Tekla Structures Interoperability and Partners

Tekla has an open approach to BIM, so you can run other providers’ solutions and fabrication machinery and still interface with Tekla. Extending and enhancing Tekla Structures is easy with Tekla Open API, the application interface.

Collaborative workflows with fluent data sharing are the key to minimizing errors and maximizing efficiency in the building and construction industry. This results in high profitability and on-time project completion.

Tekla effectively integrates with other building and construction industry software solutions through Tekla Open API, while maintaining the highest levels of data integrity and accuracy. Tekla Open API is based on Microsoft ® .NET connection software and enables a state-of-the-art interface for collaboration between software systems.

Tekla Partners Program

Tekla Partners Program for developers offers its members Tekla Structures Partner license and permission to sell, market and distribute their applications and many more benefits. Tekla Developer Center is the hub containing all the relevant information about Tekla Open API for developers.


Analysis & Design

Tekla Structures can interface with analysis and design (A&D) packages through Tekla Open API. In addition, the software links with A&D packages by file transfer and to in-house A&D calculation spreadsheets. Tekla Structures supports, for example, SDNF, CIS/2 and IFC structural.

The benefits of linking with A&D packages:

  • Coordination and visualization of the model, drawings and reports.
  • Both engineers and modelers can work on the same project model.
  • Efficient change management keeps project info up-to-date.


Connection design

We offer you several options for your connection design needs so you can always choose the best tool for each of your projects.

Learn more about structural steel connection design options for your Tekla projects.




Tekla Structures can interface with the major MIS software solutions in steel and rebar fabrication and with Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) and Production Planning Solutions (PPS) in precast concrete production. You can use Tekla reports, standardized file formats and advanced applications for data transfer.  Some of these systems can export information back to Tekla Structures.Anchor

Steel industry



Precast industry

Rebar industry

Tekla model data can be integrated with the leading rebar MES software and rebar processing systems using industry standard formats such as BVBS, PXML and Unitechnik and in proprietary formats of aSa, LP-System, Soule, Arma+ among others.

Production machines

Tekla Structures can interface with different production machinery whether steel or precast concrete. 


CNC steel machines

In structural steel, you can integrate any CNC software that imports DSTV. There are more advanced applications that can extract for example assembly information from the Tekla model for automatic layout and marking purposes.

Steel welding robots

Light metal framing machines

In cold rolled steel you can integrate to machinery by providing, for example, a required CSV or an XML file or any other format supported by the machinery manufacturer. Tekla Software supports multiple exports and formats.

Precast concrete machinery

For precast concrete production, information from a Tekla model can be transferred to communicate reinforcement, embedded materials and concrete geometry.


Project management

You can further enhanced the information in your Tekla models by integrating communication and time-based management data.  Mapping critical components of project management information into corresponding intelligent model objects provides you the opportunity to create dynamic dashboard views of project status. These dynamic links to project management help you to understand and visualize the true scope and context of schedule line items, change orders, payment requests, and other various areas of project discussions.


Trimble ProjectSight

Trimble Viewpoint 


Architectural & industrial collaboration

Tekla Structures can share model and drawing information with the major architectural and MEP  modeling programs. Archicad, ADT, Revit Building, Nemetschek Allplan and Bentley Architecture are all IFC-compliant, as is Tekla Structures. Other formats, such as DGN and DWG, are supported as well.

Tekla Structures can interface with the major process and plant layout planning and piping design products, such as PDS, PDMS, Smartplant3D and CADMATIC. You benefit from better layout coordination and structural information.


General Contractors, Surveying & Scanning

Trimble FieldLink

Trimble RealWorks


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