Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
SuperTEC Visit to CTBUH China Office Reveals Collaboration Potential
January 17, 2017
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SHANGHAI – The CTBUH China Office hosted a visit from SuperTEC, the Supertall Building Design & Engineering Tech Research Center, a consortium of researchers and practitioners led by Korea University and Dankook University, Seoul. The SuperTEC organization is charged with devising its own research and patents, as well as discovering and promoting work of other Korean companies to the worldwide tall building industry. SuperTEC is a specially funded enterprise of the Korea Agency for Infrastructure Technology Advancement (KAITA), Urban Planning & Architecture Division. The group has been conducting joint research projects in some form since 2009, and has piloted tests of its technologies in more than 50 projects across 15 countries. With a five-year, $24 million grant from KAITA, SuperTEC now has a mandate to establish support infrastructure for competitive small businesses in tall building technology.
The SuperTEC delegation at Tongji Architectural Design Institute (TJAD): From L to R: Ju-yeon Han, Chee Kyeong-Kim, and Sang-hyun Lee of SuperTEC; Jiliang Chen, TJAD; Lan Chung, SuperTEC; Xin Zhao, TJAD; Zhendong Wang, Tongji University CAUP; Kyung-in Kang, SuperTEC; and Jing Liu and Jing Cui, CTBUH.

The group came to the CTBUH China Office to discuss potential collaboration avenues between CTBUH, Tongji University College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP), and SuperTEC, focusing on numerous specialization areas, including 3D software for structural systems and cladding, BIM software for reinforcement-bar layout, vibration control systems, and construction lifts.

The SuperTEC delegation listens to a presentation about the curtain wall design at Shanghai Tower, by Xin Zhao of TJAD.
CTBUH China Office Director Daniel Safarik and Associate Director Jing Liu discuss potential for collaboration with colleagues from SuperTEC.
Guided by Professor Zhendong Wang, and hosted by China Office Director Daniel Safarik and Associate Director Jing Liu, the delegation learned about the recent CTBUH research projects Life Cycle Assessment, Vertical Greenery, and Study on the Properties of Composite Megacolumns. The SuperTEC group enthusiastically supported a greater level of cooperation between similarly-minded research bodies.

The delegation later made visits to the Tongji University Civil Engineering department, Tongji Architectural Design Group, Inc. (TJAD), and the three tall building “sisters” of the Pudong / Lujizazui area, Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai World Financial Center, and Shanghai Tower, to see some recent technology innovations in action.
Name Company
Mr. Daniel Safarik CTBUH
Ms. Jing Liu CTBUH
Ms. Jing Cui CTBUH
Prof. Lan Chung SuperTEC (Dankook University)
Dr. Ju-yeon Han SuperTEC (Dankook University)
Prof. Chee Kyeong Kim SuperTEC (Dankook University)
Prof. Sang-hyun Lee SuperTEC (Dankook University)
Prof. Kyung-in Kang SuperTEC (Korea University)
Mr. Jiliang Chen Tongji Architectural Design Group, Inc. (TJAD)
Dr. Xin Zhao Tongji Architectural Design Group, Inc. (TJAD)
Prof. Zhendong Wang Tongji University College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP)
Mr. Chengkui Han Tongji University College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP)
Prof. Guo-Qiang Li Tongji University College of Civil Engineering