A study on the use of precast concrete construction in Hong Kong

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A study on the use of precast concrete construction in Hong Kong


Author: Leung, Wai-man
Title: A study on the use of precast concrete construction in Hong Kong
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 2002
Subject: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Precast concrete construction -- China -- Hong Kong
Department: Multi-disciplinary Studies
Dept. of Building and Real Estate
Pages: vi, 79 leaves ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1637859
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/1065
Abstract: The first chapter introduces the dissertation, outlining its aims and objectives, as well as the methods of research undertaken to compile the dissertation. The major focus is to determine the precast concrete system which should be used and improved to meet the demand for construction industry at present and in the future. Though its history, precast concrete construction has been successfully applied to civil and building works. Precast concrete can provide good quality with shorter times in the factory or in site yards. Labour reduction is also a major advantage. The Harmony Blocks are mainly designed to meet the demand for public housing. The Hong Kong, the use of in-situ concrete is more common in private sector especially in commercial building because developers of commercial buildings usually want their buildings to be different from the others. On the other hand, using precast concrete is very common in the public housing blocks are simple and standardised. Another reason is that as the public housing estates are usually located in new towns the sites have fewer restrictions. Two projects which have used the precast concrete system were chosen as case studies. These projects were quite successful in erecting precast concrete elements for public housing in a limited time. The standardised elements can be produced larger quantity in manufacturing. Interviews were carried out with those in the public and private sectors. They have broad experience of the precast construction industry, and share their opinions on the development of the use of precast concrete In the conclusion, precast concrete construction is summarised and the project's hypothesis shown to hold true. A critique of the dissertation and possible areas for further study is also included.

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