Open main menu

Tekla Structures is a building information modeling software able to model structures that incorporate different kinds of building materials, including steel, concrete, timber and glass. [1][2][3][4][5][6] Tekla allows structural drafters and engineers to design a building structure and its components using 3D modeling, generate 2D drawings and access building information.[2][3][5] Tekla Structures was formerly known as Xsteel (X as in X Window System, the foundation of the Unix GUI).

Tekla Structures
Tekla Structures Logo.png
A screenshot of Tekla Structures 16 on Windows 7
A screenshot of Tekla Structures 16 on Windows 7
Stable release
2019 / March 2019
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows
TypeCAD, building information modeling



Tekla Structures is used in the construction industry for steel and concrete detailing, precast and cast in-situ. The software enables users to create and manage 3D structural models in concrete or steel, and guides them through the process from concept to fabrication.[7] The process of shop drawing creation is automated. It is available in different configurations and localized environments.[8]

Tekla Structures is known to support large models with multiple simultaneous users, but is regarded as relatively expensive, complex to learn and fully utilize.[1] It competes in the BIM market with AutoCAD, Autodesk Revit, DProfiler and Digital Project, Lucas Bridge, PERICad and others.[1][2] Tekla Structures is Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) compliant, among about 40 other competitive systems.[5]

Modeling scopes within Tekla Structures includes Structural Steel, Cast-in-Place (CIP), Concrete, Reinforcing Bar, Miscellaneous Steel and Light Gauge Drywall Framing.[3] The transition of Xsteel to Tekla Structures in 2004 added significant more functionality and interoperability.[6] It is often used in conjunction with Autodesk Revit, where structural framing is designed in Tekla and exported to Revit using the DWG/DXF formats.[9]


Engineers have used Tekla Structures to model stadiums, offshore structures, plants, factories, residential buildings, bridges and skyscrapers.[1][2] Tekla Structures was used in the construction design for various projects around the world, including:[10][11]

Tekla Structures was used extensively for the steel design of Capital Gate at Abu Dhabi, UAE.[4] Files exported from Tekla facilitated faster steel fabrication.[4] One of the architects, Jeff Schofield, stated that "it was the right time in history and we had the right technology to make this happen".[4]

The Manitoba Hydro Spillway Replacement was designed using Tekla Structures to "successfully model and co-ordinate its design", a project that won the TEKLA 2012 North American BIM Award for "Best Concrete Project".[38] It was the "first hydroelectric project that has seen steel, concrete, and rebar fully detailed using Tekla Structures".[39]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d Eastman, Charles M. (2008-03-03). BIM Handbook: A Guide to Building Information Modeling for Owners, Managers, Designers, Engineers and Contractors. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 0470185287.
  2. ^ a b c d Eastman, Chuck (2011-03-25). BIM Handbook: A Guide to Building Information Modeling for Owners, Managers, Designers, Engineers and Contractors. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 111802169X.
  3. ^ a b c Lester, Albert (2013-09-16). Project Management, Planning and Control: Managing Engineering, Construction and Manufacturing Projects to PMI, APM and BSI Standards. Butterworth-Heinemann. ISBN 0080983219.
  4. ^ a b c d e Boake, Terri Meyer (2014-01-23). Diagrid Structures: Systems, Connections, Details. Walter de Gruyter. ISBN 3038214825.
  5. ^ a b c Smith, Dana K. (2012-04-23). Building Information Modeling: A Strategic Implementation Guide for Architects, Engineers, Constructors, and Real Estate Asset Managers. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 1118399234.
  6. ^ a b Boake, Terri Meyer (2015-02-17). Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel: Specifications, Connections, Details. Birkhäuser. ISBN 3038214833.
  7. ^ "Tekla International - Tekla Structures". Construction Software Review. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Tekla Structures". 17 July 2014.
  9. ^ Vandezande, James (2015-05-20). Mastering Autodesk Revit Architecture 2016: Autodesk Official Press. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 1119044588.
  10. ^ Tekla Global BIM Awards Winners Announced, 08 January 2014, Construsoft
  11. ^ Tekla Announces Global BIM Awards 2013 Winners, JAN 9, 2014,
  12. ^ Daytona International Speedway Grandstand Replacement, McGill, USA, Tekla Awards
  13. ^ Tekla launches structural design software, JEDDAH, April 9, 2015, TradeArabia, "The Abu Dhabi Airport – Midfield Terminal Complex, the King Abdullah Financial District and King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and National Museum of Qatar are among the Middle East projects that have used Tekla Building Information Modeling"
  14. ^ Daytona International Speedway-Frontstretch Grandstand Project, Barton Malow, USA, Tekla Awards
  15. ^ Denver International Airport Expansion, Anatomic Iron Steel Detailing, USA, Tekla Awards
  16. ^ San Jose Earthquakes Stadium, Steel Systems Engineering, Inc. USA, & Intelligent Engineering, UK, Tekla Awards
  17. ^ BB&T Ballpark, Concrete and coordination by Wayne Brothers Inc., Rebar by Harris Steel, Charlotte, USA, Tekla Awards
  18. ^ KGS Group Tekla North American BIM Award, KGS Website
  19. ^ Manitoba projects win in North American BIM Awards, Construction Canada, September 5, 2012
  20. ^ Manitoba Hydro Spillway Replacement, KGS Group, Manitoba, Canada, Tekla Awards
  21. ^ Singapore Sports Hub - National Stadium Roof, Arup Singapore, Singapore, Tekla Awards
  22. ^ University of Saskatchewan - Gordon Oakes - Red Bear Student Center, IKONA DRAFTING SERVICES PHILIPPINES INC., Canada, Tekla
  23. ^ New Troja Bridge in Prague, Excon, a.s., Czech Republic, Tekla Awards
  24. ^ Tesco Sheringham, Pinnacle Sheringham, UK, Tekla Awards
  25. ^ Baylor University Stadium, BDS Vircon Steel Detailers, Australia, Tekla Awards
  26. ^ Canopée des Halles, Paris, Société Fayat métal, Tekla Awards
  27. ^ Sutter Medical Centre, Castro Valley, Tekla UAE
  28. ^ Chennai Airport Erweiterung, Tekla UAE
  30. ^ Capital Gate Tower, Tekla
  31. ^ Torre Capital Gate, Tekla UAE
  32. ^ King abdullah financial district, Arabian International Company (AIC - JORDAN), Saudi Arabia, Tekla Awards
  33. ^ King Abdulaziz Center For World Culture, Zamil Structural Steel Company Ltd, Saudi Arabia, Tekla Awards
  34. ^ Hilton Garden Inn, Emirates Precast Construction L.L.C., United Arab Emirates, Tekla Awards
  35. ^ Puuvilla Shopping Centre, Tekla Awards
  36. ^ Shopping Center Puuvila, Skanska
  37. ^ Second and Goal
  38. ^ KGS Group Tekla North American BIM Award, KGS Website
  39. ^ Manitoba projects win in North American BIM Awards, Construction Canada, September 5, 2012