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.
Some initial discussions have already happened to hold the 2018 LSAA event probably at the University of Technology (UTS) in Sydney.
Following on the successful two day 2016 Conference and Design Awards, the 2018 event is likely to be a similar affair.
Likely date is September or October 2018
We are looking forward to continuing and building on our relationship with Universities.
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 observation is that there seems to be an increasing acceptance of "performance based design" compared with the more traditional "prescriptive" or "deemed to comply" approaches. Indeed there is a separate document produced by the ABCB that may assist in the area of fire issues in larger membrane structures. It is called the "Fire Safety Verification Method proposed for NCC 2019" and can be found under the "resources" section of the ABCB website (see https://www.abcb.gov.au/Resources/Publications/NCC-2019-Public-Comment-Draft/Fire-Safety-Verification-Method-proposed-for-NCC-2019 )
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