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

Dynamic Structures
IndustryManufacturing
Founded1926 (1926)
HeadquartersCanada
Area served
Worldwide
ProductsAmusement rides, observatory telescopes
ParentEmpire Industries Ltd
Websitewww.empireds.com

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HistoryEdit

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 projectsEdit

 
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 structuresEdit

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 AttractionsEdit

Dynamic Attractions was a sister company to Dynamic Structures that was created in 2011 to serve the primary function of soliciting sales for rides systems that would be manufactured by Dynamic Structures.

The firm entered the theme park ride system 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 observatory project, this engineer secured a job at Walt Disney World in Florida.[12][13] 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.[13][14] This expanded the firm's presence in the theme park industry.[13]

In 2015, the company expanded their capabilities to include complete design and installation services for all elements of the attraction. Using the marketing of "Ride – Show – Integration," this focus led to the opening of a research and development facility called the "Attraction Development Center" in Orlando FL. Through this facility, the company can do large-scale mock-ups and is staffed for design and development of ideas as well as ride systems.

In July 2017, the Dynamic Attractions company combined with all the "ride system" elements of the Dynamic Structures company, to become one, the concise entity focused on delivering world-class attractions. The new Dynamic Attractions organization includes the Ride Development Center (Formerly Dynamic Structures offices and facility) in Port Coquitlam, Canada, as well as the Attraction Development Center in Orlando FL. (Dynamic Structures still exists as a company whose focus includes specialty fabrication and telescopes.)

ProjectsEdit

Ride Park Location Opened Type In conjunction with Ref(s)
5D Tram Chime-Long Paradise   Guangdong, China 2014 Immersive Transporter [12]
The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man Universal's Islands of Adventure   Florida, United States 1999 Track switches [13]
The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man Universal Studios Japan   Osaka, Japan 2001 Track switches [13]
Batman & Robin: The Chiller Six Flags Great Adventure   New Jersey, United States 1998 Steel roller coaster Premier Rides [14]
Dinoconda China Dinosaurs Park   Jiangsu, China 2012 Steel roller coaster S&S Worldwide [13][15]
E.T. Adventure Universal Studios Florida   Florida, United States 2012 Track switches [16]
Flying Over Italy Ferrari World   Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 2013 Flying Theater [17][18]
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Universal's Islands of Adventure   Florida, United States 2010 RoboCoaster G2 RoboCoaster Ltd, KUKA [19]
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Universal Studios Hollywood   California, United States 2016 RoboCoaster G2 RoboCoaster Ltd, KUKA [20][21]
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Universal Studios Japan   Osaka, Japan 2014 RoboCoaster G2 RoboCoaster Ltd, KUKA [22]
King Kong: 360 3-D Universal Studios Hollywood   California, United States 2010 Immersive Transporter [23]
Mad Cobra Suzuka Circuit   Mie Prefecture, Japan 1998 Steel roller coaster Premier Rides [14]
Mark VII Monorail Disneyland   California, United States 2007 Monorails [13]
Poltergeist Six Flags Fiesta Texas   Texas, United States 1999 Steel roller coaster Premier Rides [24]
Radiator Springs Racers Disney California Adventure   California, United States 2012 Slot-car-style ride [25]
Revenge of the Mummy Universal Studios Florida   Florida, United States 2004 Track switches Premier Rides [13]
Revenge of the Mummy Universal Studios Hollywood   California, United States 2004 Track switches Premier Rides [13]
Revenge of the Mummy Universal Studios Singapore   Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore 2010 Track switches Premier Rides [13]
Soarin' Epcot   Florida, United States 2005 Flying Theatre Walt Disney Imagineering [26][27]
Soarin' Over California Disney California Adventure   California, United States 2001 Flying Theatre Walt Disney Imagineering [26][27]
Test Track Epcot   Florida, United States 1999 Slot-car-style ride [14]
Journey to the Center of the Earth Tokyo DisneySea   Tokyo, Japan 2001 Slot-car-style ride
X-Coaster Magic Springs and Crystal Falls   Arkansas, United States 2006 Steel roller coaster Maurer Söhne [16]
Unknown Jurassic Dream   Heilongjiang, China 2013 Flying Theatre [28]
Unknown City of Dreams   Macau, China 2014 Flying Theatre [29]
Hulk: Epsilon Base 3D IMG Worlds of Adventure   Dubai, United Arab Emirates 2016 Motion Theatre Falcon's Treehouse [30][31][29]
Krrish: Hero's Flight Bollywood Parks Dubai   Dubai, United Arab Emirates 2016 Flying Theatre Unknown

List of roller coastersEdit

As of 2019, Dynamic Attractions has built 6 roller coasters around the world.[32]

Name Model Park Country Opened Status Ref
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Unknown Disneyland   United States 1979 Operating [33]
Space Mountain Unknown Disneyland   United States 2005 Operating [34]
Mission Ferrari SFX Coaster Ferrari World Abu Dhabi   United Arab Emirates 2018 Under construction [35][23][31][36]
Alien Vs Predator SFX Coaster 20th Century Fox World Malaysia   Malaysia 2019 Under construction [37]
Sons of Anarchy & Weyland Yutani Duel Power Coaster 20th Century Fox World Malaysia   Malaysia 2019 Under construction [38]
Unknown SFX Coaster Shaoxing Jinghu Theme Park   China 2019 Under construction [39]

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  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. ^ "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. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 28 January 2010.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  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. ^ "Chimelong the next chapter". Park World Magazine: 38. June 2014. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g "Portfolio". Dynamic Attractions. Archived from the original on 25 February 2015. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
  14. ^ a b c Pryma, Kristy (4 October 2001). "Engineer bridges gap between telescopes and roller coasters". IT World Canada. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  15. ^ Marden, Duane. "Dinoconda  (China Dinosaurs Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
  16. ^ a b "Roller Coasters". Dynamic Attractions. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  17. ^ "Flying Over Italy". Ferrari World. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  18. ^ "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.
  19. ^ "Wizarding World of Harry Potter". Park World Magazine. 7 July 2010. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  20. ^ MacDonald, Brady (6 December 2011). "It's official: Harry Potter land to debut at Universal Studios Hollywood". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  21. ^ "Universal Studios Hollywood Makes Unprecedented Investment in Epic Theme Park Transformation" (Press release). NBCUniversal. 9 April 2014. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
  22. ^ "Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (Universal Studios Japan)". Parkz. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  23. ^ a b "SFX Coaster". Park World Magazine: 18. July 2014. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
  24. ^ "Dynamic Structures Ltd". Empire Industries Ltd. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  25. ^ "Radiator Springs Cars". Dynamic Attractions. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  26. ^ a b "Soarin' Over California". Dynamic Attractions. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  27. ^ a b US patent 6354954, Sumner, Mark W., "Amusement apparatus and method", published 12 March 2002, assigned to Disney Enterprises, Inc. 
  28. ^ "Dinosaurin' Over China". Park World Magazine. 23 December 2011. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  29. ^ a b "A bit of recognition for Dynamic Attractions". Park World Magazine: 8. January 2014.
  30. ^ "Circumotion". Dynamic Attractions. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  31. ^ a b "Empire Industries Reports $25 million in Contract Awards in U.A.E." Empire Industries. 15 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  32. ^ Dynamic Attractions - rcdb.com
  33. ^ Marden, Duane. "Big Thunder Mountain Railroad  (Disneyland)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  34. ^ Marden, Duane. "Space Mountain  (Disneyland)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  35. ^ Marden, Duane. "Mission Ferrari  (Ferrari World Abu Dhabi)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 4 July 2011.
  36. ^ Wall, Matthew (22 October 2013). "Roller coaster technology: 'Bigger! Faster! Scarier!'". BBC. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  37. ^ Marden, Duane. "Alien Vs Predator  (20th Century Fox World Malaysia)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  38. ^ Marden, Duane. "Sons of Anarchy & Weyland Yutani  (20th Century Fox World Malaysia)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  39. ^ Marden, Duane. "Unknown  (Shaoxing Jinghu Theme Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 8 December 2013.

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