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 are the key to minimising errors and maximising efficiency in the building and construction industry. This results in high profitability and on-time project completion.
Tekla effectively integrates with other AEC 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.
Analysis & Design
Tekla Structures can interface with several 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 visualisation of the model, drawings and reports.
- Both engineers and modellers can work on the same project model.
- Efficient change management keeps project info up-to-date.
Tekla Structures can interface with the major MIS software solutions in steel fabrication and with production management systems software in precast concrete manufacturing. You can use Tekla reports, standardised formats and advanced applications for data transfer. Some of these systems can export information back to Tekla Structures.
Tekla Structures can interface with different production machinery whether steel or precast concrete.
In 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. For precast concrete production, information from a Tekla model can be transferred to communicate reinforcement, embedded materials and concrete geometry.
CNC steel machines
Steel welding robots
Precast concrete machinery
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 visualise the true scope and context of schedule line items, change orders, payment requests, and other various areas of project discussions.
Architectural & industrial collaboration
Tekla Structures can share model and drawing information with the major architectural and MEP modelling 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.
You can enhance the workflow to cost estimation processes with management models created in Tekla Structures. The intelligent model objects allow reporting for quantity calculations that feed into industry-standard cost estimation solutions.
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