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CAD import and export formats

Last updated October 29, 2013 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

Software version: 
19.0

CAD import and export formats


CAD import and export formats

You can import to and export from Tekla Structures the following file types using the CAD import tool.

Option

Import

Export

Imports from/Exports to

SDNF

x

x

SDNF (Steel Detailing Neutral File) is used in importing to and exporting from several different CAD systems.

Calma

x

x

Calma plant design system

HLI

x

x

HLI (High Level Interface). IEZ AG Speedikon software

Plantview

x

 

Plantview design system

SDNF (PDMS)

x

x

Plant Design Management System. Aveva 3D plant design software.

Data is exported to PDMS via SDNF link. Tekla Structures writes the information of finish field in the member class part property that groups parts according to identifiers given by the user

The identifiers of classes are usually numbers. Classes can be used for defining the color of parts in the model, for example. Class does not influence the numbering of model objects.

attribute, whereas in SDNF export it omits the class information.

XML

x

x

ArchiCAD modeling system.

There are some limitations in the export:

  • Conversion files are not used.

  • Holes, bolts and welds are not exported.

PML

 

x

PML exports files in Intergraph’s Parametric Modeling modeling that uses parametric variables to define various properties

In Tekla Structures, parametric modeling is used in custom components and parametric user-defined profiles.

Parametric modeling can be used for defining a model object’s geometry, location, and relationship to other model objects. Parametric modeling may also use dependencies between the model objects to update the model objects.

The term ’parametric modeling’ has traditionally been used in Tekla Structures as defined above. In other modeling contexts, the term ’associative parametric modeling’ may be used (see also how associativity is defined in Tekla Structures).

Language format. The PML export can be used with several Intergraph systems.

PDMS

 

x

Outdated format. We do not recommend using this option.

SCIA

 

x

SCIA is used for SteelFab interface.

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