To allow engineers to more efficiently and cost effectively analyze and design multi-material buildings, Trimble, www.trimble.com, Sunnyvale, Calif., has launched Tekla Structural Designer, the latest addition to its portfolio of model-based solutions for the architectural, engineering, and construction markets.

According to Trimble, the new tool provides an innovative approach to modeling by combining analysis and design into a single, seamless process. The application, it adds, affords sophisticated loading and analysis functionality, fully automated design, and high-quality documentation and seamless BIM (building information modeling) collaboration.

Typically, explains Trimble, engineers create multiple models for various aspects of a project, such as steel frame and concrete slab design, in separate tools, and then combine those by recreating a new building information model from scratch, wasting time and increasing the potential for errors during the construction process.  Tekla Structural Designer, however, eliminates the need to recreate a combined model by allowing engineers to work from the same analysis and design model throughout the entire process.

Tekla Structural Designer offers features for optimizing concrete and steel design, including the ability to quickly compare alternative design schemes, efficiently manage changes, and collaborate seamlessly. The tool allows for creating a single analysis and design model eliminates the need for post-processing analysis results, as well as quickly creating and comparing multiple design options to determine the most competitive scheme.

It also facilitates  calculation reports that update automatically and eliminate the need to generate new reports manually when changes occur; and supports seamless integration with Tekla and other BIM software improves communication and collaboration both within the structural design office and with other project parties, including technicians, fabricators, and architects.

The software is supported with a range of services including local technical support and an online knowledge base with learning materials.

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