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Import a PDF to a model

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

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Import a PDF to a model

Import a PDF to a model

  1. On the File menu, click Import > Insert PDF document .

    The Insert PDF Reference Model dialog box opens.

  2. Click Browse.
  3. Browse for the PDF and click Open.
  4. Set the scale for the 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.

  5. Enter the page number that you want to import.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Pick a point to place the reference model.

    Tekla Structures converts the PDF into the DXF format. The conversion creates a DXF file for every imported page. Tekla Structures saves the DXF files to the same folder where the PDF is.


Only vector graphics are converted, not raster graphics.

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by Brandon Carr

Can I change the color of the pdf text/lines? It's white and I cannot read it.

by Päivi from Tekla User Assistance

This should not be the case, maybe you have some problems with the PDF color settings. Please contact your local support.

Best regards,
Päivi from User Assistance Team

by Kevin Davey

when I select Insert PDF document the PDF Reference Model dialog box has stopped opening.

by Päivi from Tekla User Assistance

Please contact your local support for assistance.

Best regards,
Päivi Hallikainen
Documentation Specialist