Burj Dubai - Samuel Kunz CE 301 lab T.A. Jeff Van Pelt Burj...

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Samuel Kunz CE 301 lab T.A. Jeff Van Pelt Burj Dubai Tower Report My civil engineering report is over the Enormous tower called the Burj Dubai. Burj Dubai (which means tower or Dubai) is located in the city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Early ideas for the Burj Dubai were first brought into light by the late Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Dubai was, and still is, a quickly developing area because of its connection with oil so many structures (especially lavish ones) began popping up over the Dubai landscape. The Sheikh Maktoum wanted something more though to prove Dubai’s new wealth and power to the world. Many ideas were born from the Sheikh’s dream including the Burj al Arab (the world’s first seven star luxury hotel), the world; a collection of small sand bars which form a map of the earth, the palm Jumeira and palm Jebel Ali; more sandbars that form the shape of palm trees, and many buildings and other structures (mostly for sports and other recreational activities). But one thing that would make Dubai more unique than any other city would be to have the world’s largest building. So local development firm Emmar Properties contacted Sheikh Maktoum about the project and Burj Dubai was born( www.burjdubai.com 2009 Emmar properties). In early 2004, engineering firm Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill teamed up with construction firm Samsung to take charge in building the world’s largest free standing tower. The concept was essentially simple in design. Just a simple tower separated in different sections that got smaller as it approached the top, but the challenge would lie in the gargantuan height that had never been reached before, above a half of a mile into the sky. Construction began on September 21 st , 2004 with the foundation. The first problem that arose from such a tall structure was how deep the foundation should be and how large the base should also be with respect to the amazing height. Many initial tests had to be performed due to the desert atmosphere and different types of material that are beneath the sandy floor to determine the safety of the foundation structure. Eventually, bedrock was located about 150 feet below the ground. The actual foundation goes 164 feet deep made of 192 concrete and steel pilings. It then rises 12 more feet above ground to
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create a concrete holster that the skyscraper rests upon. This large foundation used approximately 45,000 cubic meters of concrete to build as well ( www.burjdubaiskyscraper.com Burj Dubai 2005-2009 ). Once the foundation was completed, the Burj Dubai could finally be visibly built. There was much speculation towards how tall Burj Dubai would be from the start. Skidmore,
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This note was uploaded on 05/02/2010 for the course CIVIL ENG. 301 taught by Professor Englehardt during the Spring '10 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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