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Computer acts as gallery guide

ICE MEMBERS in Dundee recently walked through the galleries of an art centre now under construction in the city, with the aid of a computer simulator.

Consultant Charles Moodie of Ove Arup went through the challenges presented by the £5.5M project to build a five level complex of two art galleries, two cinemas, a cafe and printmakers workshop on a steeply sloping site.

The joint meeting of the area branch and Institution of Structural Engineers members, heard how care was being taken not to disturb the fabric of the Catholic cathedral next to the site.

Rock at shallow depth below the higher part of the site, had to be bored through to avoid vibration to the adjoining cathedral.

Moodie went on to describe how a large old garage, which was being incorporated into the new arts centre, was being fitted with new floors and a special roof to allow natural light to shine on the galleries.

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