Items of news of general interest to those in the industry.
May include aspects of Architecture, Innovative design, new products or issues of interest.
Important revisions have taken place for fire detection and control in buildings across a number of Standards.
These set out the minimum requirements that should be in place during design and construction to ensure compliance.
Recent revisions include:
The use of ventilation and air conditioning in buildings - Fire and smoke control in buildings
Fire detection, warning, control and intercom systems - System design, installation and commissioning
Fire detection, warning, control and intercom systems - System design, installation and commissioning - Emergency warning and intercom systems
Article added February 2016. For more information, see SAI Global website
The Australian Building Codes Board have recently published a new standard for Temporary Structures.
The LSAA contributed to its development.
This Standard is intended for use in the design, construction and use of temporary structures. It provides criteria for structural safety (particularly determining appropriate wind actions), fire safety (including fire resistance of materials, fire safety services and equipment, and egress), access, sanitary facilities and certain ancillary provisions.
It is still open for adoption by particular State or Territory Authorities.
A copy may be found HERE
The famous German Engineer - Architect Frei Otto has been awarded the 2015 Pritzker Architecture Prize one day after his death.
Frei Otto was regarded as the most influential person to drive the modern move to adopt large span lightweight structures using fabrics, timber gridshells and cablenets.
He was very passionate about sharing his knowledge and ideas through the establishment of the Institute of Lightweight Structures at Stuggart University and hence its broad range of publications as well as a large number of students that spent time there.
Australian Standard for Swimming Pools
A new Australian Standard AS 1926.1-2012 "Swimming pool safety - Safety barriers for swimming pools" has just been released.
The objective of this Standard is to assist pool owners/users in avoiding pool-related drowning by providing design, construction and performance of various barrier options, which are designed to restrict entry to the swimming pool area by young children.
As LSAA members are often involved in the provision of shade structures to pools and playgrounds, this new standard may have some relevance.
Perth Stadium Design Approved
The new Perth $900 million 60,000 seat sports stadium design has been approved. The winning design team comprises Cox Architects, Hassell, HKS and Arup.
The following article appears on the WA Government's Perth Stadium website.
Of particular interest is the fabric roof and possible aspects of the "bronze facade".
Preferred bidder named for new Perth Stadium
Tuesday 15 April 2014
The contract to design, build, finance and maintain the new 60,000 seat Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct has reached another important milestone with the naming of WESTADIUM as the Preferred Respondent.
- WESTADIUM is Preferred Respondent to build new Perth Stadium
- All three bids were world-class and satisfied strict criteria
- Negotiations to conclude mid-2014
Premier Colin Barnett said each of the three shortlisted private sector consortia submitted world-class bids that addressed the technical, operational and commercial requirements of the State’s Request For Proposals.
A CHOICE investigation has uncovered gaping holes in the regulation of the shadecloth design and installation industry which potentially compromises the sun safety of childcare centres.
Even those centres certified as SunSmart by the voluntary Cancer Council Australia program may have unwittingly bought shadecloth with a low level of ultraviolet radiation (UVR) protection or had it incorrectly installed.
Minneapolis Dome Collapses
The pounding snow caused the roof of the 64,000-seat Metrodome in Minneapolis to "deflate" Sunday morning, Minnesota State Patrol spokesman Lt. Eric Roeske said. Workers wielding shovels could be seen clearing the roof of the heavy white stuff, while photos from inside the darkened stadium showed much of the field covered with snow that fell from a gaping hole in the dome.
TensileDraw: the Tensile Structure Software
TensileDraw is an AutoCAD and RHINO fully compatible and integrated plug-in software package developed in collaboration with Maffeis Engineering & Consulting. It can simulate well balanced force stress distribution on the membrane surface without complicating file exportation and related compatibility problems.
The great versatility of the application is most significant: it can calculate the form of complex geometry fabric structures thanks to the generation of a warp and weft beam mesh reproducing the orthotropic behaviour of fabric material.
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