InTents August/September 2022 - 6

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TRD and ARA release non-engineered ballasting tool
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" If a fire marshal
walks up, we can
show them the tool
and how much
weight the tent
needs given the
set of conditions "
ark clouds build ominously on the
horizon as the workers inish a large
tent installation. Strong winds and heavy
rain are forecast. The local ire marshal
arrives to issue the necessary permit and
eyes the ballast skeptically. A storm is on
the way-will the tent hold?
Are you sure?
Michael Tharpe, Chairman of the Tent
Rental Division (TRD) explains that this is
a common question that rental operators
are faced with from the local authority
having jurisdiction (AHJ). " Since the
initiation of our original ballasting tool,
it became pretty evident that we (TRD)
needed to carry this a step further and
include non-engineered products as well.
After years of study and development of
this new tool, we can conidently answer
this question, 'Yes, we are sure!' "
" Permitting and dealing with code
oficials can be daunting and intimidating, "
says Dan Hooks, board chair of the
American Rental Association (ARA) and
TRD member. " When a ire marshal
looks to you for guidance on the proper
installation of your tent and you don't have
deinitive information to provide them, it
does not give them conidence to approve
the installation and they may demand
more ballasting just to be safe. This is not a
situation where you want to be relying on
some arbitrary rule of thumb. "
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The question of how much ballast
is necessary to safely secure a tent is
one that tent rental companies have
been struggling with for decades. Most
newer tents are certiied by engineers to
require a set amount of ballast. But there
are still many-particularly older tents
or tents that have been modiied from
their original design-that do not have
the corresponding documentation that
can be used as a guideline for installers,
but also shown to local code oficials as
veriication that the structure has been
properly secured.
" My company has tents that came
from back in the 80s, " says Alex Renaud,
a TRD board member and Advanced
Textiles Association (formerly IFAI) code
committee chair. " They're old but they're
still really good tents. This industry has
lots of members who have that sort of
usable inventory, but they don't have any
engineering calculations for them, so in
order to obtain a permit, you have to hire
an engineer. "
Recognizing this problem, the TRD
and the ARA each independently began
working on a solution for their members.
" When ARA discovered IFAI [now ATA]
was already working on this problem,
we decided it would be best to create a
partnership and come up with a joint
solution so that we can be consistent as

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