Tekla Structures 21 Improves Project Construction Workflows with Increased Interoperability and Ease of Use
April 20, 2015

Tekla, a Trimble company introduced on March 12, 2015 Tekla Structures 21, the latest version of its Building and Information Modeling (BIM) software for the engineering and construction markets. It was officially introduced in the Philippines during the 2015 Tekla User Conference held in Cebu and Manila on April 13 and 15 respectively.


With advancements in interoperability, drawing control, usability and performance, Tekla Structures 21 improves industrial and commercial construction project workflows across construction disciplines, delivering benefits to structural steel and precast concrete designers, detailers and fabricators, concrete and general contractors, and enhanced collaboration with Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) and plant design engineers, architects and others. In conjunction with Tekla Structures 21, Tekla also launched two new and unique services – Tekla Model Sharing and Tekla Warehouse.




Tekla Structures 21 presentation by Eric Beyer - Production Manager, Tekla Corporation

during the 2015 Tekla User Conference in Manila   



Enhanced Collaboration and Workflow


Improved Reference Model Handling – Collaboration with other trades is easier with Tekla Structures 21’s improved reference model handling, whether the reference model’s file type is IFC, DGN, DWG, or SKP.


Better Industrial Project Workflow – Integration with industrial plant design software improves interoperability for plant or offshore construction projects while the improved link with Intergraph Smart 3D means better model information transfer and the new bi-directional link with AVEVA PDMS introduces better management for information transfer and changes.


Smoother Integration and Export – Integration with Autodesk’s Revit Architecture and Revit MEP, and Trimble SketchUp Pro offers improved collaboration opportunities between architectural project teams. To smooth project workflows, Tekla Structures 21 automates the export of models and drawings downstream.


Enhanced IFC Change Management and Control – Enhanced IFC change management enables users to detect, manage and accommodate changes with more control.


Simpler, More Efficient Modeling – Drawing construction lines, circles and points and placing custom parts is straightforward as is editing the positions. In addition, the Organizer allows using accurate, object-based model data for material quantity take-offs.


Drawing Control and Automation – Simplifies the processes of navigating, printing and viewing drawing properties for greater view-level control and allows users to give customized company-specific dimensions to their own standard parts, such as bolts and embeds.


Better Concrete Pours – Tekla Structures 21 makes modeling cast-in-place concrete and modifying pours and pour breaks easier and more reliable. Because concrete pour information is now automatically inherited after a pour break, no vital information will be lost.

Tekla Structures 21 is introduced at the same time with two new unique services:


Tekla Model Sharing:  This service allows project team members to work on the same Tekla model from any location or time zone for delivering projects faster and with more flexibility.


Tekla Warehouse: A free online library of Tekla Structures add-ons, libraries and templates, allowing users to achieve more efficient workflows and higher quality projects.




Cast In Place Concrete presentation by Andy Dickey, Global Business Development Manager, Tekla Corporation