Sometimes it’s amazing what engineers do for their jobs. This week JAMA Associate Principal Matt Timmers and Project Manager Hossain Ghaffari got warm and cozy with Godzilla at the top of the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood.
When the two arrived for a site visit to check loads and cable anchors of the inflatable monster on top of the structure, they expected to simply take a look from the ground and discuss the installation with the crew. Instead, the inflatables marketing team handed them harnesses and suggested they “suit up” to take a look in person. The multi-story piece was placed on top of the iconic dome as part of a marketing campaign for the Godzilla: King of the Monsters movie, opening May 31, but required great care as large-scale lighting was attached as well. Winds or other weather could greatly affect the safety of the structure as well as crowds if the piece shifted too far from its intended position.