Carpenters Scaffolding and Solar Conference 2019

Visualize for Success: AR/VR Solutions in Scaffolding Design

Scaffolding visualization is the key to project success. From bidding and proposals in the boardroom to safety and assembly at the job site, the ability to effectively visualize scaffolding can have a major impact on your win-rate and profitability. 

Overly complicated proposals. Misunderstandings over project scope. Budget overruns due to scaffolding modifications. Scaffolding companies must overcome many costly issues to ensure profitability. 

Scaffolding visualization gives you a blueprint for success to help you overcome all of these obstacles. With today’s technologies, you have the power to bring your scaffold design to life in full augmented reality (AR) or virtual reality (VR). 

As part of a panel of speakers, Avontus’ VP of Operations Andrew Smith shared valuable insights into scaffolding design software and its benefits at the UBC Scaffolding and Solar Conference 2019.

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Avontus’ VP of Operations Andrew Smith at the UBC Scaffolding and Solar Conference 2019.

Learn how to visualize success with AR/VR in scaffolding from our conference recap below. 

Visualize for Safety 

When transitioning a scaffold model from paper sketch to the job site, information can get lost in translation. It isn’t easy to prescribe technical requirements of a complex structure with a two-dimensional illustration, let alone assessing its safety assurance.   

The communications gap between scaffold users and contractors can cause serious safety hazards, such as missing decks or open holes. And these issues often surface at handover, resulting in costly change orders and modifications. 

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3D Scaffold Model through Scaffold Viewer

Overcome the safety concerns with Avontus’ Scaffold Viewer. Simply upload your scaffolding model to have it visualized in a three-dimensional (3D) illustration. Scaffold Viewer enables a “virtual handover” and “virtual modification/variation” to catch issues before men and materials hit the job site, saving labor cost, equipment waste, and delay. You can review the scaffold model with the whole team, no more confusion and frustration over unclear project requirements. 

Visualize for Scope 

Scaffolds can sometimes take months to erect, which means a great deal of knowledge has to be recreated through work in progress. As the plan departs from the initial scope, the “field designed” scaffolding may not align with what you original priced, impacting your margin and risking delays that upset the customer. 

Are you struggling to deliver scaffolding that meets your customer’s expectations within the project scope? Let’s revisit your projects and ask these questions: 

  • Are we designing to our scope? – How to ensure the designs are accurate and attainable for building. 
  • Do we need to change our approach? – How to ensure an efficient workflow to maintain alignment with the project scope. 

Scaffold Designer helps you create a “living model” that is available from the first bid to the time of build, ensuring consistency with scope and pricing as the project progresses. Also, by eliminating the need for “field design,” you substantially reduce labor costs – one of the critical success factors in managing scaffolding projects. 

With Scaffold Viewer, the crew can take the design with them in their pockets at all times as well! 

Visualize for Sales 

Your customers aren’t scaffolding experts. They often don’t appreciate the creativity and expertise in your proposals, and instead, focus on price. This commoditizes your work, preventing you from capturing the full value of your expertise. 

We want to shift the “lowest bid wins” perception towards an emphasis on the value delivered through a well-thought-out scaffolding design. 

AR-enabled Scaffold Model by Scaffold Viewer

Enabled by augmented reality (AR), Scaffold Viewer renders your digital scaffolding sketch into an interactive 3D visualization in real life. The model can be scaled up or down to review from your mobile device. With this proof of concept, your customers can have full visibility into how the scaffolding looks even before it takes shape at the job site. 

From here, designers and contractors can simultaneously verify the work, capture any potential changes, and create variations to deliver successful projects based on requirements. Without guesswork, you can design and estimate scaffolding in a way that maximizes customer benefits – whether it’s optimizing material costs or labor efficiency.   

Visualize for Success: Win More Bids and Reach Greater Heights with Avontus 

Increased competition, ongoing commoditization, shrinking margins, and labor shortages in the scaffolding industry can easily put a damper on your profits.  

Scaffold Designer is the key to combating these issues. It gives you a powerful tool to increase differentiation, address customer needs, and deliver added value. Such visualization capabilities with Scaffold Viewer, among other technology tools, ensure project deliverables and alignment from start to finish, helping you to reduce risks and increase efficiency. 

Gain a competitive advantage with high-tech solutions like AR and VR for scaffolding design and visualization. Contact us today for a free demo of Scaffold Designer and Scaffold Viewer. 

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The Evolution of Scaffold Design

From high-rise buildings, or historical sites, to far-off places, scaffolding has always been a critical component to aid infrastructure improvements and expansion.  

We’ve come a long way since the early days of scaffold construction. As an industry innovator, we are proud to present the new evolution of scaffold design. Here, you will learn about the use cases for augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and interactive 3D in scaffolding.

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Bringing Your Vision to Life with Augmented Reality

To design safe and reliable scaffolding, you need the combined efforts and skills of numerous people: engineers, designers, estimators, and builders – as well as the building owners. Communicating an accurate scaffold structure to everyone can be a challenge, particularly with more complex drawings.

Historically, one of the most common planning methods has been to use a set of printed drawings. But visualizing a three-dimensional scaffold on a two-dimensional illustration is difficult. It’s all the more challenging to communicate to the scaffold team, including the building owner, the potential issues like electrical or piping obstructions. Failure to do so can cost you both time and money.

What if there was a way to conceptualize scaffolding from drawings? There is. Welcome to augmented reality, or AR.

Imagine a world where you look at a building façade and are able to simulate the proposed scaffolding in real life. Enabled by AR technology, you can now turn the job site into the construction site with life-size scaffolds. As you walk around and inspect the digital scaffolding, you can easily verify its structure and safety measures before building it. By removing guesswork, you can ensure that the scaffold is built and handed over as designed.

 

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Off-site inspection of scaffolding design is also possible with AR technology.

For example, you’re attending an important sales meeting to present a scaffold design for a building renovation. It has all the qualities that will benefit the construction crew – elegant design, cost effective, and simple to construct. The problem is, the client is not familiar with scaffolding, which limits him from visualizing your design and fully understanding the benefits that you are proposing. 

So, you lay out a large printed drawing of the plan in front of them and, voila, the drawing comes to life. Through your smart device, the scaffold structure appears on top of the drawing. Your client can now see your design in all its glory. You know right then that you’re going to get the job.

This application is also AR enabled, but it’s scaled down to a smaller model for mobile 3D viewing.

 

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Freedom to Imagine with Virtual Reality (VR)

As an extension of scaffold design software, a VR headset allows you to view the entire structure and access obstacles before the scaffold is built. With this ground-breaking technology, you’ll get a full idea of the scale of your scaffold and be able to interact with it digitally.

 

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Wearing the VR headset, you can virtually fly up the stair tower and float right at the overhang to make sure the painters can access the other side of the pipe for painting. It’s only one of the many use cases of virtual reality. It puts the design in perspective in a way that’s unattainable for people in print.

 

Interactive 3D: Mobility at Its Best

 

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The possibilities with a 3D model are endless.

For instance, while out of the office, you want to check if there is a cantilever in your design. Simply open up the app on your smart device to review the mockup. Once you are there, fly up to outside at the 6th level and confirm that you have indeed added the cantilever and there’s a double layer of bracing, just like you expected. This is an interactive 3D view.

 

Putting it Together with a Shared Design

scaffold softwareYour scaffold team has a copy your drawings, and that’s only the beginning.

In reality, it takes lots of review and evaluation when working on-site. For example, there might be a complex area that requires a lot of section cuts and elevations.

With our Scaffold Design software, you can work closely with the foreman on the jobsite to easily make any necessary modifications to the scaffold. There’s no need to shut things down for redesign work–the job is ready to go once you are happy with it.

During the toolbox talk, the builders then view the design on a tablet and fly around the scaffold with the foreman to clarify the details. Having the virtual scaffolding at scale leaves no room for doubts or guesswork. There are no more questions as to what they’re going to build and how it’s expected to turn out.

Take an Evolutionary Leap in Scaffold Design

Scaffold Designer and Scaffold Viewer by Avontus make it all possible, from printed drawings to interactive 3D to virtual to augmented reality. The free Scaffold Viewer app transforms your Scaffold Designer drawings right before your eyes. Now, you can store designs in the cloud and access them from anywhere. Your scaffolding is right in your pocket, ready to be viewed and shared with your team and clients anytime.

Download Scaffold Viewer from https://www.scaffoldvr.com (for free) and see for yourself.

Ready for more? Contact us at sales@avontus.com for a free demonstration today.

 

Visualize Scaffolding with Augmented Reality

Scaffold Viewer is a desktop and mobile application that helps you design complete and accurate scaffolds. Aside from 3D and virtuality reality (VR), you can now view your designs with augmented reality (AR). If this is your first time using Scaffold Viewer, read more below about how to setup the application, upload your custom designs and navigate scaffolding in AR from any mobile device.

1. Install Scaffold Viewer

2. Setup a Scaffold Viewer Account

3. Login to Scaffold Viewer on Desktop

4. Install Scaffold Viewer on a Mobile Device

5. Upload a Scaffold Model

6. Navigate a Scaffold Model in AR


If your team is already using Scaffold Viewer, skip to Navigate a Scaffold Model in AR to read more about how to use this new feature.

Install Scaffold Viewer


Scaffold Viewer is only available for Windows 7+ and requires the .NET Framework. To install Scaffold Viewer, follow the instructions below:

1. Visit https://www.scaffoldvr.com/ where you will find a free download for Scaffold Viewer.

2. Click Install Scaffold Viewer.
Note: If you need to install .NET Framework, then select ‘Click Here to Install’

3. Click Save File and when the application installer is done downloading, double-click the Scaffold Viewer Installer Icon to launch installation.

Setup a Scaffold Viewer Account


1. To setup your Scaffold Viewer account, start by launching the application from your desktop computer. Select Create Account underneath the login and fill out the information for NameEmail and Password.

2. Agree to the Terms & Conditions and select the checkmark in bottom lefthand corner to complete the setup process.

You will receive an email confirming your setup and then you can get started with your new account.

Login to Scaffold Viewer on Desktop


You can launch Scaffold Viewer for Desktop by either clicking on the desktop icon or by selecting the Scaffold Viewer icon in the Model tab of the 3D view window in Scaffold Designer.

1. To launch from the Scaffold Viewer, first start by launching Scaffold Designer and opening an existing drawing that you’d like to view with Scaffold Viewer. Select the Model tab in the 3D view window and select the Scaffold Viewer icon.

2. Scaffold Viewer will automatically launch. Enter your credentials, including your email address and password.

Install & Login to Scaffold Viewer on a Mobile Device


Now that you a Scaffold Viewer for desktop, we’ll walk you through the process of installing the application on your mobile device where you’ll be able to navigate scaffolding in AR.

1. Download Scaffold Viewer from the iTunes Store or from Apple Play.

2. Tap on the Scaffold Viewer app icon from your home screen to launch the application. Enter your email address, password and agree to the Terms & Conditions.

Upload a Scaffold Model


With Scaffold Viewer installed on both devices, now it’s time to upload a scaffold model from Scaffold Designer.

1. Launch the drawing that you’d to upload with Scaffold Designer.

2. Navigate to the Model tab and select the Scaffold Viewer icon.

3. Simply select the upload button in the lower right-hand corner after Scaffold Viewer launches.

Navigating a Scaffold Model in AR


1. To navigate through your scaffold in AR, start by launching Scaffold Viewer from a mobile device. Locate and tap on the drawing that you’d like to view in AR. Start by selecting Ground Plane AR and then select AR.

2. Point your device toward an indoor or outdoor horizontal surface, like a tabletop or installation site and Tap the Screen to see your drawing in AR. To make it easier to place your scaffold model, we’ll be sending existing customers a Scaffold Viewer Target Coast and you can download and print a Scaffold Viewer Target for your team.