Manage reference models in Trimble Connector

Tekla Structures
2021
Tekla Structures

Manage reference models in Trimble Connector

Reference models are part of the Tekla Structures model, and they can be downloaded from, or exported to Trimble Connect projects.

  • To start managing reference models, on the Trimble Connect ribbon tab, click Models.

The Trimble Connect - Models dialog box opens. You can manage reference models on the Reference models tab, and overlay models on the Overlay models tab.

For more information about differences between reference models and overlay models, see Should I use reference models or overlay models?.

Upload reference models or reference model updates

You can upload both new Tekla Structures reference models or updated versions of Tekla Structures reference models to attached Trimble Connect projects.

New and updated reference models are marked in different ways:

Icon or label

Meaning

The Tekla Structures reference model has not been uploaded to a Trimble Connect project.

The newest version of the Tekla Structures reference model has not been uploaded to a Trimble Connect project.

The reference model has the same version in Tekla Structures and in Trimble Connect.
  1. Open the Reference models tab in the Trimble Connect - Models dialog box.
  2. To upload a new reference model or a new version of the reference model to the Trimble Connect project, click the icon.

Download reference models or reference model updates

You can download and insert either new or updated reference models from a Trimble Connect project to a Tekla Structures model.

The reference models and their versions are marked with different icons depending on whether they are up-to-date:

Icon Meaning

The reference model has been updated in the Trimble Connect project after the last time that it has been downloaded to Tekla Structures.

  • Click to download the latest version of the model.

The updated version of the reference model has not been downloaded to Tekla Structures.

  • Click to insert the version in the Tekla Structures model.

The reference model version exists in the Tekla Structures model sub-folder but has not been inserted in the Tekla Structures model.

  • Click to insert the version in the Tekla Structures model.

The reference model has the same version in Tekla Structures and in Trimble Connect.
  1. On the Reference models tab in the Trimble Connect - Models dialog box, double-click a folder.

    A list of reference models in that folder is shown.

  2. To show the versions of an reference model, click the arrow on the left side of the reference model name.
  3. Do either of the following:
    • Select the reference model that you want to download and click .
    • Select the updated reference model version that you want to download and click .

The new reference model or the updated reference model version is downloaded to a Tekla Structures model sub-folder and inserted to the Tekla Structures model.

Create new folders for reference models

  1. On the Reference models tab in the Trimble Connect - Models dialog box, click .
  2. In the Select folders dialog box, double-click the project to see the folders inside the project.

    If a folder has sub-folders, you can view them by double-clicking the folder.

  3. Select one or more folders where you want to link the reference model and click OK.

    You can also create a new folder by typing a name for the folder and clicking Create, or remove an existing folder from the list by hovering over the folder and clicking .

The selected folders are added to the Folders list on the Reference models tab in the Trimble Connect - Models dialog box.

Export Tekla Structures model objects as an .ifc reference model to a Trimble Connect project

You can create an .ifc coordination view 2.0 file from Tekla Structures model objects and export it to a Trimble Connect project. You can create the file from selected model objects, or from all model objects.

  1. Do one of the following:

    To

    Do this

    Select to which Trimble Connect project and folder the .ifc reference model is exported

    1. On the File menu, select Export > > .

      The Trimble Connect - Export IFC to Trimble Connect dialog box opens.

    2. In the list at the top of the dialog box, select the Trimble Connect project.

    3. In the Folder list, select a folder in the selected Trimble Connect project.

    Export the .ifc reference model to the linked Trimble Connect project

    1. On the ribbon tab, click Models.

    2. On the Reference models tab in the Trimble Connect - Models dialog box, double-click the folder where you want to save the exported reference model.

    3. To start the export, click .

    The Trimble Connect - Export IFC to Trimble Connect dialog box opens.

  2. In the Name box, type a name for the exported model or model objects.

    The name of the export needs to be unique within the project.

  3. Select which model objects you want to export:

    To export

    Do this

    All model objects

    • In the Export list, select All.

    Selected model objects

    1. In the Export list, select Selected.

    2. Select the objects in the model view.

      To select the desired objects, ensure that you have the right selection switches activated.

    Filtered model objects

    1. In the Export list, select Filter.

    2. Do any of the following:

      • In the Filter list, select an existing filter.

      • To create a new filter, click next to Filter list.

  4. Select which IFC settings you want to use:

    To

    Do this

    Use existing IFC export settings

    • In the IFC export settings list, select the settings file.

      The settings file needs to be located in the model \attributes folder, so that you can select it in the IFC export settings list.

    Create and use new IFC export settings

    • Click next to the IFC export settings list.

    The .ifc file does not include assembly information, which means that you can only export main parts. You can add additional property sets by saving a property set through File > Export > IFC. Use the file name ifc.xml.

    If you do not select a settings file in the IFC export settings list, Tekla Structures will not know which object types you want to export, so only surface geometry is exported.

  5. Click OK.

When the .ifc model has been exported, you can download the reference model to the Tekla Structures model. Select the reference model in the Trimble Connect - Models dialog box, and click . After a successful export, the model is marked with .

If the Tekla Structures model has an updated version of the exported reference model, click to export the updated version of the reference model.

If you have not defined where the .ifc model is positioned in the Export to IFC dialog box, the exported IFC model is placed in relation to the project base point in the Trimble Connect 3D view. If a project base point has not been defined, the model is placed in relation to the model origin.

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