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This paper addresses the finite element modelling of the dynamic characteristics of modern tall buildings of complex structural forms and compares the results obtained with those of full-scale testings. In order to facilitate reasonable finite element modellings, a computer program capable of treating large-scale tall building structures was developed.
J.M. Ko, S.L. Lau and C.W. Wong
The draft report ‘Engineering appraisal of sports grounds’ was discussed at a l-day seminar held at the Grosvenor Hotel, London, on 26 October 1989. It is the result of 3 years' work by an ad hoc committee set up after the Popplewell Inquiry had reported on the tragedies at Birmingham, Bradford, and Hysel. The finalised report will take account of views brought up at the seminar and aspects of Lord Justice Taylor’s Interim
report that are still under consideration.
For many years, we have been used to many energy campaigns (switch it off, conserve it, etc.) and, as a result, both legislation and the balance sheet have encouraged the design of energy efficient buildings. Indeed, this has developed much ingenuity in design concepts, a use of a wider range of materials with particular reference to their thermal efficiency, and (perhaps more important) a better and more fundamental understanding of the factors which may improve energy efficient design, i.e. the passive use of solar energy, etc.