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How do I view construction/gridlines in the 3D Structure scene view above the Base level?

Scene content The scene content controls what is to be displayed in the active scene view.Project Workspace > Structure tree - Levels branch The Project Workspace > Structure tree - Levels branch allows the user to decide via the Properties window if a specific levels construction lines/grid is to be visible in the 3D Structure view.You can select an individual Level (i.e. St.2 etc.) to turn on or off the display of the gridlines on that specific level.You can select the Level branch to turn on or off all the gridlines on all the levels (i.e. St 1, St.2, St.3 etc.) 
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How do I open a Tekla Structural Designer .cxl file in Revit Structure?

You need to download and install the Tekla Structural Designer Integrator into Autodesk Revit. Choose the version applicable for the version of Autodesk Revit you have. Once installed you can access the Integrator from the Tekla Integration ribbon. This includes a guide (Advisory Notes) on its use.
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Tekla Structural Designer 2015i Service Pack 3

This service pack should be installed to ensure optimum function of the program. Several improvements and issues have been resolved including: Head Code BS – Bracing Design CHS Sections When the axial load in the brace is 0. The software was classifying the brace member as if it were in compression. Reports – Analysis Diagrams – Axial, Shear and Moment diagrams. The missing text values have now been reinstated on to the diagrams. All Head Codes – Composite Design – The Allow Non-Composite Design option, if the software is not able to find a Composite solution which satisfies the design
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Tekla Structural Designer 2015i Guides & Handbooks

Please find below a list of the guides and their version relating to the attachments Installation & Licensing Title Product version Software installation & licensing guide 15.1 User Guides   Title Product version Help version User Guide - US English 15.1 3.0.0.14 User Guide - UK English 15.1 3.0.0.14 Engineer's Handbooks Title Product version Help version Engineer's Handbook - ACI/AISC 15.1 3.0.0.14 Engineer's Handbook - Eurocode 15.1 3.0.0.14 Engineer's Handbook - British Standards 15.1 3.0.0.14 Reference Guides Title Product version
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How to temporarily remove the contribution of an element in the structure

In Tekla Structural Designer you are able to switch of the contribution of a beam, column or brace.This can be useful if considering the effect on the structure if an element is removed or topics such as disproportionate collapse. From the ‘Solver view’ select a beam, column, or brace.In the properties for that selected member change ‘Active’ to False
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Tekla Structural Designer 2015i Service Pack 2

This service pack should be installed to ensure optimum function of the program. Several improvements and issues have been resolved including: Enhancements to performance and stability particularly related to tolerances. Head Code BS\EC – Lateral Design Combinations which include NHF or EHF doubling the load when calculating the deflection. This issue was introduced with the release of 2015i. Improvements have been made to the model operation slab splitting. Head Code EC – The program has been updated to include the new rules for the Minimum Degree of Shear Connection for UK Construction to
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Tekla Structural Designer 2015i system requirements

Please note: System requirements for Tekla Structural Designer 2015 have been revised to keep inline with the 2015i version. Tekla Structural Designer has been written with the latest tools from Microsoft and other 3rd parties and requires the following PC specification. Minimum PC spec CPU: Intel Core i5 2.0GHz (or dual/quad core equivalent) Memory: 8GB OS: Windows 7 Graphics: 1,600 x 900 widescreen resolution Recommended PC spec CPU: Intel Core i7 2.0GHz (or dual/quad core equivalent) Memory: 16GB OS: Windows 7/8/10 64-bit Graphics: 1,900 x 1,200 widescreen resolution. Supported operating
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Why do I get a Validation Error: Inconsistent outside directions - check adjacent walls?

A wall panel has an inside and an outside face to allow the appropriate internal and external coefficients to be defined. Home ribbon > Settings allows you to define the colours. You can also show the element direction arrow via the Scene Content > Wall Panel. The normal wall arrow points to the outside. Review your model to see if any wall items are inconsistent. i.e. you cannot have an outside wall touching an inside wall as shown below. Use the Edit ribbon > Reverse command and click on a wall panel to toggle it between inside and outside face to ensure that all the wall faces
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  • inconsistent outside directions - check adjacent walls
  • validation
  • error
  • wind
  • panel
  • reverse
  • wall normal
  • wind panel
  • wall panel

Why do I get a Validation Error: Slab/roof overlap?

Tekla Structural Designer 2015i and above will produce a validation error if you have a roof and a slab overlapping.This is to trap out the possibility of the roof and slab spanning in different directions and thus ensuring that the applied load is decomposed to the correct panel item.In order to use the integrated Wind Wizard you must 'skin' the building in wall and roof items so that the appropriate zoning and pressure calculations can be performed. The Wind Wizard only 'sees' wall and roof items in the model.To ensure that the roof panel only acts with the Wind Wizard you can use the '
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  • slab/roof overlap
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How do I show the direction of a member?

Access the Scene Content and locate the Members branch.If you wish to show for all members click the drop down arrow to the far right of Members and ensure 'Direction' is checked. If you wish to show for a specific type of member i.e. Steel Beam only, expand the Members branch then click the drop down arrow to the far right of the Steel Beam and ensure 'Direction' is checked. 
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How do I apply an axial release to the top of a column (gable post)?

Issue In the screenshot below there is no option to apply an axial release to the top of the column.  Resolution To apply an axial release to the top of a column follow the procedure below. To apply an axial release the column must be defined as a gable post. This is achieved by changing the Characteristic to Gable post either within the Properties window (1) or on the General Page of the Properties dialog for the entity (Right click > Edit) (2). An axial release option will then become available on the Releases page (3).   
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Tekla Structural Designer 2015i Service Pack 1

This service pack should be installed to ensure optimum function of the program. Several improvements and issues have been resolved including: Enhancements to performance and stability particularly related to tolerances. All Head Codes - Concrete solver model creation issue, when a beam is connected to another beam along its length – the program generated an invalid rigid zone. This issue was introduced with release 15.1. Installing the service pack will resolve this issue automatically. Auto design of steel members, the program would fail to find the smallest section which satisfies the
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Tekla Structural Designer stops working when clicking New project

There is a known issue with Tekla Structural Designer and Bitdefender application. To check to see if this is the issue please check the following Is Bitdefender installed? Open the Windows Event Viewer Select Applications Check for an Error Event related to the TSD.exe  Check for the following faulting module C:\Program Files\Bitdefender\Bitdefender 2015\Active Virus Control\Avc3_00318_006\avcuf64.dll If the above is found then add the following to the Exclusions > Excluded processes in Bitdefender C:\Program Files\Tekla\Structural\Structural Designer 2015i\TSD.exe If you
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Tekla Structural Designer 2015i technical release notes

This release should be installed to ensure optimum function of the program. Several improvements and issues have been resolved including: Enhancements to performance and stability particularly related to tolerances. All Head Codes - Reinforced concrete walls are no longer designed as part of the Design Steel (Gravity) or Design Steel (Static) design process. To design both steel members and reinforced concrete walls select either Design All (Gravity) or Design All (Static). All Head Codes – An exception which could occur when trying to apply a temperature load to a model. Drawing – General
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Tekla Structural Designer 2015i software release

Tekla Structural Designer – Analysis & design software for Structural Engineers Tekla is delighted to bring you Tekla Structural Designer 2015i, including SP2 Installation Notes - Important Tekla Structural Designer 2015i can be installed alongside the previous release. Models created in the previous version can be opened and worked on in Tekla Structural Designer 2015i. However, please note that once saved these models cannot be re-opened with the previous version. To help with the transition to Tekla Structural Designer 2015i all customized settings made in the previous version are
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Hints & tips: Can Tekla Structural Designer design/analyse a raft or ground bearing slabs?

You can model a ground bearing slab and perform a slab design, however the program does not produce K or bearing pressure values. The modelling procedure is manual as follows rather than automatic: Create a regular arrangement of supports for a slab to approximate a continuous support The slab must be set to be meshed in the 3D analysis Set the properties of the supports you consider appropriate as regards fixed, free and spring for each DOF (degree of freedom i.e. direction) Enter the spring stiffness you wish you use which you must calculate yourself    
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Hints & tips: What differences are there between a FE Chasedown Results vs 3D Global analysis results?

This is an extreme example. It illustrates how results of FE Chasedown vs Global 3D Analysis can be ‘night and day’ different A small model. Is the 1st Floor slab a transfer slab? Is the central column a hanger or not? Note the large section beam at the roof level that will actually act as a transfer beam. These are the sub models. Load can only propagate down the structure. The reactions of the sub model above a level are applied as (downwards) loads at that level, and so on to the foundations.   Here are the Global 3D analysis results – the 1st Floor Slab is meshed in the 3D analysis.
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Hints & tips: Why does my composite beam return large sections sizes?

The reason why the program is returning a very large section size for the design is that no composite studs can be automatically allocated on the beam. Let’s consider the following beam SB Base/5.7/E.2-Base/F/5.5 the angle of the profile metal decking is at 5 degrees and approximately and looks something like this   Therefore the program cannot establish the studs on the beam which can be seen via the results (american codes)   Therefore when the program tries to perform an automatic design initially it will try to place stud on the beam up to the maximum number allowed by the chosen code of
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Hints & tips: RC Beams - Reinforcement section detailing options

RC Beams – Reinforcement Section detailing OptionsTekla Structural Designer allows the user to details sections across RC beams in three ways.These options are controlled underDraw > Edit… > Options > Beam Detailing > Elevation > Content > Cross-sections > Bar annotationThere are the following options: None Standard IStructE (default)
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How to reduce the file size for communication such as email

From the file menu select - Save Model Only to significantly reduce the file size.This will help when communicating via email 
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