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SEI Technical Session

February 26, 2019
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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Arup Office
10370 Richmond Ave, Conference Room @ 1st Floor
Houston, TX 77042


Join your peers for the next SEI Houston Chapter Luncheon Technical Session:

"Structural Design of the Chongqing Raffles City Sky Bridge"

The use of multi-tower sky bridges is a growing trend in tall building design, expanding the programmatic opportunities beyond the tower footprint. More than just pedestrian link bridges, the scale of these immense structures can accommodate a diverse range of program and amenities. Recent examples include the CCTV building in Beijing, China and the Sands SkyPark® at the Marina Bay Sands® Integrated Resort in Singapore. How towers are linked together has considerable implications to the structural design, architecture, and construction of the project. This presentation provides a survey of various typologies of sky bridges, introduces key considerations for their design, and highlights the results of an extensive non-linear time history investigation recently completed to assess a matrix of bearing options considered for the 300m long conservatory atop the new Raffles City Chongqing conservatory.

Speaker: Mr. John Hand, P.E.

Where: Arup Office, Conference Room @ 1st floor, 10370 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX, 77042

When: Tuesday, February 26th, 2019, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Cost w/RSVP: $25* ($20* for Government Employees, or $10* Students)

Walk-in-Attendee: $30*

*CC not accepted. Checks preferred; address checks to “ASCE Houston”.

Type "RSVP" in the subject line of an email to: [email protected](Seating is limited; kindly let us know if you will be attending)

Speaker Bio: John Hand leads the building’s structural practice at Arup’s Houston office and serves as an engineer for a diverse array of projects locally and internationally. John’s project expertise includes state of the art performance venues, large landscape projects, high rise towers, private residences and world class airport terminals. Through outstanding structural engineering solutions, John strives to be a catalyst and partner for designers to realize the full potential for each of their projects. His engineering design ethos is rooted in his background in architecture and philosophy. John completed undergraduate degrees in architecture and philosophy while pursuing his structural engineering studies. John dedicates a significant portion of his time to teaching and inspiring the next generation of architect and engineers. John regularly volunteers at universities, giving lectures and visiting with the architectural engineering design studios.  

The Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) is dedicated to serving and promoting the worldwide structural engineering profession and related industries by providing a forum for research, education, design, testing, manufacturing, construction, and operations in the structural engineering profession. 


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$20.00 Government Employee

$10.00 Student


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