Introducing Tekla Structural Designer

Tekla Structural Designer
Tekla Structural Designer

Introducing Tekla Structural Designer

Tekla Structural Designer is an integrated model-based 3D tool for analysis and design (of both concrete and steel members) in multi-material structures.

Features include interactive modeling, automated structural analysis and design, drawing and report creation.

Multiple design codes are supported:


  • Eurocodes

  • British Standards

  • Indian Standards

  • Australian Standards


The aim is to allow you to rapidly build your model, apply loads, and design the model for an appropriate set of design forces.

On a day to day basis, you do not need to be involved with the underlying analysis models to achieve this. Instead, you can focus on the design results.

To make this possible, Tekla Structural Designer automatically creates and analyzes multiple solver models, each one being based on a different but widely accepted approach.

By designing for the forces from all the solver models, you can be confident that each scenario has been catered for.

Tekla Structural Designer way of working

The traditional modeling, analysis and design process can be summarized in the following phases:

  1. Provide a way to input or describe the model

  2. Analyze the model

  3. Design the model

  4. Produce calculations

  5. Produce drawings

Tekla Structural Designer differs slightly from the above because the analysis and design phases are merged into a single process. As a result, the Tekla Structural Designer workflow is as follows:

  1. Input the geometry and loads

    A key requirement these days is BIM integration, or the ability to be able to transfer data from one application to another. Tekla Structural Designer has tools to automatically import model data from Neutral Files and from 3D DXF to facilitate BIM integration.

    Of course, you can also build the model directly.

    Once the physical model has been created, the next step is loading it. Tekla Structural Designer allows you to apply a wide range of loads in a flexible system of loadcases. The system contains, among other things, a wind load generator available to automatically create wind loadcases. You can also generate load combinations automatically.

    You should also consider pattern loading. You can create patterned beam loads automatically, and create patterned slab loads manually for design of slabs.

  2. Analyze and design the model

    Tekla Structural Designer automatically performs the analyses required to enable member design to proceed. This means that analysis and design are combined into a single automated process. The only exception to this rule is slab design.

  3. Produce reports

    You can create a wide range of calculations. You can also tailor the calculations extensively to meet your requirements.

  4. Produce drawings

    You can produce beam and column detail drawings, and member schedules.

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