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Old February 7th, 2009, 01:35 AM   #15581
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tonight there was a docu on german TV (focus TV, Prosieben) about the current situation in Dubai and other Emirates. They talked about many projects which are on hold, due to the financial crisis.
They also visited BD, and there was an interview with an offical an he said (standing on 611m) beneath the spire, that the height is still a secret. One scene later the narrator said, that on Jan. 18th BD topped out at 818m.
So I think this was one of the first broadcasts who reported the "topping out".
....something we all know already ;-)

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http://www.focus.de/focustv/focustv/..._vid_9073.html
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Old February 7th, 2009, 01:49 AM   #15582
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Today, Dubai is home to the world's tallest tower. The 2,684-foot Burj Dubai was topped off in January of this year. The building is scheduled to open in the fall of 2009. It will be the world's tallest building by 1,000 feet. The second-tallest building, Taipei 101 in Taiwan, is a comparatively modest 1,671 feet.
IT IS. I guess YAHOO didn't get the memo.
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Old February 7th, 2009, 02:06 AM   #15583
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Towering above us all

Photographer gives 7DAYS an insight into what it’s like at the top of world’s tallest building 7DAYS is on top of the world today, as we give readers an exclusive look from the pinnacle of Burj Dubai.
Photographer Darren Bell is one of the first people to make it to the summit of the world’s tallest building.

Imre,
you should have been up there, instead of Darren.
You are the greatest photographer of Dubai.
I hope the Arabtec company realise that you are the greatest fan of BD and give you the job of photographing from the top.
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Old February 7th, 2009, 03:59 AM   #15584
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my turn to ask a silly question-
what happens if i visit dubai and jump in the burj lake a decide to swim around??
will security jump in a get me?

oh, they will make you swim till the nearest lightning storm, and then they will put the burj's grounding into the lake...
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Old February 7th, 2009, 06:16 AM   #15585
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Hi guys, I find some closeups from the top





Spire cladding looks like it is from alluminum panels with holes and not glass.
Great find Black ! Where to begin .......

1 - The small wings are perforated stainless over single laminated glass. That was always the plan - source for this info is the first spire erection plan we got a couple of years ago.

2 - In the top pic the bottom 3 cladding sections are the top 9.6 meters (of 19.2m.) of tier 23. One of the "half wings" that will connect the cladding of the small wing (which is on the left in the shot) and the larger wing (which is the steelwork on the right in the shot) can be seen in the middle of the shot.

The next 3 sections above that are tier 24 - if we look close we can see the half wings turn into one of the three wings of tier 24 as the one larger wing of tier 23 ends. The vertical cladding fin can be seen that is at the point of the wing starting above tier 23 larger wing.

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The cables are most likely stabilizing wires and therfore permanent part of the structure.
The cables that can be seen in the bottom shot ARE the cables used in the jacking proceedure. Dennis knows his shit chuck. Once all the connections to the steelwork are done the cables will no longer be needed and will be removed. There is 3 sets of those cables used to jack the 550 ton upper spire/pinnacle (the weight figure is some of the info that Dennis got for us).

4 - The ladder on the outside of the pinnacle pipe is a bit of a surprise to me. There is a series of ladders inside the pinnacle pipe with a hatch to get onto the terrace at the top of each wing. Not sure why they would have to get up inside the small wings but I guess for inspection purposes ?



On another note :
Great article Imre.

I wonder if buddy actually climbed the series of ladders to the top of the pinnacle ? The pic clearly is not from there although it appears to be high up in the steelwork.

What is with these journalists confusion over the fact the upper spire/pinnacle was jacked into position and the falacy that it will be telescopic when completed ?!?

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Old February 7th, 2009, 08:36 AM   #15586
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Is That Really Sand on those Beams?

Fury...
As always a very detailed expert analysis of those very cool high altitude shots. Thanks!

It is interesting to note in the second picture, that shows the jacking cable, that the steel connecting plates and bolts at the beam joints on the right side of the frame have not been painted yet while the same ones on the left side of that shot have.

I also am seeing what looks like a redish-brown sand on the bottom surfaces of the horizontal gray I-beams on both sides of that photo...one is in shadow.

Could that actually be sand and dirt that was carried all the way up there on those beams from grade level whey they erected that part of the structure?

Do we think that it was blown in WAY up there in a Dubai dust storm? (As an Arizona desert rat that has experienced heavy duty sandstorms that is not impossible).

Could that be some sort of loose construction debris from some activity going on higher up?

If it is sand that seems odd considering the high degree of life/safety we hear they have on that construction site since very sandy horizontal surfaces like that would be a definate slip, trip and fall hazard.

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Old February 7th, 2009, 10:40 AM   #15587
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There is a ladder attached to the tube in even in the old plans

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Old February 7th, 2009, 11:52 AM   #15588
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Yesterday i Saw a documentary about the burj dubai, quite recent pics. they even knew that the tower reached 818m on January 17th....wonder where they got the information from ........

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Old February 7th, 2009, 12:02 PM   #15589
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There is a ladder attached to the tube in even in the old plans
Thanks for the plan whoami...
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Old February 7th, 2009, 12:07 PM   #15590
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Yesterday i Saw a documentary about the burj dubai, quite recent pics. they even knew that the tower reached 818m on January 18th....wonder where they got the information from ........
i was misinformed then. it was scheduled on the 15th. maybe there wass a hitch. (or they like the number 8.)
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Old February 7th, 2009, 02:42 PM   #15591
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Yesterday i Saw a documentary about the burj dubai, quite recent pics. they even knew that the tower reached 818m on January 17th....wonder where they got the information from ........
I saw that too!!! It is very nice to see such documentations where much effort has been put into the correctness of the information.

One scene was very impressing, they got a look at the spire which was already hidden inside the building before the whole jacking process. There was a spire entrance with a floor-160-sign right next to it on a concrete floor.

Would have been so great to get these information earlier...
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Old February 7th, 2009, 03:39 PM   #15592
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I saw that too!!! It is very nice to see such documentations where much effort has been put into the correctness of the information.

One scene was very impressing, they got a look at the spire which was already hidden inside the building before the whole jacking process. There was a spire entrance with a floor-160-sign right next to it on a concrete floor.

Would have been so great to get these information earlier...
Do you know how that documentary was named? Maybe it's already available on YouTube.
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Old February 7th, 2009, 03:39 PM   #15593
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Documenting the Construction..

The whole construction process should have been filmed and documented. if they have not done that they are the biggest fools.
Because this is once in history event and this will never be repeated.
If they were wise enough to document it , I would like to see the movie or documentary.
Wow. That would win the Oscar.
Come to think of it, our own Imre might have a movie plan up his sleeves.
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Old February 7th, 2009, 03:47 PM   #15594
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Dubai Real Estate Crash !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Old February 7th, 2009, 03:49 PM   #15595
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Do you know how that documentary was named? Maybe it's already available on YouTube.
I think it was a part of Focus-TV. But i could not find it on youtube.
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Old February 7th, 2009, 05:37 PM   #15596
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07/February/2009

Burj Dubai

filling the lake stopped, cladding no progress but good news that road works of the Burj Dubai Boulevard has begun





























250 new pics of Burj Dubai,Burj Dubai Fountain, Downtown Burj Dubai , The Dubai Mall here:
www.imredubai.com (flickr)

and here :

http://picasaweb.google.com/imresolt...7February2009#

any reposts are welcome.
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Old February 7th, 2009, 05:44 PM   #15597
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4 - The ladder on the outside of the pinnacle pipe is a bit of a surprise to me. There is a series of ladders inside the pinnacle pipe with a hatch to get onto the terrace at the top of each wing. Not sure why they would have to get up inside the small wings but I guess for inspection purposes ?
I wonder if there will be lights inside of these wings? If so, then the ladder would be needed for changing the bulbs. It would be cool to have the wings internally illuminated at night (or at least during special occasions).

Did anyone notice the two guide rollers (in the picture with the steel jacking cables)? Will the rollers be left in place, removed, or replaced with bracing? My guess is they will be removed after welded/bolted braces are installed in other locations.

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Old February 7th, 2009, 06:24 PM   #15598
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I wonder if there will be lights inside of these wings? If so, then the ladder would be needed for changing the bulbs. It would be cool to have the wings internally illuminated at night (or at least during special occasions).

Did anyone notice the two guide rollers (in the picture with the steel jacking cables)? Will the rollers be left in place, removed, or replaced with bracing? My guess is they will be removed after welded/bolted braces are installed in other locations.

Looking at the spire now there are no signs of any light been reflected through the glass and aluminium from the lower levels or crane cabin,and the spire mid section is not visible in the dark, IMO the holes will be used for light node attachments throughout the spire for final illumination.

The bolts that are not painted are on friction grip areas, and will not be painted until final adjustment.
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Old February 7th, 2009, 06:39 PM   #15599
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Old February 7th, 2009, 07:29 PM   #15600
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There is a ladder attached to the tube in even in the old plans
Thanks for the print who.

Took me a minute to realize that is an old revision. They changed the tier heights quite a bit between that revision and the current one.

It does show the ladders up the small wings - I saved it - keep 'em coming.

Swiddle - your probably correct that there is lights in the wings.

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