How Fabric Structures Support Field Operations

a fabric structure installed in a remote area to support field operationsBusinesses serving many different industries conduct field operations—mining and mineral companies need access to mines, oil and gas companies need storage and refinement facilities near drilling platforms, and military organizations need base camps in nearly any terrain. The list of applications for field operations goes and on. To ensure proper shelter for field operations, business owners turn to Big Top. Our fabric structures are versatile and endlessly customizable to support field operations.

Deployed in the Field

Our fabric shelters do not require a concrete pad as a foundation and can be anchored to nearly anything, even asphalt and dirt. This means they can be deployed on almost any type of terrain. Plus, they can be erected quickly, at a rate of 2,500 square feet per day, and do not require the help of an outside contractor.

Lasting Performance

To ensure long-term use, Big Top’s fabric structures are supported by an industrial-grade, galvanized steel frame that is strong enough to stand the test of time. We can also engineer a fabric shelter for heavy wind and snow loads, and equip it with lightning protection. With very little maintenance required, Big Top’s temporary buildings can last for several decades.

Thermal Protection

Our shelters minimize the risks of sun exposure thanks to the fabric cover, which is formulated to repel 99.95% of UV-A and UV-B radiation. This outstanding thermal performance gives our buildings a UPF rating of 2,000 and ensures staff, materials, and equipment are well protected from the elements.

Natural Climate Control

The impressive thermal performance of a Big Top fabric structure helps to maintain a pleasant interior temperature that is, on average, 15 degrees cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter than the outside temperature. Employees under the fabric cover will be comfortable throughout the day, requiring fewer breaks, without the need for artificial climate control and related energy expenses.

Energy Efficiency

Not having to run artificial climate control around the clock can lead to significant energy savings, and those savings continue thanks to the translucent fabric cover. Natural light fully illuminates the interior without requiring electric lighting.


Field operations, by their very nature, are always evolving. Big Top’s fabric structures are designed to keep pace with the changing needs of field operations. They can be moved around the current footprint intact with a crane, and disassembled and shipped to a new location for the next project.

Custom Designs

Big Top customizes our fabric structures to support specific applications. Sizes can range from 20 to 174 feet wide and almost any length, and there are no guy wires or internal columns taking up space in the interior. There are numerous accessories available, including HVACs, insulation, internal partitions, flooring, bay and personnel doors, and more to create specialized shelters for myriad field operations.

Learn More About Our Fabric Structures

If your company has a need for versatile, cost-effective, and protective shelter solutions for its field operations, contact Big Top today. When you do, we’ll tell you more about the advantages of our fabric structures and begin designing one to meet your business needs.

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