Anchoring Conference

Presentations ANCHORINGanchor and fixing conference anchor types 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. anchor and fixing conference soil typesIFRC-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.) FIXINGanchor and fixing conference light unit 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.

Presentation Slides


1 Welcome – Guy Bley (8.78 MB)

2 Problem Statement – Corinne Teherne (2.19 MB)

3 Overview of Common Practice in Humanitarian Shelter – Cecilia Braedt (1.09 MB)

4 Field Experience With Anchors – Daniel Garnier (304 MB) (To decompress use 7-Zip)

5 IFRC Stakes Development and Specifications – Patrick Oger (1.56 MB)

6 Anchors and Possible Applications in the Field of Lightweight Construction – Prof Lorens (7.05 MB)

7 Soil Types Overview and Capacities – Olivier Moles (3.92 MB)

8 Field Experience with Anchors – Canadian RC (2.81 MB)

10 Field Experience with Anchors – Daniel Garnier (17.3 MB)

11 Anchoring for the New Refugee House Unit – Johann Karlsson (2.92 MB)


14 Introduction Testing Methodology and Set Up – Christophe Meyers (1.91 MB) Video

15 Presentation and Analysis of Tests Results – Daniel Ledesma (5.09 MB)

17 Developing Safe Shelter Structures Anchors and Fixings – Roel Gijsbers (2.78 MB)

18 Perspective Innovative Ideas for Anchors – Vincent Virgo (3.78 MB)

19 Fixings Problem Statement – Corinne Treherne (1.38 MB)

20 Fixings for Lightweight Membrane Structure – Prof Lorens (1.69 MB)

21 Field Experience Fixing Tarpaulin to a Metal Structure – Spanish RC (2.79 MB)

22 Overview of Fixings for Possible Use in Humanitarian Sheltering – Alexander V. Leersum (0.98 MB)

With the support of Foundation Emile Metz-Tesch

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