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Laing O’Rourke completes virtual model of Everton Stadium [VIDEO]

by Sion Geschwindt
Laing O'Rourke completes virtual model of Everton Stadium [VIDEO]

Everton Football Club has released details of a 3D digital model of its new stadium that was created by the construction team before ground was even broken.

Laing O’Rourke began construction of Everton’s new £500m stadium in Liverpool’s Bramley-Moore Dock in July 2021 and is expected to complete by 2025.

However, the 52,888-seater stadium has already been completed in digital form, from the assembly of steelwork, prefabricated concrete walls and giant roof trusses, through to pinpoint positioning of wiring, plumbing, light switches and plug sockets.

Digital engineer Craig Wallace is part of Laing O’Rourke’s building information modelling (BIM) team. In the video below, he explains the virtual build process that ensures the actual build goes smoothly.

“We like to think we have already built Everton Stadium,” he says. “It’s been built virtually on screen in a simulated environment, and now physically on site.

“The real benefit is that this enables us to resolve issues upfront, in a simulated environment, before work begins on-site. That promotes efficiency gains, reduction in risks, leads to programme and cost benefits and provides certainty throughout the life-cycle of the build.

“It took some teamwork to pull together and it’s a real collaborative effort, in that our entire supply chain contribute to the model. All of the different disciplines, such as electrical, mechanical, structural and architectural, develop their own 3D model, involving their scope of work, and then share them with us on a collaborative online platform. That provides us with around 1,500 shared model files, which we then combine into a master model for the entire team to use.

“From that, the entire project team can work to co-ordinate the build and ensure there are no clashes within the disciplines.”

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