Beyond Building Failures: From Destructive to Instructive

Department: Real Estate and Construction

Knowledge Exchange Impact Project 2019/20
Title: Beyond Building Failures: From Destructive to Instructive
Project Coordinator: Dr. Katherine Deng

Abstract:
Sensational building failures never fail to attract attention throughout the construction industry and beyond, because of fueled concern over the safety of everyone’s own built environment. This project intends to make destructive failures instructive to the public and especially to the younger-generation engineers. Based on decades of extensive research, practice and community services on construction failures and building collapses, historic and topical failure cases in Hong Kong and nearby places will be presented from a layperson’s perspective through talks, seminars and guided tours for the public, members of professional bodies, practitioners, designated secondary school teachers and students, and public policy makers.

Topic 1: A story triggered by faulty couplers – Safety considerations at design (by Prof. Francis T. K. Au, Department of Civil Engineering, HKU)

Topic 2: Construction safety – A recent court case (by Mr. H.K. Lee, Department of Real Estate and Construction, HKU):

Topic 3: Building failure (Part 1); Building failure (Part 2); Falsework collapse; Waterdam (by Dr. S. W. Poon, Department of Real Estate and Construction, HKU):

Topic 4: The Collapse of the 5th Elevation: A Green Roof Case Revisited (by Dr. Katherine Deng, Department of Real Estate and Construction, HKU):

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UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE