Long Span Roofs and Tensioned Fabric Structures
Long span roofs over large structures, such as stadiums and aircraft hangars, as well as enclosed or open air fabric structures, are vulnerable to wind loading due to their light weight and aerodynamic shape. The damaging effects of wind on these structures can be investigated and mitigated as necessary through a series of wind tunnel tests. These tests involve the simultaneous use of pressure measurements on static models and direct force measurements on dynamic models.
At GWE, we have the necessary tools and practical experience to deal with complex roof designs. We can assist with the development of the design to help the structural engineers and architects create efficient, safe, and beautiful structures.
Snow loading and sliding are also important considerations for roof design. Using techniques described by the Snow Drifting and Accumulation services, we can predict snow loads for any roof shape and its impact on surrounding buildings. We can also recommend mitigation strategies where required.