Aerial Portfolio

Aerial Adventure Courses

Aerial Adventure Courses, sometimes known as “Challenge Courses” or “Ropes Courses,” include elevated structures where harnessed patrons climb and traverse obstacles including bridges, nets, and zip line activities. Aerial Adventure Courses can be guided, self-guided or facilitated experiences, but all include trained staff supervision and safety training. Courses are designed to create outcomes for patrons ranging from adventure based learning experiences to thrill seeking. Our firm designs these types of structures from the concept phase through sealed construction drawings and calculations. We can also reverse engineering existing structures to accommodate major modifications.

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Zip Line Design

Zip Lines are Aerial Adventure Course elements that use wire rope connected over an open span where harnessed patrons, suspended from a trolley system, can traverse with the primary force for propulsion being gravity. Some Zip Lines span from tree to tree, some utilize new wood or steel poles, and some use a combination of both. Zip Lines can be guided, self-guided or facilitated experiences, but all include trained staff supervision and safety training. Zip Lines are designed to create outcomes for patrons ranging from adventure based learning experiences to thrill seeking. Our firm designs these types of structures from the concept phase through sealed construction drawings and calculations. We can also reverse engineering existing structures to accommodate major modifications.

Inspections & Audits

Required Inspections and Audits vary between jurisdictions and typically require that a qualified person perform the tasks. Inspectors at our firm include Qualified Professional Engineers and Engineers in Training (EITs) as well as an Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) Level 2 Professional Inspector with a Professional Supervisor Endorsement. Our firm performs inspections and audits in accordance with requirements set forth in the ASTM F2959 Standard and the ANSI/ACCT 03-2016 Standard.

Documentation

A variety of site specific documentation is required for Aerial Adventure Courses and Zip Lines. These
documents are required in order to be in compliance with ASTM F2959 Aerial Adventure Course Standards and/or ANSI/ACCT 03-2016 Challenge Courses and Canopy/Zip Line Tours Standards. Most of the documentation is required to be provided by the manufacturer of the course itself and is commonly overlooked. Our firm’s familiarity with industry standards and our experience with common practices within the industry, allow us to review and suggest improvements to existing documentation for courses. We can draft complete sets of documentation and manuals for review by jurisdictions and/or manufacturers.

Construction Administration

During the process of constructing an Aerial Adventure Course, contractors and jurisdictions often need support from the Engineer of Record to answer questions about the construction drawings and the possible alternate installation configurations. On site special inspections of items such as pole and anchor foundations, epoxy bolts and pull testing can also be provided during construction. Our firm can provide written verification for requested items that we observed during the process of construction.