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The Burj Al-Arab: Re-Inventing the City of Dubai

Matt Sims Introduction to Structural Engineering Spring 2011

Overview of Presentation

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Before 1960s 1960s to Present (2016?) Future 3 .Shaikh Mohammed Bin Rashid sought to use oil money to ensure a stable economy for the future.

Shaikh Mohammed awards the design contract to Atkins. 4 .

5 .The “team” of designers and builders was led by chief architect Tom Wright.

The shaikh’s iconic hotel would resemble a yacht rising out of the water. 6 .

The man-made island was constructed using large rocks with an armor layer of hollow concrete blocks. Island Construction – Basement Excavation – Foundations – Hotel Construction 7 .

Island Construction – Basement Excavation – Foundations – Hotel Construction 8 .McNicholas had to ensure that pressure from the gulf would not blast away the basement of the hotel.

Island Construction – Basement Excavation – Foundations – Hotel Construction 9 .Reinforced concrete piles relied on skin friction to support the foundation.

but we have to build it.” and a concrete core. “It’s okay for the architect to draw pretty pictures.Malcolm Murphy Island Construction – Basement Excavation – Foundations – Hotel Construction 10 .” . a steel “exoskeleton.The hotel structure is composed of concrete walls.

Island Construction – Basement Excavation – Foundations – Hotel Construction 11 .The diagonal trusses down each side of the building were 85 meters long and weighed 165 tons.

Island Construction – Basement Excavation – Foundations – Hotel Construction 12 .The trusses were connected to the exoskeleton using giant washers with offset holes and steel pins.

Island Construction – Basement Excavation – Foundations – Hotel Construction 13 .Vortex shedding around the exoskeleton could shake the building apart.

Island Construction – Basement Excavation – Foundations – Hotel Construction 14 .Tuned mass damper systems were chosen as a solution to the vortex shedding problem.

The Al Muntaha restaurant was suspended 200 m above the sea using an arrangement of 10 steel cantilever beams. Island Construction – Basement Excavation – Foundations – Hotel Construction 15 .

The Burj Al-Arab is referred to as the world’s premier 7star hotel.000 T 16 . 321 m World’s Largest Atrium (180 m) $650 Million World’s Largest Fabric Wall 202 Palatial Suites 270 m off Coast 250.

The Palm Palm Palm World Jumeirah Jebel Deira Islands Ali Emirates Burj Khalifa Towers 17 . The Burj Al-Arab was the first of several artificial islands and unique high-rise projects and is now the international symbol for Dubai.Shaikh Mohammed’s dream is becoming a reality.

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