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Create Custom Building Objects Easily with Avontus Designer’s Latest Release

To kick off 2021, we’re happy to announce a new feature release for Avontus Designer. The latest update includes a major enhancement to the Building Object Edit tool. Now you can create custom building objects, such as ramps and roofing systems, with even more detail to give your clients a picture-perfect view of how your access solution is the right one for their project.

 Avontus Designer has evolved to become the leading design software for the scaffolding industry. Businesses everywhere benefit from features like simple drag-and-drop design capabilities, instant materials counts,  automatically-created 3D models, and augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) for scaffolding visualization and presentation.

Here’s what you can do with the new release:

  • Utilize the Building Objects edit tool to create and edit building objects, either individually or as a group. Building objects and groups allow users to create any complex custom structure.
  • Specify the layer name for each building object or group of objects, which makes working with exported CAD files more efficient.
  • Rotate groups of building objects around the X and Y axis in 3D view. This means you can create ramps, sloped decks, safety fans, roofing systems and more.
  • Create conical frustums using the new Cone shape for building objects.
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An example of complex drawings of custom building objects you can now create with the new feature release. Source: Avontus Software

Boosting Avontus Designer’s Capabilities

Taking it up a notch, a number of enhancements have also been made to Designer to provide users with better performance, and to support advancements in graphics. Here’s how Designer has been optimized:

  • Grouped building objects can now be moved as a whole using the new Reference Elevation property.
  • The ability to specify the color used in 3D views for a single or group of building objects.
  • The addition of Steel Battens to supported plank types.
  • Select All Building Objects tool in the Drawing tab now selects groups of building objects too.
  •  3D component has been upgraded to the latest version to support newer graphics cards and provide better performance.
  • The addition of an Update Model button to the 3D View panel to quickly rebuild scaffold models.
  • The addition of Refresh Conceptual Model button to the 3D Model toolbar to clean up and redraw conceptual models, which is especially useful if the 3D view and plan view are not in sync.

With the latest bug fixes, the software now runs better than ever before — improving your company’s efficiency and productivity. The following issues have been resolved to ensure smoother and more efficient design:

  • Fixed a bug in grouped pipe shapes not drawing in 3D view.
  • Fixed a bug in which a slab shape grouped with other building objects would be moved to an incorrect location.
  • Fixed a bug in selecting and editing grouped building objects with multiple levels of nested grouped building objects.
  • Boiler objects now use the reference elevation and can be grouped and correctly transformed with other building objects.
  • Various bug fixes have been implemented regarding grouped building objects.
  • Designer now adds a ‘missing part’ warning message to the BOM when part numbers specified in building objects are not found in the Material Master.
  • Fixed a bug in the Kwikstage system when requesting to use return transoms in wall scaffold.

With the updated and newly enhanced Avontus Designer, you can now take your business to the next level and provide your customers with even clearer and more detailed visualizations.

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Creating Kwikstage Scaffold Designs for Winning Tenders

Kwikstage is one of the major types of scaffolding that truly lives up to its name. With just four basic components – standards, ledgers, base jacks, and the concepts of Kwikstage scaffolding are straightforward.  

That said, winning Kwikstage (and other types of) scaffolding bids can still depend on the speed and accuracy of the designs and estimates. In addition, the seamless review of scaffold models in project tendering and planning discussions between scaffolding contractors and their clients are also instrumental.  

In today’s blog post, you’ll learn how to easily create winning Kwikstage scaffold designs using an easy-to-master software.  

Quick Overview of Kwikstage Scaffolding  

First, a quick overview of Kwikstage scaffolding. As a type of modular or system scaffolding, the Kwikstage style was designed and patented by RMD Kwikform about 35 years ago.  

Kwikstage is now widely used in countries like the UK (Scotland, specifically), Australia, South Africa, and to an extent in New Zealand. And since it’s widely available and typically a low-cost modular scaffolding option, Kwikstage is perfect for construction projects that are both large-scale and complex like stadiums, bridges, and even ships.  

Not only that, additional safety components like double guard rails and non-slip platforms play a part in improving Kwikstage scaffolding safety.   

Despite these compelling features, because of its prevalence and relative low cost, Kwikstage scaffolding has become largely commoditized. So, winning a tender can boil down to the speed of the design process, accuracy of models, and ease of modifications.  

Now, let’s learn how to achieve all that using a scaffolding design software.  

Automatically Design Kwikstage Scaffolding Models 

With an industry-specific scaffolding design software like Avontus Designer, creating Kwikstage models is as easy as adding readily available and fully customizable scaffold models to building plans.  

The result is an impressive, easy to understand scaffold plan far beyond what can be produced by old-fashioned pencil and paper methods, but that’s also easily achieved by a novice software user. In fact, many non-technical users have created designs within minutes of starting to use the software.  

The option to import various Kwikstage scaffolding manufacturer catalogues also means that draftsmen don’t have to create scaffold blocks from scratch – a common problem with most CAD packages.  

With a more efficient design process, you’ll get Kwikstage scaffold designs in a fully immersive and professional 3D views automatically.  

The best part is that all this can be done without relying on expensive CAD solutions or weeks of technical training.  

Visualize Kwikstage Scaffolding Proposals to Confirm Design Accuracy 

Once Kwikstage scaffolding designs are ready, it’s up to the bid manager to present the proposal to the client.  

A good way to win the bid is by showing clients exactly what goes where and how scaffolds might impact the construction project, both in providing access and potentially obstructing other works on site.  

With an industry-specific scaffolding software, bid managers can instantly visualize and walk through designs in powerful 3D, Virtual Reality (VR), and Augmented Reality (AR) views.  

When it’s difficult to meet a client in-person or be on site at a moment’s notice, the ability to perform remote design walkthroughs and handovers using these powerful visualization techniques is bound to impress clients and make crews more productive.  

Any mistakes or requests for modifications from the clients can then be easily documented and addressed.  

Kwikstage scaffolding designs in 3D view give a clear point of reference for clients, further increasing the chances of winning bids.

Incorporate Changes to Kwikstage Scaffolding Drawings in Real-Time 

Another factor for winning bids is fast adaptability. Often, clients will request for design modifications to improve their project timelines and reduce costs.  

Here, being able to incorporate these changes to the Kwikstage scaffolding design in real-time can help you win or lose bids.  

Using scaffolding design software, project managers only need to open the saved files and customize the existing design details on the spot.  

Any changes to the plans will be instantly reflected in the Bill of Materials (BOM), which can then be quickly shared with clients for approval.  

Win Kwikstage Scaffold Bids with Avontus 

It’s no doubt that winning Kwikstage scaffold bids – or any other scaffolding types for that matter – can be easier with an industry-specific scaffolding design software like Avontus Designer.  

Using the software, scaffolding companies can focus on developing a well-thought-out scaffolding blueprint that clearly communicates the unique expertise built into each design. They can also leverage technologies to deliver on their commitments and increase confidence in clients.  

All this spells good news for design accuracy, project clarity, and overall profitability for everyone involved in the scaffold project.   

For more information on how else Avontus Designer can help you win bids (either for Kwikstage scaffolding or others), check out the link below.  

System scaffolding vs Frame and brace

Why Leading Contractors Prefer System Scaffolding Over Frame and Brace

The right choice of scaffolding type cuts costs by being fast to erect and dismantle while minimizing your fleet overhead by being multi-functional. But how do you identify the right choice? To answer that, we compare two of the most common types – frame and brace and system scaffolding.

We consider four aspects of scaffolding and which projects each type of scaffolding is best suited for, ultimately exploring why system scaffolding is becoming the preferred choice of leading contractors. 

A recap: Frame and brace and system scaffolding

Frame and brace

Frame and brace, also known as sectional scaffolding, is common on residential projects and many commercial job sites in North America and parts of Europe. Composed of metal tubing, it has a square frame configuration with cross braces running along every bay.

While relatively simple, frame and brace excels at being fast to plan and erect when it is used in straightforward applications like pedestrian overhead protection and façade access.

System scaffolding

System scaffolding, also known as modular scaffolding, utilizes vertical, horizontal, and diagonal posts and tubes to create flexible scaffolding to suit many types of projects. Styles of system scaffolding include ring- or pin-lock, cup-lock, and Kwikstage, as well as proprietary types like HAKI, Safway Systems, Turner OCTO, and more.

Though slightly slower to erect piece-for-piece than frame and brace scaffolding, system scaffolding has an exceptional balance of flexibility and ease of use that drives its steadily increasing market share.

Four ways system scaffolding beats frame and brace

Greater accessibility for congested areas

System scaffolding can be used for large projects and is highly efficient in congested spaces with obstacles. Frame and brace is common in fixed rectangular bays and present difficulties when positioning around obstacles and in confined spaces.

System scaffolding is apt for reaching odd-shaped or circular structures such as domes and power plant interiors. Ringlock scaffolding for example, is a suitable solution for curved surfaces.

System scaffolding is also the superior choice for hanging scaffolds from rooftops, pipe racks, bridges, and other elevated areas, in many cases providing a much more cost-effective means of access versus building up from the ground.

Easier storage and transporting

While easy enough to stack on a truck or in the yard, with frame and brace, you must account for the bulky frames when planning efficient storage or carry-in of equipment to indoor spaces. In contrast, system scaffolding consists of linear tubes and smaller accessories, enabling flexible truck loading and greater ease of material handling when scaffolds are erected far from the nearest delivery gate or drop-off point.

Specialized components for improved safety

Each system scaffolding style has specific components designed to improve safety. These are specialized accessories like integrated or locking toeboards, deck liftoff preventers, secure guardrail standards (also known as “crazy legs”). One example is the Ringlock system. A single rosette sits at the core of all its components. With a rosette every 500 mm (19.5”), workers have a tie-off point almost anywhere they need one.

Effective for rigging and shoring

System scaffolding is more versatile for two types of activities that access contractors consult on – rigging and shoring.

Rigging is mainly to push, hoist, lift, or pull objects in construction sites. System scaffolding plays an important role in providing custom rigging solutions for swing stages and other suspended access. Ringlock and Cuplock, for example, are two common system scaffolding types in rigging for suspended scaffolds. Ringlock is also useful for crane lifting with adaptations to base jack retention and coupling pins.

System scaffolding is popular for shoring as it is can create a wide range of shoring solutions supporting significant loads. Ringlock scaffolding is a top choice in shoring as in the Urbina Shoring System. Cuplock is also a popular choice for shoring and formwork scaffolds. It is ideal for use under slabs with different heights and structure systems.

Visualize Scaffold Designs in Minutes, Whichever System Scaffold You Choose

Whichever system scaffolding you choose, having a scaffold design software gives you the upper hand in visualizing your designs.

One of the key advantages of Avontus Designer is its vast library of scaffolding manufacturers. Users can instantly import parts and components from a multitude of system scaffold styles like Ringlock, Cuplock, and Kwisktage as well as proprietary types like HAKI, Safway Systems, and OCTO. Easily add any component you can think of, from ladders and swing gates to mesh guards and connector bays. You can even add custom creations like independent bays, cantilevers, and bridges with a few mouse clicks.

A Proven Solution[AH1] 

Rendering detailed 3D models in Avontus Designer helped family-owned scaffold and shoring systems company, CSI, beat out the competition. It gives customers a clearer picture of what the scaffolds will look like on site. Jeremy Trask, the company’s Director of Safety believes Avontus Designer was a key element to winning the Disneyland Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge theme park project.

Avontus Designer also helped Tennessee Scaffolding win bids. The software cut down on costly delays by helping customers visualize the scaffold structures. Chief Administration Officer, Sean Harrison, says that with Designer, “All you need is your imagination”. Even someone without AutoCAD expertise can use it, thanks to its user-friendly interface.

Image: One of Tennessee Scaffolding’s 3D system scaffolding designs, used for swing stage rigging. 


No matter what system scaffolding style you choose, Avontus Designer is the preferred choice of scaffold design software. Take the next step in virtual design evolution made easy for you.

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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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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.

Cost-Effectively Creating Safety-First Scaffold Designs

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), an estimated 2.3 million construction workers work on scaffolds in the United States. However, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimated that 4,500 injuries that occur on jobsites every year could have been prevented with proper scaffolding designs that comply with safety standards. 

Ensuring safety while working at height is a stringent process of ascertaining that a scaffold or other means of access is safe to use with the lowest possible risk to human life and to the environment. A secure scaffold is synonymous with protected workers and a safe jobsite that promotes productivity.  

However, creating scaffolding models and verifying their safety can be a time-consuming and costly process, involving safety experts and long approval processes.  

We spoke with Total Access Ltd., a scaffolding supplier, to discover how they’re using a digital solution to quickly and cost-effectively model scaffolds that comply with New Zealand’s safety standards.  

The Time- and Cost-Consuming Scaffolding Safety Situation  

Total Access Ltd. is one the largest scaffolding suppliers in New Zealand — with a workforce of over 250 and 8,000 completed jobs since 2008. Despite the sheer size of the business, the company still relied on an inefficient and outdated scaffold design process:  

  • Draftsmen drew scaffolding models with pencil and paper, and 
  • Operations managers manually created gear lists  

This inefficient situation came to a head when the construction safety regulations in New Zealand were tightened. Now, scaffolding must comply with more stringent WorkSafe Good Practice Guidelines and have their safety assessed by a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng)

As a result, the company was burdened with additional engineering costs, since an external CPEng had to be commissioned for every project. To make matters worse, more complex designs meant that Total Access had to:  

  • Sometimes build an example of the scaffold in the yard for a thorough inspection, and  
  • Incur more engineering costs whenever the CPEng made repeated site visits 

Naturally, a transformation was in order.  

Digitizing the Design and Scaffolding Safety Approval Process  

That transformation was enabled by Avontus Designer. It’s a scaffold design software that helped Total Access improve their design and safety approval process, cost effectively, in three major ways.  

3D Designs Reduced the Need for Scaffolding Mocks 

One reason Total Access chose Avontus Designer is its powerful yet easy-to-master 3D visualization capability. Draftsmen could create transparent 3D designs that allowed everyone to instantly see where safety issues might occur. And they did this in a fraction of the time it once took to manually build a replica in the yard.  

Design transparency also helped the firm to secure sales. Detailed 3D drawings fostered confidence among customers that the models met the strict safety standards. Total Access took it even further using Avontus Viewer – a design visualization tool powered by AR/VR technologies – that accurately showed how the scaffolds would look when erected.  

“Customers are impressed by 3D visualizations. The drawings help make sales,” said the Draftsman and Estimator from Total Access.  

Faster Safety Approvals Meant Cost Savings 

Fast design creation meant a faster safety approval process too. Using Avontus Designer and its built-in local safety compliance, draftsmen could provide multiple scaffolding model options. The commissioned CPEng could then verify the designs and choose the best one, or suggest changes, without making many site visits.  

Improving the drawings was only a matter of editing scaffold models digitally, a process that takes minutes. In the long-run, Avontus Designer is a cost-saving solution. Total Access estimated that the monthly software subscription cost is equivalent to just a few hours of a CPEng’s time. This affordable scaffolding industry-specific solution definitely one-upped other more prominent computer-aided design (CAD) applications.  

Accurate Estimates for Better Profitability 

Operations managers benefit from using the software too. Since Avontus Designer can instantly generate a Bill of Materials (BOM), they don’t have to waste time manually creating it. 

“They also have a more accurate picture of the real cost of materials and the number of trips they need to take, speeding up the building process and preventing the firm from underpricing,” said the Total Access staff.  

Scaffolding Safety Done Right with Avontus Designer 

Digitizing the scaffolding design process is how your company can also cost-effectively create designs with fewer safety risks and comply with safety standards.  

On a larger scale, overall business digitization is a trend that’s sweeping across the entire scaffolding industry. And this trend is critical in the current environment of safe work practices amidst a pandemic.  

Click the link below to learn more about the powerful capabilities of Avontus Designer. And see if it’s the right fit for your scaffolding safety (and business improvement) needs.  

Announcing Avontus Designer® Update with Extensive Built-in Training Features

We’re excited to introduce multiple new training features and improvements to Avontus Scaffold Designer. This major release aims to help you master the software, create high-quality designs and develop winning bids. 

Scaffold Designer has transformed businesses everywhere with simple drag-and-drop design capabilities, powerful features like automatic bill of materials, as well as advanced 3D, augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) for scaffolding visualization. 

In the latest release, Scaffold Designer is enhanced with a comprehensive library of training videos, breaking down into bite-sized topics. A convenient side-by-side viewing mode also allows you to watch the training materials while interacting with the software. With the built-in video player, you can quickly learn Scaffold Designer and deliver professional, accurate designs in next to no time. 

Scaffold Designer's new Training Video Player allows users to learn the software quickly.

Scaffold Designer’s new Training Video Player

Additionally, you can learn how to generate stunning 3D models for winning sales presentations. By pairing Scaffold Designer with the free Scaffold Viewer app, you can instantly share your models with clients and crew in real-time, whether on-site or remotely, in interactive 3D, AR or VR. In addition to these training enhancements, the latest Scaffold Designer release also includes the following bug fixes and improvements to the design components: 

  • Boiler support structure with zero length is no longer used in boiler scaffold builds. 
  • The support structure is now properly added in boiler scaffolds. 
  • New visual elements like domes, beams, and multiple coloring, shading options for vivid illustration. 

For businesses, you can take advantage of Scaffold Designer to improve bidding strategies, by enabling users, both salespersons and CAD designers, to learn the software basics fast and create high-value design proposals. 

 

As of April 8, 2020, we’re offering two months of free access to Scaffold Designer to support the scaffolding industry amid the current construction slowdown. This initiative aims to help scaffolding businesses upskill employees, build new competitive advantages, and come back from the Covid-19 disruption stronger than ever.

For more information about the free Scaffold Designer license, visit https://www.avontus.com/comebackstronger/ or contact us at support@avontus.com.  

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


AutoCAD vs Scaffold Designer

Avontus Scaffold Designer vs. AutoCAD: Guide to Scaffolding Design Software

Creating a scaffolding model is a complicated procedure. And it’s even more challenging to communicate its intricacies to customers. 

Fortunately, computer-aided design (CAD) applications have come to the rescue.  

Designing and presenting complex scaffolding proposals is much easier now with automated drawings and 3D visualization. With the right technologies and tools, you can reduce the design effort and streamline the cost estimation process. 

However, using generic CAD software for scaffolding projects can be time-consuming and inefficient. Think about the tedious process of calculating materials, generating quotes, coordinating work among teams, and tracking equipment along the way. 

That’s why we built Scaffold Designer, powerful design and estimation software that brings the simplicity of drag-and-drop design and one-click estimates to even the most complicated scaffolding projects. 

In this blog post, you’ll learn about the key features of Avontus Scaffold Designer and how it measures up to the industry’s most popular CAD software, AutoCAD. 

Why Should You Use Industry-Specific Design Software for Scaffolding? 

In the competition for customers, most contractors aim to get their bid out the door before anyone else, even if they have to compromise the quality of the scaffold model.  

However, only proposals that balance the three core pillars, speed – quality – price, win the job. That is, being able to communicate the critical construction components for precise scaffolding erection, ensuring accurate material counting for competitive quotes, mitigating potential risks, and controlling costs. 

Here’s why leading businesses choose industry-specific design software for tailored scaffolding solutions.  

  • Automated drawing of scaffolding components: Save time with built-in features like guard rails, toe boards, and other critical components of scaffolding.  
  • Create a winning proposal at speed: A scaffold design software allows you to create professional-looking 2D and 3D models in next to no time. Your sales team can even modify the design to reflect the customer needs in real-time during the design walk-through.  
     
  • Unity of systems for all aspects of design, asset control, and rental: Instead of spending time and effort in manual materials calculation needed for the design, scaffolding design software allows you to generate a bill of materials automatically for accurate quotations and inventory management 
  • Scaffolding safety standards: A critical part of designing scaffolding is safety. Scaffolding design software helps you customize to local standards to ensure safety compliance, such as leg load calculations, bracing, ties, sills or sole plate configurations.  

As competition in the scaffolding industry heats up, bidding for work requires more than just a good-looking proposal. Robust visualization in scaffold design and accuracy in estimation is key to a winning scaffolding proposals.  

Investment in design software isn’t just for accelerating the bidding process. The goal is to build confidence in your customers and deliver value at the beginning of the contract.   

With these benefits understood, here’s a comparative guide to Scaffold Designer and AutoCAD. 

How Avontus Scaffold Designer Compares to AutoCAD 

Considering the requirements of scaffolding design and construction, we will weigh the value of AutoCAD and Scaffold Designer based on the following points: 

  • Scaffold-specific features 
  • Materials estimates 
  • Visualization capabilities 
  • Cost and usability  

Learn more about the key differentiators between Scaffold Design and AutoCAD below.  

Scaffold-specific toolsets for scaffolding business 

  • AutoCAD 
    AutoCAD itself provides a number of toolsets and apps for multiple architecture supports, such as electrical and mechanical toolsets, making it one of the most widely used CAD softwares in the market.  

    While it’s hard to beat the extensive drawing capabilities offered by AutoCAD, the built-for-all design functionality also creates some major drawbacks. This is especially true for scaffold designers, since you’ll need to manually create even basic components like brackets, ledgers, connector bays, or loading bays, depending on the scaffolding types and safety requirements.
     
  • Scaffold Designer  
    Scaffold Designer is packed with every little detail that goes into the construction of scaffolding, such as independent scaffolds, power plant boilers, dance floors, bird cages, circular tanks, hanging scaffolds, cantilevers, and bridges.  

    You can even customize a pre-built scaffolding model to cut scaffold drawing and counting time by up to 90 percent. The software incorporates the specifications of popular scaffolding types like Ring, Cup, and Kwikstage system scaffolding among others, so you‘ll have a construction-ready design. 

Materials counting for quick and accurate bill of materials 

  • AutoCAD 
    AutoCAD doesn’t provide a materials counting feature for scaffolding design. Instead, you can install a third-party plugin, Scaffold Counter by Avontus, to generate your bill of materials.   

  • Scaffold Designer  
    Once you have completed a design, Scaffold Designer automatically generates a bill of materials to help you identify the materials needed, make necessary modifications, and predict equipment availability. 

    Plus, you can integrate Scaffold Designer with Avontus Quantify to ensure accurate material counting for competitive quotes, mitigating potential risks, and controlling costs from bid to completion. 

Not having to sit someone down to do an equipment list is a huge time-saver, and because it’s part of Quantify, it immediately tells us what we’re short on. If we have to redesign, the draftsperson can make a change in minutes rather than hours. It’s ten times faster than AutoCAD.– Jeff Remfert, General Manager, Skyline Scaffold 

Visualization for a killer proposal and scaffolding construction 

  • AutoCAD 
    When it comes to visualization, 3D modeling is part and parcel of the software. AutoCAD is one of the most powerful 2D and 3D CAD softwares in the market, especially for engineering and architectural design. 

  • Scaffold Designer 
    The recent Scaffold Designer 2020 release has pushed Avontus’s 3D design capabilities closer to its counterpart. Some of the key features include 3D drawings with more extensive shading modes, vector-sharp views of the 3D model, and export to 3D functionality that is compatible with BIM packages, AutoCAD, and Acrobat PDF Reader, among others. 

    Whether in the boardroom or at the job site, using Scaffold Designer and Scaffold Viewer, you can easily bring your design to life with the added power of augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR).  

This additional feature enhances scaffolding visualization capabilities, helping you communicate your vision to customers effectively and gain their confidence. Crews can also “carry” the design in their pockets for real-time construction execution and safety precautions. 

Usability and costs 

  • AutoCAD 
    Since it is created for regulated professions like engineering, architecture, and construction, AutoCAD users are typically required to get certified to use the product, which covers extensive knowledge beyond scaffolding requirements. As such, hiring an AutoCAD expert is also a big investment for scaffolding companies. 

    Another drawback with its complexity is that you can only communicate the scaffolding proposal and construction to non-AutoCAD users on paper. This may take much longer to coordinate work between designers and the on-site crews.   

    Pricing $200 monthly subscription for a stand-alone single-user license.

  • Scaffold Designer  
    Scaffold Designer offers ease of use for any user, even non-design experts. The powerful editor allows you to customize scaffold models to reflect the actual building condition with high accuracy. Featuring a drag-and-drop interface, Scaffold Designer offers the same automation experience that you have in AutoCAD, tailored to scaffolding. The best part? You can learn at your own pace with built-in training videos. 

    Scaffold Designer really shines when it comes to bidding. If you’re relying on AutoCAD-trained engineers to build 3D models for proposals, you’re likely investing thousands in bids that may or may not be successful. With Scaffold Designer, your sales team are able to create the designs themselves, in a fraction of the time. 

    Pricing: From $169/user for monthly subscription or customized pricing for on-premise deployment 

Need a quick overview of AutoCAD and Scaffold Designer? Get the comparison chart below. 

  

AutoCAD 

Scaffold Designer 

Design capabilities 

  • Complex drawing tools for architects, engineers, and construction professionals 
  • Support major scaffolding types and manufacturers  
  • Simple navigation with specific toolsets for scaffold designer 
  • Customizable scaffold design structure 
  • Design to your local regulatory standards  

Visualization capabilities 

  • 2D drawing and 3D modeling  
  • Annotate drawings  
  • Export to DGN files, Navisworks, and Bing Maps 
  • AutoCAD-like 3D modeling capabilities 
  • Compatible with BIM packages, 3D PDF, AutoCAD, Navisworks, SCIA Engineer, Microsoft Office, and more for cross-platform collaboration 
  • Augmented reality and virtual reality enabled for visualization 

Materials estimation 

  • Automatic bill of materials generation 
  • Fully customizable material list for modification 
  • Accurate cost estimation  
  • Integrate with Quantify for asset control and rental management 

Usability 

  • Steep learning curve 
  • Requires intensive training  
  • User-friendly with built-in training videos 
  • Avontus provides on-demand training 

Labor cost 

  • AutoCAD certified engineers are expensive 
  • Required additional purchase of scaffolding design plugin for materials counting
  • The software can be used by anyone who knows about scaffolding 
  • Cut down on labor-intensive procedure like equipment counting 

Scalability 

  • Subscription-based (from $200/user/month) 
  • Stand-alone license for a single user 
  • Subscription-based (from $169/user/month)  
  • 30 Day Money Back Guarantee for new subscriptions 
  • Scalable based on your enterprise need  

Want to see Scaffold Designer in action? Book a demo with our team today.