Structural Engineering for High Technology Clients

by Richard L. Savage, Symmes, Maini & McKee Associates, Inc, Cambridge, MA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Designing for High Technology Use


The unique requirements of the high tech industry provide interesting and fascinating challenges to the structural engineer of the 1980's. The following is a list of the most important and critical issues to be considered: A complete understanding of the owner's program; A fundamental understanding of the process being housed; Thorough sub-surface investigations and recommendations of a geotechnical consultant; Thorough vibration studies and recommendations of a vibration consultant throughout the design and construction of the project; Details of the size, shape and support requirements of all mechanical, electrical and process piping elements and equipment; Special consideration of the design of structural elements and systems sensitive to stringent vibration limitations; A closer-than-normal coordination with all parties associated with the project.

Subject Headings: Consulting services | Structural engineering | Client relationships | Construction equipment | Electrical equipment | Structural members | Construction methods | Subsurface investigation

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