Plettac Metrix


TRAD Hire & Sales commissioned CADS – the UK’s market leader in structural design and estimating software for the construction industry – to produce a bespoke module for PLETTAC METRIX System Scaffold within their SMART Scaffolder software suite.

This module is now available for purchase by new or existing SMART Scaffolder users in the industry, and has been rolled out within our nationwide network of hire and sales depots.

The implementation of the software in our depots allows our team to quickly produce detailed equipment lists, along with estimating drawings*, helping our customers to produce much more accurate estimates to put forward to their clients.


John Paterson, Managing Director of TRAD Hire & Sales, spoke about the development of the software:

“As part of the initial launch of PLETTAC METRIX, we recognised the importance of providing first class support alongside a first class scaffolding system, so we partnered with the UK’s market leader for scaffolding design and estimating software.

With system scaffolding the majority of the thinking needs to be done before the equipment is delivered to site, and SMART Scaffolder is an incredibly powerful tool which greatly assists in this area.  With all of our depots now having this facility, it enables us to effectively build the scaffold first in a 3D environment, and then with the click of a button we can produce material lists, drawings, 3D views and quotes. This not only dramatically speeds up our response times but also improves accuracy. Modelling the scaffold first also allows us to identify and overcome any potential issues before anything is delivered to site.

Existing SMART Scaffolder users can contact CADS and purchase the Metrix module as a bolt on to their existing package, and new users can choose the module as part of their application bundle, giving users access to a full suite of Metrix components.”


*Estimating drawings are not a replacement for temporary works / scaffold design engineers’ drawings and should not be used as a working drawing.  They are only to be used as an aid in the estimating process, showing a proposed layout from which an equipment list is calculated.

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