Manage reference models in Trimble Connector

Last updated April 2, 2020 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

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2020

Manage reference models in Trimble Connector

Manage reference models in Trimble Connector

With Trimble Connectorfeature that enables interoperability between Tekla Structures and Trimble Connect application

, you can manage two types of reference models: regular reference models and overlay models. Reference models are part of the Tekla Structures model, and they can be downloaded from, or exported to Trimble Connect(1) application for information sharing and collaboration for construction projects that is based on the Trimble Connect platform

(1) Reference models are used in Trimble Connect application instead of using import and export.

(1) Trimble Connect application includes web, desktop and mobile clients, and the Sync tool, for example.

(2) Trimble’s platform for microservices in the cloud

(2) Trimble Connect platform’s microservices include services for uploading, storing, processing, and managing or consuming data. These services are meant to provide common solutions required by multiple applications.

projects. Overlay models are lightweight reference models that are stored in the attached Trimble Connect project. Overlay models can be quickly attached to the Tekla Structures model to show model objects on top of the Tekla Structures model.

  • To start managing reference models, on the Trimble Connect ribbon tab, click Models.

The Trimble Connect - Models dialog box opens. Here, you can manage reference models on the Reference models tab, and overlay models on the Overlay models tab.

 

Upload reference models or reference model updates

You can upload both new Tekla Structures reference models or updated versions of Tekla Structures reference models to attached Trimble Connect projects.

New and updated reference models are marked in different ways:

Icon or label

Meaning

The Tekla Structures reference model has not been uploaded to a Trimble Connect project.

The newest version of the Tekla Structures reference model has not been uploaded to a Trimble Connect project.

The reference model has the same version in Tekla Structures and in Trimble Connect.
  1. Open the Reference models tab in the Trimble Connect - Models dialog box.
  2. To upload a new 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.

    or a new version of the reference model to the Trimble Connect project, click the icon.

Download reference models or reference model updates

You can download and insert either new or updated reference models from a Trimble Connect project to a Tekla Structures model.

The reference models and their versions are marked with different icons depending on whether they are up-to-date:

Icon Meaning

The reference model has been updated in the Trimble Connect project after the last time that it has been downloaded to Tekla Structures.

  • Click to download the latest version of the model.

The updated version of the reference model has not been downloaded to Tekla Structures.

  • Click to insert the version in the Tekla Structures model.

The reference model version exists in the Tekla Structures model sub-folder but has not been inserted in the Tekla Structures model.

  • Click to insert the version in the Tekla Structures model.

The reference model has the same version in Tekla Structures and in Trimble Connect.
  1. On the Reference models tab in the Trimble Connect - Models dialog box, double-click a folder.

    A list of reference models in that folder is shown.

  2. To show the versions of an reference model, click the arrow on the left side of the reference model name.
  3. Do either of the following:
    • Select the reference model that you want to download and click .
    • Select the updated reference model version that you want to download and click .

The new reference model or the updated reference model version is downloaded to a Tekla Structures model sub-folder and inserted to the Tekla Structures model.

Create new folders for reference models

  1. On the Reference models tab in the Trimble Connect - Models dialog box, click .
  2. In the Select folders dialog box, double-click the project to see the folders inside the project.

    If a folder has sub-folders, you can view them by double-clicking the folder.

  3. Select one or more folders where you want to link the reference model and click OK.

    You can also create a new folder by typing a name for the folder and clicking Create, or remove an existing folder from the list by hovering over the folder and clicking .

The selected folders are added to the Folders list on the Reference models tab in the Trimble Connect - Models dialog box.

Export Tekla Structures model objects as an .ifc reference model to a Trimble Connect project

You can create an .ifc coordination view 2.0 file from Tekla Structures model objects and export it to a Trimble Connect project. You can create the file from selected model objects, or from all model objects.

  1. On the Reference models tab, double-click the folder where you want to add the exported .ifc model.

  2. To start the export, click .

    The Trimble Connect - Export IFC to Trimble Connect dialog box opens.

  3. Enter a name for the exported model or model objects.

    The name of the export needs to be unique within the project.

  4. In the Export list, select if you want to export all model objects (All), selected model objects (Selected), or filtered objects (Filter).

    • If you selected Selected, select the objects in the model viewview that is represented in the modeling mode

      Model view is available also in the drawing mode and it is represented in its own window.

      .

    • If you selected Filter, select an existing filter in the Filter list, or click to create a new filter.

      For more information, see Create new filters.

  5. Select which 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.

    export settings you want to use:
    • To use existing IFC export settings, select the settings file in the IFC export settings list.

      The settings file needs to be located in the model \attributes folder, so that you can select it in the IFC export settings list.

    • To create new IFC export settings, click on the right side of the IFC export settings list.

      For more information, see Export to IFC.

    If you do not select a settings file, the .ifc model is created of parts only, not assemblies.

    Note that if you do not define a settings file that specifies which object types you want to export, only surface geometry is exported.

  6. Click OK.

When the .ifc model has been exported, you can download the reference model to the Tekla Structures model. Select the reference model in the Trimble Connect - Models dialog box, and click . After a successful export, the model is marked with .

If the Tekla Structures model has an updated version of the exported reference model, click to export the updated version of the reference model.

If you do not specify a settings file, the .ifc file only includes parts and grids. The .ifc file does not include assembly information, which means that you can export only main parts. You can add additional property sets by saving a property set through File > Export > IFC , use the file name ifc.xml.

If you have not defined where the .ifc model is positioned in the Export to IFC dialog box, the exported IFC model is placed in relation to the project base point in the Trimble Connect 3D viewview that displays objects three-dimensionally

3D view is one of the default views.

. If a project base pointbase point that sets the point of origin for a project if the model has several base points

A project can have only one project base point.

has not been defined, the model is placed in relation to the model originglobal coordinate system point of origin used for the model

Model origin is the default project base point.

.

Manage overlay models in Trimble Connector

Overlay models are lightweight reference models that are not part of the Tekla Structures models, but can be used as overlays on top of Tekla Structures models.

Overlay models are saved in the Trimble Connect project, so you cannot use them in a Tekla Structures model unless the Tekla Structures model has been linked to a Trimble Connect project. Before you can start working with overlay models, link your Tekla Structures model to a Trimble Connect project.

  1. Open the Overlay models tab in the Trimble Connect - Models dialog box.
  2. If necessary, do any of the following:
    • To only show model objects that are within the current work areacertain portion of the model that is currently active for working on in a view

      Tekla Structures indicates the work area using dashed lines. Since objects outside the work area exist but are not visible the user can set a certain sized work area so that the views of the model are simpler and quickly updated, for example.

      , select the Show inside work area only check box.
    • To show a list of all folders and verlay models in the Trimble Connect project, select Everything in project in the list at the top of the Overlay models tab.
    • To only show a list of folders and overlay models that you can currently show or hide in this model, select Used in this model in the list at the top of the Overlay models tab.
  3. In the overlay model list, do any of the following:

    To

    Do this

    Hide or show overlay models

    • To hide an overlay model, click on the left side of the model.

    • To show an overlay model, click on the left side of the model.

    • To hide all overlay models in a Trimble Connect folder, click on the left side of the folder.

    • To show all overlay models in a Trimble Connect folder, click .

      If a folder or its sub-folders do not have any overlay models that can be shown in Tekla Structures, the arrow symbol is not shown next to the eye icon.

    Adjust the scale and position of overlay models

    1. Select the overlay model whose position you want to adjust.

    2. To show the model properties, click Properties at the bottom of the Trimble Connect - Models dialog box.

      Note that the properties are relative to the project base point. Changing the model position or scale in the Properties section are applied to both Tekla Structures and Trimble Connect.

    3. Type new values for the scale, position, or rotation of the model.

    4. To apply the changes to the Tekla Structures model view, click Modify.

    The properties are stored in Trimble Connect.

    To return to the initial scale and position of the model, click Reset.

    Remove an overlay model from the Used in the model list

    1. Ensure that you have the Used in the model list open.

    2. Select the overlay model that you want to remove.

    3. Click .

    4. Select Remove from used model tree.

    The overlay model is removed from the Used in the model list.

    If you want to show the overlay model again, switch to the Everything in project list and click . The overlay model appears in the Used in the model list again.

    Create a sub-folder for overlay models under a Trimble Connect folder

    1. Select the folder under which you want to add a sub-folder.

    2. Click .

    3. Select Create new folder.

    4. Name the folder and click Create.

    Add a new overlay model

    1. Select the folder under which you want to add a new overlay model.

    2. Click .

    3. Select Attach model.

    You can now show the new overlay model in the Tekla Structures model view.

    Zoom to an overlay model

    1. Select the overlay model to which you want into zoom in Tekla Structures.

    2. Click .

    3. Select Zoom to model.

    4. Select the model view in which you want to zoom to the selected model.

    5. Click Yes to confirm zooming to the selected model view.

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