Green Light for Consistent Design and Construction: Nemetschek and Weto Develop Integrated Design Software for Timber Construction

Munich, July 31, 2008 – Nemetschek Allplan and Weto, the Bavarian software vendor for the carpentry and timber construction industries, have come to a wide ranging agreement: in the future, both companies want to develop and market design software for the timber industry together. This supports the current trend toward increasing timber construction due to its lower ecological impact. The new solution will guarantee users a consistent data flow from design to production, allowing them to design buildings in a sustainable manner.

“For economic and ecological reasons, wood is one of the building materials of the future. We want to give our customers a tool that allows them to design timber construction products efficiently in terms of energy and resources. With its expertise in timber construction, Weto is the ideal partner for us”, says Peter Mehlstäubler, General Manager of Nemetschek Allplan GmbH.

Modern-day high-tech timber houses combine increasing industrial prefabrication and modern building services so that decisions can be made during the design phase. “We cannot do without a design tool that covers everything from the draft to the working design, cost management, production and final acceptance all within a single data system”, continues Thomas Krenn, Member of the Managing Board of Weto AG. “The cooperation between Allplan and Weto creates a unique solution for the construction sector, optimized within a single program”, adds Otto Toso, CEO of Weto AG.

Timber construction has increased market share considerably in recent years. New energy requirements, in particular, make this building material attractive to architects, building clients and designers for use in the building shell. According to the “Bundesverband Deutscher Fertigbau” (Association of German Prefabricated Building Manufacturers) in Bad Honnef, every sixth private home in Germany is built using timber construction. The association estimates that the proportion of timber construction projects will continue to increase. The expertise of architects and designers in using and building with this material will have an important influence on future developments.

An integrated timber construction solution from Nemetschek and Weto well help users to design their projects to meet environmental criteria, cost efficiency and high quality. Consistent data flow from design to manufacture makes it possible to combine solid construction and timber construction in a single application, as well as specialist timber head profiles, dormer constructions and much more. User-friendly wizards make the application easy to learn and use. For architects and designers this means improved performance with less workload.

Cooperation between the two companies combines the best of both worlds: Nemetschek will further develop the functions for solid construction and steel construction in Allplan. Weto will focus on its key competence: timber construction.

The first joint customer solutions are planned for early 2009.

About Nemetschek Allplan

Nemetschek Allplan with headquarters in Munich is Europe's leading vendor of planning and design software for the AEC industry (Architecture, Engineering, Construction). A subsidiary of the Nemetschek Group, the company develops intelligent IT solutions for architects, civil engineers and building contractors. Allplan, the company’s flagship product is used by more than 60,000 customers in 16 languages and assists the entire building creation process in terms of optimizing quality, costs and time expenditure. Allplan covers all levels of a modern CAD system: from simple 2D drafting and 3D design to object-oriented building modeling with cost determination and quantity takeoff. Additional information is available at

About Weto AG

Weto AG, based in Tittling in Bavaria, Germany has been a well-known provider of timber construction software since 1992. 3D-CADM/CAM programs based on the latest technology enable full roof truss and timber construction processing, providing a compact solution for beamwork, timber frame, post-and-lintel, half timber and block house construction. Its strengths lie both in three-dimensional work, as well as in perfect handling due to its user-friendly design. Weto software is currently used in around 8,000 installations in 8 languages in 35 countries. The Weto Group includes Weto AG, Weto A-Systems GmbH, Weto Ingenieurbüro für Hoch- und Tiefbau GmbH and Weto Nord GmbH & Co.KG. For further information, see

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