The Sydney Opera House may, as part of inspection and conservation efforts, be having its foundations checked by robots within five years, a new study plan from Arup and University of Sydney reveals. The new conservation methods are part of a wider renovation study by the partners, funded through The Getty Foundation.

The Sydney Opera House, situated on Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour, is one of the most iconic buildings of the modern age. The structure, devised by Architect Jørn Utzon, first opened to the public in 1973, and, in last year was host to more than 1,900 live events and visited by 1.45 million people. The construction process, which begun in 1959, was in part overseen by Ove Arup & Partners, a subsidiary of Arup. The firm was recognised for its work, receiving the Annual Award for Excellence in 1972 from the Association of Consulting Engineers.

Since the beginning of construction, Arup has worked on more than 300 projects related to consulting and engineering work for the Sydney Opera House. The firm’s long history with the iconic building, which has involved continued technical input to inspections, has accumulated into a trove of archival material. The firm has formalised the accrued knowledge into the project’s Repository of Knowledge, which supports generations of engineering staff working on the building.

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