NEWS: Trimble introduces Tekla 2018 BIM solutions

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New releases focus on 2D drawing and 3D modelling efficiency and collaborative construction workflows

Trimble has launched the 2018 versions of its software for structural engineering, fabrication and construction teams. Tekla Structures 2018, Tekla Structural Designer 2018 and Tekla Tedds 2018 support constructible BIM workflows for stakeholders in structural steel and concrete, including designers, detailers and fabricators, concrete contractors, general contractors and structural engineers.

Tekla Structures 2018 is designed to make it easier to model spiral structures like stringers, handrails, and ramps

Tekla Structures 2018 focuses on delivering faster 3D modelling processes, more precise detailing, better control over changes and quicker production of drawings with less effort, in addition to workflow-related efficiency gains. The new version also supports point clouds, allowing delivery of coordinated, constructible designs that fit existing structures. The improvements in drawings include quicker drawing production with less effort and reviewing and adding content faster. The collaborative workflow from design and analysis to detailing and fabrication is also smoother than before, says Trimble, regardless of structural material.

Tekla Structures now supports point cloud natively to provide as-built context inside the modelling environment

Tekla Structural Designer 2018 has a big focus on structural design workflow productivity. For example, Trimble explains how the new rigorous non-linear concrete slab design feature automates loading simulation through construction to help save engineering design time. In addition, enhanced analysis options for concrete and steel are designed to accelerate design cycles for complex structural elements. The new version also supports Swedish, Norwegian and Finnish annexes to the Eurocodes.

New features for rebar model management and developments in Tekla Structures’ pour technology are designed to make managing, quantifying and reporting all information related to pour units more efficient
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Tekla Tedds 2018 introduces a variety of new calculations to help improve productivity for civil and structural engineers. The easy-to-use software offers a quality assured library of code compliant calculations that are visible for easy review and validation.

The workflow between Tekla Structures and Tekla Structural Designer is now smoother and faster, requiring less re-modelling and editing

In addition, Trimble has launched Tekla Developer Center, a new online hub for all Tekla Open API information to support the application developer community through customisation of Tekla Structures and open collaboration.

Tekla Structures’ enhanced pour technology is designed to allow more efficient and user-friendly managing, quantifying and reporting all information related to pour units
Trimble says that a new, simplified and automated approach to the design of flat slab deflections in Tekla Structural Designer 2018 means you don’t need other solutions for analysis or need to duplicate your modelling
New, interactive 3D-model-based truck load planning features in Tekla Structures 2018 are designed to help save money and time at the factory and on logistics
Creating constructible formwork plans in Tekla Structure 2018 is faster and easier with new features in formwork wall planning tools and completely new formwork offering for slabs

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