Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
 

CTBUH Florida: Tall Building Damping Technologies

April 25, 2017
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MIAMI On April 25, CTBUH Florida held a presentation on Tall Building Damping Technologies at Glasgow Hall, School of Architecture, University of Miami.
After being introduced by CTBUH Florida  Co-Chair Christophe Bilaine, Executive Vice President – Preconstruction, Bouygues Construction, the presentation began with a welcome from CTBUH Vice Chairman Timothy Johnson, Partner, NBBJ, who talked in general about the Council, as well as his journey working within the organization. He then contextualized the discussion with the host city’s relationship to the construction and tall building industries, describing how Miami has been an epicenter of development over the past few years. Because of this construction boom, particularly for tall buildings in the city, he noted the necessity of having CTBUH representation in Miami, and what the committee's expectations and goals would be.
CTBUH Vice Chairman Timothy Johnson, Partner, NBBJ, and CTBUH Florida Chapter Co-Chair Christophe Bilaine, Executive Vice President – Preconstruction, Bouygues Construction, exchange greetings before the presentation.
The keynote speech was followed by a video presentation by Andre Ly, Structural Engineer, Bouygues Construction – Paris, on the significant research being done by the CTBUH concerning tall building damping technologies – the topic of the evening.
The discussion introduced the comprehensive study, along with the objectives for the upcoming publication that the research team has been developing, including who the target audience would be and how the study would be beneficial to that audience. He also explained the division of chapters for the publication and the progress that has been made thus far.

For their part, Danilo Nanni, Associate, and William R. O’Donnell, Partner, DeSimone Consulting Engineers – Miami, shed some more light on the basics of tall building dampers. They jointly explained what governs the feasibility of the construction of tall buildings, using their own experiences in the structural design of Miami’s high-rises to supplement the conversation.
William R. O’Donnell, Partner, and Danilo Nanni, Associate, DeSimone Consulting Engineers – Miami, jointly present on the basics of tall building dampers.
The concluding speaker, Manotapa Bhaumik, Design Engineer, McNamara Salvia Structural Engineers – Miami, gave a brief overview of the CTBUH 2017 Student Competitions, including information about the deadlines, prize money, and judging criteria for each. CTBUH Florida hopes to attract submissions from Miami students for this year’s competitions, and offered to extend mentorship and assistance to those interested in submitting.
Attendees:
Pedro Nunez Aecom
Christophe Bilaine Americaribe
Zhenia Fabra Americaribe
Louise Reperant Americaribe
Zharel Silva Americaribe
Danilo Nanni Desimone
William O'Donnell Desimone
Luis Ramirez Desimone
Tala Shokri Desimone
Manotapa Bhaumik McNamara Salvia
Timothy Johnson NBBJ
Ankita Premi Thornton Tomasetti