Last updated March 12, 2019 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

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The DGN format has been used especially for data transfer between plant design programs. It was developed by MicroStation. It is similar to DWG in that it is only a graphical data format. It contains unique part IDs in the given model. It is possible to check for clashes between the Tekla Structures model and a DGN 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.


This format has the following limitations:

  • GUID is not supported.

  • DGN reference model importimport of a model from another software to Tekla Structures

    Tekla Structures supports several different formats to import models.

    does not support change management or UDAs.

  • 3D DGN export supports parts only.

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