What is Site Specific Engineering for Container Domes?


With such a vast area of land, and different weather conditions characterising different areas, for many products such as fabric dome shelters, there is not a ‘1 size fits all’.

Although container domes are relocatable, each one is designed and engineered specifically for your location, or if there is a possibility that it will be relocated, it will be engineered to a higher standard.

What is Site Specific Engineering?

Creating a safe and secure environment is important, no matter the industry or location. Site-specific engineering involves designing and implementing tailored engineering solutions that address the specific characteristics of a particular site or location. When engineering a fabric dome shelter, it’s important to consider the site’s geological, environmental, and infrastructure factors

Fabric shelter engineering considers size, hold down/ballast needs, environmental challenges, and more to ensure durability and safety.

Site-Specific Engineering For Container Domes

With each site having different shelter needs and specific engineering requirements they must adhere to, the fabric shelter range needs to be diverse. Allshelter designs and engineers fabric dome shelters for several things, including:

1. Wind Region:

Australia has a range of geographical features, from desert to coastal to mountainous regions, resulting in highly diverse weather conditions. Wind regions result from determining wind speeds and the frequency of extreme weather events, leading to the division of Australia into four different regions

2. Terrain Category:

Terrain categories categorise various land covers in a region and the site’s exposure to wind based on the surrounding terrain. They include natural landscapes like mountains and forests, urban areas with buildings and infrastructure, agricultural land, water bodies such as rivers and lakes, barren land, coastal areas, and other landscapes of the like. Areas with open terrain tend to be more exposed to high winds.

3. Importance Level:

Designated by the Building Codes of Australia, importance levels indicate the level of consequences in the event of building failure.

4. Snow Loading:

While some locations may not need to consider this engineering aspect, structures in Sub-Alpine and Alpine areas must undergo engineering for snow loading, following calculations per AS1170.3.

Getting a long life out of a fabric shelter is inevitable to your success as a company. This is why it is important to consider your site-specific engineering requirements. The wind region, terrain category, and importance level must be considered for every fabric dome shelter structure, with every location in Australia falling under one category of each. Meeting these requirements ensures your assets are protected from the conditions your site faces, providing peace of mind.


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Fabric shelters designed and engineered to Australian Standards provide a range of benefits to companies across the nation. If a quality fabric dome interests you, reach out to our team today.


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