Thornton Tomasetti provided structural design and building skin services for Basrah Sports City,a multi-use complex. The design-build, fast-track project is the largest of its kind in Iraq. The original skin concept called for 100-foot-long GFRP panels in 10 different configurations; however, the project’s tight schedule necessitated a more efficient design. CORE studio developed a parametric CATIA model to derive and analyze different panel shapes and worked closely with project architects and panel fabricators to decrease the number of molds to five, cutting the fabrication time in half. CORE studio also designed highly adjustable brackets that connect the panels to the ladder columns and accommodate the varying panel sizes and positions. To save time and guarantee model accuracy, we developed a custom BIM translator that transferred the ladder columns and parametric connection brackets from CATIA into a Tekla model, provided to the fabricator for shop drawing production.
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CORE studio Services: Fabrication Modeling
Thornton Tomasetti Practices: Structural Engineering, Façade Engineering
Thornton Tomasetti Project Page: Basrah Sports City
Project Team: 360 Architecture
Location: Basrah, Iraq