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Susan Smith
Susan Smith
Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »

Tekla Structures Used for BIM in Three French Stadium Designs

July 8th, 2016 by Susan Smith
To their credit, Tekla Structures, a Trimble company, was used to model and construct the stadiums that will host the Euro 2016 competition in France. The Le Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Lyon, the Stade Velodrome in Marseille and the Matmut Atlantique stadium in Bordeaux were all modeled using Tekla Structures building information modeling.

Stade des Lumières in Lyon

Stade des Lumières in Lyon‘s construction began in 2013 and lasted until end of 2015. With a capacity of 59,000 seats, this stadium has hosted six Euro 2016 matches.  The opening day was in January 2016. Cabinet Jaillet Rouby was involved in modeling the metal structure, while Martifier did the implementation study, manufacturing and lifting. This project also participated in Tekla BIM Awards 2014. A noteworthy feature of the stadium is the metal frame of the stadium that supports the cover which includes three parts: the outer ring, the opaque inner ring and the translucent inner ring.the metal structure that supports the cover.

Matmut Atlantique in Bordeaux

Matmut Atlantique in Bordeaux

Opened in May 2015, this stadium is located in southwestern France.  The stadium has a capacity of 42,000 seats, is the largest stadium in the southwest of France and the Atlantic seaboard. It is built with steel instead of concrete and dedicated to the comfort of spectators. Built and operated by Vinci and Fayat Groups, the white rectangle is considered an architectural masterpiece. Tekla Structures was used here in realization of the constructive system of the stands, made up of gantry type of stability; architectural constraints require a thickness of reduced plenum and therefore complicated assemblies.

Stade Vélodrome in Marseille

Stade Vélodrome in Marseille

Horta Coslada was the metalwork constructor of the project that was built in 1937 and reconstructed four times. This stadium with 67,395 seats will host six matches in Euro 2016. The main changes in the renovation process included a roof and an increased number of seats.  Currently the stadium has a height of 65 meters and covers a diameter of 250 meters, weighting 6,000 tons, and rises to 65 meters above the lawn. It sits on a huge 3D framework of galvanized steel. After a long process of modernization, Stade Vélodrome now is considered an elite stadium in Europe.



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