Tekla Structures & Revit BIM workflows

Software version: 2019i - 2020

Last updated January 20, 2020 by David Lash david.lash@trimble.com

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Tekla Structures & Revit BIM workflows

Please note that LOD refers to Level of Development  (LOD)

Option 1:Collaboration: "I want to see if everything fits in Revit" or vice versa

Note that if you are collaborating in Revit..why? Navisworks is far more powerful (clash checking etc) for this workflow. Or consider also Trimble Connect, fast, open and a great price.
  1. Export the BIM from Tekla Structures to Revit using an IFC file (Tekla > Export > IFC
  2. Simply Import into Revit. Insert > IFC directly in the same way you insert a Link or DWG.
  3. The Tekla Structures geometry is now available in Revit and can be used to co-ordinate with Architectural / MEP project in Revit.
  4. If you wish to take 3D geometry from Autodesk Revit and above into Tekla Structures, this  done by using the Autodesk approved IFC file format (an intelligent format) or a 3D DWG format (a 'dumb' format)
  5. Export from Revit using the existing Export to IFC command. 
  6. This geometry file can then be used in the BIM co-ordination process as a reference file by Tekla Structures.
  7. Where the situation exists where the reference file has geometry that is actually useful to the Structural team, those parts (correctly dimensioned slabs and columns etc) can be converted to be native Tekla Structures parts and reused using IFC Change Management tools in Tekla Structures. 

Option 2  **PLEASE NOTE: updates on this extension are paused pending review

Do you use this workflow? Do you want us to keep developing this extension? Email us at Tekla_Revit_Feedback@trimble.com

Tekla Structures geometry re-used in Revit drawings/ schedules **:

In Tekla Structures (ANY LOD capable software):

  1. Install Export to Revit for drawings (Tekla Structures 20.0 and above) from the Tekla Warehouse
  2. Set up model filter / organizer category in Tekla Structures, make sure you only send what the Revit (LOD 300 software) user actually needs (ie probably not rebars, bolts, washers, concrete embeds etc)
  3. Set up building levels and project base point in Export to Software/Revit tool
  4. Open the Extension, and enter selection information and level information. Export TCZIP file
  5. If you are sending AN UPDATE to an already sent file, the proceedure is the same. Updates of parts are handled by the Revit Import fromTekla Add-In.

In Autodesk Revit (LOD 300 capable software)

  1. The Install Tekla Structures Add-In (free) from the Tekla website.
  2. Import TCZIP file using Import from Tekla Structures Add-In into a blank 'structural template' project and save.
  3. Link structural project to architectural project or MEP project.
  4. Linked structural project CAN BE UPDATED by reimporting an updated TCZIP at anytime into the structural project. Only changed elements will be updated. Revit ID's will be maintained.
  • The Autodesk Revit Unique ID on objects is retained between subsequent updates. Information in the Revit project therefore is not lost but is updated as new structural information is imported. This is good for drawing production e.g. drawing overrides such as hatching / linework are maintained between structural updates
  • Autodesk Revit dimensions, Revit materials and Revit notation attached to structural parts therefore are not lost between updates, but are retained and adjusted (eg dimensions change) as the structure changes
  • Autodesk Revit Families are optimized to reduce the number which are used to generate the structural model
  • Autodesk Revit levels and location concepts are supported (eg ground floor, first floor, project base point)
  • Autodesk Revit phases are supported (eg Demolision phase, Construction phase)

**PLEASE NOTE: updates on this extension are paused pending review

Option 3: Export to Revit (.rvt geometry)

This application allows you to create an Autodesk® Revit® (.rvt) geometry file direct from Tekla Structures 2019. This .rvt file does not include drawing sheets, legends, optimized families, types or project levels.  This file is ideally utilised for project coordination similar to 3D DWG, 3D DGN's.

Note that this extension will not work for versions prior to Tekla Structures 2019

Install this export to Revit (.rvt) geometry extension and create .rvt geometry files to link into your customers Revit project. This export can be used with the BIM Publisher to set up (scheduled) exports of multiple models at once.

When should the command be used?

For projects where PDF/IFC submission is not acceptable and RVT format is stipulated in the contract submission documentation.
This is not a replacement for either IFC exports or our dedicated Export and Import commands.
This is intended for project teams who are unclear on the advantages of IFC transfer.
The process is only a one way export. It is not intended for two way integration or to track updates to models.

Attachment Size
2016_06JUNE_Tekla Structures and Autodesk Revit_GUIDANCE.zip 3.52MB

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by Prithviraj CM

We no longer support Revit 2014 Add-In to import from TS. What would be the recommended suggestions.

by David Lash

Hi , what would you like to do with the Tekla Structures model in Revit? Once we know this - we can give a much clearer answer.
Best regards,

by Aditya Mishra

Hi, we wanted to detail the Revit models in Tekla and then send the detailed models in Revit for clash check for other disciplines.

by David Lash

Hi Aditya, please could you share an example of the clash checks like this that you have run on other projects. This really helps understand what kind of clash check you are running.

by Giorgio De Lorenzi

The Guidance doesn't explain how to set and SAVE the "Project Base Point" and "Specify Coordinates", what to do and which is the meaning of the warnings that could be showed with "Check selection"