The Optus Stadium is the brand new 60,000 seat sports stadium in Perth.
The Arup design team attended the cracking one day cricket game between Australia and England for the first major event at Optus Stadium. The feature of the stadium is the lightweight cantilevering roof that has a clean fabric membrane soffit and those huge speakers pack a punch. Unfortunately we lost the day only by a few runs but the atmosphere was great.
A new (future) draft version of the NCC (National Construction Code) is now available for public comment. Comments are due by COB April 13 2018.
To view this document (in PDF format) you may need to login or register at the ABCB (Australian Building Codes Board) website https://www.abcb.gov.au/
Of interest to many involved in lightweight structures, and in particular tension membrane structures, are the new requirements related to fire. These new requirements have been the result of a number of fatal fires in Australia and overseas. See this article for an interim report related to fires and cladding.
An Interim Report has now been published by the recently formed Victorian Cladding Taskforce.
Some initial discussions have already happened to hold the 2018 LSAA event at the University of Technology (UTS) in Sydney.
The two day 2018 Conference and Design Awards, is likely to be a similar affair to the 2016 Event.
The Date is Thursday October 25 and Friday October 26 2018.
We expect to announce the Theme, Keynote Speakers and Session Topics before the end of April
We are looking forward to continuing and building on our relationship with Universities.