Regarding the wind load a tent can safely withstand, this first requires confirming that the tent is, in fact, engineered by the tent manufacturer. Rental vendors will often carefully review and reference engineering specifications to ensure that the tent is staked or weighted properly, allowing it to endure its max wind speed. There are numerous considerations involved in the engineering of a tent beyond just the wind. Each event is different, so for this reason, manufacturer’s engineering is often considered “generic”, though still considers a number of factors in such complex calculations. Generic engineering documents are suitable for many types of events, locations and municipalities. The manufacturer knows their product best and the engineering documents they have supplied are to ensure tent safety and should be followed closely. However, some projects call for engineering that goes beyond what the manufacturer supplies. There may be special circumstances that would require a better understanding of how the tent should be secured to ensure safety. Or, in other cases, the municipality or city regulates that documents are supplied, which are very specific to the job in question.
In these cases, engineers are commissioned to take the exact details of that particular location, as well as the specifications of the selected tent or tents, to then provide engineering that is individual to the project. While this adds to the cost of a job, it also provides a better understanding of that tent’s capacity in its selected location and meets that location’s regulations.
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