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Industry standards

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

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Industry standards

Industry standards

There are many industry standard fileproperty file that Tekla Structures uses by default

Standard files are used, for example, for loading frequently used values into the property pane or a dialog box.

Standard file name is standard.* where the symbol * is the file name extension. For example, standard.clm file is used for column properties.

transfer formats. The principle ones supported by Tekla Structures are 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.

, CIS/2, DSTV, SDNF, DGN, DXF, DWG, IGES, and STEP. Older formats are also included. For a tighter integration, you can link to Tekla Structures using the Tekla Open APIapplication programming interface that lets third-party applications integrate to and communicate with Tekla Structures

Tekla Open API enables, for example, customizing Tekla Structures.


The file name extension normally informs the user which format it is based upon. If you do not know what format it is, or the file does not import, then you will need to open the file in a text editor to look at the header information, where the file type and the authoring applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation

is usually noted. With CIS/2 files the authoring application and version number is sometimes written at the end of the file.

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