The Burj Khalifa Light Show is an enchanting exhibition of light and sound. Throughout 2016, the tallest man-made structure in the world served as a canvas for a light show that reached for the heavens, captivating visitors and residents alike with brightly coloured LED light displays that stretch across the entirety of the skyscraper, measuring 830 metres from base to tip. But while we marvel at the beautiful dance of colours brought about by some of the most advanced 3D video mapping in Dubai, on the face of the most remarkable architectural and engineering feat in the world, few actually ponder upon the amount and complexity of work that goes into such an ambitious and creative production.
The Preparation Period
According to Bashar Kassab, Director of Technical Services of the tallest building in the world, preparation for the light show start at as early as the January of the running year. Part of the initial stage of preparation is checking the integrity and durability of the materials to ensure that they will last. Dubai experiences drastic weather changes over the year, from the cold of winter to the extreme heat of the summer. In between, there are sandstorms, the occasional bouts of rain, and the persistent heat of the sun to consider. With this in mind, it is important to check whether the materials will be able to withstand the effects of weathering.
One challenge of this stage is gaining access to the exterior of the building. In order to access the façade of Burj Khalifa, portions of the building have to be opened. A team of technicians and rope-access men perform the maintenance of the equipment and materials, using approximately 110 kilometres of rope access, more than 72 kilometres of cabling, and more or less 10,000 connectors to do maintenance over a total area of 33,000 square metres.
The LED lighting system
To maintain the LED fixtures on the façade, there is an intelligent lighting control system that provides notifications if there are portions of the network are malfunctioning. This is how the management know if there are tech issues that need to be addressed, and where to direct the riggers to solve the problem.
The highly complex LED system has gained international acclaim and recognition, after being awarded a Guinness World Record for being the highest and the largest screen in the world. Today, the technological wonder of video mapping projection continues to bring life to the most spectacular building in the world. If you are interested in making use of the same advanced technology, visit www.vfxworks.net.