Tekla Structures 2019

Truly Constructible

The new Tekla 2019 versions offer enhancements, improvements and new features to boost your productivity and create smoother workflows.

Clone selected: Productivity gains in repetitive GA drawing annotation, linework styles and dimensioning

We’ve made it easier than ever to create general arrangement drawings. When working with GA drawings, you can now clone annotations such as dimensions, marks and linework styles from one area of the drawing to another. Formatting, annotations, dimensions, line styles and content are all reproduced and adapted to new shapes, making your documentation task significantly easier and faster. It is ideal for drawings with a lot of repetitive structures, such as foundation plans, anchor plans, rebar placement drawings or elevation drawings.

“A very useful tool. It will help to shorten the time spent doing drawings.”

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Align drawing views in cloning

Creating shop drawings with the cloning functionality is now faster thanks to the more intelligent handling of drawing views. When drawing views are aligned in a source drawing, the views in cloned drawings are automatically aligned, significantly reducing the need for manual editing work and improving the quality. This saves your time, especially when cloning assembly and precast shop drawings, in which aligned views provide better readability.

Dimension point associativity

You can now specify exactly which objects dimensions points should follow. Your drawing dimensions will update correctly with changes in the model and improves the reliability of drawing cloning.

“I think this will help with drawing cloning.”

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Enhanced drawing content manager

You can now meet office standards for documents more quickly thanks to extra information in the drawing content manager, which helps to check, mark and stylize the drawing.

Easier cleanup with aligning marks to point

You can easily clean up your drawings to achieve office standard drawings faster by quickly aligning marks.

“This function is very useful and for sure will save a lot of time during erection drawing preparation!”

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Increased support for a wider variety of BIM objects

Thanks to import item improvements, you can now import a wider variety of object formats as items and use them in drawings. Non-solid items are now also visible in detail and section views.

Easier project layout with new radial grids and construction objects

We’ve developed productivity-boosting geometry improvements, which eliminate the need for workarounds to describe a curving structure. You can now create true curved grids, such as radial and polar grids. The new construction arc and polycurve make layout of additional details easier and faster.

“I find radial grid so user friendly that I think even a Tekla beginner could learn quickly how to use it.”

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Enhanced Layout Editing

You can now more easily create office standard drawing sheets with drawings and tables. Just place and drag table templates to quickly create a drawing layout with tables or schedules, saving time and improving productivity.


Introducing Revit Geometry Export

Revit Export, a new extension that offers greater flexibility, enables Tekla users to participate in projects in which the client specifies .rvt files. If IFC is unacceptable, you can work on projects using .rvt files to share model data.

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Easier management of IFC reference model geometric changes

We’ve developed improvements for IFC change management. You can now set tolerances to reduce the unnecessary flagging of insignificant changes, and better information helps you more clearly understand the nature of geometric changes (e.g., whether the center of gravity has moved).


More intuitive placing items tool

In Tekla Structures 2019, we’ve simplified the use of imported items, and inserting items such as concrete embeds to an exact location, angle and position in the model is now easier and faster. You can intuitively control orientation and rotation when adding items directly, with the help of direct manipulation handles and interactive preview, which in the past was only possible for items that were a part of custom components. This update makes accurate modeling more efficient, especially when working with cast-in-place concrete structures.


Customizable labels in model views

When visualizing model object labels in model views, you’ll now have better control over which object properties are shown. You can more quickly create visual reports and communicate required information with the model, as well as check model information more easily. To control what is shown, simply select the option to show the desired label, such as weight or position number, for only the main parts or for the main parts of selected objects.


New Trimble Connect Visualizer extension for rendering and animation

As a Tekla Structures user you can now realistically render and animate even the largest structural models to communicate the design intent for more informed decision making.

Trimble Connect Visualizer extends Tekla Structures functionality adding value to existing constructible models. You can enhance sales and project presentations with compelling, descriptive content that demonstrates design and building options. You can clearly communicate the structural strategy for feedback from the widest stakeholder audience to drive productivity and project quality gains.

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What's new in Tekla Structures 2019 for Bridge Designers

Bridge designers need advanced digital tools to be able to create BrIM (Bridge Information Modeling) content in order to meet client requirements and become more competitive in the bridges market

Bridge Creator extension to improve the workflow

Bridge Creator is a new extension developed for bridge designers. It is meant to make the early phase of workflow faster and easier. If you find it challenging to produce accurate 3D models for some road alignments where varying superelevation result in complex bridge decks, then this is a perfect tool for you.

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The new Bridge Designer role for productive work

In version 2019 there will be a new Bridge Designer role that gives access to a customized ribbon menu consisting the tools relevant to boost bridge design productivity, such as Beam Extruder, Concrete Bridge Reinforcement, and the new Bridge Creator extension.


Enhancements for rebar detailing

Contextual toolbar enhancement

We’ve highlighted the powerful rebar detailing tools so that new Tekla users can learn to use the software faster and more intuitively.

Enhanced cranking option for rebar

To boost rebar detailing productivity, you can now retrospectively add a rebar crank to a modelled bar. We’ve also improved rebar splitters to generate parallel laps or cranks with automated measurements based on the appropriate industry standard.


More control over rebar rounding and grouping

Rounding at the model, set and modifier levels now grant ultimate control when detailing rebar. You can optimize rebar schedules and give truly fabricated state bars in the model, which allows for real project scenarios when ordering cut and bent rebar to be considered and replicated in a BIM environment.

Modifier to support 1:2, 1:3 and 1:4 effecting bars

To help you save rebar detailing time and improve constructibility, we’ve developed a modifier that lets you create the desired bar no matter the use case. End detail, splitter and property modifiers are all able to affect different arrangements of bars.

“Very good job, the new functionality of rebar set covers needs for CIP and Precast at the same time!”

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Color-coded rebar groups

For easier and more dynamic management of rebar groups, we’ve developed an intuitive enhancement that makes it easier to check in the model what you want to output to see in the documentation. With a single click, the colorization function lets you see which bars are grouped together so that you can visually check rebar groups, which saves time and helps you correct errors.


STAAD link updated

We’ve updated the link between Tekla Structures and STAAD. Structural engineers working with the latest version of STAAD (v8i ss6) can now send and receive critical project information to Tekla Structures more efficiently, with less duplicated work, less double data entry and less risk of mistakes.


Enhancements for precast concrete

The design-to-cost tool enables faster value engineering

With this new extension, you can use unit cost as a design parameter in the conceptual design phase. This makes it significantly faster to do value engineering, compare different alternative designs and find the most cost-effective precast solution working in the Tekla model environment. You can define the unit costs for different element types in the model using customizable parameters, and Tekla automatically calculates the cost levels for selected elements, which can be reported and shown as labels in the model. Because you can immediately see the cost impact of the changes in the model, you can more easily find the most economical precast solution for your projects.

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Double Wall Details enhancements

We’ve further developed the toolset that automates modeling and detailing workflows for double wall structures. The latest version of this extension, which was introduced in early 2018, allows more data-rich model content out of the box and offers improvements for more flexible and user-friendly working.

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Improvements for Half Slab Reinforcement detailing toolset

The Half Slab Reinforcement tool lets you automatically add optimized, detailed reinforcing and braced girders to half slab floors. The toolset automates numerous repetitive detailing steps so that you can create the information you need, efficiently and error-free. First introduced last year as an extension, we’ve further developed the toolset for even more efficient detailing workflows with precast half slab floors.

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Model to production data export enhancements

New development for precast production data exports now support wider workflows and more comprehensive data content can be automatically included. Among many other upgrades, the following enhancements for data export from model to precast production systems come available with the latest versions.

  • BVBS format now supports circular and spiraling rebar
  • Unitechnik’s UT export enables exporting unfolded mesh with cut and bend rebar, offers support for transportation data, and automatically recognizes when rebar doesn't match production machine requirements
  • Data exports for sandwich walls and double walls are improved when using UT format. Unitechnik UXML and Progress PXML exports now also support double walls.
  • With PXML export auto-orienting, bent and unfolded meshes and electric tube handling has been improved

Enhancements for Cast-in-place concrete construction

Pour Unit improvements

We’ve upgraded the Pour Unit, making pour information management more flexible and robust. Now it’s more efficient to manually control the model content included in this information management unit for cast-in-place concrete. Formwork, rebar and concrete accessories attached to pour geometry are automatically added to pour unit when it is created, but in some cases, some manual work is also needed to ensure that pour unit content responds to real-life needs. Now you can just select everything you want to include and add your selection to the Pour Unit in one go.

Complete formwork drawings and reporting out of the box

In Tekla Structures 2019, a set of default attributes are written automatically on all formwork items. You can use general formwork attributes to manage formwork items, independent from the formwork supplier or formwork system in use. Default filter, Organizer and drawing settings for formwork allow easier information management and control over formwork items in the model. This means you won’t need to separately create settings for filtering, model views, and drawings, making creating formwork drawings faster and easier out of the box.

Default settings are included in default environment of Tekla Structures 2019 and can also be downloaded from Tekla Warehouse

Latest version for Formwork Placing Tools – Walls goes deeper to details

New features in the latest version let you more efficiently create accurately-detailed formwork models, and allow more complete material reports and drawings. Now you can automatically add formwork fillers used between formwork panels with several layers to full height, and when adding formwork ties, you can configure spacer tubes to also be included. You can also automatically add accessories directly when placing the panels, for more efficient modeling of formwork accessories in general.

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Faster column formwork modeling

We’ve further developed Formwork Placing tools – Walls, to better support formwork modeling with columns. You can now create one column condition that works for different column sizes, and the correct size of column panels and accessories can be automatically placed according to column geometry.

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Better productivity with Formwork Placing Tools – Slabs

We’ve enhanced girder placement, making it more realistic, as well as optimized girder usage. When placing formwork panels with the slab tool, you can now automatically add accessories such as girders directly with the panels.

You can now place girders or shoring prop items under any vertical object, which allows using this tool also in workflows with prefabricated steel and precast concrete structures.

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Introducing Shape Cleaner

In Tekla Structures 2018 and 2018i, we introduced many performances and quality improvements to imported shapes, which greatly increased efficiency when working with large formwork models and models with many imported items in general. Shape Cleaner is a new tool that allows you to take full advantage of these improvements, even when working with older project models. You’ll no longer need to re-import the original shapefiles for the items to be able to benefit from the improvements made in previous versions.


More flexible steel modeling

More flexibility for modeling bent plates

You can now more easily model sections of pipes or cones. For example, you can model just the radial or conical bend sections and then unfold them in drawings and CNC.

“It is the perfect command for spiral forms as well. You can build parts of spiral staircases in case that the staircase has different radius and so doesn't close a 360° radius.”

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New staircase tool for intuitive detailing

The new straight staircase tool offers faster, more flexible modeling for staircases. Its in-context controls provide instant feedback so that you can detail staircases quickly and easily, without guesswork.

“The functionality is great. I agree that will improve the speed of the modeling, and it will make the job more fun!”

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Better support for mechanical fasteners

Self tapping screws, site drilled holes, nails and more are now easy to model with a new option to specify when no hole should be created in parts by bolt objects. Specifying that no hole is needed makes it simple to work with pre-punched parts, field located holes, and screws without affecting shipping marks or fabrication, and still delivering accurate quantities from the model.


Improved collaboration

Automate collaboration and enhance your 3D model with drawing information

Using the Linking Documents to the Trimble Connect tool, you can automatically share the model with in-context documentation with the whole project team.

You can enhance your 3D data with drawing annotations, such as marks, dimensions and more. You also have the option to export drawings into a 3D DWG model space for overlay on the model.

  • Share project documents with a wider team, including the owner, contractor, engineer, workshop, site and more
  • Enable document look-up from the 3D model
  • Overlay 2D information on the 3D model for easy checking, validation, and communication

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Tekla Model Sharing

Change management is even more robust

To reduce unnecessary and unexpected changes in the model we have removed conflicting modifications from Read in function for part cuts, site bolts, add parts, edge chamfers, site welds, shop welds, polygon welds, and subassemblies.

With control for drawings, you can now identify changes to drawings and revert to a previous version. Any unintentional changes by another user are now easy to see and handle. We also improved numbering handling to reduce the need to update the drawings.

Expand use of Model Sharing with the brand new sharing service

Tekla Structures 2019 is the first version using the next generation sharing service (v2.0) that provides you with a solid growth path to expand your use of Model Sharing. We have renewed the service architecture and Azure services components to ensure the solid service.

Getting started is easier

Shared Models tab in the start screen makes it easier for new users to find shared models. When joining in the new projects A Check For Regional Settings helps new users on selecting compatible regional settings on Windows.

The eLearning lesson and training video clips for basic use will make it easy and fast for the new Model Sharing users to get productive with their projects.

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