American Society of Civil Engineers


Mastering a Mountain


by Robert L. Reid, (Senior Editor, Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, VA.)

Civil Engineering—ASCE
, Vol. 80, No. 12, December 2010, pp. 70-77

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Document type: Feature Article
Abstract: To accommodate a major expansion at the University of Hong Kong, engineers were faced with, literally, a mountain of a problem-a mountain slope that stood in the way of the construction work. The solution was to excavate two caverns inside the mountain to house a pair of relocated saltwater service reservoirs and to move a freshwater service reservoir to a new ground-level site. In this way space was created for new buildings on the university’s Centennial Campus.


ASCE Subject Headings:
Hong Kong
Slope stability
Excavation
Mountains
Reservoirs

Image Credits:  The University of Hong Kong/Black & Veatch Hong Kong Limited (pg 70-71, 72, 74-75, 77),  credit The University of Hong Kong/Wong & Ouyang (HK) LTD. (pg 73, 76)