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Chapter 6

I Construction During The Settlement Years

II The Use Of Timber As A Structural Material

III Structural Steel
i The Entertainment Centres at Sydney and Brisbane
ii The Centrepoint Tower, Sydney
iii The Merivale Rail Bridge - Brisbane

IV Concrete Technology

V Housing

VI Industrialised Pre-cast Concrete Housing

VII Ports And Harbours

VIII Roads

IX Heavy Foundations

X Bridges

XI Sewerage

XII Water Engineering

XIII Railways

XIV Major Buildings

XV Airports

XVI Thermal Power Stations

XVII Materials Handling

XVIII Oil Industry

XIX The Snowy Mountains Scheme

XX The Sydney Opera House

XXI The Sydney Harbour Bridge

XXII Hamersley Iron

XXIII North West Shelf

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The Entertainment Centres at Sydney and Brisbane

The growing popularity of indoor sport and entertainment requiring enclosure of large performance and audience areas has led to the construction of large fully enclosed entertainment centres in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. The most recent and largest are those in Sydney and Brisbane. One of the requirements of such centres is that the roof be free of intermediate columns to give uninterrupted viewing by all patrons. The roofs have also to support complex lighting, air conditioning and retractable dividers allowing the stadia to be sub-divided into smaller halls. The Brisbane building houses audiences up to 14,500 people and is 120 m x 96 m in plan area. The roof, designed by consulting engineers, Bornhorst & Ward Pty. Ltd., comprises eleven 95.6 metres long box trusses composed of tubular steel members spanning across the width of the stadium. The roof was fabricated and erected by contractors, Evans Deakin Industries Ltd, and was completed in 1985.

The Sydney building houses an audience of up to 12,000 people and is 108 m x 91 m in plan area. The roof, designed by consulting engineers Miller, Milton & Ferris (Engineers) Pty. Ltd., is composed of a space frame spanning both directions comprising four steel box trusses with 'I' section main members, secondary steel trusses span between the main box trusses and the concrete perimeter beam. The building, including the roof, was constructed by the John Holland Group and was completed in 1983.

The roofs of both buildings illustrate the use of steel to achieve a cost effective enclosure with high strength and low self weight.

Organisations in Australian Science at Work - Bornhorst and Ward Pty Ltd; Evans Deakin Industries Ltd; John Holland Group; Miller, Milton & Ferris (Engineers) Pty Ltd

People in Bright Sparcs - Cameron, I. G.

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