Import to and export from Tekla Structures

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Import to and export from Tekla Structures

Tekla Structures has several tools you can use to import and export physical and reference models and the information they contain.

For details about compatible software in import and export, seeCompatible file formats and software with Tekla Structures.


The import and export functionality is not available in all Tekla Structures configurations. For more information, see Tekla Structures configurations.

You can use import and export in Tekla Structures for several purposes:

  • You can import reference models to Tekla Structures. For example, you can import an architectural model, a plant design model, or a heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) model as a reference model. Reference models can also be simple 2D drawings that are imported and then used as a layout to directly build the model on.
  • You can import 2D or 3D models created by other software, then detail or manipulate the structural objects using Tekla Structures. Once the model is complete, you can export it, and return it to the architect or engineer for review.

  • You can create reports from the imported models from most of the formats.

  • You can export Tekla Structures models for use in Analysis & Design (several formats). Then you can import the Analysis & Design results back to the Tekla Structures model.

  • Various model transfers can be completed for the engineering and contractor phase of the project.

  • You can import shapes from many formats. Shapes are used in defining items.

  • You can export data for use in manufacturing information systems and in the fabrication phase:

    • You can export CNC data (Computer Numerical Control) for use by automated cutting, drilling and welding CNC machinery.

    • You can export to MIS (Manufacturing Information Systems) so that fabricators can track project progress, for example.

Click the links below to find out more about the various types of import and export:

Reference models and compatible formats







Point clouds

NC files


ASCII files

MIS lists

FabTrol XML files


Tekla EPM





Analysis and design systems


Layout manager

Trimble Connector

In addition to these built-in import and export tools, you have a variety of links to other applications available in Tekla Warehouse that you can download.

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