Detailing manager

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Tekla Structures

Detailing manager

Detailing manager is used to apply detailing components into any structure. With Detailing manager you can define rules to apply multiple components at one go to detail the structure of a cast unit or the entire model.

You can use selection filters to define detailing rules for automating repetitive detailing tasks. You can add custom details, extensions or system components with Detailing manager.

You have three options:

  • Use Detailing manager to have a part as input. All parts in the cast unit are examined and detailed by the set rules.
  • Use Detailing manager to have a cast unit as input. All parts in the cast unit are examined and detailed by the set rules.
  • Use Detailing manager to have a component as input, for example, tools such as Floor layout or Wall layout where the same tool creates multiple parts. All parts in the component are examined and detailed by the set rules.

The image below shows an example of Detailing manager. In the example, the Mesh bars component is created to the outside shell of the cast unit because it has the class 4 filter selected and there is a selection filter for objects with class 4.


Option Description


Use the rules to define detailing settings.

The maximum number of rules is 25. Click to add a new rule. You can rename a rule by double-clicking the rule tab.

You can remove the content from a rule tab by double-clicking the rule tab and selecting Clear.

You can remove rule tabs by double-clicking the rule tab and selecting:

  • Close to remove the selected tab.
  • Close other tabs to remove other tabs than the selected tab.
  • Close all tabs to remove all tabs. Detailing manager adds a new empty rule tab.

You can also remove rules by clicking on a rule tab.


Click to select the component that you want to use to detail a structure.

Double-click the component in the Applications & components catalog to add it to the Component box.


Select the attribute file for the component. If you do not select a file, the standard file is used.

Component input

Define the creation method of the selected component:
  • Part: Select the part to which you are creating the component.
  • Part + one point: Select the part and one additional point on the part. With this option, Detailing manager places the center of the object boundary box to that point.

    Use this setting with custom component details.

  • Part + two points: Select the part and two additional points on the part. With this option, Detailing manager uses the start and the end point of the part as insertion points.


Select which parts inside the selected cast unit or component get the selected component. The available selection filters are listed in the filter list.

You can also create new selection filters. You can use five selection filters if you want to create an intersection of the filters.

Create on selected objects

Detailing manager is created to selected parts, cast units or components. The rule settings that are currently set in the Detailing manager dialog box are used.

Create as

  • Detailing manager plug-in: Components are inserted as Detailing manager plug-ins and not as separate components.

    Select this option if you use a component as input.

  • Separate components: With this setting, the inserted components do not have any connection to Detailing manager.
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