Q&A: Langan designs foundations for some of the tallest towers around the world. How does the firm provide its expertise in so many locations?

Kingdom Tower, Jeddah, KSA

Kingdom Tower, Jeddah, KSA

Langan’s core values of technical excellence, practical experience, and client responsiveness are desirable qualities that export well around the world. The technical excellence starts with a roster of geotechnical engineers that are trained at world class universities. This deep knowledge of soil mechanics, engineering geology, and foundation design allows us to apply fundamental and advanced engineering principles in any type of geology.

As for practical experience, it is essential when adapting to local construction equipment, workmanship, and materials. Many times, foundation options available in North America are not economically feasible in emerging economies.  We find that labor is less expensive compared to construction materials, where the opposite is often true in the U.S.

Last is client responsiveness. We find, especially in emerging markets, that few design teams can outpace Western project teams from concept design all the way through contract documents. Our international clients welcome this accelerated pace of work, because no matter where you are, time is money.

About Alan Poeppel, PE
Alan has over 20 years of diversified experience in geotechnical engineering projects involving the management, investigation, instrumentation, design, and construction of projects in the United States and overseas. He has spearheaded  a number of high-rise “super” towers projects in India and the Middle East including Kuala Lumpur City Center and the 1,000-meter-tall super structure, Kingdom Tower, in Saudi Arabia.

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