Vikings’ Metrodome Roof Collapses Under Weight of Snow … Unreal VIDEO
If you have not seen the VIDEO of the Minnesota Viking, Metrodome roof collapse under the weight of a massive snow storm in Minneapolis, MN … it is a must see.
I can only say three things:
- Thank God there was not a game going on at the time when the roof collapsed.
- Who was the brain surgeon who thought of an infatable roof in Minnesota with the snow accumulatuions?
- Anyone notice the guy in the vehicle at the 20 second mark on the far sidelines trying to get out of the way of the collapse as fast as possible?
Posted December 13, 2010 by Scared Monkeys
Sports, WTF | 4 comments
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But why didn’t the stadium’s structural engineers think of HEATING the roof so that snow cannot accumulate and strain the roof with the seasonal weight of a heavy snow?
Seems like they would have heated the roof and then built large gutters within the dome to control and divert the melting flow of accumulated snow?
THANKFULLY, NO ONE WAS HURT!
#1, I agree.
I could see building such a thing in a warm weather climate, but with snow and ice? Kinda hard to figure this one out.
People would be amazed at how poorly these public structures are designed and built.
It takes something like this snow storm to show how beginner engineers get themselves into trouble.
Red’s comment about the potential for trouble in a cold snow prone climate is the very first question the design team should have tackled.
Did anyone notice the air-beam stiffners in the roof that run at 90 degrees to the slope and by design provide a perfect barrier for snow or water accumulation?
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