Um, the Yellow Pages ?
With all the Hurricane codes, Florida should be crawling with them.
When interviewing firms, ask if they've done any Display/Exhibit type work before. Back at my former Structural firm, we used to have a running account with a Booth Manufacturer. Even indoors, they had to be certified for a certain "wind load", as well as the obvious gravity/stability issues.
Okay thanks, I think that was a small disconnect for me. I was worried about calling up a structural engineer who has zero experience with anything like this. I want people experienced with the craft so that I can learn from them and so that they do things correctly for the type of work.
There are plenty of resources for the use of wire rope and its accessories (hint). JBL has (or had) a good resource paper on suspending loudspeaker systems.
The "book" on rigging is "Entertainment Rigging" by Harry Donovan. It covers a lot more territory (primarily arena rigging) but is strong on the fundamentals that are shared by all load-suspending & lifting tasks.
I'm pretty sure I've read the JBL one, I've read some material, I know a decent amount. I took statics in college and did well, fairly easy calculations really. So I can visualize loads and calculate them as necessary. I think I was looking for a bit more, and I think I might have found it
Using wall plates is what I meant by "Many tasks are so straight forward you don't need an engineer because you can use suitable products right out of the box". If you know enough to not anchor the plate into wall board you're probably up to the task.
I've hung my fair share of pictures for my wife, that counts right
Makes sense, unless I'm attaching I-beam clamps and flying line-arrays in the 250+lbs I'm probably okay. Or attaching hundreds of pounds of weight to wooden trusses I'm also okay.