Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Multi-user Mode – A valuable feature of Tekla

Typically, there are several people working at a time on a shop drawings and fabrication services project. That is the only way to accomplish a vast project in a reasonable timeline. Tekla provides the multi-user mode that proves to be extremely useful in such a scenario.

With it, multiple people concerning the project can contribute to the model simultaneously. With a singular model being worked on, everyone can be aware and in sync with the work each is doing. The hassle of merging everyone’s model to check progress and stay up-to-date is completely done away with.

There will not be duplicate models to be handled, saving storage space and relieving the trouble of tracking them. The site errors and confusions owing to there being several models to be used are reduced. There’s just one master model to be referred to. Erection plans, bolt and material lists, shop drawings, etc. are all generated from this one model. The model history can be collected. The work load of a vast project is effectively distributed among users.

With so many benefits, there are also certain aspects to be carefully dealt with. We may have several users working at the same time on the model stored in the server, however, it is possible for only one of them to save his work in the master model at a given time. It helps to resort to a numbering plan.

Conflicts while saving can be dodged by using Synchronize with master model tool. The numbering of sessions should be done suitably. Also, different areas should be allotted to different users, so that possible errors and conflicts with two or more users working in the same area do not occur. Thus, careful coordination is to be established to make the best use of multi-user mode, otherwise it could prove to be more of blight than boon! 

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