Trimble announced the new version of Building Information Modeling (BIM) — Tekla Structures 2017 SP1. Continuous development of Tekla Building Information Modeling (BIM) solutions demonstrates Trimble’s commitment to innovation in structural engineering, off-site prefabrication and on-site efficiency.
Tekla Structures 2017: Next Generation Methods and Improved Design Communication
For general design, the new version of Tekla Structures BIM software offers more control over direct modification, which allows users to create an accurate structural model quicker and easier. There is a faster organizer for finding and fixing parts, and improved tools for instant information reporting. With the basepoint, engineering offices and architects can now work together in a BIM workflow with consistent and correct common coordinates. Efficient collaboration with architects is now possible with a new plugin that allows live algorithmic modeling for Tekla Structures using graphical algorithm editor Rhino/Grasshopper.
For concrete, Tekla Structures 2017 introduces the next generation reinforcement method that gives users more flexibility to create and modify reinforcements for different types of concrete geometries. With the unique pour unit feature, managing and reporting all pour-specific information is effective and easy.
For the precast concrete fabrication, this new version improves information exchange between detailing and production with new data transfer links to production management. The new palletizer tool improves model-based production planning, saves time in the planning process, and prevents human errors in information transfer between detailing and production.
For steel detailing, the new version improves modeling of steel bent plates with full support for direct modification. Now, editing and working with even the most complex bent plates is simple and intuitive. Users can create anything from simple bent gussets to folded profiles, spiral stringer plates, transitional duct sections, complex folded panels and more.
Enhancements in drawing production enable easier and more flexible shaping of drawings, and help ensure clear communication of design intent and fewer requests for information. The new 2D Library is a productivity tool for replacing repetitive work.