Presentations ANCHORING A good anchor to the ground is essential for the safety and stability of any kind of light structure. That means not only for tents and transitional shelters, but also for water towers, radio antennas, containers, etc. The potential of this simple element is huge. The aim of the study is to identify high-tech systems for low-tech and efficient use, to secure people and goods. It seems to be a widely established practice even in emergency operations to rely on concrete for the anchoring/ foundation of temporary structures. However, using concrete in many contexts presents a number of issues regarding, quality, speed of implementation, cost and last but not least, removal after disassembling the temporary structure. IFRC-SRU aims to explore in which cases earth anchors can present a cost effective, easy to implement alternative to the commonly used foundations. IFRC-SRU is testing a number of different anchoring systems in different soil types to evaluate their performance. The results will serve to prepare a matrix that will help identify what anchor is most suitable for what ground condition and what load type (size of structure, expected wind-loads, etc.) FIXING In most humanitarian shelter operations, tarpaulins are the “first aid” distributed to cover the immediate needs for sheltering. Some tarps come with eyelets to facilitate fixing and tensioning. However, eyelets also present the weak point where the tarpaulin is most likely to fail from wear and tear. A wide range of products exist on the market for fixing and tensioning textile material, but also for metal sheeting or other sheet-materials. However, it seems that these products are not effectively exploited for sheltering. What fixings are cost-effective and present adequate solutions to securely and easily fasten a tarpaulin, other fabrics and sheet materials (e.g. shade-nets) used in humanitarian sheltering? IFRC-SRU is testing a number of different fixing systems/items with regard to performance, easy use, and cost, to evaluate which products can be relevant for humanitarian sheltering.
1 Welcome – Guy Bley (8.78 MB)
2 Problem Statement – Corinne Teherne (2.19 MB)
With the support of Foundation Emile Metz-Tesch