Glossary Term

By using guidelines, you can create user-defined background layers and grids that helps you to enter objects in planes or axes.

Both the number and the layout of guidelines can be adapted to the geometric conditions of a model.

For the modelling purposes, it is possible to 'lock' the guidelines. It prevents from moving the guidelines unintentionally when graphically entering objects. However, the snap function at the intersection points of the guidelines remains active.

Entering in RFEM and RSTAB

You can generate the guidelines in the current work plane graphically or by entering the data in the corresponding dialog box. The input dialog box can be accessed by using the menu 'Insert' → 'Guidelines' → 'Dialog Box'.

Guidelines can be defined in the following ways:

  • Parallel to the axis of the global coordinate system in the current work plane
  • Optionally via two points or a point and an angle in the current work plane
  • Polar in the current work plane

When displaying guidelines, it is possible to show or hide their numbering or a user-defined description.

For guidelines, there are the graphical editing functions available. This allows you to move or copy the selected guideline into the original plane. It has no effect on the definition type (see the list above).


Guideline Raster Axis



RFEM Main Program
RFEM 5.xx

Main Program

Structural engineering software for finite element analysis (FEA) of planar and spatial structural systems consisting of plates, walls, shells, members (beams), solids and contact elements

Price of First License
3,540.00 USD
RSTAB Main Program
RSTAB 8.xx

Main Program

The structural engineering software for design of frame, beam and truss structures, performing linear and nonlinear calculations of internal forces, deformations, and support reactions

Price of First License
2,550.00 USD