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What a Woman Wants, Wants…

What a Woman Wants, Wants…

(Issue of a magazine 2/2017, page 84)

It is generally admitted that construction is a very demanding process, requiring considerable mental, emotional, and most importantly physical strains. In conventional belief - it is not a business for woman. But there are exceptions, as in the team of the top execs of the Lakhta Center, where women occupy key posts: General Director, Construction Director, Development Director, Head of the Design Department ... And these are only those few with whom we are personally acquainted. This cannot but cause admiration. We publish Tall Buildings magazine for more than ten years, and in the intervening years we covered construction of many skyscrapers in different countries of the world, but for the first time faced with the situation that construction works of such a complex project led by the female persuasion. And they do it very successfully and can even be said exquisitely. Perhaps, because Lakhta itself has a feminine name, and women will always find a common language. Not surprisingly that the tower height has already crossed 80 floors - the northern beauty perfectly visible from afar fascinate not only by its impressive dimensions, but also graceful shapes. The new symbol of St. Petersburg finds its face, and it looks like it’s female.

The Angle of Inclination

The Angle of Inclination

(Issue of a magazine 2/2017, page 94)

Throughout history of existance, iconic architecture and exhibitions were inextricably linked. Many years ago, iconic structures such as Paris’ Eiffel Tower were built as visual symbols of exhibitions. In 2005, ADNEC (Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company) began to build a new state-of-the-art exhibition center which would be the largest in the Gulf region, and provide world class facilities for live events to flourish in Abu Dhabi.

Incheon Tower: Foundation Design in Reclamation Area

Incheon Tower: Foundation Design in Reclamation Area

(Issue of a magazine 2/2017, page 104)

A 151 storey super high-rise building located in an area of reclaimed land constructed over soft marine clay in Songdo, Korea is currently under design.  This paper describes the design process in developing the foundation system of the supertall tower, which is required to support the large building vertical and lateral loads and to restrain the horizontal displacement due to wind and seismic forces. The behaviour of the foundation system due to these loads and foundation stiffness influence the design of the building super structure, displacement of the tower, as well as the raft foundation design.  Therefore, the design takes into account the interactions between soil, foundation and super structure, so as to achieve a safe and efficient building performance.

Structural Design of China Zun Tower

Structural Design of China Zun Tower

(Issue of a magazine 2/2017, page 110)

The erecting 528-meter China Zun tower, which construction started in 2011, will be the tallest building in Beijing once built. The building design inspired by an ancient Chinese vessel “Zun”. The plan dimensions reduce gradually from bottom to the waist and then escalate bigger as it approaches to the top to form an aesthetically beautiful and unique geometry. To satisfy the structural requirement for seismic and wind resistance. The structure is a dual system composed of the perimeter mega structure which is made of composite mega columns, mega braces and belt trusses, and the reinforced-concrete core with steel plate embedded walls. Advanced parametric design technology is applied to find the most efficient outer perimeter structure system. The seismic design basically follows a mixed empirical and performance-based methodology which was verified by the shaking table test and other specimen lab tests. The tower is now half-way in its construction.

Peculiar Features of High-Rise Buildings Design in the USA

Peculiar Features of High-Rise Buildings Design in the USA

(Issue of a magazine 1/2017, page 110)

The article prepared by INFORCEPROJECT company’s Chief Design Engineer and partner Dmitry Zelenov deals with the design process management and regulations, as well as peculiarities of structural solutions for high-rise buildings and calculations for high-rise structures in the USA. Thanks to the work experience acquired in Chicago, when the author of the article had a period of training in Halvorson and Partners (WSP business branch) as a part of the international cooperation and experience exchange program practiced in the company, he was engaged in the design of some local and global projects. He had an opportunity to study and compare regulations and technologies applied in Russia and the United States of America. The article will be interesting to Russian specialists who work on collaborative projects in high-rise construction. 

Tall and Smart

Tall and Smart

(Issue of a magazine 1/2017, page 118)

The article deals with selecting the best structural and architectural solutions existing in the world high-rise construction practice as exemplified by Lakhta Center - a new high-rise complex being under construction in Saint Petersburg. Performing intricate and unconventional construction operations and creating basic complex elements are considered from the point of cost optimization and construction delivery time with account of advent of new technologies and materials, as well as specifics of Russian Building Code and Regulations (SNiPs). 

Aerodynamics of Tall Building Clusters

Aerodynamics of Tall Building Clusters

(Issue of a magazine 4/2016, page 102)
Abstract. The article deals with wind loads influencing clusters of adjacent tall buildings. The results are based on simulation tests carried out in special wind tunnels. The paper considers the effects of the mean component of the wind load on buildings and the effect of peak wind loads influencing the building envelope’s structural elements.
 

Forecast of Base Settlement Progress Based on In-Situ Data

(Issue of a magazine 4/2016, page 106)

The basic methodology to check the correctness of a geotechnical solution adopted is the monitoring of a geotechnical situation, in particular, geodetic observations of settlement progress in buildings and structures, their analysis and forecasting of further behavior.