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Import to and export from Tekla Structures

Last updated September 10, 2018 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

Software version: 
2018i

Import to and export from Tekla Structures

Import to and export from Tekla Structures

Tekla Structures has several tools you can use to import and export physical and reference models and the information they contain.

For details about compatible software in import and export, see Compatible software.

Note:

The import and export functionality is not available in all Tekla Structures configurations. For more information, see Tekla Structures configurations.

You can use import and export in Tekla Structures for several purposes:

  • You can import reference models to Tekla Structures. For example, you can import an architectural model, a plant design model, or a heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) model as 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.

    . 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 import 2D or 3D models created by other software, then detail or manipulate the structural objects using Tekla Structures. Once the model is complete, you can export it, and return it to the architect or engineer for review.

  • You can create reports from the imported models from most of the formats.

  • You can export Tekla Structures models for use in Analysis & Design (several formats). Then you can import the Analysis & Design resultsresults that concern physical part design and that an analysis application generates after it has run a structural analysis and design on an analysis model

    back to the Tekla Structures model.

  • Various model transfers can be completed for the engineering and contractor phase of the project.

  • You can import shapes from many formats. Shapes are used in defining items.

  • You can export data for use in manufacturing information systems and in the fabrication phase:

    • You can export CNCoperation 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’.

      data (Computer Numerical Controloperation 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’.

      ) for use by automated cutting, drilling and welding CNC machinery.

    • You can export to MIS (Manufacturing Information Systems) so that fabricators can track project progress, for example.

Click the links below to find out more about the various types of import and export:

Reference models and compatible formats

IFC

DWG and DXF

DGN

LandXML

PDF

SketchUp

Point clouds

HMS

ELiPLAN

BVBS

Unitechnik

NC files

FEM

ASCII

Attribute import

CIS and CIMSteel

MIS

FabTrol XML

Trimble Connector

Analysis and design systems

CAD import and export formats

Layout manager

Tekla Web Viewer

Tekla BIMsight

Attribute import

In addition to these built-in import and export tools you have a variety of links to other applications available in Tekla Warehouse that you can download.

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