Settling Down Easy

by Charles R. Heidengren, (F.ASCE), Sr. Project Mgr.; Schal Associates, Inc., 200 W. Hubbard St., Chicago, IL,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1992, Vol. 62, Issue 12, Pg. 72-74

Document Type: Feature article


In order to more fully participate in the international and Asian Pacific aviation network, it was decided to establish a highly efficient 24-hour a day operation at the New Kansai International Airport, in Osaka, Japan. The implementation of round-the-clock operations will permit: 1) Better integration of schedules for arrival and departures with other international airports around the world; 2) capability of handling greater daily volumes of air cargo; 3) more efficient operation of aircraft and use of facilities; 4) greater ability for the airport to serve as a hub between the Asia Pacific region and Europe and the Americas. Extremely large settlements have taken place during the construction of the offshore reclaimed island. Close monitoring and careful control of settlements, will be the crucial factor in the success of the project. The Control Tower and Administration Building complex are the core of the airport. They manage the air traffic control to ensure safety and efficient air navigation. Special innovative design features related to potential differential settlement of these structures, among the earliest facilities to be completed are described in this article.

Subject Headings: Air traffic control | Airports and airfields | Offshore construction | Traffic safety | Permits | Scheduling | Freight terminals | Aircraft and spacecraft | Asia | Japan | Europe

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