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  • 1.  ASCE 7 design loads for free standing canopies

    Posted 09-08-2021 09:01 AM
    What sections of ASCE 7 are applicable to a free-standing, cantilevered canopy in order to determine wind and seismic loading?  It seems that ASCE 7-16 and ASCE 7-10 are more explicit in describing the structure in question, but ASCE 7-05 is the applicable reference for this project.  Any guidance and navigation between the 3 editions would be appreciated!

    Chad Morrison P.E., M.ASCE
    Professional Engineer
    Greenville RI

  • 2.  RE: ASCE 7 design loads for free standing canopies

    Posted 09-16-2021 01:38 PM

    In 7-05 I would use Section 6.5.13 "Wind Loads for Open Structures" to determine wind loading for that type of canopy and section 15.5 "Nonbuilding Structures Similar to Buildings" for seismic requirements. The numbers change in 7-10 & 7-16 but shouldn't be much, if any, difference in the language & coefficient values through the three.

    Jay Garth P.E.
    Structural Engineer I
    Progressive AE

    EWB: An Engineering Culture Shift
    Grand Rapids, MI