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Tekla Structures configurations

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

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Tekla Structures configurations

Tekla Structures configurations

Tekla Structures is one product available in different configurations that provide specialized sets of functionalities to suit the needs of the construction industry. Tekla Structures can be used to cover the entire building process from conceptual design to fabrication, erection and construction management.

Tekla also offers configurations of Tekla Structures for students for both home and classroom use. For more information, visit www.tekla.com/solutions/students.

The help covers the content of the Full configuration, so the configuration you are using may not contain all the described features.

Feature map

The features included in different configurations are:




Steel Detailing

Precast Concrete Detailing

Rebar Detailing


Construction Modeling


Project Viewer



Grids, construction lines, points

Building elements



Precast cast units

Pour modeling







Pour viewing










Cast in Place cast units

Numbering process of assigning position numbers to parts, cast units, assemblies, or reinforcement

In Tekla Structures, the position numbers assigned in the numbering are shown in marks and templates, for example.



Assigning control numbers

Conceptual components

Steel components

Concrete components


Lotting process of creating lots and adding assemblies to them

Sequencer Tekla Structures tool for creating named sequences for parts and assigning sequence numbers to the parts

Sequencer is used for defining erection sequences, for example.

User-defined attributes

Project status visualization tool used in the modeling mode for visualizing the properties of model objects

The project status visualization tool can be used, for example, to show model objects related to different phases of a project in different colors. A typical example of using the project status visualization tool is creating an erection schedule.




Clash check manager tool for finding parts that collide on a selected area and managing data related to the collisions

In addition to finding and highlighting clashes, clash check manager classifies them according to their type, and allows the user, for example, to sort the detected clashes and save clash check sessions.

Task manager tool that enables the linking of temporal data to a model

The task manager can be used to create, save, and manage tasks that are used to create a schedule.

Model objects can be added to the tasks. Organizer categories can be used to select the model objects that will be added to the tasks.

Organizer tool for categorizing and managing model information, object properties and object property queries, and model object classification

The organizer consists of two tools, object browser and categories.


Printing and publishing

Printing and plotting

Publish models

External editors

Symbol Editor tool in Tekla Structures used for creating and modifying symbols to be used in drawings, reports, and templates

The symbols are saved in symbol files.

Template Editor tool in Tekla Structures used for creating and modifying templates to be used in drawings and reports

Drawings, plans and reports

Creating general arrangement drawings (plan, section, erection)

Modifying general arrangement drawings (plan, section, erection)

Creating steel fabrication drawings (single-part drawings)

Modifying steel fabrication drawings (single-part drawings)

Creating steel fabrication drawings (assembly drawings)

Modifying steel fabrication drawings (assembly drawings)

Creating precast concrete drawings (cast unit drawings)

Modifying precast concrete drawings (cast unit drawings)

Creating cast-in-place concrete cast unit type where the concrete is formed, poured, and cured in its final position

drawings (cast unit drawings)

Modifying cast-in-place concrete drawings (cast unit drawings)

Anchor bolt (1) connecting building object that is defined in the bolt assembly, and that fastens parts or assemblies or attaches to them

(1) Bolt must belong to a bolt assembly before it can be used in modeling.

(2) bolt element that represents a metal rod or pin that has a head at one end and the other end is open and threaded

(2) Bolts and other bolt elements are listed in the bolt catalog.

(2) A bolt is usually secured by a nut. A bolt is part of the bolt assembly.




Export CNC operation of a machine tool with a computer controlling the manufacturing process

During the computer numerical control manufacturing process, a machine tool or machining center drills, cuts, or shapes the piece of material.

The terms ’numerical control’ and ’NC’ refer to the method used prior to computer numerical control. However, the abbreviation ’NC’ is often used in the term ’NC file’.


Steel MIS links

Import 2D and 3D DWG, DXF

Export 3D DWG, DXF, DGN

Export drawings (DXF, DWG)

Import and export CAD and FEM packages

IFC file format commonly used in BIM that facilitates software interoperability

IFC is an open specification developed by the IAI (International Alliance for Interoperability).

Model can be exported into an IFC file.

2x3 export

CIS/2 import and export

EliPlan import and export

BVBS export

HMS export

Unitechnik export

View reference models

Attach reference models (DXF, DWG, DGN, 3DD, IFC, XML, PDF)


Create analysis model structural model that is created from a physical model and used on the one hand for analyzing structural behavior and load bearing, and on the other hand for design

Analysis model can be viewed in Tekla Structures in a model view.

Analysis model that is made with Tekla Structures can be worked on in other analysis and design software or application.

Analysis and Design interface


Open API

Open API capabilities


✔1 = Limitation: 2500 parts, 5000 reinforcing bars + reinforcing bar reinforcement that represents a steel bar used to increase the tensile strength of concrete

groups, unlimited number of bolts.

✔2 = Pours are enabled by an advanced option.

✔3 = Numbering is limited to cast-in-place parts, cast units and reinforcing bars.

✔4 = View only.

✔5 = Only Cast in Place concrete components.

✔6 = Numbering is limited to steel parts and cast units.

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by Dave Mahaffy

I was reviewing some of the features on this configurations list and I see that there is a footnote 4 in the box for the Organizer under the Project Viewer license.
I believe this is incorrect - the Project Viewer now has full access to the Organizer (not just View ONLY) - doesn't it?
Is there something within the Organizer that is not accessible from the Project Viewer that I may have overlooked?
BTW - I have not noticed any other potential discrepancies...
Thank you.

by Tekla User Assistance

Thanks for noticing. Yes, Organizer should not have footnote 4 in the Project Viewer configuration column. We corrected the table.

by Dave Mahaffy

You're welcome. Looking at it closer, I believe that the Clash Check Manager should have footnote 4 removed for the Project Viewer too - unless there are restrictions in the Project Viewer that I can't detect...please confirm.

NOTE: The accuracy of this entire chart is very important to potential customers and customers looking to upgrade by adding new users within their organization. If they believe that the (for example) Construction Modeling License is required for full access to certain features that are actually available in the Project Viewer, they may mistakenly delay (or not make) a purchase at all.

by Hanna from User Assistance team

We will investigate this, thank you for the feedback.