Cross-team Collaboration for the Win A project of this magnitude and complexity requires tight collabora- tion. At the beginning of the project, Schuff Steel and DBM Vircon met with the design team daily, using the data-rich Tekla model to visualize both the big picture and key details. “As challenging as this project was, it was collaboration across teams that really made it work,” said Christopher Pfeiff, global GM at DBM Vircon. “Every decision made impacted multiple teams. Through the power of Tekla Structures, everyone from the design team and our group doing the detailing and modeling, to the erector and fabricator, could visualize the project at an extreme level of detail to make critically important decisions. It was exciting to come together to bring this project to life.”
into their model as they populated the rest of the connections on the project. Pretty much everything we did lived in the Tekla model in one way or the other.” Waggoner credits this continuous flow of data with eliminating the chance for error. “There's basically no possibility for misinterpreting the data when we keep it in the model from the very early stages of design and share the same data with the detailer and fabricator, Schuff Steel, throughout the connection modeling and fabrication process,” he said. “It’s this continuity of data that makes us confident that noth - ing will go wrong, especially with a geometrically complex project like SoFi Stadium.” Walter P Moore also modeled the structure to support the stadium’s video screen, a dual-sided, center hung 70,000 square foot digital LED display. “The support was woven into the roof and cable net design,” said Waggoner. “A series of modular trusses were prefabricated and brought to the site where they were stacked on the playing field. The cable net was complete so we used strand jacks to lift the display 32 feet off the ground until the cladding and electrical work were finished and the display could be lifted to its permanent home 122 feet above the field.”
LEE SNYDER is Product Manager for Steel at Trimble, Structures Division.
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