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Rigging in the RAI ENG – version 1.7
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Rigging in the RAI ENG – version 1.6)
Article 1  Introduction
Article 2  Rigging guidelines
Article 3  Entrance C: Canopy
Article 4  Holland Terrace
Article 5  Holland Lounge
Article 6  Entrance F
Article 7  Park Foyer
Article 8  Entrance K
Article 9  Hall 1
Article 10  Hall 2
Article 11  Hall 3
Article 12  Hall 4
Article 13  Hall 5
Article 14  Hall 6
Article 15  Hall 7
Article 16  Hall 8
Article 17  Hall 9
Aticle 18  Hall 10
Article 19  Hall 11
Article 20  Hall 12
Article 21  Hall 13
Article 22  Auditorium Lounge and Onyx Lounge
Article 23  Upper Lounge and Emerald Lounge
Article 24  Diamond Lounge
Article 25  Europe Foyer 1 and 2
Article 26  Room G 102
Article 27  Room E 103 – E 108
Article 28  Room ceiling Auditorium
Article 29  Stage tower Auditorium
Article 30  Forum
Appendix I  Requirements for the rigging plan
Appendix II  RAI LIVE restrictions Hall 8, 9, 10 and 11
Appendix III  Example rigging plan
Appendix IV  Example calculations rigging plot
Article 1  Introduction
This booklet shows where and under what conditions rigging is possible in RAI Amsterdam. For each part of the RAI we explain the locations for rigging and the maximum load per suspension point for both vertical rigging (straights) as well as multipoint bridles (bridles).
To set up a rig in our complex, the rigging party must first send a rigging plan to the RAI Account Manager of the relevant event or trade show four weeks before the beginning of the event or trade show. This document describes what the rigging plan must look like. Each rigging plan will then be evaluated against the criteria specified in this document. You will receive an official response from the RAI within five working days, after which possible adjustments can be made. An agreement on the definite version should be made two weeks before the start of the event or trade show.
Below is a floor plan of RAI Amsterdam (Figure 1). Each hall, entrance area and foyer has its own chapter, provided that rigging is possible.
Figure 1: Floor plan of RAI Amsterdam
Article 2  Rigging guidelines
The following applies when making any decisions: safety first! The following conditions must be met in order to set up rigging in the RAI:
Company and personnel certification
 Rigging may only be taken on by VCA*, VCA** or Oshas 18001 certified companies.
 Each rigger present must:
 carry a valid VCA certificate (VCAB or VOLVCA for operations managers).
 be able to prove that he holds an 'Elementaire Hijstechniek in de Entertainment Industrie' certificate or a variation of this such as a National Rigging Certificate (UK), Arena Rigging Certificate from ETCP (USA), Rigstar Rigging certificate (USA), or a relevant VLPT rigging diploma (GER).
 If a truckmounted work platform is used, the operator must have the correct certificate. The rigger is responsible for ensuring that no third parties are present in his work zone.
 Anyone who uses a truckmounted work platform must wear a fullbody safety harness (EN361) attached to the platform by means of a lanyard (EN355).
 People (grounders) in the vicinity of the operating scope of the truckmounted work platform must wear a helmet (EN397).
 Each rigging party involved must have a rigging plan approved by the RAI. A description of how the rigging plan must be submitted to the RAI is included in Appendix I. Your RAI Account Manager can also submit a sample rigging plan.
 Each part of the building described in this document has its own AutoCAD drawing on which the available suspension points are indicated.
 The maximum permissible load stated in this manual must not be exceeded.
 For multipoint bridles (bridles), the inside angle must be less than 120 degrees.
 The maximum permissible load for multipoint bridles is based on 2point bridles. For multipoint bridles, the distribution of force at all points of application must be clearly calculated.
 Dynamic loads are not permitted without explicit consent from a designer chosen by the RAI, at the expense of the customer/contractor.
 Rigging must only be carried out in accordance with the plan: any changes must be discussed with the manager of the Technical Department at the RAI Amsterdam.
 For some parts of the building, the maximum permissible load is different in case of snow. The RAI is allowed to arrange for a load which has already been approved to be reduced to an acceptable weight
 The roof construction must not be damaged in any way.
 Fixed elements in the roof (such as lighting fixtures, blinds, blackout mechanisms, drains) must not be touched during rigging.
 Rigging may only be carried out using materials bearing CE marking.In the case of parties outside the EU, products must demonstrably fulfill the ASME or an equivalent directive.
 Materials must have a WLL inscription or label.
 The maximum permissible load is 0.5 times the (industrial) WLL
 Materials must be tested at least once a year and it must be possible for the test report to be produced within 24 hours on request.
 Materials must be used in accordance with instructions.
Requirements for the rigging plan
Rigging in practice
Use of materials
Note: At all times the RAI reserves the right to take down the rigging or to arrange for a load which has already been approved to be reduced (e.g. in case of snowfall) at any time. The rigging party should be aware that the RAI checks whether the suspension points have been constructed in accordance with guidelines and the rigging plan. If this is not the case, the RAI is authorised to reject the rigging. In the event of rejection, the RAI is not liable for any damages (such as financial damage or damage to image).
Article 3  Entrance C: Luifel
Figure 2: Suspension points Entrance C canopy
Height suspension point: height bottom edge = 9.50 m
In Entrance C, vertical rigging is allowed at the locations indicated. There are a total of 65 possible suspension points on the 2dimensional framework.
Note: The canopy is fitted with a pigeon net which must not be damaged.
Note: Above wind force 6, all rigging must be taken down from the shed roof
Vertical rigging (straight)
 Vertical rigging is allowed from the lower part of the 2D framework at the locations indicated.
 The maximum load per suspension point is 250 kg.
Bridling (bridles)
 Bridling is not allowed.
Snowfall
 If more than 5 centimetres of snow should fall, rigging is not allowed at Entrance C.
Article 4  Holland Terrace
Figure 3: Holland Terrace suspension points
Height suspension points:
lower part = 9.50 m
higher part = 6.00 m
On the Holland Terrace, vertical rigging is allowed from the eyes in the ceiling. There are a total of 97 possible suspension points (see Figure 3).
Vertical rigging (straight)
 On the Red suspension points rigging is allowed from the eyes in the ceiling.
 On the Blue suspension points rigging is allowed on the beams
Attention: Rigging is not allowed on the round 60 mm tubes between the Blue suspension points.  The maximum load per eye is 250 kg.
Bridling (bridles)
 Bridling is not allowed.
Snowfall
 If more than 5 centimetres of snow should fall, rigging is not allowed on the Holland Terrace.
Article 5  Holland Lounge
Figure 4: Suspension points in Holland Lounge
In the Holland Lounge, vertical rigging is allowed from eyes in the ceiling. There are a total of 9 possible suspension points (see Figure 4).
Vertical rigging (straight)
 Vertical rigging is allowed from eyes in the ceiling.
 The maximum load per eye is 150 kg.
Bridling (bridles)
 Bridling is not allowed.
Snowfall
 If more than 5 centimetres of snow should fall, rigging is not allowed in the Holland Lounge.
Requirements for attachment to the roof construction:
Note:
Before carrying out rigging, (CE and WLL) certified eye bolts must be fitted. The thread of the eye bolts is M12.
Article 6  Entrance F
Figure 5: Suspension points at Entrance F
Height suspension point:
ground floor  height = 9.50 m
first floor  height = 7.50 m
Entrance F consists of a shed roof and a foyer. Vertical rigging is possible at the locations indicated in Figure 5.
In the shed roof, vertical rigging is possible from the lower part of the 2D and 3D frameworks. In the foyer, vertical rigging is allowed from the Iframe at less than 50 cm from the 2D framework.
Figure 6: 3D model entrance area F
Vertical rigging (straight)
 The maximum load per suspension point is 200 kg.
Bridling (bridles)
 Bridling is not allowed.
Snowfall
 No restrictions in case of snowfall.
Requirements for attachment to the roof construction
Note:
Rigging on the Iframe at less than 50cm from the 2D framework.
Rigging on 2D framework is not permitted in connection with lighting fixtures.
Article 7  Park Foyer
Figure 7: Park Foyer suspension points
Height suspension point:
height = 5.60 m
In the Park Foyer vertical rigging is permitted from eyes in the ceiling. There are a total of 38 possible suspension points (see Figure 7).
Vertical rigging (straight)
 Vertical rigging is allowed from eyes in the ceiling.
 The maximum load per eye is 150 kg.
Bridling (bridles)
 Bridling is not allowed.
Snowfall
 No restrictions in case of snowfall.
Requirements for attachment to the roof construction
Note:
Rigging on the Iframe at less than 50cm from the 2D framework.
Rigging on 2D framework is not permitted in connection with lighting fixtures.
Article 8  Entrance K
Figure 8: Suspension points in Entrance K
Height suspension point:
height = 7.35 m
Vertical rigging is allowed from the eyes in the ceiling in Entrance K. There are a total of 69 possible suspension points (see figure 8). Green dots represent 5 additional suspension points.
Vertical rigging (straight)
 The maximum load for the 69 'red' suspension points is 250 kg.
 • The maximum load for the 5 'green' suspension points is 500 kg.
Bridling (bridles)
 Bridling is not allowed.
Snowfall
 No restrictions in case of snowfall.
Article 9  Hall 1
Figure 9: Suspension points in Hall 1
In Hall 1, rigging is allowed from the steel frames (see Figure 9). The steel frame connects 39 bow trusses together. Each bow truss has a maximum rigging load of 8,000 kg. The load must be distributed in accordance with Table 1. With maximum loads there are 480 possible suspension points.
Figure 10: Steel frame in roof construction of Hall 1
Table 1: Maximum load and distribution of weight in Hall 1 * ^{1 / 2 / 3 / 4}  
On the member  On the joint  Total weight per bow truss  
Vertical 
Max. 650 kg  Max. 650 kg  8.000 kg 
Bridling (bridles) 
Max. 300 kg per bridle and max. 300 kg vertical load per member 
Max. 650 kg per bridle and max. 650 kg vertical load per joint 

Snowfall (between 5 and 10 cm) 
Total weight restriction per bow truss 
Total weight restriction per bow truss 
4.000 kg 
Snowfall (more than 10 cm) 
No rigging possible  No rigging possible  0 kg 
^{1} A member is the part of the steel frame between two joints (see figure 10). ^{2} A joint is where two parts of the steel frame are connected to the bow truss (see figure 11). ^{3} The maximum load may be distributed between one or more suspension points. ^{4} If a member and an adjacent joint are loaded, the load on the member must be added to the load on the joint. The total weight must never exceed the maximum load for the joint. 
Requirements for attachment to the roof construction
Steel sling at joint.
Beam clamp at joint.
Note: Note: Only 2point bridles may be suspended from the 1st and 10th steel frames (above the balconies), at an angle of between 91.6° and 120°.
Note: : In order to protect the automatic blackout: Use a beam clamp on the 5th and 6th steel frame for 2point bridles (bridles) between the 6th steel frame.
Article 10  Hall 2
Figure 11: Suspension points in Hall 2
Height suspension points:
height = 7.35 m
In Hall 2, vertical rigging is allowed from the joints of the longitudinal girders. There are a total of 131 possible suspension points (see figure 11). The maximum permissible load is shown in table 2.
Figure 12: Joints in Hall 2
Table 2: Maximum load and distribution of weight in Hall 2 * ^{1 / 2}  
On the member  On the joint  
Vertical 
13 kg  300 kg 
Bridling (bridles) 
Not allowed  Not allowed 
Snowfall (more than 5 cm) 
No rigging possible  No rigging possible 
^{1} A member is the horizontal connection between two joints. ^{2} If a member and an adjacent joint are loaded, the load on the member must be added to the load on the joint. The total weight must never exceed the maximum load for the joint. 
Requirements for attachment to the roof construction
Between diagonal and vertical member with jute protection (burlap).
Article 11  Hall 3
Figure 13: Suspension points in Hall 3
Height suspension points:
lower part = 8.00 m
higher part = 10.00 m
In Hall 3, vertical rigging is allowed from the joints of the longitudinal girders. There are a total of 132 possible suspension points (see figure 12). The maximum permissible load is shown in table 3.
Figure 14: Joints in Hall 3
Table 3: Maximum load and distribution of weight in Hall 3 * ^{1 / 2}  
On the member  On the joint and suspension eyes 

Vertical 
13 kg  300 kg 
Bridling (bridles) 
Not allowed  Not allowed 
Snowfall (more than 5 cm) 
No rigging possible  No rigging possible 
^{1} A member is the horizontal connection between two joints ^{2} If a member and an adjacent joint are loaded, the load on the member must be added to the load on the joint. The total weight must never exceed the maximum load for the joint. 
Requirements for attachment to the roof construction
Between diagonal and vertical member with jute protection (burlap).
Suspension points in the lower part of the hall.
Article 12  Hall 4
Figure 15: Suspension points Amtrium ground floor
Height suspension points:
4.95 m
Figure 16: Suspension points Amtrium firstfloor
Height suspension points:
4.00 m
In the Amtrium, vertical rigging is possible from suspension eyes in the ceiling at the locations indicated (see Figure 15). There are a total of 69 possible suspension points on the ground floor and a total of 74 possible suspension points on the first floor.
Vertical rigging (straight)
 Vertical rigging is allowed from the eyes in the ceiling.
 The maximum load per eye is 125 kg.
Bridling (bridles)
 Bridling is not allowed.
Snowfall
 No restrictions in case of snowfall.
Suspension points
Article 13  Hall 5
Figure 17: Suspension points in Hall 5
Height suspension points:
height = 10.00 m
Hall 5 consists of two parts. The old building (part A) and the new building (part B). Both have separate loads from the roof.
Part A & B
In Hall 5 part A, vertical rigging is allowed at the joints. There are a total of 484 possible suspension points (see Figure 17: Suspension points in Hall 5).
In Hall 5 part B vertical rigging is allowed at the joints. In total there are 140 possible suspension points (see Figure 17: Suspension points in Hall 5).
Figure 18: Joints in Hall 5
Table 4A: Maximum load and distribution of weight in Hall 5A * ^{1 / 2 / 3}  
On the member  On the joint  
Vertical 
25 kg  300 kg 
Bridling (bridles) 
Not allowed  Not allowed 
Snowfall (more than 5 cm) 
No rigging possible  No rigging possible 
^{1} A member is the horizontal connection between two joints. ^{2} If a member and an adjacent joint are loaded, the load on the member must be added to the load on the joint. The total weight must never exceed the maximum load for the joint ^{3} If a high or low joint is used, the load in the adjacent low joint should be reduced proportionally. Two joint next to each other may add up to a maximum of 300 kg. 
Table 4B: Maximum load and distribution of weight in Hall 5B * ^{1 / 2 / 3}  
On the member  On the joint  
Vertical 
25 kg  750 kg 
Bridling (bridles) 
Not allowed  Not allowed 
Snowfall (more than 5 cm) 
No rigging possible  No rigging possible 
^{1} A member is the horizontal connection between two joints. ^{2} If a member and an adjacent joint are loaded, the load on the member must be added to the load on the joint. The total weight must never exceed the maximum load for the joint ^{3} If a high or low joint is used, the load in the adjacent low joint should be reduced proportionally. Two joint next to each other may add up to a maximum of 300 kg. 
Requirements for attachment to the roof construction
Between diagonal and vertical member with jute protection (burlap).
Article 14  Hall 6
Figure 19: Suspension points in Hall 6
In Hall 6, rigging is allowed from the bottom part and the upper part of the 3dimensional framework. In order to make maximum use of Hall 6, it has been divided into 4 notional 'rigging sections' (see figure 19). Each section area has a maximum suspension load of 22,500 kg. The weight is to be distributed as follows:
Table 6: Distribution of weight on the members * ^{1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5}  
Total rigging load per section 
up to 2,500 kg  2,500  5,000 kg  5,000  12,500 kg 
Vertical (upper or lower part) 
Max. 300 kg per member  Max. 300 kg per member  Max. 250 kg per member 
Bridling (upper or lower part) 
Max. 300 kg per bridle and max. 150 kg vertical load per member 
Max. 250 kg per bridle and max. 125 kg vertical load per member 
Max. 250 kg per bridle and max. 125 kg vertical load per member 
Snowfall (more than 5 cm) 
No restriction  No restriction  Max. 150 kg per member Max. 150 kg per bridle and Max. 75 kg vertical load per member 
^{1} A member forms part of the upper or lower part between two joints. ^{2} The maximum load may be distributed between one or more suspension points. ^{3} Suspension is not allowed around the lighting fixtures under the members (see CAD drawing). ^{4} If a member in the upper part and an adjacent member in the lower part are used at the same time, the maximum permissible weight for these members will be halved. ^{5} If a member and an adjacent joint are loaded, the load on the member must be added to the load on the joint. The total weight must never exceed the maximum load for the joint. 
Table 7: Distribution of weight on joints * ^{1 / 2 / 3 / 4}  
Total rigging load per section 
up to 2,500 kg  2,500  5,000 kg  5,000  12,500 kg 
Vertical (upper or lower part) 
Max. 600 kg per joint  Max. 500 kg per joint  Max. 300 kg per joint 
Bridling bridles (upper or lower part) 
Max. 1.200 kg per bridle and max. 600 kg vertical load per joint 
Max. 1.000 kg per bridle and max. 500 kg vertical load per joint 
Max. 600 kg per bridle and max. 300 kg vertical load per joint 
Snowfall (more than 5 cm) 
No restriction 
No restriction 
Max. 150 kg per joint Max. 300 kg per bridle and Max. 150 kg vertical load per joint 
^{1} Suspension is not allowed around the lighting fixtures under the joints (see CAD drawing). ^{2} If a joint in the upper part and an adjacent joint in the lower part are used at the same time, the maximum permissible weight for these joints will be halved. ^{3} If a member and an adjacent joint are loaded, the load on the member must be added to the load on the joint. The total weight must never exceed the maximum load for the joint. ^{4} There are rules which apply to suspension from the joints (see Appendix II). 
Requirements for attachment to the roof construction
Through the centre of the joint. Between lower cross truss and cross diagonals.
Note:
For bridles, attach in the direction of the lifting point.
Through the centre of the joint. Between upper cross truss and cross diagonals.
Note:
Only possible where the roof cladding does not obstruct the steel sling (see CAD drawing).
Article 15  Hall 7
Figure 20: Suspension points in Hall 7
Height suspension points:
height = 10.40 m
Note:
The figure above shows the bottom edge and the nodes in the top edge of the threedimensional truss.
In Hall 7, rigging is allowed from the bottom part and the upper part of the 3dimensional framework. In order to make maximum use of Hall 7, it has been divided into 16 notional 'rigging sections' (see figure 20). Each section area has a maximum suspension load of 25,000 kg. The weight is to be distributed as follows:
Table 8: Distribution of weight on the members * ^{1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5}  
Total rigging load per section 
up to 6,250 kg  6,250  12,500 kg  12,500  25,000 kg 
Vertical (upper or lower part) 
Max. 300 kg per member  Max. 300 kg per member  Max. 250 kg per member 
Bridling (upper or lower part) 
Max. 300 kg per bridle and max. 150 kg vertical load per member 
Max. 250 kg per bridle and max. 125 kg vertical load per member 
Max. 250 kg per bridle and max. 125 kg vertical load per member 
Snowfall (more than 5 cm) 
No restriction  No restriction  Max. 150 kg per joint Max. 150 kg per bridle and Max. 75 kg vertical load per member 
^{1} A member forms part of the upper or lower part between two joints. ^{2} The maximum load may be distributed between one or more suspension points. ^{3} Suspension is not allowed around the lighting fixtures under the members (see CAD drawing). ^{4} If a member in the upper part and an adjacent member in the lower part are used at the same time, the maximum permissible weight for these members will be halved. ^{5} If a member and an adjacent joint are loaded, the load on the member must be added to the load on the joint. The total weight must never exceed the maximum load for the joint. 
Table 9: Distribution of weight on joints * ^{1 / 2 / 3 / 4}  
Total rigging load per section 
up to 6,250 kg  6,250  12,500 kg  12,500  25,000 kg 
Vertical (upper or lower part) 
Max. 600 kg per joint  Max. 500 kg per joint  Max. 300 kg per joint 
Bridling bridles (upper or lower part) 
Max. 1.200 kg per bridle and Max. 600 kg vertical load per joint 
Max. 1.000 kg per bridle and Max. 500 kg vertical load per joint Max. 500 kg vertical load per joint 
Max. 600 kg per bridle and max. 300 kg vertical load per joint 
Snowfall (more than 5 cm) 
No restriction 
No restriction 
Max. 150 kg per joint Max. 300 kg per bridle and max. 150 kg vertical load per joint 
^{1} Suspension is not allowed around the lighting fixtures under the joints (see CAD drawing). ^{2} If a joint in the upper part and an adjacent joint in the lower part are used at the same time, the maximum permissible weight for these joints will be halved. ^{3} If a member and an adjacent joint are loaded, the load on the member must be added to the load on the joint. The total weight must never exceed the maximum load for the joint. ^{4} There are rules which apply to suspension from the joints (see appendix II). 
Requirements for attachment to the roof construction
Through the centre of the joint. Between lower cross truss and cross diagonals.
Note:
For bridles, attach in the direction of the lifting point.
Through the centre of the joint. Between lower cross truss and cross diagonals.
Note:
Only possible where the roof cladding does not obstruct the steel sling (see CAD drawing).
Article 16  Hall 8
Figure 21:
Suspension points in Hall 8
In Hall 8, rigging is allowed from the bottom part and the upper part of the 3dimensional framework. In order to make maximum use of Hall 8, it has been divided into 12 notional 'rigging sections' (see figure 21). Each section area has a maximum suspension load of 22,500 kg. The weight is to be distributed as follows:
Table 10: Distribution of weight on the members * ^{1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6}  
Total rigging load per section 
up to 10,000 kg  10,000  22,500 kg 
Vertical (upper or lower part) 
Max. 500 kg per member  Max. 500 kg per member 
Bridling (upper or lower part) 
Max. 500 kg per bridle and max. 250 kg vertical load per member 
Max. 400 kg per bridle and max. 200 kg vertical load per member 
Snowfall (more than 5 cm) 
Max. 160 kg per member Max. 250 kg per bridle and Max. 125 kg vertical load per member 
More than 10,000 kg per area not possible See requirements under 10,000 kg 
^{1} A member forms part of the upper or lower part between two joints. ^{2} The maximum load may be distributed between one or more suspension points. ^{3} Suspension is not allowed around the lighting fixtures under the members (see CAD drawing). ^{4} If a member in the upper part and an adjacent member in the lower part are used at the same time, the maximum permissible weight for these members will be halved. ^{5} If a member and an adjacent joint are loaded, the load on the member must be added to the load on the joint. The total weight must never exceed the maximum load for the joint. ^{6} If the RAI LIVE screens are suspended in their construction, restrictions apply (see Appendix II). 
Tabel 11: Gewichtsverdeling op knopen * ^{1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6}  
Total rigging load per section 
up to 10,000 kg  10,000  22,500 kg  
Vertical (upper or lower part) 
Max. 900 kg per joint  Max. 900 kg per joint  
Bridling (upper or lower part) 
Max. 1,800 kg per bridle and Max. 900 kg vertical load per joint 
Max. 1,800 kg per bridle and Max. 900 kg vertical load per joint 

Snowfall (more than 5 cm) 
Max. 450 kg per joint Max. 900 kg per bridle and Max. 450 kg vertical load per joint 
More than 10,000 kg per area not possible See requirements under 10,000 kg 

^{1} The maximum load may be distributed between one or more suspension points per member. ^{2} If a joint in the upper part and an adjacent joint in the lower part are used at the same time, the maximum permissible weight for these joints will be halved. ^{3} If a member and an adjacent joint are loaded, the load on the member must be added to the load on the joint. The total weight must never exceed the maximum load for the joint. ^{4} There are rules which apply to suspension from the joints. ^{5} If the RAI LIVE screens are suspended in their construction, restrictions apply (see Appendix II). ^{6} Rigging is not permitted from the eyes under the joints. 
Requirements for attachment to the roof construction
Through the centre of the joint. Between lower cross truss and cross diagonals.
Note:
For bridles, attach in the direction of the lifting point.
Through the centre of the joint. Between lower cross truss and cross diagonals.
Note:
Feed steel sling underneath existing cables.
Article 17  Hall 9
Figure 22: Rigging options in Hall 9 (MFP)
Height suspension points:
height hall = 5.70 m
height corridor = 4.40 m
In Hall 9 (MFP), vertical rigging is possible from suspension eyes in the ceiling. There are a total of 204 possible suspension points (see figure 22). 180 suspension points are located at a height of 5,70 metres (hall) and 24 suspension points at a height of 4.40 metres (corridor).
Vertical rigging (straight)
 The maximum load for the suspension points is 125 kg.
Bridling (bridles)
 Bridling is not allowed.
Snowfall
 No restrictions in case of snowfall.
Suspension point
Article 18  Hall 10
Figure 23: Rigging options in Hall 10
Note:
The figure above shows the bottom edge and the nodes in the top edge of the threedimensional truss.
In Hall 10, rigging is allowed from the bottom part and the upper part of the 3dimensional framework. In order to make maximum use of Hall 9, it has been divided into 4 notional 'rigging sections' (see figure 23). Each section area has a maximum suspension load of 22,500 kg. The weight is to be distributed as follows:
Table 12: Distribution of weight on the members * ^{1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6}  
Total rigging load per section 
up to 10,000 kg  10,000  22,500 kg 
Vertical (upper or lower part) 
Max. 500 kg per member  Max. 500 kg per member 
Bridling (upper or lower part) 
Max. 500 kg per bridle and Max. 250 kg vertical load per member 
Max. 400 kg per bridle and Max. 200 kg vertical load per member 
Snowfall (meer dan 5 cm) 
Max. 160 kg per member Max. 250 kg per bridle and max. 125 kg vertical load per member 
More than 10,000 kg per area not possible. See requirements under 10,000 kg 
^{1} A member forms part of the upper or lower part between two joints. ^{2} The maximum load may be distributed between one or more suspension points. ^{3} Suspension is not allowed around the lighting fixtures under the members (see CAD drawing). ^{4} If a member in the upper part and an adjacent member in the lower part are used at the same time, the maximum permissible weight for these members will be halved. ^{5} If a member and an adjacent joint are loaded, the load on the member must be added to the load on the joint. The total weight must never exceed the maximum load for the joint. ^{6} If the RAI LIVE screens are suspended in their construction, restrictions apply (see Appendix II). 
Table 13: Distribution of weight on joints * ^{1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6}  
Total rigging load per section 
up to 10,000 kg  10,000  22,500 kg 
Vertical (upper or lower part) 
Max. 900 kg per joint  Max. 900 kg per joint 
Bridling (upper or lower part) 
Max. 1.800 kg per bridle and Max. 900 kg vertical load per joint 
Max. 1.800 kg per bridle and Max. 900 kg vertical load per joint 
Snowfall (more than 5 cm) 
Max. 450 kg per joint Max. 900 kg per bridle and Max. 450 kg vertical load per joint 
More than 10,000 kg per area not possible See requirements under 10,000 kg 
^{1} The maximum load may be distributed between one or more suspension points per member. ^{2} If a joint in the upper part and an adjacent joint in the lower part are used at the same time, the maximum permissible weight for these joints will be halved. ^{3} If a member and an adjacent joint are loaded, the load on the member must be added to the load on the joint. The total weight must never exceed the maximum load for the joint. ^{4} There are rules which apply to suspension from the joints. ^{5} If the RAI LIVE screens are suspended in their construction, restrictions apply (see Appendix II). ^{6} Rigging is not permitted from the eyes under the joints. 
Requirements for attachment to the roof construction
Through the centre of the joint. Between lower cross truss and cross diagonals.
Note:
For bridles, attach in the direction of the lifting point.
Through the centre of the joint. Between lower cross truss and cross diagonals.
Note:
Feed steel sling underneath existing cables.
Article 19  Hall 11
Figure 24: Rigging options in Hall 11
Note:
The figure above shows the bottom edge and the nodes in the top edge of the threedimensional truss.
In Hall 11, rigging is allowed from the bottom part and the upper part of the 3dimensional framework. In order to make maximum use of Hall 10, it has been divided into 4 notional 'rigging sections' (see figure 24). Each section area has a maximum suspension load of 22,500 kg. The weight is to be distributed as follows:
Table 14: Distribution of weight on the members * ^{1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6}  
Total rigging load per section 
up to 10,000 kg  10,000  22,500 kg 
Vertical (upper or lower part) 
Max. 500 kg per member  Max. 500 kg per member 
Bridling (upper or lower part) 
Max. 500 kg per bridle and max. 250 kg vertical load per member 
Max. 400 kg per bridle and max. 200 kg vertical load per member 
Snowfall (more than 5 cm) 
Max. 160 kg per member Max. 250 kg per bridle and Max. 125 kg vertical load per member 
More than 10,000 kg per area not possible See requirements under 10,000 kg 
^{1} A member forms part of the upper or lower part between two joints. ^{2} The maximum load may be distributed between one or more suspension points. ^{3} Suspension is not allowed around the lighting fixtures under the members (see CAD drawing). ^{4} If a member in the upper part and an adjacent member in the lower part are used at the same time, the maximum permissible weight for these members will be halved. ^{5} If a member and an adjacent joint are loaded, the load on the member must be added to the load on the joint. The total weight must never exceed the maximum load for the joint. ^{6} If the RAI LIVE screens are suspended in their construction, restrictions apply (see Appendix II). 
Table 15: Distribution of weight on joints * ^{1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6}  
Total rigging load per section 
up to 10,000 kg  10,000  22,500 kg 
Vertical (upper or lower part) 
Max. 900 kg per joint  Max. 900 kg per joint 
Bridling (upper or lower part) 
Max. 1.800 kg per bridle and max. 900 kg vertical load per joint 
Max. 1.800 kg per bridle and max. 900 kg vertical load per joint 
Snowfall (more than 5 cm) 
Max. 450 kg per joint Max. 900 kg per bridle and Max. 450 kg vertical load per joint 
More than 10,000 kg per area not possible See requirements under 10,000 kg 
^{1} The maximum load may be distributed between one or more suspension points per member. ^{2} If a joint in the upper part and an adjacent joint in the lower part are used at the same time, the maximum permissible weight for these joints will be halved. ^{3} If a member and an adjacent joint are loaded, the load on the member must be added to the load on the joint. The total weight must never exceed the maximum load for the joint. ^{4} There are rules which apply to suspension from the joints. ^{5} If the RAI LIVE screens are suspended in their construction, restrictions apply (see Appendix II). ^{6} Rigging is not permitted from the eyes under the joints. 
Requirements for attachment to the roof construction
Through the centre of the joint. Between lower cross truss and cross diagonals.
Note:
For bridles, attach in the direction of the lifting point.
Through the centre of the joint. Between lower cross truss and cross diagonals.
Note:
Feed steel sling underneath existing cables
Article 20  Hall 12
Figure 25: Rigging options in Hall 12
Note:
The figure above shows the bottom edge and the nodes in the top edge of the threedimensional truss.
In Hall 12 rigging is allowed from the bottom part and the upper part of the 3dimensional framework. In order to make maximum use of Hall 12, it has been divided into 4 notional 'rigging sections' (see figure 25). Each section area has a maximum suspension load of 22,500 kg. The weight is to be distributed as follows:
Distribution of weight on the members * ^{1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6}  
Total rigging load per section 
up to 22,500 kg  22,500  50,000 kg 
Vertical (upper or lower part) 
Max. 500 kg per member  Max. 500 kg per member 
Bridling (upper or lower part) 
Max. 500 kg per bridle and max. 250 kg vertical load per member 
Max. 400 kg per bridle and max. 200 kg vertical load per member 
Snowfall (more than 5 cm) 
Max. 160 kg per member Max. 250 kg per bridle and Max. 125 kg vertical load per member 
More than 10,000 kg per area not possible See requirements under 10,000 kg 
^{1} A member forms part of the upper or lower part between two joints. ^{2} The maximum load may be distributed between one or more suspension points. ^{3} Suspension is not allowed around the lighting fixtures under the members (see CAD drawing). ^{4} If a member in the upper part and an adjacent member in the lower part are used at the same time, the maximum permissible weight for these members will be halved. ^{5} If a member and an adjacent joint are loaded, the load on the member must be added to the load on the joint. The total weight must never exceed the maximum load for the joint. ^{6} If the RAI LIVE screens are suspended in their construction, restrictions apply (see Appendix II). 
Table 17: Distribution of weight on joints * ^{1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6}  
Total rigging load per section 
up to 22,500 kg  22,500  50,000 kg 
Vertical (upper or lower part) 
Max. 900 kg per joint  Max. 900 kg per joint 
Bridling (upper or lower part) 
Max. 1.800 kg per bridle and Max. 900 kg vertical load per joint 
Max. 1.800 kg per bridle and Max. 900 kg vertical load per joint 
Snowfall (more than 5 cm) 
Max. 450 kg per joint Max. 900 kg per bridle and Max. 450 kg vertical load per joint 
More than 10,000 kg per area not possible See requirements under 10,000 kg 
^{1} The maximum load may be distributed between one or more suspension points per member. ^{2} If a joint in the upper part and an adjacent joint in the lower part are used at the same time, the maximum permissible weight for these joints will be halved. ^{3} If a member and an adjacent joint are loaded, the load on the member must be added to the load on the joint. The total weight must never exceed the maximum load for the joint. ^{4} There are rules which apply to suspension from the joints (see next page). ^{5} If the RAI LIVE screens are suspended in their construction, restrictions apply (see Appendix II). ^{6} Rigging is not permitted from the eyes under the joints. 
Requirements for attachment to the roof construction
Through the centre of the joint. Between lower cross truss and cross diagonals.
Note:
For bridles, attach in the direction of the lifting point.
Through the centre of the joint. Between lower cross truss and cross diagonals.
Note:
Feed steel sling underneath existing cables.
Article 21  Hall 13
Rails
The thickened lines represent rails.
Suspension points can be made in these rails at the specified locations
with specially developed lifting equipment, provided that
no partition has been placed in the rails.
These are available from the Technical Service Department.
Figure 26: Suspension points in the Elicium Ballroom
Height suspension points:
height red = 6.80 m
height green = 6.80 m
height blue = 8.70 m
In the Elicium Ballroom, vertical rigging is possible from suspension eyes in the ceiling. There are a total of 92 possible suspension points. 62 suspension points are located at a height of 6.80 metres (see red dots in figure 26) and 30 suspension points at a height of 8.70 metres (see blue dots in figure 26).
Note: Rails are installed in the roof (see Figure 26). Specially designed suspension eyes can be fitted at the locations indicated (green dots), provided that there is no partition wall fitted to the rails. These suspension eyes are to be requested via the Account Manager of the RAI.
Vertical rigging (straight)
 The maximum load for the 25 'red' suspension points is 125 kg.
 The maximum load for the 37 'green' suspension points is 125 kg.
 The following applies to the 30 'blue' suspension points:
 If one of the suspension eyes from a pair adjacent to each other is loaded, the maximum load is 125 kg.
 If both of the suspension eyes from a pair adjacent to each other are loaded, the maximum load is 62.5 kg.
Bridling (bridles)
 Bridling is not allowed.
Snowfall
 No restrictions in case of snowfall.
Requirements for attachment to the roof construction
Green suspension points
Note: The rail eyes must be positioned on the rail at right angles.
Red suspension points
Blue suspension points
Article 22  Auditorium Lounge and Onyx Lounge
Figure 27: Auditorium Lounge and Onyx Lounge suspension points
Height suspension points:
height = 3.74 m
Between suspension points
↔ = 7.50 m
↨ = 3,75 m
In the Auditorium Lounge and Onyx Lounge vertical rigging is permitted from eyes in the ceiling. There are a total of 34 possible suspension points (see figure 27).
Vertical rigging (straight)
 Vertical rigging is allowed from eyes in the ceiling.
 The maximum load per eye is 150 kg.
Bridling (bridles)
 Bridling is not allowed.
Snowfall
 No restrictions in case of snowfall.
Requirements for attachment to the roof construction
Note:
Before carrying out rigging, (CE and WLL) certified eye bolts must be fitted. The thread of the eye bolts is M12.
Article 23  Upper Lounge and Emerald Lounge
Figure 28: Upper Lounge and Emerald Lounge suspension points
Height suspension points:
height = 3.74 m
In the Upper Lounge and Emerald Lounge vertical rigging is allowed from eyes in the ceiling. There are a total of 16 possible suspension points (see figure 28).
Vertical rigging (straight)
 Vertical rigging is allowed from eyes in the ceiling.
 The maximum load per eye is 150 kg.
Bridling (bridles)
 Bridling is not allowed.
Snowfall
 No restrictions in case of snowfall.
Requirements for attachment to the roof construction.
Note:
Before carrying out rigging, (CE and WLL) certified eye bolts must be fitted. The thread of the eye bolts is M12.
Article 24  Diamond Lounge
Figure 29: Suspension points in the Diamond Lounge
Height suspension points:
height = 3.50 m
In the Diamond Lounge, vertical rigging is allowed from eyes in the ceiling. There are a total of 24 suspension points in the Diamond Lounge (see figure 29).
Vertical rigging (straight)
 Vertical rigging is allowed from eyes in the ceiling.
 The maximum load per eye is 150 kg.
Bridling (bridles)
 Bridling is not allowed.
Snowfall
 Not applicable.
Requirements for attachment to the roof construction
Note:
Before carrying out rigging, (CE and WLL) certified eye bolts must be fitted. The thread of the eye bolts is M12.
Article 25  Europe Foyer 1 and 2
Figure 30: Rigging options in Europe Foyer 1 and 2
Height suspension points:
height = 3.10 m
In Europe Foyer 1 and 2 vertical rigging is allowed from eyes in the ceiling. There are a total of 96 possible suspension points (see figure 30). The fitting of own lifting eyes is not permitted.
Vertical rigging (straight)
 Vertical rigging is allowed from the eyes in the ceiling.
 The maximum load per eye is 125 kg.
Bridling (bridles)
 Bridling is not allowed.
Snowfall
 No restrictions in case of snowfall.
Article 26  Room G102
Figure 31: Suspension points in G102
In Room G102 there are 21 suspension points (see figure 31). The suspension points are to be used as follows:
Vertical rigging (straight)
 Vertical rigging is allowed from eyes in the ceiling.
 The maximum load per eye is 150 kg.
 The maximum load per cluster is 150 kg, to be distributed between the suspension points in the cluster
Bridling (bridles)
 Bridling is not allowed.
Snowfall
 No restrictions in case of snowfall.
Requirements for attachment to the roof construction
Note:
Before carrying out rigging, (CE and WLL) certified eye bolts must be fitted. The thread of the eye bolts is M12.
Article 27  Room E103  E108
Figure 32: suspension points Room E 103E 108
In Room E103, E104, E105, E106, E107 and E108 rigging is possible at the suspension points. The suspension points can be used as follows:
Vertical rigging (straight)
 Vertical rigging is allowed from eyes in the ceiling.
 The maximum load per eye is 150 kg.
Bridling (bridles)
 Bridling is not allowed.
Snowfall
 No restrictions in case of snowfall.
Suspension point
Article 28  Room ceiling Auditorium
Figure 33: suspension points room ceiling Auditorium
A total of 27,500 kg can be hung from the ceiling of the Auditorium. Rigging can only be done from the rafter constructions above the through holes in the ceiling (the points in the drawing).
Care must be taken when jacking up the hoists that they do not touch the ceiling (plasterboard). Make sure that the chains run vertically downwards when hanging and lifting.
Figure 34: straight frames
Figure 35: oblique frames
Vertical rigging
 Maximum load is 800 kg per zone per frame. One zone is two adjacent rows of suspension point.
Bridling (bridles)
 Bridling is not allowed.
Snowfall
 Not applicable.
Rafter at congress rolls
Figure 36: Location of suspension points on rafter 19
Figure 37: Side view rafter 19
Vertical rigging is allowed on the rafter above the front stage (first room bridge). The ends of the rafter (blue points) are reserved for the Line array of the RAI. If the Line array is not suspended, a load of 1,000 Kg is possible here.
Rigging is not possible between the blue and red suspension points. Between the red suspension points, rigging is possible on the top and bottom rail. The maximum load between two suspension points may do not exceed the load of a single suspension point.
Vertical rigging (straight)
 Maximum 1,950 Kg total on the rafter (maximum 3,050 Kg without line array)
 A maximum of 700 Kg per red suspension point, only 1 point is allowed between two red suspension points
 Maximum 1,000Kg per blue suspension point (reserved for Line Array)
 Up to 700 Kg between two red suspension points
 Maximum 700 Kg on the end of the red bars (Max 1,000 Kg point load)
Bridling (bridles)
 Bridling is not allowed.
Snowfall
 Not applicable.
Article 29  Stage tower Auditorium
Figure 38: Fly system (theatrical rigging system), bar plan
Dimensions:
width bar = 20.40 m
max. bar height = 18.20 m
min. bar height = 0.30 m
max. speed = 1.80 m/s
rod diameter = 50 mm
Figure 38 shows the fly systems and the bars. The fly system is controlled by a BBH computer. The installation consists of 50 bars and 2 side bars. The total maximum load of the pulling wall is 25,000 kg.
Vertical rigging bars
 Maximum load per bar 500 kg.
 Point load under the steel cable 150 kg.
 Point load between the steel cables 75 kg.
 Distributed load 125 kg/meter
Figure 39: Roofconstruction high rafters ('Spant hoog') and Purling ('Gording')
Figure 40: Roofconstruction lower rafters ('Spant laag') and main beam ('Hoofdligger')
Dimensions:
height high truss = 21.75 m
height low truss = 19.85 m
Figures 39 and 40 show the roof construction of the stage tower. The weight that can be hang from the roof construction, partly depends on the load in the bars.
The maximum load of the tower is 34,000 Kg. The snow load (9,000 Kg) and the used load in the bars needs to be dedected from the max. tower load.
The diagram below shows the load level of the fly system and what may additionally be hung from the roof construction.
Bar load  0 up to 50% ^{2}  50 up to 75% ^{2}  75 up to 100% ^{2} 
Max. load per rafter per spant 
9,000 kg  4,000 kg  4,000 kg 
The rafters ('spanten') (per member) ^{1}  
Vertical 
1,500 kg  830 kg  830 kg 
Bridling (bottom edge) 
500 kg  500 kg  500 kg 
Bridling (top edge) 
300 kg  300 kg  300 kg 
Snowfall 
No restrictions in case of snowfall  No restrictions in case of snowfall  No rigging 
^{1} A member is a part of the bottom or top edge between two joints. ^{2} Calculation maximum ceiling load = 25,000 kg (weight on the bars of the fly system) = maximum allowable. 
The purlins ('Gordingen') (between two joints)  
Vertical  Max. 750 kg ^{1}  
Bridling  Max. 250 kg  
Snowfall  No restrictions  
^{1} Note: If bridals are used, the bridal load may not be exceeded when using simultaneous vertical rigging. 
The main beam ('Hoofdligger') (between two joints)  
Vertical  Max. 3,000 kg ^{1}  
Bridling  Max. 600 kg  
Snowfall  No restrictions  
^{1} Note: If bridals are used, the bridal load may not be exceeded when using simultaneous vertical rigging. 
Rafter construction
Article 30  Forum
Figure 41: Suspension points Forum room
Figure 41 shows the suspension points in the Forum room. In addition to these suspension points, there are 3 more free bars that can be used above the stage, the front of which is a shared bar.
Vertical rigging suspension points
 14 suspension points of max. 250 kg each
Vertical rigging bars
 Maximum load per bar 100 kg
 Point load under the steel cable 75 kg
 Point load between the steel cables 40 kg
Bridling (bridles) (bridles)
 Bridling is not allowed.
Snowfall
 Not applicable.
Ceiling 'through hole' and suspension point.
Appendix I: Requirements for the rigging plan
The table below shows the format for the rigging plan to be submitted to the RAI. Send the rigging plan to the Accountmanager at the RAI Amsterdam. Incomplete rigging plans will not be assessed and therefore will not be approved. The RAI can provide an example of an acceptable rigging plan on request.
Section of rigging plan  Requirements per section  By whom 
1. Lifting point plan (submit as dwg plus copy as pdf) 
Entered on CAD drawing from RAI Amsterdam ^{* 1}:

Responsible rigging company 
2. Calculated weight of the loads (submit as Excel sheet) 
Entered in the RAI Amsterdam rigging calculations format

Responsible rigging company 
3. Calculation of weight of bridles loads (submit as Excel sheet) 
Entered in the RAI Amsterdam rigging calculations format

Responsible rigging company 
4. Total weight of several suspension points on a truss part (submit as Excel sheet) 
Entered in the RAI Amsterdam rigging calculations format

Responsible rigging company 
^{* 1} Each part of the building from this rigging manual has its own CAD drawing on which the possible suspension points are indicated. 
Appendix II: RAI LIVE restrictions Hall 8, 10, 11 and 12
In Halls 8, 10, 11 and 12 there is a suspended construction to which RAI LIVE information screens can be attached. If the screens are suspended in the construction, the following rigging restrictions apply:
 In the area marked by the green lines in figure 42, the maximum permissible weights for Halls 8, 10 11 and 12 must be halved.
Note: No restrictions apply if the screens are not suspended in the construction and the trolley beam is located between four suspension points (this location is indicated with a black arrow).
Figure 42: Area with rigging restriction around RAI LIVE construction
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