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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

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