Metal Architecture Publishes ALLTEC Article on Lightning Protection Systems for Military Metal Shelters.

Whether the metal structure is at an oil/gas/petrochemical facility with attendant hazardous environment or a mission-critical military installation, electronics, and personnel considerations demand overall direct and indirect lightning protection. A metal structure needs this protection, even though many metal structures are often generally viewed as a “Faraday cage” and supposedly therefore immune from lightning. The reality is that there are many avenues for direct, indirect, and induced paths for lightning energy to get into metal structures. In addition, lightning system codes do not allow the use of metal less than 3/16-inch in thickness as a component of an LPS.

Many metal structures are therefore non-compliant to code without additional LPS components. ALLTEC, Canton, N.C., is a consulting engineer and product solutions provider for many such applications, including mobile military shelter programs. We will discuss the external solution as the most visible and unique portion of the lightning protection three-tier system solution designed for the client.

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ALLTEC offers a strategic approach to meeting our clients needs, the ALLTEC Protection Pyramid™. This approach looks at all aspects of a facility and works in a holistic fashion to make sure all areas are protected with an effectively interlocking defense. If you have an existing or planned facility, be sure to give ALLTEC a call or email. We can make sure your operation is the safest possible facility, backed by our team of dedicated risk-mitigation experts. If you have a current facility or future project that needs grounding/bonding solutions, surge suppression or lightning protection please contact ALLTEC at either 1-828-646-9290 or