BIM-technologies used in construction of eight World Cup stadiums in Russia

BIM-technologies used in construction of eight World Cup stadiums in Russia
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BIM-technologies were applied in the construction of 8 out of the 12 stadiums in Russian cities that host matches of the 2018 World Cup.

As MEConstructionNews notes, the use of tools for information modeling allowed designers, contractors and construction organizations to conduct high-quality work. BIM-technologies were used to build stadiums in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Saransk, Volgograd, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Sochi, and Kazan. Thus, each object was created with the use of unique and impressive design elements.

One of these eight stadiums is Moscow “Spartak” with a capacity of up to 45,000 spectators. In its design, thick-walled pipes were used, leading to the reduction in metal consumption. As a result, the roof was relatively light - 8,500 tons.

Structural features of a stadium in St. Petersburg imply a roll-out field and a retractable roof with a width of 286 meters, which is crucial, given the city’s climate. The stadium had been built with delays, with changing contractors. But thanks to the use of BIM-technologies, it was possible to avoid potential collisions and unnecessary labor costs, which allowed for meeting the FIFA requirements and completing the project on time.

The oval Mordovia Arena stadium, situated in the city of Saransk, is designed for 44,000 spectators. Its basis contains 88 interlinking consoles with a height of 40 meters and with a span of 49 meters. The Belenergomash plant, which also used BIM-technologies, manufactured metal structures with high accuracy.

The new Volgograd Arena stadium has a capacity of 45,000 people. There are a unique cable-stayed roof and an openwork wicker façade. The technical complexity of this project required a close collaboration of suppliers and builders to ensure optimum accuracy in both production and assembly. To cope with such a difficult task, all the available information on the facility construction was combined into a single 3D model. The data was transmitted directly from the model to machine, which provided greater flexibility and accuracy, as well as significantly reduced the production time.