The Evolution Continues with Tekla Structures 2016.

Enjoy the fresh modern look and feel, ease of use, efficient drawing production and enhanced collaboration. The evolution of Tekla Structures goes on strong at the heart of Trimble Buildings’ offering.

Easier modeling, easier learning

It’s not just about the cool contemporary look. The new user interface makes modeling easier and faster. For example, why not start by choosing a model from the list of your recent models, and continue with creating your own custom tab. The default model colors are both pleasant and logical. Your model stands out from the calm background so you can easily spot what you need, while the icons are modern and recognizable.

Two things have remained essentially the same, just improved: Keyboard shortcuts and command names.

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Great information management, great collaboration

For construction, information about what has been done and who did it is critical. Using reference information from the other project parties is now smoother and more reliable: Tekla users can now see what changes others have made to that IFC model they received. Reference handling and collaboration are easier, prevent design and detailing errors. And Tekla Model Sharing has now more sophisticated change management.

Better drawings, faster and easier production

Tekla product development has kept the wishes of customers in mind when working on drawing production. Creating and editing drawings is now easier, more flexible and reliable. 2D library is a collection of ready-made 2D details such as bolts where you can just pick details instead of drawing these. Importing, saving and reusing your specific 2D details saves even more time, and you can update details & notes across all project drawings.

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More new features

  • Efficient features for structural steel fabricators

    Take advantage of your model information and achieve better productivity.

    tekla_Object_browser_whole_screenUtilize model information with Organizer: Enjoy faster response times. The new property categories can write information into the model, and you can easily organize, manage and track workflows. Automatically created sub-categories allow you to auto-fill from a native or reference model, then further filter content, and break it down into sub-categories.

    The new Organizer supports your processes: With the automatic categorization, everybody stays up to date and benefits from the model information. Use property categories to manage processes and workflows, and add information to the model for all project parties. And for visual status check or classification, you can color the model based on groups.

    tekla_snapping_rendringSnap easily and accurately: Tekla users have asked for Snapping tool improvements and now they are here. For example, you can snap with construction circles and their intersections, but now you won’t accidentally snap through opaque surfaces to hidden objects.

    tekla_CNC_hard_stampIncrease productivity with information flow from model to fabrication: CNC enhancements mean that you can easily set up manufacturer-specific machine settings and benefit from improved feedback. Your control over CNC output is now better: Control hard stamp placement, use new additional output controls, customize the DSTV headers and remove unwanted lines.

    Welds in the models for easy checking: The cleaner welding visualization makes it easy to present and communicate welds. New weld solids in drawings offer a clear presentation of weld positions and communicate even complex details.

    Drafter has been significantly improved according to customers’ wishes: Creating and cloning drawings is now possible. Learn more >

    Watch webinar recording “Sneak Preview of Tekla Structures 2016 for steel customers”

  • Informed and easier cast in place concrete construction

    The evolution of Tekla Structures 2016 makes utilizing models easy for concrete contractors.

    Better Pours and ease of use: The performance of Tekla’s unique Pour modeling and management concept has been improved. Accurate, constructible Tekla concrete models and powerful building information management tools bring effective understanding and communication across a pour project.

    tekla_CIP-OrganizerUtilize model information with the Organizer: The power of Organizer has increased for effective project planning, coordination and control. With quick, easy access to the rich model information and reports, you can now better forecast and deliver projects. And why not highlight important categories and areas of interest in the geometry for better visual understanding?

    Working with location management is now easier and offers more benefits on site. Together with IFC integration, location automation ensures consistent Location Breakdown Structures (LBS).

    tekla_CIP-SurfacesAccurate quantities with improved tools: The new Surface Object allows better material quantity take offs (QTOs). You can now enjoy unrivaled insight and control: Reduce risk when planning, procuring and deploying formwork with Form Face creator. Attributes and quantities of surfaces give you more accurate, reportable information.

    Terrain in the model with LandXML: Include the ground, roads and railways and rain water systems created by other project parties simply by importing LandXML files to Tekla Structures.

    Easier automatic drawing production: Producing drawings is now easier and faster, and the quality has been improved. GA drawings can present CIP geometry as both pours and parts. You can color pour drawings – no need for highlighter pens any more.

    Watch webinar recording “Sneak Preview of Tekla Structures 2016 for contractors planning to pour concrete”

  • Smooth collaboration for structural engineers

    Tekla Structures 2016 offers a lot for engineering offices working in AEC or industrial workflows, regardless the chose level of LOD.

    tekla_Engineering-drawingCreate high quality drawings faster: The structural engineering drawings are now clear and easy to understand, and also producing them is faster and easier with the improved tools.

    tekla_Engineering-drawing2Smoother collaboration with wider design team: Improved workflow with plant design system such as Intergraph Smart3D, Aveva PDMS and E3D and architectural solutions brings better management of information transfer. BIM Publisher automates exports of DGN, DWG and IFC models and DWG and PDF drawings.

    For creating impressive high quality views for client presentations, export models to Trimble’s SketchUp and use rendering packages. And now you can utilize terrain models, line alignments of roads and railways, and rain water systems created by other project parties simply by importing LandXML files to Tekla Structures.

    tekla_TS2016-engineering-bim-floor-levelAlso the BIM floor level system matches that other project parties use in their software solutions, and you can provide accurate information organized according to the industry standards.

    Utilize the information with Organizer: Now it is easy and fast to check what is actually in the model. You can manage, review and report on model content easily and effectively thanks improved usability and powerful new features.

    Watch webinar recording “Sneak Preview of Tekla Structures 2016 for structural engineering”

  • Powerful tools for precast concrete producers

    Tekla Structures 2016 brings new tools and valuable improvements for precast fabrication.

    tekla_WALL_LOD-thumbModel walls efficiently: The new Wall layout and associated tools bring advantage and efficiency to modeling and modifying all wall types; solid, double and sandwich. Automated elementation is especially beneficial for double wall structures.

    Automate tasks with Detailing manager: Repetitive modeling tasks can be automated. This makes detailing more productive, saves time and prevents errors – never miss a concrete cast insert, or put a wrong size into your model again. You can create rules, for example element type specific ones, and then do repetitive detailing tasks with just one command.

    Better reinforcement annotations in drawings: Tekla users have asked for this improvement and now it is here. Enjoy the improvements in creating and modifying drawing annotations, automatic bar pull-out placements, pull-out texts and dimensioning.

    tekla_TS2016-precast-organizerUtilize model information with Organizer: Better, more efficient utilization of model information is now possible. You can automate the creation of repetitive fabrication information, such as concrete covers for precast elements, manage model information and visualize categories more efficiently. Information in an object property value field can automatically fill up in another related, relevant object property value field for use in reports and drawings.

    Watch webinar recording “Sneak Preview of Tekla Structures 2016 for precast”

Why Tekla Structures BIM software

Tekla Structure software has been constantly tested and developed to help you get started with it.

Models created with Tekla BIM software carry the accurate, reliable and detailed information needed for successful Building Information Modeling and construction execution. Welcome smoother workflow to your company with Tekla Structures and constructable models.

Tekla works with all materials and the most complex structures – you set the limits. Our customers have used Tekla Structures to model stadiums, offshore structures, plants and factories, residential buildings, bridges and skyscrapers.

Key Benefits :

  • Collaborate and integrate thanks to open BIM approach.
  • Model all materials.
  • Handle even the largest, most complex structures.
  • Create accurate, constructable models.
  • Let information flow from design and detailing to construction site.

One software solution, different configurations and environments

Tekla Structures is one software solution that has different configurations to match different needs of our customers.

Tekla Structures has 30 localized environments and 14 user interface languages to make using and implementing the software easier around the world.

Analysis & Design Go Hand in Hand

With Tekla software, you can model any type of structure of any material, or include several materials to one model. The software can interface with several analysis and design (A&D) packages through Tekla Open API. In addition, Tekla Structures links with A&D packages by file transfer. Supported formats include, for example, SDNF, CIS/2 and IFC. If you use in-house A&D calculation spreadsheets, Tekla Structures can also link with these.

The benefits of linking with A&D packages include coordination and visualization with the model, drawings and reports and efficient change management. Both engineers and draftsmen can work on the same project model.

Drawings, reports and machinery

Tekla integrates with the most of major advanced production or resource planning and machine automation systems that fabricators of steel structures, precast concrete elements and rebar use. Production information can automatically transfer from Tekla model to these systems and minimize manual work and errors. Drawings can be extracted from the model, and they update with the model. Additionally, you can use the model for material quantity take offs.

To interface with a broader range of manufacturing machinery, Tekla uses different file formats.

Smoother workflow

Tekla software allows effective information flow: Architects, engineers and contractors can share and coordinate project information. Tekla links with major AEC, MEP and with plant design software solutions thanks to open BIM approach and IFC compliancy. The software supports DGN and DWG. Tekla BIM software also integrates with industry leading construction management and analysis and design software.

The benefits of this open approach include better layout coordination and structural information that supports leaner construction. Users enjoy better productivity and less frustration.

Tekla also links to project management applications that further help the users understand and visualize the true scope and context of schedule line items, material ordering, payment requests, and the objects that other project parties create. In addition, mapping critical components of project management information into corresponding intelligent model objects provides users the opportunity to create dashboard views of project status.