Tekla Field3D manual

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Free functions

Additional Enterprise license functions

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Open & Combine 3D models 

From the project button on the upper left, you can open individual projects (=folder). Models within the same project can be combined by selecting multiple files and pressing Open. For example, architecture, structure and MEP models can all be combined. If the list is long, you can search for any text string within the models. After opening a file, 3D-model is shown in the main view. The top bar displays which project is open. The bottom bar has icons for Note list, Search, Home, Groups and Multiple Object Selection.

Open & Combine

Note: In the Free version the Combine function is only available with the sample models.

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Movement: Zoom, Pan, Rotate

3D-model in view supports zooming, moving and rotate. You can zoom by pinching or first double tapping on the right edge of the screen and then sliding your finger vertically. You can pan the model by double-tapping or using 2 fingers and then moving. You can rotate by touching with 1 finger and moving to rotate around the point you touched.

Field3D - Move

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Context Menu

When you touch a model object, the selected element is highlighted in red and a context menu appears.

Context Menu

Selecting blank background behind model gives a shorter context menu which can be used for showing all models or setting the elevation base.

Show all




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Object Multi-Select

Select the Multi-select function icon in the bottom toolbar to toggle on object multi-selection. When this is on multiple objects can be selected and the context menu reduces to offer just those functions applicable to multiple objects – Hide, Transparent, Show only and Note.


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View element Properties (also US units)

The first option is Properties, which shows a list of all available properties for that element. If the list is long, you can search for any text string within the properties.


The property listing is grouped by Property Set.

Property list

You can change the unit of properties (Metric / US Imperial) in the settings menu.








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Walk Function

In walk mode you can walk and look around on any IFC-slab layer. Enter Walk mode by selecting a slab (floor), then "Walk" from the context menu. Once in Walk mode, double-tap a point on the floor to walk to that position.



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Align View Function

To align the 3D to a face of an object select the object face and then the Align View function from the context menu.

Align view

The view will be aligned to the selected face in the direction of the green arrow displayed when selecting the object face.

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Object visibility: Hide, Transparent

Select an element to show the context menu, then select Hide to make element invisible. Select Transparent to show element ghosted. Select Hide <layer> to hide all elements of same IFC element type. Show only hides all other objects apart from the selected.



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Toggle Groups on-off: Orthogonal perpective, Icons, Layers, IFC Space, Shadows

The Groups menu on right bottom bar provides multiple options for toggling visibility on-off. The top of the list shows several options to display floating icons like Notes, Clip handles and Measurements along with viewing options to toggle element Outlines, orthogonal Perspective view, or Shadows (experimental feature). Next, individual IFC layers can be toggled. Note that IFC Spaces are set OFF by default - when set visible they show as green ghosted elements. At the end of the list are the individual model files that are loaded in the view.


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Search all Properties

With the Search functionality available in the bottom bar you can highlight all elements with properties or property field names that begin with entered search text.


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Grid Support

Field3D shows the Grid if it is exported with the model. The grid numbers and letters stay on the screen even when zooming into the object. You can also measure distances from the grid.


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Load models directly from Dropbox, Box, Gmail, Google Drive or Skydrive

Small IFC files can be loaded into Tekla Field3D directly on your iPad from mail application or used sharing solution such as Dropbox, etc. using Apple's "Open In" functionality.

Tekla Field3D - Open In

However, for larger files we recommend to load the models via processing server. Click the Express cloud shortcut icon to begin, and then login to the selected sharing solution with your credentials. This functionality is available in Enterprise version.

Tekla Field3D - Filepicker - 1

Field3D - File Picker 2

Field3D - File Picker 3

Field3D - File Picker 4

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Login to enable Enterprise features

If you have an Enterprise contract you can log in using your e-mail ID. After logging in the Setting icon will turn green to indicate your Field3D license status and server access. Also the Enterprise cloud shortcut icon will appear on the upper left - this takes you straight to field3d.net









Additional file formats with Enterprise licence: dwg (2 & 3D), dgn, skp, dae (kmz), step, stp, stl, iges, igs

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Cloud storage for project teams

Your project administrator can create project folders on the field3d.net Cloud server, upload BIM models to the projects and give access to the projects for project members. To be able to view the shared projects you need a valid Tekla Field3D Enterprise license. The Cloud server pre-processes models and splits into stories or separates out rebars, if selected under upload options.

Field3D - Cloud

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Autosync new/updated models from Cloud

New or updated models uploaded to field3d.net server that a user has been granted access to will appear in the On Server section under Projects. Select a project to download the latest models.

Tekla Field3D - Autosync

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Clipping function

To cut through entire model, select an object to show the context menu and then select Clip. A clip plane cuts away a portion of the model along a plane that you select. Clip plane can be moved back and forth in the direction of the element face selected. Clip icons can be dragged back into view if they disappear while zooming. You can create an unlimted amount of clips in multiple directions, i.e., to "cut out" a room from a building, or cut walls down to a "2D floor plan". Clips can be saved by making a Note or Saved View which remembers the created clips (Enterprise feature).


Tekla Field3D - Clip

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Measure: plane-to-plane, point-to-point, from Grid, Elevation

From the context menu you can choose a surface to start measuring from. After that choose a second point or surface to measure to. If the second plane is parallel to the surface that was first selected, the symbol ∥ appears before the measure. If the surfaces are not parallel or the measurement is between two arbitrary points, a colon symbol : will appear before the measure. Measurements are not stored except in a saved Note (Enterprise functionality).

Set a base elevation level and display the top, centre and bottom elevations of an object relative to the base level.


Tekla Field3D - Measure


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Saved Views

3D Views can be saved for future use.

From the bottom toolbar select the Saved Views function icon. Add view, Rename View and Remove view from this menu. Tap on a view to restore this saved view to the active 3D. Use Search to filter the view list.
Saved Views remember the visible objects, view camera position, clipping and dimensions. These are restored with the view. The Saved View does not store which models are loaded so the view may not always reflect the expected result when working with a subset of project models.


Saved Views

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Synchronized Notes

Notes are objects linked to the model - these can include snapshots of the model, Photos taken from camera or external documents or www-pages linked with a URL. You can draw redlining to the note snapshots and photos, enter additional information and share the note with other project members via field3d.net server. Notes are shown in the model as floating icons that are linked to the selected element and also X-Y-Z coordinates (still visible even if element deleted in new model version). The list of Notes can be viewed from the left bottom bar icon which has a search function if the list is long.

To create a Note select the Note function on the Context Menu.

Create Note

Field3D will now guide you through the creation of  note. Firstly a snapshot of the current view will be created. Redline markup can be added by drawing on the snapshot.

Note snapshot

At this point it is possible to add additional views or photos with Add View, Clear redlining, Cancel the note creation altogether or move to the Next step.

The Next step is to add descriptive text to the Note.

Note text

At this stage it is now possible to go back to the previous stage – Note markup or on to the Next step or Cancel the note creation.

The Next step is to add some attributes to the Note. The note can be kept private or Shared with other members of the project. Two text attributes, Type and Tag can be added to help identify the Note. These attributes can be free text. Once text is added it is remembered in a menu for future use.

Note attributes

Note type

At this stage you either step back through the previous stages to check and make changes or pick Done to save and finish the Note creation.

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The Note List, Replying to Notes

Notes can be accessed and viewed in two ways. Firstly by selecting the Note icon displayed in the 3D view or by selecting from the Note list.

Note icon

The list can be grouped and sorted by the various Note attributes. Select a note to view it and reply.

Note reply

Tapping on the view opens the snapshot. If multiple views exist these can be accessed via the scroll buttons < and >

Note viewing

Selecting View will open the view in 3D, Close will return to the Note information view.

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View Notes from Cloud in PC browser

Notes taken on a mobile device are synchronized automatically and quickly whenever device goes online. Synchronization occurs between the original device, field3d.net Cloud server and all other project team member devices. Once synchronized to the Cloud server, Notes can also be viewed from any web browser in the Notes tab. Here they can be sorted and filtered to find specific Notes.

Tekla Field3D - Annotation webview

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3D viewer plugin

The 3D viewer plugin works on all Windows PC browers and provides the same functionality as the mobile iOS viewer, embedded within the browser window. This is an especially useful tool for back office project team members to instantly view freshly collected Notes from the construction site.

Tekla Field3D - Viewer plugin

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