Trimble Buildings has expanded its portfolio of model-based solutions for the architectural, engineering and construction markets with the launch of the new Tekla Structural Designer.

The new software combines analysis and design in a single process, and provides a new approach for modelling.

It delivers features for optimising concrete and steel design, including the ability to compare alternative design schemes quickly and manage changes.

Tekla Structural Designer comprises a modern loading and analysis functionality, fully automated design, quality documentation and building information modeling (BIM) collaboration.

"[It is] bringing them the power to better analyse and design in a way that can save time, cut costs and provide a competitive edge."

These features allow engineers to assess and design multi-material buildings cost-efficiently.

According to the company, the new solution enables engineers to work from a similar analysis and design model throughout the entire process, eliminating the need to recreate a combined model.

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Tekla Structural Designer is integrated with Tekla Structures, Trimble’s 3D modelling software, as well as other tools and facilitates joint BIM processes.

Tekla Engineering portfolio director Barry Chapman said: "Many of us at Trimble are engineers and we understand the importance that productivity, value engineering, constructability and change management play in the design and build process.

"We created Tekla Structural Designer to further extend the benefits of 3D modelling directly to engineers by bringing them the power to better analyse and design in a way that can save time, cut costs and provide a competitive edge."

With fully automated, productivity-enhancing capabilities, the software enables engineering firms to improve operations and delivers various benefits to address the real-world needs and challenges of engineers.

The solution enables users to create and compare multiple design options to determine the competitive scheme, and can synchronise models across teams as many times as they wish.