3D Structural Modelling

Steelcad’s Solution

3D Structural Modelling gives the Detailer an accurate visual representation of the project environment that 2D detailing simply cannot match. It allows the modeller to add structural elements to any point in 3D space and the ability to connect the elements together with automated structural connections in a remarkable time frame.

Tekla Structures is the most advanced building information modelling solution on the market and includes an accurate and data-rich 3D environment. The highly detailed digital structural models generated with this software enables effective visualisation and provides us with an array of powerful project management tools.

Some points of difference that set Tekla Structures apart from rival 3D detailing packages are:

  • Live link between the modelling environment and the drawing environment
  • Multi User capability – Ability to have many users working on the same model.
  • Relatively small model size and ease of model transfer to other Tekla users.
  • Flexibility in customisation of the system
  • Tekla has made significant investment in 3D technology including web syncronisation and CAM data exchange.


Steelcad actively promotes collaboration with design consultants and have been engaged by Design & Construct firms in particular to take full advantage of the structural 3D model developed in our drawing office.

Recognised benefits associated incorporating the development of our 3D structural model into the design phase include:

  • Time Savings in Construction Program
  • Certainty of tender costs
  • Speed of tender process
  • Reduced cost of detailed design documentation
  • Reduced cost of shop drawing production
  • Gross reduction of RFI delays and contract variations

For more information on electronic collaboration, please contact us.