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Interoperability articles

  • Adapt
    The Adapt Structural Concrete A&D application 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. panels. Full product details can be found on their website.Interoperability - Adapt can export and import dwg and dxf files and also import the STAAD.Pro std file format.
  • ADconX
    The ADconX steel connection design application is written by ADconX LLC and full product details can be found on their website. The link between the applications uses the Tekla Open APIprogramming interface to Tekla Structures that uses Microsoft® .NET Framework technologyTekla Open API enables creation of applications, macros, extensions, and plug-ins..
  • Advance Steel, Concrete & Design
    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
    Allplan is written by Nemetschek AG, and is a 3D modelling application, 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.Generally links between Tekla Structures and Allplan are for their Allplan Precast concrete product, which is part of their engineering offering.
  • ANSYS
    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
    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
    Cadmatic is written by Cadmatic Oy, and is an 3D modelling application 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.
  • CADmep+
    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.Export file - An application has been written to export interoperability files in the required format and with the necessary setting see 'export to software' extension for more information.
  • CADWorx
    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.
  • CAESARII
    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.
  • ConSteel
    The ConSteel Ana lysis & Design application 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.
  • Creo
    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 application.
  • CypeCAD
    CypeCAD is written by CYPE Ingenieros, S.A.
  • DDS CAD
    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.
  • Descon
    The Descon steel connection design application is written by Omnitech Associates, and a link has been written by them using the Tekla Open APIprogramming interface to Tekla Structures that uses Microsoft® .NET Framework technologyTekla Open API enables creation of applications, macros, extensions, and plug-ins..Connection design are available to the AISC standards.
  • Diamonds
    The Diamonds A&D application is written by Buildsoft NV. For basic interoperability - Diamonds can export and import DXF files and send models to and from Powerframe.If Tekla Structures and Diamonds are loaded onto the same machine then a beta copy of a direct link can be used. Contact Buildsoft NV for further information regarding the link or for a copy of the link application.
  • Dlubal
    The Dlubal RFEM A&D application is written by Ing. Software Dlubal GmbH.For basic interoperability - Dlubal RFEM can export and import 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.; SDNF; DSTV and DXF files.
  • EliteCAD
    EliteCAD is written by Roland Messerli AG Informatik, and is a 3D architectural modelling application. For full details refer to their website. They have twomain products EliteCAD AR and EliteCAD ARS together with a CAD viewer.
  • ETABS
    The ETABS A&D application 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.
  • Fastrak Building Designer
    The Fastrak Building Designer A&D application 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.Fastrak can also import and export SDNF files.
  • FrameWorks
    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.
  • GTStrudl
    The GTStrudl A&D application is written by the Georgia Tech Research Corporation.For basic interoperability - GTStrudl can export and import CIS/2 and STAAD std files.If Tekla Structures and GTStrudl are loaded onto the same machine then a direct links can be used. Cintact GTStrudl for a copy of the link. Currently there is only a 32 bit version of the link but GTStrudl is working on providing a 64 bit version of the link.
  • Integration between Tekla Structural Designer and Tekla Structures
    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).
  • Inventor
    Autodesk Inventor is mainly a 3D mechanical modelling application 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. For interoperability between Inventor and Tekla Structures reference files, IGES, STEP and DWG files are used. Export file - Information can be exported from Tekla Structures as normal IGES, STEP and DWG files.
  • ISM - Integrated Structural Modeling
    Bentley’s Integrated Structural Modeling (ISM) is a technology for sharing structural engineering project information among structural modeling, analysis, design, drafting and detailing applications.
  • LIMCON
    The Limcon steel connection design application is written by Engineering Systems Pty Limited, who also have written the Microstran A&D application, who are now both owned by Bentley Systems.Connection design are available to the Euro codes and AISC 360 (ASD/LRFD), CAN/CSA S16, BS 5950, AS 4100 and NZS 3404. Currently there is no direct link with Tekla Structures.
  • LIRA
    The LIRA A&D application 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.
  • MagiCAD
    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.
  • Masterseries
    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
    MicroStation is written by the Bentley Systems, Incorporated Corporation.The MicroStation application 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.
  • Microstran
    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.
  • MIDAS
    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.
  • ModeSt
    The ModeSt Analysis & Design application 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.
  • Nastran
    The Nastran or MSC-Nastran Analysis & Design application is a Finite Element Analysis which is written by MSC Software Corporation that is sometime used for structures. However, it is generally used for simulating stress, dynamics, or vibration of objects in the Rotor Dynamics, Thermal, Multiphysics, Noise & Vibration, Nonlinear, and Composites segments.For basic interoperability - Nastran can export and import only IGES and DWG files for the exchange of reference models with Tekla Structures.
  • Navisworks
    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.
  • NISA
    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
    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.
  • Orion
    The Orion concrete A&D application 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
    PDMS is written by the Aveva Group PLC. This page describe how Tekla Structures interoperate with Aveva’s Plant and Marine Design System (PDMS).
  • Plancal
    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.
  • Plant Design System (PDS)
    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.
  • PowerConnect
    The PowerConnect steel connection design application 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.
  • Powerframe
    The Powerframe Analysis & Design application 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
    Pro/Engineer is mainly use as a 3D mechanical modelling application 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).For interoperability between Pro/Engineer and Tekla Structures is generally through STEP and and IGES files. However, DWG and DXF files can be transferred and all as reference models.
  • ProConcrete
    ProConcrete is a 3D concrete modelling application that is written by the Bentley Systems Inc., based upon the AutoCAD platform.Interoperability between ProConcrete and Tekla Structures, is really only through DGN, DWG and DXFf reference files and models. However, SDNF files should also be available through their ProStructures product, where limited information should be allowed to pass.
  • Prokon
    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
    ProSteel is a 3D steel modelling application that is written by the Bentley Systems Inc. based upon the AutoCAD platform
  • ProStructures
    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
    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 APIprogramming interface to Tekla Structures that uses Microsoft® .NET Framework technologyTekla Open API enables creation of applications, macros, extensions, and plug-ins.. To obtain a copy of the link or for further details contact QUESTware.
  • QuickPen
    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
    Rhino 3D, or Rhinoceros, is mainly a 3D mechanical modelling application 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.
  • Rhino 3D
    Rhino 3D, or Rhinoceros to use it's old name, is mainly a 3D mechanical modelling application 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.
  • RISA
    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. 
  • Robot Millennium
    The Robot Millennium Analysis & Design application is owned by Autodesk Inc.For basic interoperability - Robot Millennium can export and import CIS/2 files.If Tekla Structures and Robot Millennium are loaded onto the same machine then a direct link can be used. It should be noted that currently only the EC3, LRFD, CM66, E32 and ANS design codes are available in Robot when using the direct link.
  • S-Frame
    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
    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.
  • SACS
    SACS is a high-end Finite Element modelling Analysis & Design system, which was developed by Engineering Dynamics Inc., who have recently been acquired by Bentley Inc. Their products are mainly used for the offshore market. However, they do have general structure design solutions.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 application 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.For basic interoperability - SAM can export and import only DXF files.
  • SAP2000
    The SAP2000 A&D application is written by Computer & Structures Inc.  For basic interoperability - SAP2000 can export and import cis/2 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 and can also export SDNF file.
  • SCIA
    The SCIA Engineer Analysis & Design application is written by SCIA who are part of the The Nemetschek Group.For basic interoperability - SCIA Engineer can export and import 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.; SDNF; DWG and DXF files.
  • SDNF
    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.
  • SketchUp
     Trimble SketchUp is a 3D modelling application 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.For interoperability between Trimble SketchUp and Tekla Structures the only formats that are available are through the Pro version where normally DWG and DXF files can be imported and exported. Also with Tekla Structures version 19.1 there is a StetchUp export option for the 2012 format of their native files.
  • SketchUp modeling start up guide
    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.
  • SOFiSTiK
    The SOFiSTiK Analysis & Design system is written by SOFiSTiK AG, and further information can be obtained from their website.
  • Solibri
    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
    Solid Edge is mainly a 3D mechanical modelling application 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.Even though third-party solutions are available, the only direct interoperability with Solid Edge is through the use of IGES files.
  • SolidWorks
    SolidWorks is mainly a 3D mechanical modelling application 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.Dassault Systèmes whose HQ is in France, are also the authors of the CATIA application and specialise in Product Lifecycle Managements (PLM) simulation and CAD systems.
  • SPACEGASS
    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.
  • Staad.Pro
    The STAAD.Pro A&D application is owned by Bentley Systems Incorporated. Full product details can be found on their STAAD.Pro website. Basic interoperability STAAD.Pro can export and import cis/2 files, together with their std format which has become a semi-industrial standard especially in the plant and heavy engineering segments.
  • Strand7
    The Strand7 A&D application is written by Strand7 Pty Ltd. For basic interoperability - Strand7 can export and import DXF and IGES files. However, generally just DXF files are normally used.
  • STRAP
    The STRAP A&D application 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
    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.
  • STRUDS
    The STRUDS Analysis & Design application 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.For basic interoperability - STRUDS can export and import DXF files.
  • Strusoft
    The Strusoft FEM Analysis & Design application is written by Structural Design Software in Europe.For basic interoperability - Strusoft can export and import 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., DWG and DXF  files.
  • Tricalc
    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.
  • TriForma
    The Bentley TriForma is a 3D modelling application built on top of Microstation used for Mechanical Equipment or architectural modelling.The interoperability between Tekla Structures and TrForma is currentely best 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.
  • Unigraphics
    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
    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 application.VectorWorks used to be called MiniCAD when it was originally developed on Macintosh machines and platform at the time Nemetscheck was called Diehl Graphsoft.