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Avontus

The go-to scaffolding software for industry leaders all over the world.

We’ll help you transform your scaffolding business with our exceptional service and industry-leading software.

Innovative
products

Offices in 2
countries

Customers from
all over the world

Our Story

Like Rome, we didn’t build our software suite, team, and community in a day. It took us close to two decades to evolve from a small operation to the scaffolding software industry leader. Here’s our story.

  • 2002

    There isn’t any user-friendly software built for the scaffolding industry. We see an opportunity to transform the market. And we take it. Avontus is born, with BidMaker as our first product.

    We open our first office in the US.

  • 2003

    We expand BidMaker’s support for scaffold drawings with the SystemsTank and FrameWall plug-ins.

  • 2005

    We launch Uni-Ply Designer (now Handset Designer) to give handset formwork users a much faster, more accurate way to produce takeoffs.

  • 2007

    Unsynchronized processes and software can sink scaffolding businesses. To counter that, we release Avontus Quantify®.

  • 2012

    By the time our 10th anniversary rolls around, we are supporting over a thousand Avontus users.

  • 2013

    Manually drawing scaffolds and counting parts is a big waste of time. That’s why we launch Scaffold Designer (now Avontus Designer®).

  • 2015

    We open our second office in the UK.

  • 2016

    Sometimes, 2D designs alone can’t win a bid. Wowing clients with next-gen visualization tech is crucial too. Say hello to Scaffold VR (now Avontus Viewer®)!

  • 2021

    We’re gearing up to release something new that’ll make industrial scaffold management more efficient. Stay tuned!

Our Team

And of course, none of it would have happened if it
wasn’t for our dedicated team.

  • Brian Webb

    Brian
    Webb

    Founder

    Having majored in civil engineering and minored in computer science, Brian has always dabbled in both realms. After college, his career began with five years of designing scaffold, shoring, and formwork structures as an engineering intern under David H. Glabe, P.E. dhglabe.com, as well as software projects with equipment companies. Before founding Avontus, Brian was employed by Autodesk and worked on the AutoCAD team to release AutoCAD 2000 through 2002. When there is free time, Brian travels and tries to spend all of it in the water, either scuba diving, lap swimming, or (preferably) taking a long open-water swim.

  • Andrew Smith

    Andrew
    Smith

    CEO

    Andrew started his technical career as an Artificer in the Royal Navy and, following his service, immigrated to Canada in 1995. After several years managing manufacturing companies in the material handling sector and working for 11 years in the scaffold industry with both large and small dedicated scaffolding contractors, Andrew joined Avontus. Andrew has extensive experience in business development and project, site, contract, and branch management, and he is an active member of scaffolding associations in both North America and Europe. When he is not working with customers, Andrew can be found in the kitchen experimenting, with his head in a book, or on a pair of skis.

  • Susie Sargent

    Susie
    Sargent

    Operations and Finance (Global)

    Susie earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Berkeley where she took courses as varied as microbiology and sculpture. She has worked with Avontus since its founding and has over 25 years of experience in business and financial management. She enjoys many creative outlets including welding as well as teaching and performing improv.

  • John Brocklehurst

    John
    Brocklehurst

    Global Sales Director

    Based in the UK, John has over 30 years of experience working within the Access industry for several large multinational companies around the world on both onshore and offshore projects in Sales, Project Management, and Business Development. He initially started his career as a Mechanical Engineer. After 10 years, John had a change in career direction and started working in Scaffold Hire and Sales, Contract Scaffolding, and Crane Hire while completing his degree in Structural Design. He brings his passion for innovation into his new role as Global Sales Director at Avontus. When he’s not working, he enjoys garden landscaping and country walks.

  • Hossein Najmi

    Hossein
    Najmi

    CTO, Design and Visualization

    Hossein’s tenure in scaffolding spans two decades and includes direct experience with almost every scaffold system in the world. Using his mechanical engineering background (P.Eng), he has designed components to be manufactured. In addition to staying on top of new developments in the scaffolding sector, he also stays abreast of emerging software and technology trends and is the driving force behind Avontus’s design and visualization (3D, Virtual Reality, and Augmented Reality) products. In his spare time, Hossein enjoys playing volleyball, hitting the gym and, of course, experimenting with new technologies and gadgets.

  • Blake Whittington

    Blake Whittington

    Vice President of Engineering

    Blake enjoys learning and sharing, as demonstrated by his time as a visiting student and later a teaching assistant in the UC Berkeley Computer Science department. Blake saw an exciting opportunity for growth with Avontus and joined as a contractor, quickly building teams and taking on more responsibility in Product Development. Blake enjoys continuously seeking growth for himself and his team, as well as exploring emerging technologies to support our customers and flagship products. As he sees it, “the team is like family.”

Shaun Whyman

Shaun Whyman

Training Manager

Shaun has a broad expertise of scaffolding within multiple global markets. He started his career within a civil engineering company, where he picked up the AutoCAD bug and became a proficient user of the product. Upon qualifying as an adult education lecturer, he taught AutoCAD at night school. After a couple of years, he moved on to a software company as a full-time civil engineering software trainer, and then progressed to scaffolding software training, sales demonstrations, and support for the UK and overseas scaffolding market. When he’s away from his desk, he can be seen out in the Peaks, covered in mud and sweat, mountain biking and trying to keep fit.

Ali Hajighafouri

Ali Hajighafouri

Director of Strategic Partnerships and Marketing

Ali approaches sales with the perspective of years spent in systems administration and technical training. Prior to joining Avontus in 2011, he provided professional and technical services in healthcare, real estate, and retail, with a focus on making technology as helpful and easy to use as possible. Having implemented enterprise software and trained users on it, he’s intimately familiar with the challenges and benefits of change. He enjoys putting that experience to work in helping customers understand how they can improve and guiding them to the best software for achieving their goals. Outside the office, Ali keeps busy writing fiction, developing card games, and eating too much.

Tracey Williams

Tracey Williams

Implementation & Support (Global)

Tracey has many years of software training, support, and help desk management experience. Since 2011, she has been helping Avontus customers use their software to its full advantage through implementation management, software training, and support. In her spare time, she focuses on animal advocacy by volunteering with the Marine Mammal Center and the Berkeley Humane Society.

Mirko Micanovic

Mirko Micanovic

Support Manager

Mirko came from a long customer service and support background before joining Avontus in 2015. Mirko is dedicated to solving problems big and small, providing help and training, and ultimately making customers happy. In the off hours he pursues his passion in martial arts and enjoys the little things in life.

Shon Walker

Shon Walker

Sales

Shon comes from a long background in customer service, technical, and software support in the banking and financial services and sports industries. A Michigan native now living in California, he gets his satisfaction by resolving issues and helping customers achieve their goals. During his off-time, he enjoys reading up on the latest tech, working out, watching football, and blogging about music.

Kay Ruzvidzo

Kay Ruzvidzo

Support

Kay has 7 years of support experience working both in a face-to-face and support desk environment, including 6 years within the Apple organization where he honed his support skills in an often demanding environment. Kay is married to Zoe and lives near Cambridge in a village called Cambourne. When not solving the world’s software issues, he enjoys keeping fit in the gym, DJing, and his second career as a BBQ Pitmaster!

Rachel Rudnick

Rachel Rudnick

Support

Rachel comes from a long background in customer service and software product support. She gets satisfaction from, and is dedicated to, solving problems and providing a great customer experience. During her free time, Rachel enjoys making scale models, crafting useful items from scratch, beach-going, gardening, and spending time with her son.

Emma Newman

Emma Newman

Sales

Emma has worked in customer service for most of her career. She enjoys talking to customers, both on the phone and face to face. Due to her personality and nature, she has great people skills and always strives to provide excellent customer service! When Emma is not working at Avontus, you will find her at the gym, at music festivals, out for dinner, being outdoors with her dog or just enjoying family time.

Riaan Du Plooy

Riaan Du Plooy

Sales Development Representative (South Africa)

Riaan is deeply passionate about all things scaffolding, from its erection to completion. He has 25 years’ worth of industry experience, starting as an erector, then moving into site and project management, before taking on various managerial roles. With his extensive background in scaffolding as both a trade and a business, Riaan aspires to help companies in South Africa and beyond to become safer and more productive using Avontus’s products. Outside of work, Riaan is a doting family man who can be seen cooking and enjoying outdoor activities with his wife and 2 kids.

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