The inaugural Hyundai Hopman Cup at its new home at the Perth Arena was a great success, 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 for the two separate roof panels. Each roof panels 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 computer management system.
The Perth Area Retractable Roof is another great example of the experience and capability of Vector Lifting in delivering customised engineering solutions.