As European market leaders in sustainable building systems, Streif is proud to use digital tools and technology in both the UK and Germany.

Not only do we have a design team made up of the best people — experienced architects, structural engineers, technical designers, computer-aided design (CAD) technicians, estimators and energy assessors — but we also use the best technology.

Our experienced design technicians take the client’s drawings and systematically translate them into a full set of production drawings and British Standard structural calculations.

To do this, we leverage Dietrich’s CAD/CAM software and other 2D and 3D digital modelling tools to enhance the efficiency, precision and quality of our closed panel timber building systems.

Dietrich’s CAD/CAM digital tools integration

Acknowledging them as the top 3D-CAD/CAM software for the timber building industry, we use Dietrich’s digital tools for all our projects. The 2D and 3D capabilities of their software help us to create detailed production drawings of all building components.

This gets our sustainable building systems ready for automated processing via the specialist Hundegger K2i timber joinery machine at our factory in Germany.

The benefits Dietrich’s digital tools bring to the construction of Streif’s sustainable timber building systems include:

  • Advanced 3D modelling — We can create highly detailed 3D models of our timber building systems. This enables our design team to visualise and modify structures before manufacturing.
  • BIM compatibility — Compatibility with Building Information Modelling (BIM) systems ensures all stakeholders and designers can collaborate effectively.
  • Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) — The integration of CAD models with CAM processes means we can automate the production of timber panels. This reduces manual labour and human error while accelerating production times.
  • Precision cutting and assembly— Detailed plans guide automated machinery in the cutting and assembling timber components to exact specifications.
  • Material optimisation — Precise cut lists and assembly instructions reduce waste and lower material costs.
  • Process simulation — Simulating the manufacturing process helps us identify potential inefficiencies to streamline workflows before production begins.
  • Unified digital platform— With Dietrich’s digital tools used in both the UK and Germany, we ensure seamless collaboration between teams and consistency in our design and manufacturing standards.
  • Real-time updates — Our teams can share real-time updates and modifications to designs to reduce manufacturing delays.
  • Digital quality checks — Digital quality checks ensure all timber components meet the required standards before they’re shipped to the construction site.
  • Documentation and traceability — The provision of comprehensive documentation and traceability for all components is crucial for quality assurance and regulatory compliance.
  • Tailored solutions — We can offer customised and easily adaptable building solutions to our clients.
  • Innovative designs — The advanced design capabilities of the digital tools allow us to experiment with innovative architectural designs and construction methods.
  • Eco-friendly practices — Maximum precision and efficiency in our processes contribute to lower carbon footprints and more sustainable construction practices.

Overall, the integration of Dietrich’s digital tools not only improves precision and quality but also supports sustainable practices and facilitates seamless collaboration. This helps positions Streif as a leader in the timber construction industry.


Other design software used by Streif UK and GmbH

In addition to Dietrich’s, design teams at our UK offices and German factory use a combination of 2D and 3D modelling software across multiple platforms, including:

  • Autodesk Revit  — Our UK team often uses Revit when collaborating with architects to create 3D building models all parties can work on. It allows them to model shapes, structures and systems in 3D with accuracy and ease while streamlining project management between teams.
  • Autodesk AutoCAD — This is the standard design software used by our UK design team in Chichester and by the UK structural engineer team. AutoCAD helps them to design and compare 2D and 3D models and maximise productivity.
  • Allplan — Our factories in Germany utilise the capabilities of Allplan — the leading European interdisciplinary BIM software solution for architecture, engineering and construction — to create detailed production drawings.
  • Bocad — Another supplier of 3D-CAD/CAM software for the timber building industry in Germany, Bocad is used by a partner manufacturer in their factories.
  • Bluebeam — Combining powerful PDF editing, annotation and collaboration technology with reliable file creation, Bluebeam is one of our go-to digital tools.

Would you like to make the most of Streif’s innovative digital tools for unrivalled quality in your next sustainable building project? Contact us and we’ll set the wheels in motion.