Tekla Structures

Tekla Structures


Essential links

Tekla Structures BIM link for connection design tutorial

How to combine Tekla Structures and SAP2000

Tekla Structures to IDEA StatiCa workflow

Model connection in CAD
Import structure and apply loads
Design selected connections
Code-check and optimize connections

About the Tekla Structures plugin

You can model connections in your CAD, export the connection directly to IDEA StatiCa from within Tekla Structures, apply the loads to the connection, and then code-check your connection. All beams, cross-sections, and operations (bolts, holes, welds, and cuts) are also completely synchronized if the Tekla Structures model changes. IDEA StatiCa and Tekla Structures give you an efficient workflow for your structural steel design that saves time, minimizes errors, helps with optimization, and makes the data available to your colleagues or subcontractors doing detailing and fabrication.

The BIM link is managed by IDEA StatiCa Checkbot – an application for the management of BIM workflows. This means you can:

  • Export and synchronize connections and members easily
  • Have complete control over all of your imported connections and members
  • See a clear list of all imported items including status checked/not-checked
  • Create a 3D visualization of imported members
  • See a conversion table for materials and cross-sections

Read more about How Checkbot works.

Tekla Structures BIM link video

How to get started

Getting started is easy!

  • Download and install both applications on the same PC.
  • Open the IDEA Bim Links App - IDEA StatiCa will automatically detect the Installation of the Software.
  • Click Install or follow the instructions in the tutorial for more details.
  • Start exporting and designing steel connections right away!

Please note that like with most software, there is always a short delay when new versions are released and the BIM links are updated. Please check out the list of compatible versions before installing the plugin.

Known limitations

You can find a list of known limitations here.

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