Structural software specific for timber joint


The engineering synergy

Now available the new powerful plugin to manage the wood joints from NextFEM software

Shear connection

Base anchor plate

End support

End support

Intermediate support

Gusset plate

End plate, hidden bracket


Design, check and optimise the timber joints in timber structures. APF WoodJoint aids in the analysis and design of traditional carpentry connections and modern nailed, screwed or bolted connections with metal plates

APF WoodJoint lets you design traditional carpentry connections or modern timber joints (nailed, screwed, bolted) in accordance Eurocode 5 (EC5).

All you have to do is specify the dimensions, the configuration and the actions. APF WoodJoint performs all the required checks for ULS, according to Eurocode 5.

APF WoodJoint warns you in case of unacceptable design of the connection

All the design variables, such as load coefficients, material properties (mechanical properties of timber and fasteners), can be adjusted by you, according to your needs (or the requirements of any National Standard or National annex to the Eurocodes).

APF WoodJoint performs a structural analysis of the connection, examining the fastener as well as the connected members. The forces acting on the structural elements are displayed by the graphical interface, for each load case separately.

APF WoodJoint lets you design many types of connections:

  • carpentry joints (front notched joint, mortise and tenon joint, with stirrups and tension ties)
  • steel-plate to timber connections (bolts with side gusset steel plates, apex plate, heel plate, point plate, slice plate)
  • connections to supporting beams (with screws, steel hangers, steel angles, dovetails)

Some of these timber joint can be importetd from APF WoodBeam

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Design, check and optimise the timber joints in structures

  • Design traditional timber carpentry connections
  • Design modern connections with metal plates and metal dowel type fasteners
  • Check the strength of connected members, the fastener resistance, and the overall load-carrying capacity (you can choose which checks to perform)
  • Quick summary of utilization factors
  • Design is in accordance with Eurocode 5 (EN 1995-1-1:2004 + A1:2008 + A2:2014), all nationally determined parameters are editable
  • Connections can be formed with fasteners in single or double shear
  • Timber-to-timber and timber-to-steel connections
  • Different metal dowel type fasteners: nails, screws, dowels, bolts
  • Outputs figures and charts in JPEG or PNG, outputs drawings in DXF
  • Clear and easy to read report in HTML or DOCX
  • You can add any number of actions

Materials covered:
  • solid timber (softwoods, EN338:2009 C14 ÷ C50; hardwoods, EN338:2009 D18 ÷ D70)
  • glulam (EN 14080:2013 GL20h ÷ GL32h, GL20c ÷ GL32c)

The new releases are coded to be launched after the MicroSoft .NET 6.0 Desktop App installation that could be downloaded at this LINK.


Try WoodJoint

Download and try WoodJoint in Demo version with limited materials selection but already set up for full activation.


  • 179.90€
    annual subscription
  • 399.90€
  • 239.90€


What's new in version 3.0
  • It is now possible to import geometry and nodal actions from APF WoodTruss, with a simple Copy and Paste function
  • Updated to the last version of Eurocode 5:
    - EN 1995-1-1 11/2004
    - errata corrige AC:2006
    - update A1 06/2008
    - update A2 05/2014
  • Specific detailed report and drawing of the selected design situation and action group
  • Revised conversion of all drawings in DXF format
  • User interface and dependencies updated to the .NET Core 3.0
What's new in version 2.0
  • New types of joints: connection to supporting beam with crossed screws, steel hanger, dovetail and single fastener, intermediate support with steel angle or single fastener, apex steel gusset plate, slice steel gusset plate
  • You can export drawings to the DXF file formats
  • You can now save and share common settings between applications: unit tables, document styles, eurocode parameters, ...
  • Small changes to the user interface

Software Requirements

  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 10
  • Microsoft .NET 5.0

Hardware Requirements

  • 1.0 GHz or faster processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 1 GB of available hard disk space
  • 5400 RPM hard drive
  • DirectX 9-capable video card running at 1024 x 768 or higher display resolution