The Singapore Flyer, a three story high ferris wheel to be built in Singapore at Marina Bay and completed by 2008 will offer one of the best views of the entire region.
The giant structure has already attracted the attention of some 50 engineering students from Norway, curious to find out how the thing is to be built.
They were shown its engineering and architectural plans during a site visit on Wednesday April 5. The Norwegian students were some of the lucky few to get an in-depth look into the construction plans of the Singapore Flyer.
The students are from the Norwegian University of Technology and Science and are in town for a week-long educational excursion to Singapore.
One of the trip highlights was learning about the advanced engineering requirements that will go into the construction of the Singapore Flyer from the project’s engineers and contractors.
The students were intrigued by the project.
“It was very interesting to see how they developed the project using this kind of engineering…and the process of developing a construction like this is very interesting. It is something that most of us would love to work with when we graduate,” student Hege Mjaatvedt Bjorge said during the site visit.
Close relations to Norway
Singapore was chosen as the destination of the field trip due to the country’s close relationship with Norway in the areas of ‘traditional’ Norwegian businesses such as petroleum engineering and marine engineering.
The Singapore Flyer is inspired by the London Eye, a giant ferris wheel built six years ago. The Singaporean version will encompass a three-storey retail building with a 150-metre wide Giant Observation Wheel as its centrepiece. It will comprise of 28 capsules that can each carry up to 36 passengers.