Scaffolding Digital Outlook 2020: Invitation to Participate

Emerging Technologies in Construction Industry

The fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) is here and now, spearheaded by the advancement of

digital technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR), robotics, and many more. 

When adapted well, these technological initiatives transform individuals, institutions, and industries in terms of improved productivity and profitability.

With a significant economic impact – approximately 6% of global GDP – one such industry that benefits greatly from these emerging technologies is construction.

In fact, according to the World Economic Forum, a full-scale digitization can help the construction industry to save between $1 trillion and $1.7 trillion of annual global costs within a decade.

But with many digital technologies available, which one is worth investing in? 


Scaffolding Digital Outlook 2020

We’re conducting Scaffolding Digital Outlook 2020 survey to help both leaders and newcomers navigate the digital scaffolding landscape and deploy the best strategies.

We’ll dissect the current challenges that prevent scaffolding companies from taking their businesses to the next level, identify which technologies are being deployed by scaffold leaders, and offer insights about available digital solutions that can help your company gain an advantage in the market.

In addition, we’ll also analyze the perceived challenges and success rate of introducing digital scaffolding solutions. 


What Does the Survey Entail?

The industry trend survey covers the following:

  • Investment in scaffolding technologies in 2020
  • Digital solutions for scaffold design, erection and dismantling, inspection, and inventory management
  • Challenges and key considerations of scaffolding technologies and digital solutions


Why Should You Participate in the Survey?

This is a great opportunity for you to share your opinion on the current state of digital transformation in the scaffolding industry.  

Your survey responses will shape our report, and you’ll be the first to receive an advanced copy of the report, sent directly to your email.

Once you’ve completed our 5-minute online survey, you’ll be entered to win one of ten $50 Amazon gift cards. 

Survey closes on April 30, 2020. 

Join us in revolutionizing the scaffolding industry towards greater productivity and profitability.



If you’re interested in being featured in our report and would like to provide a short commentary about the state of scaffolding digitization, contact us.

avontus beatmyscaffold 2019

The #BeatMyScaffold Contest Has Found Its Champion!

After a month of inspiration-filled and scaffolding-packed design submissions, the #BeatMyScaffold Contest finally came to a close last October. Fifteen contenders went head-to-head with their best scaffold designs in a bid to win a brand new DJI Phantom 4 Drone worth $1,399 and to be crowned the “Ultimate Scaffold Designer.” It was an exciting contest that had us on the edge of our seats!

If you are new to the #BeatMyScaffold Contest, here is how it worked. Contestants were required to submit their most innovative, complex or creative Avontus® Scaffold Designer project to our contest page via their Facebook account. Contestants then had the opportunity to share their designs with their friends and family to earn votes. At the end of the contest period, the entry with the most Facebook votes won! 

Scaffold Designer 2020 releases update with enhanced 3D capabilities and functionality. Read more about it here.

Through the contest, we were able to showcase the amazing work from Avontus customers to over 20,000 social followers. We were in awe of many breakthrough designs created with Scaffold Designer, and the whopping 400 vote count is a testament to their capabilities. And while everyone enjoyed the opportunity to win Facebook fame and glory, only one winner was lucky enough to take home the grand prize of a DJI Phantom 4 Drone.

And now, to announce the winner…

avontus beatmyscaffold 2019 contest winner


The award goes to Brandon Marton from Hinton Scaffold Solution Inc! Congratulations Brandon! You made the impossible possible. Halfway through the #BeatMyScaffold Contest, you stole the number 1 spot and ended strong with over 100 votes! We have seen your multiple Facebook shares to try to get those votes and evidently, your hard work has paid off.

scaffold design for wastewater digester tank

Brandon’s winning scaffold design


Check out that fantastic design! We decided to check in with Brandon for a few words about his project so that we could get a better understanding of how he did it.

  1. What project was it for?
    The project was for a wastewater digester tank for the city. The contractor required access to clean the entire interior, then replace the roof of the tank and re-insulate and seal.

  2. Were there any challenges?
    The challenge for us was to demonstrate the two phases of the project clearly and show how we would provide access to a sloped bottom entering from the top manhole in a confined space.

  3. How did Scaffold Designer help you with the project?
    We were able to clearly demonstrate our concepts and the different phases of the project wholly due to our use of Avontus Scaffold Designer. Without the ability to show the model in 3D and provide the drawings, the client was having difficulty from our competitors to understand how their project needs would be facilitated.

  4. Has the project been completed?
    Yes, this project was completed earlier this year.


We would like to take this opportunity to thank the rest of our contestants for contributing their amazing designs and making the #BeatMyScaffold Contest a success! Next year, we will be sure to add more exciting prizes to spice up the contest in its second year. So, stay tuned!

Don’t forget to check out all the awesome designs from the #BeatMyScaffold Contest via the all-new Scaffold Designer Gallery.


Avontus champion program

Avontus Champion Program: Let Us Showcase Your Success

Success in today’s hypercompetitive scaffolding industry requires constant innovation. Labor prices are rising. Margins are being compressed. Across the industry, we constantly see new businesses entering the market, even as old ones are forced to close their doors.

Yet, there are some scaffold companies that are consistently outperforming their competition. They have replaced old, manual ways of working with smarter, automated workflows. They have traded guesswork for data and insights. And they have successfully led their businesses into the digital era.

As a leading developer of scaffolding software, we are proud to work with many of the world’s most innovative scaffolding businesses. 

From industry-leading manufacturers and services companies like Layher and BrandSafway to thousands of local firms around the world, Avontus customers are at the forefront of digital transformation in an industry that is ripe for change.

Welcome to the Avontus Champion Program

Have you transformed your business using Avontus software? 

Whether you’re using Scaffold Designer to accelerate your design and estimating work; Scaffold Viewer to impress customers with models in 3D, virtual and augmented reality; or Quantify to take control of your inventory, billing, and invoicing, we want to celebrate your extraordinary work! 

The Avontus Champion Program is designed to showcase your thought leadership, increase exposure for your business, and inspire others with your accomplishments.

Best of all? You will be recognized as a leader in this transformative community. It is our privilege to represent your brand by investing in events, public relations, and marketing collateral to reach a massive global audience who are interested in the art and science of scaffolding. 

Take this chance to amplify your business innovation and establish thought leadership among fellow industry leaders and potential customers by joining the Avontus Champion Program today.

What are the Perks of the Avontus Champion Program?

Gain the recognition you deserve as a transformational leader in the scaffolding industry. We’ll showcase your success story, increase your exposure, and give you the opportunity to connect with potential customers and partners.

As our champion, you will get to:

  • Build brand awareness and reach a large audience of potential customers
  • Showcase your success and be recognized as a thought leader
  • Gain valuable business contacts at exclusive networking events
  • Benefit from media coverage, speaking opportunities, and award nominations
  • Enjoy an exclusive Avontus giftset, designed for true Champions

What are the Requirements to Join the Champion Program?

This program is exclusively for existing Avontus customers and partners. If you have planned and built scaffolding or successfully managed your business with the Avontus product suite, this program is for you!

Curious how you can participate? 

We give you a lot of exciting options, and you have complete flexibility to choose what suits your availability and company policies. The Avontus Champion Program includes but is not limited to:

❑ 1-on-1 Reference Calls

❑ Be Interviewed for a Case Study (Written and/or Video)

❑ Share Your Expertise at an Event or Webinar

❑ Write Article for the Avontus Blog

❑ Share Your Story with a Reporter/Analyst

❑ Testimonial Quotes

❑ Logo Placement

Become a Champion Today

Join an elite community of leaders who are transforming their businesses and the scaffold industry as a whole.

Simply click the button below and complete the brief application form. We’ll follow up to learn more about your success story, share additional information about the program, and learn about which participation activities would work best for.


New Scaffolding Robot and the Acceleration of Digital Transformation in Construction

The digital transformation of the construction industry has drastically improved productivity growth on a global scale. And it’s exciting news for us!

Unlocking the Potential for Construction Technology

For an industry that accounts for 6% GDP worldwide, construction players have been rather slow in technology adoption. However, the rising impact of construction technologies has opened new doors for digital transformation across the sector. 

Global demand for industrial automation reached $158.5 billion in 2018 after decades-long neglect of digitalization. (source)

According to a report by The Boston Consulting Group and World Economic Forum, organizations are already exploiting technological innovations to improve project success, energy consumption, and waste management, while overcoming budget constraints and labor shortage.

And the most prominent opportunities come from shifting labor to robots.

The Rise of Construction Automation

Many construction sites aredeploying robotics to perform various types of work, including:

  • 3D printing robot
  • Bricklaying robot
  • Industrial inspection drone

Today, we’re thrilled to welcome the arrival of a new scaffolding robot!

Developed by Kewazo and Infineon Technologies, the first generation of scaffolding robot aims to improve on-site scaffolding assembly by delivering components and materials to workers.

How does it achieve that?

The Kewazo robot can move along a scaffold on a special track attached to the tubes. Enabled by its machine learning algorithm, the robot can familiarize itself with its surroundings to easily find the shortest path to assist human workers wherever they are.

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Automated assembly is proven to save labor costs by at least 33% and simultaneously increase construction speed up to 42%, according to Kewazo. Most importantly, the company’s solution is believed to solve scaffolding safety issues, now that robots can be used for dangerous activities such as erecting scaffold.

Kewazo is working on a variety of robotic applications such as roofing, scaffold automation, solar panels installation, and more. With the large-scale application of robotics, it is now possible to generate more data related to materials and equipment, labor productivity, as well as process optimization. Imagine the future of a robotic scaffold builder!

Constructing the Future

Coupled with other emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and augmented reality, robotics promise to unlock an exciting new future in the construction industry.

Beyond the current investment in automation, we also see the benefits of wearable devices to aid on-site activities; Scaffold Designer, Scaffold Viewer, and Quantify to assist in planning, designing, and managing scaffold; and many more technologies that are emerging.

From increasing worker safety and productivity to improving building quality for end-users and reducing environmental impact, the digital transformation of construction holds exciting promises for the future.

Avontus office

Avontus Software Expands into New, Larger UK Office Location

When we take a look around us, we see skyscrapers soaring over the horizon. From a humble office in Oakland to an iconic building in the heart of Berkeley, we’ve come a long way. As the creators of the world’s best industrial scaffolding software, together with our customers, we are reaching new heights.

A year ago, we announced the move of our headquarters into a bigger office space in the heart of Berkeley. Today, thanks to our continued growth, we are proud to announce the move of our UK operations into a new space in Ely.

This expansion supports our strategic plan for talent development and business growth. With presence across three continents, we will be able to tap into the fast-evolving scaffold industry to support the construction of greater buildings and infrastructure, all around the world.

Avontus Is Growing

When we founded Avontus two decades ago, we knew we were doing something big.

We developed software that can solve some of the big inefficiencies in the typical scaffold workflow. Laborious hand-drawn designs, manual estimating processes, and un-trackable inventory—conventional scaffold design and management processes cost businesses time and money.

Since day one, our goal has been to modernize how scaffolding is designed, planned, and managed. With Avontus’ Scaffold Designer, Scaffold Viewer, and Quantify software, we’ve helped our customers win more bids and improve profitability through state-of-the-art scaffold design, visualization, and inventory management tools.

Today, approximately 80 percent of the refining capacity in the US, the majority of the top 10 industrial scaffolding companies, and hundreds of other global businesses depend on Avontus software to modernize their operations and take control of their profitability.

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Avontus Headquarters at 2150 Shattuck in Berkeley, CA.

With this success, our team has grown from 4 to 19 employees. Last year, we moved our headquarters to 2150 Shattuck, an iconic building in the heart of Berkeley, California. This expanded office provides ample square footage to support our growth plans in the coming years.

From this strategic location in Berkeley, our team has access to the latest tech trends around Silicon Valley. We are also able to draw talent from nearby UC Berkeley, one of the most prestigious institutions in the US, to help us reimagine the future of the scaffolding industry.

Ely Move: Laying Our Foundation for Greater Heights

On April 21, 2019, our UK office expanded into a new, larger office location at 31 High Street Back in Ely.

Ely is a prime location for expanding our international operations. It offers convenient access to the most important cities around Europe, the Middle East, and South Africa. And it enables us to tap into the world-class resources and talent at nearby Cambridge University.

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An inside look at our bright, new office in Ely.

Over the last few years, the UK market has begun a transition from traditional tube-and-clamp scaffolding, and the system scaffolding market has begun to take off. This change has been accelerated by limited labor availability as well as evolving scaffold technologies, such as our Scaffold Designer and Quantify solutions.

System scaffold typically helps contractors cut labor cost in half, which often is the biggest expense in any project. With the ever-increasing pressure on the UK construction labor market, companies are turning to system scaffolding to reduce the demand for skilled labor and improve efficiency in scaffold operations.

As system scaffold is often four times the cost of tube-and-clamp, it is imperative for businesses to manage their inventory effectively. This is what Quantify does best – giving businesses complete control over their valuable inventory while automating back-office functions like estimating, invoicing, and re-rental.

Likewise, the move to system scaffold is increasing the adoption of Scaffold Designer and Scaffold Viewer. These products take the guesswork out of scaffold design and estimating, enabling system scaffold companies to reduce drawing and estimating time by up to 90%, while making bid presentations, planning reviews, and client-handovers a breeze.

The EMEA system scaffold market is poised to reach new heights. And so is Avontus, with our new office and expanded operations in Ely.

Our expansion in the UK represents the industry evolution as a whole.

Office Tour

Avontus office

This is where the magic happens.


Avontus office

Standing desks are a popular option for a team that’s constantly on the move.


Avontus office

Plenty of space for focus work and collaboration.


We’ve Moved!

I’m happy to announce that Avontus ran out of space and had to move! Please take note of our new address and update your records.

Avontus Software
2150 Shattuck, Suite 750
Berkeley, CA 94704

We’re now right across the street and moved from the Wells Fargo Bank building to the Skydeck Building. You can see both buildings in the picture above.

Formwork Planning & Inventory Management with Trimble and Avontus

This article was originally published at Tekla Warehouse

Concrete contractors face unique challenges when estimating, planning, and managing their formwork operations. In addition to needing an accurate and understandable design, inadequate planning can result in costly delays that affect the entire project. And, knowing when and where equipment is needed is essential. Trimble and Avontus have partnered to help concrete contractors with these challenges.


“Tekla Structures, including its unique concrete pour planning and formwork tools, has been a game changer for our customers” says Andy Dickey, Business Development Manager at Trimble.  “Our powerful 3D modeling and BIM capabilities make creation of detailed formwork plans faster than ever before.  Contractors have full visualization into how formwork is planned and can more efficiently manage and coordinate their work.”


Enhancing Trimble’s commitment to improving operational efficiency, Trimble has partnered with Avontus, driving a more streamlined and productive way for concrete contractors and formwork providers to estimate, plan and manage their formwork operations. The equipment information in detailed formwork models created with the Tekla Structures is now integrated into Quantify, Avontus’ inventory management software.


“The bottleneck in inventory management has always been the lack of an easy-to-use bill of materials.” — Brian Webb, CEO/Founder of Avontus


“When shipping equipment for multiple pours to a site, it’s very important to consolidate formwork materials into a unified list. These lists are used to ship exactly what you need to the site to get the job done, as well as to return formwork as soon as it’s no longer needed.”


Joining Tekla Structures with Quantify takes the industry to an entirely new level. Formwork modeling and detailing is now integrated into a fully-featured equipment management suite.


“Whether a small concrete contractor or a large multi-national formwork provider, the combination of Tekla Structures and Avontus Quantify allows those planning and managing formwork to solve bigger problems. This new integration between our software will vastly improve their operations.” Dickey says.


Learn more about Tekla solution for concrete contractors

Download Quantify Pour Sync in Tekla Warehouse (available for customers in maintenance)


Tekla Software by Trimble

Tekla software solutions for advanced BIM and structural engineering are produced by Trimble. Trimble’s construction offering ranges from total stations to advanced software, giving the industry tools to transform planning, design, construction and operation of buildings. Tekla software is at the heart of the design and construction workflow, building on the free flow of information, constructible models and collaboration. Information about Tekla software:



Trimble is transforming the way the world works by delivering products and services that connect the physical and digital worlds. Core technologies in positioning, modeling, connectivity and data analytics enable customers to improve productivity, quality, safety and sustainability. From purpose built products to enterprise lifecycle solutions, Trimble software, hardware and services are transforming a broad range of industries such as agriculture, construction, geospatial and transportation and logistics.



Quantify makes managing your formwork business easy. From one user-friendly program, you can monitor inventory, ship materials, generate invoices, job costs, set reminders, manage re-rentals, and oversee all of your projects. Using your custom catalog, Quantify will track where every piece of equipment is and calculate how much you’re owed in rental. Anytime you want to know more, just run a custom report. You’ll stay on top of your business and free up countless hours. Information about quantify:



Avontus’ has been producing quality software since 2002, focused exclusively on the formwork, shoring, and scaffolding industries. Their easily-operated and thoroughly tested software is the most technically advanced in the industry.

Hiring Software Support Specialist


Who are we?

We are a small and stable tech company with plenty of room to grow. We’ve been around since 2001, with no investors to tie us down. Our software makes real people’s lives easier every day, letting those in the construction industry focus on what they do best.


We embrace our contradictions. We are a progressive, modern software company using the latest technology to support one of the older industries — one that tends to lag behind on the innovation front. Despite our small size, we serve clients from all over the world. We move fast by nature, but we’ll guide you as you get up to speed.


We also happen to be conveniently located about 20 feet from the nearest BART station.


Who are you?

You are a compassionate and dedicated problem-solver. You know how to take technical language and break it down for people who may have only ever used a computer for work. Your experience shows a profound capacity for patience and empathy, and a curiosity for how things could work better.


And glowing recommendations from your past customer support experience definitely wouldn’t hurt.


What’s the job?

As a Software Support Specialist, you’ll be the first point of contact for our customers. You’ll represent the company to them, but you’ll also be our customers’ primary advocate to the rest of our company. Your job is to ensure that customers get all they can out of our software. You will be responsible for providing customer support, documentation, and training.


Here’s all that in convenient list form:



  • Be the first point of contact for all customers’ product issues and manage the resolution of those issues to ensure customer satisfaction.
  • Provide product support via phone, email, and online with patience and professionalism.
  • Maintain a high level of professionalism with clients and work to establish a positive rapport with every contact.
  • Update and maintain customer records in customer management system and incident tracking software.
  • Become an expert in the functionality of our software. Remain current on new software features and functions.
  • Develop an overall understanding of scaffolding and the scaffolding industry.
  • Create clear written instructions for users.
  • Communicate simply and effectively the capabilities and functionality of the software as they are relevant to the customer’s business processes and objectives.
  • Inform development department of customer issues and feature requests.
  • Ability to work independently and be self-starting with minimum direction.
  • Serve as a customer advocate.


Skills & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree, degree in a technical or training discipline, or equivalent work experience.
  • Minimum of 3 years of successful work experience in support and/or training of end-users in software, including demonstrated experience with both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Excellent spoken and written English skills.
  • Strong computer skills and ability to learn new programs quickly.
  • Strong familiarity with Windows/PCs and Microsoft Office.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a genuine enthusiasm for our products.
  • Creative problem-solving.
  • Effective interaction within all levels of an organization – both internally and externally.
  • Add value immediately to a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to identify gaps and take initiative to recommend improvements.
  • Ability to work independently and be self-starting with minimum direction.
  • Demonstrated ability to respond effectively to multiple conflicting priorities, manage changing priorities and respond to unexpected changes.
  • Empathy and interest in other cultures.
  • Scaffolding or construction business experience is a plus.


How do I apply?

A cover letter is required. It should clearly state your experience providing support and training to both technical and non-technical software users.

No matter how good the resume, applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

Please email your cover letter and resume to

Check out our website:

With Casters, Scaffold Designer Is On a Roll!

Casters have been one of our most requested features. Now you can add casters to any or all verticals of any scaffold tower. Choose between two types of casters, fixed and adjustable.

Add Casters to any Scaffold

Use the Bay Details window to add casters to any scaffold tower. The new “All” column makes adding changes to all verticals or sides even easier!

Choose Between Fixed and Adjustable Casters

To adjust the length of any caster, select Adjustable Caster set the Jack Height


Add any Size Casters

Use the Material Master to add any size Casters

New Scaffold Designer

Avontus Software is pleased to announce that Scaffold Designer 2017 version 6.1.404 is available for update for those under a current subscription.


The new Scaffold Designer enables you to create sloped scaffold ramps, decks and guardrails, with parts that are accurately counted in the BOM, and viewed in Scaffold VR!


One of our more requested features, Scaffold Designer now supports fixed and adjustable casters.


Scaffold VR is available to everyone. Click on the links below to download and use for free.




  Apple App Store                  Google Play Store               Windows Desktop



Scaffold Designer’s performance has been improved by about 50%, especially for designs with many side brackets.

The drawing file size have also been reduced by about 70% of what they were in previous versions. Even if you open old drawings in this new version of Scaffold Designer and save them, the resulting file will be reduced by about 70% of its original size.


Use the new Beam Object to represent any scaffold part, and Scaffold Designer will accurately list it in the Bill of Materials (BOM). To make the new part appear in the BOM, add it to the Material Master, which makes it available across all your designs. You can then use the part number for the new object and Scaffold Designer will include it in the BOM.

You can also add non-scaffolding objects (such as plywood) as parts that will be included in the Material Master, and add them to a stencil library for use in any drawing.



Fly through your scaffolding with the VR Viewer. The viewer is still free to all new and current customers, To get your free viewer upgrade your Scaffold Designer to the current version. The price has also been significantly reduced if you wan to buy one for your customers or co-workers to view your models.



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