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Using Structural Design products when working from home/remotely

Introduction I have to work from home / remotely, but I need to continue to access our software and licenses. How do I do this? Which products does this relate to? This relates to all of our products that utilize the Sentinel RMS licensing system, including: Tekla Tedds Tekla Structural Designer Tekla Portal Frame Designer Tekla Connection Designer How do I access the licenses for these products when working from home / remotely? To be able to access a server license that’s based in your office when you’re working remotely, then you just need to be able to connect to the same network that the
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  • Cloud
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  • Server
  • remote
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Tekla Structural Design 2020 installation fails with Error:2 The system cannot find the file specified and/ or Error: 5 Access is denied. This setup will now exit!

Issue The installation of Tekla Structural Design 2020 fails with the following errors: Error: 2 The system cannot find the file specified.  This setup will now exit! Error: 5 Access is denied.  This setup will now exit Solution This is caused by a conflict with an Anti-virus (AV) program which is interfering with the installation.  So far two AV programs BitDefender and BullGuard have been found to cause this issue but others may also.  The solution is to temporarily disable the AV program then try the installation again. You may need to reboot, then disable the AV program then try the
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Frequently asked questions: Analysis and Design subscription licensing

General What is the difference between a subscription license and a perpetual license? The core difference between the two is that a subscription is priced on a yearly basis and is an on-going subscription that includes support, upgrades, and access to the online services. A perpetual software license is paid up-front. A yearly maintenance fee then grants access to support and upgrades. Subscription products and licenses What subscription products are available? All Tekla products can be purchased as subscription. Products sold as annual recurring subscriptions are: Tekla Tedds Tekla
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When using Tekla Structural Designer with Tekla Online Licensing why does the online status (connectivity indicator) say "Log in", even though I signed in and checked "Stay signed in"?

Issue I am using Tekla Online Licensing so, when I first ran Tekla Strucural Designer, I signed in and checked the "Stay signed in" option.  Tekla Strucural Designer opens fine, however the connectivity indicator at the top right still says "Log in" as shown in the picture below.  When I click "Log in" I am signed in, but when I Tekla Strucural Designer the next time I need to sign in again.  What can I do to fix this? Resolution Our Developers are aware of this issue and are working on a permanent fix.  In the meantime it can be resolved by downloading and running the attached registry
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Tekla Portal Frame Designer 20 & Tekla Connection Designer 20 system requirements

System requirements for effective operation CPU: Multi core Intel i3 Series or above, Xeon or AMD equivalent Highest affordable performance recommended. Memory: 8GB (16GB or more recommended) Memory requirements are highly dependant on model content. OS: Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 / 8.1 / 10 (64-bit recommended) Operating systems must be running the latest service packs / updates. Graphics: 1280 x 1024 resolution (1920 x 1080 or higher recommended) 512MB or higher of dedicated RAM. Disk space: 1GB  or more of free space for installation Operational disk space requirements are highly
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Grasshopper - Tekla Structural Designer Live Link (GH-TSD)

Introduction The Grasshopper-Tekla Structural Designer (GH-TSD) live link enables algorithmic modelling, parametric design exploration, and data driven design for Tekla Structural Designer (TSD) using Rhino/Grasshopper.  The link is a set of Grasshopper components that can create and update objects live in TSD. The link also provides the capability to automate TSD static analysis & record global displacement results using Grasshopper.   Prerequisites You need to have Rhino (download) and Tekla Structural Designer (version 2020 or later) installed on the same machine. There are
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I get an error - The product activation key you have entered is not a local Computer Locked license product activation key - why?

I am trying to activate my product activation key (PAK) but I am getting the following error. Why is this? The product activation key you have entered is not a local Computer Locked license product activation key   Solution When you purchase a license, by default you will be provided with a Server license, but you have installed the program using the Local Computer locked license method.  You just need to do a few simple steps to reconfigure your machine.  See the the Related article How do I Setup a Server License on a PC? for what to do.
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Tekla Portal Frame Designer 20 & Tekla Connection Designer 20 Release notes

Important If you intend to use either Tekla Portal Frame Designer and/or Tekla Connection Designer program and wish to INTEGRATE with Tekla Structural Designer it is highly recommended the corresponding version of Tekla Structural Designer is installed. Installation & licensing This release will upgrade your Tekla Portal Frame Designer & Tekla Connection Designer installation to version number 20.0.0.0 and should be installed to ensure optimum function of the program. Licensing: New Licenses - Tekla Portal Frame Designer 20 & Tekla Connection Designer 20 will require the
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Tekla Structural Design Suite 2020 Release notes

The Complete Structural, Analysis, Design and Calculation Suite: Tekla Structural Design Suite combines Tekla Tedds & Tekla Structural Designer delivering a single high-value easy-access subscription. The only subscription an engineer performing structural analysis and calculations will need. Release notes and system requirements for each application that is part of the suite can be found below: View the Tekla Structural Designer 2020 release notes View the Tekla Structural Designer 2020 system requirements View the Tekla Tedds 2020 release notes View the Tekla Tedds 2020 system
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Tekla Structural Designer product bulletin March 2020 (PBTSD-2003-1)

Résumé of issue This issue relates to Snow Loading and the US Head Code with the Snow Load Action Code set to ASCE7 2016 only. For Roof Projection and Parapet Snow Drift loads to Clause 7.8 of ASCE7-16, the Importance factor value was used directly in the calculation of the drift height hd rather than its square root per the equation of Figure 7.6-1. This could produce unconservative drift load values for some Risk Categories. Occurrence This issue relates to Tekla Structural Designer 2018i (version 18.1.0.45 released in Sept 2018) - in which loading to ASCE7-16 was first introduced - and all
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Tekla Structural License Service (3.00)

Now includes the May 2020 update This installer now includes Tekla Structural License Service 3.1.2 released May 2020 ⚠  Please be aware that the 2020 Analysis & Design Product Releases (comprising Tekla Structural Designer, Tekla Tedds, Tekla Portal Frame Designer and Tekla Connection Designer) will include a new version of the Tekla Structural License Service.  For Server licensing using Sentinel RMS, your License Server MUST be updated with this new version before installing the 2020 Releases.  This update is not optional - if it is not performed, server licensing will not work
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Tekla Structural Design 2020 Release - Installation and Licensing FAQs

Following are some common questions and answers on installation and licensing of the 2020 Releases of Tekla Structural Designer, Tekla Tedds, Tekla Portal Frame Designer and Tekla Connection Designer. Q - When will the new Tekla Structural License Service (TSLS) version 3.00 be available? A - This is now available in Tekla Downloads.  See the Tekla Structural License Service (3.00) Release Notes page for more.    Q - Can the Tekla Structural License Service be updated on the server when it is in operation - i.e. during working hours? A - The installation will automatically stop then restart
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Tekla Analysis & Design 2020 Releases & Sentinel RMS Server Licensing - the License Server must be updated.

⚠  Please be aware that the 2020 Analysis & Design Product Releases (comprising Tekla Structural Designer, Tekla Tedds, Tekla Portal Frame Designer and Tekla Connection Designer) include a new version of the Tekla Structural License Service.  For Server licensing using Sentinel RMS, your License Server MUST be updated with this new version before installing the 2020 Releases.  This update is not optional - if it is not performed, server licensing will not work reliably, if at all, when the 2020 Releases are installed.  The new version of the Tekla Structural License Service (version 3.
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Composite Beam deflections including camber

Background We are regularly asked questions such as: How do composite beam deflections work? Why are the design check deflections different to those in the Results View/ Load Analysis View? What is the “Post Composite” deflection and how is this calculated? How is the “Total Deflection” calculated? How do deflections work when camber is applied to the beam? Why do I need to set one Camber combination? Why is camber not subtracted from the Dead, Imposed and Post Composite deflections? If you have such questions, please read on. Answer See the attached Example zip files which contain: An
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Tekla Structural Designer product bulletin January 2020 (PBTSD-2001-2)

Résumé of issue This issue relates to the analysis results for some steel members using Angle sections for all Head Codes.  Analysis results could be incorrect for steel members only in the following very specific circumstances: The member section was a single angle. The member characteristic was one of the following; Column, Gable Post or Parapet Post. When the member was not set to be "continuously restrained" We expect that these conditions existed in very few models and, even in the unusual case where it did apply the overall effect was likely to be negligible. Occurrence This issue
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Tekla Structural Designer product bulletin January 2020 (PBTSD-2001-1)

Résumé of issue The issue relates to reporting of some RSA combination result values from RSA Seismic Analysis for all Head Codes.  The member end forces reported in some areas of the program could be incorrect - please see the issue details for more information.  Note that the issue did not affect any design checks carried out within TSD. Occurrence This issue relates to Tekla Structural Designer 2015 (version 15.0.0.40 released in Mar 2015) and all subsequent releases.
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Tekla Structural Designer 2019i Service Pack 3

This release will upgrade your Tekla Structural Designer installation to version number 19.1.3.17 and should be installed to ensure optimum function of the program.   It includes a number of enhancements and issue resolutions as detailed below.   If you are upgrading from a version earlier than the previous release 2019i SP2 (version 19.1.2.16) you can find details of requirements, enhancements and fixes for all previous releases in Tekla User Assistance (TUA) and Tekla Downloads via the links below: Tekla User Assistance Main version release notes Tekla User Assistance Service Pack release
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What is the "Prevent out of plane instability" factor for and when would I use it?

Answer Briefly, the setting is for use when buckling is causing solution problems in 2nd Order Analysis.  For more about 2nd Order Analysis see the related article What are the "2nd Order" Analysis options on the Analyze Ribbon in TSD? An example of when such buckling problems might occur is in members subject to axial loads which are relatively slender about the minor axis - such as sloping rafters - where secondary members (such as purlins or rails) which would reduce the buckling length are not included in a model.  For the full context of when you would usually use this setting, see the
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What is 2nd Order Buckling Analysis? How and when would I use it?

Background For the full context of when you would usually use 2nd Order Buckling Analysis, see the Related Article I have analysis Warnings and/ or Errors about buckling. Why is this happening and what do I do about it? Buckling is a regular, everyday phenomenon with which everyone - including non-engineers - will be familiar, as illustrated in the picture below of a buckled plastic ruler.  Depending on the analysis type being used, buckling can also occur in computer analysis, just as in reality, if members are insufficiently stiff to resist the compressive forces applied to them. In TSD,
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I have analysis Warnings and/ or Errors about buckling. Why is this happening and what do I do about it?

Background Buckling is a regular, everyday phenomenon with which everyone - including non-engineers - will be familiar, as illustrated in the picture below of a buckled plastic ruler.  Depending on the analysis type being used, buckling can also occur in computer analysis, just as in reality, if members are insufficiently stiff to resist the compressive forces applied to them. In the context of TSD analysis, buckling warnings or errors can only occur when running 2nd Order analysis (both linear and non-linear).  This is because the form of rigorous 2nd Order analysis implemented in TSD
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  • Buckling
  • 2nd order
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