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True BIM Collaboration with New Software Version Tekla Structures 17

BIM software activist Tekla is picking up steam by launching a new version of its main product Tekla Structures immediately after the launch of the new Tekla BIMsight application. Tekla Structures 17 is ready to download on the Tekla Extranet, introducing many improvements for project collaboration, such as better project managing tools and even more interoperability with other software systems.

Tekla Structures BIM (Building Information Modeling) software was first launched in 2004 and is now used by construction professionals around the world to model, detail, fabricate and build many of the buildings, bridges, sports complexes, and other structures that surround us in our everyday lives. New to the latest annual version Tekla Structures 17 are improved clash checking, organizing, viewing, snapping, commenting, and project managing tools, including easy input to the free-of-charge Tekla BIMsight collaboration application launched just one day earlier.

Tekla Structures 17 provides even more interoperability than before with leading software systems, such as Unitechnik, BVBS 2.0, and BETSY for those operating in the precast concrete industry. For the steel industry, there is now an improved DSTV connection to CNC machinery. Tekla Structures 17 allows higher accuracy with more customizable and automated drawings. Visualization of parts and objects in the model has been enhanced by, for example, providing a larger color palette to choose a correct tone from. Tekla Structures 17 functions are more and more Windows-like to make its use more intuitive and standardized. The development of user experience and assistance is continuous at Tekla. In addition, Tekla Structures 17 is now certified to support the use of a 3Dconnexion mouse.

In general, Tekla Structures 17 beta version testers from all over the world think that the new Tekla Structures version introduces some very useful new features and great improvements. ”It appears that Tekla is committed to advancing their development and ironing out the product before its release,” said Tim Fox from PDC Global. ”It would be a challenge to Tekla's competitors to attempt to achieve the same level of commitment!”

”At Tekla, we know how fragmented and complex construction projects can be,” said Tekla Executive Vice President Risto Räty. ”We also know that building information models have a way of making reality seem much less complicated. We will be there for our existing and potential customers each year with more and more organized BIM software and the most devoted technical support in the industry to enable them to collaborate across all organizations to make great deliverables for building and construction.”

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