Watkins Steel was contracted by Kane Construction to supply and install 128 pieces of steelwork as part of the restoration and stabilisation of the historic Roma Street Railway Station building. The job required 40mm threaded steel rods to be lined up from new steel beams in the roof and floor, which would lift a 65mm bow in the existing wooden floor beams. The challenging part of this project was to get all the dimensions of the existing structures right and avoid any rectification works. This was due to the fact that hot works were not allowed in the 140 year old heritage building.
Watkins Steel overcame this challenge by using the Faro Focus 3D x 130 Laser Scanner to scan the site and create a 3D computer model with all required measurements. Following this, the in-house drafting team created detailed shop drawings using Tekla Structures 3D Modelling Software. From there, they imported the completed Tekla model into the point cloud to check for any clashes and verify all drawings. Once the Tekla model was checked for accuracy, the information from the model was imported to the Voortman V808 Coping Machine that cut the beams, then line-marked and cut holes, as per the plans. A total of 128 pieces of steelwork was installed on-site. All steelwork fit perfectly to plan and no rectification work was required.