Reference model objects

Last updated September 24, 2020 by Tekla User Assistance

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Reference model objects

Reference model objects

Some types of reference models are automatically subdivided into 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.

, which is an individual part of an imported reference model. You can define user-defined attributes separately for each reference model objectmodel object that is an individual part of an imported reference model

The user can define user-defined attributes for a reference model object.

The reference model objects can be moved to a model that is currently being worked on.

Information included in a reference model object can be saved in the model database.

and use them for reports and the view and selection filters. They can also be moved to a Tekla Structures model that is currently being worked on. Information included in a reference model objectobject that is represented in a model

A model object is either created in a model or imported into it.

can be saved in the model databasedatabase file that contains a model

Model database file has the file name extension .db1. In addition, other files, such as the corresponding numbering database .db2, are needed in order to obtain the functionality of the model database.


The reference model objects are read-only.

Whether the reference model supports splitting depends on the file format and file structure. .ifc models are always automatically subdivided, and. .dwg files that include any of the following objects, are also automatically subdivided:

  • block table

  • polyface meshreinforcement that represents a mesh of steel bars in two perpendicular directions

    In Tekla Structures, the reinforcement mesh bars in one direction are called main bars and reinforcement mesh bars perpendicular to them are called crossing bars.

  • polygon mesh

  • proxy object (for example, ADT)

  • ACIS objects (3DSolid, Body, Region)

The file formats .dgn , .prp , .skp , .step , and .iges are not subdivided.


To report a needed reference object attribute you can inquire a reference object in the model to see the property name and then in Template Editortool in Tekla Structures that is used for creating and modifying templates to be used in drawings and reports

, add that property name to be reported in a Reference* row.

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