Indianapolis—Engineers began moving the stage’s roof and its components Wednesday morning.
For several weeks, engineers from the consulting firm Thornton Tomasetti analyzed the damage and scanned the wreckage with lasers to build a 3-D model.
Around 8:45 a.m. Monday, engineers began the process of disassembling the stage.
Once it is all moved, investigators will lay out all the pieces and look for a cause. Crews will also weigh the stage’s components that were hanging from the rigging structure and will preserve the evidence for many victims involved in legal battles.
People close to the project said all of the components have been identified and recorded so crews can know where each component was on the structure.
The site is expected to be cleared by next months. Recent weather conditions have made it difficult for crews to work.
“Full access to the track will probably be within the next one or two months,” said Doug Huntsinger, policy director for Governor Mitch Daniels. “Days like today make it difficult to do work, so really a lot of it depends on weather. It depends on how quickly the work happens. Some of it isn’t known until they get out there and start doing the work.”
Final answers are not expected for six to eight months. The estimated cost of the investigation is $975,000.
Indiana State Police officers told FOX 59 they will remain on the Fairgrounds, monitoring the scene until they are told they are not needed. At least one officer has been on-site since the collapse happened more than two months ago.