Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
First Meeting for CTBUH Damping Technologies Research
May 19, 2015
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CHICAGO – The first meeting for the new CTBUH research project entitled “A Study on the Damping Technologies Available for Tall Buildings: Comfort and Safety” was held on IIT Campus on May 19, 2015. The project, funded by Bouygues Construction, aims to summarize the collective knowledge accrued over the last few decades regarding the construction and design of structures with damping systems and to trace future possibilities in the field. 
Attendees engaged in the meeting
Nearly 40 industry professionals and academic experts were in attendance, along with representatives from Bouygues Construction and CTBUH. The meeting began with introductory remarks from Bouygues regarding their objectives for the project. In particular, this research will result in a guideline entitled “Tall Buildings with Damping Technologies” that would become a source for any interested parties in the sector (including engineers, architects, developers, etc.).
Individuals presenting their work with damping technologies
Representatives networking during the break
The second phase of the meeting consisted of a series of short presentations led by experts in the field. Each individual presented their work with damping technologies related to tall buildings. After each presentation, an open discussion was initiated to define what major considerations would be useful for the research. These discussions delineated the areas of investigation that the research should focus on, as well as potential case studies for the project.

The meeting ended with a presentation by Bouygues addressing the major questions that this research should try to investigate. With this meeting complete, a roadmap of major goals for the research has been defined and future activities have been considered. Beyond these initial steps the main objective of CTBUH and Bouygues is to begin research activities immediately.

Group photo of the attending academic and industry experts, Bouygues representatives, and CTBUH staff
Rabih Alkhatib Aecom
Rob Smith Arup
Sara Beardsley AS+GG
Max Lee BMT Fluid Mechanics
Fabienne Foucault Bouygues
André Ly Bouygues
Girma Bitsuamlak Canada Research Chair in Wind Engineering
Kurt R. Strobel CPP Wind
Alberto Lago CTBUH
Dario Trabucco CTBUH
Antony Wood CTBUH
Amarnath Kasalanati Dynamic Isolation Systems
Meinhardt Christian GERB Vibration Control Systems, Inc
Victor Salcedo GERB Vibration Control Systems, Inc
Un Yong Jeong Gradient Wind Engineering
John Viise Halvorson & Partners
Eric Fenske Halvorson & Partners
Kirk Harman Harman's Group
Mike Montgomery Kinetica
Craig Blanchet LeMessurier
Michael Tait MC Master University
Robert McNamara McNamara/Salvia
Amir Gilani Miyamoto International, Inc.
Farshad Berahman MKA
Don Davies MKA
Trevor Haskett Motioneering
Kevin MacLean Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.
Mario Lafontaine Rene Lagos Engineers
Jon Galsworthy RWDI
Edward DePaola Severud
Peter Lee SOM
Alan Klembczyk Taylor Devices
Bob Schneider Taylor Devices
Craig Winters Taylor Devices
Yongqi Chen Taylor Devices - China
John Peronto Thornton Tomasetti
Ahsan Kareem University of Notre Dame
Constantin Christopoulos University of Toronto
Tim Santi Walter P. Moore