Foundations for Tall and Heavy Buildings
Design Issues, Problems and Solutions
Prof Harry Poulos
The main issues to be considered in the design of foundations for buildings, especially tall or heavy buildings, will be outlined, and procedures that can be adopted to address these issues will be discussed. Examples of the application of these procedures to some prominent tall buildings will be presented. Despite the evolution of modern techniques of ground investigation and foundation design, there have been cases in which problems have occurred and the performance of the supported building has been compromised. Some of these cases will be discussed, and possible reasons for the problems experienced are set out. Some methods of rectification of inadequate foundations, and risks associated with these methods, are then presented.
About the speaker
Harry Poulos joined the Department of Civil Engineering at Sydney University in 1965, and was appointed a Professor in 1982, a position he held until his retirement in 2001. In 1989, he joined Coffey Partners International, and is currently a Senior Consultant with Coffey. He is also an Emeritus Professor at the University of Sydney and an Adjunct Professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He has been involved in a large number of high-rise and infrastructure projects in Australia and overseas, including the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Creek Tower in Dubai, and the 720 km Egnatia Odos motorway in Greece. In 2010, he was elected a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and in 2014, he was inducted into the US National Academy of Engineering. In 2017, he was awarded the Outstanding Leaders and Projects (OPAL) Award for lifetime achievement in design by ASCE, and in 2020 was awarded the Peter Nicol Russell Memorial Medal by Engineers Australia.
Members are required to login to access the AGS member price. More information about logging in to this website can be found here.
Payment via credit card is available and processed by Stripe. The Australian Geomechanics Society will not store or have access to your credit card information, and Stripe adhere to strict security and PCI compliance for processing online transactions.
Upon purchase, an email and tax invoice will be sent to the buyer. Attendees will also receive emails with their tickets attached, as well as a link to download the tickets if they are misplaced.
Engineers Australia members participating in AGS technical sessions can record attendance on their personal CPD logs. Members should refer to Engineers Australia CPD policy for details on CPD types, requirements and auditing guidelines.