Geometry Design and Modeling

Import 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 bridges

  • 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

  • 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 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 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 

    • Automatic updates occur once the model is changed, so drawings are always a true representation of the 3D model
    • Easy changes by using 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 multi-user capabilities
    • Updates at the same time working online or offline, anywhere in the world with maximum reliability


    Enhance design with ready-made components

    • Assure high level of efficiency by re-using your own profiles and components
    • Enhance the model with parametric components and tools from the vast catalogue created by our own suppliers and customers world-wide 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