Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Inaugural Vertical Transportation Working Group Meeting Sets Parameters for Technical Guide
October 16, 2016

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SHENZHEN – The newly inaugurated Vertical Transportation Working Group met for the first time in conjunction with the CTBUH 2016 International Conference to develop the program and scope of their future outputs, namely a CTBUH Technical Guide on lift technology.

From the outset, the agenda of the meeting was to establish the content to be produced for the Technical Guide. The team agreed that the objective for the publication was to be an informative guide on vertical transportation design meant for an audience of owners, architects, and developers. As a result, they determined that the content and language would need to reflect the fact that readers are assumed to be unfamiliar with complex vertical transportation concepts.

Delegates meet and mingle before and after the meeting
With those parameters set, the discussion turned to the scope of the publication, with all agreeing that the guide should focus on new designs in mixed-use tall, supertall, and megatall buildings. While there was some discussion of expanding the scope beyond that, it was determined that a narrower subject would be more beneficial to the intended audience, with plans to address broader subject matters at a later date.
The working group members in attendance agreed to be the principal authors in developing the guide and settled on a content plan, as follows:

1.    Introduction – Covering the purpose and scope of the guide.
2.    Design Considerations – Featuring design factors that need to allowed for when designing tall, supertall, and megatall buildings.
3.    Building Simulation Drivers – Using a theoretical model of a mixed-use building design, various vertical transportation solutions will be discussed encompassing different scenarios and allowing for changing building use functions on a per-floor basis.
4.    Technology and the Future – Contributing lift manufacturers will each write a section regarding the latest technological advancements; a section of future trends will be included as well.
5.    Conclusion – Subject to change as chapters develop.

Delegates determine the final structure of the Guide and assign authorship responsibilities
Follow-up action items were determined for each chapter, and work was assigned to those in attendance. The team further produced a deadline schedule to ensure that all elements of the guide were completed in a timely manner. To that end, the group set a progress meeting for mid-February 2017, with plans to set a detailed agenda at that time to meet a proposed deadline date of August 25, 2017.

The meeting ended on a positive note, with all looking forward to contributing to a meaningful publication. As a final note, the working group members agreed to be in constant communication with one another to ensure a successful outcome.
Members of the Working Group and meeting attendees pose for a group photograph