Designed by Calatrava, designed by Novi Sad: Emirate Pavilion for EXPO

The domestic company UPG worked on the 3D Tekla model of construction, coordination, as well as the production of details of the movable wings – the most delicate elements of the pavilion in Dubai.

The famous Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava designed the pavilion of the United Arab Emirates for this year’s EXPO 2020, whose largest city – Dubai – is the host of this year’s World Exhibition, which starts on October 1.

Pavilion from 15.000 m2, as we wrote earlier, is designed to have recognizable rounded cantilever brackets with a hybrid roof consisting of a shell and a portal composed of 28 movable wings. Each wing can be opened within three minutes, covering an angle of 110 to 125 degrees. It drives all this machinery 46 hydraulic cranes which allow the wing to rotate as well as raise the entire roof.

One thing was to design something like this, and an even greater mastery was to work out the details of some kind of construction.

28 movable wings at the UAE pavilion; Photo: UPG

The details of the moving wings were the most complicated as it was necessary to take into account the deflection of the wings in different positions.

Therefore, it is interesting to note that a domestic company participated in the UAE pavilion project Urban Planing Guide Engineering Ltd. (UPG), founded in 2005 in Indjija. The company now has offices in Novi Sad, and a representative office in Abu Dhabi was opened in 2013.

The team of engineers from Abu Dhabi was led by a senior engineer for 3D design of steel structures in Tekla Steel Structures software, Kishore Kalluri. He worked under supervision Goran Filipović i Fire Sujuma from Abu Dhabi, respectively Dejan Ankić from Novi Sad.

“The details of the movable wings were the most complicated to design as it was necessary to take into account the deflection of the wings in different positions, as well as when closing and opening them.” – says Dejan Ankić for our portal.

3D Tekla construction model; Photo: UPG

180 tons of steel

The main designer of the steel structure was an Australian company RBG with whom they worked out the details of the connections and the details for production and execution. The total amount of very complicated secondary steel construction was 180 tons, and the value of the contract was $ 312,500.

“Our engagement on the project began in June 2019 and continues as the project nears its end. During the project, an average of five of our engineers were hired at any one time. ” – says Ankić.

The UPG team was involved in the development of a detailed 3D Tekla construction model, coordination, production of detailed workshop drawings of the secondary steel structure of the roof and movable wings. They were involved in the project as designers of secondary steel structure details for the main contractor, the company Arabtecor company Alec which continued the project after withdrawing from the Arabtec project.

Calatravin Pavilion for UAE at EXPO 2020; Photo: Calatrava

From Novi Sad to the Middle East

UPG, a company specializing in steel, prefabricated and facade constructions in Novi Sad and Abu Dhabi, has been working on several prestigious projects in the Middle East in the last few years.

Some of their most interesting projects are the metro in Doha (Qatar) and Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), the Lusail Palace and Stadium in Qatar, then the new airport in Abu Dhabi as well as the UAE Pavilion project for DubaiExpo 2020 (United Arab Emirates).

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Source: Gradnja by www.gradnja.rs.

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