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Engineered fabric structures for  industrial equipment storage has been used for mining, oil, and gas applications because they are customizable and engineered for quality. Not only are they an affordable alternative to traditional buildings, they offer unique benefits that are hard to find in other construction styles. Here are nine ways that engineered fabric structures support businesses for industrial equipment storage

1.) Increased Fire Safety

The mining, gas, and oil businesses have a strict protocol to meet in order to protect the public and their employees. The steel framework is safer than wooden construction because they resist fire making it burn slower. The hot-dipped galvanized process increases their strength making the structural support increasing height capabilities and making them more efficient. This allows companies to include additional fire safety equipment such as automated sprinkler systems if necessary.

2.) Augmented Weatherization

As these industries move further north, they must contend with colder temperatures and frigid conditions. Engineered fabric structures are treated with tough shielding that provides a flexible, rubberized coating that seals out heavy winds, prevents moisture buildup, and prevents water from leaking through at the joints. The process not only strengthens the steel materials, it increases the load bearing capability of the building making it tougher in extreme weather conditions. This allows the building to handle heavy snows without buckling or collapsing. Mining, oil, and gas industries need to continue to work regardless of the weather, so these buildings can protect the employees, the equipment and any open areas, such as the mouth of a mine.

3.) Open Space

Since the oil and gas industries use specialized industrial equipment storage and expensive machinery, it’s important to have enough space to store these vehicles and any other gear. Special engineering designs help create the necessary space while still maintaining a strong 1,000 psi roofing structure. The HDG process increases the strength of the posts and trusses allowing designs that add the required height and retain the strength and durability expected. Engineered fabric structures are designed to meet the needs of the customers with flexible engineering.

4.) Maximum Usability

The careful construction of fabric buildings allows mining, gas, and oil companies an affordable way to provide for their staff while also protecting their industrial equipment storage. Hot-dipped galvanized steel structures support the framework of the buildings allowing the interior to be free of poles, posts, and beams. The open space can easily accommodate large vehicles, officers, and housing for on-site personnel. Engineered fabric structures increase usable space while offering the versatility necessary to handle most situations.

5.) Engineered to Specs

Meeting tough industry standards means understanding the conditions at the site and the environment where the building is to be erected through 3D Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis. Careful planning of each engineered building allows these companies to have site-specific structures that fit into the tiniest crevices, houses the biggest trucks, or withstands fluctuating temperatures. Working with the company, each structure is created to meet their criteria and last for several years with minimal maintenance. Sometimes, there is limited space to construct a building around a mine or the roofing system needs to be a couple of stories high. Knowing the specifications ahead of time helps ensure the structure meets the need of the mining company or gas and oil site.

6) Kedar Panels Resist Wear and Tear

Kedar panels are custom made to the exact dimensions the customer requires. Mounted on each truss section, these aluminum extrusions allow the fabric panels to be pulled through for a higher tensile strength. The tension is adjustable at both ends and uses the purlins and cables to provide consistent lateral pressure. This system keeps the fabric from rubbing and catching on the framework and the leak-proof vinyl cap prevents seepage.

7.) Quicker Installation Time

Engineered fabric structures are contracted to be site-specific. The requirements are discussed during the planning process and certified specialists ensure the materials meet local building codes and industry regulations when it comes to the assembling process. This makes the whole structure quick to assemble even in the tougher regions saving companies time and money.

8.) Easy Additions

Increasing the size of a structure is easy when using an engineered fabric structure because the contractor already has the dimensions of the previous structure. They can match materials, height, and design with fewer problems. This also speeds up the work because they know what the customers need and what difficulties they faced the last time. Knowing this information ahead of time allows the contractors to have the right equipment, tools, and materials on hand to keep the working moving along on schedule.

9.) Customized Construction

Customized structures allow the mining, gas, and oil companies to protect an open mine shaft, create housing, and shield expensive equipment from extreme weather conditions. Careful planning helps meet specific recommendations and requirements for each location. This makes it easier to design a building with the right dimensions allowing these industries to maximize their space and increase efficiency while reducing their expenses.

Engineered fabric structures allow the mining, oil, and gas industries to expand their businesses with affordable construction opportunities that meet a high standard of quality in these fields. The buildings are versatile and strong to increase storage facilities or safeguard equipment. They offer shelter and protection while increasing energy efficiency and improving safety. These buildings provide cost-effective solutions that create additional space and take less time to assemble.


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