Installation Sequence

Last updated November 10, 2016 by Tekla Structures Extensions USA

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Installation Sequence

Purpose and description

This tool allows you to quickly pick any object in the model and create an installation sequence order list to create a simulated installation animation. This is useful for Sales and Pre-construction presentations. This is similar to the Tekla Animator except it works with reference model objects, doesn’t require user defined attributes or object representationrepresentation of a model object or an object group in a model view that is based on the color and transparency settings applied to the model object or the object group

, and can be used in conjunction with the reports created using the Template Editortool in Tekla Structures that is used for creating and modifying templates to be used in drawings and reports

to help make automated rules to define the installation sequence.

System requirements

Environments:   All
Languages:   English, Translatable

Installing Installation Sequence

To install the 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


  1. Make sure Tekla Structures is closed
  2. Install the appropriate installation package that you can download from the Tekla Warehouse.  (Before 2016i install the .msi.  2016i and newer install the .tsep.)
  3. Open Tekla Structures and a model
  4. Before version 2016:A new toolbar icon which will launch the tool should now be visible. For version 2016 a new thumbnail under Ungrouped items in the Applications and components side pane will appear.  For version 2016i and newer a new thumbnail under US Extensions items in the Applications and components side pane will appear.

Using Installation Sequence

  1. After the application is loaded simply press the Get Objects button and begin to select objects in the model. Press the middle mouse button once done and those selected items will be added to the list in the order in which you selected them.
  1. Repeat this process as needed.
  2. You will notice once you do that those objects will be hidden from the model so you can keep track of which items were already processed.
  3. You can also run a report that lists any object type’s GUID or ID. One hint here is to create reports with the template editor that sort and filter objects by name, location, user defined attribute, or schedule data fields but only output the GUID or ID and the sorting/filtering value fields are set to Hide on Output. This allows you to create any customized intelligence for automatically creating the installation sequence vs. hand picking each one in the model.
  4. You can also save items in the list which creates XSR files for later use if you want to break the model into smaller parts.
  5. Also if you choose the “Open” button you can browse to multiple XSR report files that were either saved or run with the Report generator in order to load many Installation Sequence scenarios into one list.

Colorized Model by Tasks from the Task Managertool that enables the linking of temporal data to a model

The task manager can be used to create, save, and manage tasks that are used to create a schedule.

Model objects can be added to the tasks. Organizer categories can be used to select the model objects that will be added to the tasks.

. A report was created using the Template Editor to report out the Taskin the task manager, a representation of a piece of work that needs to be carried out in order to complete a project

ID’s sorted by the hidden value field of Planned Start Date.

This is an example of setting the object representationthe way that the information included in a model is represented visually

to show the MEP as solid and then creating an installation sequence showing how the MEP is installed makes it clear where in relationship to the entire project the MEP goes and exactly where and when it will need to be installed.

Additional information

  • Tekla is looking for feedback on the use cases and usability features to make this work for sales, and pre-construction needs. This extension may be discontinued due to lack of feedback.

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