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Coffey’s Badelow to co-chair tall building foundation group

Australia-based Coffey Geotechnics’ Frances Badelow has been appointed as co-chair of the Foundations Working Group for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).

According to Badelow, who is a senior principal at Coffey and leads the Design & Analysis Group in Sydney, the CTBUH is considered the world’s leading body in the field of tall buildings. She will be helping to lead the Foundations Working Group which is currently completing a set of guidelines for mega-structures that will present a rational approach to the design of foundations for high rise buildings. It will cover the important design aspects and present a design process for mega-foundations.

She said she was honoured to be chosen as co-chair and was looking forward to applying her knowledge on the international guidelines. “I’ve had an interest in tall structures since I was involved with the iconic International Finance Centre in Kowloon, Hong Kong with Professor Harry Poulos,” she said. “Since the mid 1990s, Coffey has been involved in many tall tower projects both in Australia and overseas, including the world’s tallest building the Burj Khalifa.

“As we keep trying to be capable of taller and taller structures, the relationship between foundations and building behaviour is highly interactive and becomes even more critical to the building’s long-term performance.”

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