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VIDEO: Engineering the roof of Dubai's Coca-Cola Arena

ASGC video shows how steel arm Assent engineered the 4,000-tonne roof structure of the 17,000 Dubai arena

Coca-Cola Arena – formerly known as Dubai Arena – is one of the UAE's most-awaited and keenly watched construction projects of 2019, but how is this megaproject being built, and how was its roof – a steel structure weighing 4,000 t – engineered?

Coca-Cola Arena's roof structure was built and implemented by Assent, the steel arm of UAE construction giant ASGC.

Two mega trusses, each weighing 822 t, were lifted in as a whole piece using some of the world’s biggest cranes.

With both the support and additional steel structure, the total weight of Coca-Cola Arena’s roof is approximately seven times the weight of an A380, the world’s biggest airliner.

In November 2018, Coca-Cola Arena's project team told Construction Week that two models of the Demag CC 8800-1 crane were used for the operation.

The crawler crane, according to Demag’s website, has a lifting capacity of 1,600t and “a maximum load moment of 26,160 tonne-meters”. Aljaber Heavy Lift operated the cranes for the job.

Additionally, the developer also said that Assent, the structural steel company of UAE construction heavyweight ASGC, engineered the mega-trusses. This was done “under the supervision of Dar Al Handasah”.

This video, produced by ASGC, showcases how the roof of Coca-Cola Arena was engineered from start to finish.

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