Include reference models to overlay for example architect, plant engineer, or services engineer’s models with your own model. You can use either 3D models or 2D drawings as a reference. Create and modify columns, beams, slabs, and other parts using different materials and profiles. Create loads that cover a point, line, or area. You can also create loads that model the effect of wind or temperature change. Add connections, details, and reinforcement to the model. You can do this using components that automatically create all the needed bolts, welds, plates, and reinforcing bars. Examples of components are beam to column connections, braces, lifting anchors, and stairs. Press Ctrl + F to see the available components in the component catalog.

Define your own connections, details, reinforcement, parts, and seams, and edit them with the custom component editor.

Manage profile, material, and bolt information in catalogs.

Create 3D or plane views. Views can show selected parts or components, objects along grid lines, or the entire structure.

The dashed box indicates the work area. Objects outside the work area are not visible, which makes it easier to concentrate on the substructure you are working on.

Define your own cross sections with the sketch editor and store them in the profile catalog. Sketched cross sections are parametric, so you can change their dimensions each time you use them in a model. Add surface treatment, such as tiling or an unpainted area, to part faces or a selected polygon area.

The symbol with three axes represents the local coordinate system. You can adjust the local coordinate system to ease modeling and placing objects. You do this by moving the work plane.

Use numbering to add marks for parts, assemblies, and cast-units.

Create modular grids. You can have more than one grid in a model.


Create analysis models of the physical and load models. Run structural analysis to calculate for example stresses or bending moments for parts.


Publish your model and allow other members of the project team to review it via the Internet with the WebViewer tool. Utilize the model to support project communication and site management. Use the 4D tool for example to display the erection schedule using colors, or to identify the parts that are scheduled to be fabricated during a specific time period. Export data from Tekla Structures and use it for example in manufacturing information systems. Data can be imported and exported in several formats, including IFC. Import data from other software and use it to create models or reports.

Create general arrangment drawings when you need erection, marking, or anchor bolt plans. General arrangment drawings can show the entire model or a part of it.

Produce reports that can be lists of drawings, bolts, parts, etc. Reports can contain information on selected parts or the entire model.

Create assembly drawings or singlepart drawings to show fabrication information. You can collect several single-part or assembly drawings on one sheet to a multi-drawing.

Create cast-unit drawings to show information about dimensions, formwork, reinforcement, cast-in fittings, and insulation.

Create nC files for example in Ficep, Peddimat, Daito, DSTV, or DXF format. The information can be sent to cutting and welding machines. Drawings are automatically updated with the model. You can use wizards to create drawings with a single command. Work on your drawings in the drawing editor. You can control for example how dimensions and marks are presented in drawings, and create additional drawing objects such as lines, text, symbols, and marks. Search and manage drawings in the drawing list. Doubleclick a drawing on the list to edit it with the drawing editor.


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