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Date: October 23-25 2013

Orlando, Florida

IFAI has rebranded its 2013 Expo to more closely align with traditional textile markets and to serve the growth and demand for advanced textiles.

The IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 and new Advanced Textiles Conference & Trade Show will be held October 23 – 25 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

As an added bonus, IFAI is co-locating with the Specialty Graphics Imaging Association, SGIA Expo 2013.

For further details - see the IFAI Expo website http://ifaiexpo.com/

LSAA 2011  Workshop, Conference, Public Lecture and Design Awards

Public Lecture Flyer & Reg Details

Venue: Novotel Sydney Olympic Park October 12-14 2011

1.Technical Workshop

"Design of Tensioned Fabric and Shadecloth Structures"

Wednesday 12 October 2011

Further information:

Workshop Flyer and Draft Program – (PDF)

Registration form - to fill in and sent back
(Word Doc) (download file)

Sponsorship Opportunities - PDF

2. Main Conference.

"Collaborative Design of Lightweight Structures"

Thursday and Friday 13-14 October 2011

Public Lecture “Lightweight Structures” Thursday 13 Oct

Professor Mike Schlaich

Gold Sponsors - Day 1 Mehler and Day 2 Serge Ferrari


Further information:

Conference Flyer and Draft Program - (PDF)

Registration form - to fill in and email back (Word Doc to download)

Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities - (PDF)

Public lecture Registration and Details (Word orPDF)

4. LSAA Design Awards

Held as part of the Conference Dinner Thursday October 13 2011

Gold Sponsor - Hiraoka

The Conference and Workshop is supported by Engineers Australia

LSAA 2011 Conference on Collaborative Design and LSAA Design Awards

Sydney, 13-14 October Thursday & Friday 2011.

Venue: Novotel Sydney Olympic Park

The unique characteristics of larger Lightweight Structure applications – stadia, transport hubs, exhibition spaces, clear span environmental protection – requires an added degree of collaborative design input to be successful.  It is also a feature of these structures that the design details are exposed, very variable in 3D geometry and visible which in turn demands an extra level of design input. There is normally specialized expertise needed for the erection or assembly of such delicate but graceful structures.

The Conference is supported by Engineers Australia

Iconic Lightweight Structures are successful if there is a truly collaborative design team that includes the end client, project managers, architects, engineers (structural and for services in particular), specialized suppliers of high tech fabrics, cables, anchorages, glazing and other components. 

Many solutions – particularly those involving architectural fabrics and cable supporting systems – will be prestressed and as such skilled installers are needed and their input is critical early in the design process.

More and more, these team members will need to communicate and build up a 3D virtual structure from which all members can both visualize the details, determine stresses and erection sequencing as well as provide costings and assurances that there are no clashes when constructed. This requires the different software systems to adhere to interoperability standards to reduce errors. The current Building Information Model software concepts and various related standards for information storage are seen to be central to the efficient working of the design team and the final realization of the project. This virtual model should be capable of simulating erection and be available for ongoing asset management of the facility.

The Lightweight Structures Association of Australasia 
2010 Symposium

Design of Tension Membrane and Shadecloth Shade Structures

Thursday  October 21st 2010 in Brisbane

10.00 - 17.00

Brisbane River View Hotel

Tensioned membrane structures have become an important structural form for both large span roof structures as well as for smaller covered areas which also serve as an architectural statement.

The design principles and fabric material properties needed to be understood for a successful realization of a project are not covered in University courses. This seminar is an opportunity to learn about the basic structural design parameters, material selection, fabrication and erection techniques.

A particular focus of the seminar will be design factors, fabrication details, shade prediction and maintenance of smaller shade structures made from knitted porus shade-cloth with applications to providing shade to schools, playgrounds and domestic environments.

Topics which will be presented

  • Brief history of tensile structures and modern architectural fabric materials
  • Understanding the engineering design process and the nature of structural supports
  • Fabrication, construction, installation and maintenance processes
  • Particular issues (shade prediction, legal, costing, vandalism, access etc) pertaining to shade cloth structures.


A number of speakers will present the material who have had extensive experience in the field.