universal timber-engineering modules

UTEM is a method to plan complex timber structures made from many different parts. The customer delivers CAD files, lead details and parameters that are imported into a database. From this database, lists, plans, and machine control data are automatically created. Changes in the database directly affect the output data; These are therefore always up to date.

UTEM has the following targets:
– Automation: any number of individual parts can be handled
– Consistent data: Plans, lists and manufacturing data are generated from a single data pool.
– Convenience for clients: Project parameters (material information, minimum distances, production parameters, …) are collected in a spreadsheet and can therefore be easily checked or modified.
– Easy assembly: automatic numbering and position markings


used in the projects:
St. Georges College
Tesco Heart

The following data is generated:
– 3D-Model (Rhino, ifc)
– material listings
– Plans:
– Fabrication plans
– Item plans
– Plans with tabulated dimensions
– Machine data:
– Hundegger (.bvx, .bvn, .bv)
– Weinmann (.wup)
– csv files and other text-based


UTEM is a closed-BIM method and refers to the structuring of modules, processes and interfaces for the efficient project processing of timber construction projects including related steel parts in Rhino and Grasshopper. UTEM originated from the modules of the project The Macallan Distillery. Shorter project processing times, new interfaces to fabrication machines and 5D-BIM-attribution are the current development priorities.

In line with the idea of shifting automatable work steps to the computer, we are investing in system development for specialized project types, so, beside UTEM, the development of a system for profiles of ETFE cushion facades is in progress.

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