• 5 December 2017
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Scaffolding - rooted in antiquity
Scaffolding - rooted in antiquity

Scaffolding has its roots in the distant past, in those days when ancient civilizations still existed. Historians have been able to find evidence that constructions like modern scaffolding existed in ancient Egypt. True, these were non-separable structures made of massive wooden beams, which could not be reused once the construction was completed, therefore the structures were broken and disposed of.

    The level of strength and stability of ancient forests was low, therefore, working even at a small height, it was impossible to be sure that the structure would not fall. Erected wooden scaffolding could not withstand a large load, so often the structures collapsed due to overloading, as well as due to instability. In the dry season, dry wood often became a springboard for a fire, and it is known that it is very difficult to extinguish a burnt out dried tree. Therefore, wooden forests often burned, inflicting irreparable losses on the still unfinished buildings.

    The ancient Roman civilization, as is known, also used scaffolding for the construction of large religious objects, forums, amphitheaters and military arenas. Ancient buildings were mainly made of stone, so to sustain the weight of the building material, the forests were made massive and, of course, non-separable. Such auxiliary constructions were reinforced with large stones below, and thick unhewn logs were used for flooring. When the forests were no longer needed, the structure was destroyed and crushed.

    The decline of Roman civilization led to the suspension of technical progress, scientific advances and technological developments were mostly lost or destroyed. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the level of development, in particular, of the architecture, rolled back, and they did not remember about the scaffolding for a long time. They resumed their use in Europe only in the Middle Ages, when, when building large buildings, they began to re-use auxiliary buildings up to 20 m in height. For their construction, a tree was still used, and after the construction of the building, the forests were thrown away.

    Today, scaffolding is a structure assembled from standard elements that can later be reused, disassembled and reassembled. This is a constructor, which often requires no tools to assemble. Even two workers can build forests, spending only a few hours on installation.

    Today, almost every field of activity uses modern achievements of science and technology. The past and present century is the era of inventions and discoveries that continue to be made today. Technological changes also affected the scaffolding - at the moment they are made of metal, with reliable universal mounting elements. But the principle of scaffolding remains the same as that of the ancient structures, which were made from untreated "forest" (hence the name).

    Now modern scaffolding again in contact with antiquity - the construction is used to restore old buildings, monuments of architecture. At the moment, the ancient building of the Parthenon, which is located on the territory of Greece, is being reconstructed, and modern construction scaffolding is used for these works, without which one cannot do in such a matter.

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