Belfast, Northern Ireland
Sculptural mastLocation: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Software used: Advance Steel
Design office: FLECK IMET
Project description:Dimensions: 16m high, ˜ 3.5 tons each.
Specifications: galvanized steel tubular curved frame clad with 5mm galvanized steel plates, to create five sided surface for copper cladding, with ply backing.
This project consists of 8 "feature lighting masts" erected in the streets of Belfast, each one bearing the name of a significant ship built in the city, including the famous Titanic.
Each mast is of identical construction, comprising 3 tubes tapering and curved towards the top. The tubes are clad in 5mm steel plates, forming 5 flat sides, gradually reducing to 4 as the structure is thinned at 14m above ground level.
The project challenge was to create the profiles for 5 mm steel plates, without having to physically manufacture templates beforehand.
The creation of twisted folded plates in Advance Steel was of benefit in obtaining each plate outline, and being able to collate plates automatically for profiling.
Also, the ability to extract notching information from the generated drawings available with Advance Steel is essential for the manufacturing of the internal ladder bracings.
"Advance Steel gave us the ability and confidence to handle this complex structure, which saved on time and materials. - Christopher Drummond, Draftsman, FLECK IMET