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Scaffold Designer's new Training Video Player allows users to learn the software quickly.

Avontus Scaffold Designer 2020: Enhanced 3D Design Capabilities and Streamlined UX

3D technology is paramount for successful scaffold design and visualization. It helps you to catch mistakes and fine-tune your blueprint before your scaffold goes up.

But generic 3D modelling solutions are inefficient, costly, and time consuming. With the technology available today, there’s no reason you should have to spend hours designing a scaffold, or even more counting the materials.

That’s why we’re now releasing a revamped version of Scaffolding Designer 2020 – a dedicated and easy-to-use scaffolding solution with enhanced 3D capabilities that rival high-end CAD software. 

Scaffold Designer 2020 also includes exciting new UI/UX refinements like an in-app Training Video Player with over 20 bite-sized tutorial videos, new vector icons, and streamlined ribbon navigation for an intuitive and faster software experience. 

Continue reading to learn about additional feature enhancements and bug fixes. 

New Feature: Enhanced 3D Capabilities 

We know how important 3D technology is for visualizing your scaffold designs. Yet, you shouldn’t have to spend weeks (or more) learning CAD software or hours designing 3D models for project proposals. 

That’s why we’ve added enhanced 3D capabilities to our industry-leading scaffolding design software. Now, you get many of the features you’d expect to find in a premium CAD software, along with the unparalleled ease of use you’ve come to expect from Avontus software.

  • New shading modes (e.g. Realistic, Flat, Hidden Lines, etc.) have been added to 3D model view, enabling you to create vector-sharp views of the 3D model from a raster copy.
New shading modes are available with Scaffold Designer 2020 3D model view.

  • New toolbar has been designed for 3D conceptual and model views. Toolbar icon size can be customized in Options menu.
New Scaffold Designer toolbar has 3D conceptual and model views.

  • Added export to 3D PDF for conceptual and model views. Exported files can now be viewed in full 3D using Acrobat PDF Reader with no other application required.
Export your design to 3D PDF format for conceptual and model views.

New Feature: Powerful New User Experience

Our new release also includes UI/UX refinements – one of them is our new in-app Training Video Player. With over 20 short tutorials that are topic-focused and developed from real support cases, you can quickly learn the ins and outs of Scaffold Designer 2020. 

Its side-by-side viewing mode enables you to watch the tutorial videos while interacting with the software at the same time. This maximizes your time and makes it easier to get up to speed on the software. Learn the software basics fast and dive deep into each tutorial video at your leisure. 

No more searching for videos on YouTube or pouring through support documents. All the help you need in a simplified, one-stop application.

Scaffold Designer's new Training Video Player allows users to learn the software quickly.

Old bitmap icons have also been replaced with newer vector icons to enhance clarity, consistency, and system performance. And with a streamlined Import/Export ribbon navigation, all your import/export needs are contained in a centralized tab for a more intuitive user interface and faster user experience.

Streamlined Import/Export ribbon navigation ensures that all your import/export needs are contained in a centralized tab.

Enhancements

We’ve also improved existing features: 

  • Standard (vertical posts) calculations have been enhanced to optimize material usage. 
  • Bay size material drop downs in the Scaffold ribbon tab now show description and part number to help you quickly identify the horizontals used for a selected bay.

Bug Fixes

Yes, we heard your requests loud and clear and have fixed the following bugs: 

Smarter design creation and editing 

  • Base collars are now not added when screwjacks are removed from verticals. 
  • Sill boards are no longer added to legs with casters.
  • Updated and corrected the weights on Kwikstage wood planks and wood toe boards.
  • Ledgers longer than 2m are now automatically converted to double-ledger or truss (whichever is available), unless there is an override value in Bay Level Editor.
  • Fixed the issue with grouped building shapes not drawing correctly in 3D views or being placed in the wrong location.
  • Fixed the issue with drawing flipped (vertical or horizontal) building shapes in 3D view.

 

Clearer UI

  • Convert to Connector Bay has been removed from under New Connector Bay and is now under Edit Bays group.

 

Improved software performance

  • 3D model view now automatically resets and clears when crashing due to an internal error.
  • Fixed a bug in Material Master when resetting to default materials causing some materials to lose accuracy.

See Your Success Clearly with Scaffold Designer 2020

Master our brand-new Scaffold Designer 2020 program in minutes and bring your scaffold designs to life in seconds. 

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To view system requirement for Scaffold Designer 2020, click here

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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.

 

With Casters, Scaffold Designer Is On a Roll!

Casters have been one of our most requested features. Now you can add casters to any or all verticals of any scaffold tower. Choose between two types of casters, fixed and adjustable.

Add Casters to any Scaffold

Use the Bay Details window to add casters to any scaffold tower. The new “All” column makes adding changes to all verticals or sides even easier!

Choose Between Fixed and Adjustable Casters

To adjust the length of any caster, select Adjustable Caster set the Jack Height

 

Add any Size Casters

Use the Material Master to add any size Casters

‘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 ( sales@avontus.com ).

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Design your supporting structure complete with guard rails and toe boards

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Drag a New Bay to the page and Edit

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Skip the Verticals and the Beam Space Sides using Bay Details

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

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

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

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Select Bill of Materials to see the component count

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Beam Tips and Tricks

  1. Request your Beam and Ply import materials from Avontus here ( sales@avontus.com ).
  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’.