When Ben Rendell, founder of BSR Design, set up his own timber frame planning business after 20 years of working in the timber frame design industry, he was looking forward to getting back to creating new designs after years in management.
Only a few months into his new venture, Ben 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 timber framing 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 engineers he worked with.
Experienced in using a variety of timber framing software in his previous job, Ben is clear about the advantages of Framing: “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 with Framing: ”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.”
During a 2-day training course with Elecosoft, Ben got to know the timber framing software Framing quite well. He values the training and support Elecosoft offers, a support he knows he can rely on.
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. Like Ben, many designers value the ease with which design elements can be moved and changed with the software. Virtual 3D models present life like images of the planned frame for final client approval. Software for timber design should be compatible with the software packages and systems used by manufacturers, as Ben pointed out. This saves time and ensures that designers and manufacturers can create accurate drawings for cutting machines and assembly and keep control of tight material schedules.
Read in more detail how Framing is helping Ben Rendell to build his timber frame design business https://www.elecosoft.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/BSR-Design-Framing.pdf