Completed: Sydney’s Tallest Residential Tower

This month Greenland Australia and builders Probuild have completed Sydney’s tallest residential tower, the $700-million mixed-use Greenland Centre in the city’s CBD. The tower was designed by award-winning Australian architectural firms BVN and Woods Bagot. The building faced some unique challenges at the outset as pointed out by Andrew Johnson, the lead structural engineer from […]

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Advanced Thermal Modeling of Double Skin Façades

Double skin façades are façade systems consisting of two layers, usually glass, wherein air flows through the intermediate cavity. This space (which can vary from 20 cm to a few meters) acts as insulation against extreme temperatures, winds, and sound, improving the building’s thermal efficiency for both high and low temperatures. One such example of […]

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New Standard for Wind Actions on Structures

As a key contributor to the wind loads sub-committee acting for Standards Australia/Standards New Zealand, we would like to welcome the newest edition of “Wind Actions on Structures” under the new designation AS/NZS 1170.2:2021. This document will supersede AS/NZS 1170.2:2011. The objective of this Standard is to provide wind actions for use in the design […]

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Smart Structures, Big Data

Telemetry is not a new concept, and in fact was explored by James Watt in the mid 1700 when he added devices such as the mercury pressure gauges and the fly-ball governors to his steam engines; both classic examples of devices that would reveal something important about the performance of a system. The person consuming […]

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A Passive Solution for Smoke Exfiltration for Resorts World, Las Vegas

Wind and temperature differentials can cause unexpected results for tall buildings located in hot and/or cold climates. If not properly accounted for issues such as frequent jamming of lift doors and uncomfortable internal wind conditions in lobbies and main entrances can occur. These issues were anticipated by the project team behind the Resorts World, Las […]

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