Three-dimensional (3D) modeling has transformed a number of industries. It is used in medicine, filmmaking, interior design, and architecture to name a few. It is also used with great effect to help determine scaffolding system needs.
Using specialized software, 3D modeling develops a graphical model of a surface of an object. The model is often displayed as a two-dimensional image, but it can also be created in three dimensions using 3D printing.
Computer graphics technology first emerged in the 1960s, but it was not until the 1970s that 3D modeling software became commercially available. Today, the market for 3D content continues to thrive through marketplaces like Turbosquid and CGTrader.
In the construction and industrial sectors, engineers use 3D modeling to help determine their scaffolding system needs and often include 3D renderings in reports and proposals. Let’s take a closer look at how 3D modeling is used to determine scaffolding requirements.
Using 3D Modeling to Determine Materials and Estimate Costs
Many contractors and engineers use 3D modeling to help them navigate the scaffolding system selection process more efficiently. This technology helps:
- Create materials lists
- Create quotes and estimates
- Visualize scaffolding structures
- Save on engineer’s fees
Using 3D modeling ensures scaffolding structures are compliant before they are ever constructed. Additionally, the technology can be used to analyze existing structures to identify noncompliant areas and inefficiencies.
Scaffolding design software
Application engineers use the most advanced industry design software to develop scaffold designs and material lists, including:
- AutoCAD 2D & 3D
- Navisworks for building information modeling
- Solidworks for product design and animations
- Scaffold Designer for unique, customizable components, to build materials lists and calculate leg loads while building plans. It also integrates with AutoCAD
- Smart Scaffolder to import 2D CAD files and plans and create 3D project estimates and quotes. Smart Scaffolder also ensures your plans are in compliance with TG20:13 criteria
These technologies help create a realistic representation of your scaffold. The 3D-modeling process can be particularly advantageous when working on unique structures that require abnormal scaffolding solutions.
AT-PAC custom engineers scaffolding solutions that meet the parameters of even the most unique projects. Contact us if you want to explore the creation of a scaffolding system that fits all of your projects needs, or call the regional office closest to you. We will discuss the challenges you face and find a solution that works.