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DGN import

Last updated March 6, 2017 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

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DGN import

DGN import

You can import DGN models as reference models to Tekla Structures. You can view DGN model objects on different reference modelmodel which the designer can use as an aid when building another model

A reference model is created in Tekla Structures or in other software and can be inserted to Tekla Structures. The reference model appears together with the model but it is not modified by Tekla Structures. The user can snap to reference model points.

For example, an architectural model, a plant design model, or a heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) model can be a reference model.

layers according to the level settings in the DGN file. You can use DGN models for clash checking. Tekla Structures reference model importimport of a model from another software to Tekla Structures

Tekla Structures supports several different formats to import models.

supports V7 and V8 DGN formats.

A DGN file may contain one or more DGN models. A DGN model can be one of the followiing three types: a design model, an extrusion model or a sheet model. Design models are most useful in Tekla Structures as they contain appropriate structural data. If there are many model types available in a DGN file, Tekla Structures selects the imported model type in the following order:

  1. Active model is imported if it is a design model.

  2. Default model is imported if it is a design model.

  3. If DGN file contains design models, the first one is imported.

  4. If there are no design models in the DGN file, the first model regardless of the model type is imported.

You can view a DGN import log about DGN import on the Log file tab in Message Panel. To open the Message Panel , go to Quick Launch and type Message Panel and select the Message Panel command from the displayed list.

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