Model import

Last updated March 16, 2018 by Tekla User Assistance

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Model import

Model import

It is possible to import a model to an existing model by using the Import model command that is available from Tekla Structures version 2017 onwards. You can use the Import model command as a replacement to the old 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.

import. You can import the updated model several times.

  1. Open an empty Tekla Structures model created without a model templatemodel which is used as a basis for creating new models

    The user can save a model including all its elements, such as object properties, certain settings, parts, and components, in a model template.

  2. Go to Quick Launch , start typing import model , and select the Import model command from the list that appears.
  3. Select a 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 import to the currently open model.

The advanced option XS_MODEL_IMPORT_LOCK_OBJECTS in the Import category of the Advanced Options dialog box adds locks to objects, the default value is TRUE.

Notes and limitations

  • It is not possible to import model to the same model. For example, create model and objects and save. Then copying the model and deleting half of the model and then importing this to the original model is not possible.

  • If you import to an existing model, fix the possible numberingprocess 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.

    conflicts by adding prefixes in numbering seriesset of identifiers defined by the user, based on which Tekla Structures compares parts, assemblies, cast units, or reinforcement with each other during the numbering and gives position numbers

    Numbering series is defined by a prefix and a start number.

    The user can, for example, allocate separate numbering series to different phases or part types.


  • When you import a model, all components are exploded in Tekla Structures version 2017i and earlier versions.

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