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1. Collect the original design documentation,
2. Visit the structure to document the construction of the project
3. Discuss the types of structural system and typical members,
4. Discuss the strength of the frame (including some calculations) and how it resists loads
5. Study five connections from your structure.
6. Discuss the construction of your chosen structure.
7. Conduct research into composite structures common in the industry

Construction of Southern Cross Tower

The steel frame is a building system with the skeleton edge of the vertical pillars of steels and horizontal beam built in the rectangular grid to maintain the floor, roofs and walls of the house all devoted to the frame. The expansion of this type of technique made the building of the skyscraper promising. Prefabricated steel structure has some of the obvious advantages that are quick construction, environmental protection and production in the industry. Even though the prefabricated structure has been used in many countries in the world. In various occasions, these structures are for the high and low rise buildings. This research project analyses the high rise Southern Cross tower building where the steel frame is used or where there is an important application of the structural steel networks.

The southern cross tower which is also referred to as 121 Exhibition Street is a 530 feet (one hundred and sixty-one-metre skyscraper in Melbourne, Australia. the tower was constructed in the year 2004 and consisted of thirty-nine 39 levels of the accommodations offices. The building is about seventy-five per cent possessed by the multiplex trust property and twenty-five per cent is possessed by the multiplex prime acumen fund. The current value of the building is the A $one hundred and thirty million and its main tenants are the state of Victorian Government (Acton, n.d.).

Construction of the basement part up to the ground floor level adopted in-situ slabs and the band beam. This gave more duration to in the program for the chosen steel parts procurement, fabrication and delivery of the structural steel. The designers having the demonstrable experience with the construction of steel had a good learning forwards the medium from the inception. At times the prices of formworks increases and the climate of industries in the Melbourne favoured the fabrication of site. The design exhibits the simplicity, typified by the regular grid, fifteen meter clear spans on a sixteen by nine meters grid with the Gondek deck floor, allowing free construction with the cycle of 8days per floor (Association, 2013).

The beam sizes were standardized using the 610UBs and 530.the slabs were normally one hundred and twenty, thickened when important for the isolated weightier loadings. The connection of the primary beams to the columns were the secondary beams and end bearings to the core where the connection of web. The services were accommodated in the one-meter zone, floor to floor height is four meters, applying the notches in some of the beams at the core junction walls and some penetration of the web which were stiffened. The columns were fabricated from the custom made four hundred and sixty section grades imported from Germany. The enquiries from the design phase show that it was less expensive to import these sections, there being more lead time. Splices were the full contract, situated one meter above the floor with the three columns of storey lifts (Brannigan, 2012).

Design and Engineering of Southern Cross Tower

The engineering of fore was undertaken by Scott Lincoln adopted the spray of fire on the columns up to the underside of primary beams for the passive protection. There were some of the sprayings of fire of isolated beams trimmer. The system of curtain wall was fixed to the structural steel by the welding using the sections of channels along the perimeter (Buckman, 2014).

Before the growth of the Southern Cross, the government of Victoria was concerned since is the main department were dispersed amongst more than fifteen offices through the Melbourne CBD. It decided to combine monetarily and permit the bureaucracy access closer to the spring street, providing it access to the treasury and parliament (Trabucco, 2010). A consortium of the private bodies, comprising Babcock, multiplex and the Brown, recommended a skyscraper in the site of the derelict and old south hotel. The main condition of the involvement of the government of Victoria in the project was the mandate that the structure is a state of art, environmentally maintainable growth (Buildings, 2015).

The major priority in the construction and design of the high-rise structures is to ensure their inflexibility, steadiness and strength by taking into deliberations the effect of significant forces in the wind overpowering the uneven shortening of vertical constructions from columns and walls concrete reinforcement under the impact of the load.  In Southern Cross Tower, the materials like concrete and steel are majorly applied. The rigidity of the building skeleton assist in flexibility and supporting the wind loads so as resist fluctuations is the seismic activities. In the facades of the current skyscrapers, majorly polymers, aluminium, light curtain panels of darkened and transparent glass, and steel profiles (Chung, 2013).

We visited the site on 5th October 2018.  The management received us and walked with us around the site. Pomeroy pacific manages all the projects to ensure that the aims are delivered on time, high quality and budget. They assign the calibre seniors to every project and give the methodical and hand on the delivery approach which results in the reduced cost of the building, quicker duration of the building, mitigated the project risks and successful completion of the projects. We were showed the number of floors of the building, materials that were used to construct the building. The field trip introduces us to the structural systems used in the Southern Cross building and we were given the explanation how they support themselves as well as the loads imposed on the building by the environment (Council, 2010).

Foundation System and Energy Efficiency

Foundation material building bearing strength and the site classification

The total area covered by the Southern Cross tower is around 17,338m2. The storeys above the earth surface are applied as the apartments for the workers of board maintainable building machinery limited. The structural life of the design of the south cross tower is fifty years. All the components of Southern Cross tower were invented in the factory and moved to the location of its building for the quick assembly by the use of S eight point eight grade bolts of great strength of which the ultimate strength of tensile is 800MPa and yielding strength is six hundred and forty MPa. The ratio of ultimate tensile strength to yielding strength 8.0. Compared with the old strengthened concrete assemblies, the assembled steel structures have the evident benefits, that is , they are very light in mass, need short duration of building, need low intensity of labour and can meet the demands of great urbanization and gives the environmental protection at the same time (Deplazes, 2010).

The south cross tower uses the new type of the prefabricated structures of steel known as the modular produced high steel frame structures with the slanting braces which might be applied for the high rise building. The pillar is prepared of a square steel tube, the beam us a truss and the brace is prepared of C shaped steel prepared near the truss pillar joint, and the floor is a summarized steel sheet composite concretes slabs (Thurakit, 2014). The structure has the benefit of a manufactured structure of steel and the use of this assembly could attain the requirements of environmental protection and economic growth in Australia. This method can help to consume the extra manufacture of steel but could also assist to resolve the conflict among the limited land and the huge population upon which to build in Australia (Eisele, 2015). 

The bored piles of the retaining walls are the part of the foundation system they transfer the loads in the addition to one hundred and twelve foundation piles into the ground. The pit building and the first floors of the main Southern Cross tower were built in the top down technique to lower the time of construction and the give the pit which observes stability and the serviceability of the near structure. By applying this technique. It was possible to construct the floors basement and the upper floors during the same period. Apart from the static role of the piles of the foundation and part of the retaining wall are applied for the building. The piles were installed additional with the heat exchanger tubes so that the piles function as the elements of exchanging heat to create the closed system (Engineers, 2017).  

Prefabricated Steel Structure Construction Process

The energy is transferred to the ground from the outside air and stored it until it is required. The piles of energy can unload and load the seasonal storage. In the period of winter, the energy is withdrawn hence cooling the ground arises. In the summer the ground that is cooled down can be used for the cooling the Southern Cross tower through the ceilings (Establishment, 2010)

The process of construction of a fully prefabricated structure can be categorized into the foundation, first-floor beam, floor and wall, roofing, and finishing. In the foundation stage. The approaches involve the pouring of the foundation and hammering the concrete piles. This approach cannot apply the prefabricated foundations due to the changes in the soil and site leading to the process slowing. With the increase of the height of the Southern Cross building increases the loads, the raft foundation was not good to transfer the loads well to the ground hence the pile foundation was applied often. The major role of the pile foundation was to transfer the loads with the piles to the lower ground level which is able of sustaining the load with enough safety factor (Finnerty, 2013). 

The next process is the roofing process where it is carried out by roofing structures from prefabricated steel which need installation onsite. The prefabricated steel installation is a dry process and only require to be joined by bolts hence there will be no time wastage as in the case of the concrete roof structure process. The last process of construction of the prefabricated buildings is the finishing which can take about 3 months after the construction process has taken about 5 months for the residential structures. The process includes the doors and windows installation which are also prefabricated units. Modular contractors manufacture structures at the off-site location or in a factory. They may also work as projects contractors, finishing the structure, site work, installation, and delivery coordination, or modular contractor whose responsibilities are to installation, delivery, and construction of specifically the modules and the general contractor whose is responsible for the whole project (Gong, 2010).

The modular manufactured steel frame structures with the diagonal braces are comprised of the 2 types of modules; the major floor and the pillar with the diagonal braces. The constituents inside the similar modules are soldered in the factory and the bolts of great strength are applied to join the module on the site. The major module of the floor comprises the column trusses, bases and the concrete composite –steel sheet slabs. A truss is composed of the C shaped steel, angle steel, arm braces, steel plates joined by the welding. Conferring to the action of every truss concerning resistance of lateral loads, the trusses are grouped into secondary classes and girders. The arm braces are welded vertically to the truss chords and are applied to join the upper and lower diagonal braces (Habitat, 2011).  

The floor system in the Southern Cross tower needs huge floor span to make superior space elasticity for the accommodation of a better diversity of the floor span (Tatum, 2009).  It is important to decrease the weight of the floor so as to decrease the column size and the foundations and hence allow the use of larger space. Floors are needed to resist the vertical loads and they are normally supported by the secondary beam. The spacing of the supporting beams must be well-matched with the resistance of the floor slabs. The floor system was made buildable by the prefabricated or the precast elements of the steel and strengthened concrete in many combinations. The system of floor beams must have enough stiffness to avoid large deflection which could lead to the damage of the slab finishers and plaster (Hemsley, 2010).

The pillar base is made of the tube of square steel, plates and flanges. The bases of the column cannot join to the transverse and longitudinal trusses and labs making the major module of the floor but also join to the major floor unit with the lower and upper module on location to make the entire structure.  The major purpose of the diagonal braces is to minimize the operative column dimension and concurrently to lengthen the joints and increase the joint region. Such a structural scheme is known as a frame structure with strengthened joints which are considered for security purposes (Hicks, 2015).

In the design of the steel columns, there are some of the things that were taken into consideration. no part of the steel column was less than a quarter thick, no ,materials in the column body and applied as the stay plate was of less thickness than 1/32 of its unsupported width, measured between the rivets centre transversely, or 1/6 of the length between rivulet centre in the stress direction (Taranath, 2016).  The tie plates had more than 4 rivets and are to be spaced so the length ratio to the least gyration radius of the joined parts did not exceed forty (Huang, 2014).

Steel is a common metal of construction that was used in the building of the Southern Cross tower because it has better performance in the withstanding of the tensile and compressive forces. Steel bars were used to strengthen the concrete and to add the extra performance and the extra layer of resisting fire was put onto the steel surface. The eight steel poles transmit the structural loads and enable the formation of the floor area that is column free. It maximizes the flexibility to adopt the different arrangements spatially (Huberman, 2011).  

The pillar with the oblique braces comprises of the diagonal braces, column, and the trapezoid plates known as the difficulty ribs. One end of the diagonal brace is joined via welding to the pillar, where the additional end is joined to the arm brace and truss by the bolts to work together with the frame. The rib of the pillar toughness can reinforce a pillar and be applied to join the diagonal brace to the column. The diagonal braces have the lateral strong lateral stiffness resistance which could make the construction capable to repel lateral load from the earthquakes and wind. Since the surrounding area is very small the windows sizes and the door openings on the walls are not interfered with (J, 2013).

The bracing system provides the lateral stability to the whole Southern Cross tower. It may be in arrangement of the triangulated frames, shear cores or walls, and the inflexible articulated frames.  In the steel structures, it is very common to have the vertical truss that is triangulated to deliver the bracing. For the stiff structure, the sheer core and walls are mostly used. The efficiency of the Southern Cross tower to resist the lateral forces is dependents on the site and the kinds of bracing systems used (Joseph, 2017).

The purlins and girts are components of the second frame of the metal building. The girt is the horizontal structural associate in the framed wall that gives the lateral support to the wall panel to fight the wind loads. The purlins perform the similar service for the roof panel. The purlins and girts are also referred to as the sheeting rails. These secondary frame members are applied in the Southern Cross tower. Another secondary member, the strut is also known as the eave girt or the eave purlin which are used at the top of the wall at the connection between the walls and the roofs (Joshi, 2009).

The girder system includes the application of the shorter beam stubs which are soldered to the top flange of an unremitting, weightier bottom girder structure and joined to the concrete slabs via the application of shear studs (Strauss, 2012). The natural opening in the stub girder enables the incorporation of the structural and service zones in the two directions, allowing the Southern Cross tower’ elevation decrease when linked with other framing systems. The building has 2 tiers of the chamfered tenoned purlins and many wind braces. The central truss has been found to be arch-braced collars trust connected in the post with extended jowls as the unusual technique of framing in the area (Kastenbaum, 2012). 

The diagonal strut which is the C designed steel is the member that is compressive flexure that bears the force of axial and the bidirectional moments of bending. The brace is severely joined to the chord of truss and the pillar at every end. The out and in-plane efficient dimension of the diagonal brace is the dimension among the associates. According to the formula below the strength of 1-4 point in the diagram below can be calculated (Ketter, 2017). 

The moment at every pivot point is




The composite materials are constructed of thin layers that may have a dissimilar thickness and dissimilar angle of the fibres known as the ply angles which is the angle between the main elastic axes of the materials. For the Southern Cross tower, a circular shape had more advantage for the seismic and wind loading which will be free from the torsional motion. The wind loads increase exponentially as the tower's height increases as follows (Lee, 2015).

(V/V0=H/HO)3a, where the H is the elevation of the southern cross tower, V is the velocity of the wind of the concerned point, V0 and Ho are the elevations of the ground, a is the factor needed to be determined by the wind condition and the terrain. Once the wind velocity is gotten, the pressure can be determined because of the wind as follows below (Li, 2016)

 (P/P0= V/VO)3.

The analysis of the displacement responses and the internal force with rare earthquakes have been carried out through the static elastic-plastic pushover analysis, and the common earthquakes have been carried out by the use of the method of static elastic time-history (Stern, 2014). This section also reviews the elastic-plastic and elastic structural process and methods. The software used for the design of high-rise constructions and finite element analysis include the MIDAS/Gen V8.0 and the ETABS V13.1, SAP2000 V15.0 which were used to carry out the design and structural analysis including the elastic-time history analysis, static analysis. The table below shows the section type and size of the Southern Cross tower (Liang, 2010) 

The failure mode under the final load, mechanical characteristics, and design loads of the Southern Cross Tower with diagonal braces can also be determined using the finite element model ANY. The materials used in the construction of this Southern Cross Tower frame building for the secondary truss, diagonal brace, truss, and column are all Q345B with the density of 7.85 × 10-5 g/mm3, Poisson’s ration on 0.3, and elastic modulus of 2.06 × 105 N/mm. (Maywalda, 2016)

The analysis of elastic time- history and the method of response spectrum can also be adapted to determine the structural response under the antiseismic grade level which is Level 2, the seismic precautionary intensity which is 8, and the frequent earthquakes. The figure below shows the stress-strain curve of the Southern Cross Tower frame building with diagonal braces after considering the rare earthquake of 0.05, frequent earthquake of 0.03, the damping ratio of 0.03, and the structure height of 50 to 200m (Memari, 2014). 

The Southern Cross building tend to have the high horizontal and vertical load, meaning that it is are impacted more by the lateral forces like earthquakes and winds which can cause it to slide or overturn off its foundation (Souder, 2014). Live loads: the downward forces on the Southern Cross tower building coming from the expected weights of the occupants and possessions comprising the items inside. Generally, the loads are specified in the codes of the building and the engineers of the Southern Cross tower designed the building to carry the greater loads. The dead loads which are the downward forces of the building resulting from the building's weight including the facades and walls were evaluated (Michael, 2015) 

The method of direct essential is used when determining the seismic reaction in the elastic history analyses. The optimum envelop mixture of the internal force attained through a method of response spectrum and the analysis of time-history is implemented for the elastic design of the load combination. The dead load incorporates the weights of the concrete slabs, joints, trusses, and columns which should also be included in the mode.  

From the figure above, the optimum elastic of the Southern Cross Tower drift is approximately 1/472 is the x-axis, and the optimum elastic drift of the Southern Cross Building is 1/450 in the X-axis under a frequent earthquake of 8 degrees. The largest drift in the modular storey drift happens at the 11th floor of the Southern Cross Tower structure and the drift varies sharply at the 21st and 11th storey since the cross section of the pillars at these two storeys as altered to smaller sizes leading to the decrease in the vertical stiffness (Maywalda, 2016). The figure below shows the curves of the drift of the modular storey structure under the wind loads with the same seismic loads (Moreno, 2014):

Wind loads are very significant design factor for the Southern Cross building which was having very large surface area. The Southern Cross building was designed to resist the everyday conditions of the wind and also extreme conditions that may happen once each hundred years. They are known as the design winds speed and were specified in the code of the building. The Southern Cross tower was required to resist the force of wind of around 150KG/M2, which can be a very important force when multiplied by the surface area of the building. The columnar uplift happens when the winds create the effect of sanctioning that lift the building from the foundation (Newman, 2015). The steel framed buildings are at the risk for the columnar uplift and the prevention only start with the foundation. The heavier foundation with the deeper footing or the topsoil in the foundation are the options that were used to reduce the uplift of the Southern Cross tower building (Peters, 2015). 

The figure above shows that the changes are uniform in the Southern Cross Tower construction inside the section having similar size in the column section. The optimum storey drift is 1/509, the optimum dislocation angle of the top of the building is 1/500, and the optimum displacement at the top of the building is 154.8mm (Smith, 2016)

The steel is one of the major improved and recycled materials. Around 85 per cent is recycled with no strength loss or quality and around ten per cent is reused. The steel building gets the numerous basics of the structure in the combined design. The materials are fabricated, manufactured and con structed by the use of efficient processes of production. The use of materials is optimized highly in the Southern Cross tower and the wastes eliminated virtually. The steel construction gives the low investment prices. Optimum cost of operation, and the outstanding flexibility if the southern tower use with high-quality id he aesthetic, functionality and fast times of construction.  The high proportion of the offsite fabrication in the southern tower building means that the conditions and controlled, safer and protected from the weather.  

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