Sydney Coliseum Theatre Takes Centre Stage at Autodesk University

“Connected construction represents the opportunity to bring together our tool sets, big data and analytics, which becomes the framework under which we capture and share our knowledge.”

The recently completed Sydney Coliseum Theatre has taken centre stage at this years’ virtual Autodesk University conference. Featured as one of three global construction projects at the international conference, the documentary highlights how Hansen Yuncken has evolved with the development of BIM and VDC.

For Hansen Yuncken, the more complex, the better. The Sydney Coliseum Theatre project provided a series of challenges, beginning with a fixed deadline due to securing international performances. The second design change required increasing the orchestra pit to accommodate the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. This blended into challenges centred on the intricate audio system, with calibration required to accommodate delicate symphony sounds to head pounding rock concerts.

The Sydney Coliseum Theatre project also represents industrialised construction, taking the manufacturing process and methodology, and applying this to the building process. Two major services risers were prefabricated off site to expedite the program and minimise working at height risk, which was achieved through the use of digital technology. Extensive preplanning allowed installation to be achieved in a number of days, as opposed to several weeks.

“What Hansen Yuncken has done is taken everything they know about the digital construction process, with 100 years of construction excellence, and applied this to the Sydney Coliseum Theatre. They are at the vanguard now of digital construction.” – Brett Casson, Senior Principal Major Projects at Autodesk

Taking a digital idea and turning it into something physical, the Sydney Coliseum Theatre project team has embraced digital technology and raised the bar of the traditional project delivery model. Driven by challenge and built with pride, the Theatre was handed over seven weeks ahead of program.

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