Idea StatiCa BIM and Tekla Structures


Thanks to the close cooperation between IDEA Statica and Construsoft (the largest distributor of Tekla Structures worldwide), and Trimble Solutions  Tekla Structures and  IDEA Connection are linked with BIM.

How does it works?

1. Run IDEA Statica 

2. Open your project in Tekla and on the “IDEA CBFEM” icon

3. Select a connection

4. Select all its parts

5. Press "space bar" of keyboard

6. Select components

7. Press "space bar" of keyboard

8. Minimize the Tekla window - save the dialog window (hidden behind).

You can then transform a connection modeled in Tekla Structures into a properly analyzed and designed connection in IDEA StatiCa in a couple of minutes.

Watch full description of the process in a short video:



How to activate the link

Download and install the latest versions of

  • 64-bit IDEA StatiCa
  • Tekla Structures 21.0, 21.1 or 2016

After installation of both programs, run one of the bat files (depending on Tekla Structures version) in the folder where IDEA StatiCa was installed:

Idea4Tekla210.bat, Idea4Tekla211.bat or Idea4Tekla2016.bat

Run this command again if you reinstalled either of the programs or moved the installation folder.

Known limitations

Link now works for a wide variety of connections/joints. However, please take into account yet unsupported functionality:

Holes in members. Workaround: Import the whole joint and manually add these in IDEA StatiCa Connection

Welded and composed cross-sections. Workaround: Properly define cross-sections in Tekla

Cuts by CHS.  Workaround: Everything is imported, cuts “by surface” have to be added manually.

Anchoring and base plate. Workaround: Import the whole joint and manually add these in IDEA StatiCa Connection


Be aware that there is not a proper description of rounding of hot-rolled sections in Tekla Structures, IDEA StatiCa Connection defines missing values by itself

Always check imported bolts/welds and add necessary data if missing in Tekla Structures

We are continuously adding profile types (huge variety in Tekla Structures)


Here are some link to videos showing how to import in IDEA Connection some complex node of Tekla Structures:


Tekla Structures 2016 – temporary GUI bug

Together with the Trimble team, we are still fine-tuning how IDEA icon appears in the new ribbon in Tekla Structures 2016. If you click “Custom” in the ribbon and see “Error Retry” fields, just click on them and texts will refresh:

After clicking on either of the icons, proper name is displayed and you can start export of a  joint the same way as in previous Tekla Structures version:

This issue was fixed in Tekla Structures 2016i.

Thank you for understanding

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