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How strong is a DGI dome?

Our domes are made from an engineered, self-supporting system of high strength, lightweight steel struts that are connected together with an industry-rated nut and bolt system. Unlike traditional event tents, awnings, canopies, tilt ups and older standards for event promotions, the geodesic dome gets proportionally stronger as their size increases. This strength not only makes them incredibly weather tolerant and able to withstand high-wind and hurricane-like situations they can bear heavy snow loads in winter climates.

The structural integrity and strength of domes allows them to suspend internal loads of up to 2500 lbs directly from their frames making them ideal for seamlessly suspending lighting and sound equipment, special effects, set dressing and ambiance without having to introduce upright truss spans, cabling or other intrusive elements.



How strong is a DGI dome?

Aside from their natural beauty, domes also have many structural advantages. Geodesic shelters have been built around the world in different climates and temperatures and have proven to be the most efficient human shelter. DomeGuys domes are made from a self-supporting system of high-strength lightweight steel struts that are connected together with an industry-rated nut and bolt system.

Unlike traditional homes, domes get proportionally stronger as their size increases. This strength not only makes them incredibly weather tolerant able to withstand high wind and hurricane like situations they can bear heavy snow loads in winter climates. Further dome strength can be increased by adding a heavy duty frame upgrade. This a good choice for anyone with load needs exceed the capacity of our standard frames of 2,500 lbs suspended from the frame, 100 mph wind load or 20 pounds per square foot of snow.



What are the load capacity combinations?

Our standard domes are engineered to support the following load combination:

    Snow load = 20 lbs per sq ft (~2.5' accumulation of fluffy snow)
    Wind load = 100 mph (@ exposure C)
    Dead load = 2500 lbs (spread over 5 top hubs)
    Seismic load = 4



What are the load capacity combinations?

DomeGuys International retains the services of a structural engineer. At DomeGuys we do this because we feel it's vitally important to ensure the structural integrity of each new or modified dome design before we send it to the manufacturing floor. If your location is in a high-wind or hurricane zone, increased seismic activity or snowy region, we can assist you in determining if a standard frame will meet your needs or if a frame upgrade is required, taking a solid, engineering approach to safety and comfortability.

We can engineer to your required load specifications. 

Our standard domes are engineered to support the following load combination:

    Snow load = 20 lbs per sq ft (~2.5' accumulation of fluffy snow)
    Wind load = 100 mph (@ exposure C)
    Dead load = 2500 lbs (spread over 5 top hubs)
    Seismic load = 4



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