Background Layer

Glossary Term




In RFEM/RSTAB, a background layer is used as a template for graphical modeling, which is thus much easier.

Entering in RFEM and RSTAB

A background layer can be imported either by using the menu bar → 'Insert' → 'Background Layer' or via Project Navigator - Data → 'Guide Objects' → 'Background Layers'. The import requires a DXF file, which has been exported from RFEM, RSTAB or another program.

After importing the background layer, it is necessary to pay attention to the activation or deactivation of the snap mode for background layers: Status bar → right-click on 'Snap' → 'Edit' → 'Background Layers' tab → 'Snap' mode active/inactive.

Furthermore, there is the option to subsequently edit or move the background layer by right-clicking the entry of the background layer in Project Navigator - Data.


Background layer Template Import Export



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