Tekla Base Tools

Last modified by Peter Karlsson on 2023/03/21 11:26


Tekla Base Tools is a software that transfers data from Tekla Structures to IMPACT, including element properties and geometry. This allows the elements from the Tekla Project to be planned in IMPACT Production. If you would like to know more about the possibilities of transferring data into IMPACT for planning, then visit our website: https://strusoft.com/products/impact

User Interface

A whole new data grid is implemented with technology borrowed from our flagship applications. It is now possible to search, group and categorize entire projects in a similar manner to our other applications.


Cast-Unit/Assembly orientated

The new application will actively search for Objects Parent Assembly or Cast-Units when linking data from Tekla. This means that there is no longer a need to swap selection mode when selecting objects in Tekla Structures. Preferably, you select everything as Assemblies. By doing this, TBT no longer needs to do so much guesswork and it also allows us to reach data in Tekla which was previously not available to us. 



The workflow is linear and contains three steps.

When a Tekla object is linked to TBT, it will be tracked by the software as it used to.


Tell TBT what your linked Tekla object should be represented as in IMPACT.


This command interprets, converts and save data to the IMPACT database.

New Ribbon Commands



In order to link elements, press the Link icon in the ribbon. This is the equivalent to the ‘Get’ command from the previous Tekla Base Tools versions. Always remember to have selected the assemblies that you want to Link from Tekla. When pressing Link, the following window will pop up.


The highlighted window from above illustrates where the selected elements will be assigned on Floor, Building, and Phase in IMPACT.


The highlighted grid above allows you to preview the Tekla items that you are about to link into IMPACT. The new interface allows to remove unwanted items easily by right-clicking and removing them along with their corresponding groups (if necessary).


If you accidentally erased some of the items in the Tekla, then the command "Retake Tekla selection" will refresh the grid with the selected items from Tekla Structures. When you are sure that all the correct items are left on the grid, then select command "Link" in order to finish with the first step.


There are two ways of mapping components in the new Tekla Base Tools and a new way of mapping element marks. Mapping refers to what item X in Tekla should be represented as in IMPACT.


Automatic Mapping

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Automatic profile mapping works as before. Select any profiles in your project and choose an IMPACT component to use with it. Simply click the assign button to complete the mapping. You can even save the mapping for later use by sending the mapping to a common mapping. The common mapping is saved per computer and can be used in all TBT projects.

P.S. Click inside any of the grids and press CTRL + F to search. Tip: You can freely search in almost all grids across the software using CTRL + F.

Element Mapping


Items are normally given IMPACT element marks when they are saved to the IIMPACT database. You can override this by manually assigning items element marks. This is a requirement if you want to use manual component mappings. The reason is that if you don’t, you may have items overriding each other’s element data, and you don’t want that. It’s a built-in safety.

Component Mapping


For items with manual element marks its possible to assign a specific IMPACT component (such as linked, hollow core, solid wall, etc.) that is overriding the automatic profile mapping. Use this if you have multiple objects with the same profile in Tekla but you want them to represent two different components in IMPACT.



Saves items to IMPACT. 



Use this command to check for changes in Tekla and IMPACT.


Refresh does not check for any updates, it just rereads data into the main grid. Users of the Project Manager will recognize this feature.



Opens the settings dialogue.


Shows the About dialogue with build and version numbers. If you call the support, they will likely kindly ask you to show them this.

Data Grid

You will feel right at home with this new grid as it is built on the same technology used in our other applications. Remember to explore the context menu by right-clicking in the grid to access additional features.


The statuses above are explained in the following table

Up to Date

The item is up to date


Item was either newly linked/re-linked or the object was updated with new information

Modified in IMPACT

TBT detected changes in IMPACT since the item was last saved

Modified in Tekla 

TBT detected changes in the Tekla Model since the item was last saved

Modified in Both

Displayed if both modified statuses occur at the same time

Deleted in IMPACT

TBT could not find or contact the Sync IMPACT item. This also occurs if the IMPACT items are marked as deleted from IMPACT

Deleted in Tekla

TBT could not find or contact the Sync Tekla item. This also occurs if the Tekla items are deleted in Tekla

Deleted in Both

This status is displayed if both the deleted statuses occur at the same time


The objects current sync status could not be determined

Data Grid Settings

You can show/hide data columns in the data grid settings dialogue. You access it by clicking the spanner icon in the upper right of the data grid. These settings are saved per computer and are remembered between sessions.


Data Grid Properties

Displays the properties of the selected item. If the item contains changes, these are shown in bold text with a yellow colour patch. Note that the new system also accounts for Teklas object and IMPACT model history. This way you can detect changes even if they are not part of the standard comparison set.

Teklas History is a live value, but if you modify the Tekla model without saving it, the Tekla History will not be updated. Thus, you may see at times that the properties differ, even if the modified time remains the same.


Menu Commands



Opens the folder in which all TBT project files, backups and logs are stored.



Settings - General

In general, a description of each command can be found by hovering the mouse cursor over the 1578472428626-506.png


Settings - CIM


Settings - Reinforcement


Settings - File transfer


Configure Name conventions for drawings and/or PXML. - It is possible to configure the naming of the files using the configurator. The naming convention rules stated above needs to be followed.


Settings - Status transfer

It is possible to transfer a Tekla Element "Status" from a Tekla UDA, to IMPACT Statuses. It is even possible to select if a status should also mark the element in IMPACT as "Ready for production"




These execute the same commands as described in the Ribbon commands chapter.


The backup command creates a backup, which will be stored inside your Tekla model folder. 


You can, of course, reset a Tekla Base Tools project. Do this if only if know what you are doing. Please note that resetting the project ONLY affects the Tekla <-> IMPACT connection. It will not touch either your Tekla or IMPACT project. This command will give a second warning before It executes. Once committed, it will wipe the TBT project and restart itself, allowing you to start from scratch.



"IMPACT Wiki" Takes you to the online wiki page with information on all the IMPACT modules.

"IMPACT Support" Takes you to our online support page with telephone numbers and email addresses to our different support divisions. If you want support for Tekla Base Tools, call or email the IMPACT support.

"About" Opens a tab where you can see version information as well as supported Tekla versions.


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