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Scaffmag Issue 16


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Issue 16 features the very latest news, projects, views and insight from the scaffolding industry.

Editors Note

In recent years, a diverse range of technology solutions have emerged that continues to promise to transform the scaffolding industry. Over the years Scaffmag has reported on such solutions from new scaffolding software, hoists, augmented and virtual reality, drones and even artificial intelligence. In this issue we have looked to focus on these technological and software developments that many scaffolding contractors can adopt into their businesses, helping them transition to new ways of working and giving them a competitive edge.

Our Tech section in this edition is jam-packed with these developments but on page 39, we look at how Avontus has been helping scaffolding companies realise the benefits of embracing new technology over the last decade, we also find out where it all started for this global software company. Meanwhile on page 41 in the world of robotics KEWAZO is continuing to lead the way with its robotic material hoist LIFTBOT, we discover here in the UK major industrial scaffolding contractors Bilfinger and Altrad are tapping into this time-saving German robotic leader.

Also in this issue, we meet Todd Scanlon, Britain’s first Down’s syndrome scaffolder who has recently been accepted onto an apprenticeship scheme which will see him work towards a CISRS qualification. Our man Richard Trenchard finds out more about this apprentice bucking a trend, see page 20. And on page 35, Scaffold design specialist Andrew Kitley argues that internal design teams are not the be-all and end-all for scaffolding firms.

Happy reading and stay safe!

Daniel Norton – Editor