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Tekla Structures 2020

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Just like music, construction requires collaboration. Players need to work together seamlessly, completing tasks at exactly the right time, to create a masterpiece. With tons of new collaboration-boosting updates and features, Tekla 2020 is the key to a perfectly harmonized BIM structural workflow.

Tekla 2020 is all about improving productivity so that your entire team can work together more efficiently. The latest enhancements focus on even better collaboration, visualization and usability. With easier modeling, faster drawing production and secure, real-time data sharing, you have the freedom to work together in a truly constructible process.

What is new in Tekla Structures 2020?


Easy modeling of complex platework with lofted plates

It’s now easier to create lofted plates between construction objects including lines, arcs, and polycurves. The lofted plate tool can be used to easily create complex geometry with straight, single curved and double curved shapes.

You can also create unfolded single part drawings of single primitive lofted plates and tangentially continuous poly curves lofted plates. This enables modeling and unfolding of twisted plates, transitional duct work profiles, and other curved plates including bridge related plate work, vastly improving your ability to model complex projects.

“Excellent improvement”

User Feedback Program quote

Enhanced point cloud visualization including clash checking

Visualize your survey data with intelligent point clouds in Tekla Structures in 3D.

Tekla Structures continues to enhance its point cloud functionalities. Tekla Structures allows manufacturers, erectors or contractors to check existing or planned constructions with scanned point clouds of an existing environment. Your possibilities are expanded in this version with new features and improvements, including options for customizing point size and density, and depth perception of point clouds and clash detection heatmaps.

“Much awaited feature, working as expected.”

User Feedback Program quote

Complete visual drawing layout editor

Out with the old, in with the new! The process for editing drawing layouts has been completely revamped making it possible for any project team member to achieve office standard drawings, quickly. Add tables, schedules, define multiple drawing sizes, control margin and frame settings and associate layouts to specific drawing types, all with a new what-you-see-is-what-you-get user experience.

“Easy and simple to use”

User Feedback Program quote



Easy visualization and editing of drawing views

Finish your drawings faster and be confident that you are documenting exactly what you need. The new Tekla Structures version now shows General Arrangement drawing views in the 3D model space. You can easily see which objects are included in a drawing view, and our direct modification feature allows you to adjust the view limits. This new feature is especially beneficial in managing large and complex assemblies which may span multiple drawings.

Easy cloud-based collaboration for all project participants

Communicate clearly with project participants with cloud-based collaboration in Trimble Connect. You can directly publish IFC models, drawings, schedules and other project critical information from Tekla Structures to particular stakeholders as a submission or for review, as well as manage access rights.

Use Trimble Connect to collect the files relevant to a project in one place, create a backup of important works-in-progress and collaborate with others without emailing large files.

Depending on what you need to do, you can access the files from your laptop, desktop, iPhone and iPad. Easy.

Trimble Connect Business license is now included in Tekla Structures subscription and 2020 maintenance.

New functionalities and usability improvements now better support workflows and make it easier to get started with Trimble Connect. The all new ribbon tab with Trimble Connect specific features such as ToDos, project users and more provides seamless integration and an easy start. You can connect to a project with just a few clicks from Tekla Structures and enable access to shared reference models.

Overlay models are now available in Tekla Structures from the Connect project as a faster way to reference potentially hundreds of DGN, DWG, and IFC models.


Easier detailing of hollowcore elements

Tekla Structures 2020 makes hollowcore detailing more productive and flexible and less prone to errors.

  • The improved Floor layout tool, purpose-built for creating and modifying precast hollowcore, half-slabs, double-tee, and solid slab floors, makes detailing of more complex hollowcore element structures faster and less error prone. Improvements include automatic hole reservations, defining maximum slab length, optimizing slab width and a new way of defining any properties for individual slabs.
  • Enhancements in Hollowcore lifting loops component enable lifting insert creation to opposite corners of hollowcores.
  • A new “Use DWG for modeling” tool transforms 2D design to 3D model. Use design intent of floor bay polygons to create Floor Layout components. The same tool enables you to transform dwg blocks into 3D embeds. With this functionality you can convert hundreds of electric reservations in flooring to actual embeds with one click.

Formwork tools readily at hand

Tekla Structures 2020 streamlines the use of formwork tools. As an integral part of Tekla Structures, the tools are now ready to use out of the box.

The version is delivered with the latest improvements and comes with example formwork systems, so you can get a flying start using the formwork tools. To use supplier specific panels, you can access a wide selection of product families from multiple suppliers in Tekla Warehouse.

Modeling sloping slabs is now easier than ever

Now it’s even easier to model complex geometries such as slabs with varying elevations. Improved user interface, ability to add vertices to slab faces, visual display of vertex positioning and elevation are just some of the improvements added to this popular Tekla Structures 2019i feature.

“Very helpful for modelling complex plane geometries”

User Feedback Program quote


Better usability and productivity in rebar detailing


Tekla Structures 2020 continues to improve usability and productivity. Working heavily on smaller features to automatically enhance the work done by the modeller without extra effort, it provides more control than ever on the rebar sets giving ultimate flexibility without hindering the fast and effective geometry-based detailing. The update of several existing features, including the consolidation of rebar dimensioning to create a single function and rebar catalog renewal, go towards sealing Tekla Structures as the best rebar detailing tool on the market. Here are a few features available in Tekla Structures 2020:

Reporting Rebar Layers

Tekla Structures rebar sets now automatically understand where they are placed relative to other bars in layer. This is an improvement on the auto layering functions previously released. You can now prefix and report bar layer automatically in both the model and drawings, allowing you to quickly create filter based drawings better suited to your workflow.

Layering Tools

With the addition of reportable layers come new tools to affect the layer placement without using dialogs. You can now move an entire bar from its position to the outermost or innermost layer, as well as step into or displace a layer. This automatically updates the rest of the reinforcement in the concrete meaning no clashes, every time.

Create Bars by Guideline

Rebar sets give you incredibly powerful automated rebar based on geometry, but now you can decide on the guidelines before the rebar is created. This means, in a few short clicks, curved or fanned reinforcement can be detailed with automatic scaling of centers by exact dimension or number of bars.



Arc Rebar Geometry Types

Updates to the rebar shape manager now allow multi-curved bars to be reported as single arcs, so that fabrication data such as radii and arc lengths can be reported and added to the catalog for automated recognition.

Rebar Pull-out Picture Update

By combining the features of the two rebar pullout graphical templates, it is now possible to represent couplers at bar ends based on the attributes you set or by the automated tool ‘Rebar Coupler and Anchor’.

Rebar Dimension Mark

Rebar Dimensioning has a new look. We’ve consolidated the existing ways to create rebar specific dimensions into a single, easy-to-use command. You can now dimension rebar faster than ever using this command.

Rebar Catalog Renewal

In an effort to update the catalogs in Tekla Structures, the rebar catalog is the first to be renewed. Now you will see a new, self explanatory and easy-to-use user interface. This is a new dialog which provides an error-free database, avoiding issues such as duplication, invalid property values, and more. The import and export features make porting data much easier from project to project and are especially useful for customers servicing projects in multiple countries/standards.


Improved tools for bridge designers

Easy-to-use drawing creation and editing tools help you complete documentation tasks faster. Simplified rebar creation tools with support for complex and non-standard geometrical forms.

Improvements in the Bridge Creator extension

Improved workflow handling of alignment data from highway team guiding simplified bridge profile handling for faster creation of intelligent bridge objects.

Free Tekla Structures for Bridge Designers eLearning course

Tekla Structures makes it easy to model bridges efficiently and accurately. Get to know the workflow with the free Tekla Structures for Bridge Designers eLearning course. The course includes several tutorials, from the basics of the workflow, user interface and the Bridge Creator tool to using ready-made components and bridge embeds. The course is available in English.

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Use Tekla Tedds with Tekla Structures for automated calculations

This workflow allows you to link Tekla Tedds documents to Tekla Structures models. With this feature, you can directly attach Structural Engineering calculations to Tekla Structures objects for future submission to checking authorities. Existing documents may be linked along with a feature, allowing new documents to be created which can then easily be modified or reviewed.

A brand new feature of this link is that you will be able to launch supported calculations directly from the Tekla Structures interface. Applicable data is automatically populated from the Tekla Structures model. The integration process can also be easily defined by users to allow any sort of Tekla Tedds calculation to be associated to a variety of Tekla Structures objects.

What is Tekla Tedds?

Tekla Tedds is easy-to-use software from Trimble that engineers can rely on for accurate calculations. With Tekla Tedds, engineers can streamline engineering design, avoid errors and present output professionally.


Better company-specific visualizations with Trimble Connect Organizer

You can now customize what data you send to Trimble Connect, giving you a powerful and flexible way to view the data. Using the new Trimble Connect Organizer, you can push any data—for example, data related to production routing from the EPM database—into the cloud version of Trimble Connect. You can also layer, filter, and colorize data to create a visualization that is meaningful to you and share it with other Trimble Connect Business Premium users.


Renewed sharing service for earlier Tekla Structures versions

The sharing service has been improved and better supports the use of earlier Tekla Structures versions (up to 2018i).

Preview of local changes before writing out

You can now review your own copy of the model showing the changes made to the local model before writing out.

With this you can

  • Ensure accurate and error-free changes are shared with the rest of the team
  • Ensure that no unintentional changes are included when writing out

Tekla Model Sharing - Trimble Connect use as the project folder

With the new option to use Trimble Connect Folder as the project or firm folder, the team can ensure controlled and centralized changes to Project and Firm folders defined using XS_PROJECT or XS_FIRM settings. With the one-way synchronization, you can rely on always up-to-date and correct settings and avoid making unintentional changes to folders with model sharing functionality.

Tekla User Assistance for Trimble Connect

Tekla User Assistance for Trimble Connect is where you can find product guides, support articles, and a user community to help you get up to speed. This service is currently available in English and French.

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