Whether a structure is in need of an important repair or it is in the process of being built, there will usually be a string of pipes and tubes scattered across the location. These are known as scaffoldings, temporary designs that are in place for a number of important reasons.
Their role is three-fold. The first of which is guaranteeing the safety of the construction workers as a safe working environment ensures a smoother process for all parties.
The next is for efficiency of movement, both on the part of the worker and the structure itself. Having the ability to slide and scale these works from one location to the next is paramount to a successful endeavour.
Finally the role of scaffoldings comes down to accessibility. This makes the complicated simple by giving access points to the construction workers no matter where they begin.
But what are the main forms of scaffoldings that you will come across? The format will be determined by the size and profile of the development, and here we will outline the most common types.
System scaffoldings will form a structure that composed of horizontal and vertical components that will appear relatively ad hoc, but there is method to the development. They can arrive in different subcategories that include the light and adaptable Haki style, the strength of the steel model Cuplock systems or the favoured installation for Australian users domestically – the Kwikstage design. These traditional forms promote the idea of efficiency as the size and weight of each format is catered to the needs of the construction.
Brace & Frame
Scaffoldings that adopt a more modular approach to their establishment will likely be showcased in a brace and frame format. More prevalent overseas in European nations for domestic and commercial purposes, these structures will be composed of bases, frame, planks and braces where the construction and deconstruction process takes minimal time. This helps to make the option more mobile as individuals and small teams prefer this erected approach should the equipment being used is light.
There will be scaffoldings whose purpose is to ensure height flexibility for the construction team. These developments allow the workers to climb up or down the platform without the need to rely on wiring for their ascension or descension. This is especially helpful when constructing layered buildings such as a unit of flats or office building where bricks and mortar have to be maneuvered to great heights.
Tube & Clamp
Developers will often need a degree of flexibility where a linear line of connections does not satisfy the requirements on a particular site. Should there be a statue in the way or a satellite obstructing view for example, then anyone of the scaffoldings that are considered must be able to adapt. Here is where the tube and clamp model is especially helpful, as irregularities can be managed around or through odd shapes. The clamps are simply there to fit whatever horizontal or vertical shape that needs to be erected.
The art of shoring for scaffoldings will see a more permanent concrete slab installed to maintain the weight, condition and consistency of the structure. Large warehouse developments from large conglomerate operations will tend to buy in to this option given the long-term nature of the project.
While scaffoldings will change and update over the course of time, this fundamental building practice will still heavily lean on these formats for the foreseeable future. Issues surrounding budgets and time are a significant factor, yet scaffoldings are still designed around those three central facets that will decide their type – safety, efficiency of movement and accessibility.