When determining loading requirements, consider what type of traffic will take place. Will it be pedestrian, equipment or heavy duty such as vehicular? Where is it located, in a heavily used hospital corridor that has gurney and x-ray machine traffic with high point loads, a storage room with filing cabinets or a simple office? Will the loads applied be uniform, rolling or concentrated under the footprint of wheels?
A classic example is joints installed in a space with a tall ceiling — how will maintenance staff change the light bulbs? More than likely a heavy scissor lift will be brought in. Or take a hotel, for instance … big difference in load between a single rolling carry-on bag and the baggage of a pop star diva.