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Tekla Structural Designer

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Tekla Structural Designer

Analyse and design buildings efficiently

Tekla Structural Designer is revolutionary building analysis software that gives engineers the power to analyze and design buildings efficiently and profitably.

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3D Building design software that is fully automated and packed with many unique features for optimized concrete and steel design, Tekla Structural Designer helps engineering businesses to win more work and maximize profits, from the quick comparison of alternative design schemes to cost-effective change management and seamless BIM collaboration making it the best structural analysis and design tool.


From scheme design all the way through to detailed design, one single model will cover all your structural analysis and design requirements, encompassing both gravity and lateral systems.

With Tekla Structural Designer there are no additional modules to buy and you will not waste time switching between multiple software packages to achieve your final design solution.


Unlike traditional analysis software, with Tekla Structural Designer you can create physical, information-rich models that contain all the intelligence needed to fully automate the design and manage project changes. Achieve faster design times and maximize profitability with this structural design tool.


Because you are creating a single model with a single data set, BIM integration is smooth and effective. Collaborate seamlessly, instantly assess the impact of changes, and deliver a more optimized solution to your client.

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tick    Achieve faster design times

tick    Establish the best solution quickly

tick    Manage changes easily

tick    Maximize profitability and efficiency

Tekla Structural Designer Features:

tick    Automated wind loading

We understand how painful it can be to apply loading so we have made it easier for you. Full building wind loads are automatically calculated and applied to your model, saving your time on this long winded and complex task. And there is no need to worry about all the other lateral loading required by the design code because Tekla Structural Designer takes care of these for you.

tick    Unique analysis

Tekla Structural Designer automatically generates an underlying and highly sophisticated analytical model from the physical model, allowing you to concentrate on the design. Regardless of the model’s size or complexity, the software’s powerful analytical engine and many unique features will save you time by accurately predicting the building’s design forces and overall performance.

tick    Finite Elements

The software incorporates a highly powerful Finite Element (FE) engine. Whether you are considering an irregular concrete flat plate with openings, or a complex core wall system, you can take advantage of fully automated FE meshing tools and lightning fast analysis to explore their behavior.

tick    Total transparency

Reviewing analysis data is very important. Despite being fully automated, Tekla Structural Designer offers completely transparent analysis results so you can investigate the design forces, explore deflections and view all the calculations, giving you complete confidence in the design results.

tick    Fully automated

Optimize multi-material buildings, in steel or reinforced concrete, in a fraction of the time. Tekla Structural Designer includes all the critical information needed to provide a fully automated design to your chosen building code. Regardless of complexity, you can design all members and consider the overall 3D building design in one seamless process.

Tekla’s unique approach to combining analysis and design means that you will not need to spend time processing analysis data. This integrated approach also enables you to manage changes effectively and provide fast response times to your clients.

tick    Efficient reinforced concrete design

The software will instantly achieve an optimized design for all rebar within the beams, columns, slabs, flat plates and walls. Once designed, detailed reinforcement drawings and accurate material quantities are automatically generated for the whole building, meaning you can provide cost options early in the design process.

tick    Optimized steel design

Tekla Structural Designer will design all the steelwork automatically, based on the engineer’s specific requirements. This includes the detailed design and optimization of composite beams, columns, US joists, trusses, braces and plated sections. Maximize your efficiency and achieve the optimum design at the touch of a button.

tick    Compare design schemes

It takes just a few minutes to create a range of alternative schemes and establish the most cost effective solution for your client. You can become more competitive and bid more effectively with minimal effort.

tick    Professional output

It is easy to communicate your design because Tekla Structural Designer automatically produces  accurate and detailed documentation including calculation reports, material take offs and drawings. Reinforcement drawings for the entire building or tonnages of steel for estimating, all available in a touch of a button.

tick    Real-time information

Because the single model contains all the design information, you can generate documentation and make informed decisions at any stage of the project, starting at very early scheme design. The calculation reports are linked directly to the model, so they update automatically. This means you can manage changes instantly, removing the need to generate new reports manually when variations occur.

tick    Range of export options

Whether you wish to provide beam reactions or bracing forces to the contractor or prepare calculation reports for submission, Tekla Structural Designer enables you to export data to a wide range of file formats. Increase communication and reduce the risk of errors.

tick    Designed with BIM in mind

Tekla Structural Designer has been developed specifically to help the design engineer maximize collaboration with other project parties, including technicians, fabricators and architects. Its unique functionality enables you to integrate the physical design model seamlessly with Tekla Structures or Autodesk® Revit®, and to round-trip without compromising vital design data.

tick    Intelligent synchronization

For total flexibility and to save valuable design and drafting time, the model can start life in Tekla Structural Designer, or alternatively in Tekla Structures or Autodesk Revit.

You can synchronize models multiple times with confidence, throughout the project lifecycle. Tekla Structural Designer provides powerful and unique auditing tools to highlight exactly what has been added, changed or deleted during integration. This reduces the risk of errors and ensures you are kept fully informed during the integration process.

Tekla Structural Designer 2023

Introducing a rigorous analytical approach to footfall analysis and improved workflows for timber design. Better support for your engineering office workflows!

Highlights of Tekla Structural Designer 2023:

New Footfall Analysis

Introducing a rigorous analytical approach to footfall analysis that provides a fully engineered solution in one product. You can now run a Footfall Analysis to the UK SCI P354 guide for steel structures in Tekla Structural Designer. This reduces risk through the accurate quantification of performance of the floor, and enables significant time savings without the need to re-model.

You can create any number of footfall analysis models within Tekla Structural Designer that allow you to run various scenarios. The transparent results reports produced allow you to interrogate the performance of the floor in detail, both graphically in heatmaps and through the use of tabular data.

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Tekla Structural Designer Integrator for Autodesk Revit 2023

The renewed Tekla Structural Designer Integrator is easy to use and provides a powerful, accurate solution for your integration needs. Models are quickly imported with no loss of information or corruption of data, with the documentation created automatically. The resulting model is structurally connected and can be immediately used without any further alteration.

Enhanced IDEA StatiCa Connection Design Link

Now multiple connections can be selected within Tekla Structural Designer and passed to IDEA StatiCa Checkbot solution for checking. Exporting multiple connections at once saves time, reduces errors, and speeds up the connection design process.

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Enhanced Timber Design Workflow with Tekla Tedds

A number of enhancements help to make the workflow easier between Tekla Structural Designer and Tekla Tedds. These include multiple design cases, load duration/time effect factors, design envelopes, deflection checks, multi-stack column design, application of design forces to unbraced lengths, and design for ungrouped/grouped columns.

New Global Support Reactions

Now support reactions can be viewed and reported in the global axis system, at an angle to the global axis system, or in the Building Direction system. This allows you to easily create the reports you need, whether using tabular data, reports or drawings – improving your productivity.

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