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Scaffolding Design Services

D O Sullivan Consulting Engineers have been specialising in Scaffolding Design for the last 8 years. When you appoint D O Sullivan Consulting Engineer as your scaffolding designer you get a Chartered structural engineer who works closely with the client from the initial stages of the scheme design of the scaffolding structure right through to queries during the construction stage. We have build up a reputation in Ireland as a leader in Scaffold Design services through our efficiency, precise detailing on drawings and straight forward approach to design on scaffold structures. 

We have been appointed as Scaffold Design Engineers on a wide variety of project throughout Ireland and the UK. Our clients vary from both the private to public sector. 

Boyne Viaduct Scaffolding in Drogheda Design for Irish Rail. Contractor Gabrial Hughes & Jons Civil Engineering. D O Sullivan Consulting Engineers acted as the design engineers for the scaffolding. The project lasted 9 months as alterations were carried out to the scaffold structure once erected. The scaffolding, which was hung from the railway bridge structure, was fully encapsulted to allow for repair works to the steel frame of the deck. The railway line, which is on the main Dublin to Belfast route remained open during the works. 

The exact method of a scaffold design varies from project to project but below is an example of how the design process is carried out:

  1. The client appoints as the scaffolding designer. Our client includes scaffolding contractors, government bodies tendering a scaffold project, main contractors or other architects/engineers. From an initial conversation the scope of the scaffold project is written up and agreed. This may include a site visit to discuss the scaffolding design in question.
  2. 3D model of the scaffolding structure called a "scheme design" is sketched up by our technicians. This is emailed through to the relevant parties for discussion.
  3. Once the general concept of the scaffold design is agreed the design process begins on our end. Our Chartered Engineers assess the loads on the structure (wind, live, snow etc.). The structure is then analysed on a computer design package to ensure the proposed scaffolding members can sustain the loads allowed for.
  4. Once the design process is complete the drawings are prepared by our drawing technician. Our client receives a full set of calculations, a temporary design certificate, a 2D set of detailed drawings and a 3D drawing for visualisation purposes. The maximum loading of the scaffolding  on the supporting structure is also provided for the permanent works designer and/or the PSDP (loads on the foundations or loads applied to the side of the building from the scaffolding)
  5. If required we can then visit the site to inspect the constructed scaffolding structure and sign off that the works have been completed as per the drawings. 

All of our designs are adhere to the relevant Irish, British and European scaffolding Codes of Practice to endure a safe and effective scaffolding structure is provided to the end user and the scaffolding's surroundings.   

1 Concept Design

2. 3D Scheme Design 

3.Design Calculations

4. Detailed Drawings

5 3D Drawings

6 Site Visit

For more information on our scaffolding design services or for a free quotation please contact Diarmaid O'Sullivan Consulting Engineers now.