Topic: Design and Construction of the World's Largest Aerial Cable Car System Ngong Ping 360 Tung Chung Cable Car Project
||30th July 2005 (Sat.)
|| Lam Woo International Conference Centre, Baptist University Road, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong
Balancing the competing demands for quality, scope, time and cost is one of the challenging obligations of a Project Manager, not to mention the responsibilities of unifying an international project team to fulfill the expectations of stakeholders. Being core members of the Ngong Ping 360 Project, Mr. Grigg and Mr. Blair are going to share with us the stories of making this unique tourism attraction come true as well as the skills, tools and techniques being employed.
Mr. Paul Grigg ; Senior Design Manager, Mass Transit Railway Corporation
Mr. Archie Blair; Project Manager, Maeda Corporation
CPD Report :
The CPD Event for Design and Construction of Ngong Ping 360 Tung Chung Cable Car Project was held at the Lam Woo International Conference Centre of the Hong Kong Baptist University on 30 th July 2005 .
There were about 75 attendees during the event. It was organized by the Hong Kong Institute of Project Management (HKIPM) while University of South Australia and HK Baptist University take part as co-organizers with supporting organizations such as the MTR Corporation and Maeda Corporation.
Guest Speakers are Mr. Paul Grigg, Senior Design Manager of Mass Transit Railway Corporation and Mr. Archie Blair, Project Manager of Maeda Corporation who are both core members of the Ngong Ping 360 Project.
The Tung Chung Cable Car Project is a BOT Type of Contract (Target Cost approach) with 30 years agreement (including the construction period). It has a very tight schedule and contains numerous constraints / risk which have been discussed by the speakers.
The project involves the construction of two terminals (Tung Chung and Ngong Ping), an Airport Island Angle Station and the construction of 8 towers (5 of them located within the country park).
As most of the infrastructures are located within North Lantau Country Park , every aspect of the environment has been carefully addressed with a view of keeping possible environmental impact to a minimum. A sustainability management board was formed to manage stakeholders and to monitor any environmental impacts.
The selection of the cable car system technology, its alignment and the design of the structures is a direct result of minimizing the environmental impacts. This results in minimizing the number of tower structures and ensuring these structures will not damage the local ecological system. The speakers have explained briefly some of the methods in protecting the Country Park , which includes transplanting of trees, diversion of streams, treatment of wastewater, etc.
The remoteness of the sites in the North Lantau Country park has also provide some challenges to the project team on how to get people, materials and equipment to the sites without causing unnecessary disruption to the natural environment. Two methods are currently being used, the first one is using helicopters and the other method is using backpack mules imported from Canada .
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