Watkins Steel was contracted by Shape Group to supply and install steelwork as part of the refurbishment of the Qantas Premium Lounge at Brisbane International Airport. The job required structural steel for lift shaft support, stairs, landings, and support beams.The most challenging aspect of the project were the complex geometric dimensions across three levels and very limited access into the site.
By using the Faro Focus 3D X 130 Laser Scanner exact measurements were able to be taken on site in order to produce an accurate existing model in the Telka Structures 3D Modelling Software. Once these models were completed they were imported into the ‘3D point cloud model’ to check for any clashes and verify the steelwork was in the right position. From there, the construction drawings and model were taken to the in-house production team to handle the processing and fabrication of the steelworks using the Voortman V808 Coping Machine – this saved 80 hours in fabrication time. The Trimble RTS773 Total Station was used during the installation process to mark-out all points for the steel beams – saving two days on installation and avoiding rectification works. Overall, the Four-Stage Linked Process allowed the project to be completed 1.5 weeks ahead of schedule.