Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
CTBUH Research Division Attends Elevcon 2018

May 22-24, 2018

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BERLIN – The CTBUH research division attended Elevcon 2018 – the 22nd International Congress on Vertical Transportation Technologies, held at the Sofitel Hotel in Berlin from the 22nd to the 24th of May.

After the opening welcome from Louis Bialy, Louis Bialy Associates LLC, the first speech of the day was started by Hans Jappsen, Jappsen Ingenieure GmbH, who introduced and argued on the role of the Consulting Engineer in the elevator sector, underlining how this figure has become important in the design process of a building, whether tall or not.

Hans Jappsen presenting at the Elevcon Berlin 2018.

This 3-day long program organized into different sections, with lectures from experts involved in the vertical transportation sector from all over the world. Antendees could choose which topic to focus on, which included the mechanical design of the vertical transportation systems, safety, standards, energy savings, the digital age, and the predictive maintenance technologies applied to vertical transportation analysis and design. Another section of the conference discussed the role of the hydraulic lifts and their alleged return to the market. This session ended with a noteworthy workshop on the topic.

An entire section was dedicated to the high-rise, given the influence that the vertical transportation has had on tall building design. The presentations focused on “Fulfilling the Potential of Double-Deck Destination Control System” where Janne Sorsa, KONE, discussed some innovative methods to introduce optimization of the control system, in order to achieve the most effective call assignment flexibility when managing circulation. Takahiro Hatori, Masayasu Fujiwara, and Satoru Toriyabe, Hitachi Ltd., instead, focused on the “Development of a People Flow Simulator for Smooth Movement of People in Buildings”, thus suggesting an evaluation method for the internal traffic volume through the application of a simulation. Still talking about design, Rajah Venkatraman, Fortune Consultants, Ltd., showed some case studies to show considerations that must be taken when designing elevators for Asian buildings, in a presentation titled 
“Elevator Planning for Super Tall Towers in Asian Context”. Finally, in the presentation “Application of Seismic Design to Elevators for Skyscrapers”, Yuki Arai, Kazuhiro Tanaka, Jun Koizumi and Sunta Sasaki, Toshiba Elevator and Building Systems Corporation (TELC), highlighted an interesting innovation aimed to avoid the suspension of service of the elevators while a seismic event is occurring, which is the usual practice.

The days of this conference proved valuable CTBUH Research Division team, as it proved a crucial event for discussing the influence of elevators of building design and provided an opportunity to strengthen ties with experts in the field.