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  • The Adapt Structural Concrete A&D applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation is written by the Adapt Corporation and is mainly used for the design of concrete slabs and wallplate that represents a structure such as a wall or roof panelIn Tekla Structures, a panel is created by picking two or more points.In cas
  • The ADconX steel connection design applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation is written by ADconX LLC and full product details can be found on their website.
  • Advance Steel and Advance Concrete are used for structural steelwork and concrete modelling and detailing all based upon the AutoCAD platform. Advance is owned by the Autodesk Inc and further information can be obtained from their website.For interoperability between the Advance products and Tekla Structures cis/2 and SDNF files can be used together with the normal dwg and dxf formats for low level information exchange.
  • Allplan is written by Nemetschek AG, and is a 3D modelling applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation, planning and design software for the AEC (Architecture, Engineering, Construction) market. For full details refer to their website. The products they have available are - Allplan Architecture; Allplan Engineering; Allplan BCM; Allplan IBD and Allplan Allfa.
  • ANSYS is a high-end Finite Element modelling A&D system which is written by ANSYS Inc. ANSYS develops, markets and supports engineering simulation software for product designs and behavior and a full product details can be found on their website and a list of their interfaces can be found from here.For interoperability between ANSYS and Tekla Structures, is via the use of IGES files as this is their common transfer format.
  • ArchiCAD is written by Graphisoft and is an architectural software for the modelling of buildings. For full details refer to their website and they are part of the Nemetschek Group. Tekla Structures communicates with ArchiCAD with the use of IFCfile format commonly used in BIM that facilitates software interoperabilityIFC is an open specification developed by the IAI (International Alliance for Interoperability).Model can be exported into an IFC file. files.
  • Cadmatic is written by Cadmatic Oy, and is an 3D modelling applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation for the planning and design of plants and for the ship building industries.Tekla Structures communicates with Cadmatic with the use of DWG, DXF and SDNF files.
  • MEP (HVAC) software for the modelling of Ducting, Piping, Electrical and Drainage systems which is now owned by Auotdesk Inc.Tekla Structures communicates with CADmep+ with the use of ifcXML and ifcZIP files.
  • CADWorx is a Plant Design Suite owned by the Intergraph Corporation.For interoperability between CADWorx and Tekla Structures, the files passed have tended to be dwg and dxf. However, they now have a 32 bit version of the CIS/2 format for import and export through their Simport and Sexport commands.
  • CAESAR II is an Analysis & Design system for piping systems and owned by the Intergraph Corporation.For interoperability between CAESARII and Tekla Structures, the files passed have tended to be using the STAAD.Pro std or DWG files. However, they will have a 32 bit version of the cis/2 format in the furure for import and export through their Simport and Sexport commands.
  • The ConSteel Ana lysis & Design applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation is written by an Hungarian company called ConSteel Solutions Limited, who are part of the The Kesz Group.ConSteel is mainly used for steel member design and as they would rather create direct links, rather than adopting industry standards files, so they don’t support SDNF etc.
  • The Creo Product Lifecycle Management software solution, is written by the Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC).The interoperability between Tekla Structures and the Creo suite of progems is generally through the Pro/Engineer applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation.
  • CypeCAD is written by CYPE Ingenieros, S.A.
  • DDS (Data Design System) CAD is a MEP (HVAC) software for the modelling of Ducting, Piping, Electrical and Drainage systems is now part of the Nemetschek AG Group. DDS also have a CAD viewer.Tekla Structures communicates with DDS with the use of IFCfile format commonly used in BIM that facilitates software interoperabilityIFC is an open specification developed by the IAI (International Alliance for Interoperability).Model can be exported into an IFC file. files.
  • The Descon steel connection design applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation is written by Omnitech Associates, and a link has been written by them using the Tekla Open APIapplication programming interface that lets third-party applications integrate to and communicate with Tekla StructuresTekla Open API enables, for examp
  • The Diamonds A&D applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation is written by Buildsoft NV. For basic interoperability - Diamonds can export and import DXF files and send models to and from Powerframe.
  • The Dlubal RFEM A&D applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation is written by Ing. Software Dlubal GmbH.
  • EliteCAD is written by Roland Messerli AG Informatik, and is a 3D architectural modelling applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation. For full details refer to their website. They have twomain products EliteCAD AR and EliteCAD ARS together with a CAD viewer.
  • The ETABS A&D applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation is written by Computer & Structures Inc. The interoperability between Tekla Structures and  ETABS is achieved with the export and import of CIS/2 and IFC files.ETABS can also export SDNF file.
  • The Fastrak Building Designer A&D applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation is written by CSC (UK) Limited, which is now part of the Trimble Corporation.Interoperability - there is a special direct links that has been developed, and can be downloaded from the Extensions page which includes all the support material.
  • Frameworks is written by the Intergraph Corporation and is a module that is used for the creation of SDNF files from PDS or import of SDNF file into PDS.General detail can be found from Intergraph Corporation and further information is available on their Frameworks website.
  • GSA
    The Oasys GSA Analysis & Design system is written by Oasys Limited, who are part of the Arup Group.The interoperability between Tekla Structures and GSA is currently obtained via the use of CIS/1 format which is the first version of the cis/2 format. However, Arup are currently working on a direct Tekla Structures link for their users.
  • The GTStrudl A&D applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation is written by the Georgia Tech Research Corporation.For basic interoperability - GTStrudl can export and import CIS/2 and STAAD std files.
  • This article is a summary of the attached document containing detailed information about the integration between Tekla Structural Designer and Tekla Structures.Overview Tekla Structural Designer is a code-based modelling tool to enable structural engineers to establish a code compliance design of the structure (for example EC3, BS8110, AISC).
  • Autodesk Inventor is mainly a 3D mechanical modelling applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation that is sometime seen in the structural market. Inventor is written by Autodesk Inc. for Digital Prototyping, 3D mechanical design and has tools for product simulation, tooling creation, and design.
  • Bentley’s Integrated Structural Modeling (ISM) is a technology for sharing structural engineering project information among structural modeling, analysis, design, drafting and detailing applications.
  • The Limcon steel connection design applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation is written by Engineering Systems Pty Limited, who also have written the Microstran A&D application, who are now both owned by Bentley Systems.
  • The LIRA A&D applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation is written by LIRA Soft Limited.LIRA is a Ukraine system written mainly for the Russian design codes, but they also have a European and US solution and the application has been seen in the Middle East.
  • MEP (HVAC) software for the modelling of Ducting, Piping, Electrical and Drainage systems. MagiCAD is written by Progman Oy.Tekla Structures communicates with MagiCAD with the use of IFCfile format commonly used in BIM that facilitates software interoperabilityIFC is an open specification developed by the IAI (International Alliance for Interoperability).Model can be exported into an IFC file. files.
  • The Masterseries A&D system is written by Civil and Structural Computer Services LimitedThe interoperability between Tekla Structures is obtained via the DSTV96 format.
  • MicroStation is written by the Bentley Systems, Incorporated Corporation.The MicroStation applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation is mainly used as a general CAD modelling solution for infrastructure design including Bridges, Buildings, Government projects, Campuses, Communications, Utilities, Factories, Mining, Process, Power, Rail, Roads and Water.
  • The Microstran A&D system is written by Engineering Systems Pty Limited, and is now owned by Bentley Systems.The interoperability between Tekla Structures and Microstran can only be achieved via the DXF format import.
  • The MIDAS Gen A&D applications is written by the MIDAS IT Co.For basic interoperability - MIDAS Gen can import STAAD.Pro std together with SAP2000 files. Also MIDAS can export IFCfile format commonly used in BIM that facilitates software interoperabilityIFC is an open specification developed by the IAI (International Alliance for Interoperability).Model can be exported into an IFC file. files in their 2013 version.
  • The ModeSt Analysis & Design applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation is just used in Italy.For basic interoperability - ModeSt can export and import DXF files. If Tekla Structures and ModeSt are loaded onto the same machine then a direct link can be used. Contact Harpaceas IT for further information regarding the link or for a copy of the link application.
  • The Nastran or MSC-Nastran Analysis & Design applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation is a Finite Element Analysis which is written by MSC Software Corporation that is sometime used for structures.
  • Navisworks is a suite of project review applications for 3D coordination, 4D planning, photorealistic visualization, dynamic simulation, and analysis.Navisworks is written by Autodesk Inc.
  • The NISA Civil A&D applications is written by the Cranes Software International Limited.For basic interoperability - NISA Civil can export and import a STAAD.Pro std file.If Tekla Structures and NISA Civil are loaded onto the same machine then a direct link can be used. A copy of the link and further information can be provided by Cranes Software International Limited upon request.
  • Open Steel is written by the Aveva Group PLC and is a module that is used for the creation of SDNF files from PDMS or import of SDNF file into PDMS.See latest releases for the current status of Open Steel and contact Aveva Group PLC for further information. From version 2.0 the support for Packet 60 (curvedmembers) and Packet 22 (openings) have been included.
  • The Orion concrete A&D applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation is written by Computer Services Consultants (UK) Limited (CSC) which is now part of the  Trimble Corporation.Basic interoperability between Tekla Structures and Orion can be achieved through DXF format files and there is a direct link available through theFastrak suite of programs.
  • PDMS is written by the Aveva Group PLC. This page describe how Tekla Structures interoperate with Aveva’s Plant and Marine Design System (PDMS).
  • MEP (HVAC) software for the modelling of Ducting, Piping, Electrical and Drainage systems. Placal are part of the Trimble group of companies.Tekla Structures communicates with Plancal with the import or export of IFCfile format commonly used in BIM that facilitates software interoperabilityIFC is an open specification developed by the IAI (International Alliance for Interoperability).Model can be exported into an IFC file. reference models or DWG files.
  • PDS is written by the Intergraph Corporation. This page describe how Tekla Structures interoperate with Intergraph’s Plant Design System PDS Exchange of data Information between Tekla Structures and PDS can be transferred in two different ways, as a reference object or as a native object. To move information across in the SDNF format the Frameworks is required.
  • The PowerConnect steel connection design applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation is written by Buildsoft NV, who also have written the PowerFrame and Diamonds A&D applications.Connection design are available to the Euro codes and currently the interoperability between Tekla Structures and PowerConnect could be developed in the future.
  • The Powerframe Analysis & Design applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation is written by Buildsoft NV.For basic interoperability - Powerframe can export and import DSTV and DXF files. If Tekla Structures and Powerframe are loaded onto the same machine then a direct link can be used. Further information by contacting Buildsoft NV.
  • Pro/Engineer is mainly use as a 3D mechanical modelling applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation that is sometime seen in the structural market and from June 2001, is part of the Creo Product Lifecycle Management software solution. Pro/Engineer or Pro/Engineer Wildfire 4.0 is written by the Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC).
  • ProConcrete is a 3D concrete modelling applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation that is written by the Bentley Systems Inc., based upon the AutoCAD platform.
  • The Prokon A&D system is written by Prokon Software ConsultantsIn the past the interoperability between Tekla Structures and Prokon was best obtained via the CIS/2 format. However, if Tekla Structures and Prokon are both loaded onto the same machinethen direct links can be used. A copy of the link can be downloaded from the Prokon website.
  • ProSteel is a 3D steel modelling applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation that is written by the Bentley Systems Inc. based upon the AutoCAD platform
  • ProStructures in the Bentley Systems Inc., 3D combination platform for their ProSteel and ProConcrete applications.For interoperability between ProStructures and Tekla Structures, see the ProSteel and ProConcrete pages.
  • QUESTware is a metal building solution written by the QUESTware Corporation.The interoperability between the QUESTware system and Tekla Structures has been written using the Tekla Open APIapplication programming interface that lets third-party applications integrate to and communicate with Tekla StructuresTekla Open API enables, for example, customizing Tekla Structures.. To obtain a copy of the link or for further details contact QUESTware.
  • MEP (HVAC) software for the modelling of Ducting, Piping, Electrical and Drainage systems. QuickPen are a Trimble company and for full details refer to their website.Tekla Structures communicates with QuickPen with the use of IFCfile format commonly used in BIM that facilitates software interoperabilityIFC is an open specification developed by the IAI (International Alliance for Interoperability).Model can be exported into an IFC file. files.
  • RAM
    The RAM Analysis & Design system is owned by Bentley Systems Incorporated.The interoperability between Tekla Structures and RAM is obtained via the CIS/2 format. Also the latest versions of RAM also have an ISM import / export option.
  • Rhino 3D, or Rhinoceros to use it's old name, is mainly a 3D mechanical modelling applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation that is sometime seen in the structural market. Rhino is written by the McNeel Corporation, who develops and markets 3D modelling applications.For interoperability between Rhino and Tekla Structures STEP and IGES files are normally used.
  • The RISA Analysis & Design system is written by RISA Technologies Inc. For interoperability between Tekla Structures and RISA-Connections a link can be found from Risa Technologies website. RISA connection design link is available for the AISC design codes. Interoperability between RISA-3D and Tekla Structures is obtained via the CIS/2 format and SDNF. 
  • The Robot Millennium Analysis & Design applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation is owned by Autodesk Inc.For basic interoperability - Robot Millennium can export and import CIS/2 files.
  • The international version of the S-Frame Analysis & Design is written by S-FRAME Software Inc. and the product name is being changed from S-Frame to S-Calc.For basic interoperability - S-Frame can export and import DXF files.If Tekla Structures and S-Frame are loaded onto the same machine then a direct link can be used. A copy of the link can be provided by S-FRAME Software Inc., upon request.
  • SACS is a high-end Finite Element modelling A&D system, which was developed by Engineering Dynamics Inc., who have recently been acquired by Bentley Systems. Their products are mainly used for the offshore market. However, they do have general structure design solutions and further details can be found on their website.They do have SACS to ANSYS, SCAS to DXF and SACS to SDNF convertors that can be used to export their models.
  • SAM
    The SAM A&D applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation was written by Bestech Limited and is now owned by Autodesk Inc.The SAM system uses an analysis engine called LEAP-5 which has been developed by SIA from the 1970's and was purchased by Bestech and this is a totally separate package from the Bentley Leap application.
  • The SAP2000 A&D applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation is written by Computer & Structures Inc. 
  • The SCIA Engineer Analysis & Design applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation is written by SCIA who are part of the The Nemetschek Group.
  • Overview Steel Detailing Neutral File (SDNF) was originally defined by Intergraph®, for electronic data exchange between structural engineer's analysis and design systems to steelwork modelling systems. Version 3.0 is the latest format supported by the software industry and this format has been used for many years for transferring even complex plant structures between system like Tekla Structures and plant design systems such as Intergraph’s PDS or Aveva’s PDMS applications.
  •  Trimble SketchUp is a 3D modelling applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation that is sometimes seen in the B&C market and full details of the application can be seen on their website where the free standard version can be downloaded.
  • 1 Starting a new model and setting toolbars Download, install and open SketchUp Pro 2013.Start new model from a Template: use either Architecture, or Product Design settings; and choose either with Millimeters or Inches depending of your locality settings.From menu Window - Model Info - Units, set the Enable Length snapping on with 1.0mm accuracy or other accuracy suited for your product modeling.
  • The SOFiSTiK Analysis & Design system is written by SOFiSTiK AG, and further information can be obtained from their website.
  • Solibri Inc., develops and markets Quality Assurance solutions to allow model checking and coordination for Building Information Modelingprocess of modeling and communicating the structure of a building in detail to benefit the entire construction life cycleBIM facilitates the exchange and use of building information in a digital format. systems. The company has its headquarters in Helsinki, Finland.
  • Solid Edge is mainly a 3D mechanical modelling applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation that is sometime seen in the structural market. Solid Edge is written by Siemens Product Lifecycle ManagementSoftware Inc, who write tools for creating and managing 3D digital prototypes. For more information see their website.
  • SolidWorks is mainly a 3D mechanical modelling applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation that is sometime seen in the structural market. SolidWorks is written by the Dassault Systèmes Corporation, who develops and markets 3D CAD design software, analysis software, and product data management software.
  • The SPACEGASS Analysis & Design system is written by Integrated Technical Software Pty Ltd.The interoperability between Tekla Structures and SPACEGASS is best obtained via the CIS/2 format.
  • The STAAD.Pro A&D applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation is owned by Bentley Systems Incorporated. Full product details can be found on their STAAD.Pro website.
  • The Strand7 A&D applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation is written by Strand7 Pty Ltd. http://www.strand7.com/ For basic interoperability - Strand7 can export and import DXF, IGES, STEP and ACIS-SAT files for the import of geometry data. However, generally just DXF files are normally used.
  • The STRAP A&D applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation is written by GTS CADBUILD Limited.For basic interoperability - STRAP can export and import DXF files and their steel design module can also export cis/2 files. However, generally just DXF files are normally used especially for bridge structures.
  • StruCAD and the StruAEC applications are generally used in the steel fabrication market. The applications was written by AceCad and in 2011 the IP rights for the software was acquired by Trimble.StruCAD can import and export SDNF, CIS/2 for links to SP3D, and IFCfile format commonly used in BIM that facilitates software interoperabilityIFC is an open specification developed by the IAI (International Alliance for Interoperability).Model can be exported into an IFC file. files.
  • The STRUDS Analysis & Design applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation is written by SoftTech Engineers Pvt. Ltd. Full product details can be found on for the local Indian market or their international website. In May 2011 the STRUDS application was aquired by CSC (UK) Limited the authors of the Fastrak suite of applications which is now a Trimble company.
  • The Strusoft FEM Analysis & Design applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation is written by Structural Design Software in Europe.
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  • The Tricalc A&D system is written by Arktec, S.A., and further information can be obtained from their website.The interoperability between Tekla Structures and Tricalc is achieved via the IFCfile format commonly used in BIM that facilitates software interoperabilityIFC is an open specification developed by the IAI (International Alliance for Interoperability).Model can be exported into an IFC file. format.
  • The Bentley TriForma is a 3D modelling applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation built on top of Microstation used for Mechanical Equipment or architectural modelling.
  • Unigraphics is a product lifecycle management (PLM) software written by Siemens PLM Software and for more details refer to their website.Tekla Structures communicates with Unigraphics with the use of IGES files.
  • VectorWorks is written by The Nemetschek Group, and is a 3D Building Information Modelingprocess of modeling and communicating the structure of a building in detail to benefit the entire construction life cycleBIM facilitates the exchange and use of building information in a digital format. architectural modelling applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in