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New Scaffolding Robot and the Acceleration of Digital Transformation in Construction

The digital transformation of the construction industry has drastically improved productivity growth on a global scale. And it’s exciting news for us!

Unlocking the Potential for Construction Technology

For an industry that accounts for 6% GDP worldwide, construction players have been rather slow in technology adoption. However, the rising impact of construction technologies has opened new doors for digital transformation across the sector. 

Global demand for industrial automation reached $158.5 billion in 2018 after decades-long neglect of digitalization. (source)

According to a report by The Boston Consulting Group and World Economic Forum, organizations are already exploiting technological innovations to improve project success, energy consumption, and waste management, while overcoming budget constraints and labor shortage.

And the most prominent opportunities come from shifting labor to robots.

The Rise of Construction Automation

Many construction sites are deploying robotics to perform various types of work, including:

  • 3D printing robot
  • Bricklaying robot
  • Industrial inspection drone

Today, we’re thrilled to welcome the arrival of a new scaffolding robot!

Developed by Kewazo and Infineon Technologies, the first generation of scaffolding robot aims to improve on-site scaffolding assembly by delivering components and materials to workers.

How does it achieve that?

The Kewazo robot can move along a scaffold on a special track attached to the tubes. Enabled by its machine learning algorithm, the robot can familiarize itself with its surroundings to easily find the shortest path to assist human workers wherever they are.

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Automated assembly is proven to save labor costs by at least 33% and simultaneously increase construction speed up to 42%, according to Kewazo. Most importantly, the company’s solution is believed to solve scaffolding safety issues, now that robots can be used for dangerous activities such as erecting scaffold.

Kewazo is working on a variety of robotic applications such as roofing, scaffold automation, solar panels installation, and more. With the large-scale application of robotics, it is now possible to generate more data related to materials and equipment, labor productivity, as well as process optimization. Imagine the future of a robotic scaffold builder!

Constructing the Future

Coupled with other emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and augmented reality, robotics promise to unlock an exciting new future in the construction industry.

Beyond the current investment in automation, we also see the benefits of wearable devices to aid on-site activities; Scaffold Designer, Scaffold Viewer, and Quantify to assist in planning, designing, and managing scaffold; and many more technologies that are emerging.

From increasing worker safety and productivity to improving building quality for end-users and reducing environmental impact, the digital transformation of construction holds exciting promises for the future.

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Avontus Software Expands into New, Larger UK Office Location

When we take a look around us, we seeskyscrapers soaring over the horizon. From a humble office in Oakland to aniconic building in the heart of Berkeley, we’ve come a long way. As the creatorsof the world’s best industrial scaffolding software, together with ourcustomers, we are reaching new heights.

A year ago, we announced the move of ourheadquarters into a bigger office space in the heart of Berkeley. Today, thanksto our continued growth, we are proud to announce the move of our UK operationsinto a new space in Ely.

This expansion supports our strategic planfor talent development and business growth. With presence across threecontinents, we will be able to tap into the fast-evolving scaffold industry tosupport the construction of greater buildings and infrastructure, all aroundthe world.

Avontus Is Growing

When we founded Avontus two decades ago, weknew we were doing something big.

We developed software that can solve some ofthe big inefficiencies in the typical scaffold workflow. Laborious hand-drawndesigns, manual estimating processes, and un-trackable inventory—conventionalscaffold design and management processes cost businesses time and money.

Since day one, our goal has been to modernize how scaffolding is designed, planned, and managed. With Avontus’ Scaffold Designer, Scaffold Viewer, and Quantify software, we’ve helped our customers win more bids and improve profitability through state-of-the-art scaffold design, visualization, and inventory management tools.

Today, approximately 80 percent of the refining capacity in the US, the majority of the top 10 industrial scaffolding companies, and hundreds of other global businesses depend on Avontus software to modernize their operations and take control of their profitability.

Avontus Headquarters at 2150 Shattuck in Berkeley, CA.

With this success, our team has grown from4 to 19 employees. Last year, we moved our headquarters to 2150 Shattuck, aniconic building in the heart of Berkeley, California. This expanded officeprovides ample square footage to support our growth plans in the coming years.

From this strategic location in Berkeley, our team has access to the latest tech trends around Silicon Valley. We are also able to draw talent from nearby UC Berkeley, one of the most prestigious institutions in the US, to help us reimagine the future of the scaffolding industry.

Ely Move: Laying Our Foundation for Greater Heights

On April 21, 2019, our UK office expandedinto a new, larger office location at 31 High Street Back in Ely.

Ely is a prime location for expanding our international operations. It offers convenient access to the most important cities around Europe, the Middle East, and South Africa. And it enables us to tap into the world-class resources and talent at nearby Cambridge University.

An inside look at our bright, new office in Ely.

Over the last few years, the UK market has begun a transition fromtraditional tube-and-clamp scaffolding, and the system scaffolding market hasbegun to take off. This change has been accelerated bylimited labor availability as well as evolving scaffold technologies, such asour Scaffold Designer and Quantify solutions.

System scaffold typically helps contractorscut labor cost in half, which often is the biggest expense in any project. Withthe ever-increasing pressure on the UK construction labor market, companies areturning to system scaffolding to reduce the demand for skilled labor andimprove efficiency in scaffold operations.

As system scaffold is often four times thecost of tube-and-clamp, it is imperative for businesses to manage theirinventory effectively. This is what Quantify does best – giving businessescomplete control over their valuable inventory while automating back-officefunctions like estimating, invoicing, and re-rental.

Likewise, the move to system scaffold isincreasing the adoption of Scaffold Designer and Scaffold Viewer. Theseproducts take the guesswork out of scaffold design and estimating, enablingsystem scaffold companies to reduce drawing and estimating time by up to 90%,while making bid presentations, planning reviews, and client-handovers abreeze.

The EMEA system scaffold market is poised toreach new heights. And so is Avontus, with our new office and expandedoperations in Ely.

Our expansion in the UK represents the industry evolution as a whole.

Office Tour

This is where the magic happens.
Standing desks are a popular option for a team that’s constantly on the move.
Plenty of space for focus work and collaboration.

We’ve Moved!

I’m happy to announce that Avontus ran out of space and had to move! Please take note of our new address and update your records.

Avontus Software
2150 Shattuck, Suite 750
Berkeley, CA 94704

We’re now right across the street and moved from the Wells Fargo Bank building to the Skydeck Building. You can see both buildings in the picture above.

Formwork Planning & Inventory Management with Trimble and Avontus

This article was originally published at Tekla Warehouse

Concrete contractors face unique challenges when estimating, planning, and managing their formwork operations. In addition to needing an accurate and understandable design, inadequate planning can result in costly delays that affect the entire project. And, knowing when and where equipment is needed is essential. Trimble and Avontus have partnered to help concrete contractors with these challenges.

 

“Tekla Structures, including its unique concrete pour planning and formwork tools, has been a game changer for our customers” says Andy Dickey, Business Development Manager at Trimble.  “Our powerful 3D modeling and BIM capabilities make creation of detailed formwork plans faster than ever before.  Contractors have full visualization into how formwork is planned and can more efficiently manage and coordinate their work.”

 

Enhancing Trimble’s commitment to improving operational efficiency, Trimble has partnered with Avontus, driving a more streamlined and productive way for concrete contractors and formwork providers to estimate, plan and manage their formwork operations. The equipment information in detailed formwork models created with the Tekla Structures is now integrated into Quantify, Avontus’ inventory management software.

 

“The bottleneck in inventory management has always been the lack of an easy-to-use bill of materials.” — Brian Webb, CEO/Founder of Avontus

 

“When shipping equipment for multiple pours to a site, it’s very important to consolidate formwork materials into a unified list. These lists are used to ship exactly what you need to the site to get the job done, as well as to return formwork as soon as it’s no longer needed.”

 

Joining Tekla Structures with Quantify takes the industry to an entirely new level. Formwork modeling and detailing is now integrated into a fully-featured equipment management suite.

 

“Whether a small concrete contractor or a large multi-national formwork provider, the combination of Tekla Structures and Avontus Quantify allows those planning and managing formwork to solve bigger problems. This new integration between our software will vastly improve their operations.” Dickey says.

 

Learn more about Tekla solution for concrete contractors

Download Quantify Pour Sync in Tekla Warehouse (available for customers in maintenance)

 


Tekla Software by Trimble

Tekla software solutions for advanced BIM and structural engineering are produced by Trimble. Trimble’s construction offering ranges from total stations to advanced software, giving the industry tools to transform planning, design, construction and operation of buildings. Tekla software is at the heart of the design and construction workflow, building on the free flow of information, constructible models and collaboration. Information about Tekla software: www.tekla.com

 

Trimble

Trimble is transforming the way the world works by delivering products and services that connect the physical and digital worlds. Core technologies in positioning, modeling, connectivity and data analytics enable customers to improve productivity, quality, safety and sustainability. From purpose built products to enterprise lifecycle solutions, Trimble software, hardware and services are transforming a broad range of industries such as agriculture, construction, geospatial and transportation and logistics.

 

Quantify

Quantify makes managing your formwork business easy. From one user-friendly program, you can monitor inventory, ship materials, generate invoices, job costs, set reminders, manage re-rentals, and oversee all of your projects. Using your custom catalog, Quantify will track where every piece of equipment is and calculate how much you’re owed in rental. Anytime you want to know more, just run a custom report. You’ll stay on top of your business and free up countless hours. Information about quantify: www.avontus.co.uk

 

Avontus

Avontus’ has been producing quality software since 2002, focused exclusively on the formwork, shoring, and scaffolding industries. Their easily-operated and thoroughly tested software is the most technically advanced in the industry.

Hiring a Software Support Specialist

 

Who are we?


We are a small and stable tech company with plenty of room to grow. We’ve been around since 2001, with no investors to tie us down. Our software makes real people’s lives easier every day, letting those in the construction industry focus on what they do best.

 

We embrace our contradictions. We are a progressive, modern software company using the latest technology to support one of the older industries — one that tends to lag behind on the innovation front. Despite our small size, we serve clients from all over the world. We move fast by nature, but we’ll guide you as you get up to speed.

 

We also happen to be conveniently located about 20 feet from the nearest BART station.

 

Who are you?


You are a compassionate and dedicated problem-solver. You know how to take technical language and break it down for people who may have only ever used a computer for work. Your experience shows a profound capacity for patience and empathy, and a curiosity for how things could work better.

 

And glowing recommendations from your past customer support experience definitely wouldn’t hurt.

 

What’s the job?


As a Software Support Specialist, you’ll be the first point of contact for our customers. You’ll represent the company to them, but you’ll also be our customers’ primary advocate to the rest of our company. Your job is to ensure that customers get all they can out of our software. You will be responsible for providing customer support, documentation, and training.

 

Here’s all that in convenient list form:

 

Responsibilities


  • Be the first point of contact for all customers’ product issues and manage the resolution of those issues to ensure customer satisfaction.
  • Provide product support via phone, email, and online with patience and professionalism.
  • Maintain a high level of professionalism with clients and work to establish a positive rapport with every contact.
  • Update and maintain customer records in customer management system and incident tracking software.
  • Become an expert in the functionality of our software. Remain current on new software features and functions.
  • Develop an overall understanding of scaffolding and the scaffolding industry.
  • Create clear written instructions for users.
  • Communicate simply and effectively the capabilities and functionality of the software as they are relevant to the customer’s business processes and objectives.
  • Inform development department of customer issues and feature requests.
  • Ability to work independently and be self-starting with minimum direction.
  • Serve as a customer advocate.

 

Skills & Experience


  • Bachelor’s degree, degree in a technical or training discipline, or equivalent work experience.
  • Minimum of 3 years of successful work experience in support and/or training of end-users in software, including demonstrated experience with both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Excellent spoken and written English skills.
  • Strong computer skills and ability to learn new programs quickly.
  • Strong familiarity with Windows/PCs and Microsoft Office.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a genuine enthusiasm for our products.
  • Creative problem-solving.
  • Effective interaction within all levels of an organization – both internally and externally.
  • Add value immediately to a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to identify gaps and take initiative to recommend improvements.
  • Ability to work independently and be self-starting with minimum direction.
  • Demonstrated ability to respond effectively to multiple conflicting priorities, manage changing priorities and respond to unexpected changes.
  • Empathy and interest in other cultures.
  • Scaffolding or construction business experience is a plus.

 

How do I apply?


A cover letter is required. It should clearly state your experience providing support and training to both technical and non-technical software users.

No matter how good the resume, applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

Please email your cover letter and resume to careers@avontus.com.

Check out our website: www.avontus.com

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

Free Scaffolding Software You Can Count On

Originally posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Scaffold Counter, the free AutoCAD plug-in you can count on, is now available in the AutoCAD App Store

CREATE 3D SCAFFOLD MODELS IN A SNAP, LITERALLY

Snap together basic materials or pre-fabricated scaffold bays and towers to create 3D models for frame, ring-type, and Kwikstage scaffolding. Pedestrian walkways, rolling towers, stairs, and even complex industrial builds like LNG modules are all possible with Scaffold Counter. And, as the name implies, everything is counted for you.

WHAT ELSE CAN SCAFFOLD COUNTER DO? 

As it turns out, lots! Scaffold Counter provides an instant bill of materials (BOM), weight charts, and other reports. And, because it integrates with Avontus Quantify, you can easily create estimates with rates and new jobs.

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TRUSTED BY INDUSTRY 

“I’ve been using Scaffold Counter since 2012 and have found it a tremendous time-saver. The integration with Quantify for inventory control of our scaffolding asset helps keep everything under control.”

Dave Clark
Contracts & Design Manager
MAS Asia Pacific
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INTEGRATES SEAMLESSLY WITH NAVISWORKS

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By: Brian Webb

 

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Free Scaffold Design Software. Seriously.

Originally posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013

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Ali Hajighafouri- Product Evangelist, Avontus Software

While we already offer an easy-to-use, standalone design and estimating tool for salespeople and estimators (Scaffold Designer), we want to help out engineers and others who are working in AutoCAD, too. That’s why we’ve released Scaffold Counter, a cost-free add-on to AutoCAD 2012-2015 for both 32- and 64-bit.

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What can a free tool do?

As it turns out, quite a lot! Scaffold Counter includes drawing blocks for frame, tube and clamp, ring-type, and Kwikstage scaffolds (with more planned). It also provides an instant count of materials used, weight charts, and other reports. And, because it integrates with Quantify, you can easily create estimates with rates and new jobs.

What kinds of designs can I make with Scaffold Counter?

Just about anything! The tool also includes some basic builds already designed for you. Pedestrian walkways, rolling towers, stairs, and even complex industrial builds like LNG modules are all possible with Scaffold Counter. And, as the name implies, everything is counted for you.

 

How do I get Scaffold Counter?

Easily! Just visit www.scaffoldsoftware.com to learn more. Or, just click the Install Now button to learn more and get the tool.

Avontus products save time.

Design and estimating are just the beginning of a scaffolding project. Scaffold Designer and Scaffold Counter both integrate with Quantify so you can easily add rates to estimates and mobilize materials for jobs. Just look for the Quantify button in the Bill of Materials.

Thanks for reading!

I hope you find Scaffold Counter to be a big help. Spread the word about this free tool and help your fellow engineers, too! Don’t hesitate to share your feedback with us, and if you need tools for non-AutoCAD users, or to manage your scaffolding business, we’re here to help. Click here to contact me for a demo and find out why scaffold companies of all sizes worldwide choose Avontus for their estimating, inventory, job, and billing management software.

Cheers,

Ali

Special Offer!

Using Abacus or iRent? Time to upgrade! Windows 8 is now available. Ensure your critical systems are compatible! New customers, purchase Quantify before July,1 2013 and get $1000 off your first license!

By: Michelle Caskey

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Scaffold Counter in Top Downloads

Originally posted on Sunday, January 25, 2015

In just a few short months Scaffold Counter, our free scaffolding software for AutoCAD, has risen to the top of the Most Downloaded category on the AutoCAD app store. If you’re using AutoCAD, be sure to try out this free app in the AutoCAD App Store. Scaffold Counter works on AutoCAD versions 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 (both 32-bit and 64-bit).

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Scaffold Counter is fully integrated with Quantify 2015 to take your scaffold materials to the next level with estimates, equipment management, and rental/hire billing.

Contact sales for a free demonstration of our software.

By: Brian Webb

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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.

STAIR TOWERS

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.
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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

For a complete list of features, enhancements, and fixes, please view the Release Notes or watch our stair tower video by clicking on the image below.

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

By: Brian Webb