Engineering at the Top: Wind and How to Design With It

Session: Track E: Measuring New Heights: The World's 118 Tallest Buildings, Part 2

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Roy Denoon
Vice President, CPP Wind Engineering Consultants

Invisible yet powerful, wind is a component in every tall building, especially those that are reaching for the highest heights. Through ongoing research interests including the use of efficient and rational wind engineering approaches, and taking into account the other design disciplines and site constraints, tall buildings can be built with the wind to improve the design efficiency and reduce the costs of construction. Such approaches have been further developed by information and research from the full-scale data analysis on the tallest building in the world (828 meters), the Burj Khalifa, gathered exclusively by the CPP team.

Through the use of wind tunnel testing, scaled mock-ups, and simulations, CPP is able to study and test tall building designs and to observe the effects of wind. Coordinating this analysis with design teams, they can create significant reductions in construction costs and minimization of requirements for supplementary damping systems. Along with the Burj Khalifa, CPP has been a consultant for supertall projects that includes the 85 Sky Tower (347.5 meters), the Guangzhou International Finance Center (438.6 meters), and the International Commerce Centre (484 meters).