A Brief History

It’s no secret that trusses are chosen as a support structure for a number of different projects. What this boils down to is that these trusses are not only lightweight, but extremely strong in the way that they are designed. Those who decide to invest in a set of trusses understand that this particular structure is going to be the best option for them when it comes to supporting even the heaviest of arrangements.

Of course, when we speak of the way that a truss is designed, we are referring to the triangle shape that adorns each one. The reasoning behind the triangles is that the shape and design provide structural stability. A triangle will not change shape when the lengths of the sides are fixed, keeping each unit straight and firmly connected to the nodes.

Some of the earliest trusses were constructed with wood by the ancient Greeks and used to build bridges and buildings. Instructions on how to build bridges with trusses were then written down in a book called, “Quattro Libri dell’Architettura” by an architect named Andrea Palladio during the Renaissance. It wasn’t long however before the truss’ strength and flexibility was recognized as something that could be useful in more projects than just bridges and buildings.

While trusses are still used in both of those aspects today, their usability in the world of displays and exhibits soon gained notice. Today, truss manufacturers, like those at
James Thomas Engineering, work with various different venues and organizations to create steel truss structures for concerts, night clubs, theatres, trade show exhibits and so much more! As time passes by, more and more architectural versatility for these trusses is becoming apparent, and our company will be standing by for you when you come up with the next challenge for us!