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Reference models and compatible formats

Last updated March 16, 2018 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

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Reference models and compatible formats

Reference models and compatible formats

A 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.

is a file that helps you to build a Tekla Structures model. A reference model is created in Tekla Structures or another software or modeling tool and imported to Tekla Structures.

For example, an architectural model, a plant design model, or a heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) model can be used as a reference model. Reference models can also be simple 2D drawings that are imported and then used as a layout to directly build the model on. You can snap to reference model geometry.

Tekla Structures loads reference models only when they are needed, not every time you open a model. Tekla Structures does not save the reference model when you save the current modelmodel that is active in Tekla Structures

The current model can be a single-user model, a shared model or a working model.

, but it saves the link to the reference model. The filename extension of a saved reference model properties file is .rmip.json. The values of Code , Title , Phase and Description cannot be saved in the standard properties file.

The following file types are supported:

  • AutoCAD files .dxf

  • AutoCAD files .dwg (supported version ACAD2018 and earlier)

  • Cadmatic files .3dd

  • IFCfile 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.

    files .ifc , .ifczip , .ifcxml

  • IGES files .igs , .iges

  • LandXML files .xml

  • MicroStation files .dgn , .prp

  • PDF files .pdf

  • Tekla Collaboration files .tczip

  • SketchUp files .skp (supported version SketchUp 2018 and earlier)

  • STEP files .stp , .STEP

Some reference models are automatically subdivided or split into reference model objects.


You can disable the roll-over highlight, which should speed up zooming.

Reference model plug-ins in Tekla Warehouse

Reference model plug-ins are available as .tsep plug-ins in Tekla Warehouseservice for collaboration and for storing and sharing Tekla Structures content

In Tekla Warehouse the content items are stored in collections. Tekla Warehouse includes the Tekla Warehouse Service and the Tekla Warehouse web site.

Tekla Warehouse is one of the Tekla online services.

. Tekla Structures installation contains the plug-ins, but you can get newer ones from Tekla Warehouse. First download the needed package from Tekla Warehouse , and then import it to the Applications & components cataloguser interface for displaying or modifying information in categorized lists

For example, profile catalog and shape catalog are catalogs.


For more information about .tsep packages, see Import a .tsep extension to the Applications & components catalog.

Reference models in drawings

You can show reference models in drawings and adjust their visibility settings: Show reference models in drawings.

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