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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Design Process of Landmark Buildings, by David Scott from Arup NY

David Scott, structural engineer and Principal at Arup New York, has visited the fire group and gave the seminar "The Design Process of Landmark Buildings" on Feb 2nd 2009.

The current tallest building in the world is Taipei 101 at 508m; Emaar’s Burj Dubai, by SOM, now under construction, will set the new world record when it tops out at approximately 750m. These buildings are enormous and demonstrate a very high level of confidence in the performance of tall buildings. But few new buildings are targeting the tallest spot, and the drive to be tallest has moved out of reach for most developers. New technology, however, is changing the design landscape faster than ever. Scott will discuss his involvement in a wide variety of very tall and significant building projects around the world and his work toward a better understanding of the key issues that affect tall building design.

Scott's Vita
David Scott, a structural engineer and principal at Arup (New York). He is chair of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, an international body and leading independent authority on planning, design, construction and operation of tall buildings and urban areas.

David graduated with a first class BSc in Engineering from The University of Edinburgh and joined the London office of Arup in 1977 as a structural engineer.

Scott has led Arup’s structural design work on numerous large and prestigious building projects throughout the world. His career in tall buildings started with Sir Norman Foster’s Hong Kong Bank in 1981, where he was involved from concept to completion, as designer to site engineer. He has worked on high-rise buildings throughout the world in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. Based in New York since 1998, he has been involved in projects such as the master planning and structural schemes for the Freedom Tower with Daniel Libeskind, and overseas projects in London and Korea. Scott’s additional assignments have included the award-winning design for the international terminal at Hong Kong Airport, the 300m Cheung Kong Center and the 425m Landmark Tower in Hong Kong; the Orca tower in Warsaw, Poland; and the Northeast Asia Tower in Songdo, Korea. He was a team leader working with contractors on the search, recovery and clean-up of the World Trade Center site after the Sept. 11 attack and was extensively involved in the subsequent industry review of building design and standards. He has authored papers on seismic design, wind engineering, the performance of tall buildings in fire, composite structures and the design of long-span roofs.

Monday, January 12, 2009

2nd call for papers for the 6th Mediterranean Combustion Symposium

In the name of Prof. Albert Simeoni, find attached the 2nd call for papers for the 6th Mediterranean Combustion Symposium to be hold in Island of Corsica in June 2009. Note that deadline for submission of papers has been extended to 1st of March.


Dear Colleagues,

Please find attached the second announcement of the Sixth
Mediterranean Combustion Symposium
which will take place on next June,
7-11 in Ajaccio, France.

You are warmly invited to send us a contribution. Please mark your
dairy and distribute this announcement to your colleagues and people
who are interested in combustion science. We look for new results,
from fundamental research to application.

The deadline to submit a full paper (no more than 12 pages, see here) is March 1, 2009.

We remind you that selected papers presented at the Symposium, after a
peer review process, will be published in special issues of:

* Combustion Science and Technology

* Experimental Thermal and Fluid

*Turkish Journal of Engineering and Environmental Sciences

The deadline for sending abstracts for work in progress presentation
(posters) is April, 15.

We will also hold a workshop on Forest Fires the day before the
Conference (June, 7) as it is one of the main research topics of the
University of Corsica. Please add this event in your diary. We will
send you more information soon.

We will do our best to have an excellent Symposium, as it was in
Monastir in 2007, Lisbon in 2005, Marrakech in 2003, Sharm El-Sheikh
in 2002 and Antalya in 1999.

We look very much forward to meeting you in Corsica.

On behalf of the local organizing committee,

Albert Simeoni.

Sixth Mediterranean Combustion Symposium
Porticcio, Ajaccio, France
Date: 7 - 11 June 2009