News and ideas about Scaffold Designer


How to Add a Loading Bay in Scaffold Designer

Originally posted on Friday, May 22, 2015

You can now add Loading Bays to your scaffold designs.



Create a bay with dimensions that match your scaffold system’s loading bay



RingType: 2.5m (8’6”)

CupType: 2.4m (8’0”)

Kwikstage: 2.4m (8’0”)


(Loading Bay Transom is Kwikstage only.
For other systems, use appropriate load bearing member.)


Tip: If you want to use a different size loading bay, you can add one in the Material Master.

First select the existing Loading bay, then make a duplicate and change its dimensions.

Select the bay and, in the Bay Level Editor, click the More button on the level you wish to add the Loading Bay to. On the Level tab, select the side for the Loading Bay Gate.


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By: Cliff Young


How to Add a Return Transom to a Kwikstage Corner

Originally posted on Friday, May 22, 2015

You can now add Return Transoms to corner connections in Wall Scaffold.

  1. Select any room object or set of walls, which connect in a right angle, and click on the Wall Scaffold button.
  2. In the Wall Scaffold window, select the Independent Bays corner type, and check the Use Return Transom box.

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By: Cliff Young


How To Customize Any Bay In Scaffold Designer

Originally posted on Friday, April 17, 2015

In Scaffold Designer 2015, you can add or remove just about any material from any bay to design the scaffold you want.



Here are just some of the customizations you can make to your bays:

  • Remove (skip) individual vertical standards (legs)
  • Remove (skip) any bay side
  • Extend vertical standards (legs) above or below the bay level
  • Add ledgers to any node level
  • Add bracing anywhere
  • Create a planks-only bay



How to create a bay with only one material and add it to an existing bay.

In this example, we’ll add a ledger to the middle of a bay level.
(The same concept can be applied to any material.)

Create a ledger-only bay.

Skip all side, except one.Customize-Any-Bay-4l
Skip all verticals. Customize-Any-Bay-5l Customize-Any-Bay-5r
 Remove the top level.Customize-Any-Bay-6l Customize-Any-Bay-6r
Select the ledger-only bay and raise it to the desired level.


Move the ledger-only bay into place over the existing bay.





By: Cliff Young


How to Add Side Bracket Turnarounds to a Stair Tower

Originally posted on Monday, April 6, 2015

 Add-Side-Bracket-Turnarounds-1In addition to the stock stair tower types available with Scaffold Designer 2015, you can easily create stair towers with side bracket turnaround bays.


 Create a Stair Tower:


Convert the turnaround bays to connector bays.Add-Side-Bracket-Turnarounds-2r1


Drag the outer corners to the connector bay over the inner corners.


This will result in a 2-dimensional bay which we can use to anchor the side bracket turaround bays. The 2-dimensional bays will NOT show up in the BOM parts list.

Repeat for the turnaround bays on the other side of the stair tower.

 Add-Side-Bracket-Turnarounds-4Select the 2-dimensional connector bays, and add side-brackets.
Delete the bottom side bracket, and you’re all done. Add-Side-Bracket-Turnarounds-5

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By: Cliff Young



Advanced Stair Tower Techniques

Originally posted on Monday, April 6, 2015

Scaffold Designer 2015, has the most powerful and versatile Stair Tower capabilities. But with a few tricks, you can take your Stair Towers to new heights!

Adjust Stair Tower Height

Side Bracket Turnaround Bays

Adjust the height of a Stair Tower by dropping a Stair Bay to match the height of a Scaffold Deck or other structure:Add Side Bracket Turnaround Bays to a Stair Tower:
Advanced-Stair-Tower-Techniques-2In addition to the stock stair tower types available with Scaffold Designer 2015, you can easily create stair towers with side bracket turnaround bays.

By: Cliff Young


Pipe Dream – How to Design a Scaffold Inside a Pipe

Originally posted on Friday, March 27, 2015

Create a hollow pipe by setting inside and outside diameters.



Place a bay within the pipe.



Move the bay up to match the pipe’s inside surface. Use Start Node for larger increments, then Base Node Elevation for fine tuning.



Add planking to the bottom level of the bay, and Side Brackets to reach the walls of the pipe.



Change Screw Jacks to Swivel Screw Jacks.



Add a Ladder and Bays along the length of the pipe.



By: Cliff Young



How to Create a Scaffold with Buttress

Originally posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Buttresses are used to provide support to act against lateral (sideways) forces.

In Scaffold Designer 2015, you can create a buttress by adding vertical bracing to the top level of adjacent bays.


Next to any scaffold tower or run, place an adjacent bay or bays.



Remove planking (If desired) from the top level of the adjacent bay.




Uncheck “Planked”

(Guardrails and Toeboards will be removed automatically).


Add Vertical Braces to the sides of the top level of the adjacent bay.



Click on the 3D View Model tab to see the top vertical bracing.

NOTE: By default, top vertical braces will not display in the Conceptual tab. If you wish to see the top bracing in the Conceptual tab, see the “Tips and Tricks” section below.



Display top vertical bracing for both sides of the bay.

Notice that only one of the top vertical braces displays. This is because, by default, the bracing direction is opposite for opposite sides of the same bay. To display the other brace, just change the brace direction for that side of the bay.




Tips and Tricks

If you want the top braces to display in the Conceptual tab, extend the vertical standards on the side of the adjacent bay next to the scaffold tower or run.

This will not affect the material count in the BOM.





By: Cliff Young



Scaffold Designer 2015 is Here!

Originally posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The best scaffolding software just keeps getting better! Avontus is proud to announce the latest release of Scaffold Designer, our easy-to-use scaffolding design and estimating software.


From 4-leg to 16-leg stair towers, Scaffold Designer’s completely redesigned Stair Tower control now offers 32 stair combinations for Ring/Cup type Scaffold and 27 combinations for Kwikstage.

Added options for stairway and guardrail materials ensure your drawing, and your Bill of Materials, match your actual build. See more now in our Stair Towers help video.

  • Ladders, New Materials, Bay Details, and More
  • This feature-packed release includes:
  • Flexible ladder settings and options
  • Advanced material options
  • Support for new materials, like child-safe guardrails
  • 3D vector copy of model view
  • Expanded bay customization, including skipped verticals and top level bracing

For a complete list of features, enhancements, and fixes, please view the Release Notes or watch our stair tower video by clicking on the image below.

If you would like to schedule a demonstration of our software please contact us today.

By: Brian Webb

‘Beam Me Up’ Scaffold Designer

Scaffold Designer allows for simple and complex scaffolds to be easily designed, including Beam and Ply Spans and Dance Floors.

In just a few simple steps using the flexible Bay Details menu of Scaffold Designer and the generic Beam and Ply material list import you can create these structures.  Request your Generic Beam and Plywood import list from the Avontus team here ( ).

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Design your supporting structure complete with guard rails and toe boards


Drag a New Bay to the page and Edit




Skip the Verticals and the Beam Space Sides using Bay Details




Set Base # and overlay beam bay and Add Bay to Side




Drag a New Bay to page and edit Base Node Elevation, Plank Type (to Wood Planks), and Convert to Plank Only Bay




Set the first board in place and Add Bay to Side to complete the plywood surface




Select Bill of Materials to see the component count


Beam Tips and Tricks

  1. Request your Beam and Ply import materials from Avontus here ( ).
  2. Material Master can be edited with your stock beam lengths and sizes.
  3. Custom properties can be edited to allow for different clamps and clips as required.
  4. Stringer and Beam configurations available by changing the Base Node Elevation in Bay Details.
  5. Double Plywood decks can be configured by adding the depth of plywood sheet to Base Node Elevation of plywood bay detail, on a new plywood bay.
  6. Custom guard reail height can be achieved with ‘Collapsed Connector Bays’.