The Miami-Dade Police has worked with architecture students at Florida International University to create a 3D-printed model of the city’s Hard Rock Stadium to help prepare for the Super Bowl this weekend.
Designed by students in the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts at FIU, the four-by-five feet (1.2-by-1.5 metres) mockup details bleachers, hallways, exits, rooms and support beams in the 65,000-seat stadium.
Miami-Dade Police has used the Hard Rock Stadium model – which also splits into cross-sections – since November 2019 for tactical training ahead of the event on Sunday 2 February.
The police force’s Super Bowl Operations Commander major Edgardo Caneva said it was the first of time that a 3D-printed model to prepare for the Super Bowl – the NFL’s annual American football championship final.
“Law enforcement has never done something like this before for a Super Bowl,” Caneva said. “This is a first for us, and the students at FIU are the ones who made it happen.”
The Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) approached FIU’s police department to help with the project ahead of the 2020 Super Bowl.
FIU funded the production of the model, which was designed by a team including director Hadi Alhaffar, architecture graduate students Katherin Rendon and Francisco Alduenda, and undergraduate IT software student Samuel Morris.
The Robotics and Digital Fabrication (RDF) Lab then printed the model, which took a total of 3,500 hours.
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