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Geometry design and modeling

Import road alignment automaticallyImport road alignment automatically

  • Use Tekla Structures Bridge Creator to import the road alignments automatically (LandXML)
  • Use Tekla Structures Beam Extruder to import the road alignments manually (XLS)
  • Trimble Novapoint and Tekla Civil integrationn

Easy to design even the most complex bridgesEasily design even the most complex bridge

  • Define start and end of the deck or other bridge elements parameters with Bridge Creator
  • Define one or more key sections that can be constrained to the road alignment
  • Produce even the most complex double curve decks or other bridge elements
  • Detail rebar using Concrete Bridges Reinforcement tool, specifically created for reinforcement of double curve elements

Try Parametric (algorithmic) Design workflow Try parametric (algorithmic) desing workflow

  • Great way to create alternative designs fast using Rhino Grasshopper plug-in
  • Live model representation with Tekla Structures parametric modeling
  • Produce precise representation of double-curves and freeform surfaces

Use point clouds with existing bridgesUse point clouds with existing bridges

  • Scan existing structures using any Trimble laser scan device
  • Reference point cloud to Tekla Structures to support modeling
  • Import point cloud into Trimble RealWorks and convert  the bridge into solid models to be used as true Tekla Structures objects

Parametric modeling builds intelligenceParametric modeling builds intelligence

  • Continue modeling of the bridge sub and superstructures, adding  piles, foundations, piers, slabs, and walls
  • Parameters of the model objects determine their interactions with each other, creating an intelligent model
  • Add geometry finishes like cuts of any shape, combine or merge concrete, line, or part cuts, add chamfers
  • Use any material, steel, precast concrete, cast-in-place concrete, or even timber.
  • You can reach high LOD 300-400 (LOD, level of development) design.

Horizontal structure support

  • Tekla Structures supports even the longest bridge spans
  • Easy to position your model with Project Base

Superior change management Superior change management

  • Automatic updates occur once the model is changed, so drawings are always a true representation of the 3D model
  • Easy changes by using a direct modification for concrete, steel, or even reinforcement objects
  • Adapt the changes easily even to complex geometry by using Rhino Grasshopper link
  • Innovative and unique Tekla Model Sharing for Tekla Structures users' modeling collaboration 
  • Updates at the same time working online or offline, anywhere in the world with maximum reliability

Enhance design with ready-made components

  • Assure a high level of efficiency by re-using your own profiles and components
  • Enhance the model with parametric components and tools from the vast catalog created by our own suppliers and customers worldwide at Tekla Warehouse

True IFC support for collaboration

  • Export your bridge to project management platforms such as Trimble Connect, Navisworks, Autodesk 360, Projectwise
  • Use your bridge for different tasks, e.g. estimating, scheduling, ordering materials, fabrication, managing inventories and logistics 
  • Identify potential problems early and ensure constructibility

Watch the webinar - Tekla Structures for Bridge Designers - From road alignment to rebar detailing