Working collaboratively within a Tekla Structures model

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Working collaboratively within a Tekla Structures model

To work collaboratively within a Tekla Structures model, you can select out of the following different methods:

Tekla Model Sharing

With Tekla Model Sharing a global team can work efficiently within one model regardless of the team location and time zones. The team members can work both simultaneously and at different times. Each user has a local version of the model on their computer. The model data is shared and synchronized over the Internet, and stored to a cloud-based Tekla Model Sharing service.

It is possible to work also offline. The Internet connection is needed only when you want to share your model changes.

Tekla Model Sharing requires a license.

Multi-user mode

Multi-user mode also allows several users to access the same model simultaneously. Multi-user mode is suitable for local teams with projects where the team members do not necessarily have an Internet connection.

In the multi-user mode a server computer runs the multi-user server, a file server computer contains the multi-user master model and client computers run Tekla Structures. The multi-user model consists of a single master model on the file server computer and local views to the master model, called working models, on each users' computer. The model synchronization is done by saving the working model to the master model.

Trimble Connector

The Trimble Connector adds automatic file synchronization to the Trimble Connect cloud. You can use it to exchange files and information, such as reference models and comments. Trimble Connector works with various different products and file formats, so it allows smooth collaboration within the whole project.

If you do not need to work simultaneously with other users on the same model, or you only need to give others viewing access to the model, you can also synchronize the Tekla Structures model (or parts of it) to Trimble Connect. This method is not suitable for different people making changes in the same Tekla Structures model simultaneously, because users can easily overwrite each others' changes.


Tekla Model Sharing and the multi-user mode do not work together. When you want to work collaboratively, you need to select which one of the methods to use.

If your company takes part in external projects, or if more than one user works with the same model at different locations, we recommend that you use Tekla Model Sharing. With Tekla Model Sharing, the users in your company can work with the same shared model, offline and with high performance, and synchronize the changes with other team members even in a low-speed network.

If you work in a local team and prefer not to use Internet while working on your models, you can use the multi-user mode.

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