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

 

17/03/2017 – Ver. 60 – Floor vibrations check

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

  • Added the floor vibrations check: now you can perform the vibrations checks of the floors (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) and velocity criterion (for fundamental frequancy f1 greater than 8 Hz, 7.3 – UNI EN 1995-1-1).
  • Bug fixing and small improvements

 

20/01/2017 – Command “Find” and improvement of wind calculation performed according to Eurocodes

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

  • Added the command “Find by Name”: now you can search for items within the model using their name. The command lets you search for a single item at a time or a list of items. You can also filter the results according to the options “Match case” and “Match whole word”.
  • Improvement of the calculation of the total wind forces acting on the structure when you select the standard “Eurocode”: The wind calculation mode has been improved considering independently the forces in X and Y direction.
  • Bug fixing and small improvements

 

21/12/2016 – Command “Rename all elements” and improvement in export of actions at the ground level

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

  • Command “Rename all elements”: using this function, you can automatically rename the elements of the model in order to avoid discrepancies in the continuity of numbering.
  • In-plane action export at the ground level: in the table in which are showed the values of the actions for the walls located at the base of the structure we added a line relative to the combination for which the in-plane moment is maximized and, at the same time, the axial sforce N is minimized. These values can be used in order to dimension the foundation and perform the geotechnical checks.
  • Bug fixing and small improvements