Tekla Structures 2016i What's new?

Benefit from the many improvements that increase flexibility, control and efficiency.


When developing Tekla Structures 2016i, we have continued listening to our customers: The user interface introduced earlier this year now has new functionalities, and you can customize the ribbon to personalize the software and make it suit the way you work. Increase productivity by editing the ribbon to contain the commands you use most.

Tekla Model Sharing

When it comes to Tekla Model Sharing, the new role-based access rights make managing the editing rights of a project participant easier, while the new organization locks can protect your work. You can work with other organizations and different project roles with confidence and security.


Drawing and sketching drawings has become much easier and more flexible. Enhancements on hatching, reference models in drawings and printing make it easier to create plans and construction drawings and also clarify and annotate drawings with manual details.


Structural steel

This very first release of bent plates brings a simple but structured approach that allows you to build up complex bent plates and create anything from simple bent angles and clips to folded boxes, spiral stringer plates, folded profiles and more. From your model you can create NC data of the unfolded plates for nesting and fabrication, or drawings that include bend line and radius information.


Precast concrete

For precast concrete, the new way to model and detail all concrete walls efficiently and flexibly with Wall layout and Detailing manager functionalities were introduced earlier this year. Developing tools for working with wall structures has continued and now Tekla Structures 2016i brings new reinforcement functionalities and modeling features, which support efficient detailing work with double wall structures.

Cast in place

Cast in place concrete

The new version continues to improve quick and easy information management. The latest development of Tekla's unique pour concept is Pour unit functionality. A Pour unit is a management unit that consists of a pour object and all related reinforcement, concrete accessories and formwork that needs to be in place before concrete can be poured on site. All relevant information and quantities are automatically linked to pour unit they belong to, which makes managing information with the model and creating material reports and pour schedules easy and effective.



With the arrival of Tekla Structures 2016i, new information management and communication features for structural engineering now allow creation of even more valuable models than before. Production of more effective – and better looking – general arrangement drawings becomes faster and easier with special line type tools, improved sketching tools (lines, polylines and polygons), easy elevation marking and hatching enhancements.


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Tekla Structures 2016 features
Main Tekla Structures 2016 features
User Interface

Easier modeling, easier learning

It’s not just about the cool contemporary look. The new user interface makes modeling easier and faster. For example, why not start by choosing a model from the list of your recent models, and continue with creating your own custom tab. The default model colors are both pleasant and logical. Your model stands out from the calm background so you can easily spot what you need, while the icons are modern and recognizable.

Two things have remained essentially the same, just improved: Keyboard shortcuts and command names.

Collaboration BIM Change Management

Great information management, great collaboration

For construction, information about what has been done and who did it is critical. Using reference information from the other project parties is now smoother and more reliable: Tekla users can now see what changes others have made to that IFC model they received. Reference handling and collaboration are easier, prevent design and detailing errors. And Tekla Model Sharing has now more sophisticated change management.


Drawings improvements

Better drawings, faster and easier production

Tekla product development has kept the wishes of customers in mind when working on drawing production.  Creating and editing drawings is now easier, more flexible and reliable.  2D library is a collection of ready-made 2D details such as bolts where you can just pick details instead of drawing these. Importing, saving and reusing your specific 2D details saves even more time, and you can update details & notes across all project drawings.

Efficient features for structural steel fabricators

Take advantage of your model information and achieve better productivity.

Utilize model information with Organizer: Enjoy faster response times. The new property categories can write information into the model, and you can easily organize, manage and track workflows.  Automatically created sub-categories allow you to auto-fill from a native or reference model, then further filter content, and break it down into sub-categories.

The new Organizer supports your processes: With the automatic categorization, everybody stays up to date and benefits from the model information. Use property categories to manage processes and workflows, and add information to the model for all project parties. And for visual status check or classification, you can color the model based on groups.

Snap easily and accurately: Tekla users have asked for Snapping tool improvements and now they are here. For example, you can snap with construction circles and their intersections, but now you won’t accidentally snap through opaque surfaces to hidden objects.


Increase productivity with information flow from model to fabrication: CNC enhancements mean that you can easily set up manufacturer-specific machine settings and benefit from improved feedback. Your control over CNC output is now better: Control hard stamp placement, use new additional output controls, customize the DSTV headers and remove unwanted lines.

Welds in the models for easy checking:  The cleaner welding visualization makes it easy to present and communicate welds. New weld solids in drawings offer a clear presentation of weld positions and communicate even complex details.

Drafter has been significantly improved according to customers’ wishes: Creating and cloning drawings is now possible. Learn more >

Watch webinar recording "Sneak Preview of Tekla Structures 2016 for steel customers"

Informed, easier cast in place concrete construction

The evolution of Tekla Structures 2016 makes utilizing models easy for concrete contractors.

Better Pours and ease of use: The performance of Tekla’s unique Pour modeling and management concept has been improved. Accurate, constructible Tekla concrete models and powerful building information management tools bring effective understanding and communication across a pour project.

Utilize model information with the Organizer: The power of Organizer has increased for effective project planning, coordination and control. With quick, easy access to the rich model information and reports, you can now better forecast and deliver projects. And why not highlight important categories and areas of interest in the geometry for better visual understanding?

Working with location management is now easier and offers more benefits on site. Together with IFC integration, location automation ensures consistent Location Breakdown Structures (LBS). 

Accurate quantities with improved tools: The new Surface Object allows better material quantity take offs (QTOs). You can now enjoy unrivaled insight and control: Reduce risk when planning, procuring and deploying formwork with Form Face creator. Attributes and quantities of surfaces give you more accurate, reportable information. 


Terrain in the model with LandXML: Include the ground, roads and railways and rain water systems created by other project parties simply by importing LandXML files to Tekla Structures.

Easier automatic drawing production: Producing drawings is now easier and faster, and the quality has been improved. GA drawings can present CIP geometry as both pours and parts. You can color pour drawings – no need for highlighter pens any more.

Watch webinar recording "Sneak Preview of Tekla Structures 2016 for contractors planning to pour concrete"


Smooth collaboration for structural engineers

Tekla Structures 2016 offers a lot for engineering offices working in AEC or industrial workflows, regardless the chose level of LOD.  

Create high quality drawings faster: The structural engineering drawings are now clear and easy to understand, and also producing them is faster and easier with the improved tools.

Smoother collaboration with wider design team: Improved workflow with plant design system such as Intergraph Smart3D, Aveva PDMS and E3D and architectural solutions brings better management of information transfer. BIM Publisher automates exports of DGN, DWG and IFC models and DWG and PDF drawings.  


For creating impressive high quality views for client presentations, export models to Trimble’s SketchUp and use rendering packages. And now you can utilize terrain models, line alignments of roads and railways, and rain water systems created by other project parties simply by importing LandXML files to Tekla Structures.


Also the BIM floor level system matches that other project parties use in their software solutions, and you can provide accurate information organized according to the industry standards.

Utilize the information with Organizer: Now it is easy and fast to check what is actually in the model. You can manage, review and report on model content easily and effectively thanks improved usability and powerful new features.

Watch webinar recording "Sneak Preview of Tekla Structures 2016 for structural engineering"


Powerful tools for precast concrete producers

Tekla Structures 2016 brings new tools and valuable improvements for precast fabrication.

Model walls efficiently: The new Wall layout and associated tools bring advantage and efficiency to modeling and modifying all wall types; solid, double and sandwich. Automated elementation is especially beneficial for double wall structures.

Automate tasks with Detailing manager: Repetitive modeling tasks can be automated. This makes detailing more productive, saves time and prevents errors - never miss a concrete cast insert, or put a wrong size into your model again.  You can create rules, for example element type specific ones, and then do repetitive detailing tasks with just one command.

Better reinforcement annotations in drawings: Tekla users have asked for this improvement and now it is here. Enjoy the improvements in creating and modifying drawing annotations, automatic bar pull-out placements, pull-out texts and dimensioning.

Utilize model information with Organizer: Better, more efficient utilization of model information is now possible. You can automate the creation of repetitive fabrication information, such as concrete covers for precast elements, manage model information and visualize categories more efficiently. Information in an object property value field can automatically fill up in another related, relevant object property value field for use in reports and drawings.  

Watch webinar recording "Sneak Preview of Tekla Structures 2016 for precast"


What customers said about Tekla Structures 2016:
User interface:

So far it seems like more time I spend with new interface more I like it. Modern, minimalistic and understandable

- Comment from the Tekla User Feedback Program
User interface - Welcome screen:

Very user-friendly starting screen. Convenient to open and create new models. I like that you can add a picture to the model for better navigation.

- Comment from the Tekla User Feedback Program
User interface - Ribbon:

This functionality is good. It’s easy to hide those parts you don't work with at the moment. The user don’t have to see all functions and get confused. This will produce more efficiency in modelling.

- Comment from the Tekla User Feedback Program
User interface - Quick launch:

Use the quick launch bar if you need to find a command, icon, or something in Tekla Warehouse.

- Comment from the Tekla User Feedback Program
User interface - Contextual toolbar:

Fantastic feature which helps do job faster.

- Comment from the Tekla User Feedback Program
2D library:

Need not build new details. Saved a lot of time.

- Comment from the Tekla User Feedback Program
BIM change management:

Wow, this is very useful! It’s great that you can compare IFC versions even if filename is same and you overwrite old one.

- Comment from the Tekla User Feedback Program
Organizer improvements:

These small changes make the work with the Organizer even more enjoyable!

- Comment from the Tekla User Feedback Program

Do you already know?

Trimble Connect

Trimble Connect is a collaborative environment for managing projects. It is the one place where everyone can come together and work on that project, no matter geographical, intercompany and functional boundaries.  

You can share your Tekla model and drawings easily with others regardless of their discipline: View, review, reference and archive with the revision history. You have an easy access to view and review other people’s models and data and use it in your Tekla project.

More information: connect.trimble.com

Tekla product family

Tekla software solutions for advanced BIM and structural engineering are produced by Trimble, a technology company with a vision of transforming the way the world works. Tekla software is at the heart of the design and construction workflow, building on the free flow of information, constructible models and collaboration. Tekla Structures is the most developed Building Information Modeling software on the market. It makes accurate, constructible modeling of any structure possible.  Tekla Structural Designer gives engineers the power to analyze and design buildings efficiently and profitably. Tekla Tedds automates repetitive structural calculations.