Import Tekla Structures model and drawings into another model

Last updated September 10, 2019 by Tekla User Assistance

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Import Tekla Structures model and drawings into another model

Import Tekla Structures model and drawings into another model

You can use the Import model command to import a Tekla Structures model and drawings to another model. If the imported model is later updated, you can re-import the updated model.

  • It is not possible to import a model or parts of it directly into the same model (for example, if the model folderfolder that is used for storing files associated with a model

    Tekla Structures stores all files associated with a model in a folder it creates with the same name as the model database (.db1).

    In multi-user mode all users access the same model folder.

    has been copied in the file system and then worked on separately). You can work around this, for example, by first importing the model into a new empty model or by using the Save as command to create a copy of the model.

  • If you import to an existing model, fix the possible numberingprocess of assigning position numbers to parts, cast units, assemblies, or reinforcement

    In Tekla Structures, the position numbers assigned in the numbering are shown in marks and templates, for example.

    conflicts by adding prefixes in numbering seriesset of identifiers defined by the user, based on which Tekla Structures compares parts, assemblies, cast units, or reinforcement with each other during the numbering and gives position numbers

    Numbering series is defined by a prefix and a start number.

    The user can, for example, allocate separate numbering series to different phases or part types.


  • Importing models from older versions of Tekla Structures is not allowed. When you try to import an old model, the following message is displayed: "Importing models from previous versions is not supported. First save the model with the current version. Note that you will not be able to use Tekla Structures of previous version to edit the model." Click Open for upgrade to open and save the model in the new version, or click OK.

  • You can use the Import model command as a replacement to the old model dumpmodel output in ASCII format that includes all information of the entire model, including drawings

    Model dump can be used to save the model in problematic situations and it can be imported into a new model.

    Model dump is used in Tekla Structures until version 2017. See model import.

    import. Import the model to an empty Tekla Structures model created without a model templatemodel which is used as a basis for creating new models

    The user can save a model including all its elements, such as object properties, certain settings, parts, and components, in a model template.


  1. Open the Tekla Structures model into which you want to import the other model.
  2. Go to Quick Launch , start typing import model , and select the Import model command from the list that appears.
  3. Select a model folder to import and click OK.

    The model objects and drawings are imported and the changes are displayed using the same listing as is used in Tekla Model Sharing.

With default settings, the Locked attribute is set to Yes in the imported objects. Locking is controlled by the advanced option XS_MODEL_IMPORT_LOCK_OBJECTS in the Import category of the Advanced Options dialog box.

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