Engineering The World’s Tallest: Burj Dubai

Événement passé

The Burj Dubai represents the state-of-the-art in tall building design. One of the innovations is the development of the “buttressed core” structural system, a system which, in conjunction with sophisticated wind engineering, makes it possible to construct skyscrapers of extreme elevation.

Once completed, it will be not only the world’s tallest building, but the tallest man-made structure ever created. It will exemplify the speaker’s belief that the form of a high rise should be a direct expression of its structural framework; where, in the best instances, great structural and architectural collaboration results in situations where one cannot describe the structure without the architecture, and the architecture without its structure.

This lecture will describe some of the structural design methods, materials, and construction techniques which enable the creation of a superstructure that is both efficient and robust.


Cette conférence est organisée conjointement avec laSociété canadienne de génie civil (SCGC).

Les Ingénieurs en structure de Montréal souhaite la bienvenue à tous. L’entrée est libre. Si vous désirez recevoir un avis électronique des prochaines réunions, envoyez un courriel à Sylvie Boulanger.

Cette conférence se tiendra en anglais.

Conférencier pour cet événement

William F. Baker
William F. Baker Partner, struct. and civil eng.Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)

Bill has dedicated himself to structural innovation-- most notably in the design of tall buildings within the urban landscape. According to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), three of the four tallest buildings to top out in 2009 are credited to Baker: Burj Dubai, Trump International Hotel and Tower, and Nanjing Greenland Financial Center. Bill’s expertise is frequently solicited by institutions of higher learning, and numerous organizations.

Bill is the 2008 recipient of the Fazlur Rahman Khan medal from CTBUH and is a Fellow of both the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE). He is also on the Specifications Committee of the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC).