Interoperability improvements

Tekla Structures
Tekla Structures

Interoperability improvements

Tekla Structures 2022 introduces improvements and changes in NC file DXF converter, Trimble Connector, Tekla PowerFab export, reference models, rebar set export, and point clouds. Also direct links to analysis and design software have been updated.

Improvements in reference models

Performance improvements

  • The performance of selecting a reference model list group and canceling the selection has been improved. You can notice the improvement when you have lots of reference model groups, and you select or cancel the selection of any object in the model.

  • The performance of inserting a reference model, and then undoing and redoing this has been improved.

  • The property set comparison tolerance setting files (.rmct) and the comparison set files (.rmcs) can now be read from subfolders of the firm and project folders defined for the advanced options XS_PROJECT and XS_FIRM.

Texts in PDF reference models

PDF reference models now have better coverage for texts.

For details about reference models in Tekla Structures, see Reference models and compatible formats.

New point cloud properties and support for TDX format

New point cloud properties

The Point clouds side pane Properties section has the following new fields: Display name, URL and File. Display name allows you to define the desired display name for the point cloud. In addition to the display name, the point cloud has the actual point cloud file name, which you cannot change. URL shows the point cloud URL, which you can change. File shows the folder path of the point cloud file, which is also changeable.

TDX point cloud file format now supported

The TDX point cloud file format is now supported. This improvement was already introduced in Tekla Structures 2021 SP6. See 2021 SP6: New features and improvements for details.

For details about point clouds, see Point clouds.

NC files: tekla_dstv2dxf.exe folder path changed

You can use tekla_dstv2dxf.exe to convert the DSTV files to the DXF format. The related files are now located in ..\Tekla Structures\<version>\bin\applications\Tekla\Tools\dstv2dxf.

For more information about the conversion, see Create NC files in DXF format using tekla_dstv2dxf.exe.

Export to Trimble Connect

Layers in .tekla models

Layers are now available for objects in .tekla models. Layers in .tekla models were already introduced in Tekla Structures 2021 SP1. See 2021 SP1: New features and improvements for details.

For more information about .tekla layers in model upload, see Upload a Tekla Structures model to Trimble Connect.

Reading profile information from project and firm folders supported

When you upload your model to the linked Trimble Connect project as a .tekla model, the export can now read profile information (profitab.inp file) from XS_PROJECT and XS_FIRM folders.

Snapping in overlay models

You can now snap to Tekla Structures objects behind the overlay models.

Uploading to Trimble Connect

  • Upload to Trimble Connect now works with the Educational license.

  • An error message is now displayed if the model upload to Trimble Connect fails.

New version of 1.3.1 of Trimble Connect Visualizer

The new version contains the following improvements:

  • Upgrade to Unity 2021.2.4f1

  • Fixed problematic text scaling on high dpi screens.

  • Fixed visual adjustment menu scrolling.

  • The mapping file name was changed to materials_ifc.xml.

Export to Tekla PowerFab

  • The Tekla Structures export to Tekla EPM has been renamed to export to Tekla PowerFab, and the name of the Export to Tekla EPM dialog box has been changed to Export to Tekla PowerFab. The name change also affects some option names in the export dialog box.

  • Options Save, Load, and Save as have been added in the Export to Tekla PowerFab dialog box. You can now save the current settings, load saved settings, and save the current settings with another name. The standard settings are loaded when the Export to Tekla PowerFab dialog box is closed and reopened. If no settings file is found when you run Export to Tekla PowerFab, one is automatically created with default options.

  • A new field has been added to the XML file exported from Tekla Structures, telling which version of the plug-in was used to create the file.

  • The Tekla PowerFab Production Control XML imports can now import files with the new Tekla PowerFab Exchange File extensions (.pfxt, .pfxs, .pfxa). The new Tekla Structures export format .pfxt is now available in the Export to Tekla PowerFab dialog box.

  • CNC files that are copied during the export are now preserved in the same folder structure they were copied from.

  • The exported CNC files are now UTF-8 encoded.

  • Exporting to Tekla PowerFab from an assembly selection in the Tekla Structures model is now supported.

  • Assembly length is now included in assembly data of export.

  • PROJECT.NUMBER can now be included in advanced settings to print drawings, and will be found when those drawings are copied into the package file exported to Tekla PowerFab.

  • The folder buttons are now disabled when the input next to it is disabled.

  • The export now generates drawing file names according to the way they are generated in Print Drawings, in order to look for a match.

  • The Set button in the dialog box where you import status now works.

For details about the Tekla PowerFab export, see Tekla PowerFab.

Export rebar sets

The rebar set export in model exports has been changed so that instead of exporting a complete rebar set, the export is done by groups within the rebar set.

Export to analysis and design software

You can export models for analysis with the updated links to the following solutions: ETABS, SAP2000, ROBOT, and STAAD.

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