Special Engineering Equipment

Vector Lifting has the ability to drive projects from concept through to site commissioning.  Having internal design, manufacturing, management and site work capabilities, Vector Lifting offers the complete solutions to specialised material handling equipment, from stadium moving roofs and travelling buildings, to customise rail mounted equipment.

Perth Arena Moving Roof

The Hyundai Hopman Cup at its home at the Perth Arena, with all matches played under the Vector Lifting Retractable Roof. Being an opened air event to replicate conditions for the Australian Open, the Retractable Roof was opened and adjusted throughout the entire tournament, with operation occurring during match play over both players and spectators.

Vector Lifting designed, manufactured and installed the travelling equipment, including control system for the two separate roof panels. Each roof panel is controlled independently to provide shade for spectators, protect the bowl area from inclement weather and to track the sun to prevent shadows being cast on the court.

Control of the moving roof panels is via a single point in an Event Control Room. Operators input the desired percentage open or closed position on a touch screen and the roofs automatically start, track along the building’s megatruss and stop in the set position. All operation, other than pressing the ‘open’ or ‘closed buttons is automatically monitored and controlled by the Retractable Roofs management system designed and manufactured by Vector Lifting.

As well as the moving roof, Vector Lifting managed the complete supply of the structural steel, partnering with two other Perth Steel fabricators. Vector Lifting undertook the fabrication of all façade steel work and internal architectural steel features.

Margaret Court Arena

Vector Lifting was contracted to design, manufacture, install and commission the Moving Roof for the new stadium upgrade for the Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne.

All components, including the main drive bogies, trailing bogies and control system were manufactured and installed by Vector Lifting. Design development and site installation included working along side the arena architect and structural engineer to develop a product that suited the design scope of the project. The complexity around the structure and the requirements outlined by the architect ensured constant collaboration was required to achieve a successful outcome.

The moving roof involved two independently driven segments, controlled from a single operator desk with Touch Screen interface, opening from fully closed in under 5 minutes.

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