MISSION

The number of tall buildings being built around the world is on the increase as is the interest they generate among people. If at one time this was an American prerogative, now they are a concrete fact the world over. When these buildings first appeared, so-called “vertical growth” was closely connected to reasons of business and image; these days this idea seems to have been totally abandoned due to the enormous need for new spaces and expansion in increasingly congested urban areas.

Structural design is still one of the key elements in the overall analysis of a tall building – problems concerning the distribution of vertical forces, the evaluation of displacement, the increasingly complex matter of the foundations due to the enormous pressures exerted on the ground, the aerodynamic choices adopted are just some of the aspects that need extremely careful evaluation and highly specialized analysis in order to realize a structural project which is both reliable and economically feasible.

The second key element in tall building design is construction methodology: a structural design with no reference to the construction phases will prove to be sterile and cause enormous problems during the construction phase itself; on the other hand, actually planning the construction phases, methods and site equipment to be used into the structural design makes it totally consistent with the concept as translated into engineering calculations.

The TALL BUILDINGS RESEARCH CENTRE can offer the very best of technical and scientific expertise and provides advice on innovative construction technologies by carrying out applied research on each individual case study.

The TALL BUILDINGS RESEARCH CENTRE has been set up as a specialized research department within the well-known Turin-based engineering group, MASERA ENGINEERING. This is something of a novelty as never before in Italy has an engineering company created an in-house research centre and one with such a range of expertise in tall buildings.

Research and design take place within the MASERA ENGINEERING GROUP using cutting-edge technologies and partners with internationally recognized professional experience.

The expertise of the TALL BUILDINGS RESEARCH CENTRE consists in dealing with highly specialized aspects where only an applied research approach can suffice. The research department can then provide the engineering sector with an innovative and highly effective product capable of handling any issues or problems related to the building in question.

TASK 01

BUILDING R&D

  • Analysis & Design of High-rise Building;
  • Sequential Analysis for Construction;
  • Dome & Long Span Structure / Erection Engineering;
  • Vibration Control & Evaluation;
  • Seismic Analysis & Design;
  • Wind Analysis;
  • Development of Complex Construction Method

CONSTRUCTION MATERIAL R&D

  • 200 MPa ultra-high-strength concrete;
  • Concrete direct pumping and simulation technology;
  • Fire-resistance concrete;
  • High-early strength concrete;
  • High-durable concrete;
  • Control of hydration heat for mass concrete;

STRUCTURAL OPTIMIZATION and COST ENGINEERING: NEW MARINA CASABLANCA TOWER


RE-DESIGN FOR CONTRACTOR: DAY SPRING TOWER


PRELIMINARY DESIGN FOR CONTRACTOR: O-TOWERS

TASK 02

BUILDING R&D

  • High-rise pumping technology;
  • High-rise lifting equipment technology;
  • Development of lifting monitoring system;
  • Advanced Work Tool Adoption and Dissemination;

CONSTRUCTION SITE PLANT DESIGN


HIGH-RISE LIFTING EQUIPMENT TECHNOLOGY


CONSTRUCTION STAGE SIMULATION

COMPLEX STRUCTURES

  • Structural optimization and cost engineering
  • (Re-)Design for Contractors
  • Design Check engineering for Institutions
  • Stress Analyses
  • Bids submittals

MARRIOT HOTEL


CONGRESS CENTRE IN TOURIST COMPOUND - CASABLANCA

ADVANCED RESEARCH

  • Aerodynamic optimization of tall buildings using wind tunnel tests;
  • Aerodynamic optimization of tall buildings using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis;
  • Research into innovative structural systems for tall building optimization;
  • Long-term behaviour of tall buildings with twisted shape inclined columns;
  • Detailed analysis of the behaviour of columns during different construction phases.