Virtual Discovery

Burj Khalifa

Standing at over 2,700 feet and 163 stories tall, the Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest building, tallest structure, and tallest free-standing structure. Since construction ended in 2009, it has served as a global icon for the future of structural design and engineering innovation.

Crane Operator

Joe the crane operator lifted loads, unloaded trucks, poured concrete, and moved equipment and materials around the site with his crane.

Structural Engineer

Bill the engineer made calculations for the building’s structural system and loads to ensure it could withstand stress and pressure from environmental and other forces.


Sam the geologist took soil samples and performed seismic and pressure tests to ensure the foundation could withstand the weight of the building.