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On 28 Oct 2010 at 9:02, Larry Hauer wrote:

> To All,
> I have to design some fencing around a baseball field which will be
> 40' high with columns at about 11' o.c. The fencing itself will be
> open chain link type and we will make sure that no covering be put
> over it. So, my question is: Any advice on designing the pipe columns,
> (and footings), for wind loading other than using the ASCE
> requirements with a reduction of surface area due to the open chain
> link fencing?
> Thanks in Advance,
> Larry Hauer S.E.
Hello Larry,

I would also consider the case of the fence being scaled by a bunch
of fans.  I've seen times when sporting events have fans storming the
field and they've caused collapses of numerous items around a sports
venue in their efforts to storm the field.

As far as wind loading on the poles.  What will happen if the users or
owners of the field begin to hang advertising on the fencing, like the
plywood signs that you sometimes see around Little League fields,
to give credit to the sponsors of the league or specific teams.  That
signage will definitely change the "caught" wind.

Take Care,
Lloyd Pack

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