Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
October 2013 Qatar Meeting Focuses on
Tall-Building Technological Advances
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October 2, 2013
DOHA - A regional meeting of the Qatar Chapter of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat was held in Doha, Qatar on October 2nd. More than 60 people attended the event at Mövenpick Tower & Suites, which was sponsored by Samsung C&T Corporation, one of the largest contractors in the world and builders of numerous supertall towers.
Attendees in conversation prior to the presentation.
Prior to the start of the meeting, guests were able to review some of the posters, books, and other publications from CTBUH that were on display, and they also took the opportunity to socialize and network with each other.
CTBUH Country Representative for Qatar, Bill Maibusch, opened the meeting by welcoming all.  During the introduction, he reported on some of the recent events and activities of CTBUH, including the international conference held this past June in London UK, entitled “Height and Heritage – The Unique Challenge of Building Tall in Historic Cities.”
Bill Maibusch opens the meeting.
Maibusch also discussed the increasing trend in tall building design the CTBUH has called "vanity height," which is the difference in height between the highest occupiable floor and the architectural top of the building. Many of the supertall towers recently built or currently under construction have a noticeable portion of their overall calculated height--sometimes over one third—that includes vanity height.
The main speaker was Ahmad Abdelrazaq, Samsung’s Senior Executive Vice President and Head of its High-Rise and Complex Building Division. Mr. Abdelrazaq had traveled to Qatar from South Korea to speak at the meeting. The title of his presentation was, “Technological Advances in Tall and Complex Building Design and Construction: Case Studies & Best Practices.”
Ahmad Abdelrazaq of Samsung C&T Corporation presents.
He began his presentation with some information about the global capabilities of Samsung C&T Corporation in terms of engineering, design, and construction. He highlighted the engineering and planning that went into the construction of Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE. His presentation also included a discussion of ongoing structural health monitoring through the use of special measuring devices implanted into the structure of the world’s tallest building, and the importance of considering this in other supertall towers being designed and constructed.
Ahmad Abdelrazaq, Samsung’s Senior Executive Vice President presents to the audience.
The meeting then closed with a review of other upcoming events in CTBUH, including the 12th Annual Awards Symposium, Ceremony, and Dinner, to be held in Chicago, USA, this coming November, and the next international conference, to be held in Shanghai, China, in September 2014, entitled “Future Cities: Towards Sustainable Vertical Urbanism.”

Following the meeting, food and beverages were served in the reception area, presenting an opportunity for the professionals who attended the meeting and presentation to continue to socialize and network with each other.

The next CTBUH Qatar regional meeting is planned for January 2014.
Delegates Attending the Meeting

Attendees: Michael J. Johnston AECOM

Dalal Farhat Arab Engineering Bureau

Dalal Harb Arab Engineering Bureau

Randy Panesa Arab Engineering Bureau

Sushant Pathare Arab Engineering Bureau

Melvin John Harvey Johnston Astad Project Management

Jason Allport Brookfield Multiplex

Ryan Dunford Brookfield Multiplex

Azzam Fedda Contraco W.L.L.

Mohsen Hamdoun Contraco W.L.L.



Prabhakar Thothala Hyder Consulting

Robbin Fu Jangho Qatar LLC

Michael Zhao Jangho Qatar LLC

Rana M.w.m Awwad KEO International Consultants

Kerry Galbraith KEO International Consultants

Olga Karimova KEO International Consultants

Reuben Samaniego KEO International Consultants

Kamal Taj KEO International Consultants

Abdelrahman Elbakheit King Saud University

Maha El Nahas Lusail Real Estate Development Company

Hassan Elaref Lusail Real Estate Development Company

Manimaran Ramakrishnan Lusail Real Estate Development Company

Sami Sufian Lusail Real Estate Development Company

Nigel Couper Northcroft Middle East L.L.C

Allen Cox Northcroft Middle East L.L.C

Nihan Alan Oxford Business Group

Ahmed El Sayed Projacs International

Osama Fahmy Projacs International

Nada Alaa Din
Qatar University

Amna Ali Aljehani Qatar University

Rana M.w.m Awwad Qatar University

Yasser Osman Moharam Mahgoub Qatar University

Esra Mutlu Qatar University

Ayla Shawish Qatar University

Zaki Hawa QD-SBG Construction

Steven Brown QPM

Maher Cheble QPM

Ray McHugh QPM

Adnan Qureshi QPM

Matt Channon Quantex Qatar

Neil Hamilton Quantex Qatar

Eranda Kalasinghe Quantex Qatar

Nick Kimmins Quantex Qatar

Zanfir Mihnea Quantex Qatar

Andrei Pop Quantex Qatar

Ahmad Abdelrazaq Samsung C&T Corp.

Thomas Cho Samsung C&T Corp.

Patrick Taylor Sinak Corp.

Joon Hun Kim
Ssangyong Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd

Hyo Won Lee
Ssangyong Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd

Josef Forkl ThyssenKrupp Elevator Qatar

Christian Kozma ThyssenKrupp Elevator Qatar

Tom Budd Turner Construction International

David Dunne Turner Construction International

Steven Izzat Turner Construction International

Ahmed Saleh Mahmoud Turner Construction International

Danny Ng Turner Construction International

William Maibusch

Abdulla Al Qahtani

Serine Wahab

Amin Wahab
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