WeatherSolve Structures Inc. are specialist designers and manufacturers of industrial, recreational, and agricultural environment control structures. Their designs have been tested world-wide in extremes such as Hurricane Andrew, (Florida 1992), South Pacific cyclones, and in the South American Andes (at 16,000 ft). The total area covered is about 1,000 acres.
WeatherSolve has grown from the amalgamation of the work of two other companies, UltraSpan Structures Inc. and MRDesign Ltd. It was incorporated in November 2006.
MRDesign Ltd was a specialist porous fabric design company based in New Zealand. Design Engineer Mike Robinson developed a number of innovative structural systems including the systems that would eventually become the basic building blocks for Ultra Span Structures.
Ultra Span Structures Inc., was formed in 1986 by Industrial Engineer and fabric manufacturer Barry Causton. The company was based in Miami, Florida where the focus was shade houses for nurseries and windbreaks for Carembola.
The guiding philosophy was to produce quality structures capable of withstanding hurricane winds, with open interiors that delivered the environment required by the client.
The defining moment for the company came in 1992 when Hurricane Andrew’s 200+ mph winds roared across South Florida. Hundreds of acres of Ultra Span’s windbreaks and shade houses were in the path of the hurricane. Encouragingly, though those that received the full force of the storm were severely damaged, Ultra Span structures stood out as virtually the only fabric structures left standing.
In 1996, the Company was shifted to Surrey, BC, Canada, and the focus expanded to include industrial and recreational, as well as agricultural, protection structures.
With the change to WeatherSolve in 2006, the offices were shifted to Aldergrove BC.
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The Ultra Span System
The Ultra Span System is a way of connecting panels of usually porous fabric to highly tensed steel cables that is both reliable and strong. The steel cables can span large distances (the “Ultra Span”) allowing the supports to be positioned out of the way. Fewer supports are also more economical in many situations.
WeatherSolve’s Design Engineer
Mike Robinson is a world renowned porous fabric structure specialist. He spent 13 years with the New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture as the National Rural Structures Specialist developing and testing windbreak and fencing technologies for kiwifruit. He has lectured to Professional Engineers in 3 countries, developed design codes and contractor certification courses, and has designs built on 5 continents.
He has over 70 publications in the field of porous fabric structures.
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The support structures, fabric and attachments such as brackets for bolting or welding to poles are created as kit sets. The kit set can be installed by local contractors or the clients own staff. Specialist contractors can be arranged.
In all cases, supervision and training of installers is provided by WeatherSolve as part of the package. Some specialized equipment may also be provided depending on the nature of the structure. For more information check out our Installation & Maintenance page.