Sharing project relevant files when using Tekla Model Sharing

Software version: 2018 - 2021

Last updated February 5, 2021 by Tekla Global Support

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Sharing project relevant files when using Tekla Model Sharing

What are the best practices on sharing project relevant files (e.g. templates, reports, etc.) between several companies when using Tekla Model Sharingcloud service for collaboration and for storing and sharing a model

Tekla Model Sharing is one of the Tekla Online services.


Recommended way is to store all of the project relevant data in to 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.

, but remember:
a) do not use folder names that are excluded by default from the sharing;
b) add those relative folder paths to, e.g. XS_TEMPLATE_DIRECTORY.

Company "A" creates a drawing template "template.tpl" and places it in the Model folder -> Shared_templates. In order to get the "template.tpl" working correctly they need to set the XS_TEMPLATE_DIRECTORY = .\Shared_templates

Companies can share the relevant project files and store them locally on their premises (outside shared modelmodel used for collaboration over the Tekla Model Sharing service

With a shared model, each user works with their own model and the changes are shared through Tekla Model Sharing. A shared model requires the use of a single-user model. The same model cannot be a shared model and a multi-user model.

folder), but there are some restrictions, that has to be taken into account:

Shared folder Behavior in Tekla Model Sharig Limitations
XS_PROJECT This is model option, and is shared Cannot have multiple file paths


XS_FIRM This is system option, and is not shared Do not place files that should be shared in this folder

See also:

What is shared in Tekla Model Sharing

Tekla Model Sharing
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