Sports stadia and large span roof structures of increasingly unprecedented scale are being designed, incorporating landmark architecture and innovative structural design.
Larger roof spans, distinctive architectural designs and increased retail and leisure space: the hallmarks of stadia as destination, bring their challenges. Cost-effective design dictates light-weight design, making these large span roof structures highly sensitive to climatic loading such as wind and snow. Our job is to help you minimise and mitigate those challenges, creating controlled external and internal environments for players, spectators and other visitors. In doing so we help you move beyond codes to smarter, more effective design with a clear, evidence-based view of exactly what your structure will experience.
For sophisticated 3D structural modelling to deliver efficient structural design, accurate loading scenarios are required that account for complex fluid-structure interactions including wind driven dynamic effects. To improve the accuracy of our predictions, we have innovated the way we test a stadia structure, and today integrate pressure tubes within the roof structure of our models to ensure aerodynamic accuracy across all surfaces.