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Tekla Structural Designer 2019i Release Notes

This release will install Tekla Structural Designer version number 19.1.0.x and should be installed to ensure optimum function of the program. No prior installation of Tekla Structural Designer is required. The release includes a number of significant new features together with several enhancements and issue resolutions as detailed below. If you are updating from a version earlier than Tekla Structural Designer 2019 SP4 (version 19.0.4.00) you can find details of enhancements and fixes included in all previous releases in Tekla User Assistance (TUA) and Tekla Downloads via the links below:
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Tekla Structural Designer 2019 Service Pack 4

This release will upgrade your Tekla Structural Designer installation to version number 19.0.4.00 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 2019 Service Pack 3 (version 19.0.3.44) 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
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TSD Program Error Procedure

To minimise the potential for lost work and possible model data corruption, a "Program error" dialog can be displayed when an error is detected. As shown in the picture below, when an error is detected you are presented with a number of action options which cater for the potential situations of the model.  We strongly recommend that you do not click Cancel, as you would then be working with a potentially corrupted file. Instead we advise that you always choose one of the action options and then OK.  Where an Autosave file exists, the top option will be available and is the recommended
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  • error
  • program error

Grasshopper - Tekla Structural Designer Live Link

Note. This article is applicable upto and including Tekla Structural Designer 2019i. If you are using Tekla Structural Designer 2020 then please refer to the article here   Introduction The Grasshopper-Tekla Structural Designer (GH-TSD) live link enables algorithmic modelling for Tekla Structural Designer (TSD) using Rhino (64-bit)/Grasshopper. The link is a set of Grasshopper components that can create and update objects live in TSD.   The Grasshopper-Tekla Structural Designer link currently supports the UK (Eurocode) Headcode only.   Prerequisites You need to have Rhino (download) and
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  • Grasshopper

US TSD Fundamentals Tutorials

Here is a collection of tutorials on the fundamentals of  Tekla Structural Designer intended to help you get started in the program. You can save this link to your favorites and use it as the launch page to view all of the TSD Fundamentals training videos. This tutorial collection is broken up into four series based on topic.  The first series is on the fundamentals of modeling in TSD and will walk you through the creation of a 3D model in TSD from start to finish.  The next two series are on the fundamentals of steel design and concrete design in TSD.  These two series will teach you the
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  • Tutorials
  • US TSD Fundamentals Tutorials

TSD Integration Fundamentals Tutorials

Here is a collection of tutorials on the fundamentals of BIM Integration from Tekla Structural Designer. You can save this link to your favorites and use it as the launch page to view the TSD Integration Fundamentals training videos. The tutorial series will begin with a series of four videos dealing with the fundamental principles of BIM Integration from Tekla Structural Designer.  In these videos you will learn the principles of BIM Integration related to our Tekla Structural Designer product including model exchange, validation of data, and integration of part or multiple models.  Next
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  • Tutorials
  • TSD Fundamentals Tutorials

US TSD Concrete Fundamentals Tutorials

Here is a collection of tutorials on the fundamentals of concrete design in Tekla Structural Designer. You can save this link to your favorites and use it as the launch page to view the TSD Concrete Fundamentals training videos. The tutorial series will begin with an overview of the key global and model settings and material options related to concrete design.  Next, you will perform an analysis and design of a concrete structure, learn how to review the analysis results and design status, and learn how to work with design groups for concrete design.  You will then walk through two sessions
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  • Tutorials
  • US TSD Concrete Fundamentals Tutorials

US TSD Steel Fundamentals Tutorials

Here is a collection of tutorials on the fundamentals of steel design in Tekla Structural Designer. You can save this link to your favorites and use it as the launch page to view the TSD Steel Fundamentals training videos. The tutorial series will begin with a brief introduction and overview of the topics, training materials, and pre-requesite knowledge for the course. Next, you will learn how to work with member properties and property sets, followed by an example of how to run a manual model validation.  You will then complete a 2-part session which will walk you through the gravity design
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  • Tutorials
  • US TSD Steel Fundamentals Tutorials

US TSD Modeling Fundamentals Tutorials

Here is a collection of tutorials on the fundamentals of modeling in Tekla Structural Designer. You can save this link to your favorites and use it as the launch page to view the TSD Modeling Fundamentals training videos. The tutorial series will begin with an overview of the graphical user interface and how to navigate smoothly within the program. Next, you will walk you through an example of modeling and analyzing a 2D Frame of multiple materials, which will expand further to a 3D modeling example including model validation, analysis, and design. Finally, you will learn how to generate and
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  • Tutorials
  • US TSD Modeling Fundamentals Tutorials

Tekla Structural Designer 2019 Service Pack 3

This release will upgrade your Tekla Structural Designer installation to version number 19.0.3.44 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 latest release 2019 SP2 (version 19.0.2.33) 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 notes
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Eurocode Steel Design - When can an effective length factor of 1.0 be used?

Background For the design of steel members to all design codes, an effective length factor is generally required to define the design length to be used in member stability checks.  There is no guidance on effective lengths given in EC3 so the Eurocode itself does not state what value should be used for any case.  Non-conflicting complementary information (NCCI) documents must be referred to for guidance, which for the UK are generally produced by the Steel Construction Institute (SCI).  See for example NCCI: Elastic critical moment for lateral torsional buckling (SN003b).  Much of this NCCI
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Tekla supports Microsoft Windows 7 and Microsoft Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 until January 2020

Microsoft has announced that their support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 is ending January 14, 2020. Because of this, we will not continue supporting these operating systems beyond this date either. For more information, see: Windows 7: Windows 7 support will end on January 14, 2020 Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2: Prepare for Windows Server 2008 end of support We recommend that all users on Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 (including R2) upgrade their computers to a newer Windows operating system by January of 2020. We do not guarantee that any Tekla products will work
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  • Windows 7

How to show the Integration status of members in Revit?

Question:  I have a Revit model which has been updated. How do I show which members were updated or changed after importing a model? Answer: In Revit, you can create a series of filters to show the Integration status of all members. These filters are based on the TSDI_Integration_Status parameter which is created.  The 3 status which exist for each member are: New Updated Unchanged Creating the Filters The filters can be created by using Visibility/Graphics Overrides (or “VV” keyboard shortcut).  The steps are as follows: Open the Filters tab Click Edit/New… to create new filters   You
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  • integration
  • status
  • new
  • Unchanged
  • Updated

Tekla Structural Designer Integrator June 2019 updates

New Version Tekla Structural Designer Integrator for Autodesk Revit© 2020 (version 6.0) Tekla Structural Designer Integrator is now fully compatible with the Autodesk Revit© 2020 package. Integration with regards to imports, exports and merges into this platform are now available and includes the updates listed below.   Updates The following topics highlight the changes and enhancements in Tekla Structural Designer Integrator for Autodesk Revit© 2019 version 5.01 Tekla Structural Designer Integrator for Autodesk Revit© 2018 version 4.02 Tekla Structural Designer Integrator for Autodesk
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  • Autodesk Revit 2020
  • Autodesk Revit 2019
  • Autodesk Revit 2018
  • Autodesk Revit 2017

USB Local Hardware Key Licenses

Question:  This document aims to explain how to install Tekla products when you have a USB Local Hardware Key license, how to activate a USB Local Hardware Key license correctly, and how to clone the activated license to another machine. Answer: USB Local Hardware Key Licenses There are different licensing methods available for Tekla A&D Products, such as Tekla Tedds, Tekla Structural Designer, Tekla Connection Designer, and Tekla Portal Frame Designer.  The main licensing methods that are available are: Local Computer Locked – Local license tied to one specific machine Server Locked –
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  • USB
  • Local
  • Hardware
  • Key
  • License
  • Dongle
  • Activate
  • activation

How are the slab design moments determined using FE Analysis?

Question: When looking at the design moment contours, I see they do not match the moments in their corresponding directions, why do the moments Mx and My and design moments Mdx and Mdy differ? Answer: Single Directional Moments The output from the FE analysis of the FE shell mesh produces bending moments in two directions, x & y. These results are given in the forms listed below: Mx – moment acting on the x face (resulting from spanning in the x-direction) My – moment acting on the y face (resulting from spanning in the y-direction)    The diagrams were taken from the following
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  • moment
  • Twisting
  • Wood
  • Armer
  • contour
  • Mxy
  • design
  • Mdx
  • Mdy
  • Top
  • Bottom

Drawing colour and Layer Styles

Question: When creating drawings, the layers are mostly using the same colour and style, is there any way to change them? Answer: Yes, the colour styles can be changed from Draw > Layer Styles and selecting the appropriate drawing variation. In Tekla Structural Designer 2019 SP2, you can simply Load the global settings to use the new Layer and Colour Styles.   Example Using old settings From the Draw menu, select Settings > Layer Styles > Planar Drawings Click OK Create general arrangement drawing for the active 2D view, from Drawing menu > General Arrangement   The GA drawing
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  • drawing colour
  • layer styles

Contact Tekla support via the Support tool

The Support tool allows you to contact Tekla Structural Designer support directly. With this tool you can collect the model, related files, and other necessary information in one support request, and safely upload your request to Tekla support. The Support tool: Automatically identifies the open active document and attaches it to your request. Automatically gathers application and system information. Uploads the problem description, attached file, and all other gathered information to Tekla Structural Designer support. NOTE: Confidentiality information All files you upload are treated
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  • Support tool
  • help

Revit Integrator - Export Error... The value for column 'B' in table 'Parameters' is DBNull

Problem Description When exporting a model from Revit using the Integrator for Structural Designer the following Error occurs and no concrete beams or columns are exported.  Why does this happen and what is the solution? Error Message Text: Error (System.Data.StrongTypingException): The value for column 'B' in table 'Parameters' is DBNull Processing Object with RevitId = XXXXXXX Background The standard Structural Families installed by Revit for concrete members with rectangular sections contain the dimension parameters b and h for the section breadth and depth respectively as shown in the
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  • Revit Integrator
  • export
  • DBNull

Tekla Structural License Service (2.06)

The Tekla Structural License Service allows you to share and manage your licenses. It also allows users to commute licenses and report on license activity. At the Server Download and run the Tekla Structural License Service installation file Follow the on-screen prompts to install the ‘License Server’ and ‘License Server Manager’ You can now launch the License Server Manager and activate your licenses If you do not have a separate computer which will act as the license server or your computer is not connected to a network then the license server software can be installed on the same computer
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