Insert IFC models as reference models

Tekla Structures
Tekla Structures

Insert IFC models as reference models

You can insert IFC models as reference models to Tekla Structures, and optionally convert the inserted IFC objects into native Tekla Structures objects directly by using the direct conversion, or convert the selected IFC reference objects using conversion change management. You can use inserted IFC reference models, for example, in clash checking, reporting and scheduling.

Insert a reference model

  1. Open a Tekla Structures model where you want to insert the IFC reference model.

  2. Go to the File menu, and select Import > Insert reference model.

    This opens the Reference Models list and the Add model dialog box.

    You can also open the Reference Models list by clicking the Reference Models button in the side pane and the click the Add model button.

  3. Click the following link and follow the instructions for inserting the reference model: Insert a reference model.

Supported IFC schemas and IFC applications

  • Tekla Structures supports the following IFC schemas:

    • IFC2X3 (recommended)

    • IFC4

  • For a list of applications/utilities that are purported, by their developers, to provide IFC insert and/or export functionality, see List of all IFC applications.


  • The IFC insert IFC2X3 functionality has the IFC certification granted by buildingSMART international. For a list of IFC-certified applications, see Certified Software.

Supported entities

The IFC reference model insert in Tekla Structures supports all the sub-objects of the IfcBuildingElement class and sub-objects of the IfcProduct class including:

  • Architectural entities

  • Structural entities

  • Building services entities

Supported formats

  • IFC (.ifc) and ifcXML (.ifcXML) formats are supported.

  • You can use compressed (.ifcZIP) or uncompressed insert files.

  • IFC4 does not support ifcXML.

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