Dynamic Structures

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Dynamic Structures
Industry Manufacturing
Founded 1926 (1926)
Headquarters Canada
Area served Worldwide
Products Amusement rides, observatory telescopes
Parent Empire Industries Ltd
Website www.empireds.com

Dynamic Structures is a Canadian company with a history in steel fabrication dating back to 1926. They create amusement rides, theme park rides, observatory telescopes and other complex steel structures.

History[edit]

Dynamic Structures' history dates back to 1926, when Vancouver Art Metal was founded. The firm was renamed Coast Steel Fabricators Limited in 1952. In 1976, the firm was purchased by AGRA Inc., before being renamed AGRA Coast Limited in 1994. AGRA Inc. and its subsidiaries were acquired by British firm AMEC in 2001, with the company changing its name to AMEC Dynamic Structures.[1] In 2007, AMEC sold the company to Empire Industries, who operate it as Dynamic Structures.[2][3] In 2011, Dynamic Structures' amusement ride manufacturing was spun off into a sister company named Dynamic Attractions.[4]

Astronomy projects[edit]

Canada France Hawaii Telescope

Dynamic Structures has been involved in the design and construction of most of the world's largest observatories.[5] These include:

Currently the company is busy with the design of what will be the largest telescope in the world, called the Thirty Meter Telescope[6][7]

Steel structures[edit]

Other structures that Dynamic Structures have constructed include:

  • Helix Pedestrian Bridge, Seattle WA,[8]
  • Vancouver Olympic Ski Jumps, Whistler BC,[9]
  • Richmond Olympic Oval, Richmond BC,[10]
  • Lougheed Skytrain Station, Burnaby BC,[11]

Dynamic Attractions[edit]

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey's station

Dynamic Attractions was originally part of the Dynamic Structures company until it was split off in 2011. One of the founders of Premier Rides, Peter Schnabel, headed up the new sister company.[4][12]

The firm entered into the amusement industry after one of the engineers on the Keck Observatory project asked the firm for assistance with steel fatigue on a roller coaster. Following the observator project, this engineer secured a job working for Walt Disney World in Florida.[13][14] Due to the success of the project, Dynamic Structures gained additional contracts with Walt Disney Imagineering to manufacture the ride systems for Soarin' Over California and Test Track.[14][15] This expanded the firm's presence in the amusement industry.[14]

In the 1990s, Dynamic Structures worked with Premier Rides to fabricate several of their rides including Batman & Robin: The Chiller at Six Flags Great Adventure, Poltergeist at Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Mad Cobra at Suzuka Circuit.[13][14]

In 2004, Dynamic Structures entered into a partnership with RoboCoaster Ltd to develop the second generation RoboCoaster ride system using KUKA robotic arms.[16][17] This system debuted at Islands of Adventure in 2010 as Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. The partnership with RoboCoaster Ltd saw the development of additional products including automated guided vehicles for trackless dark rides (in conjunction with Simworx and SNOX)[18][19] and flight simulators where rows of riders are elevated in front of large dome screens.[20][21]

Projects[edit]

Ride Park Location Opened Type In conjunction with Ref(s)
The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man Islands of Adventure United States Florida, United States 1999 Track system [22]
The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man Universal Studios Japan United States Florida, United States 2001 Track system [22]
Batman & Robin: The Chiller Six Flags Great Adventure United States New Jersey, United States 1998 Steel roller coaster Premier Rides [14]
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Disneyland United States California, United States 2014 Steel roller coaster [23]
E.T. Adventure Universal Studios Florida United States Florida, United States 2012 Track switch upgrade [22]
Flying Over Italy Ferrari World United Arab Emirates Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 2013 Flying Theater [24][25]
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Islands of Adventure United States Florida, United States 2010 RoboCoaster G2 RoboCoaster Ltd, KUKA [26]
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Universal Studios Hollywood United States California, United States 2016 or later RoboCoaster G2 RoboCoaster Ltd, KUKA [27]
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Universal Studios Japan Japan Osaka, Japan 2014 RoboCoaster G2 RoboCoaster Ltd, KUKA [28]
Mad Cobra Suzuka Circuit Japan Mie Prefecture, Japan 1998 Steel roller coaster Premier Rides [14]
Mark VII Monorail Disneyland United States California, United States 2007 Monorails
Poltergeist Six Flags Fiesta Texas United States Texas, United States 1999 Steel roller coaster Premier Rides [13]
Radiator Springs Racers Disney California Adventure United States California, United States 2012 Slot-car-style ride [29]
Soarin' Epcot United States Florida, United States 2005 Flying Theatre Walt Disney Imagineering [30][31]
Soarin' Over California Disney California Adventure United States California, United States 2001 Flying Theatre Walt Disney Imagineering [30][31]
Space Mountain Disneyland United States California, United States 2005 Steel roller coaster [32]
Test Track Epcot United States Florida, United States 1999 Slot-car-style ride [14]
X-Coaster Magic Springs and Crystal Falls United States Arkansas, United States 2006 Steel roller coaster Maurer Söhne [22]
ZZZUnknown Jurassic Dream China Heilongjiang, China 2013 Flying Theatre [33]
ZZZUnknown ZZZUnknown United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates 2014 Motion Theatre Falcon's Treehouse [34][35]
ZZZUnknown ZZZUnknown United Arab Emirates Dubai, United Arab Emirates 2014 Special effects roller coaster [35][36]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History". Dynamic Structures. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "AMEC divests its Dynamic Structures business" (Press release). AMEC. 17 April 2007. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Marden, Duane. "Dynamic Attractions". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Dynamic Structures Forms Sister Company To Focus On Attractions" (Press release). Dynamic Attractions. 16 October 2011. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Industry Canada, Company Directories, 2009-03-09, "[1]"
  6. ^ CBC News, Scientists team up with B.C. firm to build biggest-ever optical telescope, 2009-04-08,"[2]"
  7. ^ "Recent News | Thirty Meter Telescope". Tmt.org. Retrieved 2 June 2010. 
  8. ^ http://www.structuremag.org/OldArchives/2004/october/F-Helix%20Pedestrian%20Bridge-October04-v1.pdf
  9. ^ Heston, Tim (29 July 2008). "Gold medal fabrication for Olympic ski jump - Tube and Pipe Fabrication Tech Cell". The Fabricator. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Wood and steel are a unique marriage at skating oval for Vancouver’s 2010 Olympics – Journal of Commerce". Journalofcommerce.com. Retrieved 2 June 2010. 
  11. ^ "CISC-ICCA :: Skytrain Station :: Lougheed T". Cisc-icca.ca. Retrieved 2 June 2010. 
  12. ^ Sherborne, Pam (February 2012). "Newly formed Dynamic Attractions inks China deal". Amusement Today 15 (11): 9. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  13. ^ a b c "Dynamic Structures Ltd.". Empire Industries Ltd. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  14. ^ a b c d e f g Pryma, Kristy (4 October 2001). "Engineer bridges gap between telescopes and roller coasters". IT World Canada. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  15. ^ "Dinosaurin' Over China". Park World Magazine. 23 December 2011. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  16. ^ "About Us". RoboCoaster Ltd. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  17. ^ US patent 6871596, Gino Daniel De-Gol, "Moving means, particularly for amusement parks, fairs and the like", published 29 March 2005, assigned to RoboCoaster Ltd and KUKA 
  18. ^ "AGV". RoboCoaster Ltd. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  19. ^ "Dark Rides". Dynamic Attractions. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  20. ^ "Motion Theatre". RoboCoaster Ltd. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  21. ^ "Flying Theatre". Dynamic Attractions. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  22. ^ a b c d "Roller Coasters". Dynamic Attractions. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  23. ^ Marden, Duane. "Big Thunder Mountain  (Disneyland)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  24. ^ "Flying Over Italy". Ferrari World. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  25. ^ "Empire Industries Announces Award Of $3.8 Million Attraction Contract From U.A.E. Theme Park". Dynamic Attractions. 3 May 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  26. ^ "Wizarding World of Harry Potter". Park World Magazine. 7 July 2010. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  27. ^ MacDonald, Brady (December 6, 2011). "It's official: Harry Potter land to debut at Universal Studios Hollywood". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 6, 2011. 
  28. ^ "Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (Universal Studios Japan)". Parkz. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  29. ^ "Radiator Springs Cars". Dynamic Attractions. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  30. ^ a b "Soarin' Over California". Dynamic Attractions. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  31. ^ a b US patent 6354954, Sumner, Mark W., "Amusement apparatus and method", published 12 March 2002, assigned to Disney Enterprises Inc. 
  32. ^ Marden, Duane. "Space Mountain  (Disneyland)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  33. ^ "Dinosaurin' Over China". Park World Magazine. 23 December 2011. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  34. ^ "Circumotion". Dynamic Attractions. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  35. ^ a b "Empire Industries Reports $25 million in Contract Awards in U.A.E.". Empire Industries. 15 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  36. ^ Wall, Matthew (22 October 2013). "Roller coaster technology: 'Bigger! Faster! Scarier!'". BBC. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 

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