Design and Construction Challenges of Macau Eiffel Tower

Date, time & venue
2017-03-01;6:30pm to 7:30pm;Room V322, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hunghom, Kowloon


Speakers: Ir Mike Tapley, Aurecon and Mr Martin Davies, Sands Casinos Ltd



The Parisian Macao is an integrated resort on the Cotai Strip, Macao with the half-scale Eiffel Tower being one of its landmarks. The Macau Eiffel tower is intended to be a faithful replica of the original, reproducing many of the intricate original detail. The need to replicate the detail and also to satisfy current international code requirements, particularly in respect of the wind loading experienced in Macau, challenged the design and construction teams. The tower was analysed both in its final condition and also during its erection, with due consideration for vibration and the comfort of the constructors and end users. Three-dimensional modelling of the tower with BIM software enabled the fabricators and erectors to understand how the intricate detailing of the joints could be assembled.


This is a unique opportunity to delve into the past on one of the most recognisable structures in the world and gain insight into some of the key challenges facing the design and construction of this authentic recreation.


About Speaker:

Ir Mike Tapley has almost 30 years of experience, mainly in the construction of bridges and infrastructure works. In particular he has worked on long span bridges such as Kurushima Bridge in Japan, Rion-Antirion Bridge in Greece and Stonecutters Bridge in Hong Kong. He is a Technical Director of Aurecon, based in its Hong Kong office leading a team of engineers on a diverse range of structural projects.


Martin Davies is the Vice President Development for Sands China Limited, and in that capacity is responsible for all construction projects within the Venetian Macau portfolio, including the recently completed Parisian Resort. Martin has over 30 years of Project Management experience in Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau across a diverse range of project types and delivery models.


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