The Amsterdam Music Theatre has a technical team that produces all sets, props,
lighting, audiovisuals, and costumes. The set designer for Puccini’s “La Fanciulla del
West” presented the team with three set models, one for each act. MicroStation
was used to draw all set elements in 3D and then create plans to build each
section to be as light as possible while still meeting safety requirements.
Space is limited, so after establishing the overall dimensions for the set and for
each piece, further analysis using MicroStation helped with decisions about
construction techniques, stage machinery, transport, and storage. MicroStation
enabled the theatre to analyze designs, plan use of space and facilities,
eliminate conflicts, create detailed construction drawings, and communicate
with designers and third parties.
Arup Singapore Pte Ltd
Singapore Pavilion at World Expo 2010
Arup Singapore designed the $7 million Singapore Pavilion for the 2010 World
Expo in Shanghai, China. The pavilion spans 3,000 square meters and resembles
a music box. The structural system features floors of various shapes and sizes,
connected by ramps and stairs suspended off trusses in a state of torsional
balance. Saving time and costs were key project goals.
Structural models were linked between Arup’s in-house design tool and Bentley
Structural to reduce modeling time and allow easier design changes over time.
Arup created a 3D PDF to enable better interoperability/coordination among
applications, which resulted in further time and cost savings that helped
complete the project under a tight deadline.