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All About Beams

A new how-to article has been posted on the Avontus Help page.

Here’s a tutorial on how to create Beams.


New Enhancements for Scaffold Designer in 2016!

Originally posted on Monday, January 18, 2016

Ladders are looking up!

We’ve updated Scaffold Designer’s ladder capabilities to include some of our most requested features.

  • Centered Ladder Placement
  • Deck-to-Deck Transom
  • Side-Centered Deck Penetration
  • Hook-on Vertical Ladders (KwikStage)
  • Trap Door Access (KwikStage)
  • Hatch Type Access Deck with Built-in Ladders (Ring system)

More Enhancements

We didn’t stop with ladders.

  • Support Variable Sized Materials (Adjustable Ledgers, Planks, etc.)
  • Combine Duplicate Materials in the BOM
  • Easily Create Plank-Only Bays

Centered Ladder Placement

Scaffold Designer now supports Deck-to-Deck Mid Transoms, so you can place ladders in the center of any side of the bay.



Centered Ladder Placement fully supports ladder “skipping” so deck penetrations can be placed in the middle of any bay side.



KwikStage: Trap Door Access with Hook-on Vertical Ladders

Scaffold Designer’s KwikStage system now supports Hook-on Vertical Ladders with Trap Door Access.


Ring: Hatch-Type Access Deck with Built-in Ladder

Scaffold Designer supports Hatch Access Deck with Built-in Ladder for Ring system scaffolding. These will list as a single part in the BOM.


Variable Sized Materials

Scaffold Designer supports adjustable parts with variable sizes (adjustable ledgers, planks, etc.)

In the Material Master, create several materials with the same part number and different lengths. new-enhancements-2016-5


Create bays using your new materials. new-enhancements-2016-6


In the BOM, these materials will display separately. You can combine these with the “Combine Duplicates” button. new-enhancements-2016-7


Plank-only Bays

In Scaffold Designer, you can add or remove just about any material from any bay to design the scaffold you want (read more about bay customization)

We’ve added the ability to easily create plank-only bays with one click.


By: Cliff Young


Visualizing Construction & Scaffold Management with Navisworks and Avontus Designer®

Originally posted on Monday, June 30, 2014

Autodesk® Navisworks® is an industry favorite for visualizing construction, maintenance, and management of complex facilities. Navisworks is used to design and build commercial projects from small chemical plants to large LNG facilities, and everything in between. Avontus is pleased to announce that you can now also manage your scaffolding directly within Navisworks Simulate®, Navisworks Manage®, and Navisworks Freedom®. Both the 2014 and 2015 versions of Navisworks are supported.


Scaffolds are inserted into Navisworks and easily moved around in order confirm size and placement and detect collisions with other structures.


The display of individual scaffolds can be toggled on/off and tied to erection and dismantle dates using Naviswork’s TimeLiner 4D Simulation, which can animate the lifecycle of the project.

“Our continued investment and vision into the BIM (building information management) space shines with Navisworks. Our customer base can expect to see further integration with BIM visualization software from Bentley Systems and Intergraph,” says Brian Webb, CEO and Founder of Avontus.

Contact us today to learn more about how you can stay on the cutting edge of scaffold design and planning.



Avontus has been providing software to the temporary structures (scaffolding, shoring, and formwork) and tool management markets since 1998. Our employees are highly-skilled computer and scaffolding business professionals who understand big-picture problem solving, team project management, and the latest technology.

By: Brian Webb