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A scaffolding picture speaks louder than a thousand words

A scaffolding picture speaks louder than a thousand words

“Beerenberg has developed its own 3-D modelling software for visual planning of scaffolding structures,” Beerenberg’s Pirita Maarit Johnsen tells the work at height conference Høydekonferansen (Photo: Ovidia Eriksen, enerWE)

“By using 3-D modelling to plan scaffolding, we will reap benefits such as better communication, improved safety and fewer changes along the way,” Beerenberg’s Pirita Maarit Johnsen told the work at height conference Høydekonferansen last week. 

Some 130 participants at the conference heard Johnsen talk about her first day at Beerenberg, when one of her new colleagues tried to explain the basics of constructing scaffolding.   

“To me it was plain impossible to fully understand the process,” Pirita Maarit Johnsen says. She was recruited by Beerenberg in 2017 to work on processes concerning digitalisation at the company, where scaffolding represents the largest discipline along with insulation and surface treatment (ISS).   

More than a thousand words
Scaffolding is currently planned by having someone with experience of the discipline estimate the materials needed to do the job.  

“I’ve learnt that I’m not the only one who finds it difficult to understand how and why scaffolding has to be built in a particular way. Most people with no experience of the trade don’t get it, which can lead to misunderstandings with both the client and other related disciplines. ”

Misunderstandings can mean having to make changes over the course of the construction process.  “It’s often claimed that a picture speaks louder than a thousand words, and when it comes to explaining scaffolding, a picture to me is extremely useful,” Johnsen says.
   
Visual planning
Many industry players have developed solutions in recent years to visualise how scaffolding should be built, including with the use of various types of CAD programmes. The main challenge has been to keep the programmes simple and flexible.
   
“Beerenberg has therefore developed its own 3-D modelling software with a solution for the visual planning of scaffolding. The 3-D modelling makes it much easier to reach an agreement with the client and other disciplines as early as the planning phase. The new software allows us to see the final product as well as the different stages of the construction process and what they will entail,” Johnsen says.

  

  

Photo: Ovidia Eriksen, enerWE 

The method also gives us an overview of how much material is needed for the job in question, and we will subsequently be able to build scaffolding based on plans, drawings and parts lists.  

“And last but not least, the solution will help us make continual improvements as the software saves the feedback provided by the different scaffolding teams, thus transferring skills to new employees”, Pirita Maarit Johnsen concludes. 

Beerenberg has launched a number of 3-D modelling pilot processes for scaffolding both onshore and offshore this Autumn.

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