Tent Rental Division Awards Ballasting Study To Clemson University

ROSEVILLE, Minn — April 20, 2011 — The Tent Rental Division of IFAI has announced
that Clemson University, Greenville, SC, is the recipient for the ballasting of commercial
tents in the tent rental industry study. The Code Task Force of the Tent Rental Division evaluated
all submitted proposals based on responses to the RFP including time frame guidelines,
documentation, number of tests conducted, input requests from industry, data analysis and

Ken Keberle, Code Task Force Chair recommended Clemson University to the Steering Committee
of TRD. The Steering Committee then voted to approve the recommended selection of the Code Task

The goal of the ballasting project is to develop industry-wide guidelines and reliable
criteria to use when determining how much ballast is needed and how this is best accomplished when
installing rental tents.  

This effort will also be a combination of showing how to ballast a tent most effectively
combined with presenting diagrams and numbers to calculate the amount of ballast

Members of the Tent Rental Division will meet with Clemson University on May 17, 2011, to
discuss details of the project and establish progress markers.  The overall goal of TRD is to
present Guidelines for the Ballasting of Commercial Tents at Tent Conference 2012 in Las Vegas.
Updates will be posted on
www.tentexperts.org. TRD Managing Director Jan
Schieffer expressed special thanks to all members of the division for their support
in reaching the decision to conduct an industry ballasting study; and to the Steering
Committee (and especially the Code Task Force) for preparing the RFP and evaluating the

Posted on May 3, 2011

Source: IFAI