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Autodesk Customer Success Story Buro Happold

COMPANY
Buro Happold A signature stadium
LOCATION
Natal, Brazil
SOFTWARE
Buro Happold uses Autodesk software
Autodesk Revit Structure
Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis
to help bring FIFA World Cup 2014 to
Natal, Brazil

Autodesk Revit Structure


software helps us to be very
fluid when we are exploring
forms and working with the
architects. There is a definite
advantage in being able
to cycle through design
iterations and produce
information that can be
used very quickly by the
rest of the team.
Cristobal Correa
Associate Principal
Buro Happold

Natal Stadium image courtesy of Populous.

Project summary The challenge


In 2014, the FIFA World Cup soccers world

Being awarded the World Cup is a huge honor
championship and the worlds most widely and a huge undertaking, says Cristobal Correa,
viewed sporting eventwill return to South associate principal at Buro Happold in New York.
America for the first time since 1978. Fittingly, Its team has won the tournament five times, but
the championship will be held in Brazil, the the country has not hosted the World Cup since
only country to have won the tournament 1950. When the worlds eyes are on Brazil in
five times. In preparation, 12 Brazilian cities 2014, they obviously want their buildings to look
will host matches in new and significantly spectacular.
renovated stadiums throughout the country.
All 12 cities selected to host games will either
One of those stadiums is the Arena das Dunas, upgrade their existing sports stadium or build a
located in the northeastern city of Natal and new one, each requiring a signature look that
designed by architectural design firm Populous will distinguish it from the others. Fortunately,
(formerly HOK Sport). Working closely with signature looks are what Populous and Buro
Populous is Buro Happold, a multidisciplinary Happold do best.
design and engineering consultancy, whose
New Yorkbased team uses a combination of Our buildings dont tend to be straightforward,
Autodesk Revit Structure and Autodesk says Correa. We typically deal with architects
Robot Structural Analysis software to help create who employ a lot of geometrical complexity to
distinctive buildings such as the Natal stadium. get distinctive looks. At the same time, however,
we are committed to creating designs that also
look buildabledesigns that employ complex
forms, but are actually a series of simple elements
that can be attached together. Projects like the
Natal stadium can really challenge the software.
Autodesk Customer Success Story Buro Happold

Buro Happold uses Autodesk software to help create distinctive


buildings such as the Natal stadium.

Image courtesy of Buro Happold.

The Result We are very excited about the roof, says Erleen
Hatfield, a partner at Buro Happold in New York.
Autodesk Revit Structure software helps us to Within Revit Structure, we
Within Revit Structure, we can generate advanced
be very fluid when we are exploring forms and
working with the architects, says Correa. There is
geometry very, very quickly. Weve been able to can write our own scripts
a definite advantage in being able to cycle through
take advanced geometry from the architects that enable us to generate
and write our own customized scripts that define advanced geometry very,
design iterations and produce information that
and generate that geometry. For the Natal roof,
can be used very quickly by the rest of the team. very quickly.Using Revit
for instance, we were able to generate truss
geometries through an application programming Structure in conjunction
In the case of Natals proposed Arena das Dunas,
interface created by one of our engineers. Weve with Robot Structural
one of the most distinctive features is its unusual Analysis, weve experienced
experienced a 50 percent reduction in the time
roof. Using a combination of Autodesk Revit
Structure and Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis
necessary to turn the design back around to a significant reduction in
software, the Buro Happold team has been
the architect. the time necessary to turn
able to take existing design models created in the design back around
The roof design is very cool and complex,
architectural modeling software and develop, to the architect.
Correa agrees. Now that the project is being
analyze, and optimize the structural frame of
bid out to contractors, we can use the Autodesk Erleen Hatfield
the stadium.
software tools to analyze and come up with Partner
accurate steel weights, which are of particular Buro Happold
interest to contractors when they are bidding.
We have really worked hard to appropriately
interface Revit Structure with our structural
analysis software, and now were looking
at integrating that information into the
fabrication models.

Image courtesy of Populous.

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