- Current Financial Company Members of LSAA have their company profile listed on the LSAA website and can submit news, awards and other articles for publication on the website.
- Discounted fees apply for Conferences, Seminars and Design Award Entries.
- We have a passion for realizing excellence in producing world class lightweight structures.
- Members are engaged in the design, fabrication, erection of lightweight structures and are well supported by material suppliers of fabrics, fittings and cables.
Members with complete service
Members with predominantly Design
Members with Software and Consulting Service
Members with predominantly Design,
Members who are predominantly suppliers
The following profiles are in random order.
Innova International Pty Ltd
For nearly 3 decades Innova International (Innova) has led the Australian market in the specification and delivery of high quality and technically superior engineered textiles.
Innova has now expanded upon this proud history by bringing to the Australian region leading-edge tensile and architectural textiles from Verseidag Gmbh.
Since our inception we have sought out the most capable global manufacturers to develop and supply innovative and high-quality textiles to a diverse range of industries and manufacturers.
Our experience in specifying technical textiles for a variety of applications has seen Innova forge a reputation as a knowledgeable and diligent partner, highly trusted by regional customers seeking a well thought out and innovative solution for their projects.
Innova continues to make significant commitments to volume stock holdings, advanced logistical capabilities, information technology and ongoing staff training. This ensures that our customers have access to the right answers and the right materials at the time they need them.
Innova / Verseidag is a Silver Sponsor for the LSAA 2018 Conference and Design Awards
Having successfully completed the multi-million dollar Grand Pavilion for Major Projects Victoria and Multiplex, Oasis Tension Structures has the resources to undertake projects of any size and complexity.
Oasis is a multi-award winning business and is the current ACASPA 2011 Overall Winner. Oasis also holds the IFAI 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award for tension structures less than 600sq.m. These, together with numerous other awards, are testament of Oasis's commitment to excellence over a journey lasting many years which continues today.
Interestingly, the history of Oasis can be traced back to its founder, Darryl Thomson, when more than thirty years ago as a young engineer he set out to develop the application and methodology for the use of shade fabric in tensile structures. He achieved great success developing an industry that spawned the everyday use of shade fabric with offshore processing and hardware store product lines that is part of the industry today.
But his heart lay elsewhere; his interests lay in applying his knowledge to producing unique designs to suit specific architectural, recreational and industrial applications. Oasis Tension Structures was founded in 1992 as one of five divisions within Gale Australia. Oasis commenced fabrication of shade sails in 1992 and has produced more than 10,000 since that time.
In 1995 Darryl purchased the division and along with business partner and fellow civil engineer, Peter Byrne, founded Oasis Tension Structures (Australia) Pty Ltd in 1996.
Since that time Oasis Tension Structures has continued its growth and has a developed a dedicated professional team of designers and managers who can assist with all aspects of tensile engineering from conceptual design through to construction and maintenance.
Oasis has undertaken work throughout Australia and has the flexibility and experience to work on international projects in locations including the United Kingdom, North America, South East Asia and the Middle East.
Tensile engineering is still a young and vibrant industry exploiting the advent of new materials, modern fabric technology and associated engineering techniques.
From its beginnings working with knitted shade fabrics, we have developed our experience and expertise and can now offer structures fabricated from fully coated woven materials such as PVC coated polyester weave and PTFE coated glass weave fabrics.
Oasis is dedicated to develop our ability to offer new forms, new materials and new solutions in tensile engineering. We have developed expertise to offer insulated roof structures incorporating insulation blankets and captured air pockets to provide tensile roofs with excellent thermal performance and we have developed our capacity with ETFE films to offer pillow structures.
Expertise: Oasis specialise in the Design and Construction of tension membrane structures.
From tensile umbrellas to the largest free form structure in Australia, Oasis has the ability to offer a complete range of shade fabric structure solutions to the commercial market.
Our professional staff has the expertise and ability to offer service and advice through all stages of a project starting with concept development and continuing through to detailed design and documentation, procurement and fabrication and finally installation for shade projects of all sizes.
Our experience with a variety of materials means we can tailor solutions to suit your requirements and your budget.
Gale Pacific is the name in advanced polymer fabrics for high-end commercial and industrial applications. We invented knitted shadecloth in the early 1970s. After several years of testing and development, we launched our first range in 1976. We are now one of the world’s largest manufacturers of shadecloth.
Our products are designed to:
- Protect people and outdoor living environments from the harmful effects of UV rays and adverse weather conditions.
- Improve the efficiency and competitiveness of agriculture through increased crop protection, improved water conservation and better plant yield.
- Enhance architectural designs and construction applications.
We lead in technology, research and development, and in the manufacture of technically advanced outdoor polymer fabrics. Our fabrics have a proven track record of performance in some of the world's harshest outdoor environments. Our continuing expansion into the industrial and commercial sectors is driven by our search for excellence and innovation.
We take claim to a portfolio of market-leading products that are considered benchmarks within the industry. Our brands include Commercial 95®, Landmark® and Canvacon®, among many others.
The Gale Pacific brand represents the combination of our unique product capabilities and the strategic integration of several highly regarded industrial fabrics companies. This is testament to the continuing commitment we have to strengthen and grow as a world leader in advanced polymer fabrics.
Gale Pacific is a Gold Sponsor for the LSAA 2018 Conference and Awards
Hiraoka Architectural Structure Fabrics are designed to provide outstanding performance and aesthetic beauty. These fabrics are the result of 30 years of innovation and technical leadership in the architectural structure market.
Hiraoka pioneered the development of PVDF surface coatings, anti-stain technology utilizing photocatalysts, flame resistant technology and weathering resistance to provide an outstanding service life.
Hiraoka Architectural Structure Fabrics are available in a range of fabric constructions to suit medium to large scale fabric structures. Highly translucent materials are also available.
Hiraoka are now located at 2/37 Rimfire Drive, Hallam, Victoria, 3803
Phone changed to: (03) 8795 7322. (November 2012)
Hiraoka is the LSAA 2018 Design Awards / Dinner Sponsor
Links to articles on this website:
- Material supplied for Project: 60 Margaret Street, Sydney
Taylor Thomson Whitting Pty Ltd
Taylor Thomson Whitting (TTW) is a wholly owned Australian company providing Consultancy Engineering Services to Australia and Asia, since 1958.
Our six offices provide clients with a wide range of specialised services in Structural, Civil, Facade and Traffic Engineering.
With over 150 staff our core philosophy is to provide service that is: Client oriented, Practical and economical, Innovative
Recently completed projects include:
Macquarie Bank, 50 Martin Place - Sydney 2015
Australian War Memorial, Anzac Hall – Canberra 2015
Chatswood Interchange, transport hub with high rise towers – Sydney 2014
Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery – Hobart 2013
The Star, Star City Casino – Pyrmont 2013
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- Surry Hills Community Centre
technet GmbH provides software for lightweight structural design.
The generation of free forms, the statical analysis and the subsequent cutting pattern generation is guaranteed by our software.
EASY is a fully comprehensive suite of software modules for the complete design of lightweight structures. Our experienced support team is prepared to help in various ways to optimise your production with technet's software.
Since being founded in 1989 technet GmbH has developed into a worldwide operating company. In addition to the headquarter in Berlin we have satellite offices in Stuttgart and a representation in Shanghai.
See website: www.technet-gmbh.com
Technet GmbH are a sponsor of the 2015 International Trade Fair in Frankfurt and the 20th International Workshop on Textile Roofs (See Other Events )
Sail Structures was formed in 1988 in conjunction with Port Douglas Sailmakers and initially manufactured high quality yacht sails. Using our Sailmaking experience we began to manufacture tensioned fabric membranes for architectural use when the industry was in its infancy.
Being one of only a handful of suppliers in the country with the skills to fabricate these speciality products in the early 90s we quickly gained a reputation within our industry for our ability to supply these first class structures in a quality second to none.
As the industry rapidly expanded over the next 20 years we lead the way by constantly researching and developing our products. Using the latest technology available such as CAD Software specialised high quality fabrics and hardware, modern patenting systems and outstanding staff we now specialise solely in the high end architectural membrane market.
The results speak for themselves – we are recognised as the market leader in North Queensland supplying basically every high profile project in the region. Many of these have gone on to be judged award winners in State, National and International Awards. We are recognised as the only award winner to manufacture and install shade sails in Cairns. We are also the only fully qualified sailmakers that manufacture and install shade sails in Cairns.
We manufacture all our tensioned membranes and shade sails using the latest cutting edge technology from a modern purpose built sail loft and now service clients through Queensland as well as interstate and overseas.
Mob: 0419 595 134
Manufacturer of Plotter Cutters for the Tension Membrane & Shade Industry
Aeronaut Automation manufactures automated plotter/cutters with CAD and nestling software to suit a variety of applications, from sail making, sail stringing machines, carbon fibre, rubber and canvas goods, and much more.
Member Profile: See website
Aurecon (formerly Connell Wagner) is a multi-disciplinary consultancy offering engineering, scientific, management and advisory services to the private and public sector.
Headquartered in Melbourne, Australia we have over 4,000 staff with offices around Australia, New Zealand, South-East Asia as well as the Middle East. With our strength, reach and expertise we are able to provide clients integrated services across all markets, including Advisory, Buildings, Defence, Energy, Industrial, Telecommunications, Transportation, Urban Development and Water & Environment.
Privately owned, the company has an annual turnover of approximately A$600 million, and is currently delivering projects in 50 countries around the world.
The company has received numerous awards for excellence from organisations both inside and outside the engineering industry and was voted "best large engineering firm" in the inaugural BRW-St.George Client Choice Awards.
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Pro-Knit Industries Pty Ltd are the leading manufacturer and supplier of 100% monofilament commercial grade knitted shade cloths. From our modern manufacturing facility situated in Brisbane, Queensland, we produce arguably the highest quality premium knitted shade cloth products available in the world today.
Our popular Monotec 370 Series of heavy duty commercial grade shade cloth leads the field in strength, longevity and durability. It is the only locally manufactured 90% UV rated shade cloth available in Australia.
Our range of Premium quality 100% monofilament shade cloth fabrics are available in a choice of 3.25m and 6.5m widths.
Combining the highest quality UV stabilized raw materials, the latest knitting machine technology and in excess of 80 years experience, we only produce the very best shade cloth fabrics to cover every situation and requirement.
Monotec shade cloth fabrics represent premium Australian quality when compared to alternative choices. And we can individually colour match and tailor our fabric to meet any requirement.
ProRig Hardware Pty Ltd (ProRig Hardware) is a specialist importer and wholesale supplier of quality stainless steel hardware and wire rope for the structural, shade, balustrade and marine industries.
ProRig Hardware’s core range of stainless steel hardware, wire balustrade systems and wire rope products are marketed and sold under the ProRig® brand name. ProRig Hardware also distributes its handrail products under the ProRail® brand name, and hand swaging tools under the Croc® brand name and a limited range of economy stainless steel products under the Econ brand name.
In 2017 ProRig Hardware became the sole Australian & New Zealand distributor of Blue Wave stainless steel hardware. Blue Wave Wire Design Systems products are suitable for a variety of tensile architecture structures, including fabric structures, bracing and suspension bridges. Manufactured in Denmark, Blue Wave delivers the highest standard of product quality, with the ability to work with your engineers to custom design unique fittings for tensile structures.
- Wire rope ranging from 2mm to 36mm
- Fittings with threads from M5 to M52
- Supplier of wire rope from Lloyds approved manufacturer
ProRig Hardware products are suitable for tensile applications such as:
- Suspension bridges and shade
- Braces and trusses
- Fabric architecture and weather proof structures
- Catenary lighting
- Landscaping and greenwall
- Signage & decorations
ProRig Hardware, sole supplier of Blue Wave hardware is a Silver Sponsor for the LSAA 2018 Conference and Design Awards.
The Shann Group
The Shann Group is a leading distributor and importer of high quality technical and industrial textiles designed specifically for use in blind and awning, digital print, architectural and commercial shade structures.
The Shann Group are the sole distributor for the world renown Mehler Texnologies range of tensile architecture materials and, with more than 15,000 square meters of warehouse space across eight locations in Australia and New Zealand, The Shann Group is supported by strong infrastructure and a dedicated service proposition in every branch office.
Backed by a full-service, high-energy sales and customer service team, The Shann Group manages and supplies a comprehensive range of products from leading suppliers to a diverse range of industries. The company’s commitment to excellence and superior product sees its staff constantly travelling to trade shows and visiting with suppliers to ensure continual product development and improvement. This commitment combinedwith the expertise, product knowledge and passion of the team gives Shann an enviable advantage.
Greenup Design International, GDI, is a specialist Tension Membrane Engineering consultancy located on Australia’s Gold Coast. GDI was formed in 2010 by David Greenup who is the owner and CEO of GDI.
GDI utilizes the latest in specialist computer modeling and analysis software including “Membrane” (aka “NDN”) which is used for the shape finding, analysis and patterning of complex three dimensional fabric shapes, with the supporting structure fully 3D solid modeled in Autodesk’s “AutoCAD” or “Inventor”.
GDI offers a full range of services from concept design through to steel workshop drawings and fabric cutting patterns. GDI is committed to providing the complete package for their clients in every aspect of tension membrane design.
GDI provides clients with highest quality tension membrane designs and unparalleled service during engineering and construction of all structures.
We strive to be the leading consultancy in Tension Membrane design and construction in the Southern Hemisphere.
GDI is dedicated to training new graduate engineers in the art of tension membrane design and through cooperation with Griffith University we offer only the best and brightest student engineers an opportunity to complete a project with us as part of their degree. We are always looking for new student project ideas so if you have a research project that you think would benefit from some fresh young thinking please feel free to contact us.
Magryn and Associates Pty. Ltd. is a small structural and civil engineering consultancy based in Adelaide, South Australia, and undertaking work throughout Australia. We offer design services and expertise in civil and structural engineering, with a specialty in the area of coastal engineering.
We have permanent professional engineers and technical officers/drafters on staff, and specialist engineers contracted as required.
We undertake a large number of designs for shade structures of differing shapes, sizes and configurations. These range from simple shades to large architectural designs, to specialized designs such as barrel vault shades. Shades may be in shadecloth or impermeable PVC membrane.
Generally clients like their shades to be as "free" and "unrestrained" as possible; however, all shades have the common problem that they develop very large internal forces. The balance and restraint of these internal forces requires careful consideration, and all of our shades are computer modelled in three dimensions to reflect their actual performance in the field.
Shade structures are generally designed and fully documented, ready for council certification and construction.
Copelands & Pickers is an Australian owned company that specialises in manufacturing canvas and vinyl goods to satisfy the requirements and needs of individuals and organisations in Australia.Since manufacturing our first product in 1948, Copelands & Pickers now have control over every aspect of production, enabling us to create high quality products using state-of-the-art technology and materials. Copelands & Pickers products are known for their performance and durability, and our expertise and use of only quality materials reinforces our commitment to excellence.
Copelands & Pickers design and custom manufacture shade sails, waterproof PVC membranes and supply complete shade structures to suit both the domestic and commercial market. Our specialty also includes replacement shade sails and covers to suit existing structures and fixings.
We manufacture a wide range of Marquees to suite all budgets and with our experience and use of quality materials Copelands & Pickers marquees are known for their durability. Promotional sign writing to customise your marquee can be arranged.
We offer a range of commercial and heavy duty domestic umbrellas, a wide range of domestic and commercial awnings and sun blinds and have been manufacturing a range of products for Sporting Clubs across Australia for over 60 years.
Corporate branding is also a great way to promote your club or business and Copelands & Pickers can assist form design through to print.
Our very experienced staff coupled with our modern and state of the art design, plotting and cutting systems enable us to develop a product from concept through to full production and even installation if required.
(07) 3495 0020
+61 7 3495 0020
(07) 3893 1790
+61 7 3893 1790
Shade to Order Pty Ltd
We offer a full design service that can include:
- Fabric design
- Structural & finite element analysis
- Steelwork design & Workshop drawings
- DA drawings
- Computer generated rendered images
- Superimposed photographs
- Structural engineering design
- Scale models
Member Profile: Shade to Order has been manufacturing sails since 1979. We are 100% Australian owned and wherever possible, we use Australian made goods and services.
Our team of expert staff include design consultants, salespeople, draftspeople, fabric handling experts, project managers, purchasing staff, accounting officers and secretaries. Each is highly experienced and contributes to the smooth process of designing, manufacturing, and installing a tension membrane structure.
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MakMax Australia & Taiyo Membrane Corporation
MakMax Australia is a world leading tensile membrane specialist in the design, fabrication and installation of fabric architecture. MakMax specialise in using PTFE and PVC tensile membranes, pneumatic ETFE foils, Tensotherm translucent membrane roofing and HDPE shade structures creating award winning fabric structures.
Internationally renowned for technical innovation, the investment in Research and Development of tensile membrane technology and possessing a worldwide reference list, MakMax personifies tensile membrane expertise, quality and style.
The MakMax range includes Architectural Membrane structures incorporating tensile and Tensotherm membrane roofing, shade structures and shade sails, Textile Façade, Textile Interiors, Architectural Car Park structures and Architectural Umbrellas including shade umbrellas.
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Pattons - Specialist Textile Solutions
Pattons is a well recognized, accredited and award winning industrial fabrics firm focused on delivering innovative and creative structures and designs. Pattons was established in 1953 and has been delivering quality solutions for over 60 years. Pattons operates predominantly in the commercial and architectural sectors providing tailored structures for the construction and event industry.
Pattons focuses on pushing the boundaries of creativity when designing projects and upholds professional industry standards which is recognised by clients in their continued association with Pattons.
Pattons provide the full service from conceptual design through to engineering, fabrication and installation.
Pattons is located in Sydney and Canberra with projects extending nationwide and overseas.
9 Aylesbury Street, Botany, NSW Australia 2019.
P: +61 (0) 2 8033 7754 or 1300 799 980
CREATE is a specialist multi-disciplinary design practice, offering consultancy services to clients across New Zealand. Our core areas of specialist design covering Architecture and Engineering, include:
+ Energy Efficiency & Building Performance
+ Seismic Design
The company founders have significant experience in the design of sports and aquatic facilities across NZ, ranging from national awarding winning facilities such as Coastlands Aquatic Centre, Avanti-Velodrome and Alpine Aqualand.
As a multi-disciplinary practice we provide a high level of experience across the full spectrum of services, required for the success of these highly technical facilities. CREATE prides itself on its ability to provide a fully integrated approach to design across all disciplines.
Our policy and passion is to actively pursue sustainability and energy efficiency within all designs, appropriate to the context of any brief. Energy efficiency, reduction of wastage, maximizing recycling, and water conservation are considered wherever practical.
CREATE have established a good reputation particularly in the aquatic construction industry, and continue to take great pride in continuing to receive referrals and recommendations for work.
Our main office is in Hawkes Bay, and we have recently set up a second office in Christchurch in response to local demand and opportunities.
Company Website www.createltd.co.nz
Structurflex NZ Pty Ltd
From humble beginnings over 70 years ago as a sail making company under the name of Sails and Covers Ltd, today Structurflex is an industry-leading fabric engineering and design firm with headquarters in New Zealand and offices in Kuala Lumpur, Brisbane, Dubai and Kansas City.
Extensive experience in the handling of specialised fabric materials, combined with the introduction of manufacturing techniques suited to fabric engineering, enabled the company to expand into other markets, and in 1981 Structurflex was formed.
Today Structurflex services the Transport, Architectural, Environmental and Promotional markets and has separate, specialised divisions for each.
With a commitment to investing into research and development, Structurflex remains at the forefront of emerging technologies and boasts a state of the art design and manufacturing facility. Combining the technology of tomorrow with the practical knowledge gained over more than 70 years has enabled Structurflex to deliver to clients an impressive range of high profile fabric engineering projects in New Zealand and around the world.
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SEMF Pty Ltd is a multi-disciplinary engineering, scientific and management company that provides consultancy and management skills for all facets of construction projects. We provide complete sustainable solutions – from initial planning, design, construction and facilities management by ensuring that we plan and act for the long-term good of our customers, our partners and our community.
We also strive to be sustainable in all that we do, by ensuring that we plan and act for the long-term good of our customers, our partners and our community.
SEMF's engineering consulting and design services are categorised as:
- Building Engineering
Automation and Control
Information Technology Engineering
Bulk Materials Handling
Process and Manufacturing Engineering
Environmental & Infrastructure Solutions
Risk Engineering and OH&S
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We shape a better world
We are an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Through our work, we make a positive difference in the world. We shape a better world.
Founded in 1946 with an initial focus on structural engineering, Arup first came to the world’s attention with the structural design of the Sydney Opera House, followed by its work on the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Arup has since grown into a truly multidisciplinary organisation. Most recently, its work for the Singapore Sports Hub has reaffirmed its reputation for delivering innovative and sustainable designs that reinvent the built environment.
Arup brings together broad-minded individuals from a wide range of disciplines and encourages them to look beyond the constraints of their own specialisms.
This unconventional approach to design springs in part from Arup’s ownership structure. The firm is owned in trust on behalf of its staff. The result is an independence of spirit that is reflected in the firm’s work, and in its dedicated pursuit of technical excellence.