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The Thames Valley GSA Committee is delighted to share an exciting presentation on the design and construction of one of the world’s most iconic structures – The Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi.
The Museum stands offshore in the waters of the Gulf and is shaded by a 180m diameter steelwork dome covering 24,000m². The dome, which consist of 7,850 aluminium stars, creates a perforated roof allowing sunlight to beam through and is a spectacular engineering feat.
The presentation will be delivered by Brian Cole who was responsible for the leadership of the large multi-disciplinary Buro Happold team on the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum project. Brian is a chartered civil and structural engineer with many years’ experience in the design and construction of large and complex building and civil engineering projects.
The presentation will explain the context of the Museum within the Abu Dhabi Cultural District and will give details of some of the many engineering challenges which were overcome during the design and construction of this iconic project.
The presentation will also be recorded and livestreamed for those unable to attend, details of which will be shared with those who register for the event.
Brian is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Chartered Structural Engineer with many years’ experience in the design and construction of large and complex building and civil engineering projects. He is based in Abu Dhabi where he is project director responsible for the leadership of the BuroHappold site based construction supervision team.
Before transferring to Abu Dhabi in 2010 he was a Director in BuroHappold’s Bath Office in the UK where he was responsible for the leadership of a structural engineering design team.
Significant projects within his team included the four main stations for the Haramain Railway project, extensive work for Arsenal Football Club including the conversion of Highbury Stadium and the design of their new HQ building, the complex Sidra Trees project in Doha and the CUC University Campus in Cornwall, UK.
Prior to joining BuroHappold in 1998, he had a leading role on the Jubilee Line Extension project where he was the Client’s line wide structural engineer.
His early career was with Ove Arup and Partners where he worked for several years in their London and Hong Kong design offices and he gained his early Middle East site experience with them on large retail projects in Kuwait.
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