Since one of the major challenges in using Tekla for glazed structure modelling is the lack of system catalogs, ALTO 4.0 is working on a tool that would significantly save the time required to get aluminum and rubber gasket profile catalogs in Tekla. The application converts dxf files into Tekla profile library. It is easy to use and takes a small effort to get glazed structure project profile library into Tekla software. Check it out on the video! By using the tool, we managed to add 70 profiles in just 2 minutes!
There are still couple of challenges to be solved, but in most cases it works great. We are planning to add some functionality for catalogue rules and user attributes. The idea is that you can add a rule name and it would appear in Tekla profile catalogue instead of default rule “Other”.
Glazed structures is a more complicated and diverse product than steel or concrete structures. Glazed structures provide wide choice of options which is great for developers and clients but brings great challenges to engineer, design, manufacturing and assembly teams. Materials and products have to be combined from multiple aluminum structure, glass and material manufactures to achieve the best solution for each project.
TEKLA Structures is great software for precast element modelling and it can contain a lot of useful information about each element in element attributes. Most common ones are TEKLA standard attributes for each element type. But elements can also have some user defined custom attributes. Currently TEKLA provides more than 10 pages in 2 windows forms of user defined attributes for precast concrete panel. Not all of those attributes are necessary for every-day modelling and it is time consuming for engineers to search for the correct place where information must be entered.