Trimble Connector

Added May 4, 2021 by Tekla User Assistance

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Trimble Connector

Trimble Connector

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

enables the connection between Tekla Structures and 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.

for Windows
or Trimble Connect for Browser for sharing models and ToDo notes, matching views and selected objects.

With Trimble Connector, you can

All operations between Tekla Structures and Trimble Connect use the project base point. This means that, for example, reference models from Tekla Structures are placed in relation to the 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.

in Trimble Connect. If you have not defined a project base pointpoint in a model that is used to define a starting point in surveying and that is used as an anchor point in coordinate and height transformations

A Tekla Structures project can have several base points but only one of them can be the project base point.

Base points allow the use of another coordinate system needed for interoperability and collaboration. Base points can also be used in drawings, and in reports and templates. Model origin is the default base point in Tekla Structures.

Base points are also called control points.

, the model originglobal coordinate system point of origin used for the model

Model origin is the default project base point.

is used.


You need to have a 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.

before you can start using Trimble Connector.


Trimble Connect related metadata and all reference models are located in the ..\TeklaStructuresModels\<model>\TConnect folder. Exported 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.

settings are stored to the ..\TeklaStructuresModels\<model>\Links folder. Trimble Connector does not work correctly if you manually modify the files in these folders.

Launch Trimble Connector

You can launch Trimble Connector in multiple ways:
  • Through the ribbon:

  • Through the file menu:

    • To download a reference model from any Trimble Connect project to a Tekla Structures model, click File > Import > .

    • To publish an 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.

      reference model of the open Tekla Structures model to any Trimble Connect project, click File > Export > .

Trimble Connector opens. You can link your job to a Trimble Connect project if you have not done that earlier. You can also create a new project.

To start working with Trimble Connector, you need to sign in to Tekla Structures using your Trimble Identity.

Launch Trimble Connect from Tekla Structures

You can launch Trimble Connect in multiple ways:
  • Through the ribbon:

    To launch Trimble Connect for Windows or Trimble Connect for Browser, click one of these buttons on the Trimble Connect ribbon tab:
    • Trimble Connect for Browser:

      If you have linked the model to a Trimble Connect project, the project activity page opens in Trimble Connect for Browser.

      If you have not linked the model to a project, the Select project dialog box opens whenever you click Trimble Connect for Browser or any of the menu options underneath it. To link the model to a project, see Link a Tekla Structures model to a Trimble Connect project.

    • Trimble Connect for Browser > Project explorer:

      The project explorer page opens in Trimble Connect for Browser.

    • Trimble Connect for Browser > 3D view:

      The 3D 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.

      opens in Trimble Connect for Browser.

    • Trimble Connect for Browser > Team:

      The team page opens in Trimble Connect for Browser.

    • Trimble Connect for Windows:

      If you have attached a project, the project detail viewdrawing view that is created from an existing drawing view and that shows a selected area of that view in the same viewing direction

      Detail view is usually in a larger scale than the source view.

      The view plane of the detail view is the same as the view plane of the source view.

      opens in Trimble Connect for Windows.

      If you have not attached a project, the projects view opens in Trimble Connect for Windows.

      If you have not installed Trimble Connect for Windows, the web page to download Trimble Connect for Windows opens:

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