Start Tekla Structures

Last updated March 10, 2020 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

Software version: 
2020

Start Tekla Structures

Start Tekla Structures

When you start Tekla Structures, you are asked to choose your Tekla Structures setup. The setup consists of an environment, role, and configuration.

  • Environment means region-specific settings and information. It defines, for example, which profiles, material grades, default values, drawing settingssettings that control what the drawing looks like and what it includes

    Drawing settings can be defined in the modeling mode when creating a drawing, and they can be modified in the drawing mode.

    The range of the objects and elements that drawing settings affect may vary.

    , component settings, reports, and templates are available and used for the specific region.
  • Role is a user group profile that limits the availability of files and settings in an environment. The user interface has been customized for each role, meaning that some of the settings that are not relevant for the specific role are hidden to make the user interface clearer and easier to use.
  • Configuration consists of a set of features that the user is entitled to based on the license agreement. Each configuration is meant for a specific user group, to suit the various players in the construction industry.

If you are a company administrator, see Overview of environments, roles and licenses.

Choose your Tekla Structures setup

  1. Start Tekla Structures by selecting it from the Windows Start menu or by double-clicking the desktop icon.

    A dialog box where you choose your Tekla Structures setup appears.

  2. Select an environment that fits the region where your project is done.

    If you cannot find the desired environment from the list, see Install Tekla Structures.

    You can also select blank projectTekla Structures environment that contains only generic content and is used as a basis for customized environments

    The blank project contains, for example, parametric profiles and undefined materials, and it can be used for gathering region-, company-, or project-specific settings, tools, and information. The blank project comes with Tekla Structures software installation.

    Tekla Warehouse can be used to download content to a blank project.

    and use it as a basis for a customized environment.

  3. Select a role.

    The availability of roles depends on your environment, but typically the following roles are available:

    • Concrete Contractor

    • Engineer

    • General Contractor

    • Precast Concrete Detailer

    • Production Planner - Concrete

    • Rebar Detailer

    • Steel Detailer

  4. Select a configuration.

    The configuration you are using may not contain all the features described in the Tekla Structures product guides. For more information on the features available in each configuration, see Tekla Structures configurations.

  5. Click OK.

    Tekla Structures start screen appears.

  6. Select what you want to do:
    • On the Recent tab, you can open a recently used model.

      If the Recent tab is empty, then the All models tab is shown.

    • On the All models tab, you can open any existing model.

      If the All models tab is empty, then the New tab is shown.

      On the Recent and All models tabs, you can sort each of the columns. Additionally, you can change the order and size of the columns by dragging them.

      You can search models by name just by starting to type the name of the model. For example, when you type N, Tekla Structures selects the first model starting with the letter N.

      To open the selected model, double-click the selected model, or select the model and click the Open button.

    • On the Shared models tab, you can open a model that has been shared by using Tekla Model Sharingcloud service for collaboration and for storing and sharing a model

      Tekla Model Sharing is one of the Tekla Online services.

      . Note that you need to be logged in with your Trimble Identityuser account to sign in to both Trimble and Tekla products and online services

      For a Tekla Structures user, Trimble Identity is a single sign-on account which enables the user’s online identity management. Trimble Identity is needed, for example, for Tekla Warehouse, Tekla User Assistance, and Tekla Campus.

      to be able to work with Tekla Model Sharing models.

    • On the New tab, you can create a new model.

Create your own environment: blank project

Blank project is a Tekla Structures environment that includes only generic content, such as parametric profiles, undefined bolt, material and rebar grades, and basic drawing layouts. It can be used for gathering region-, company-, or project-specific settings, tools, and information. The blank project is always included in the Tekla Structures installation.

Download and install content to the blank project

You can use Tekla Warehouse to download and install content to the blank project. For example, you can download profiles, material grades, bolts, reinforcement, components, applications, and templates from Tekla Warehouseservice for collaboration and for storing and sharing Tekla Structures content

In Tekla Warehouse the content items are stored in collections. Tekla Warehouse includes the Tekla Warehouse Service and the Tekla Warehouse web site.

Tekla Warehouse is one of the Tekla Online services.

across all environment- and manufacturer-specific collections, and make combinations that suit your needs.

You can download and install content from Tekla Warehouse both before and during a project. Before starting a project, you can install content to your project and firm folders. During a project, you can install content to 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.

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Check or change your Tekla Structures setup

You can check your current Tekla Structures setup (environment, role, and configuration) at any time without having to close the model.

  1. On the File menu, click Settings and scroll down to the License area.

    You current setup is displayed.

  2. Change the setup if needed.

    You may be required to restart Tekla Structures after the changes.

Tekla Structures usage data

Tekla Structures collects anonymous usage data on how you use the software. This information helps to improve Tekla Structures, and it is an easy way to influence the future development of Tekla Structures.

Tekla Structures collects usage patterns and trends of how you use the commands and tools in the software. The program collects this information automatically while you use Tekla Structures. You can view the log filefile that contains information related to changes, actions, and errors in the model or drawing

Tekla Structures writes information in log files when the model is saved, numbered or checked for clashes, for example.

to check the collected data. Your privacy is always a priority - the information we collect is anonymous and it cannot be used to identify you, and your data is combined with other people's data to make statistical analysis.

  1. On the Tekla Structures menu, click Settings and scroll down to the Usage statistics area.

    The data collection is on by default.

  2. If you do not want Tekla Structures to collect the usage data, select the Disable data collection check box.
  3. To check the data that has been collected, click the review the data link.

    Tekla Structures displays the UserFeedbackLog.txt file.

  4. To fine-tune the data saving interval or the data sending interval, use the advanced optionssettings used to customize Tekla Structures for specific companies, standards, users, or user groups

    In Tekla Structures, advanced options are settings that are used, for example, in a specific project or geographical area, or by a specific company.

    In Tekla Structures, advanced options usually begin with the initials XS and are followed by the name of the function, for example XS_BACKGROUND_COLOR.

    XS_​AUTOMATIC_​USER_​FEEDBACK_​SAVING_​INTERVAL and XS_​AUTOMATIC_​USER_​FEEDBACK_​SENDING_​INTERVAL
  5. To send feedback or questions about the data collecting, send e-mail to the address tekla.usability@trimble.com.

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