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.

 

CHECKS

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.

CHECKS according to different standards

The program performs checks according to the following National Codes:

 Italian National Code, NTC 2018

 Italian National Code, NTC 2008

and according to the Eurocodes and to the following National Annexes:

 EC, International Version

 NA Austria

 NA Cyprus

  NA Greece

 NA Germany

 NA Finland

 NA United Kingdom

 NA Bulgaria

 NA Denmark

 NA Estonia

 NA France

 NA Latvia

 NA Lithuania

 NA Norway

 NA Portugal

 NA Spain

 NA Sweden

 NA Switzerland

The user can choose between the Italian version and the English one.

 

SUPPORTED LANGUAGES

The user can choose from the following languages for the use of the software and for the printout of the calculation report:

  English

 Greek

  Italian

 Spanish

design calculation report

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

Technical report – CLT structure

Technical report – platform frame structure

Extract from the report – dynamic analysis

Extract from the report – floor vibrations

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.

Foundation geometry – DXF export

Foundation reactions – CSV export

IMPORT & EXPORT of drawings in AUTOCAD DXF fORMAT

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.

DXF export example