of the load you are modifying.

To modify the location or layout of a load:

To Do this Available for
Set a load reference point to move in one, two, or any direction
  1. Select the handle in the load reference point.
  2. To define in which directions the handle can move, select an option from the list on the toolbar:

    You can also press Tab to cycle through the options.

  3. To move the handle in a certain plane only, click and select the plane.
Point loads, line loads, area loads, temperature loads, wind loads
Move a point load or a load end or corner Drag the handle in the load reference point to a new location. All loads
Move a line load or a load edge Drag a line handle to a new location. Line loads, area loads, uniform loads, temperature loads, wind loads
Show or hide direct modification dimensions
  1. Select a handle.
  2. On the toolbar, click .
  3. Click the eye button to show or hide orthogonal and total dimensions:

Line loads, area loads, uniform loads, temperature loads, wind loads
Change a dimension Drag a dimension arrowhead to a new location, or:
  1. Select the dimension arrowhead which you want to move.

    To change the dimension at both ends, select both arrowheads.

  2. Using the keyboard, enter the value with which you want the dimension to change.

    To start with the negative sign (-), use the numeric keypad.

    To enter an absolute value for the dimension, first enter $, then the value.

  3. Press Enter, or click OK in the Enter a Numeric Location dialog box.
Line loads, area loads, uniform loads, temperature loads, wind loads
Show or hide the midpoint handles of a uniform load
  1. Select a handle.
  2. On the toolbar, click .
Uniform loads
Add corner points to a uniform load Drag a midpoint handle to a new location. Uniform loads
Remove points from a uniform load
  1. Select one or more reference points.
  2. Press Delete.
Uniform loads
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