The world standard for broad gauge railway line is 4 feet and 8½ inches between the parallel tracks. This odd figure has its origin in the axle width of Roman army chariots designed to accommodate the rear ends of two horses yoked side-by-side.
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If the railroad industry can substantiate using horses rear end to develop a standard, I am confident the tent rental world can produce a series of standards that will encourage a safe environment for our guests.
May I suggest we start out with a modest, but still relevant a soil testing standard. We begin by referencing the US Dept. of Agriculture has U.S maps that contain information on soil data, types, and densities. The data and description establish support for our regional soil variations.
Establishing a soil testing average: Our objective is to determine an average soil type as a starting point. You have to take into consideration how moisture can affect the soil conditions. The only option for the changing circumstances is your due diligence to re-test and re-stake. Without a starting point, it becomes a challenge to establish comparisons to quantify our testing.
The Test: To develop our testing process we will start with ASTM symposia papers “Field Testing of Soils” and specifically document STP 322 titled “Prototype Load-Bearing Tests for Foundations of Structures and Pavements.” Taken from the abstract the description states, Practical applications of these concepts and principles of simulated performance and prototype load-bearing tests are covered. Suggestions are made for field procedures that incorporate these concepts and principles. Using these principles, we begin our experimental testing process.
Upon Further Review: We continue defining our test by contracting an engineering group familiar with tent and membrane structures to quantify our procedures. Once we obtain the results together with the agreement of satisfaction, we then ask knowledgeable members of the IBC and IFC to critique our findings and offer suggestions that would enhance and legitimize our test as a reference and in the future an I-Code standard.
The Scope: What we have demonstrated is the beginning stages of a soil testing scope. The crucial phase in developing a manageable scope is forming a subcommittee. The subcommittee’s criteria for success begins with strong leadership, management skills, and above all consensus support from the tent rental industry.
If the railroad industry can use horses rear ends to define a standard, our future development of standards is unstoppable.