System Scaffolding Design and Safety

Introduction to System Scaffolding Design and Safety

Scaffolding is an integral part of any construction process, and the ideal choice of scaffolding should create safe and easy access for construction personnel. Of the many types of scaffolding, system scaffolding is increasingly popular around the world, and like other styles, system scaffolding is no exception when it comes to the importance of proper design practices.

Benefits of Effective System Scaffolding Design

Effective design results in a robust scaffold with three benefits:

  1. Safety – No matter the scale of the project, safety should be priority. Workers must feel confident on the scaffolding. Effective scaffolding design should eliminate safety risks.
  2. Productivity – Well-designed scaffolding structures can make assembly and dismantling faster, reducing project time.
  3. Reduced cost – Re-worked scaffolding can be costly and delay projects. Effective scaffolding design reduces the risk of re-work by accounting for all project needs from the start.

In this article, we look at the types of system scaffolding, the design challenges that scaffolding designers may face, and tools that pros use to overcome them.

What Types of System Scaffolding Are There?

Also known as modular scaffolding, system scaffolding utilizes preset vertical, horizontal, and diagonal posts and tubes. The most common types of system scaffolding used today are Ringlock (or pinlock), Cuplock, and Kwikstage, with proprietary styles like HAKI and OCTO also gaining popularity.

Ringlock Scaffolding

Ringlock scaffolding is a versatile, capable system that utilizes multiple ledgers, clamps, guard rails, connectors, stair stringers, steps, and adapters. It offers a unique rosette arrangement which can be self-locked by adaptive wedge using a hammer allowing up to 8 connections present. It is quick and easy to assemble and provides a higher degree of flexibility with a number of angles to lock the notch. 

Cuplock Scaffolding

Cuplock scaffolding is highly desired for its capability to hold large amounts of weight. Often known by the proprietary “Cuplok” name, the Cuplock system is a fully galvanized system that is highly resistant to rust and weather damage, and can be 20% lighter than regular steel tubes. A unique coupler locking mechanism allows for quick and flexible installation.

Kwikstage Scaffolding

Kwikstage scaffolding, as the name suggests, is a quick set-up system. Six basic components make up Kwikstage scaffolding; standards, ledgers, transoms, braces, base jacks, and boards. The ability to add other components like hop-ups (side brackets) gives it the flexibility to fit any shape – highly useful in situations where the facade of the building is complex. Kwikstage can adapt to difficult terrain too.

Proprietary Scaffolding Types

“Proprietary scaffolding” is a general term to describe scaffolding with unique connection points. It relies on the same fundamental concepts of vertical members, horizontal members, diagonal members, and decking. There are more widely available styles, which differentiate themselves with features like lighter weight, quicker assembly, or unique, specialized accessories. Each system may differ based on the manufacturer. Some examples of proprietary scaffolding are HAKI, OCTO, and Safway Systems.

Challenges with Designing System Scaffolding

System scaffolding is a modern approach to access that requires modern design solutions. Conventional methods of design may be insufficient to deliver results quickly and effectively. Let’s explore some issues that may arise when designing system scaffolding with traditional or non-specialized methods.

Errors in 2D Designs

Designing in 2D is a laborious and error-prone process, and the potential for interference and fit-up errors at construction sites can be high. Designing in 3D reduces the risk of errors with clearer visualization of designs. Better yet, integrating Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality software improves accuracy significantly.

Learning CAD Is Costly

Professional computer aided design (CAD) is estimated to take 80 hours to learn basic designs. This translates to higher costs in employing CAD designers, especially when you consider the additional scaffolding-specific learning required. Alternatively, purpose-built software for designing system scaffolding ensures that even non-designers can create safe and effective scaffold designs.

Designers May Not Have On-site Expertise

Designing in theory and materializing the finalize design on-site are not the same thing. It isn’t easy for scaffolding designers to fully understand how the landscape and terrain of job sites affect scaffolding design and safety. Additional training may be needed to create effective designs.

Overcoming Design Challenges with Avontus Designer

Thankfully, there is a solution to the three design challenges. Deploying industry-specific software like Avontus Designer enables bid-winning scaffolding designs that meet safety requirements while streamlining work processes.

3D, AR, VR – A tool with powerful visualization capabilities is able to highlight any safety issues during the design process. Avontus Designer integrates these features to visualize your designs in minutes. Import readily available plans and walk through them in 3D for faster design completion.

Safety – Safety elements like leg load calculations, bracing, and custom guardrail configurations can be assessed. Easily spot possible areas of failure and inefficient design choices with a digital walkaround. Avontus Designer’s AR and VR features can help you create safe and cost-effective designs that prevent costly redesigns on the job site later.

Inexpensive – Unlike CAD software that requires hours of training, Avontus Designer allows even non-design personnel to operate it. Upload scaffold designs from Designer to Avontus Viewer and view for free on Windows Desktop, iOS, Android or Microsoft HoloLens. A monthly subscription fee for Designer starts at $169.

Built-in Library – Get access to a plethora of designs for various scaffolding options. Manufacturer catalogues for Ringlock, Kwikstage, and proprietary scaffolding styles are at your fingertips. Export 2D and 3D models to Tekla Structures, BIM packages, PDF, AutoCAD, Navisworks, SCIA Engineer, and Microsoft Office with ease.

Support & Training – No man is an island – we believe in taking care of you throughout your design process. Avontus offers help and support for implementation, training, updates and more. Live phone support ensures you get your design program up and running to best suit your needs.

Click the link below to find out more on how Avontus Designer could help you design safer and more efficient scaffolding.

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Nailing Remote Construction Management Projects Through Technology

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, managing construction projects remotely is increasingly becoming the norm. Construction and scaffolding companies are fast-tracking digital adoption to stay on track with project schedules, collaborate more effectively, and avoid workflow disruptions.

But what kind of technologies are the top scaffolding companies using to stay afloat and thrive not just in these turbulent times, but in an ever-changing world? Read on to find out about the tools that can facilitate remote construction management to help you future-proof your operations.

Benefits of Managing Remote Scaffold Projects Using Technology

Pre-pandemic, the duties of a project manager, such as ensuring on-time delivery of scaffolding, were often conducted manually and in-person. However, through specialized software and digital platforms, they can be performed more efficiently in a remote working environment.

The benefits of managing projects remotely for scaffolding companies using technology are numerous, such as:

  • Staying on schedule with project delivery through automated reminders
  • Managing different phases of a project remotely
  • Coordinating workflow between teams through communication platforms
  • Monitoring inventory and re-rentals online
  • Inspecting job sites virtually through augmented reality
  • Keeping stakeholders engaged when working in different locations

Below we’ve listed some digital tools and platforms that make scaffolding projects run smoothly in remote working conditions.

3 Types of Remote Construction Project Management Tools and Platforms

Here are some types of tools and platforms and how they can be beneficial to your project.

Integrated project management platforms

Need a comprehensive solution for managing projects, coordinating workflow between teams, billing, and more? An integrated project management platform could be the answer.

Integrated software allows project managers to stay on track with projects. It enables you to better manage daily workflow, share documents, and assign tasks remotely. You can streamline workflows with features like a real-time KPI dashboard, contact management, quoting and invoicing, and task management.

There are a number of integrated project management platforms that have been designed for the construction industry, offering field management and bid management features.

Collaboration and communication tools

When managing projects remotely, poor communication and collaboration can lead to costly outcomes. In fact, a 2018 report by PlanGrid found that on average, 52% of all construction re-work is caused by poor data and miscommunication.

Communication tools enable real-time collaboration through video conferencing, instant messaging, and file sharing, significantly improving project communication beyond email and phone calls.

Employees can communicate with one another in task groups, easily collaborate on issues, get timely updates, and stay connected even if they’re working in different time zones.

Scaffold rental management software

Utilizing scaffolding rental management software makes everyday operational tasks for scaffolding companies smoother and easier when working remotely, saving time and cost. For example, Avontus Quantify only takes minutes to log or process a scaffold request, compared to hours wasted on paperwork and the disruption of last-minute calls to your yard.

Avontus Quantify also allows project managers to monitor equipment availability, ship materials, generate invoices, set reminders, manage re-rentals, and oversee all your jobs in one place.

This easy-to-use program supports all the users you need, keeping you informed of all aspects of equipment and rental operations.  Field crews can self-service their questions about what materials are available at the yard and what’s already on site, send requests from mobile devices, and receive notifications as their requests are addressed.

You can track and monitor what’s available, damaged, re-rented, awaiting inspection, and more, without needing to be physically present.

For example, Alltask, a UK-based scaffolding contractor, previously faced issues  managing their growing inventory. Like many other scaffolding firms, they only relied on spreadsheets to track materials.

Upon deploying Quantify, it became easier to monitor the movement of individual components and check stock balances across the business. Missing items were immediately flagged by the software, and Alltask could use the data to hold customers and employees accountable.

Efficient Remote Construction Project Management

When managing projects remotely, whether during a pandemic or beyond, adopting digital technology is the way forward. These products help you improve work efficiency, stay on track with project workflow, and reduce project delays.

When it comes to software or technology to optimize your remote construction management projects, industry-specific tools like Quantify are better suited to your needs.

Find out more about how Avontus Quantify helps you keep track of scaffolding inventory and re-rentals in a remote working environment by clicking the link below.

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Choosing Your Enterprise Scaffolding Software: All-in-One vs. Best-in-Breed

If you’ve been scouting around for software to solve various pain points in your scaffolding company, you’ve probably encountered a confusing array of solutions. But they boil down to two categories: all-in-one solutions and best-in-breed solutions.

All-in-one solutions are software products that attempt to serve many different functions of a company. Think Swiss Army knife, but for scaffolding applications—a toolset that does many jobs, but none of them completely. On the other hand, best-in-breed solutions are specialized and deliver the best possible solution but for one function or a small group of functions.

Often, it’s fair to say that all-in-one solutions are generic, while best-in-breed programs are specialized for specific industries and needs.

Choosing the wrong software can be detrimental to your business; it’s an expensive mistake not just in paying the purchase price, but in recovering from the resulting disruption and inefficiencies.

One major risk is cost. All-in-one solutions are usually on the pricier end of the spectrum, whether in direct licensing cost or in customization, implementation, and training services. Best-in-breed solutions are less costly individually, but require careful consideration of all the software that you’ll implement to completely meet your needs.

If an all-in-one or best-in-breed software doesn’t serve the right purpose and is eventually abandoned, replacing it with another solution could end up doubling the budget.

Another risk is demotivating your employees. It often takes a significant amount of time and effort for staff to adapt to new software, especially if it isn’t designed specifically with scaffolding companies, or if it isn’t supported by a vendor who intimately understands your industry.

If your employees don’t find it useful or easy to use, or can’t get expert help while they’re learning, it could lead to a lack of confidence and reluctance to adopt new software in the future.

So how do you make the right decision for your company’s needs? Find out as we explain how to choose between all-in-one and best-in-breed scaffolding software.

All-in-one vs best-in-breed

A best-in-breed strategy means choosing the best product in its niche to meet the specific requirements of a business. For example, a scaffolding company may choose a best-in-breed solution for managing inventory, and another for communicating with employees in the field. 

All-in-one, or best-in-suite software, comes with a host of capabilities that are integrated into one platform, providing solutions for multiple aspects of an organization, from billing to human resources to inventory management.

What would be the best option for scaffolding companies? We recommend a best-in-breed approach for four reasons:

  • Best-in-breed solutions tend to be easier and quicker to implement compared to more complex all-in-one solutions. This allows companies to realize positive results sooner rather than later.
  • Scaffolding companies also have niche pain points, such as tracking and monitoring of scaffold inventory made up of thousands of non-serialized pieces that are constantly on the move in shipments large and small. A solution that’s hyper-focused on these particular pain points will make processes more efficient.
  • One of the cornerstones of best-in-breed solutions is the user experience. These applications tend to be better designed with the needs of end users at their core. This reduces the risk of rejection and maximizes productive value from the software. Scaffold teams usually don’t have time or interest in toying around with software—they want tools built to purpose that they can put to work immediately with as little fuss as possible.
  • Finally, best-in-breed software for the scaffolding industry leverages deep industry knowledge to provide an ideal solution that delivers results more effectively than all-in-one products, backed up by support and training teams that better understand the needs of scaffolding companies and thus can more quickly help users with their questions.

Avontus Software: Best-in-breed for scaffolding companies

Avontus provides two best-in-breed solutions for scaffolding companies — Avontus Designer and Avontus Quantify — that address both the scaffold planning and the scaffold management aspects of the business.

  • Designer and Quantify are both built with ease of use in mind. Designer has an intuitive interface that allows users to automatically create 3D models and a bill of materials in minutes. Quantify provides a process that mirrors the day-to-day activities of scaffold teams, along with instant reporting that helps managers stay in full control while freeing up countless hours.
  • As best-in-breed products, Designer and Quantify offer features unheard of in all-in-one CAD and project management applications. Designer creates facade, tank, boiler, and stair scaffolds in seconds, and Quantify tracks every piece of equipment, from purchase to job to write-off, while automatically creating rental invoices based on the standard practices of the scaffold industry.
  • User-friendliness is another of the key differentiators of both Designer and Quantify. Both products have an exceptional level of implementation success — once deployed, they have a near-100% customer retention rate, in no small part due to the in-depth training and support each user receives from Avontus.
  • Avontus developers are well-aware of the ins-and-outs of the scaffolding industry. Designer and Quantify provide unique features only scaffolding insiders would think of — and that scaffolding businesses require for operational excellence every day. They make winning bids and maximizing productivity easier than ever. 

Case Study #1: SMS Group Services

Avontus Software offers sophisticated industry-specific solutions to businesses like SMS Group Services, a company in Western Australia that provides end-to-end access management solutions for industrial projects.

Before deploying Avontus software, projects kept getting delayed due to inaccurate inventory management and manual data entry processes.

SMS is now using Quantify to manage stock, track consumables, and monitor vehicles, which has improved accuracy. Information is centralized and accessible across the company. This enables the company to modify designs based on where equipment is, prevent materials from being left behind, and ensure accurate invoicing.

Read more about this case study here.

Case Study #2: Total Access Ltd

Avontus Designer’s features also enable users to cut down on costs. Total Access Ltd, one of New Zealand’s largest scaffolding suppliers, estimated that the monthly cost of Designer is equivalent to just a few hours of an engineer’s time.

A draftsman can create a computer model in a fraction of the time it usually took to construct a sample structure in the yard. Engineers sign off or make changes by simply viewing the visual representation instead of making site visits.

Sending detailed 3D visualizations also impresses customers and inspires confidence in the company, leading to more sales. With Avontus Viewer, an augmented reality tool, customers receive an even more accurate view of a scaffold design.Read the full story here.

Best-in-breed software for your scaffolding management needs

By selecting best-in-breed tools such as Avontus Designer and Avontus Quantify, you ensure that your scaffolding company is getting the most out of your investment.

With industry-specific features that closely align to solving your team’s challenges and dedicated, knowledgeable support, you’ll be able to benefit from the software in short order.

Find out more about what Designer and Quantify can do for you by clicking the link below.

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Why Leading Contractors Prefer System Scaffolding Over Tube and Fitting

There are many types of scaffolding. The tried-and-true scaffolding in certain countries like the UK is, of course, tube and fitting. It’s what many scaffolding businesses start out with. But more contractors are switching to the next generation of scaffolding — system scaffolding.  

It’s not a switch that’s taken lightly. The type of scaffolding you choose can have an enormous impact on a project. Many contractors have found that making the wrong choice is a costly affair, resulting in expensive waste and delays.  

In this article, we present a breakdown of each type of scaffolding. We will compare and contrast them against seven factors so you can see for yourself why more contractors prefer system scaffolding over tube and fitting.  

Tube and Fitting and System Scaffolding Compared 

Tube and Fitting 

Tube and fitting scaffolding, also known as tube and clamp or tube and coupler, is a basic type of scaffold that comprises just steel or aluminum tubes, boards, and clamps. While the tubes are clamped together in whatever configuration is needed, tube and fitting scaffolding is deceptively simple—an extensive amount of knowledge and skill is required to safely erect and dismantle these scaffolds, and even small structures can require intricate designs and highly skilled builders. 

System Scaffolding 

System scaffolding, sometimes called modular scaffolding, comprises prefabricated and pre-engineered horizontal, vertical, and diagonal components all made to interlock together like a jigsaw puzzle. There are several types, used in various parts of the world, such as Kwikstage, Ringlock, and Cuplock scaffolding. 

Seven Reasons for Choosing System Scaffolding 

Less Training Required to Erect 

Tube and fitting often requires highly skilled workers who are knowledgeable and experienced at clamping the tubes together and inspecting the structure. This results in the need for a much higher level of training, especially for the more complex and odd-shaped configurations. 

System scaffolding, on the other hand, is designed for easier erection. Each part has a specific function that informs how they fit together, needing far less creativity and supervision to assemble a scaffold. If experienced tube and fitting erectors are unavailable, the best bet is to rely on system scaffolding. 

Faster Assembly and Dismantling 

Tube and fitting scaffolding generally takes longer to assemble and dismantle with more components and specialized labor involved. If specialized labor is not readily available, further delays can occur. 

System scaffolding needs far less time to set up with parts conveniently connecting together. This allows projects to proceed much quicker. 

Wide Variety of Components 

A key benefit of tube and fitting is thought to be its flexibility in terms of configuration. It can fit closely around odd-shaped angles and more inaccessible areas. 

System scaffolding has fixed sizes, heights, and forms, making it less adaptable to the needs of a project. However, system scaffolding offers a wide variety of components, all but nullifying the versatility advantage of tube and fitting. In addition, many types of system scaffolding have special pre-designed components like lattice girders, roofing systems, and frame guardrails, offering workers increased speed and safety.  

Purpose-Built Solutions for Complex Projects 

The design of tube and fitting has not changed much over the years. It’s a testament to its versatility. Nonetheless, as projects become more complex, this has led to improvised solutions that don’t exactly meet the project requirements. It’s not uncommon for projects to borrow system scaffolding components (such as stair towers) to address shortcomings of pure tube-and-fitting structures. 

System scaffolding is constantly evolving to keep up with new project requirements. System scaffolding designers regularly release new purpose-designed components to solve growing jobsite problems and project needs.  

Heavier Load Ratings 

Tube and fitting scaffolding can generally support heavy loads and is good enough for most jobs. As loads increase, the tube and fitting strategy is generally to throw more tubes at the problem, further increasing labor costs and erection times. 

However, some system scaffoldings are equipped to handle much heavier loads, depending on which system you choose. This typically allows system scaffolding to be more efficient for projects that demand taller or heavier-duty scaffolds. 

Overall Reduced Waste and Loss 

With many smaller parts like clamps and couplers to keep track of, tube and fitting scaffolding projects often wind up with losses from missing parts, which necessitate replacement. While tubes and couplers are individually fairly cheap, widespread losses can lead to a lack of interest in managing the asset, resulting in runaway equipment costs. 

The uniqueness and higher individual value of system scaffolding components encourages equipment stewardship and makes equipment tracking easier and more accountable. This is especially true if you are using asset management software like Avontus Quantify. You can monitor your system scaffolding inventory and have thorough visibility into its condition, availability, and location. This facilitates greater levels of control and accountability in your inventory. 

Transparent Cost 

Commonly available, tube and fitting scaffolding parts are a less costly investment—if your only concern is the cost of the gear itself.  

But with system scaffolding, labor costs—both in terms of hours and necessary training —are greatly reduced. In other words, the cost is more transparent and more manageable. In fact, for many projects, system scaffolding works out to be more cost-effective, at least for basing out the structure if not for the entire scaffold. 

Making Scaffolding Easier to Plan and Design 

Whether you choose system scaffolding or tube and fitting, you could always use a scaffolding design software that makes planning simpler. That’s exactly what Avontus Designer does. 

Just import a plan, add scaffolds wherever you want them, and walk through it in 3D. The scaffolding design software can combine system scaffolding designs from a dozen manufacturers including Ringlock, Cuplock, HAKI, Safway, and OCTO.  

It can even integrate tube and fitting for odd bays, returns, cantilevers, and other enhancements to system scaffolds. Avontus Designer automatically creates a bill of materials so you’ll know exactly what you need to turn the idea into reality.  

Check out the link below to learn more about Avontus Designer.

Calculating Scaffolding Materials and Cost

Calculating Scaffolding Materials and Cost

Material and cost calculations form a major part of a scaffolding business. They allow a company to track its scaffolding inventory and furnish jobs with adequate materials at the most profitable rate. 

However, many companies still rely on legacy methods like manual scaffold design and material calculation.

You know how frustrating it can be when just a small mistake results in expensive rework. Worse, you end up wasting precious time to amend your mistakes and can even lose credibility among your customers.

That’s why it’s so important to get your calculations right, the first time. This is where modern, industry-specific software can be beneficial.

Want to know more? You’re in the right place, just keep reading!

Challenges with Current Scaffolding Material and Cost Calculation Methods

No doubt, relying on established scaffolding material and cost calculation is convenient as everyone in your organization is used to the inner workings of your company. 

But familiarity doesn’t always translate into improved efficiency. 

To address the challenges with current calculation methods, first let’s visualize how scaffolding jobs come about and are usually managed.

Disconnect Between Scaffolding Design and Material Calculation

Scenario: Perhaps a client has approached you with a scaffolding proposal request. Or maybe there’s a new scaffolding bid that you’ve got your sights on. No matter the case, the next step would be to design scaffolding as per project requirements.


But to design and calculate scaffolding materials, you must gather building information like planned use, total working area, height and length of scaffolding, maximum live and dead load weight. Then, proceed with designing the scaffolding using one of the two methods below: 


Method 1: Given the complexity of non-industry-specific software like AutoCAD, you may still resort to low-tech hand-drawn scaffolding design, which is then counted manually for the Bill of Materials (BOM).


However, manually sourcing and inputting this information poses a risk of data inaccuracy. And more complex designs only lead to a higher risk of human error in calculating scaffolding materials manually.

On the other hand, many companies also use a more modernized approach to designing scaffolds and counting materials.  


Method 2: Non-industry-specific solutions like AutoCAD are widely used to design scaffolding. But these solutions lack capabilities needed by scaffolding companies. For example, AutoCAD only gets the designing part right; the same can’t be said for material calculation. You must then integrate AutoCAD with a counter app to get the BOM.


The distinct disconnect between manual scaffolding design process and material calculation will only result in design rework and delayed building time. 

Inaccurate Material Calculation Leads to Inaccurate Cost Estimates

After scaffolding design and material calculation comes cost estimation. A competitive estimate is one of the keys to landing that bid and getting the proposal approved by clients. 

But let’s face it, the scaffolding industry and its competitive bidding nature may cause companies to underestimate the project scope and rush through the entire process. Coupled with a disconnected scaffolding system, just a small design inaccuracy can lead to expensive material and cost miscalculations. 

Does the scenario below seem familiar? 


Scenario: In the heat of getting the scaffolding proposal done, you overlooked the fact that the job site is on a sloping surface. In your design, you used normal base jacks instead of swivel jacks. 


The business then needs to go back to the drawing board (literally, if you’re using manual design and counting methods) to correct the cost estimation.

A worst-case scenario would be to send the wrong materials to a job site. These mistakes mean spending more time on the job site and expending more on labor costs, which translates into higher operating costs. 

This was the case with one of our own customers, Skyline Scaffold. Manual equipment counting was not only tedious, it also led to inaccurate designs. As a result, designs had to be amended at the very last minute. In the worst-case scenario, jobs were sometimes postponed too.  

We saw lower returns, higher freight costs and higher design costs. We also had higher labor costs when we had to make a design change, adapt systems halfway through a project or spend extra time in the yard separating rented equipment from our own.

Jeff Remfert, General Manager of Skyline Scaffold

Read More: Case Study: Skyline Scaffold

Disconnect Between Scaffolding Material and Labor Cost Calculation

But equipment and materials alone don’t contribute to the total scaffolding cost. Labor costs also play a huge part. It’s often calculated using scaffold metrics such as total weight, the number of pieces, or even the scaffolding volume. 


Scenario: Based on your previous projects, it takes about 10 man-hours to assemble and disassemble each cubic metre of scaffolding. Once you’ve finalized the design, you then proceed to calculate the estimated labor cost according to that standard. Unfortunately, you’ve accidentally miscalculated scaffolding materials required. 


When there’s a scaffold metric miscalculation, you’ll also have an inaccurate estimation of labor cost. If left unrectified – in a worst-case scenario – you may even be working at a loss. 

In the scaffolding field, seemingly simple mistakes can add up and lead to increased costs and a less-than-stellar reputation among your customers.  

Avontus: A Modern and Industry-Specific Solution

If manual scaffolding operations are how things are done in your company, then it’s high time that you broke the mold.

Why? Well, the last thing you need is poor efficiency and even poorer profit margins becoming the norm in your organization.

Remember the modern and industry-specific solution that we discussed in the beginning?

That’s how you’re going to upgrade your scaffolding material and cost calculations in line with the industry’s fast-paced and competitive nature. 

With this approach, your scaffolding business can benefit from the following:

Fast Data Capture

Fast-paced industry requires fast information capturing. So out with that manual measuring and inputting of building information. A modern and industry-specific solution should be able to instantly import plans. 

Avontus’ Scaffold Designer does just that. Just import the building plan in PDF, AutoCAD formats, or even satellite images; then, drag and drop scaffolds into place. Not only does it save time, instant plan importing greatly improves design accuracy too.  

In the Import/Export tab, select the type of file with your building information that you want to import. 

Information Customizability

Your projects come with varying requirements. Sticking with a one-size-fits-all manual approach can limit your capability as a scaffolding business. So, your modern and industry-specific solution should also allow the customization of project information.

For example, some of the important information that must be present in the materials database for easy identification are part numbers, dimensions, and descriptions. This database must be customizable, as you might need to customize the BOM based on the materials that you’re using for a project.

With Scaffold Designer, you can customize the materials database and easily add components (e.g. emergency exit route, rescue and loading platform, etc.) into your scaffolding designs. 

Not only can you generate a BOM for each scaffold design created, you can also edit it to add parts, modify quantities, or change the description of a part. 

Error-Free, Integrated Materials and Cost Calculation

As stated earlier, scaffolding design is followed by material calculation and cost estimation. Wouldn’t it be better if these processes were integrated for seamless operations? With an industry-specific and modern solution, you can easily bring together different aspects of your business. 

That’s why we enabled Scaffold Designer to be integrated with Quantify, our scaffold inventory management system. Now, you can instantly create estimates based on your BOM while viewing the available inventory balance. 

Integrate Scaffold Designer with Quantify to seamlessly transition from design to material calculation to cost estimation. 

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Accurate Scope Visualization and Confirmation

It’s only logical that you share your scaffolding plan with your clients to ensure that everyone is on the same page regarding project requirements. Scaffold Designer allows you to create and export living models (2D plans and 3D models) into various formats (e.g. PDF, 3D, and 2D DWG).

On the other hand, our dedicated design visualization software – Scaffold Viewer – has high-tech capabilities like virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR).

Together, customers will then be able to see every aspect of the design. For example, maybe you included a compact 8-leg stair tower in your plan instead of a stacked one.

With a living model, customers can request for design modifications before men and materials hit the job site. Once you’ve nailed your scaffolding proposal as per customer’s requirements, instantly turn them into a shipment and you’re ready for that job.

Export your design into 3D PDF format and share it with your customers for confirmation before proceeding with work.

Upgrade Your Material and Cost Calculation Methods

When you get the scaffolding design right, the corresponding material and cost calculation will be accurate too, especially if you use an integrated scaffolding system. 

Overall, inaccuracies and inefficiencies are minimized while productivity and profitability are maximized.  

With all the added capabilities afforded by Avontus, isn’t it high time that you’ve upgraded your scaffolding materials and cost calculating system? 

Contact our team and we’ll show you how to nail your estimates and win more bids with modern scaffolding software.

Related: Introduction to Estimating Scaffold Materials & Costs with Scaffold Designer

6 Must-Haves for Scaffold Rental Management Software

Scaffold rental management software is the engine that drives your scaffolding business towards greater productivity and profitability. 

There are many options on the market, and they’re not all designed the same. Some focus solely on inventory management, while others offer seamless integration with scaffold design software. 

No matter the purpose, some features are unmissable for scaffold rental management software.

Keep reading to know the six must-haves for an efficient scaffold rental management software. 


Must-Have Features for Scaffold Rental Management Software

For your scaffolding business to thrive, it needs a solid scaffold rental management software that has the following features:


Built Specifically for Scaffolding Industry

First things first, your scaffold rental management software must be built specifically for the scaffolding industry. Why, you ask? Well, using an industry-specific solution means that it’s able to handle specific job requirements. Developers of such solutions are aware of the ins-and outs of the scaffolding industry and their software will also address most of your scaffold management needs.  

For example, in the scaffolding business, it’s important to be able to track jobs and materials across different locations like branch office, laydown yard, staging area, and job sites. This is to ensure you get maximum utilization out of your scaffolding equipment and materials. 

Besides keeping track of equipment and materials, managing re-rent (cross-hire) in line with owned inventory is another important feature specific to the scaffolding industry. Using a software that enables cross-hire will let you know when you have enough materials to return to the vendor. It prevents costs from adding up unnecessarily and helps to maximize your scaffolding business ROI


Intelligent Scaffold Business Data Automation, Reporting, and Analysis

Too much data, too little time. Don’t let this be the case for your scaffolding business. Data automation is necessary in today’s digitized scaffolding landscape, where efficient data processing can raise your company’s profitability. One way to achieve this is by choosing a software that automates tedious and repetitive processes like customer order requests, invoicing, accounting, and many more.

The software must also be able to transpose business data into customizable reports and pivots to monitor how your business is performing and help you make profitable business decisions. 

Another capability of a scaffold rental management software is providing an instant view of inventory utilization. This feature can help you determine if you have enough available inventory to furnish a job. 

Besides that, the scaffold management system must allow a scaffold branch office or job site balance to go negative. This data analytics feature acts as a monitoring tool that makes your inventory auditing procedure (e.g. cycle count) more efficient.

Other important analytical features are return count and blind count sheets. They’ll help you track and bill your customers for lost, damaged, and missing equipment to recoup any costs incurred. 


Seamless Integration for a Streamlined Scaffolding Solution

Integration is essential, especially if you use different software to address different areas of your business. The resulting best-of-breed solution should then be intuitive and error-free.

The scaffold rental management solution should offer stable and seamless integration with scaffold design software. This way, you can provide an accurate drawing and materials list to your customers without incorrect data duplication. Afterall, poor data management is a major contributor of global construction rework.

Besides design software, the scaffold rental management software should also offer integration with common accounting systems that allow customized billing methods like arrears, advance, and first advance, then arrears. You can then choose the most suitable billing options depending on cash flow, customer payment behavior, service costs, etc.


Customizable Solution with Flexible Pricing Tiers

Being forced to stick with a common pricing package that requires a long-term commitment or per-user pricing package is frustrating. It’s even worse when the chosen package doesn’t even fulfill all your scaffolding business objectives. 

So, the software should be priced according to the size of your business. Most importantly, choose one with a per-branch licensing option. This way everyone from the job-site foreman to the branch Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will have access to scaffold inventory information. The end result? Improved efficiency across your company. 


Quick Install, Seamless Onboarding, Easy to Use, and Unlimited Support

For scaffolding businesses – or any for-profit business for that matter – time is money. So, the software should offer quick install with minimal business downtime. After installation comes onboarding and here, vendor support and training for your staff are equally important to enable timely software utilization. 

In addition, an intuitive system UI also empowers your staff to start using the software in next to no time. With unlimited support, ongoing updates, and new release training, you can successfully manage your business operations.


Quantify: A Powerful Inventory Management System for the Scaffolding Industry

Quantify is one of the most powerful inventory management systems built specially for the scaffolding industry. It expertly handles all requirements that a scaffolding business needs with unlimited and tailored support provided by Software Assurance.

With real-time inventory insights, Quantify offers accurate material estimates based on scaffold designs. The outcome is a production-ready proposal, minus the unnecessary concerns over equipment or material availability. Once you win a bid and get the job, instantly turn your estimate into a shipment right from the software, and you’re good to go. 

Since Quantify is an inventory management system, use it to monitor the materials and progress of each job at different branches. 

Use Quantify's Estimates tab to monitor job progress

Leverage Quantify’s Estimates tab to monitor scaffold materials and the status of each job.


Besides that, Quantify’s .NET API makes it easy to integrate with any accounting system for efficient bookkeeping. Scaffold estimates from Scaffold Designer are fully compatible with Quantify. All you need to do is to save your scaffold estimates and import the file into Quantify to complete the integration. Hence, you can easily avoid redundant data entry and inaccurate information.  

Integrate Quantify and Scaffold Designer

Seamless integration is possible between Quantify and Scaffold Designer.


Quantify has several licenses to choose from: Small Business, Enterprise, and Industrial. Each of these versions offers a per-branch license, not per-user. With everyone having unlimited access to inventory information, jobs can be completed productively. 

If you’re already using rental software, switching to Quantify and migrating data from your original system couldn’t be easier. Just import your existing customer, materials, counts, and rates with a simple tab-separated spreadsheet file.

Import information into Quantify

Import important scaffolding business information right from the Import tab.


Want to see Quantify in action? 

Book a personal Quantify walkthrough with our team today. 

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How to Maximize Your Scaffolding Business ROI

Do you have excess inventory gathering rust in your scaffold yard? Then, you could be missing out on an easy way to maximize your utilization and cash flow.  

The scaffolding rental market is projected to grow at 5.32% from 2018-2022 (source). Renting out scaffolding and equipment can help you expand your business and diversify your revenue stream.

While it is a highly lucrative business, many scaffolding vendors struggle to attain the levels of success they desire. 

Without the right inventory management systems in place, managing all of the moving parts involved can become a nightmare. 

In this blog post, you will learn more about the secrets to maximizing ROI with scaffolding re-rentals.

What Are the Challenges for Scaffolding Rental Business Owners?

First and foremost, a lack of inventory management is the biggest obstacle to running a rental business. Without the right forecasting, management, and invoicing systems in place, you could find yourself exposed to any number of risks, as described below.

Inventory Control

Most scaffolding firms still rely on spreadsheets and paper-based shipping documents for asset management and rental inventory tracking. These approaches are error-prone and full of costly inefficiencies.

Shipping documents are often duplicated or triplicated to track scaffolding rentals from the yard to job site, and back. But they aren’t always properly checked and signed. 

In some cases, the shipping list gets lost, making it difficult to keep track of rental equipment coming in and out of the yard. When the shipment arrives, it is not counted correctly due to the lack of verification against shipment. This makes it difficult  to capture over-shipments or missing components as they travel back and forth between yard and job site.

Another common problem is the lack of a formal count sheet or inspection procedure for rental inventory, thus limiting your visibility into stock levels. While some generic software can handle trackable items with serialized numbers, bulk assets don’t get accounted for over time. Without regular inventory counts, businesses can lose a fortune due to lost or stolen inventory. 

Unfortunately, this is the reality for many scaffolding businesses.

Billing and Invoicing

Inaccurate order tracking also causes all kinds of headaches to the folks in accounting. They rely on physical count of the stock to identify discrepancies between inventory records and the actual stock in hand. 

Missing or damaged components that fell off your radar end up not being billed at all. Mistakes in invoicing could cost your company hundreds of thousands each month. And this is where the nightmare begins. You can’t charge customers for repair or replacement costs if these problems get discovered too late. At the same time, a drop in inventory due to equipment failure could lead to unplanned downtime, affecting your rental activities. 

Yes. Running a successful rental business isn’t easy. 

Don’t pour your money down the drain with inefficient paper- or spreadsheet-based systems or manual inventory records.

We built Quantify to help you automate your rental management, so you can focus on closing deals and improving inventory turnover.  

“Quantify took us from tracking being almost an impossibility to being able to do it with a couple of clicks.”

– Jack Dalrymple, Commonwealth’s director of branding and operations

Learn how you can leverage a modern scaffolding inventory management system to manage your rentals with ease. 

Quantify: Intuitive and Powerful Solution for Profitable Scaffold Re-Rentals

Quantify offers an all-in-one platform that can streamline your workflow and boost re-rental profitability for both internal and external use. Keep reading to learn how Quantify solves common challenges in scaffolding inventory management and billing.

External use

You can either import product quantities into the estimate or create a new estimate for rentals based on the current inventory located at the job site:

product quantities and estimates
Quantify Estimates

Then, issue the delivery order from your estimate:

Quantify Shipping and Logistics
Shipping and Logistics

The best part? You can manage the entire rental fleet to ensure accurate stock levels for all customers in one place:

Working with multiple rental fleet
Working with Customers

As mentioned above, you can generate invoices for all charges, including billable amounts for rent and sales of consumable items. You can integrate Quantify with major accounting tools like QuickBooks, Oracle, and Xero, among others.

With inventory tracking, Quantify will immediately flag missing items when they don’t make it back from the job.

Inventory Tracking
Inventory Tracking

Internal use

Quantify integrates seamlessly with Scaffold Designer. This means that with just a click you can generate the materials list for your project in Scaffold Designer. Then you can export it to Quantify to cross-check inventory and accurately calculate scaffolding project costs.

Need to make changes to your plan on the fly? You can edit the Bill of Materials, such as adding parts and quantities, and then create instant estimates for your end-users. 

Sharing and managing scaffolding material lists
Sharing and managing scaffolding material lists has never been easier. 

Besides monitoring rented items and prices during shipment and return. You can also manage ongoing hire billing by items. 

These are just a few of the ways Quantify helps you unlock your company’s profit potential through re-rentals. See others below!

How to Maximize Revenue with Scaffolding Rentals

Beyond inventory management capabilities that you can find in generic software, Quantify takes into consideration every detail that goes into running a profitable scaffolding business.

Maintaining scaffolding utilization rate

Specialized software like Quantify allows you to manage cross-hire in line with your stock record. This way, you can collect data for inventory utilization forecasts.

Generic accounting software only reveals utilization trends over time, meaning you’re not able to use it to determine your actual capacity to handle an upcoming job. Quantify solves this problem with instant inventory utilization reports, enabling you to monitor your utilization rate in real time.

For instance, if you are already utilizing 90% of your current inventory, you may not have enough equipment to serve the next customer coming through the door. Or, if your utilization rate is below 70%, you may be leaving money on the table with too much equipment in the yard.

Ideally, you should aim for a 75% to 80% utilization rate for your equipment fleet to ensure a healthy inventory for immediate demand, and consistent revenue stream. 

Related: 5 Critical Metrics Every Scaffold Business Needs to Know

Generating revenue from the sale of consumable items

With Quantify, you can also sell consumable items that go to a job but never come back. If you have a good stock of items like gloves and harnesses, for example, you can make a profit from them. Quantify enables billing and invoicing of consumable parts as well. 

Increasing profit margins with asset valuation

Inside Quantify, you have the ability to track the list price of your equipment purchases and set your rental price based on various costing factors such as average cost..

By blending the original cost into total average fleet cost, you can ensure higher ROI from the monthly rental rate, no matter what happens with daily business transactions.

For example, if you purchase 100 items at $3 per piece and another 100 items at $6 per piece, your average cost is $4.50. Then, you can charge a fixed percentage of the list price ($4.50) as a standard rental rate.

Using an accounting software, you can also track the total asset value and take a depreciation deduction on your tax return to improve profit margins.

Think Scaffolding Business. Think Quantify.

To run a wildly successful scaffolding business, you first need to get organized, especially when dealing with high-volume equipment rentals. Leverage Avontus technology to streamline your processes, add efficiency to operations, and maximize your profit the right way. 

Track your asset movements with real-time inventory visibility.

Improve accounting efficiency with fast and accurate billing automation.

Gain insights into your business with industry-specific software solutions.

Are you ready to reinvent your scaffolding rentals? Get in touch with our team for a personal Quantify walkthrough!

Related: How to Strengthen Your Scaffolding Business Despite Industry Downturn

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5 Critical Metrics Every Scaffold Business Needs to Know

“Domino’s 30-Minute Delivery or Free Pizza” is not just a marketing gimmick. It’s also a quality metric that measures the efficiency of the company at delivering goals (and, of course, pizza).

With performance metrics, you can evaluate how successful your business operations are at accomplishing key company objectives. Most importantly, you can swiftly make amendments should the metrics show a downward trend. 

But there are a lot of performance metrics, and using them all is not practical or helpful. They key is to choose metrics that can accurately and concisely reflect your company’s main objectives.

In today’s blog post, we’ll let you in on the five critical metrics that the most productive and profitable scaffolding businesses use to track their success. 

Using Company Objectives to Establish Meaningful Metrics

For mariners, a lighthouse serves as a navigational tool and warns them of potentially dangerous areas. In the business context, performance metrics function as the lighthouse for organizations. 

These metrics guide your company to accomplish goals successfully by evaluating the effectiveness of business operations. They keep your company afloat by quickly revealing activities that fail to achieve business goals.

Since these metrics can make or break your business, it’s important that you establish meaningful metrics based on your scaffolding company’s key strategic objectives. This way, when you achieve your Key Performance Indicator (KPI), you’ll successfully accomplish important business objectives too. 

For most scaffolding businesses, key objectives and the corresponding metrics may revolve around the following important departments.  

Finance Department

  • Key Objective 1: Achieve and maintain high profitability
  • Key Objective 2: Maintain healthy cash flow
  • Key Objective 3: Minimize inventory losses

Customer Service Department

  • Key Objective 1: Provide excellent customer service
  • Key Objective 2: Attract and retain profitable customers

Operations Department

  • Key Objective: Achieve and maintain high yard productivity

Note that the objectives are all long-term and help paint the big picture about what’s important to your scaffolding company. 

The next step is to match these objectives with appropriate metrics so that you can monitor the progress of said objectives regularly.

More on that below.

Critical Metrics That You Must Know to Achieve Your Company’s Business Objectives

We’ve narrowed down five critical metrics that can successfully steer your scaffolding company and operations in-line with important long-term key objectives. 

1. Inventory Accuracy

This metric is crucial, especially for a business that relies on accurate inventory counts to maximize profitability. 

Inventory Accuracy can be interpreted differently by various departments in your scaffolding business. For example, the Finance department may calculate it in terms of dollar value. Their goal would be to ensure that the dollar value of scaffolding materials in the ERP system and those out in the yard match. On the other hand, the Sales department’s take on Inventory Accuracy is even more straightforward in terms of actual scaffolding material counts. 

💡 How to calculate: The difference between physical goods and inventory items reported by ERP software or department.

No matter the approach, Inventory Accuracy helps you to gauge if you have adequate scaffolding pieces to furnish your customer’s project. Besides that, it also gives a clue if your bookkeeping and data management practices are working well for your company. A high discrepancy between physical scaffolding pieces and inventory items in the system could be due to theft or human error at manual data entry. And if left uncorrected, these problems could affect your company’s profitability. 

🎯 Target: Aim for the difference to be as low as possible.

2. Rental Rate

This is why regular inventory audits throughout the scaffolding process – in yard/depot, before shipping to customers, at the customer’s jobsite, and after a job – is crucial. While the practice of conducting cycle counts is advantageous, take it up a notch by leveraging innovative technology like ERP accounting software and barcodes. With one-stop ERP solutions like Quantify, you can easily barcode serialized and non-serialized items for efficient inventory management.  

Another equally important metric for a scaffolding business is the Rental Rate, as it’s directly responsible for your company’s cash flow and profitability. There are many factors that can influence Rental Rate; one of them is the type of scaffolding material that you provide to your customers. Usually, systems scaffold fetches a higher Rental Rate because it’s easier and faster to erect; thus, efficiently reducing the customer’s labor costs and project timeline. Additional expenditures like labor and transport costs can also inflate or deflate your Rental Rate.  

💡 How to calculate: The total rental revenue that you receive for each piece of scaffolding item. 

An accurate Rental Rate also cements your company’s reputation as a competitive and reliable scaffolding business. We know how cutthroat the scaffolding industry can be, where frequently the lowest scaffolding bids win! So, be sure to merge the original cost of your scaffolding materials into the total average fleet cost to ensure higher ROI from your Rental Rate, regardless of your business operations. 

🎯 Target: Aim for accurate and competitive Rental Rates.

With an automated scaffold management system, you can easily manage Rental Rates and successfully recoup costs incurred due to maintenance, storage, administration, etc. 

3. Time Utilization Rate

While you can always rent out various scaffolding materials, you must understand the value – in terms of productivity and monetary – that each piece brings to your company. You can measure the former via Time Utilization. In simpler terms, this performance metric tells you how often a scaffolding item is being rented out.

💡 How to calculate: Items on rent against items owned. The items could be by scaffolding piece or total value of equipment.

Knowing which scaffold inventory is heavily rotated can also guide you to track items that require servicing for optimal performance. You can even create a routine maintenance period for high-value scaffolding parts. 

Too high a Time Utilization Rate is bad, as you may have to turn away potential customers if your materials are always away for use. In contrast, a low Time Utilization Rate could mean that the scaffolding item is not being sought after by your customers. Or perhaps you have too many of the same item. Try to avoid this as the cost of storing and maintaining these items can quickly add up and affect your company’s long-term profitability.

🎯 Target: Aim for a 70% to 80% Time Utilization Rate for optimal inventory usage.

4. Financial Utilization Rate

Combat too low and high Time Utilization rates by keeping rental rates of the scaffolding materials low and high, respectively. For example, if your scaffolding item is not heavily rotated, you could always reduce its rental rate within a reasonable limit to capture more demand.

The next vital metric is Financial Utilization Rate. To put it simply, this performance metric indicates the scaffolding item that’s bringing your company the big bucks. You can then manage its supply chain for higher ROI. Financial Utilization Rate is usually measured throughout an item’s lifetime; or, the shortest time period is over a year. 

💡 How to calculate: Cost of scaffolding items at rent against the total cost of scaffolding materials. 

For example, if your scaffolding materials cost a total of $1,000,000 and you have rented out $900,000 worth of scaffolding pieces, then your Financial Utilization Rate is 90%. Watch out for too low of a Financial Utilization Rate as it could mean that your rental rate is either too low or too high. The former prevents you from getting adequate ROI from each job. While the latter simply makes it difficult for you to win bids. 

Or it could also mean that you’re offering scaffolding items that are not commonly used in construction projects; hence the low demand and poor utilization. In the long run, this could drain your business of its profit. Ideally, your scaffolding items should have high rates for both Time Utilization and Financial Utilization. 

🎯 Target: High Time and Financial Utilization rates.

5. Day Sales Outstanding (DSO)

Reach this target by achieving the right balance between sending out scaffolding items to generate revenue and cover business expenditures while ensuring that they’re not out for too long. Not only that, consider increasing the quantity of items with high Financial Utilization Rate to ensure sustainable productivity and profitability. 

A business is nothing without its customers and, of course, their payments. Keep track of your customer invoices and how quickly you are collecting payment from your customers via Days Sales Outstanding metric. 

💡 How to calculate: The amount of accounts receivable divided by the total credit sales in a certain period of time. The number is then multiplied by the number of days in that period of time. 

A standard DSO schedule is usually categorized in a monthly, quarterly or annual basis. However, it’s important that you collect outstanding accounts receivable as quickly as possible so that you can put the cash to use efficiently.

Elevated Days Sales Outstanding could mean that you have slow-paying customers or that your business is slowing down. So, implement appropriate corrective and preventive actions to nip these issues in the bud. For example, if your customers aren’t paying on time, charge late payment fees. Alternatively, offer reasonable discounts for early payments to encourage customers to pay on time. Also use this metric to cultivate a healthy list of customers by weeding out slow-paying ones.

For seamless invoicing and bill tracking, leverage an automated and comprehensive scaffold management system. With it, you can customize billing and invoicing options based on different rent rates and job costs. 

Tracking Performance Metrics via Quantify for Sustainable Scaffolding Productivity and Profitability

From increased productivity to assured profitability, leverage an all-encompassing scaffold management system like Quantify. 

With Quantify, easily accomplish important business objectives and get real-time data to see the progress of your metrics. Most importantly, make data-backed business decisions for optimal company performance.

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Formwork Planning & Inventory Management with Trimble and Avontus Quantify®

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)


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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.

Quantify Cloud and Designer Pay-As-You-Go

Originally posted on Monday, June 2, 2014

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Affordable software to manage your scaffold, formwork, or industrial services company.


Introducing cloud and pay-as-you-go pricing options for all Avontus software products. On-premise or in the cloud, it’s your choice. With a small startup cost and a minimal monthly fee, you can have the best software available for scaffolding, formwork and industrial services companies.


You can start with a budget-friendly cloud-hosted or pay-as-you-go solution, and as your company grows, you can quickly convert to on-premises, if needed.


The exact same feature-rich version of Quantify is available in the cloud. Quantify was built from day 1 to evolve with the ever-changing needs of scaffolding, formwork, and industrial services companies. Quantify Cloud offers a low-cost, server-free solution without any per-user charges. This includes our fully-featured API, which allows your developers to tie our logic and data into your custom back-office solutions. With a single monthly fee, all of your customers and employees can do exactly what they need to do, all with no IT involvement.

  • 99% up-time
  • Servers located across the globe
  • No IT involvement needed
  • Automatic updates to the newest features
  • Regular backups
  • Quantify Web included with each subscription
  • From $349/month!


If you are on a budget or have a temporary need for design software, you can purchase a Pay-As-You-Go license. Pay-As-You-Go also has a minimal startup cost and a small monthly fee. Pay-As-You-Go is installed on your desktop, laptop, or tablet, and is easily activated and de-activated.

Scaffold Designer for Cup, Ring, and Kwikstage: $249

Scaffold Designer Kwikstage-only: $149

Handset Designer for Symons-style forms: $149


As with our on-premises offering, full implementation, data conversion, and customized training is included in your purchase of Quantify Cloud and Pay-As-You-Go products.


Cloud and Pay-As-You-Go customers receive the same highly-responsive and professional support as our on-premises customers.


Software updates are automatic and require no IT assistance. The cost of all updates is included in the subscription fee. Whenever our software is updated, web-based training specific to new features is provided at no additional cost for subscribers worldwide. View the training schedule.

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By: Michelle Caskey