2012 DVASE Dinner & Awards

Date: May 16, 2012

Presentation of the DVASE Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards

The Top of the Tower
3 Logan Square, 51st Floor
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

6:00pm Reception
Hors d'oeuvres, soft drinks, wine & beer

7:00pm Awards and Sit Down DinnerSpecial Guest & Speaker:

LAWRENCE C. NOVAK, SE, SECB, FACI, LEEDŽ AP BD+C

Director of Engineered Buildings for the Portland Cement Association

PLEASE RSVP by May 7, 2012

The Philosophy of Engineering for the Burj Khalifa, the World's Tallest Building

The recently opened Burj Khalifa Tower, formally known as the Burj Dubai, is the world's tallest manmade structure. The multi-use skyscraper soars to over a half mile high (828 meters, 2717 feet). The 280,000 m2 (3 million square feet) reinforced concrete multi-use Tower is utilized for Retail, a Giorgio Armani Hotel, Residential and Office. The goal of the Burj Khalifa Tower is not simply to be the world's highest building; it's to embody the world's highest aspiration

Designers purposely shaped the structural concrete Burj Dubai - "Y" shape in plan - to reduce the wind forces on the tower, as well as to keep the structure simple and foster constructability. The structural system can be described a "buttressed" core; each wing, with its own high performance concrete core and perimeter columns, buttresses the others via a six-sided central core, or hexagonal hub. The result is a tower that is extremely stiff. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), the architects and engineers for the project, applied a rigorous geometry to the tower to align all the common central core and column elements.

The presentation will discuss the philosophy behind the structural design and sustainable design of the world's tallest structure.

About our Speaker: LAWRENCE C. NOVAK, S.E.

Lawrence Novak, SE, is the Director of Engineered Buildings for the Portland Cement Association. He consults with engineers, architects, contractors, and owners on the design and construction of reinforced concrete buildings, including sustainable design. Novak manages research and development projects, publishes books and guides to aid engineers in the design of concrete structures, and conducts technical seminars for engineers and students.

Novak has more than 25 years of experience as a structural engineer on high profile projects throughout the world, including seismic regions. Most recently as an Associate Partner with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, he served as the senior project engineer responsible for the structural design of the Burj Khalifa, Dubai, the world's tallest building.

Novak serves on several technical committees, including the ACI 318 Code committee and the ACI 130 committee on Sustainability of Concrete. He has served as Director on the governing board for organizations including SEAOI, TCA and the Illinois Engineering Hall of Fame.

He has co-authored numerous papers on engineering and is a three time recipient of SEAOI's "Meritorious Publication Award", the NCSEA's "Outstanding Structural Engineering Publication Award" and the United Kingdom's "Oscar Faber Award". He is the only individual to be named twice as the "H.T. Person Lecturer" of the year. In 2010, Novak was the co-recipient of the SEAOI "Most Innovative Structure Award" for the Burj Khalifa project and he was selected as the "Centennial Lecturer" in engineering and he was named the "Citizen Engineer of the Year" by the Illinois Chapter of ASCE. In 2011 he was selected as the ACI "Speaker of the Year".

To give back to the community, Novak utilizes exciting interactive demonstrations with the goal to inspire the next generation of young minds to study math, science, engineering and sustainability.

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Non-Members - $100.00

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