NEWS: Tekla Structures 21 focuses on collaboration

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Structural and construction-focused BIM tool improves construction project workflows, interoperability and model sharing

Tekla Structures 21, the latest release of the structural and construction-focused BIM tool, delivers new features for interoperability, drawing control, usability and performance. Tekla has also launched two new services: Tekla Model Sharing, which allows project team members to work on the same Tekla model from any location, and Tekla Warehouse, a free online library of Tekla Structures add-ons, libraries and templates.

Tekla Structures 21 features improved reference model handling (IFC, DGN, DWG or SKP) to help enhance collaboration between with Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) and plant design engineers, architects and others. Enhanced IFC change management enables users to detect, manage and accommodate changes with more control.

There is also improved integration with Autodesk Revit Architecture, Autodesk Revit MEP and Trimble SketchUp Pro. Tekla Structures 21 is also able to automate the export of models and drawings downstream.

Modelling has also been enhanced. Tekla says drawing construction lines, circles and points and placing custom parts is straightforward as is editing the positions. The process of navigating, printing and viewing drawing properties for greater view-level control has also been improved. Users can give customised company-specific dimensions to their own standard parts, such as bolts and embeds.

Modelling cast-in-place concrete and modifying pours and pour breaks is now easier and more reliable, says Tekla. Because concrete pour information is now automatically inherited after a pour break, no vital information will be lost, it is claimed.

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