Retaining Wall

Last updated November 10, 2016 by Tekla Structures Extensions USA

Software version: 
Not version-specific
United States (Imperial)
United States (Metric)

Retaining Wall

Purpose and description

Makes placing retaining walls much easier and with one command. Users have always been able to model in retaining walls but had to go through multiple commands. Now the process has been simplified and is completed with one command.  This tool is included with the Concrete Tools extension.

System requirements

Environments: US Imperial, US Metric
Languages: English

Installing Retaining Wall

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. Close Tekla Structures (if running)
  2. Download MSI Installer from Tekla Warehouse
  3. Install and run MSI Installer
  4. Start Tekla Structures
  5. Open Model
  6. Before version 2016:  A new toolbar icon which will launch the tool should now be visible. For 2016 version and newer: a new thumbnail under Ungrouped items in the Applications and components side pane will appear.

Using Retaining Wall

To use this tool, the user needs to activate the tool from the icon/thumbnail. Select two points to set up the length of the 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.


Picture Tab:

This tab allows the user define the shape of the retaining wall with footing in one command. There are two different types of walls; one is a single monolithic pour and the other option is to have the footing and wall as two different pours.

Option 1:

Option 2:

This option also allows you to add a component for a water stop, etc. Just changed the Create option to yes.

Wall Tab:

Footing Tab:

Component Tab:

If “Create” is set to yes, then this tab isn’t greyed out.

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