Manage reference models in Trimble Connector

Added May 4, 2021 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

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2021

Manage reference models in Trimble Connector

Manage reference models in Trimble Connector

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.

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

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

For more information about differences between reference models and overlay models, see Should I use reference models or overlay models?.

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 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.

    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 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.

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