How strong should a temporary structure be made to withstand winds that may be encountered during its brief lifespan? The answer is less definitive than you might think. The engineering community has long grappled with the question, “How strong is strong enough?” in resisting wind loads for temporary structures such as concert stages, tents, temporary display structures, temporary screens, temporary roofs and shade structures, and lighting and speaker towers. The corollary — and equally ...

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