Release History V16-1 Build 8000

General Points

  • SEMA Power Part 1: More Memory for the SEMA Program.
    The requirements in timber construction have been continuously increasing over the last few years and this trend will continue. The projects become ever bigger: apartment buildings, multi-storey office buildings, schools and public buildings are more and more often timber constructions. In addition, the projects are drawn in much more detailed. And for visualisation and presentation of the project the terrain around it is presented realistically and the building itself is enhanced with furnishings and interior design. Plants, flowers and other 3D objects complement the overall impression. This is how customers like to see their buildings. Walls, floors and roof elements are prepared up to the most detailed degree in the SEMA program and then produced on wood-working machines and element production lines with highest accuracy. Up to every detail planned steel connectors, steel elements and metal coverings are drawn very realistically in the program.
    The memory capacity required for such large and exactly planned project is therefore quite high.
    Independent of the specific configuration of the computer, Windows allocates every 32 Bit application maximum 2 gigabyte working memory (RAM). A small part of it is required by the SEMA program itself and the rest is then available for the project data and their processing.
    With the new version 16-1, the SEMA development team made it possible to “get” up to 4 gigabyte memory from the system which means the available working memory for the project data has been more than doubled. This, however, does not mean the program runs twice as fast, but projects that have been close to the memory limit because of their size and complex operations now run stable. Therefore the 'out of memory' message is now a thing of the past or something that only happens in very rare, exceptional cases. This enhanced memory capacity works fully automatically without any further settings or adaption on every Windows 64 bit operating system.
    Version 16-1 – for more planning power with up to 4 gigabyte working memory. <Feature Film SEMA Power Part 1: More Memory>
  • No SEMA DVD in your letter box? No problem, the latest version is now also available for download in the cloud. With the newly developed SEMA Online Versions Update you can always directly download the latest SEMA version (a new version is published every six months).
  • The update manager automatically recognises when a new version is available for download and opens automatically. In addition, the SEMA Online Versions Update can be accessed via the question mark in the icon bar. On the right hand side you find information such as the currently installed version, the latest version and the last downloaded version as well as a search function if you look for a specific version. Via the “Show release history” the latest changes and new features can be called up. Via the “Download latest version now” button, the download of the newest SEMA version is started. After selecting this option, a dialogue box to enter a freely definable download path opens. After confirming the path, the manager starts to download the version update and the progress is displayed on a progress bar. Needless to say, the download can be cancelled any time during the process. After the new version has been downloaded completely, it can be installed via the “Install last downloaded version now” button.
    If the computer was not connected to the internet when the SEMA program was started, you can also “manually” check if a new version is available for download via the “Check for updated versions” button. The update manager can be closed any time and the program closed. The SEMA Online Versions Update is only available if the online program update function has been activated. <Feature Film The Latest SEMA Version from the Cloud>
  • All components of the first and second hierarchy (column) in the display settings (F7) can now be defined as individual commands and thus it can be determined if certain components, e.g. all rafters in top view, are hidden or displayed.
  • To define such a command, the display settings (F7) have to be opened. If then the visibility of rafters is to be defined as a separate command, the “Rafters” have to be right-clicked and then the command “Define command” selected. If the command is only to apply to rafters in top view, the option “Top view” has to be selected under the “Visibility in the different views” option for rafters. Now the normal menu for the definition of user-defined commands opens. The name of the command is automatically generated by the program and can be changed as required. In addition, a description for the command and a symbol can be determined. Then everything is confirmed with “OK”.
  • This newly created command is then automatically integrated as a new button in the “Display options F7” icon bar. In addition, the command is also integrated in the customized menu under the “Command” tab of the “User-created commands”. These commands/buttons can then, as accustomed, be placed in all icon bars of the program. <Feature Film Freely Definable Display Options>
  • With this new feature, more than 300 individual commands can be created and used.
  • Due to some technical changes in the program, scripts that access user variables have to be adapted.
    Current access to a user variable: "result=UserVar.Drilling diameter"
    Newly defined access to a user variable: "result= UserVar("Drilling diameterSX")".
  • The window of the display settings (F7) is now a so-called “non-modal window”. This means users can continue working in the building project when the display settings (F7) are open, which is for example very helpful when working with two screens.
  • Unauthorized messages from the update manager should not appear anymore.
  • The evaluation of scripts is now also displayed in the Presenter. (Strüby)

GRD, CAD, DIM, MCAD

  • CAD boxes, circles and ellipses can now already be defined as polygon when they are entered. For every object the option “Enter component as polygon” can be activated in the bottom right of the input line. The selection made here is permanently saved by the program. (Pfletschinger)
  • All existing dimensions now follow correctly the set font types and font sizes of the general pre-settings (Alt+F7).
  • MCAD processings for timber members can now be pre-set in a more differentiated way. Under “MCAD effects” -> “Timber members” the additional input field “Layer” is available where the following settings can be made:
    With “All” all timber members that touch the MCAD are given the respective processings.
    With “Current” the MCAD processings only effect the timber members in the current layer.
    With the last option “Selection” and the >>more...>> button the layer selection menu opens. Here it can be defined explicitly for every layer if the processings by the MCAD are to take effect or not.
    With these new options processing on timber members in layers can be defined quickly, simply and exactly.
  • Copying auto dimensioning has been revised in one special case. (Skaletzka)
  • Storing of polygons with images in a macro has been revised in one special case. (Strüby)
  • Problems when shifting CAD lines as well as when updating images have been solved. (Holzbau kreativ)

Coverings Roof

  • To enhance the representation of the tile layer, the display settings (F7) for the roof layers have been given two more setting options in version 16-1.
  • First, the option “Barge tile (left/right) in the tile layer” has been added under “Roof” -> “Roof layers in 3D” -> “Display”. If this option is activated, barge tiles are displayed for the edge types “Barge L” and “Barge R” in the project. Thus it is now possible to visualise the end/side of a roof area realistically and perfectly with barge tiles.
  • Second, with “Edge offsets in the tile layer” another display setting has been integrated in the F7 settings. Via the “more” button” the menu for the visual representation of the offsets at the edge types of the tile layer can be called up. Here it is possible to define for all roof edges positive and negative values for projections and recesses of the roofing tiles.
    As a consequence it is now possible to highlight e.g. valley flashings and connecting plates or to represent e.g. projections of roofing tiles at the eaves in a fast and simple way.
    These visual edge offsets have, however, no influence on the evaluation of the roofing tiles in the material list.
  • The “Display settings (F7)” can be saved as start settings, as separate F7s settings or as buttons and are then integrated into the program.
  • To complement these settings, also the ridge tiles at the barge are displayed with ridge end covers.
    All these new display options clearly enhance the visual representation of projects.
    Rafter System
  • Copying purlins into the roof area has been revised in some detail. (Loubiere)
  • When inserting closing boards in the rafter system, changes to the closing boards have not been immediately updated – this has now been fixed. (Martin)
  • For one special case, the calculation of reference lines has been made faster and the representation has been improved. (Tecverde, Schubauer)
  • With a very complex mandala roof there were problems with the calculation of the rafters – this has been corrected. (Stork & Hänsler)
  • Comprehensive improvements and corrections of bird’s mouth and components intersections have been integrated. (Abbund-Adelberg, Sailer, Batibois, Portetsaveline, Cruard, Maier and others) <Feature Film Perfectly Visualised Tile Layers in 3D>

Wall and Floor Members

  • All timber framing members can now be placed either inside, outside or in the center of a layer. This creates completely new possibilities for components with a lower height than the layer thickness. The new option “Layer position” has been integrated under the first tab of the components right under the Z-position. Needless to say, this option is only active when the height of the component has not been set to “auto”. With the three options (inside, outside, center) timber members can be positioned inside, outside or centered on the layer, independent from the layer thickness. In addition, components can still be position via entering a value in the “Z-position” field. If users so far used different timber members with different Z-positions for different layer thicknesses, with the new feature they can now do it with just one type of timber member.
  • For all timber framing members the new “Corner macro” feature (under the new “Layer position” field) has been integrated. With this new option, the new layer position and the Z-position of timber members are fully automatically adapted by the program for macros or corner macros of the timber/brick layer. As the following example shows, this dramatically reduces the required master data and the program takes over the correct positioning of the timber members. For a T-wall connection on the view side of a continuous wall, a timber macro is positioned on the inside (view side) by a macro/corner macro. If the T-wall connection is not on the view side but the opposite side, the macro including the contained timber macro has to be exchanged so that the timber macro and the macro are positioned on the inside of a continuous wall. Up to now, two different corner macros, macros and timber members had to be defined – but with version 16-1 only the “Corner macro” option of the timber member has to be set to “yes”. Since with this, the layer position of timber members changes automatically, a mechanism has been developed to detect such macros when filing them in the master data. Such automatically changed timber members or timber macros receive a double arrow in the preview of the master data and they can thus be immediately identified.
  • In version 16-1, timber members can be created in the layers of walls, floors and roof and floor elements. Thus the installation layer of a wall can be created with battens or with rough boards for reinforcement which then can be prefabricated on a wood-working machine. The advantages of working with timber members rather than boards in such cases are clear: timber members can be given end types, almost all editing commands can be used and they participate in the member optimization of the material list.
    To create timber members in layers manually, the layer option has been integrated into the program parts “Wall timber members” and “Joist system”. Via the layer option it is now possible to select the required layer for the timber member construction. For timber members all creation commands are available. Once the required layer and a creation command have been selected, the timber member automatically “finds” the respective layer outline and is created there. Settings for timber members such as type of cut, priorities etc. apply in the layers just as in the other program parts with timber members. Working in layers on the left and the right side, works thus the same way as in the T0 layer. <Feature Film Automatic Layer Position of Members>
  • Timber members in walls as well as roof and floor elements can also be applied via the auto wall feature (F10). To enable this, there is now not only the “Coverings” group but also the “Timber framing” group under the layer material. All settings that influence the application of layer material (e.g. type of covering, spacing, nailing, MCAD processings) lead to the same results with timber members as with coverings. In addition, all timber members in timber framing now have a preference length under the first tab. Only when timber members are applied in layers via the auto wall feature (F10), the program uses these lengths and creates the components with the set length. For the manual creation of timber members, the preference length is not relevant.
    Needless to say that all timber members in layers are also treated correctly for PHP export (F12). When exporting to a Weinmann machine, the timber members in layers are changed into boards again and can thus be processed correctly by the machine.
    Timber members in layers can be managed in the display settings (F7) under walls, roof elements, floor elements and floors under the “Timber member” category. For better overview when working with timber members in layers, the option “Timber members in the timber/brickwall follow when editing layers” has been integrated under the editing layers option (walls, wall layers). This means that timber members in layer T0 react to the “edit layer” option and thus can be hidden. Constructing in layers – manifold possibilities for an effective manufacturing and individual design of wall, roof and floor constructions. <Feature Film Intelligent Corner Macros>
  • The edit layer option has been extended by 27 further layers for timber members in layers. Timber members and their dimensioning, CAD and MCAD objects that are constructed in the layers can then be found in the respective layer.
  • In the pre-settings (Alt+F7) the option “Adapt macros from corner macros in log walls” has been integrated under “Walls/Outline”. With this option the adaption of macros in corner macros can be suppressed. If the option is de-activated, the position of macros in log walls is not adapted automatically by the program.

PHP Machines

  • The question-mark technology for MCAD components has been realised for the export to Randek machines. (Zytech)

Stairs

  • Balustrading – nicely shaped and constructive.
    New construction details are available in the data record of the balustrading under the ">>" tab (allocation of additional balustrading components). So it is for example now possible to define the distances for the balustrading components “Posts”, “Handrail”, “Wires & rails” and “Rail” for the bottom and last step of the stairs. With opening the “Component beginning, bottom step” or the “Component beginning, last step” menu, the position of the post can be defined or changed. In addition there are several options for distance definition available for the remaining components. With “Auto” the components are calculated as usually, but with “BaL” (balustrading line), “PoFE” (post front edge), “PoC” (post center) and “PoBE” (post back edge) new reference points are available and there is also the option to enter a distance if required. This means that for the automatic calculation of the stairs even more detailed pre-settings for the balustrading can be made. This new feature saves time as the balustrading can be created perfectly shaped already with the first calculation. <Feature Film Stairs Balustrading - Nicely Shaped and Constructive>
  • The material list transfer of 3D objects at end types of stairs components has been revised. (Dalmont)

DXF Interface

  • The import of DXF and DWG files has been improved.

Sheet Metal

  • For sheet metal elements, cutting has been enabled. With the “Cut” editing command it is now possible to “Cut 1x” and “Lengthen/shorten” sheet metal profiles and panels, and with two marked sheet metal elements also to mitre cut them via the “Corner connection” command.
    With this additional feature sheet metal elements can now also be edited in 3D. Sheet metal elements which are to be mitre cut, such as barge flashings for example, can now be cut via the “Cut” -> “Corner connection” command with just one command.
  • The seam design at the beginning and end of panels remain untouched after the “Cut” command and are not abandoned.
  • If a component is cut it thus receives an editing. This editing can be made visible in 2D as well as in 3D via the “Mark object details” option and can be marked. With this, users can for example delete an editing. <Feature Film Cut Commands for Sheet Metal Elements>
  • In version 16-1 the worldwide first export of profiled sheet-metal elements from a CAD construction program to the Schechtl CNC S-Touch control has been realised. With the new interface it is now possible to transfer profiled sheet-metal elements with their project data to a CNC-controlled bending machine by Schechtl and then produce them.
  • The sheet metal modules have been extended accordingly:
    A “Sta” (status) and “Oth” (others) tap have been added to the master data of all sheet-metal elements. Under the “Sta” tab, users can decide for every sheet-metal component whether it will participate in single member transfer or not. If the option is set to “yes”, the component is included in the single member list for transfer and can be exported to the Schechtl S-Touch control.
    Under the “Oth” tab, the type of material for the sheet-metal component can be defined. Via a right-click the export specification for Schechtl can be called up, where all types of material of the S-Touch program are available: STAINLESS, STEEL, COPPER, ALUMINUM and ZINC. The type of material selected here is automatically passed on to the S-touch program. The default setting is ZINC.
  • In the master data group for “Sheet metal panels”, the export to the S-Touch program has been extended by “Double standing seam 25, bending machine”, “Double standing seam 32, bending machine” and "Double standing seam 38, bending machine".
    Under the "Sheet metal seams" group the same seam designs are to be found as for sheet metal panels. Sheet metal seams do not have radiuses and can thus be perfectly exported to the S-Touch program and then produced with a bending machine. When the SEMA program is now installed for the first time on a computer, a small part of these panels are automatically installed in the working master data. In case of an installation with data transfer from a previous version, no panels for the export to the S-Touch program are installed. However, they can be picked any time and completely from the SEMA original master data.
  • As the sheet-metal components for the export to the S-Touch program are transferred via single member, the new "Single member list timber and material" has been integrated under the material list. The list is subdivided into “Timber”, “Steel” and “Sheet metal”. The “Sheet metal” list then is further divided into “Roof”, "Floor", "Wall" with "Sheet metal profiles" and "Sheet metal coverings" respectively. Thus, the transferred sheet-metal components can easily be found. This list can also be allocated for example to the “NO SM” list via “Format” -< “Allocate tab/list anew” with just a few clicks. After the transfer to the material list, the sheet-metal components automatically get a single member number (SMNO). Here, identical sheet metal elements are combined and receive the same number.
  • Also newly integrated is the "Export to sheet metal machine" command under “File”. Via this command, the export dialogue for the Schechtl S-Touch control can be called up. Apart from defining the direct access to the Schechtl S-Touch program here, also other settings can be made. In the “Transfer” selection field, users can set whether only the “current position”, the “marked positions” or “all positions” are transferred. In the “Directory” field, the export path is set and under “File name” the name of the exported file. The default placeholder here is "###" – which counts the numbers in the directory up. In the “Directory” and “File name” fields it is possible to place placeholders from the SEMA program via the “@” button. Via the “General settings” button, the general settings for the export to the S-Touch program can be called up and S-Touch-specific settings can be made: Under “Job” it is for example defined what is evaluated in the S-Touch fields “Profile name (number)” and “Job number”. Here, placeholder for example for the component name can be entered. Under job number the options “-nothing-“, “Material list number” and “Single member number” are available. And as usually, with “Cancel” the current operation is quit, with “OK” it is confirmed and the export file is moved to the respective directory. When it is opened there, it automatically opens in the S-Touch program.
  • In the pre-settings (Alt+F7) under "Lists/Single Member" -> "Single Member" tab the “current sheet metal machine” option has been added. In the selection field for this option there is at the moment only the “Schechtl S-Touch” available.
    Sheet metal components can be transferred directly from the drawing to the S-Touch program, just like it is possible for normal timber components. For this purpose, one or several sheet metal components have to be marked and are then transferred via the "Export to Schechtl S-Touch" icon. Depending on which type of components have been marked, the icon starts the export to the sheet metal machine or the wood-working machine. By default, the last used type of export is offered and can be seen in the hint of the icon. The export dialogue is the same as the export dialogue for the single member list. It is possible to start the CNC-control software for sheet metal elements with all the transferred data (dimensions, forms, processings, etc.) directly from the SEMA program. <Feature Film World First Export to Schechtl Bending Machines via S-Touch>

PHP Machines

  • The position of boards in floor/ceiling elements has been improved for the export to a Randek machine. (Zytech)

3D Objects

  • For standard steel components, cutting has been enabled. With the “Cut” editing command it is now possible to “Cut 1x”, “Lengthen/shorten” flat steel elements, I-beams, L-steel, T-steel, U-steel, Z-steel, round profiles, rectangular profiles and extrusion objects. And with two marked steel components, also to mitre cut them via the “Corner connection” command.
    This new features makes working with standard steel elements and extrusion objects a lot easier. So it is for example possible to mitre cut two I-beams. To do so, both beams have to be marked at the required end, now the marking arrow appears on the beams and indicates like in timber elements which side the object is cut, lengthened/shortened, etc. However, this has only been enabled along the length/X dimension (red).
    For the “Cut” editing command, there are two possibilities: If the component is set to “editable” – “no” under the “Edit” tab, it can only be lengthened or shortened. If it is set to “editable” – “yes”, the options “Cut 1x”, “Lengthen/shorten” or, if applicable, “Corner connection” can be selected. The new length after “Cut 1x”, “Lengthen/shorten” or “Corner connection” is written back into the master data.
    If a steel component or an extrusion object is cut via the “Cut 1x” or “Corner connection” command, the dimensioned are fixed and cannot be changed for this component anymore.
    Cut components can be saved back with their editings into the master data and then later be used in this way and even be anchored.
    Components that are “grouped”, “anchored”, “anchored – end type” or “anchored – static” cannot be cut anymore; the same applies to their respective support components. For this reason, steel elements should always first be cut and then grouped. The status of the components can be seen in the component hint (in brackets). What’s new here is the status of a group or of a support component; they are indicated in the component hint with “(contains objects)”. Thus the status of the different components can be seen at a glance. <Feature Film Cut Commands for Steel Elements>
  • The functionality of 3D cuts has been extended: If a marked 3D object or a marked 3D object group is intersected via a 3D cut with the master data setting “selected” under “Effect”, then all components are individually defined under “selected components” in the master data. This means that now only this 3D object or the entire 3D group is intersected.

IFC Import/ Export

  • What is BIM? A lot of people wonder about it because no matter whether you deal with architectural programs, timber construction software or software for planning and creating complete buildings – you are always confronted with the term “BIM.
    BIM is the abbreviation for Building Information Modeling – but what does it mean?
  • Looking at the internet, you find, for example, the following explanation:
    “Building information modeling (BIM) is a process involving the generation and management of digital representations of physical and functional characteristics of places. A BIM is a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility, forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life-cycle; defined as existing from earliest conception to demolition.” (NBIMS, www.nationalbimstandard.org/faqs)
    The National Building Information Model Standards Project Committee (NBIMS) is a committee of the National Institute for Building Sciences (NIBS) Facility Information Council (FIC) in the US and deals with questions around BIM and standardization for the opemBIM-based data exchange.
  • This means BIM is not a file format but a process, a planning method, a platform, a philosophy…
    It is about creating an intelligent 3D model in the building software and then make as much information as possible available to all people involved in the building project.
    And this has been possible with the SEMA program for years.
    When designing and entering constructive data of a building project, a 3D model is automatically created, so that also the non-experts can quickly see what the final building will look like.
    All constructive data of a building are automatically available once they have been entered.
    Building elevations and planning applications for the projects can be generated automatically with a click.
    All components such as timber members, areas, coverings and roofing tiles, boarding, sheet metal elements, wall planks, windows, doors, fasteners, steel elements and other materials are recorded in detail in material lists and measurement lists. Thus the detailed and efficient ordering of the different elements and materials is perfectly prepared.
    Plans and drawings for the manual production and joining of timber members can be printed out, or the timber members are exported for automatic production to wood-working machines or element production lines.
  • In addition, also stairs can be designed and constructed in the SEMA program. They are then automatically integrated into the 3D model and make the building complete. This is not only a visual enhancement but with the data detailed developed views and plans for manual production or fully-automatic production on CNC machines can be exported.
    For further completion and visual enhancement of a building, the rooms can be furnished and on the outside additional 3D objects such as plants and vehicles can be easily placed. The free design options for the terrain around the project round off the realistic representation of the building.
    And with respect to BIM, the presentation of the virtual building for customers is of course a must. Here, the SEMA program offers the Presenter program with which the building owner/customer can take a look at “his” building and even wander through it without a SEMA license. Another possibility in this respect is offered with the SEMA “Virtual Reality” module. The file created with this module can be started on any computer and does not require a SEMA program. Virtual Reality offers 3D live navigation through the SEMA project in perfect photorealistic quality for professional project presentation.
  • Another important topic in the context of BIM is data exchange with other programs.
    Here SEMA offers perfect exchange with the WGsystem program for the calculation of projects, where the SEMA master data is directly combined with the specification of the project and the calculation data. After completing the building in the SEMA program, users get all the calculation data with one click in the WGsystem program.
    A very impressive tool for data exchange are modern theodolites. The 3D coordinates are directly imported into the SEMA input field for the generation of 3D points or for immediate creation of the new components such as roof areas, walls, timber members, etc. Thus, it is for example possible to read-in existing buildings into the SEMA program where they then can be used as the exact basis for further building works.
    With version 15-2 we have introduced the SEMA data store. With the help of this cloud solution, users have always access to the most up-to-date data, for example of fasteners of certain manufacturers. This feature is another element that is certainly part of the BIM philosophy.
    Another integral part of the SEMA program is structural analysis. For quite a few years now it has been possible to structurally calculate timber and steel components in combination with the FriLo structural analysis program. These integrated structural calculations go far beyond normal data exchange. Certain processes are calculated in the background and structural evaluations are included by the SEMA program. The generation of a so-called strut-and-tie model of the load-bearing structure of the building and the export in DXF or DSTV data format are the basis for a complete structural analysis of the building. A long-term partner of SEMA for this data exchange is Dlubal (a German structural analysis and design software company.).
    SEMA also enables the smooth import from different truss programs in RCE and MXF format. During the import, the component data is automatically converted into SEMA component data and placed under the different systems. This ensures the seamless continuation of the design as well as the determination of quantities and machine production.
    Quite similar is the SCI/XML data import: The building envelop is imported from a design software, e.g. Villa, into the SEMA program and the data is automatically converted into real SEMA roof areas, floor shapes, wall shapes with layers as well as windows and doors. These “shapes” can then be filled via the familiar auto features in the SEMA program with timber members and coverings.
    Also other 3D imports and exports for data exchange with third-party programs are offered, e.g. for the DXF, 3DS, OBJ, WRL and STL formats.
    With BTL import, complete building projects can be imported into the SEMA program which are then available “ready for joining” right after the import. All timber components are imported with their end types and processings as defined in the BTL file. Read-in storeys are automatically filed in the storey manager and the components are allocated to the respective storeys. The imported components are created as 3CAD timber components with all their proceeesings. With the “BTL Import” an import option with a very high degree of detail has been realised.
  • The SEMA program has been following the BIM philosophy for many years and also offers a platform for additional processes and design methods.
  • New in Version 16-1 is the IFC import and export.
    IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) is an open standard in the building industry to describe building models. In the SEMA program, the “Export” and “Import” options for data under the “File” tab have been extended by “IFC (xml)”. However, IFC files can also be quite easily imported into the SEMA program via drag&drop. If the IFC import is used, the normal file import dialogue opens. Here, only *.IFCxml files can be selected. For IFC files there if a free viewer available (xBIM Xplorer) with which the files cannot only be read but also directly converted into *.IFCxml files. When a file is selected, the import history opens and logs the import.
    The following components are already recognised by the SEMA program and thus automatically turned into real SEMA components during the import process:

    • Storeys
    • Walls
    • Windows
    • Doors
    • Roof areas
    • Floors

    These “shapes” can then be filled via the familiar auto features in the SEMA program with timber members and coverings. All other components are imported as 3D objects. Thus, such imported 3D objects can be converted into the real SEMA components with the 3D component converter (-> “Timber component from object”). The export works analogous to the import and can currently export the same types of components as can be imported. With the import and export of IFC files, SEMA offers another tools for the data exchange with other programs and all parties involved in the building project. So, SEMA does BIM. <Feature Film BIM and IFC>

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