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The Storm rollercoaster - Pushing the boundaries of engineering design

MENA 21 February 2022

We are very proud to see the launch of The Storm, a first of its kind indoor rollercoaster in Dubai. Standing 50 meters tall this project pushes the boundary of all aspects of engineering design. The coaster contains an extreme vertical launch to 50 metres in 5 seconds and a 670 metre track which wraps its way throughout the entire building.

Both the primary structure and the track itself are inter-connected, which required a level of precision not seen in regular construction. The track is extremely complex geometrically, as it rotates on all axis within the three-dimensional space of the building. Extensive parametric modelling was used from the pre-concept stage, allowing the optimisation of all aspects of design while working faster and even more effectively.

Innovative building service solutions include a specialised power system with a vertical magnetic launch system. Over 4000 metres of LED's were programmed to create a customisable thematic show, synced with the coaster.

We worked in close collaboration with Intamin, Thinkwell, JLL MENA and ALEC to make this structure a success.

Lee French, Partner and Operations Director MENA at Cundall commented “This iconic project pushed us to truly challenge ourselves and showcase the power of digital engineering, creating a world-first for Emaar Entertainment."

In addition to the ride, visitors will experience 360-degree immersion through a pre-show experience, as they are lifted high above the Dubai skyline. Blending real-world footage with cinematic special effects, guests will be plunged into the heart of the story as an epic mega-storm rages all around.

As the lead design consultant we provided a range of services including structural engineering, building services engineering, fire engineering, acoustics, lighting design, sustainability, vertical transportation.

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