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Johannes De Jong
Director – Technology, KONE Industrial Ltd, Finland

“Elevatoring issues affecting high rise buildings in India”

Building codes and practices for vertical transportation applied in India are not meant for high rise buildings. Vertical Transportation in many high rise office towers in India is heavily under dimensioned. The expected boom in high rise towers, especially in Mumbai, will require a change of the rules used in India for elevators. This presentation will highlight some of the limitations of the current codes, and suggest better alternatives, as well as highlighting some of the influencing issues such as “stack effect” and “building sway” which have an important effect on vertical transportation.



He joint KONE after receiving his master’s degree in Engineering from the Polytechnical University of Delft in the Netherlands in 1977. He started in R&D as a designer, became a design team leader in 1978 and progressed to Project Manager in R&D in 1980. In 1986 he became the first Elevator System Manager in R&D and was nominated the Engineering Manager of the KONE High Rise Centre in 1988. In 1998 he joined the newly established Global KONE Major Project Organisation in his present function as Director – Products & Technology.

Due to his exceptionally wide technical expertise he functions as one of the senior vertical transportation advisors globally, and has received several awards and mentions for his work. He is a member of the steering committee of the CTBUH and a member on several technical workgroups of the European Elevator Code committee preparing new revisions and interpretations on EN81-1.

Eleven years experience in R&D followed by 21 years of co-ordination with R&D, and holds over 500 different patents.
He has also been involved in of many of the world’s tallest buildings.


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