When Ben Rendell, founder of BSR Design, set up his own timber frame planning software business, he looked forward to creating new designs after years in management
Only a few months into his new venture, he has already designed bespoke new houses, barn conversions and an office block extension. He is now working on a school extension, all supported by Framing, a timber framing planning software from Elecosoft.
Advantages of timber frame planning software
Ben started to investigate the advantages of Framing for timber frame planning after it was recommended to him by colleagues. Experienced in using a variety of timber framing software in his previous job, Ben is clear about the advantages: “In Framing it is really easy to move and add items without affecting the existing design, for example extending walls or additional openings.”
For him, one of the most important points is that the design files are compatible with machines that can read AutoCAD files, which makes file sharing easier and helps new users to quickly perfect timber frame planning: “The symbols and commands in Framing look familiar to anybody who has experience with AutoCAD. This makes using Framing and interpreting the drawings much more intuitive.”
He also commended the Elecosoft support network: “This is definitely an improvement when compared to the other software I have worked with in the past.”
Why use timber framing software
Timber frame design is at the heart of the rising trend to offsite construction. Software is an important tool in the construction planners’ and frame builders’ digital arsenal. The use of virtual 3D models of the planned frame can be particularly helpful in securing final client approval.
Software for timber design – such as Framing– should be compatible with the software packages and systems used by manufacturers, which saves time and ensures that designers and manufacturers can create accurate drawings for cutting machines and assembly and keep control of tight material schedules.
Find out more about Framing software at www.elecosoft.com/framing.
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