02/08/2018 – Ver. 68 – DXF export improvement with printing of elevations and element properties, rotate and mirror functions, joist custom offset

In the latest version of the software we have added the following new features:

  • Rotate and mirror functions: it is now possible to rotate and mirror the structural elements in a simple and intuitive way. This allows you to model and modify buildings that present particular symmetries even more quickly
  • Improvement and expansion of the drawings export function: it is now possible to print the elevations with the distribution of the connections and of the structural elements such as walls, pillars, beams and floors. The printing of the static lines and the properties of the structural elements (in plan and in elevation) has also been added in the form of tables and texts, including: names, materials and dimensions. Now the different types of elements that make up the drawings are placed on different layers to facilitate their modification or deactivation.
  • Joists position custom offset: it is now possible to define the exact position (custom offset) of the first joist in order to guarantee the perfect correspondence between the calculation model and the real distribution of the structural elements.
  • Improved visualization of the floor joists during the drawing phase: the joists and the calculation lines of the floors are now displayed during the drawing phase in order to facilitate the modeling operations
  • Bug fixing and small improvements

 

 

 

04/04/2018 – Ver. 67 – DXF export of floor and roof elements, possibility of defining walls with no tensile connections, NTC 2018 set as default reference Code

In the latest version of the software we have added the following new features:

  • DXF export of floor and roof elements: it is now possible to export a DXF file that contains the geometrical characteristics of floors, roofs and all their components.
  • Added the possibility of defining walls with no tensile connections: it is now possible to manually define walls without tensile connections and to set the connection auto-design so that it removes those connections when not loaded.
  • NTC 2018 set as default reference Code: the new Italian Standard D.M. 17 January 2018 is now the default reference Code of the software
  • Bug fixing and small improvements

 

31/01/2018 – Ver. 66 – Connection auto-design, new feature to delete not used definitions

In the latest version of the software we have added the following new features:

  • Connection auto-design. The software is now able to automatically calculate the number of tensile and shear connections needed in order to comply with all the relevant strength verifications. According to an iterative procedure, it automatically modifies the connection definitions and updates accordingly the stiffness parameters that lead the model. The user, once he has chosen the connection typologies, can rely on TimberTech Buildings for the assessment of the optimal spacing between the shear connections and the optimal number of tensile connections.
  • New feature to delete not used definitions. It is now possible to delete the definitions (structural elements and loads) that are no more used in the model through this new and simple feature.
  • Bug fixing and small improvements

 

09/01/2018 – Ver. 65 – Export of Reactions in Foundation, RoofRox Connections

In the latest version of the software we have added the following new features:

  • Export reactions in foundation: the user can now export the actions at the base of the structure. According to each load and load combination, it will be possible to export the actions, 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.
  • RoofRox connections added: the user can now select the connections from a larger database. The connections produced by RoofRox which have been added to the internal database are: hold-down, double hold-down, timber to concrete angle brackets, timber to timber angle brackets, punched metal plates and fasteners.
  • Bug fixing and small improvements

 

13/11/2017 – Ver. 64 – New Italian Standard Norme Tecniche per le Costruzioni 2017

In the latest version of the software we have added the following new features:

  • Added new Italian Standard Norme Tecniche per le Costruzioni 2017. Looking forward to the upcoming publication of the new Italian Standard Norme Tecniche per le Costruzioni 2017, it is now possible to adopt this document as the reference Standard for design process.
    As a consequence, new features and modifications have been added to the software.
    The main changes deal with the seismic section of the Code, the partial safety factors adopted in design, the values of kmod factor for instantaneous actions and the definition of kcr coefficient for shear resistance.
  • Added the command to adopt the same partial factor for structural and non-structural permanent actions when the latter is completely defined.
  • Added the command to edit the values of the snow load on the ground and the wind reference velocity pressure in case of NTC 2008 and NTC 2017.
  • Bug fixing and small improvements

03/10/2017 – Ver. 63 – Borga Italia Connections, new extended steel profiles databases, new databases filters and new feature for the management of the portable licenses

In the latest version of the software we have added the following new features:

  • Borga Italia connections added: the user can now select the fasteners from a larger database. The connections produced by Borga Italia which were added to the internal database are: hold-down, double hold-down, timber to concrete angle brackets, timber to timber angle brackets and punched metal plates
  • Added new steel profiles to the archives. We have substantially increased the number of the steel profiles with their geometric properties pre-loaded in the software. In particular we added the following sections:
    • – Europen open sections: added the following profiles to the already present IPE, HEA, HEB and 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
    • – Hollow sections: Rectangular Hot-Finished (RHS HF), Square Hot-Finished (SHS HF), Circular Hot-Finished (CHS HF), Rectangular Cold Formed (RHS CF), Square Cold  Formed (SHS CF), Circular Cold Formed (CHS CF)
  • Added a new feature for the management of the portable licenses. You can now activate the automatic release of the portable license whenever you close the application. This feature is especially useful for the users who have installed TimberTech Buildings on multiple computers. Specifically, this allows the user not to forget the license associated with a computer when he/she has finished using the program. In this way he/she can then associate the same license with another machine even if he/she has not previously issued the manual release.
  • New connections databases filters added. Now you can find connections faster thanks to new filter types: checkbox filter and Search filter
  • Bug fixing and small improvements

13/09/2017 – Ver. 62 – Borga Italia fasteners, linear loads on floor and beams, improvements to archives management, wind calculation and validation speed

In the latest version of the software we have added the following new features:

  • Borga Italia fasteners added: the user can now select the fasteners from a larger database. The connections produced by Borga Italia which were added to the internal database are: smooth nails, threaded nails, nails for plates, staples, screws, fully threaded screws and screws for plates
  • Added command to draw load lines on the floors: the user can now apply linear loads to the floors by means of load lines
  • Added the command to define linear loads on beams: it is now possible to define and apply linear loads to beams and to modify the self-weight of the beams themselves
  • Further improvement in validation speed
  • Improvement of wind load calculation and values visualization
  • Bug fixing and small improvements

 

23/05/2017 – Ver. 61 – SLO seismic checks, user custom defined response spectra, inter-story drift limit editable by user, exclusion of deflection checks in cantilever beams with negative displacements, improved graphical interface and Greece NA

In the latest version of the software we have added the following new features:

  • Added the Operability Limit State (SLO) seismic checks: added the possibility of checking structural elements in terms of containment of damage to non-structural elements also for constructions belonging to Class III and IV (in accordance with Italian seismic code)
  • Added the possibility to load spectra from file: you can now load from file the values for defining the response spectra. This feature is very useful when the user performs seismic analysis with the following ground types: S1 and S2. The same function is useful for performing analysis in which seismic action (response spectra) is defined differently from the way the software generates it automatically (Italian Standards and Eurocode).
  • Added the possibility of modifying the inter-story drift limits: now you can manually modify the limiting values of the inter-story drift (dr) for checks carried out in accordance with the Italian Standards (SLD and SLO) and Eurocode (SLD)
  • Added the possibility of excluding the deformation checks for cantilever beams and overhangs in case of negative displacements: Now you can choose not to check overhangs for displacements when the deformation is negative (upwards)
  • Improvement of seismic definition windows: You can now separately view the response spectra generated automatically by the software for the Ultimate State Limits and for the Serviceability Limit State
  • Improvement of the interface for defining connections with punched metal plates
  • Improved graphics interface speed in managing very complex or large-scale models: we improved the graphic management of the 3D model increasing the speed.
  • Updated internal archives for XLAM panels: added new stratigraphes for Binderholz BBS panels, added the XLAM panels of Area Legno di D.D.L. and Calet-TLF
  • Added the National Annex to Eurocodes for Greece
  • Bug fixing and small improvements