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Vertical Transportation: A Primer

Author: Robin Cheeseright
Format: Digital
Publication Date: 2020




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The elevator is one of the key enabling technologies of a tall building. In the past few years, vertical transportation has experienced more innovation and change than ever before. This digital primer from CTBUH provides an update on the latest technology and suggests approaches to implementation, arming the imaginative minds behind the design of tall buildings with a framework for understanding vertical transportation; one that will allow them to be more creative and effective as buildings become taller.

Table of Contents:

The Tall Building – Vertical Transportation Interface

  • 1.1 Typical High-Rise Elevator Configurations
  • 1.2 Supertall Buildings – Unique Considerations
  • 1.3 Megatall Buildings – The Next Chapter
  • 1.4 Vertical Transportation Design Options for Tall Buildings

  • Elevator Capacity Planning and Shaft Arrangement

  • 2.1 Building Parameters
  • 2.2 Elevator Parameters
  • 2.3 Selection of Elevator Speed
  • 2.4 Selection of an Elevator Group
  • 2.5 Destination Control Systems and Simulation
  • 2.6 Office Buildings
  • 2.7 Hotels
  • 2.8 Residential Buildings
  • 2.9 Hospitals
  • 2.10 Public Transportation Buildings and Shopping Centers
  • 2.11 Core and Shaft Efficiency Maximization
  • 2.12 Advanced Shaft Concepts
  • 2.13 Conclusion

  • Critical Issues Affecting Vertical Transportation System Performance

  • 3.1 Building Sway
  • 3.2 The Piston Effect
  • 3.3 The Stack Effect
  • 3.4 General Structural Considerations

  • Digital Elevator Evolution

  • 4.1 Destination Control – The First Chapter of Vertical-Transport Digitization
  • 4.2 Human-Scale Implications of Digitization
  • 4.3 Building-Scale Benefits of Digitization
  • 4.4 City-Scale Benefits of Digitization
  • 4.5 Cross-Scalar Applications of Digitization 6
  • 4.6 Conclusion

  • Elevator Design, Testing and Implementation – Case Study: Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre

  • 5.1 Development Background
  • 5.2 Development Work and Features
  • 5.3 Drive and Control Technologies
  • 5.4 Comfort Considerations for High-Speed Running
  • 5.5 Safety Features for High-Speed Operation
  • 5.6 Construction Techniques
  • 5.7 Evaluation and On-Site Testing

  • Fire and Evacuation: The Role of Elevators

  • 6.1 Firefighters’ Elevators vs. Regular Elevators
  • 6.2 Role of Firefighters’ Elevators
  • 6.3 Use of Elevators for Occupant Evacuation
  • 6.4 Codes for Firefighters’ Elevators
  • 6.5 Building Requirements for Firefighters’ Elevators
  • 6.6 Experiences with Firefighters’ Elevators
  • 6.7 Appearance of Firefighters’ Elevators

  • Installation

  • 7.1 Introduction
  • 7.2 Building Interface
  • 7.3 Inspection Checks
  • 7.4 Generic Installation Methodology
  • 7.5 Jump Lifts

  • Escalators and Their Relevance to Tall Buildings

  • 8.1 Introduction
  • 8.2 Escalator Duty
  • 8.3 Escalator Design
  • 8.4 Precincts and Developments with Connections to Public Transport Hubs
  • 8.5 Escalators in Tall Buildings
  • 8.6 Escalator Positioning

  • Digital | 118 Pages

    Author Bio

    Robin Cheeseright has been in the vertical transportation and façade access industries for more than 30 years. At Otis, he progressed through the organization to senior management positions, which required involvement in all aspects of lift and escalator sales, manufacturing, installation and servicing. Through senior operational and staff roles—commercial, service and marketing management, Cheeseright was responsible for the commercial aspects of delivering and maintaining many complex projects onto the business’s maintenance portfolio. In addition, he consulted on, and in many cases was responsible for launching global products and services into the UK and Irish market.

    As one of the founding partners of D2E, Cheeseright was instrumental in growing the firm into an internationally recognized consultancy that has a proven track record in the design of vertical transportation and façade access solutions for complex and tall buildings. He has been influential in the design of the bespoke servicing contracts these types of buildings require. This has been achieved through a clear understanding of the clients’ requirements, an approach that supports the design of the building and an empathy with client teams. Cheeseright served as the chair of the CTBUH Vertical Transportation Committee from 2016 to 2020.

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