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Old March 23rd, 2010, 07:05 AM   #2441
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Wow, this thing sure jumped up overnight. :P Gorgeous project, though.
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Old March 23rd, 2010, 09:25 AM   #2442
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The City of London is a lot better.
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Old March 23rd, 2010, 11:13 AM   #2443
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This enhances London's status as one of the great world capitals.
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Old March 23rd, 2010, 11:26 AM   #2444
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Tower 42, Heron, St Mary Axe, Leadenhall, Lloyds, etc...all unique.


London Bridge is a good contrast but it may be risky.
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Old March 23rd, 2010, 03:14 PM   #2445
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Tower 42, Heron, St Mary Axe, Leadenhall, Lloyds, etc...all unique.


London Bridge is a good contrast but it may be risky.
How can something be a contrast to unique? Do you mean LBT looks like a regular building or are you special?
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Old March 23rd, 2010, 03:30 PM   #2446
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Actually can you keep them in London if you believe it's nice?

I certainly cannot handle and do not want to see those buildings.

It's too UGLY. I am off.
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Old March 23rd, 2010, 08:25 PM   #2447
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Great pics cybertect!

Wonderful to see more flooring going on.
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Old March 23rd, 2010, 10:10 PM   #2448
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Column Connections

Just passed today and was pondering - does anyone know how the column connections work on the main columns from level 0 - 4 because to me I can only see 4 or sometimes 6 smallish bolts and a couple of pretty small plates connecting the column sections together... Doesn't seem like very much considering their size and what you usually find (big plates either side of the flange and web with loads of bolts like in the second picture)...

Anyone have a clue?






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Old March 23rd, 2010, 10:46 PM   #2449
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Actually can you keep them in London if you believe it's nice?

I certainly cannot handle and do not want to see those buildings.

It's too UGLY. I am off.
Are you using Google to translate? Your useless posts are nonsensical.
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Old March 24th, 2010, 02:17 AM   #2450
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Thinking the same actually ZedFerret
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Old March 24th, 2010, 04:34 AM   #2451
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Just passed today and was pondering - does anyone know how the column connections work on the main columns from level 0 - 4 because to me I can only see 4 or sometimes 6 smallish bolts and a couple of pretty small plates connecting the column sections together... Doesn't seem like very much considering their size and what you usually find (big plates either side of the flange and web with loads of bolts like in the second picture)..
Here's how they work - it's effectively a chunky pinned mortise and tenon joint.

This is what's at the top of the lower section



and it fits into a rebate in the section above, like so







I'm not an engineer, but I assume the loads on these columns are calculated so that there's relatively little bending moment likely to occur* and it may be that the external, white columns which use this type of joint don't actually take as much load as those inside in the first place.

edit: * the pyramidal shape of The Shard might help with this on the external faces when the building sways in windy conditions if you think about it.

Or that the precise mating of the sections (over quite a broad box area) means that the forces are transmitted efficiently from one section to the next without the need for all those plates (which have a greater job to do when mating two I-beams that don't themselves interlock).

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Old March 24th, 2010, 05:35 AM   #2452
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Not too shabby joints I must say.
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Old March 24th, 2010, 09:37 AM   #2453
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Probably need some good optician.


LBT and the southern bank are nice - that is why I exactly have the right pictures of London.


They are OK - as far as do not disturb.
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Old March 24th, 2010, 02:36 PM   #2454
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Wow, cheers thanks! Hmm I'm still kind of surprised though, doesn't look beefy enough to me - must just be the huge eventual compressional forces on the flat faces of the ends that keep them from buckling like you say!
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Old March 24th, 2010, 03:07 PM   #2455
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Probably need some good optician.


LBT and the southern bank are nice - that is why I exactly have the right pictures of London.


They are OK - as far as do not disturb.
Why don't you learn how to speak because nobody understands what the hell your on about.
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Old March 24th, 2010, 11:20 PM   #2456
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Thanks for the (always) excellent update!

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Old March 25th, 2010, 01:25 AM   #2457
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Just FYI, the column pics were from a while back to illustrate the point.

However, here's a pick of my haul from today (more in my my ShardGallery)


The view down St Thomas Street is filling out as the new levels take shape





They seem to be shortening the temporary frame on St Thomas Street

compare the above with this, taken from the same spot on Monday



and a close up of some beams being held up with slings today.





Steel guys at work on it






Round on the station side, still more floor deck laid out.



and a peek over the top of the hoarding to the frame facing the station itself





Other, miscellaneous photos...

Truck with some interestingly shaped pieces of steel parked up at the Holding Area






Reflection in the hoarding round the Mace site office at the top of London Bridge Street




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Old March 25th, 2010, 01:42 AM   #2458
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Cyber, there was a time when your pics were loading quickly. They are taking quite a long time to load again.
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Old March 25th, 2010, 09:38 PM   #2460
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Nice pics. I can see some progress
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