2010 LSAA

The Lightweight Structures Association of Australasia in conjunction with Engineers Australia

Invite you to attend a Technical Seminar

2010 Left 2010 centre 2010 Right 


Design of Tension Membrane and Shade cloth Shade Structures


Thursday October 21st 2010 from 10.00am – 5.00pm

Brisbane RiverView Hotel
Corner Kingsford Smith Drive & Hunt St, Hamilton QLD 4007 Australia


Cost:  $150 for LSAA / EA / ACASPA Members, $200 Non-members

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. 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 porous shade-cloth with applications to providing shade to schools, playgrounds, car parking and storage, nurseries and domestic environments.


Topics which will be presented

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

Speakers: A number of speakers drawn from LSAA and industry leaders with extensive experience in shade structures.

A Certificate of Attendance and Seminar Proceedings will be available for attendees and should count towards the relevant Eng. Aust. CPD requirements.

Speakers include:          Dr Peter Kneen FIEAust, EO-LSAA
                                    Dr Kourosh Kayvani – Innovation Leader, Aurecon
                                    Joseph Dean – Managing Director Wade Design Engineers
                                    Plus other industry leaders


Sponsors and Supporters

The Seminar is supported by Engineers Australia and attendance counts towards CPD requirements.

supported by  2010 EAust  acaspa   ACASPA

LSAA also acknowledges the financial sponsorship from members

hiraoka   mehler  ferrari
 ronstan  HVG  abc logo new

Preliminary Program - with download links (PDF file of presentation)


 Registration, Coffee & Networking with Sponsors Program


 Welcome and Introduction (scope of Symposium etc)


 Brief History of Tension Fabric and Shade Structures in Australia


 Solid Fabric and Shade Cloth Materials including threads – Engineering and Other Properties


 Engineering Design Factors and Importance of the Support  Structures, panel edge and corner attachment details


 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Examples in Practice highlighting Structural Issues


 Buffet Lunch in exhibition area & possible demonstration


 Fabrication, Installation, Maintenance and other Issues of Shade cloth Structures


 Two Case Studies – Solid PVC and Shade cloth solutions for a client brief. Elaboration of concept development and implementation


 Afternoon Tea break


 Draft Design Guidelines and Commentary on Specific Factors for Shade Cloth structures in Australia – in conjunction with a panel discussion.


 Summary and Closure


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