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Tekla ® Structures 10.0 Installation Guide A quick start guide to Tekla Structures New Rules.

Tekla ® Structures 10.0 Installation Guide

Tekla ® Structures 10.0 Installation Guide A quick start guide to Tekla Structures New Rules. New

A quick start guide to Tekla Structures

Installation Guide A quick start guide to Tekla Structures New Rules. New Tools. In one revolutionary
Installation Guide A quick start guide to Tekla Structures New Rules. New Tools. In one revolutionary
Installation Guide A quick start guide to Tekla Structures New Rules. New Tools. In one revolutionary
Installation Guide A quick start guide to Tekla Structures New Rules. New Tools. In one revolutionary

New Rules. New Tools.

In one revolutionary software application

A quick start guide to Tekla Structures New Rules. New Tools. In one revolutionary software application
A quick start guide to Tekla Structures New Rules. New Tools. In one revolutionary software application

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A quick start guide to Tekla Structures New Rules. New Tools. In one revolutionary software application

Contents

Contents

1

About This Guide

2

About Tekla Structures

3

Installing Tekla Structures

6

The Password File

9

Troubleshooting

10

Upgrading from Tekla Xsteel

12

Starting Tekla Structures

15

Optimizing Performance

16

Getting Started

17

Modeling Basic Parts

18

Creating Drawings

20

Getting Help

21

Software Piracy Policy

23

About This Guide

This guide explains how to install Tekla Structures 10.0 and introduces the Help resources available to you. It also describes the different software configurations you can choose to install.

This symbol directs you to more information in the online Help, which you can use

This symbol directs you to more information in the online Help, which you can use once you have installed Tekla Structures.

directs you to more information in the online Help, which you can use once you have

About Tekla

Structures

Tekla Structures 10.0 is the next generation of Tekla Xsteel. Its new, modular format spans the entire structural design process, from conceptual design to detailing, fabrication, and construction. Tekla Structures comes in several configurations, designed to provide solutions for the following processes:

1 Steel detailing (former Xsteel)

1 Structural engineering

1 Concrete detailing (precast and

cast-in-place) Of course, designers, engineers, and detailers can still all share the same model, quickly and easily.

Detailing configurations

Tekla Structures comes in the following configurations for detailing:

1 Steel Detailing

Create detailed, 3D models of steel structures, including connections, and produce fabrication information (assemblies, workshop drawings, and CNC and MIS output).

(assemblies, workshop drawings, and CNC and MIS output). 1 Precast Concrete Detailing Create 3D models of

1 Precast Concrete Detailing

Create 3D models of concrete structures, and output manufacturing and fabrication information (single- part and cast-unit drawings).

information (single- part and cast-unit drawings). 1 Reinforced Conc rete Detailing Create 3D models of

1 Reinforced Concrete Detailing

Create 3D models of concrete structures, and output erection drawings of cast-in-place structures.

1 Full Detailing

Create 3D models of both steel and concrete structures, and output fabrication and erection information.

Structural engineering and design configurations

Tekla Structures comes in the following configurations for structural engineering and design:

1 Standard Design

Create 3D models of structures in a multiuser environment, and exchange information with CAD or FEM software.

and exchange information with CAD or FEM software. 1 Basic Design Create 3D models of structures

1 Basic Design

Create 3D models of structures in a single-user environment.

1 Engineering

Create 3D models, and use STAAD.Pro analysis and design tools.

Other configurations

Tekla Structures also comes in the following configurations:

1 Viewer

View 3D models of structures, and create reports and print drawings.

1 Project Management

View 3D models of structures, and track the status of projects.

3D models of structures, and track the status of projects. Add-on modules To expand your configuration,

Add-on modules

To expand your configuration, you can add on one, or more, of the following modules:

1 Analysis and Design

1 CIS/2

1 Plate nesting

1 Cold rolled connections

3D modeling

Tekla Structures 10.0 is an easy-to-use, accurate 3D modeling system.

10.0 is an easy-to-use, accurate 3D modeling system. 1 Simultaneously model concrete and steel 1 Work

1 Simultaneously model concrete and steel

1 Work with realistic, real-time structures

1 Use a single model containing all the design, fabrication, and erection information

1 Create compact models

1 Easily manage additions and modifications

Customizable and parametric components

Tekla Structures 10.0 includes a comprehensive library of intelligent components that automate many routine detailing tasks, and help you create connections and elements such as stairs and handrails, quickly and easily. You can also create your own intelligent components.

1 Tailor-make your own components for individual projects, or to comply with in- house detailing standards (or any other)

1 Build your detailing expertise into custom components

1 Make custom components parametric, so that they automatically adjust to changes in the model

Automatic output

Tekla Structures 10.0 automatically produces drawings and reports, for erection and fabrication.

produces drawings and reports, for erection and fabrication. 1 A single source of information guarantees consistency

1 A single source of information guarantees consistency

1 Drawings and reports automatically reflect changes in the model

1 Automatically generate perspective and plan drawings

Installing Tekla Structures

Technical requirements

To install Tekla Structures 10.0 you need:

1 The Tekla Structures 10.0

installation CD To run Tekla Structures 10.0 you need:

1 A Tekla hardware lock

1 A STAAD.Pro hardware lock (optional)

1 A valid password file (xswrk.dat)

1 The name of the Tekla Structures server (multiuser only)

Before you start

1 You need Windows Administrator rights to install Tekla Structures.

1 Exit all other programs.

1 Connect both hardware locks to your computer’s main parallel port, LPT1. We recommend that you first connect the Tekla lock, then the STAAD.Pro lock.

you first connect the Tekla lock, then the STAAD. Pro lock. How to install Tekla Structures

How to install Tekla Structures

Follow these steps to install Tekla Structures. After each step, click Next to continue. Dialog box titles and buttons are shown in bold.

1. Insert the Tekla Structures installation CD into your CD- ROM drive. If installation does not start automatically, double- click the setup.exe file on the CD.

2. On the installation menu, select Install Tekla Structures 10.0 > Software.

menu, select Install Tekla Structures 10.0 > Software . 3. Select the language to use when

3. Select the language to use when installing Tekla Structures, and then click OK.

4. The InstallShield Wizard dialog box appears. Click Next to continue.

5. Read the text in the Welcome dialog box, and then click Next.

6. If you accept the License Agreement, click Yes to continue.

7. Type in your Customer Information.

8. In Choose Destination Location, use Browse to locate or create the folder where you want to install Tekla Structures (e.g.

C:\TeklaStructures\). Tekla Structures installs version 10.0 in its own subfolder.

9. In Location for Tekla Structures models, use Browse to locate or create the folder where you want to save Tekla Structures models.

10. Select the Tekla Structures configuration you want to install.

11. If you want to install any add-on modules, select them now.

You need to purchase most add- on modules separately. Please contact your sales representative for more information.

12. Select the environment component(s) you want to install.

13. Select the language(s) you want to use for the user interface.

14. In the Multiuser server dialog box, do one of the following:

To use Tekla Structures in multiuser mode, type in the network name of the Tekla Structures server.

To find a computer’s network name, go to the Windows Control Panel > System > Computer Name tab > Full computer name.

To use Tekla Structures in single- user mode, clear the Server name field.

15. The Select Program Folder dialog box contains the default folder name ‘Tekla Structures 10.0’. Click Next to automatically create the folder.

16. If this is the first time you have installed Tekla Structures on the computer, you are prompted to install the device drivers for the

hardware lock (the Sentinel drivers). You cannot start Tekla Structures without these drivers. Click Yes to install them.

If you have older device drivers for the hardware lock installed on your computer, the installation prompts you to replace them. Click Yes. You cannot start Tekla Structures without these new drivers. They are compatible with previous versions.

17. Start Copying Files displays the installation options you have chosen. Click Next to start installing Tekla Structures, or click Back to return to previous steps.

18. Installation starts. A progress indicator displays the status of the installation.

19. If you chose to install the Analysis and Design add-on module, the STAAD.Pro installation automatically starts when the Tekla Structures installation is complete.

20. In the InstallShield Wizard Complete dialog box, select the checkbox to read the readme.txt file. Click Finish to close the installation and open the readme file.

21. If the InstallShield Wizard cannot update all the files because another program is using them, it prompts you to reboot your computer.

22. Copy the password file xswrk.dat to the correct folder. For more information, read “The Password File” section in this guide.

Installing the Help files

Tekla Structures 10.0 includes online help in the following languages:

1

English

1

French

1

German

1

Spanish

1

Dutch

1

Chinese

1

Japanese

To

install the online help, select Install

Tekla Structures 10.0 > Help on the

CD installation menu, and then follow

the prompts on the screen:

Install Tekla Structures 10.0 > Help on the CD installation me nu, and then follow the

The Password File

When you buy a Tekla Structures license, you will receive a file named xswrk.dat. This is your password file.

You must install a valid password file before you can use Tekla Structures. Each password file only works with a specific hardware lock, software configuration and release.

Hardware lock number
Hardware lock
number

Your password file defines which features you can use. Even if you install the full Tekla Structures package, you will only be able to use the features your password entitles you to use.

To install your password file:

1. Make a copy of your new password file. Open the e-mail containing it and save the xswrk.dat file. Do not save it to the Tekla Structures folder at this stage.

2. To keep a copy of your old password file, use Windows Explorer to locate the file

\TeklaStructures\10.0\nt\bin

\xswrk.dat.

3. Right-click the file and select Rename from the pop-up menu. Windows highlights the file name.

4. Type in xswrk.old. Then hit the Enter key to rename the file.

5. To install your new password file, use Windows Explorer to locate the password file you saved in Step 1.

6. Right-click the file and select Copy from the pop-up menu.

7. Move the cursor to the

\TeklaStructures\10.0\nt\bin

folder. Right-click and select Paste from the pop-up menu. Windows copies the xswrk.dat

file to the

\nt\bin folder.

Troubleshooting

Using an incorrect password file or a mismatched hardware lock and password files prevents Tekla Structures from starting. If this happens to you, there are several things you can do to pinpoint the problem.

Check the log file

Close any open warning dialog boxes. Tekla Structures does not create a log file if you have warning dialog boxes open.

Check the Tekla Structures log file (located in the TeklaStructuresModels folder, by default). The name of the file is TeklaStructures_your user name.log. For example, TeklaStructures_john.log.

If you cannot locate the file, check the line XS_RUNPATH in the startup batch file, which points to the location of the log file. If you cannot open the log file, close Tekla Structures and try again.

Open the log file using any text editor (e.g. Notepad).

Messages from password and hardware lock errors appear at the end of the log file.

Common errors

Look for the following error messages in the log file:

*** Password file: C:\TeklaStructures \10.0\nt\bin\xswrk.dat not found

Problem: The password file is not located in the correct folder.

Solution: Follow the steps in “The Password File” section of this guide to copy your password file to the correct folder.

Dongle - Trying to find dongle: Unit not found.

Problem: The Sentinel driver cannot find the hardware lock.

Solution: There are several things you need to check:

Check the hardware lock is securely attached to a parallel port on your computer.

In the Windows Control Panel, check that the following device drivers are running, and are set up to start automatically:

1 Parallel and serial drivers

1 Sentinel driver (hardware lock

driver) To find the drivers in Windows 2000 or XP:

1. In the Control Panel, double-click the System icon, click the Hardware tab, then the Device manager button.

2. Click on the View menu and select Show hidden devices. The Sentinel driver is located under Non-Plug and Play Drivers.

Dongle - Initializing dongle: Driver not installed. Please install driver and reboot the computer. Check LAN adapter '000' > 0010a4c222e3 > OK *** no licence for this machine

Problem: Hardware lock driver is not running.

Solution: As above.

*** (current machine id = 'f033********')

Problem: Tekla Structures has found the hardware lock, but has encountered another problem.

Solution: Check the log file for other error messages.

*** licence has expired

Problem: The password file has expired.

Solution: Ask your software supplier for a new password.

*** no licence for this machine *** (current machine id =

’f0338c9e000e’)

*** No licence: illegal password file (check the spelling !)

Problem: The hardware lock number is incorrect or characters are missing from the password file.

Solution: Check you are using the correct password file for the hardware lock you have installed.

*** no licence for this client name *** no licence for this machine *** (current machine id =

’f0338c9e000e’)

*** No licence: illegal password file (check the spelling !)

Problem: You are using a password file for a different version of Tekla Structures.

Solution: Verify that your password file is for the current version. You should also read the next troubleshooting tip, which explains how to resolve problems if your password file and hardware lock do not match.

*** no licence for this machine *** (current machine id = ‘xxxxxxxxxx’)

Problem: If the ‘machine id’ entry contains a series of numbers and letters, you are using the wrong hardware lock with the password file.

Solution: Check the first line of the password file against the hardware lock number printed on the device to ensure that you are using the correct hardware lock.

Reporting problems

If you think you have discovered a problem in Tekla Structures, please report it to your Tekla Structures representative using the form available at Help > Tekla on the Web > Maintenance Request

Upgrading from Tekla Xsteel

To make it easier for you to upgrade to future releases of Tekla Structures, your personal settings are all stored in one location, the user.bat file.

Read “Startup batch file” (System book, section 3.1) in the online help.

Read “Startup batch file” (System book, section 3.1) in the online help.

Existing models

We recommend that you complete any models you are already working on using your current version of Xsteel. Once you save a model in Tekla Structures 10.0, you cannot open it in Xsteel.

Customizing Tekla Structures

If you have customized previous versions of Xsteel (i.e. added or changed drawing or report templates, catalog entries, user-defined attributes, etc.), you will need to transfer that information to Tekla Structures 10.0. Working through the following questions will help you transfer all the information you need:

Have you used the user.bat file?

Yes: Good, that makes upgrading very easy. Check that the environment variables in the following table point to correct folders in the user.bat file. Then copy the user.bat file to Tekla Structures 10.0. You are done and you can skip the rest of this section.

Environment

Folder

variable

XS_FIRM

Folder containing

your company-

specific

environment files

XS_PROJECT

Folder containing

your project-

specific

environment files

XS_TEMPLATE_

Folder containing

DIRECTORY

your own templates and reports

XS_PROFDB

Folder containing the profile catalog and conversion files

XS_DRIVER

Folder containing your plotter catalog (plotdev.bin)

XS_INP

Folder containing the objects.inp file

No: Nothing to do, please continue

Have you used Xsteel environment variables to customize Xsteel?

Yes: If you have used environment variables in files other than user.bat, cut and paste your modified entries to the Tekla Structures 10.0 user.bat file.

No: Nothing to do, please continue

Have you used firm or project folders?

Yes: Good, that makes your job easier. Add the environment variables XS_FIRM and XS_PROJECT to the

user.bat file, giving the paths to your firm and project folders. You are done.

No: You will need to manually copy some information to Tekla Structures 10.0, please continue.

To learn how using project and firm folders makes upgrading easier, read “Project and firm folders” (System book, under section 3.3) firm folders makes upgrading easier, read “Project and firm folders” (System book, under section 3.3) in the online help.

Have you created or modified drawing or report templates?

Yes: Copy the *.rpt, *.tpl, and *.lay files to Tekla Structures 10.0.

No: Nothing to do, please continue

Have you added profiles, materials or bolts to Xsteel catalogs?

Yes: If you need to use them in Tekla Structures 10.0, read the following topics in the online help:

”Merging bolt catalogs” (System book, under section4.4) “Merging profile catalogs” (System book, under section 4.2). Also applies to material catalogs.

4.4)

“Merging profile catalogs” (System book, under section 4.2). Also applies to material catalogs.

No: Nothing to do, please continue

Have you customized or created any conversion files?

Yes: Copy the relevant *.cnv files to Tekla Structures 10.0.

No: Nothing to do, please continue

Have you configured CNC options?

Yes: Copy the machine#.ini, pop_mark_parts.inp, and tekla_dstv2dxf.def files to Tekla Structures 10.0.

Note that, in versions earlier than Xsteel 9.0, dstv2dxf settings were in the dstv2dxf.cfg file.

No: Nothing to do, please continue

Have you configured the default plotter catalog in Xsteel?

Yes: Copy the plotdev.bin file to Tekla Structures 10.0.

No: Nothing to do, please continue

Have you created any user- defined attributes?

Read “Adding properties” (System book, under section 3.4) in the online help, if you are

Read “Adding properties” (System book, under section 3.4) in the online help, if you are not sure what this means.

Yes: Check which user-defined attributes Tekla Structures 10.0 already includes.

To keep these default attributes and add your own, copy and paste yours into the objects.inp file.

To only use your user-defined attributes, open the user.bat file and set the environment variable XS_INP to point to the folder that contains your current objects.inp file.

Note that the objects.inp file for some environments has been restructured.

For more information, read “Less repetition in objects.inp” (Release Notes book, section 1.2) in the online help. “Less repetition in objects.inp” (Release Notes book, section 1.2) in the online help.

No: Nothing to do, please continue

Have you saved any dialog box properties to use with the Load command, either manually or using Save Defaults?

Yes: If you have used firm or project folders to store these files, you do not need to do anything. If not, copy the relevant files to Tekla Structures 10.0.

Read “File extensions” (System book, Appendix D) in the online help for a complete list of dialog box file book, Appendix D) in the online help for a complete list of dialog box file extensions.

No: Nothing to do, please continue

Have you created a user menu, or your own toolbars or shortcuts?

Yes: Tekla Structures 10.0 will automatically copy them from Xsteel 9.1, or earlier.

No: Nothing to do, please continue

Have you created or modified symbol files?

Yes: Copy *.sym files to Tekla Structures 10.0. Check that the environment variable DXK_SYMBOLPATH points to the correct folder in the teklastructures.bat file.

No: Nothing to do, please continue

Have you created any connection properties files using AutoDefaults?

Yes: Copy the connection properties files and the defaults.zxt file to Tekla Structures 10.0.

Read “Connection properties files” (System book, under section 5.2) in the online help.

Read “Connection properties files” (System book, under section 5.2) in the online help.

No: Nothing to do, please continue

Have you created AutoConnections?

Yes: Copy rules.zxt to Tekla Structures

10.0.

No: Nothing more to do.

To get help upgrading your existing version of Tekla Structures, please contact Tekla’s local technical support professionals.

Starting Tekla Structures

To start Tekla Structures, click the Windows Start button. Navigate to All Programs > Tekla Structures > Singleuser, and then select the version you want to open. For example, Tekla Structures enu US Imperial starts the English version of Tekla Structures, with the US Imperial environment.

Creating a shortcut

The installation does not automatically create a shortcut to Tekla Structures on your desktop. To create the shortcut:

1. In Windows, click Start, go to All Programs > Tekla Structures 10.0 > Singleuser > Tekla Structures enu US Imperial.

2. Right-click and select Create Shortcut from the pop-up menu.

3. Drag the new shortcut from the menu to the desktop.

4. If you have several Tekla Structures setups on one computer, you can create a shortcut for each one.

on one computer, you can create a shortcut for each one. Batch files Tekla Structures stores

Batch files

Tekla Structures stores the settings for environment, language, default folders, and other setup options in batch files. When you start Tekla Structures, a batch file runs all the processes the software needs to start up. This means you cannot start Tekla Structures by double-clicking the TeklaStructures.exe file.

Read “Startup batch file” (System book, section 3.1) in the online help.

Read “Startup batch file” (System book, section 3.1) in the online help.

Optimizing

Performance

You can optimize system performance by changing the following default settings in Windows:

Virtual memory settings

Set the initial size and maximum size of the Windows virtual memory paging file to at least 300 MB. It is important that these two values are equal. If disk space is not an issue, use 1–2 GB.

To set the size of the virtual memory paging file:

In Windows 2000:

1. Click the Windows Start button, point to Settings, and click Control Panel.

2. Double-click the System icon, click the Advanced tab, then click the Performance Options button.

3. In the Virtual memory section, click Change….

4. Fill in the Initial size and Maximum size fields.

5. Click the Set button.

In Windows XP:

1. Click the Windows Start button, and click Control Panel.

2. Double-click the System icon, then click the Advanced tab.

3. In the Performance section, click Settings, then Advanced.

4. In the Virtual memory section, click Change.

5. Fill in the Initial size and Maximum size fields.

6. Click the Set button.

Showing window contents

If you find that Windows is slow to drag and resize views, switch off the option to Show windows contents while dragging.

To switch off Show windows contents while dragging:

1. In the Windows Control Panel, double-click the Display icon.

2. In Windows XP, click the Appearance tab, then the

Effects

In Windows 2000, click the

Effects tab.

button.

3. Clear the Show windows contents while dragging checkbox.

4. Click OK to close the dialog box and save the settings.

Read “Optimizing system performance” (System book, section 1.6) in the online help.

Read “Optimizing system performance” (System book, section 1.6) in the online help.

Getting Started

This information will help you to start using Tekla Structures.

Creating a new model

To create a new Tekla Structures model:

1.

model dialog box appears. You can only have one model open at a time. If you already have a model open, Tekla Structures prompts you to save that model and closes it.

2. In the New model dialog box, click at the end of the path name in the field at the bottom of the dialog box. Then enter the \ character, followed by the model name.

3. Select the Create default view and grid checkbox to have Tekla Structures automatically create a grid and a view using the standard properties. For more information, see the “Setting the grid” section in this guide.

4. Click OK to create the model.

Click File > New

The New

A 3D view with cyan grid appears on the screen. All the toolbar icons become active and the model name appears in the title bar of the Tekla Structures window.

appears in the title bar of the Tekla Structures window. Setting up the grid Cyan dash-dot

Setting up the grid

Cyan dash-dot lines show the projection of the grid that is visible on the view plane. To change the grid:

1. Double-click the grid. The Grid dialog box appears.

2. Change the grid properties.

Read “Grid properties” (Modeling book, under section 2.2) in the online help. (Modeling book, under section 2.2) in the online help.

3. Click the Modify button.

Using views

Use Ctrl+P to switch between 3D and plane views. To create a view, click View > Create view and select a command.

Read “Basics” (Modeling book, section 2.1) in the online help. section 2.1) in the online help.

Modeling Basic Parts

Use the basic parts shown here to build a physical model.

Double-click an icon to open a part's properties dialog box. (For example,

to open a part's properties dialog box. (For example, opens the pad footing properties.) Change the

opens the pad footing properties.) Change the properties, and then click OK to save the changes.

Then you need to pick points to insert the part in the model. These points appear as red crosses in the following illustrations.

Foundations

Pad footing

in the following illustrations. Foundations Pad footing Strip footing Columns Steel and concrete columns Beams

Strip footing

following illustrations. Foundations Pad footing Strip footing Columns Steel and concrete columns Beams Concrete beam 18

Columns

Steel and concrete columns

following illustrations. Foundations Pad footing Strip footing Columns Steel and concrete columns Beams Concrete beam 18

Beams

Concrete beam

following illustrations. Foundations Pad footing Strip footing Columns Steel and concrete columns Beams Concrete beam 18
following illustrations. Foundations Pad footing Strip footing Columns Steel and concrete columns Beams Concrete beam 18

Steel beam

Steel beam You can also create orthogonal, curved, and polygonal steel beams. Slabs and panels Concrete

You can also create orthogonal, curved, and polygonal steel beams.

also create orthogonal, curved, and polygonal steel beams. Slabs and panels Concrete slab Pick three or

Slabs and panels

Concrete slab

and polygonal steel beams. Slabs and panels Concrete slab Pick three or more points to define

Pick three or more points to define the perimeter of the slab.

three or more points to define the perimeter of the slab. Concrete panel Plates Contour plates

Concrete panel

points to define the perimeter of the slab. Concrete panel Plates Contour plates Folded plates using

Plates

Contour plates

points to define the perimeter of the slab. Concrete panel Plates Contour plates Folded plates using

Folded plates using polybeam command

points to define the perimeter of the slab. Concrete panel Plates Contour plates Folded plates using

Creating Drawings

You can easily create 3D or plan drawings, from the entire model, or part of it.

This example explains how to generate drawings from perspective and plan views.

Setting up views

You must create and set up model views before you create a drawing.

1. To generate plan views from grid lines, click View > Create view > Grid views

2. To make the views visible, click View > Named views

3. To rotate a 3D view, hold down the Ctrl key and click and drag with the middle mouse button.

Ctrl key and click and drag with the middle mouse button. Creating drawings Once you have

Creating drawings

Once you have created the model views you need, you can create a drawing:

1. Click Drawings > General arrangement drawings…. The following dialog box appears:

arrangement drawings… . The following dialog box appears: 2. Hold down the Ctrl key and select

2. Hold down the Ctrl key and select the views to include in the drawing.

3. Select the Open drawing checkbox and click the Create button.

4. The drawing opens in the Drawing Editor.

Changing drawing appearance

To change the appearance of the drawing (scale, color, etc.), you need to modify the drawing properties.

color, etc.), you need to modify the drawing properties. 1. Double-click the drawing background to open

1. Double-click the drawing background to open the drawing properties dialog box.

2. Change the drawing properties and click the Modify button. Tekla Structures automatically regenerates the drawing with the new properties.

Getting Help

Tekla Structures 10.0 includes complete documentation in an accessible, HTML-based help system.

Our online Help is a detailed guide to Tekla Structures concepts, tools, commands, and features, with plenty of examples. Use the F1 key to access the online Help. If you have a dialog box open, Tekla Structures takes you straight to the related topic. Use the following tabs to navigate Help in different ways:

1 Contents - Online books

1 Index - Alphabetical list of key words

1 Search - see Using Search

1 Favorites - see Adding Favorites

You do not need an Internet connection to use Tekla Structures online Help.

Using Search

To find a topic using Search:

1. Click the Search tab in the online Help:

using Search: 1. Click the Search tab in the online Help: 2. Type in the word(s)

2. Type in the word(s) to search for.

3. Click List Topics to perform the search.

4. Double-click a title to display that topic, or click the topic title. Then click Display.

Search tips

1

The online Help searches for topics containing all the words you enter.

1

Enclose words in “ “ to search for topics that contain the entire phrase, e.g. “bolt catalog”.

1

To search with certain start of a word, always use asterisk after the search term, for example dimens* to search for dimension, dimensioning, etc.

1

Click

Click

to refine your search

using AND, OR, NEAR, or NOT:

 

Help displays topics that:

AND

Contain both words or phrases

OR

Contain either word or phrase

NEAR

Contain the words or phrases within 8 words of each other

NOT

Do not contain the word or phrase

Adding Favorites

To add a topic to your list of favorites in the online Help:

1. Open the topic in the Search window.

2. Click the Favorites tab.

3. Click Add (bottom right of navigation window).

Ready-to-print manuals

Your installation CD also contains ready-to-print manuals in PDF format.

To view or print the manuals, insert the installation CD and select View/Print manuals on the opening menu.

You need Acrobat Reader to view and print the PDF manuals. This free software is available on the installation CD, or at http://www.adobe.com.

Tekla Extranet

Anyone with a current maintenance contract can use the Tekla Extranet. Register now to get free access to our online discussion forums, hints & tips, software updates, tutorials, and more. To register, go to https://extranet.tekla.com, then click the Register button.

, then click the Register button. More help resources If you have a valid maintenance

More help resources

If you have a valid maintenance contract, you can also get advice on technical issues by email from Tekla’s support professionals.

In Tekla Structures, click Help >

1.

Tekla on the Web >

Maintenance Request

to fill in

a maintenance request form.

2. To send your request to Tekla support, click Help > Tekla on the Web > Mail to Support use one of the following addresses:

, or

Area

 

office

E-mail address

China

TeklaStructures.Support.

CHI@Tekla.com

Finland

TeklaStructures.Support.

FI@Tekla.com

France

TeklaStructures.Support.

FR@Tekla.com

Germany

TeklaStructures.Support.

GER@Tekla.com

Japan

TeklaStructures.Support.

JPN@Tekla.com

Malaysia

TeklaStructures.Support.

MY@Tekla.com

Middle

TeklaStructures.Support.

East

ME@Tekla.com

Sweden

TeklaStructures.Support.

SWE@Tekla.com

UK

TeklaStructures.Support.

UK@Tekla.com

US

TeklaStructures.Support.

US@Tekla.com

Software Piracy Policy

Software piracy is a major global concern for commercial software producers, retailers, and distributors worldwide. Software pirates not only survive by cheating software suppliers of their rightful income, but also rob you, our important customers, of:

1 the product and support you have paid for by supplying you with an inferior and unsupported product; and

1 your right to insist upon a

product quality that is second- to-none (upon which Tekla prides itself). Tekla is very firmly committed to ensuring the protection of your rights, Tekla’s rights, and the rights of other software suppliers, by allocating considerable resources towards global anti-piracy campaigns and to tracking down pirates and other parties involved in making or distributing illegal copies of Tekla’s software, and ensuring those parties are prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

For this reason, piracy of Tekla products is very rare, but it does happen.

Software piracy is illegal in all countries and jurisdictions in which our products are sold or distributed, and it is also illegal to use any unauthorized copy of Tekla’s software. Significant civil and criminal penalties may apply to any party who makes or deals with unauthorized copies of Tekla software.

If you discover any such unauthorized copy of our software, or are aware of any parties you think may be involved in making or dealing with any

unauthorized copies of any of our products, you can assist us to stamp it out by sending an e-mail (anonymously if you wish) to

software.piracy@tekla.com.