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A trio of EURO 2016 soccer stadiums created with BIM technology

Three of the French stadiums that are playing host to UEFA’s EURO 2016 tournament this month have all benefitted from Building Information Modelling (BIM); Stade des Lumières in Lyon, Matmut Atlantique in Bordeaux and Stade Vélodrome in Marseille.

Tekla Structures, the advanced multi-material, intelligent 3D modelling software from Trimble, was the common denominator in this trio of construction projects.

Stade des Lumières in Lyon

Launched earlier this year, the new, ultra-modern, 59,000-seat stadium for French side Olympique Lyonnais, will host six EURO 2016 matches, including a semi-final.

Cabinet Jaillet Rouby modelled the steel structure with Tekla Structures and the steel manufacturer Martifer, who was in charge of the implementation study, manufacturing and lifting, also relied on Tekla software.

An especially interesting feature of this stadium is the steel frame, which supports the roof cover and includes three parts: the outer ring, the opaque inner ring and the translucent inner ring. The project was also entered into the Tekla BIM Awards in 2014.

Matmut Atlantique in Bordeaux

Built and operated by VINCI and Fayat groups, the Matmut Atlantic stadium was inaugurated in May 2015 and has been designed with the comfort of the spectators as priority. As one of the official stadiums of EURO 2016, it will host five games during the event.

The stadium’s modular capacity of over 42,000-seats makes it the largest stadium in the Southwest of France and the Atlantic seaboard.

Due to the architectural constraints and complex assemblies that had to be adopted on this project, the use of Tekla Structures allowed for visualisation of the complicated stand construction, which was made up of a gantry type system for good stability.

Stade Vélodrome in Marseille

Inaugurated in October 2014, after being modernised and increased in capacity from 60,000 to 67,395-seats, the Stade Velodrome will host six matches during EURO 2016: four pool matches, a quarter-final and a semi-final.

Horta Coslada was the steelwork constructor.

The Stade Vélodrome, which has a roof cover with a diameter of 250m, rising to 65m above the pitch and weighing 6,000 tons, sits on a huge 3D framework of galvanized steel.


Matmust Atlantique stadium. BIM model courtesy: Trimble


Stade des Lumières in Lyon. BIM model courtesy: Trimble


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Our Q3 edition will include a feature reviewing the EURO 2016 host stadiums.