Burj Khalifa, Dubai
World’s Tallest Building
Project: Burj Khalifa (previously Burj Dubai)
Location: Dubai, UAE
Features: At 829.8 metres high, it is the centrepiece to a large scale development of 30,000 homes.
Challenge: Due to never before seen heights, the interaction between lateral winds and gravity loads was unexplored territory. Other challenges were massive loads, large thermal expansion on electrical busbars, isolation, pipe stresses and seismic rating.
Vipac’s Role: Appointed by the contractor to consult on MEP noise, vibration control, seismic and pipe stress, and to test the building façade to ensure no vibration or wind-noise.
Benefit: A building capable of surviving all exposure conditions, with the façade producing acceptable wind-noise and vibration levels.