Author: Ayres, A G;MacArthur, JM
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Ayres, A G;MacArthur, JM
This paper describes the development of the Tsing Ma Bridge, a central part of the highway and railway access to Hong Kong's new port and airport developments on Lantau island. It briefly outlines the history of the project from the initial feasibility study, commenced in 1978, to the final design, which is currently under construction. When completed in 1997, the bridge will have the world's longest combined highway and railway clear span. Hong Kong's climatic conditions, in particular the occurrence of typhoons, and the requirement to carry the high-speed Airport Railway have each had major influences on the final design. A.S. Beard
Born in Tianjin, a major commercial city in north China, CHENG Hon-kwan - known to his colleagues and friends as ‘H.K.’ - spent his early years in Beijing and Tianjin. He received his secondary education at the Tientsin Anglo-Chinese College, founded by the London Missionary Society, where one of the teachers then was the Rev. Eric Liddell, the well-known Scottish Gold Medallist of the 1924 Olympics. Mr Cheng undertook his civil engineering training at Tianjin University where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in 1948.
To engineers practising in the UK or elsewhere in the world, the term ‘caisson’ is normally taken to denote mechanically bored pier foundations in land formation or a large floating prefabricated box to be sunk into a river or seabed. Y.W. Mak