Structural Survey: Etihad Stadium

ARUP for Manchester City Football Club

Elsewhere, in Manchester, we were commissioned by the consulting engineers Arup to undertake a survey of the roof of Manchester City FC’s Etihad Stadium. The roof is supported by twelve masts, which are connected to the structure and to the ground by a system of cables and rigid metal rods. As part of the roof’s ongoing maintenance, it is important that all these components are inspected on a regular basis and so the client asked us to undertake some photographic inspection work as a trial exercise to determine whether UAV photography may be suitable for this purpose. Using a combination of high resolution photographs and HD video, we were able to provide detailed aerial photographs of the condition of a number of masts and also of the underside of the roof, and to do all this in a way that was both safe and very cost effective.

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