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an industry, " explains Hooks. " We wanted
to have one voice. That's one of the biggest
challenges we face-there's no good
empirical data out there on this, so having
one voice instead of several is key. "
ATA's president Steve Schiffman agrees.
" This is a valuable tool that will prove tremendously
useful to both TRD and ARA
members. Partnering on its creation was
the right decision to eliminate any potential
confusion and ensure everyone in this
industry is using the same data. "
Over the course of three years, committee
members from the two associations
worked together to develop a non-engineered
ballasting tool (NEBT) that utilizes
factors such as surface type, ballast type,
surface condition, horizontal and vertical
reaction force, distance from center of
ballast to center of upright and diameter
of ballast in determining the guidelines
for required weight to meet the manufacturer's
speciied load. By using generic
geometry and load assumptions, the tool
can provide installers and code oficials
with a best estimate of reactions for nonengineered
tent models.
" This tool allows our members to key
in certain parameters-the type and size
of the tent, wind load requirements, type
of ballast being used and on what type
ground-they put all the information into
the ballasting tool and get an accurate estimate
of the ballasting required to meet
those speciications, " explains Tharpe.
" They can then print out those speciications
and use them to obtain permitting. "
Of course, as with any calculations, the
igures this tool generates are only as accurate
as the information an installer provides.
The NEBT website notes that the
results generated are " best conservative
estimations " based on general engineering
concepts. The proper anchoring or
ballasting for safe tent installations ultimately
remains the sole responsibility of
the installer.
However, Renaud says installers can
be conident in the NEBT's estimations.
" The tool generates a result that falls on
the safer side of cautious. We could have
made a tool that gave you the LEAST
amount of weight you needed, going right
to the limit of safety. But because we're
giving results for several different models,
we made it much more conservative
in its estimates. "
Now, when the local AHJ comes to a
job site, a tent installer can present the
speciications generated by the NEBT and
the code oficial has a way to verify that
the tent has been secured according to
industry guidelines.
" This is a great tool that combines an
engineering perspective alongside the
manufacturer input so we can come up
with some good data for the industry to
give to the ire marshals, " says Hooks. " If a
ire marshal walks up, we can show them
the tool and how much weight the tent
needs given the set of conditions. It's not
any one of us going out on a limb saying we
know if we put 5,000 pounds of ballast on
this leg, it will withstand a 90 mph wind.
It will also keep anyone from thinking
that using a few water barrels constitutes
industry best practices. "
Ensuring the safety of every employee
and guest who enters a tent is the primary
focus of this industry. Whether someone
has decades or days of experience
installing tents, no one should have to
guess how much ballast is required
and just hope for the best. That's how
companies end up on the nightly news,
and bad publicity for one company is bad
for the whole industry.
" Standardizing and promoting the use
of best practices to prioritize safety is a
huge win for the entire industry, " says
Schiffman. " We're delighted that the
partnership with ARA has resulted in a
tool like this now being freely available to
members of both associations. "
TRD members can ind out more
information and access the NEBT online
at tent.textiles.org/resources/TRDballasting-tools.
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