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Muchea Livestock Centre

Structural Engineering

Project Type / Category
Heavy Industrial
End Client
West Australian Meat Authority
Architect
Ferguson Architects
Contractor
Cooper & Oxley
Project Value
$50M
Project Location
Muchea, Western Australia
Value Engineering Solution
  • Wind tunnel testing to reduce structural steelwork
  • Minimum steel tonnage per sqm.
Unique Design Items
  • Large roof area.
  • Unique structure to suit operational requirements.
  • Anaerobic and aerobic ponds in addition to clean and grey water dams.

The major structure consisted of a 260m long x 200m wide (52,000m²) open sawtooth roof covering the entire saleyard complex.

The engineering challenge was to design a roof that was simple to construct, repetitive, cost efficient and allowed competitive tendering.

The wind code, AS1170.2, does not provide adequate guidance on open sawtooth structures. Believed to be producing a conservative design solution, wind tunnel testing of the structure was undertaken at UWA. Results from wind tunnel testing produced a significant 51% reduction in total horizontal wind loads and fundamentally changed the structural solution. This wind load reduction, coupled with refinement of the design, produced a cost saving to the client of approximately $750,000. Innovative and efficient design, paired with attention to simple details and construction efficiencies, produced an economical structure that does not obstruct saleyard operations and pose a hazard to livestock.

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