Sunnyvale, Calif. — Trimble announced the latest version of Tekla Structural Designer software that enables structural engineers to analyze and design steel and concrete buildings efficiently by combining analysis and design into a single, seamless process. Building on its sophisticated loading and analysis functionality, fully automated design, high-quality documentation and seamless Building Information Modeling (BIM) collaboration, this release brings engineers new features for more efficient and cost-effective building design, the company said.

Enhancements to Trimble’s Tekla Structural Designer include expanded seismic analysis and design features that automate accidental torsional effects and the required seismic design combinations, allowing engineers to use one product all the way through to code-compliant design. Other time saving features include the automation of tedious and complex tasks such as wind loading calculations, floor vibration checks and floor loading. In addition, Tekla Structural Designer now offers expanded beam design options and integration with cellular beam provider, ASD Westok, and its proprietary Cellbeam software that simplifies design with Westok elements and allows for quick comparisons of different floor beam systems.

“This new release is a significant update after the initial launch of Tekla Structural Designer earlier this year, further automating structural analysis and design to save time, allowing engineers to gain complete confidence in their design decisions,” said Barry Chapman, director of engineering for Trimble’s Structures Division. “As engineers, we understand the competitive advantage that results from productivity and collaboration and we are committed to bringing engineers a tool that makes that possible.”   

Tekla Structural Designer is available now and is an integral product in the Trimble Buildings portfolio, which also includes Tekla Structures BIM software, Telka Tedds software for structural calculation automation and SketchUp Pro. Tekla Structural Designer is supported with a range of services including local technical support provided by experienced structural engineers and an online knowledge base with learning materials.

For more information, visit: www.tekla.com/tekla-structural-designer.

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