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Read a model dump to a new model

Added August 31, 2016 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

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Read a model dump to a new model

Read a model dump to a new model

When you read a model dumpmodel output in ASCII format that includes all information of the entire model, including drawings

Model dump can be used to save the model in problematic situations and it can be imported into a new model.

Model dump is used in Tekla Structures until version 2017. See model import.

, an ASCII file of a model is imported to an open model. You can only read a model dump to a newly-created model. After testing the model where you have read the model dump and after some manual adjustments, you need to copy some files from the original model folderfolder that is used for storing files associated with a model

Tekla Structures stores all files associated with a model in a folder it creates with the same name as the model database (.db1).

In multi-user mode all users access the same model folder.

to the new model folder.

A model dump can be read only once to one model. You can read the same model dump to several new models.


Do not read model dumps to multi-user models.


Do not save the new model until the dump information has been read, otherwise you will receive an error message and the dump information will not be read to the new model.

  1. Create a new model.
  2. In the new model, delete the 3d viewview that displays objects three-dimensionally

    3D view is one of the default views.

    that Tekla Structures creates by default.

    The model dump file has its own views, one of which is most likely named “3d”. If you do not delete the 3d view from the new model, the 3d view in the model dump file will be treated as a duplicate view namename of an individual view

    and possibly not saved.

  3. Browse to the original model folder and copy or move the model.dmp file to the current (new) model folder.
  4. On the File menu, click Diagnose & repair and in the Model dump area, click Read dump.

    Once the model dump is read to the new model, the following message is displayed: Model dump file read, but model is not usable until you save and reopen it.

  5. Save, close, and reopen the model.

    You must save and reopen the model for the model dump to work correctly. If this is not done the model is unusable.

  6. Confirm that the model is working and the model dump succeeded.
  7. Copy all the files from the original model folder to the new model folder except the following:
    • \drawings folder contents. However, if you have taken snapshots and you wish to keep them, copy the ..\<model>\drawings\Snapshots folder.

    • <model_name>.db1 and <model_name>.db1.bak

You may want to check the model for any remaining inconsistencies. On the File menu, click Diagnose & repair and in the Model area click Diagnose model , and in the Library database area click Diagnose database. Make a backup copy of the new, rebuilt model.

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