Canadian Consulting Engineer
Alan Davenport honoured by American Institute of Steel ConstructionEngineering
A Canadian engineer who has worked on some of the world's tallest and longest structures is being honoured with a S...
A Canadian engineer who has worked on some of the world’s tallest and longest structures is being honoured with a Special Achievement Award from the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) at a conference in Montreal this week.
Professor Alan G. Davenport, founder and director of the Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory at the University of Western Ontario in London, has worked on projects that include the World Trade Center in New York City, the Sears Tower in Chicago, the CN Tower in Toronto and the proposed new 3,300-m span Messina Straits Crossing in Italy.
He also pioneered the application of the boundary layer wind tunnel in the design of wind-sensitive structures. The laboratory is used to ascertain the effect of wind forces on structures as well as for other other problems, such as determining the wind effects of tall buildings in urban environments.
Professor Davenport served on the jury of the Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards — a program of this magazine and the Association of Consulting Engineers of Canada in 2004.
The award is being presented at the Annual Conference of the AISC which his being held at the Montreal Congress Centre, April 6-8.