Windtech Consultants has demonstrated its advanced modelling capability once more with the completion of the wind tunnel study of the extreme wind loads on the 107m (305ft) tall Shiva Statue structure as well as the measurement of the cladding pressures. The structural loads study was carried out using both the pressure integration and force balance techniques – both of which shows remarkably good agreement. To add to the complexity, the statue includes a trident held from the base and having the form of a 58m high mast.
The site for the statue is Nathdwara in the state of Rajasthan, India. The site is approximately 500km south-west of New Delhi and 600km north of Mumbai. It is proposed that the statue will be constructed within a newly landscaped parkland and that the statue will be positioned on the top of a ridgeline. The statue will be constructed from a concrete skin over steel framework. A sprayed metal finish will be then applied to the concrete. The trident will be constructed from a concrete staff and the head of the trident is a metal skin over a steel frame.