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Finishing touches

But the engineers weren't finished yet. With its aerodynamic shape and stiffening outrigger trusses, Taipei 101 would stand up to typhoons, but it would still sway and vibrate enough to make tower workers feel sick.

The final engineering step was to install a huge tuned mass damper - a device for transferring energy from the tower's movement into giant shock absorbers.

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Engineers inspect Taipei 101
Engineers inspect Taipei 101's tuned mass damper as it is installed.
Ian Morley

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