Tekla Structures 21 Improves Construction Project Workflows with Increased Interoperability and Ease of Use

New Version Brings Advanced Collaboration with Architects and Plant or MEP Design Engineers

HELSINKI, March 12, 2015 — Tekla, a Trimble company, today introduced Tekla Structures 21, the latest version of its Building Information Modeling (BIM) software for the engineering and construction markets. With advancements in interoperability, drawing control, usability and performance, Tekla Structures 21 improves industrial and commercial construction project workflows across construction disciplines, delivering benefits to structural steel and precast concrete designers, detailers and fabricators, concrete and general contractors, and enhanced collaboration with Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) and plant design engineers, architects and others. In conjunction with Tekla Structures 21, Tekla is also launching two new and unique services, Tekla Model Sharing and Tekla Warehouse.

“After a decade in use, Tekla Structures continues to further the evolution of BIM from an experimental to an essential part of designing, engineering and building all types of buildings and structures,” said Risto Räty, Executive Vice President, Deputy CEO of Tekla and General Manager of Trimble Buildings Structures Division. “Tekla Structures 21 reduces the time between concept and construction by enabling more advanced project team collaboration and productivity, enabling free flowing communication between all project stakeholders. The end result is the efficient design and building of better structures.”

Enhanced Collaboration and Workflow

Improved Reference Model Handling — Collaboration with other trades is easier with Tekla Structures 21’s improved reference model handling, whether the reference model’s file type is IFC, DGN, DWG or SKP.

Better Industrial Project Workflow — Integration with industrial plant design software improves interoperability for plant or offshore construction projects while the improved link with Intergraph Smart 3D means better model information transfer and the new bi-directional link with AVEVA PDMS introduces better management of information transfer and changes.

Smoother Integration and Export — Integration with Autodesk’s Revit Architecture and Revit MEP, and Trimble SketchUp Pro offers improved collaboration opportunities between architectural project teams. To smooth project workflows, Tekla Structures 21 automates the export of models and drawings downstream.

Enhanced IFC Change Management and Control — Enhanced IFC change management enables users to detect, manage and accommodate changes with more control.

Simpler, More Efficient Modeling —Drawing construction lines, circles and points and placing custom parts is straightforward as is editing the positions. In addition, the Organizer allows using accurate, object-based model data for material quantity take-offs.

Drawing Control and Automation – Simplifies the processes of navigating, printing and viewing drawing properties for greater view-level control and allows users to give customized company-specific dimensions to their own standard parts, such as bolts and embeds.

Better Concrete Pours — Tekla Structures 21 makes modeling cast-in-place concrete and modifying pours and pour breaks easier and more reliable. Because concrete pour information is now automatically inherited after a pour break, no vital information will be lost.

Tekla Structures 21 is introduced at the same time with two new unique services:

  • Tekla Model Sharing:  This service allows project team members to work on the same Tekla model from any location or time zone for delivering projects faster and with more flexibility.
  • Tekla Warehouse:  A free online library of Tekla Structures add-ons, libraries and templates, allowing users to achieve more efficient workflows and higher quality projects.


Tekla Structures 21 is available now. For more information and to download Tekla Structures 21, visit www.teklastructures.com.

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For additional information, please contact:

Mr. Risto Räty, Executive Vice President of Tekla Corporation and General Manager of Trimble Buildings

Structures Division, tel. +358 30 661 1781, email risto.raty @ tekla.com


About Tekla Structures

Tekla Structures is the most advanced BIM (Building Information Modeling) software on the market. The construction industry utilizes it for creating, combining, managing and distributing highly detailed, accurate and information-rich models of all structures and all materials. The software interfaces with other solutions and manufacturing machinery, allowing the users to achieve efficient and error-free collaboration. For more information, visit: www.teklastructures.com.


About Tekla

Tekla Building & Construction is part of Trimble Buildings, a Trimble segment focused on technology solutions that improve collaboration, efficiency and accuracy across the Design-Build-Operate (DBO) lifecycle of construction. Tekla drives the evolution of digital information models to provide greater competitive advantage to the construction, infrastructure and energy industries. Established in 1966, Tekla has customers in over 100 countries, offices in over 20 countries, and a global partner network.

Information on Tekla solutions can be found at www.tekla.com. Details about Trimble Buildings' complete DBO portfolio are available at: http://buildings.trimble.com.

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