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High Rise Structures (CVEN90024)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeCVEN90024
Semester 1
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This subject introduces students to the special requirements necessary for the successful design of high rise buildings. Elements of high rise building design considered in the subject are structural floor, framing and foundation systems, wind loading including wind tunnel testing and earthquake loading, analysis techniques including computer-aided analysis, vertical movements and second order effects, facade design, construction methods, sustainability concepts and a review of case study buildings.

The subject builds on fundamental structural engineering knowledge and when learnt together with other structural engineering electives will provide students who successfully complete the subjects a well-rounded knowledge of a range of structural engineering design skills. Students who complete this subject may find work in a structural engineering consultancy or as a site engineer and work under the supervision of a chartered professional engineer on high rise building designs or design variations.


Introduction to high-rise design; introduction to finite element analysis; loads and design criteria for tall buildings; gravity load resisting; structural systems; gravity loads; lateral load resisting structural system; SpaceGass modelling; wind loading and analysis; earthquake induced loading; distribution of lateral loads to structural elements; coupled core systems and outriggers; theoretical treatment for column beam frames; architectural aspects and sustainability concepts; extreme loading effects; foundations of tall buildings; and, construction methods. Skills acquired from the above topics will be integrated and applied to the assignment which consists of a detailed analysis of a typical high rise building.

Intended learning outcomes


On completion of this subject the students is expected to:

  1. Describe the multi-disciplinary nature of designing a tall building and the role of a structural engineer in the design of tall buildings
  2. Describe the design criteria and loading conditions for buildings
  3. Develop conceptual designs of floors using different floor systems
  4. Develop conceptual designs of lateral load resisting systems for buildings
  5. Calculate dynamic wind loads on tall buildings using the dynamic response factor approach
  6. Interpret wind tunnel test results to obtain equivalent wind loads
  7. Understand the concepts behind perception of motion, calculate the serviceability acceleration levels in tall buildings responding to wind loading
  8. Develop approximate models for analysing structural systems in buildings
  9. Develop computer models for analysing structural systems in buildings
  10. Develop conceptual designs of foundation systems for different buildings and soil types
  11. Identify different facade systems commonly used in building structures
  12. Identify and analyse different structural systems using case study buildings.

Generic skills

  • Ability to apply knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to complex problems and to design and operational performance
  • Proficiency in engineering design
  • Ability to conduct an engineering project
  • Ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large
  • Ability to manage information and documentation
  • Capacity for creativity and innovation
  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities, and commitment to them
  • Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams, as a team leader or manager as well as an effective team member
  • Capacity for lifelong learning and professional development.

Last updated: 22 August 2019