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On Monday, November 20th, the Georgia Dome – an 80,000-capacity stadium that opened in 1992 and hosted events in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, was torn down. More than 2,000kg of explosives were used for the implosion, which took place at 7:30 a.m. , and was covered by the local media. The stadium, which was also the Falcons’ home for the past 25 years, was one of the country’s largest domed stadiums and its construction had cost $214m. It is now replaced by the adjacent, newly erected $1.6 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which opened in August this year.

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Researchers at TU Wien have developed a construction method for concrete domes, requiring far less amounts of labor and materials than the conventional resource intensive formwork. Invented by Dr. Benjamin Kromoser and Prof. Johann Kollegger at the Institute of Structural Engineering, the new method is called "Pneumatic Forming of Hardened Concrete (PFHC)" and sets the complicated spatially curved formwork and the framework unnecessary. Also important is that it saves up to 50% of the concrete as well as 65% of the necessary reinforcement steel.

Thursday, 20 March 2014 11:33

First Gallery of Louvre Abu Dhabi Completed

Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), master developer of major tourism, cultural and residential destinations in Abu Dhabi, has completed the construction of the first gallery of Louvre Abu Dhabi. The building will open its doors at some point during the fourth quarter of 2015. The museum is being hailed as the first universal museum in the Muslim world.

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  • Date occured Thursday, 20 March 2014
Monday, 16 December 2013 12:48

Construction Begins on Louvre Abu Dhabi Dome

The first piece of the 180-meter diameter Louvre Abu Dhabi dome was lifted into place on Wednesday.  The section was one of 85 preassembled structures needed to be raised in order to complete the dome.  The original plan to construct the museum dome called for a 1600-ton crane to lift each segment and connect them in a counter-clockwise direction.  However, that crane, nicknamed Megatron after the Transformers character, was delayed at another project is currently arriving in pieces at the construction site.  Instead, crane operators will use a 600-ton crane until the bigger model can be assembled to avoid any delays to the project.

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  • Date occured Wednesday, 11 December 2013