US: Trimble introduced the new software version of its Building Information Modeling (BIM) Tekla Structures 2016 on Wednesday. The solution provides enhanced collaboration and workflow efficiency for structural steel and precast concrete designers, detailers and fabricators, concrete contractors, general contractors and structural engineers.
The new Tekla Structures user interface offers a smooth user experience and shorter learning curve with several features that make modeling easier and accelerate the design process. The customizable menus and easily recognizable icons allow users to save time, improving modeling efficiency, while the consistent colors help them immediately spot what they are looking for in the models.
The new version also introduces more efficient utilization of model information. Finding possible flaws during the design phase when they are simpler to fix compared to rework on the construction site can bring savings. Creating repetitive fabrication information, such as concrete covers for precast elements, can be automated for increased productivity.
"Many of the new features and improvements have been developed to address our customers' requests. For example, drawing production is faster with functionality improvements and a 2D library that allows users to pick details for their drawings from a collection of ready-made 2D details, such as bolts, instead of drawing them. Reusing customer-specific 2D details saves even more time," said Risto Räty, general manager of Trimble Buildings Structures Division.