Install and license Tekla Structural Designer

Tekla Structural Designer
Tekla Structural Designer
release notes

Install and license Tekla Structural Designer

When you install Tekla Structural Designer, you will be asked to select your license method from a range of options. These are fully explained in the "Tekla Engineering Software - Installation and Licensing Guide 2020" which can be viewed during the installation process by clicking the button shown below.

To install Tekla Structural Designer:

  1. Download the installation file from Tekla Downloads to your computer.
  2. Double-click the installation file to run the installation.
  3. Follow the steps in the installation wizard to complete the installation.
If you are upgrading an existing Tekla Structural Designer version, you will also need to upgrade your local databases, see: Install the upgrade.

Licensing & installation information specific to Tekla Structural Designer 2020

  • Upgrade Licenses - Tekla Structural Designer 2020 will require the activation of a new license. You should already be in possession of your Product Activation Key (PAK) as these are usually distributed prior to the software release. Please contact your local Service Department now if you do not have your PAK. To minimise any down time we advise that your PAK is activated BEFORE installing Tekla Structural Designer 2020.

  • License Server Version - the Tekla Structural License Service must be updated to the new version 3.00.0001 (incorporating Sentinel RMS 9.5) to be compatible with this release. Licensing will not function correctly if this update is not performed! Please see this article for more information about this, and see System Requirements for specific version details.
  • Subscription Licenses & Tekla Online Licensing - if you have just purchased your license(s) they will use the new Tekla Online License Method. Select this option when installing the program as shown in the picture below.

Please note the following:

Installation - no previous installation of Structural Designer is required. To aid with transition, this release will install alongside existing versions and does not overwrite them.

  • Integration

    • Tekla Structures - improvements to integration with Teka Structures requires version 2020 of Tekla Structures. See the Tekla Structures 2020 Release Notes > Other interoperability improvements for more information.

    • Tekla Portal Frame and Connection Designer 20 - if you wish to integrate Tekla Structural Designer 2020 with Tekla Portal Frame Designer and/or Tekla Connection Designer you must install Tekla Portal Frame Designer 20 and/or Tekla Connection Designer 20 available from Tekla Download Service (note that these too will also need a new license).

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