Shanghai Tower


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Shanghai_Tower_construction_Jan_2011  Shanghai-Tower-top

Basic information about Shanghai Tower

  • The building stands approximately 632 metres (2,073 ft) high and has 128 stories, with a total floor area of 380,000 m2 (4,090,000 sq ft).
  • totalling 121 floors
  • has a glass façade
  • In 2013, a Gensler spokesman described the tower as “the greenest super high-rise building on earth at this point in time
  • The design of the tower’s glass facade, which completes a 120° twist as it rises, is intended to reduce wind loads on the building by 24%
  • the building’s heating and cooling systems use geothermal energy sources


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Matt’s Update:

For my contribution to engineering knowledge club last year I decided to create a blog about architectural styles. I have chosen to continue my topic this year to expand my general knowledge on the area. I have set myself clearer goals this year on what I want to achieve;
Firstly I have decided that I will continue photographing buildings and trying to classify them based on style, I will focus less on trying to research each building because as the saying goes “a picture paints a thousand words”
Secondly I have decided my end output will be a timeline showing the buildings I have photographed in date order of when they were constructed.
Finally I have decided that I will try to focus on some different key elements that make a building fall into one style or another, I may, depending on time, try to make a library of these elements.
Hopefully having these clearer goals will mean I find them easier to achieve and motivate me to reach them! and I have downloaded the wordpress app so I can’t use the excuse of: “I don’t have my computer so can’t make a post!”
Here’s the link to my blog :

New Project at new Season of Engineering Knowledge Club (UCL)!


Based on my last year research project in Engineering Knowledge Club, which was about tunnelling and rail ways, I found myself interested in foundation of skyscraper and their impact on underground structures! I anticipate that I will complete this project in the new season of the club
For this proposes I would like to expand my research on 10 different tall buildings as listed below:
1. The Shard
2. The Gherkin
3. Burje Al- Khalife
4. Cheese Greater
5. Shanghai Tower
6. One World Trade Centre
7. Milad Tower
8. PETRONAS Towers
9. Wind Turbines
10. Taipei 101
I would briefly estimate the weight of each building and then types of their foundations. I believe this will help me to understand that how they function.

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Happy Birthday Knowledge Club

Happy Birthday Knowlege Club

This month Engineering Knowledge Club is one year old. Last year, UCL and Think Up launched EKC with the aim of inspiring undergraduate engineers to develop their own engineering general knowledge. In the Autumn of 2013 a group of undergraduate engineers got together to identify engineering topics that they would like to know more about, and what they could do to build their knowledge about these topics. The deal was this: if the students could come up with their own set of activities to meet their learning aims, the UCL and Think Up team would do what it could to support that learning.

During the year, two students took up the challenge. Matthew decided that he wanted to learn more about architectural design styles and Friba Housseini chose to develop her understanding of tunnelling methods on Crossrail. Members of Engineering Knowledge Club are asked to write on this blog about what they are learning (click through previous entries on this blog to see what Matthew and Friba have written). The year of activity culminated in a Crossrail site visit organised by Think Up in support of Friba’s chosen topic.

While the take up in the first year has been small, it was sufficient to demonstrate how the concept could work, and gave us a clear idea of how the activities of the club needed to be organised in order to keep students motivated. The positive learning experiences of these two individuals have been sufficient for us to decide to run Engineering Knowledge Club for another year at UCL. In recognition of Friba’s active engagement with the initiative, the Think Up team have appointed Friba President of Engineering Knowledge Club at UCL for the academic year 2014-2015.

Very shortly, the date of the first Engineering Knowledge Club of this academic year will be posted to this blog, so watch this space. If you are interested in getting involved then please post a comment on this blog entry.

Crossrail Concrete Plant

Since I started my research about tunnelling and railway engineering,  I was wondering about all the production lines that are in operation in Paddington – Crossrail construction site that what exactly they are producing because I could only see clay and some other type of soils.  In the same time I was searching that were all concrete segments that are used by Tunnelling Boring Machine (TBM) come from and so on. Finally yesterday I found out that they built their own concrete plant at the site! They have been producing all concrete and concrete segments for this project at the construction site which is in  Old Oak Common! If I am not wrong other primary material has been imported from outside London by trains. Because I  have been observing these trains passing Hayes and Harlington Station ( where I catch a train towards London Paddington station everyday!)and terminating at Old Oak Common area!19751_c300-410_bfk02_old_oak_common_segment_factory_31749


Cross Rail project is the biggest project in the Europe at the moment. And is the largest single infrastructure in the UK.

Therefore it is every engineer’s dream to be part of this challenging project, not only to work and make money but to learn more in every single day. However for some people, for instance students those are still studying for their first degree and are inserted in the tunnelling and railway engineering, a site visit from one of the contraction sites will be enough to learn and observe some engineering aspects in practice that they are learning in university.

On Friday (13th June 2014) a site visit from Liverpool street station was arranged by Oliver Brandt, the founder of Engineering think up club, for a group of UCL Civil Engineering student. This was the most valuable visit that I have ever had up till now.

In this visit after giving briefing by the operational manager, we visited from Moorgate Shaft, which will be used as ticket hall upon completing the construction. This shaft has diameter of 25m and depth 61m. To be able to imagine the scale, it is as deep in the ground as Moor House is tall. The following pictures are from the visit. You might also find them interesting.



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Engineering Knowledge Club visits Crossrail


Crossrail site visit

Today we had our first Engineering Knowledge Club site visit. Friba, one of our most active members chose Crossrail as her topic of interest. Since our early Knowledge Club meetings she has been researching and writing about tunnelling, and has been on a site visit to Bond Street. She fulfilled her side of the bargain. Our side of the bargain was to help go on a Crossrail site visit.

And that was how Friba and five of her colleagues ended up peering into the vertiginous shafts of the Crossrail station that spans Moorgate and Liverpool Street. I have taken students on plenty of site visits before, but it is stark just how higher the level of engagement is when the student is already will read on the topic.

The five other students have become knowledge club recruits. We look forward to helping them grow their engineering knowledge in the future.