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The rise of sustainable mass timber

Timber company Piveteaubois keeps up with growing demand for made-to-order cross-laminated timber with the 3DEXPERIENCE platform on cloud.

Cross-laminated timber (CLT) is a sustainable multi-layered wood panel used for making large-scale walls as strong as concrete. It’s becoming increasingly popular across the construction industry as a substitute for carbon-intensive concrete and steel. One company that’s long recognized the potential of CLT is Piveteaubois in France. Vice president Jean Piveteau has continuously adapted his timber business to keep up with the latest trends in the construction industry and invested in cutting-edge machinery to make CLT.

“Wood is making a comeback in the construction industry because it is the sustainable construction material par excellence,” Piveteau said.

Because a CLT factory runs 100% to order, Piveteaubois has had to embrace an entirely new way of working, integrating industrial design tools, new production methods and digital capabilities to cater to customers’ individual requests.

In particular, the company needed a sophisticated solution that would allow it to take the building models it receives from each customer and break them down into a plan of parts for creating each individual timber panel, optimizing manufacturing and defining a loading plan. This determines how the panels are arranged on the delivery truck, so they come off in precisely the right order at the construction site.

Today, thanks to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform on cloud, the company can create the specific plans it needs to manufacture standardized and customized products at scale while maintaining full control of every aspect of its operation – all within a single software environment.

Watch the video and read the full story here to discover exactly how Piveteaubois uses the 3DEXPERIENCE platform on cloud to accommodate its customers’ requests as each unique building project evolves, paving the way for a more sustainable construction industry.

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