Dundrum Cinema - Dundrum Town Centre
This project involved the construction of a 12-screen (8,500m2) cinema, catering for 2,209 persons, as part of the Dundrum Town Centre development.
A structural analytical BIM model was developed for these works using Bentley RAM Structural Design structural analysis design software. This software was used to transfer design data between T. J. O’Connor & Associates, the manufacturer of the Bi-steel panels and the main contractor to develop a Bi-Steel Core solution.
Originally, the six-storey, 24m high twin lift core was to be constructed in Reinforced Concrete. However, due to time constraints and architectural requirements, this was changed to Corus (now Tata Steel) Bi-Steel panels.
In general, the structure comprised metal decking flooring and structural steel frame with RC basement retaining walls, up to 8m high and 1m thick. Large transfer structures, incorporating 2-storey deep transfer trusses, were required at Level 1 to accommodate the cinema grid below and a 1500mm diameter culvert overflow pipe was routed underneath the building’s foundations.
2000 – September 2005
Structural & Civil Engineers
- Structural analytical BIM model developed using RAM Structural Design software
- Transfer of design data between T. J. O’Connor & Associates, the manufacturer of the Bi-steel panels and the main contractor through RAM BIM model to develop Bi-Steel solution
- World’s first modular composite lift core construction delivered within budget and within programme
- Integrated structural steel and RC analysis
- Core wall thickness reduced to 216mm
- Large transfer structures required at Level 1 to accommodate cinema grid below
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