World’s seventh tallest building comes to life with BIM
We look at one of the world’s newest and tallest skyscrapers, recently revealed by SOM, Ronald Lu & Partners and ECADI.
With a height of 530-metres, the skyscraper is the third tallest in China and the seventh-tallest in the world. Spanning across 97 floors, the Tianjin-based skyscraper is known as the Tianjin Chow Tai Fook Binhai Center and provides a total floor area of 2,714,055 sq ft (252,144.0 metres squared).
The structure, which was constructed between 2013 and 2019, utilised building information modelling (BIM) technology in the design process in order to implement some of the latest technologies and enabling the design to be the absolute best it can be, surpassing expectations of the initial design.
Thanks to the adoption of the technology, the tower has been described as "an excellent example of Ronald Lu & Partners’ commitment to excellence."
BIM not only improved the overall design of the building but also saved a lot of time and resources during both the planning and construction process. In addition, it played a very important role in optimising the innovative crystal-clear hyperboloid winding glass curtain wall.
Architects across the globe in recent years have been adopting BIM in order to boost the accuracy and efficiency of designs. For some, the use of the latest BIM technologies are vital in ultra-complex buildings like this tower.
In addition to BIM, end-unit segmentation and cladding optimisation assisted to simplify the construction process even further. Thanks to this, the centre was built four months ahead of schedule.
In a press release, RLP said: "At the start of the construction process for the Tianjin Chow Tai Fook Financial Centre, experts estimated that at least 1,308 pieces of independent asymmetric insulating glass units (IGUs) would be required for its unique curtain wall structure, formed by the intersection of eight irregular curved surfaces.”
"However, after performing BIM analysis and using repeated data modelling, the number of independent IGUs needed for the Centre’s curtain wall was reduced to 476 – a decrease of over 60%."
Arguably, the Tianjin Chow Tai Fook Financial Centre has been one of the most complex skyscraper projects in China to date, but thanks to digital technology like building information modelling, each step and goal can be achieved more efficiently than ever before.
Image credit: Seth Powers // Glaston Corporation
BT and Microsoft unveil strategic partnership
BT and Microsoft have launched a strategic partnership to accelerate innovation across enterprise voice, cyber security and industry-focused services in sectors from digital manufacturing to health.
BT has already been named one of the first development partners for Microsoft Operator Connect and Operator Connect Conferencing. The renewed agreement will allow BT to build on this relationship and offer its own branded global managed voice services directly through Microsoft Teams, with an approach that further enhances customer experience and creates new opportunities for growth.
The strategic partnership will build on BT’s existing portfolio of cyber security services built on Microsoft technology. It will see the companies push forward with the design and launch of a new generation of managed security services to enable and protect the modern collaborative workplace. BT will work closely with Microsoft to develop distinct security propositions to defend customers’ operations across the cloud as well as its own IT estate.
Sustainability and collaboration on digital skills are integral to the partnership. BT and Microsoft will work together on further enhancing sustainability credentials within their supply chains and join forces on promoting digital skills in the communities.
“BT and Microsoft are at the forefront of innovation in global digital platforms and connectivity that will take technology and communication beyond limits,” said Bas Burger, CEO of Global at BT and executive sponsor of BT’s partnership with Microsoft. “This partnership will ensure all of Microsoft’s solutions work ‘Best on BT’ and support both companies’ commitments to improving digital skills in the community.”
Omar Abbosh, corporate vice president of industry solutions at Microsoft, said: “BT can use Microsoft’s cutting-edge tools to develop new communications services that meet the needs and demands of today’s customers. By aligning our visions for communication, connectivity, security and digital technology, Microsoft and BT will support real growth for businesses across the world.”
Microsoft's vision is to transform construction and built environment businesses with design innovation, a supply chain you can control, and a connected, safer, more productive workforce.
Microsoft recently unveiled strong results for the quarter ending June 30:
- Revenue totalled $46.2 billion, up 21%
- Operating income was $19.1 billion, up 42%
- Net income was $16.5 billion, up 47%
- Diluted earnings per share was $2.17, up 49%
For the year, revenues totalled $168.1 billion (up 18%), operating income hit $69.9 billion (up 32%), net income was $61.3 billion GAAP and $60.7 billion non-GAAP, and increased 38% and 37%, respectively.
“We are innovating across the technology stack to help organizations drive new levels of tech intensity across their business,” said Satya Nadella, chairman and chief executive officer of Microsoft. “Our results show that when we execute well and meet customers’ needs in differentiated ways in large and growing markets, we generate growth, as we’ve seen in our commercial cloud – and in new franchises we’ve built, including gaming, security, and LinkedIn, all of which surpassed $10 billion in annual revenue over the past three years.”
In a trading update last month, BT reported profit after tax £2m, down £446m, due to a "one-off tax charge in the quarter to reflect the remeasurement of deferred tax balances following the enactment of the new UK corporation tax rate of 25% from April 2023".