IDEA StatiCa Viewer for Tekla Structures

This FREE plugin for Tekla Structures allows you to export a steel joint to IDEA StatiCa – the global leader in the design of steel joints. Whether you have an IDEA StatiCa license or not, this plugin gives you the option to create an IDEA StatiCa file which you can send to your colleagues.

1 How to activate the plugin

After the installation finishes, the following window will pop up, and depending on the version(s) of Tekla Structures that you have on your computer, it will inform you which version has been installed.

IDEA StatiCa Viewer for Tekla Structures

When you open Tekla Structures, you will see a new IDEA StatiCa tab with two buttons:

IDEA StatiCa Viewer for Tekla Structures
  1. Viewer – Use this if you don't have IDEA StatiCa installed on your computer, but you need to create and send an IDEA StatiCa project file to a colleague that uses IDEA StatiCa.
  2. Code-check manager – Use this if you have IDEA StatiCa installed on your computer, and you want to export a connection straight into the desktop application. To find out more about Code-check manager, see the detailed step-by-step tutorial.

2 How to use the plugin

Open the project in Tekla Structures. Choose the IDEA StatiCa tab in the upper ribbon, the Viewer button, and choose the desired design code.

IDEA StatiCa Viewer for Tekla Structures

1. Select the point which represents the node. 

2. choose all the structural members of the joint, the first chosen member will be set as the bearing one. Confirm selection with the spacebar.

IDEA StatiCa Viewer for Tekla Structures

3. Select all the remaining entities of the connection such as plates, bolts, and welds. Again, confirm with the spacebar.

IDEA StatiCa Viewer for Tekla Structures

Automatic data transfer is finished and IDEA StatiCa Viewer with the generated project is launched (you need an internet connection). The geometry, cross-sections and all needed data were imported from Tekla Structures.

IDEA StatiCa Viewer for Tekla Structures

And now you can export connection to 3D DWG file or save it as IDEA StatiCa Connection (.ideacon) file.

IDEA StatiCa Viewer for Tekla Structures

Watch the following video to see how this works:

Sample files

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