Tekla Model Screenshots

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Model Viewer Information

I will “e” mail you the model file.

– Save the model file (.zsol) on your computer, on the desktop for
   – Install Tekla Structures Model Reviewer
   – Browse for the model file, select it, and click Open

Install, try out sample models and find out more about this tool at

This will allow you to zoom in and out, rotate and mark up model.


File Types

The drawing file inside the model folder is type .db1

The model can be supplied in the following file types.

.ifc .dxf 3D .dwg 3D .dgn 3D  .ascii .fem .cim-analysis model .mis   .cxl file 3D analysis package can be imported into a tekla drawing

wireframe, shaded wireframe or rendered. by using “save as”

Tekla drawings are files .dg custom component file is type .uel


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.zsol or .xml when an altered model is saved file type will be .wrm


For a centre chs spline Spiral Stair job Go to Wilson of Lanark Job. Wil.11-01, 02 & 03. Done for Hogg of Carluke. Note treads are out-rigged via a bolted tube collar. Handrails spirally rolled.


One of three of the recent trailer jobs I did for Aqua Energy which they have refused to pay me for. They eventually paid me before it went to Court

6 flight stair Fabricator Calder Fabs. Location Watson Street Falkirk. Plain steel treads with countersunk headed top fixing bolts. landing plates are on separate CAD drawings.  I had to un tick the box preserve favourites and implement before this would appear. Stringers here are 220×10 flat. Posts are 80x80x5 SHS 200×75 pfc landings. Folded treads are best done by drawing section out on CAD insert wblock name and give destination to tread. You can then insert section into Tekla model

Double Car auction building. Fabrication company ARC Commercial. This job was done in 2 phases

Purlin ends are Steadman sheer plate to hip 8. Go to parts and put in h=100 this changes the default width of the upright. This connection also works on metsec. In fact I think it will work on hot rolled sections as well therefore it will be useful in the future. Normal Steadman cold rolled sleeved is 118 This a Calder Fabs job for an entrance steel at Polmadie. Job Cad.94. Most connections are 103 fin plate. I had to manually chamfer cut ends before applying the connection. Sometimes the bolt & plate in connection had to be manually moved to correct position.

Old Parliament building Edinburgh. By Calder Fabrications. On this job I just modelled in a piece of flat bar and copied it to the rest of the platform welding them together into panels. However one has to watch that the memory doesn’t run out as it produces a lot of extra parts. Also there won’t be any tie bars holding the flats together. If I have a large area to do I use a 2D CAD drawing. There may be an Tekla extension or a Utube video for doing this. Grid flooring can be done with safegrid (1) It’s at the end of the connection catalogue supplier is shown as Lionweld.

Rivelin 323
Rivelin 201
Rivelin 307
another job for Roof Edge at John Finnie Street Kilmarnock, note the winders on the second top flight
This job was for ACWA their customer was MOTT McDONALD BENTLEY LIMITED It was for a job in a construction project in Rivelin near Sheffield.

This is a new plant room steelwork for Parliament House in Edinburgh, Scotland, was home to the pre-Union Parliament of Scotland, and now houses the Supreme Courts of Scotland. It is located in the Old Town, just off the Royal Mile, opposite St Giles Cathedral. In the basement the cells are still there that Burke and Hare were kept in. 

A set of stairs for Invergorden railway station. My customer is CV Carmichael. Main contractor is UBC Inverness. Note the balustade stubs connection 29 I then do the mesh panels and floor plates in autocad 2d
For Calder Fabrications Clancy Builders a block flats in Camelon outside Falkirk.
Another water jet cutting frame. Three off for Columbia.
This is the seventh job for Aqua Energy. Note the tube for the gauge bracket. Used a solid dia. rod first then did a cut part with part then changed the part to a tube with modify. I also had to change 30x3 flat from a P number to FLT number to stop it double numbering. Ie contour plate and flat bat
Eight flight fire escape stair for John Finnie street Kilmarnock. Built for a new customer called Roof Edge.
Sawmill in Fife called Devilla. Main contractor Marshall Construction. Fabricator Townhill welding Hamilton.
Mansard roof for extension to Beatsons Institute Bearsden. This job used up over 90% of Tekla Light's memory. It was pretty tricky to do but I eventually got there.
Ten bay factory unit. This must be the largest job I've done using over 90 % of Tekla light's memory. The Kingspan side sheeting goes horizontal which meant lots of extra cold rolled material. It was erected in 3 days. What I didn't realise was that cold rolled side rails should be at 1000 mm ctrs. to suit the Kingspan panels. At Myrgormie in Kickcaldy
Tee Piece Pipe Support Bracket. I would normally do this type of thing in cad but I thought I would try Tekla to see how I got on. It is definitely quicker in cad. I had to put M6 bolts into the bolt catalogue. One had to make sure you had the correct sizes over the dia, hex and flat were correct for each length of bolt and having a nut to match. M6 bolt is 9 mm over flats 11 mm over hex. corners 4 mm thick bolt head 5 mm thick nut and 12 dia c'sunk head with depth 0. Standard bolt is "BOLTM6*35-8.8XOX" 35 is the length in mm so one has to insert a number of varying lengths in say, 5 mm increments. Standard nut is "NUTM6-GR8-HEX"
The third job for Aqua Energy. Note the rear axle brackets and the front steering tube. It's on solid polyurethane wheels. Also built by Midas Metallic Motherwell. This is for an electric motor this time. Frame is made from 76x38 rsc which is in Tekla's UK catalogue

This was for St. Andrews University in Fife. Built by CV Carmichael Mossmoran. Note the grid treads. I put in a deeper rear flat to act as a anti “foot slip through”. Also I tried to use the handrail macro but it was a waste of time one’s better just putting the holes in as I normally do. No it’s easier modelling in the post and using con 29 (with 20mm + or – offset) for putting on the two holed base plate. I saw this done on a stru-cad drawing once. It’s easier than putting holes only in. When I went to con 29 for another job I couldn’t get it to work so I played about with con 101 and got it to work. This seems complicated, when I pick beam and go vertically up or down the member is named a column and con 29 works. Also I remember away back when a macro wouldn’t work I went into position tab changed it back to default and the macro worked okay. Strange, I thought. Standard positions are Column:- middle, top, middle. Beam:- Middle, Top, Behind. 

Clydebank Business Park by Dawn Construction fabricated by Townhill fabrications Hamilton. Pan treads which were fabricated rather than folded. This was a feature stair and the architect didn't like the flat bar stringers he would have preferred PFC's. Columns are existing.

This was for G.S. Robertson (KIRRIEMUIR) for A & J Reid GYRATSMYRE Fourdon Laurenckirk. Note the inset gable and side purlins. I’m not that keen on custom components so I put a plate to top of the columns for the eaves rail and the underside of the gable haunches for the top side rail then did a standard fin 103 and it worked fine. This six bay building used 74 % of tekla light’s memory. Also note the ends for the chs’s bracing. Portal brace (105) easy to make rectangular plates. On this job the drawing of the chs bracing was turned round. I went to standard 3d view with normal ucs. Set work view to current view. When went to properties of chs it was rotated. Set it back to zero and when I opened it had corrected it’self. The customer her asked for anti-sag system fitted to roof and sides. It was Steadman cold rolled I used. The Roof macro was UltraZed std 37 The sides macro was standard no. 28 One must pick the rafters/columns first then the line of cold rolled then click the middle mouse wheel. Used con 66 for ridge purlin connection at the bottom of parameters change position to bottom. Tekla just phoned to say there wasn’t a bottom purlin to eaves beam connection and it would have to be done manually.

Haggs Road Roof steelwork for Electricity Board Sub station. Main contractor Siemens. Manufactured by Townhead Fabrications Hamilton.
Yes, it's a trailer chassis. Working on this job reminded me of my time at Taskers Trailers and Crane Fruehauf. It was for Aqua Energy. High pressure jet cutting equipment. Manufactured by Midas Metallic Ltd. Braidhurst Industrial Estate Motherwell. Note the the upper water tank which was made of alluminium. The diesel fuel tank is set in the middle between the main chassis pfc's
Miller Construction Waterloo. Stairs for Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Cambuslang. Main Contractor is Land Lease. Flights are have all welded in pan treads. This stair is for core 3 & 5. Note the 40x8 reinforcing strips on landings and the hidden base plates. Also the blanking off of the pan landings in the well area.
My first job for Miller Construction Waterloo. Stairs for Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Cambuslang. Main Contractor is Land Lease. Flights are have all welded in pan treads. This stair is for core 4.
House Steelwork. WS Dunsire Stirling is the builder. JL Steel is the FABRICATOR. All connections are to be site welded, they therefore only have 2 no. M16 connections. Norbreck house Strathblane
Pilkington Glass Vietnam. Through ACWA Services Leeds. For a glass plant in Vietnam. This job used about 50% of Tekla light's memory each 30x5 flat grid is counted as using up a part number. For flat bar stringer base use connection no. 1038.
OFFSET end plate note extra wide plate.
For Townhill Fabrications. Internal stair Waitrose shop at Greenlaw village, Phase 4, Newton Mearns Gleniffer. Bracewell Stirling Architects. Engineer Dewer Associates. Pan treads 275 mm long connection is now in my firm folder "275 pan.j116" This was copied from the attributes folder and pasted into the firm folder. This can be used for any other tread as long as it's the same length ie 275 mm. All I need to do is change the side that the 50x50x6 angle is on to suit. If it's an open "Z" tread the bolts would be through the stringer rather than the tread. This would need changed in the bolt dialogue box. I have now made "275 L or Z .j116" to cover this. main contractor Marshall Construction
Two flight stair by Coatbridge Engineering for Cloverhill They have asked me to move the leg on the left hand side to act as a join between the stringers. The first tread on top flight 280 pan.j116 (this is 280 mm long) wouldn't work. in was too near the pfc crank 41. I had to do the crank manually. It worked okay then. This tread connection ( 280 pan .j116 ) is now in my firm folder for use with any job.
Fabricated by Calder Fabrications for Colorado Builders. The house name is North Cassochie. The area outside Methvin is called Orangery.
This is for the roof of the High Court in Edinburgh. Main contractor the Robertson Group. Fabricator is C&V Carmichael Mossmoran. Note bolts tying the purlins together. One has got to make the cut length almost twice what is required via the purlin pitch. Also note that if it's a large span you may have to add longer bolts to bolt catalogue. When one does this add on a small range in 25 mm steps
Gas Booth "Lean To" Metsec Purlins to insert these set work plane, in 3D view click on beam box, with "ctrl" held down click on apex, press "r" insert @?,?,? then go to other grid and set to snap to perpendicular. All ways make sure the large metsec flange is to the top facing uphill. With the 142 Z 13 it is 60 mm. The gable posts on above are connected to the underside of the rafters with fin plates via Con. 105 4th one along. For Alpha Steel Buildings. Con. 103 works just the same and just as good. Regarding chs bracing use connection use connection 105 portal bracing. this gives an easy to make rectangular plates rather than angled.
Grinder platform. For Land Energy South Wales
Lift shaft and associated steelwork for Iceland Almondvale. Interesting to see how the mark nos. have appeared on this. Built by Calder Fabrications for Rok Construction.
Filter Frame for Land Energy South Wales. Note outside channels have holes in them for ball standards. Welded bottom section. This job went through Major Draughting Glamorgan. A bloke called David Morgan. Don't touch him with a barge pole, he wouldn't pay me for the last job I did for him.
Repairs to damaged wall section of building for J&M Carpets. As it is an old building ends of trusses to be welded to column cap plates. Side rails came out with a "B" prefix. I should have loaded in "Steadman side rail" and they would have came out with a "SR" prefix. Currently there is not a facility to do a File Transfer for Steadmans Cold Rolled sections. Fabricated by Belhaven Engineering.
New house steelwork. Timber house kit build in Shawsburn. It was on this job that a "tee" piece fin first cropped up. I used connection 32. Note fin plate without "x"member. First use con. 103 / explode / right click on bolts / drop down menu / click on bolt parts / click on part(s) with holes then click on centre wheel of mouse.
Spiral stair with landing using con. 19 and con 21. One has to work out the exact developed going at the inner and outer stringer. Manufactured by Calder Fabrications. I have an eight page instructions on how to use these macro's If anybody wants a copy of them send me an "e" mail. To start off you have to draw down (I do it in autocad) a plan showing inside and outside stringers. Then draw down the radial lines from the stringer radius centre line indicating the tread nosing. Normally, the going on the stair centre line is around 300 mm. Dimension the radial size where the nosing line meets the inside of the both stringers. Set this to the fourth decimal point. Then draw down the developed stringers using riser size and developed going you have just dimensioned. Dimension the height (also to fourth decimal point) for both stringers being aware that the top of the tread will be set down from the top of the stringer. Con 19 Parameters no. of extra points 1. Method to calculate 3th order. Seemingly if the stringer is a section (usually PFC) it's best to insert a polybeam in plan view. Draw in a radial line and copy, rotate every half going. Move the handles up or down as required by 1 riser, then 2x riser 3x riser and so on. I have still to try this out but it looks okay. The stairs I have to do have an extremely large radius (10.5 Metres) I don't think a pfc stringer would work with a small radius as shown above. After further investigation it would appear easier to do this type of job in CAD 2d. Draw developed stringers showing pot marks for the nosings of the stringers. The problem with Tekla is it's inability to do proper radiuses. Spiral treads can be done using a tapered "Z" click on link below for instructions. http://xsteeler.net/viewtopic.php?f=37&t=19 It was on this job that I couldn't get the "cut part with polygon" to work sometimes the part disappeared. A fault in the Tekla software when cutting lines interfered with one another. I had to move the cutting polygon down by say 3 mm at a time until the part re-appeared. For a centre chs spline job Go to Wilson of Lanark Job. Wil.11 Done for Hogg of Carluke. Note treads are outrigged via an bolted tube collar.
Nine bay storage building for Travis Perkins. This used up approximately 90% of Tekla Light's memory. Ayrshire Metals purlins and side rails. The Eaves Tie macro seems to work fine, you should be using macro (68). Selection Process - Purlin, Eaves Beam, a point/hole on the Purlin. It was also pointed out to me that the side rails should be sitting on top of the cleats and not hanging from them. I just used a standard marco and didn't think this was a variable. Sloping fin plate con.146 cropped up on this job. Note the ties from eaves channels to top side rail were not on the macro. These were made from 30x30x3 sloping box with con 101 ends. approx. 23 tonne of steel 1460 parts 2410 bolts
Single bay of five bay car wash for Craig Engineering Bathgate
Pipe support bridge for Weldon Engineering. Their customer ACWA
Ladder for Penwhapple (Ayrshire) Water Treatment Works. Fabricator Weldon Engineering. Cleghorn by Lanark. Main contractor ACWA. Freestanding ie not supported by tank. To view drawing click here. When drawing ladder I've discovered it's better to draw 20 dia. rung in first (ROD20 position:- middle top middle) then put in a dia. 22 hole in the centre of rung. Mirror to other side then a linear copy pitched to suit. Macro for caged ladder is S60.
Lower platform and Ladder for Penwhapple (Ayrshire) Water Treatment Works. Fabricator Weldon Engineering. Cleghorn by Lanark. Main contractor ACWA.
Feature staircase Woking Red Cross
Plant Room Westgate Edinburgh Morrison Construction. Fabricated by Hunter & Fisher. Job no. Hun.10-58
Three flight Stair Penwhapple Water Treatment Works Ayrshire. For Weldon Engineering Cleghorn nr. Lanark
Two Flight Stair Townhill School Hamilton Keir. For James Cowie Hamilton
Single Flight Stair Townhill School Hamilton Keir
Upper Platforms Penwhapple Water Treatment Works.
Old Parliament Building Roof Steelwork for Air conditioning. Manufactured by Calder Fabrications.
Gregg's restaurant St Enoch's centre. Fabricated by David Knox Hamilton.
Nando's restaurant St Enoch's centre. Micros for straight flight stairs S71 S72 S73 S74. Stair well micro 90. Manufactured by AB Welding.
Radiused roof Metsec 142Z 13 PURLINS @ 600 mm nom. centres. For CV Carmichael Mossmoran. Note the angles bolted to the underside of curved beam. When one does a copy/rotate for underside angle hole in beam dissapears. To add and remove holes to layers in bolted connection. click on bolts click layers that require holes then click centre wheel of mouse.
Fire Brigade Training tower. I've just discovered that there is a cladding profile in the Tekla catalogue connection number 8. See above typical panel at first level. On the third floor there is grid flooring taken from the Tekla catalogue under safegrid 1 with plenty of spec. options.

Spiral stair with straight flights intermixed. If there a rolled flat bar stringer required at the outside of the spiral treads or a stair type without a central spine. I’ve just received some information from Tekla on how this is done. Connection 19 is used for triangle generation for the stringers. I think this also welds the triangles together. Then connection 24 is used for unfolding the surface. Micro for spiral stair S68. To draw a stair with flat bar stringers as spiral ensure start level of stair is 0,0. level. draw down raduises for inside of stringer. Draw an arc from centre to give a segment for first tread. Turn off construction line over hang and put in tread line between stringers. Move this line in the “Z” direction by riser amount. Draw legs on this line down to bottom of tread.  Spiral treads can be done using a tapered “Z” click on link below for instructions.     http://xsteeler.net/viewtopic.php?f=37&t=19 Fabricator was CV Carmichael job no. 6. Architect Gibson Laing. Job was an office refurbishment in Laurison street Edinburgh.

Ladder for concrete silo. The platform plates to concrete wall were asked to be diagonal slots. I did this by doing a vertical slot then move, rotate then mirror to other corners. Fabricated by McEvoy Engineering Stevenson.
Small access stair Sainsbury's Prestwick note connection no. 116 for treads to stringers with c'sunk head bolts. Note direction of green cones. Macro 1042 for base feet. Ctrl+1 shows plates hidden Ctrl+2 shows plates with hidden parts Ctrl+3 blacks every thing Ctrl+4 doesn't show as above Ctrl+5 shows bolts only no parts. Shift+1 to 5 shows wire frame options. The shift key is the arrow facing upwards on my keyboard. Made by Calder Fabrications Whitburn.
Yes, something as simple as a sample of fencing can easily be done on Tekla. To be honest this was only done to keep the architect happy.
Once again I've not done a lot of ramp balustrading with Tekla but once you've done one it's not a problem to do another one. To draw in concrete ramps go to polybeam say 200*1800 material C25 class 1 or try something else. Or use concrete toolbar tools/concrete toolbar. Note there is a macro for this type of balustrading S84
Disability access ramp. Bases are cast into concrete founds. Floor sheets not shown for clarity. Posts are 50x50x5 shs main rails are 150x50x4 channel. Customer David Knox / Walkerweld / GMG Contracts Blantyre.
My first attempt at doing a special stair with Tekla. I think I finished it off in CAD 2D. Fabricator Craig Engineering, Unit 6L Whitestone Place, Whitehill Industrial Estate, Bathgate.