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

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You can insert a PDF file 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.

to your Tekla Structures model. During import, Tekla Structures converts the PDF into the DXF format.

Insert a PDF file to a model

  1. On the File menu, click Import > Insert PDF .

    The Insert PDF Reference Model dialog box opens.

  2. Click Browse.
  3. Browse for the PDF file and click Open.
  4. Set the scale for the reference model.
  5. Enter the number of the pages that you want to insert.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Pick a point to place the reference model.

    Tekla Structures converts the PDF into the DXF format. The conversion creates a DXF file for every inserted page. Tekla Structures saves the DXF files to the same folder where the PDF is.


Only vector graphics are converted, not raster graphics.

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