Temporary Demountable Structures: Guidance on Procurement, Design and Use

Course Details

Course Information:

Date: 8th February

Time: 10am - 5:30pm

Venue: EPC, The Hawkhlls, Easingwold, York, YO61 3EG

Organisation: The Institution of Structural Engineers


This course will cover the most recent available guidance published by the Institution of Structural Engineers on Temporary Demountable Structures (TDS).

Learning outcomes:

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Identify the legislation and codes of practice related to the design of TDS in the UK
  • Distinguish the key structural principles behind different types of TDS, e.g. stages, platforms, marquees and tensile structures, grandstands and ancillary performance related structures (external screens, PA supports etc).
  • Understand the design criteria for temporary structures including the wind management of temporary structures
  • Identify good (and bad) industry practice 



Abigail Matthews has been working as a structural engineer since 1991, co-founding Momentum Consulting Engineers in 2005.  She has been involved in the design and inspection of TDS for the events and entertainment industry for most of her career. She represents the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Professional Lighting and Sound Association on the Advisory Group for Temporary Structures, and represents the UK in the development of new European standards for temporary structures and demountable seating.

Intended for:

Anyone interested in or associated with events, or who has to procure, use or inspect TDS

Teaching and learning methods:

 Will include interactive learning, presentations and case studies 

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