An advanced nuclear reactor, an international airport, a public art gallery, and a very impressive residential project were all winners in Tekla’s 2008 North American Model Competition. Each year the company hosts a North American Model Competition open to all Tekla Structures users who have modeled projects in its software the preceding year. The model competition is held in conjunction with Tekla’s Annual North American User Meeting, which was held this year in Milwaukee, Aug. 21-23.

New categories, new submission guidelines, and new voting attracted many Tekla Structures users to submit their 3-D models. More than 30 entries from 22 firms submitted models in four categories: industrial, commercial/institutional, sports/public assembly, and other.

Participants submitted web models, descriptions of their projects, photos, and other supporting material. Online web models allowed website visitors to peruse through the many exciting and innovative projects. Online voting opened to the public prior to the 2008 Tekla North American User Meeting.

The winners for each category were announced at the closing of the User Meeting. Each winning company received a Tekla Structures Viewer License and two free tickets to next year’s User Meeting. Congratulations to the following winners: Atomic Energy of Canada, JPW Structural Contracting, Empire Iron Works, and Glenn Ihde & Company!

To view all participants and web models, visit