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Entertainment Rigging for the 21st Century by Bill Sapsis

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Structural Behavior

BILL GORLIN

This chapter is intended to introduce structural behavior to people involved in entertainment rigging, tapping into the experiences and “feel” all of us have gained from looking at structures every day of our lives. Structures are governed by the laws of physics, namely Isaac Newton’s Laws, which are all around us: buildings, bridges, box trusses, rope, fences, trees, rock formations, etc. We will explore key basic structural subjects, with the intention of improving the reader’s awareness of such behaviors. This is a chapter of concepts, not equations, although I will introduce a couple of those.

Structural engineers can be helpful collaborators with designers, technical directors, riggers, and stagehands when ...

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