Save a model
You should save your model regularly to avoid losing any work. Tekla Structures also automatically saves your work at regular intervals.
Tekla Structures versions are not backwards compatible. When you save a model, you cannot open it in older versions of Tekla Structures due to database differences.
Save the current model
To save changes to the current model file, do one of the following:
- On the top left corner of the screen, click Save .
- On the File menu, click .
- Press Ctrl+S.
Save a copy with different name or location
You can create a copy of the model with a different name or in a different folder. The original version of the model remains intact.
When you save the model with a different name, all the GUIDs (globally unique identifiers) of the saved model will change and be different than in the original model. This means that the saved model has no relation to the original model, and the saved model cannot be used as backup.
- On the File menu, click .
- In the Model name box, enter a new name.
- To save in a different location, click Browse and define where you want to save the model.
Tekla Structures creates a new copy with a different name, but the original version of the model remains intact.
Save a backup copy
You can create a backup copy of the model with the same GUIDs (globally unique identifiers) as the original model.
File menu, click
Tekla Structures saves a copy of the model in the ..\TeklaStructuresModels\backup\<model_name>\<date-time> folder.
If you need to take the backup copy into use in place of the current model, move the backup copy from the chosen date to your model folder.
You can either replace all contents of the current model folder with the content of the chosen backup folder, or you can rename the backup folder (<date-time>) to match the original model name.
- If you want to change the location of the backup folder, use the advanced option XS_MODEL_BACKUP_DIRECTORY.
To save disk space, you can compress the
Save as a model template
You can save a model with the desired settings and use the model as a template when you create new models.
Define autosave settings
Use Autosave to automatically back up and save your work at set intervals. You can set the autosave interval separately for the model and drawings. Autosave files have the extension .db1_<user>.
If the autosave is not successful for some reason, check the status bar messages for more information.
- On the File menu, click , and go to the General settings.
Autosave, set the autosave interval.
In the first box,
enter the number of minutes after which Tekla Structures saves the model. The default value is 15
If there are no changes in the model during the autosave interval, the model is not autosaved.
- In the second box, enter the number of drawings after which Tekla Structures saves your work.
The smallest accepted value for the autosave interval is 2, both for modeling and for drawings.
If you try to enter a value smaller than 2, Tekla Structures automatically changes the value to 2.
- In the first box, enter the number of minutes after which Tekla Structures saves the model. The default value is 15 minutes.
- Click OK.
Define where to store the
By default, Tekla Structures stores the autosave files in the ..\TeklaStructuresModels\autosave folder. To change the folder, use the advanced option XS_AUTOSAVE_DIRECTORY.
Define whether to keep old autosave files.
By default, Tekla Structures deletes the autosave files when you close a model, to save disk space. To keep autosave files even if you exit Tekla Structures without saving the model, use the advanced option XS_KEEP_AUTOSAVE_FILES_ON_EXIT_WHEN_NOT_SAVING.
When to use an autosaved model
You can use the autosaved model if there are errors when trying to open a model. When you open a model, Tekla Structures automatically checks if the previous session ended normally. If it did not, Tekla Structures asks whether you want to continue by using the autosaved model or the original model.
If Tekla Structures displays the warning Fatal: Model memory corrupted by read, it means that hardware problems have damaged the model database. Your hard disk may be damaged. Use autosave or system backup files to restore the model.