Scaffold Engineering Designs

Scaffold Engineering Design

RADIAN H.A. Limited offers an Engineering Design capability for all our clients upon request. The request is routed from in-house to our UK based partner. With over 100 years of combined experience within the scaffolding industry, we can offer our clients a cost effective design solution to meet their specific needs. All designs are designed, checked and approved by engineers with the knowledge, competence and expertise of scaffolding and design. Designs usually take about 5 (five) working days which starts when all information pertaining to the scaffold is provided by the client and handed over.


Typical Areas where Engineering Design is required

The typical areas that we cover include the following: -

  1. Formwork & falsework design
  2. Petro-chemical & offshore scaffolds
  3. Façade retention / shoring
  4. Temporary Roofs
  5. All System scaffolds
  6. Advertising banner supports
  7. Events (e.g. ramps, temporary stage etc...)

Typical requirements for Engineered Design:-

  1. Drawings - For fastest design turnover, AutoCAD Drawings are the best, as they would save alot of time; if not PDF Drawings would suffice. available Structural steel plan of the layout where the scaffold is to be constructed. This would include all elevations and plans associated with the area where the scaffold is to be installed. If there are no drawings available, a sketch would have to work. The sketch should include the general area, the location and size of the scaffold and its general positioning.
  2. In order to comply with Eurocode, the client need to provide the fundamental value of basic wind velocity as 10 minutes mean wind velocity irrespective of wind direction and time of year 10m above ground having probabilities of exceedance of 0.02 which is equivalent to mean return period of 50 years. If this is not a consideration, the design can still be done but will not be in compliance with Eurocode.
  3. Scaffold - The general size (L x B x H) and purpose of the scaffold.
  4. Scaffold Type - The type of scaffold to be erected is very important as well and needs to be indicated as pert of the requirement
  5. Ground Conditions - This is often overlooked and is something thats very crutial to designing any ground up scaffold. If you have BS 5975, as there is a lot guidance within. If the ground is soft, it maybe necessary to spread the load using additional sole boards. Know what you are up against and let the design team be aware.
  6. Loading Requirements - What are the loading requirements and what is expected of the scaffold? Is the scaffold going to do a vertical lift or will the load be cross-hauled? Is the loading consistent throughout the scaffold or are other sections going to have different loads?
  7. Photographs - Photos of the general area where the scaffold is to be erected. At least two photos should be taken. One of the general area showing any nearby cables or obstacles that can pose an issue during the scaffold erection and another showing the exact location where the proposed scaffold is to be erected. If more than two photos can be provided, that would be even better.
  8. End Users - Please consider the end users of your scaffolding. It is very important that scaffolds be built for purpose and the correct loading requirements are understood from inception. This could save a lot of rework, miscommunication and unnecessary expense.
  9. Potential Site Hazards - Take a smuch photos as you can about the area and what could possibly be a hinderance and a hazard to erecting the scaffold.
  10. Other Information - Is there anything else worthy of mentioning? Please inclue it.

What constitutes a Design?

  1. Typically, with every design a full set of drawings/drawing is provided depending on the complexity of the scaffold structure
  2. Additionally, a set of calculations is also provided checking each of the members of the structure
  3. A bill of materials (BOM) can be provided upon request