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SOFTWARE :TimberTech Buildings
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Program Description

Structural analysis and design of timber structures Buildings is a structural design software for analysis of timber shear walls structures realized using both CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) and platform frame systems born at University of Trento and developed by TimberTech.

Reliable, quick to master and easy to use, constantly and automatically updated, TimberTech Buildings is developed to meet all the needs of the designers, from import DXF to high-speed modeling and export of calculation reports in Word format.

Graphical User Interface

The 3D graphical interface allows you to quickly and efficiently define the structural model.

3d Viewer And Bim

The 3D Viewer allows the extruded view of the structural members for more control over modeling and BIM technology ensures greater efficiency and productivity.

Timber Material Databases

The physical-mechanical and geometrical properties of the timber construction elements and wooden materials are preloaded in the software. For example you can finde the products of the leading manufacturers of CLT panels (Binderholz, Stora Enso, KLH, LENO, Mayr Melnhof, Rubner Holzbau, XLAM Dolomiti, Essepi, Diemme Legno, L.A. COST).

Connections Database

There are internal databases with the characteristics of the products of the main European manufacturers (Rotho Blass, Heco, Wuerth). The user can also create new connections and customize them changing their strength and stiffness. You can choose different types of fasteners: smooth nails, threaded nails, anker nails, staples, screws and fully threaded screws. You can also choose different types of connections: single and double hold-down, punched metal platers for tesnsion forces, timber-to-concrete angle brackets, timber-to-timber angle brackets, punched metal plates for shear forces.

Defining The Wall Properties

The software guides the user in the definition of the geometrical and mechanical properties of the CLT and famed walls.

Defining The Ceiling Properties

The software guides the user in the definition of the geometrical and mechanical properties of the ceilings: joist floors, solid timber floors and CLT floors.

Defining The Connections Properties

The user can define in a simple and intuitive way the connections for shear and tensile forces both for ground floor or upper floors.

Defining The Properties Of The Vertical Joints In Clt Walls

The software guides the user in the definition of the geometrical and mechanical properties of the CLT wall vertical joints.

Automatic Generation Of Loads

Snow load, wind load and seismic action are automatically generated according to the site where the structure is located and the selected Standard. The user only has to select the parameters that characterize the loads using a specific wizard.

Seismic Analysis

TimberTech Buildings performs the following types of seismic analysis:

Equivalent linear static analysis

Modal analysis, very useful to find the various periods at which a structure will naturally  resonate. Mode shape can be displayed in a very simple way.

Modal linear dynamic (response spectrum) analysis

The software automatically calculates the wall lateral stiffness also taking into account the contribution of the connections. 

Analysis For Vertical Loads And Wind

The software performs the analysis of the whole structure subject to the non-seismic loads (vertical gravitational loads and wind) which are automatically generated for each load combination prescribed by the selected Standard.

Roof Design

The software allows to model pitched roofs, performing the calculation and the automatic redistribution of loads acting on the beams and the joists which can have any inclination within the roof plane.


The program performs the checks, both static and seismic, of all the elements constituting the structure:

CLT walls and their internal joints

framed walls and their internal elements: timber frame and sheeting panels

connections: hold-down, metal angle brackets, punched metal plates and straps, screws, nails and staples

timber beams and columns

timber ceilings: CLT floors, joists floors, solid timber floors

Floor Vibrations Checks

The software performs the floor vibrations checks  (joist floors, CLT floors and solid wood floors). The checks are performed in a very accurate way, element by element; in particular the software detects the actual static scheme of every structural element and calculates the fundamental frequency of vibration f1. On the basis of the frequency f1 are then performed the following checks:

stiffness criterion (deflection under a static concentrated load with intensity equal to 1 kN)

acceleration criterion (for fundamental frequancy f1 less or equal to 8 Hz)

velocity criterion (for fundamental frequancy f1 greater than 8 Hz, 7.3 – UNI EN 1995-1-1)

Defining The Properties And Checks Of The Steel Elements

The program performs checks of steel beams and columns for any cross section class. The properties of the steel cross-sections are preloaded in an internal database: European open sections (IPE, HEA, HEB, HEM, IPN, HL, HD, HP, HG, UPE, UPN, UE), British open sections (UB, J, UC, UBP, PFC), American open sections (W, S, HP, C, MC) and hollow sections (RHS, SHS and CHS hot-finished or cold formed)

Lateral Buckling Checks Of The Beams

The software performs the checks of the timber and of the steel beams considering the lateral buckling resistance. The user can quickly define the lateral restraints and all the parameters needed to checks the element.

Design Calculation Report

The software automatically generates a clear and detailed technical design calculation report which can be exported in Microsoft Word format.

Export Reactions In Foundation

According to each load and load combination, the software allows to export the actions on the foundation, in csv format, both as forces at the midpoint of each wall and as distributed forces along the length of the walls. This export, together with that of the geometry of the foundation, will be useful for designing the foundation with a dedicated software.

Import & Export Of Drawings In Autocad Dxf Fromat

The software is able to import 3D DXF files in order to help the designer to draw the geometry of the structures. Moreover, the distribution of the columns and the shear walls with the detail of the connections can be exported in a dxf file provided with legend indicating the number and type of connections used. Finally, it is possible to export a DXF file that contains the geometrical characteristics of floors, roofs and all their components.

* TimberTech Buildings download link provides demo version of the software.

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