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[SOUTH AFRICA - Engineering the Cape Town Stadium for World Cup 2010 - cont]


For lifting the roof elements, a large crawler crane (Manitowoc) was used . For lower levels, access platforms and scissor lifts were very much in demand"The pylons each measure 3 m long x 800 mm wide and their upward and outward slant at 17.5 degrees was particularly challenging.

For lifting the roof elements, a large crawler crane (Manitowoc) was used . For lower levels, access platforms and scissor lifts were very much in demand


The construction of the pylons was carried out in 3.8 metre lifts necessitating approximately 12 lifts per pylon. The survey team had to position the formwork for each lift. Due to the weight of the roof, the accuracy of these columns needed to be perfect with very small tolerances.

Maintaining integrity of control was difficult because of the acute upward angles. This would have necessitated working from quite a few different stations around the stadium."

"After discussions with GeoSystems Africa and Leica, we decided to erect a 16.5 m high x 2 m diameter reinforced steel and concrete beacon, right in the centre of the stadium and we then affixed a Leica 1200 robotic Total Station (TCRP to the top of the pillar."

For lifting the roof elements, a large crawler crane (Manitowoc) was used . For lower levels, access platforms and scissor lifts were very much in demand
Trangos says that they were fortunate in that the geometry of the stadium was such that it enabled a full view of the columns from the centre of the stadium. "This immediately gave us several advantages”.

The fully automatic Leica Total Station was controlled from our ground station via radio link so it could be left at the top of the pylon for any period of time. This was ideal as we could take all the necessary measurements of the raking pylons from one position.

This also freed us up to do other survey work inside the stadium. We were also able to utilise the Total Station from its position on top of the pillar when we positioned the steel segments on the roof." [CW]

Size of site - 18.5-hectares
Average number of workers on site
         • 2,600 labourers,
         • 450 supervisory staff
         • 65 package subcontractors
Tension cabling - 7.4 kilometres of steel cabling in the stadium roof
Roof glass - Covers 45,000 m² and there are about 9,000 pieces of glass
Weight of roof - 4 500 t.
Highest point of stadium roof - 55 m
         • 130 000 m³ of concrete
         • 390 000 m² of formwork
         • 12 000 t. of reinforcing steel
         • Six million bricks

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