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Tekla Setup & Drawing Settings

Whether you’re new to the Tekla software or have been using it for years I can help you maximise your return.

Stage One:  Analyse your Current Processes and Tekla Setup

During this stage, I will review completed models, look at edited drawings, review your Tekla setup, watch Detailers model and edit drawings and interview key stakeholders to understand where they feel improvements are needed and what their goals are. If required, I can provide an online Tekla assessment to understand Detailer’s strengths and weaknesses.


Benefits can be found by tracking the time users are spending modelling and drawing editing, and the commands they use frequently. I can implement a range of automatic tools to monitor this for you.

Stage Two: Report and Recommendations

I will prepare a report on my findings and a proposal outlining where improvements can be made.

Typical areas that can be improved are:

  1. Education on correct modelling procedures

  2. Fine tuning of drawing settings

  3. Creation of pre-saved settings in model and drawing environment to eliminate repetitive tasks

  4. Create cloning master drawings

  5. Development of reports, organiser rules and object representations for self-checking

  6. Creating better looking and more functional and automated drawing templates such as automated member schedules on GA drawings, custom BOMs, automated notes etc…

  7. Building of custom connections and details for non-standard connections or connections unique to your business

  8. Creation of custom reports to suit client / workshop requirements

  9. Developing workflows for larger drawing offices to manage the project using model and drawing status fields and colour coding to allow real-time reporting on project status

  10. Preparation of Tekla Structures detailing manual

Tekla Structures Drawing Settings

One of the main areas I often fine tune is the Tekla Structures Drawing Settings. The “out of the box” drawing settings shipped with Tekla are designed to be very broad to cover general industry standards but fine tuning can make the automatic drawings fit your required style of drawings.

I have seen many companies just put up with the default settings and edit the same things over and over again. I can save you time by fine tuning your drawing setup.


For example, Marking Plans can be set up to provide a semi-automated output that is much closer to your required output than comes with Tekla by default.

Take a few minutes to check out this video showing an example of how Marking Plans can be set up to provide a much nicer output.

Note a few key points:

  • The HD Bolt plan only shows the column marks and automatically includes the underside of Baseplate level

  • The Roof Marking Plan filters out Cold Rolled items automatically

  • The Purlin Marking Plan shows the structural members ‘ghosted’ and places the Purlin Marks central so they don’t end up over the lap area, and the Bridging is shown as a stick representation, with smaller text and central producing a cleaner drawing

  • The Elevation views automatically exclude part marks for parts that are running perpendicular to the view which often clutters the drawing

Drawing Sheet Setup
(Templates and Layouts)


Another area that can not only help with speed and efficiency but also with your company branding are professional looking drawing sheets.


Tekla Structures comes with default drawing sheets and most companies will add their logo to these and that’s about it.

The layout of the templates on the drawing can affect the automated drawing output so it’s important that these are laid out correctly.

You may also work for multiple clients that want their logo shown on the drawings. Automated templates can be created to do this.

Custom templates can also be created for member schedules, footing schedules, panel COG, automated notes, custom handrail BOM, and more.

Get in touch to discuss your needs and how I can help.

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