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Old November 11th, 2009, 09:34 PM   #1781
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[cross posted from the London thread]

Hefty update with photos from lunch time today. I'm afraid I got a bit snap happy with the diggers and new steel

I've added a gallery for the Shard to my own site, there's a few other pics there that didn't make it to this thread

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Old November 12th, 2009, 01:25 AM   #1782
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its rising fast- good
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Old November 12th, 2009, 02:21 AM   #1783
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Old November 12th, 2009, 02:31 AM   #1784
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That's excellent culwulla! Idiot-proof!

Do the angled steels start from the 2nd floor on your diagram? Because they seem to be coming out of the ground (ie ground level) on the pictures. Is this then not ground level and are there floors below? I always imagined that, like your diagram, the angled section of the tower would hover elegantly over vertical steels that anchored the tower
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Old November 12th, 2009, 03:20 AM   #1785
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very good job.
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- apartments are floors 53-65 (instead of 64)
- the viewing galleries are floors 68-72, at 244m.
- the plants (radiator) are 75-87, higher than the mentioned 267m. Look:

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WOW..nice..
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Old November 12th, 2009, 03:31 AM   #1786
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^yeah very elegant indeed. renzo piano is a genious

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Old November 12th, 2009, 04:46 AM   #1787
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I guess when you've got the olympics coming up you need to work fast. Props to England's engineers.
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Old November 12th, 2009, 04:48 AM   #1788
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I agree, the attention to detail on this is stunning - despite the fact that the crown will be so difficult to see close up!
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Old November 12th, 2009, 11:25 PM   #1789
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I agree, the attention to detail on this is stunning - despite the fact that the crown will be so difficult to see close up!
It's the ephemeral nature of the structure at the top that makes it so beautiful IMO
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Old November 13th, 2009, 01:01 AM   #1790
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Old November 13th, 2009, 01:31 AM   #1791
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holy shit you can already see the first angled (non-vertical) beams going in!!
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Old November 13th, 2009, 02:59 PM   #1792
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Interesting article in Pop Science. The Shard London Bridge is in the list of "Best of what news in 2009":

http://www.popsci.com/bown/2009/prod...-london-bridge


Shard London Bridge
New method puts towers up faster

Renzo Piano’s 72-story glass tower in London, expected to be the tallest building in Western Europe when it opens in 2012, employs a bold new method that could speed construction of tomorrow’s skyscrapers: Build the tower and dig the basement at the same time. A custom deep-diving rig put the tower’s structural columns into the ground before excavation took place, so one construction crew can dig the basement—which otherwise puts everything else on hold—while another installs elevators, staircases and mechanical fixtures on top of the columns. Engineer Bob Gordon of the Mace Group estimates that the technique will save seven months of construction time.
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Old November 13th, 2009, 10:31 PM   #1793
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Interesting article in Pop Science. The Shard London Bridge is in the list of "Best of what news in 2009":

http://www.popsci.com/bown/2009/prod...-london-bridge


Shard London Bridge
New method puts towers up faster

Renzo Piano’s 72-story glass tower in London, expected to be the tallest building in Western Europe when it opens in 2012, employs a bold new method that could speed construction of tomorrow’s skyscrapers: Build the tower and dig the basement at the same time. A custom deep-diving rig put the tower’s structural columns into the ground before excavation took place, so one construction crew can dig the basement—which otherwise puts everything else on hold—while another installs elevators, staircases and mechanical fixtures on top of the columns. Engineer Bob Gordon of the Mace Group estimates that the technique will save seven months of construction time.
Yeah, this is crazy. If this is successful I can see this being the preferred method in the future. It's flying.
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Are they doing top down for the basement levels? For some reason I thought they were already at the bottom of the hole working their way up. But now I see them digging out below the steel and uncovering more. I think I was thrown off by the buildings in the background. Those walls looked like they were below grade.
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Old November 14th, 2009, 01:44 AM   #1796
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Interesting article in Pop Science. The Shard London Bridge is in the list of "Best of what news in 2009":

http://www.popsci.com/bown/2009/prod...-london-bridge


Shard London Bridge
New method puts towers up faster

Renzo Piano’s 72-story glass tower in London, expected to be the tallest building in Western Europe when it opens in 2012, employs a bold new method that could speed construction of tomorrow’s skyscrapers: Build the tower and dig the basement at the same time. A custom deep-diving rig put the tower’s structural columns into the ground before excavation took place, so one construction crew can dig the basement—which otherwise puts everything else on hold—while another installs elevators, staircases and mechanical fixtures on top of the columns. Engineer Bob Gordon of the Mace Group estimates that the technique will save seven months of construction time.
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Old November 14th, 2009, 02:10 AM   #1797
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Is there going to be a central concrete core or is it all steel construction? I was assuming that a core would rise out of that hole in the centre in due course. Is that right?
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Old November 14th, 2009, 05:37 AM   #1798
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This top-down construction method is awesome to watch. Great pictures guys!
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Old November 14th, 2009, 12:18 PM   #1799
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Interesting article in Pop Science. The Shard London Bridge is in the list of "Best of what news in 2009":

http://www.popsci.com/bown/2009/prod...-london-bridge


Shard London Bridge
New method puts towers up faster

Renzo Piano’s 72-story glass tower in London, expected to be the tallest building in Western Europe when it opens in 2012, employs a bold new method that could speed construction of tomorrow’s skyscrapers: Build the tower and dig the basement at the same time. A custom deep-diving rig put the tower’s structural columns into the ground before excavation took place, so one construction crew can dig the basement—which otherwise puts everything else on hold—while another installs elevators, staircases and mechanical fixtures on top of the columns. Engineer Bob Gordon of the Mace Group estimates that the technique will save seven months of construction time.
It's already been done on the Heron Tower in London.. oh well
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Is there going to be a central concrete core or is it all steel construction? I was assuming that a core would rise out of that hole in the centre in due course. Is that right?
Yes, the Shard will have a concrete core.
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