How to Create a Scaffold with Buttress in Avontus Designer®

Showcase of 3D scaffold model with buttress and top vertical braces display which created using Avontus Designer

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