CMF File Transfer

Last updated October 24, 2019 by Trimble Solutions UK

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CMF File Transfer

The CMF File Transfer macrosaved series of actions that includes instructions for a program

Macros are located in the applications and components catalog. They are recorded or created manually and stored as .cs file in a folder defined with the advanced option XS_MACRO_DIRECTORY.

Macros can, for example, be used for creating drawings or reports.

Macros are sometimes used to run an application.

will create a transfer file compatible with the CMF detailing program. A report file (<Job Reference>_report.txt) will be created for all CMF components selected within the model. The transfer file can be used in addition to or instead of the standard order forms.

Any problems during the creation of the file will be written to a log filefile that contains information related to changes, actions, and errors in the model or drawing

Tekla Structures writes information in log files when the model is saved, numbered or checked for clashes, for example.

, <Job Reference>_NonStandardParts.txt and saved to the current Tekla Structures model folderfolder that is used for storing files associated with a model

Tekla Structures stores all files associated with a model in a folder it creates with the same name as the model database (.db1).

In multi-user mode all users access the same model folder.

. Problems will either be errors or warnings. Errors will prevent the creation of a transfer file, whereas warnings (where non-standard parts have been found) will not prevent the creation of the file. The macro will use a tolerance of 1mm when checking a part against CMF standards. 


  • The file transfer cannot check the validity of the purlin and rails used in the roof and wallplate that represents a structure such as a wall or roof panel

    In Tekla Structures, a panel is created by picking two or more points.

    In cast-in-place concrete the term wall refers to a concept similar to panel.

    systems, or the completeness of the model. For example, the file transfer will not flag the inappropriate use of the Anti-Sag system, or missing pairs of end holes in purlins or rails. It will not recognise where joints have accidentally been omitted. Such checks are your responsibility.
  • All files will be written to a subfolder of the current Tekla Structures model folder called CAMFiles. Files in this folder will be removed each time the file transfer is run, if you want to keep the files copy them to another folder. 
  • If you want to split an order into phases, filter the model by phase and save the files with different names before running another export. For example, 514_A for phase A in job 514. 


  1. Ensure that Select object in components is selected. Tekla Structures Select object in component icon on toolbar
  2. This macro automatically excludes non-CMF parts from the order, but check the currently active Selection Filter to ensure that it is not excluding any parts which are actually required.
  3. Select the area / whole model that you wish to order.
  4. From the Applications and components panel search CMF File Transfer, double click the file transfer icon.
  5. Enter the required details into the Parameters dialogue.
  6. Click Create button.
  7. If there are any errors or warnings while creating the file, see <Job Reference>_NonStandardParts.txt in the CAMFiles folder. View an explanation of error and warning messages.
  8. If the transfer file is successfully created, but the log file contains warnings then you will need to supply drawings for the associated items. Create the relevant Tekla Structures drawing or check that they are up-to-date and ensure that they contain sufficient information for fabrication. DrawingsRequired.txt will contain a list of parts or assemblies where drawings are required.
  9. Please contact Tekla Structures support if you require further clarification.

Required files

We recommend that you compress these files into a single “zip” file before emailing them to CMF. Please contact Composite Metal Flooring if you require further details.

  • Transfer file, <Job Reference>_ColdCAM_Data.xml
  • <Job Reference>_Report.txt
  • PDF files for each required drawing
  • <Job Reference>_NonStandardParts.txt
  • DrawingsRequired.txt

See also

CMF cold rolled - Important information
CMF File Transfer - Parameters
CMF File Transfer - Error / warning messages

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