Installation sequence of outrigger system, an important structural component of high-rise buildings, is often determined simply based on engineers’ experience, posing a threat to the structural safety and stability. This paper proposes a comprehensive decision framework for developing the optimal installation plan for the outrigger system, in which construction simulation and safety analysis of the overall structural system are well integrated. The proposed framework is applied to a super-tall building with a height of 600 m. First, the finite element method (FEM) model of the skyscraper used for construction simulation is validated by field measurements during Typhoon ‘Nida’. Based on the validated FEM model, the lower limits (earliest) for installing the outrigger system are obtained through the outrigger trusses’ safety analysis for the service stage of the building, while the upper limits (latest) are determined through the analysis of structural stiffness and global stability for the construction stage. Thereupon, a rational plan is established for installing the outrigger system into the skyscraper, and the viability and efficiency of the proposed decision framework are examined by analyzing the construction simulation models. The outcomes of this study are expected to be of use and interest for structural engineers and researchers involved in construction management of installing outriggers into high-rise buildings, and therefore provide valuable implications for other similar projects.

Super-tall building; Decision framework; Optimal installation sequence of outrigger; Construction simulation; Structural safety and stability


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