Tai Tam Tuk reservoir is the last and the largest capacity impounding reservoir of the four reservoirs of Tai Tam Waterworks Scheme. Construction of the dam commenced from 1912 and completed in 1917, while the commorating stone for the completion of the reservoir was laid on 2 February 1918.
The talk delivers the findings about the history of design and construction of the dam, including To Tei Wan quarry, the pier for landing of stone at Tai Tam Harbour, the hang dug caissons in ground investigation, the steel sheetpiling cofferdam downstream, the site office and infrastructure work adjacent to the submerged Tytam Took Village.
People involved in the dam construction included the villagers of Tytam Took, the fishermen and residents of Tai Tam Harbour, Mr. Daniel J. Jaffe - the engineer of the project, several hundreds of construction workers and quarry workers. Their stories will be shared.
About the speaker
Ir Dr. S.W. Poon, Adjunct Professor, Department of Real Estate and Construction, The University of Hong Kong
Currently Dr. Poon is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Real Estate and Construction, The University of Hong Kong. He is a Chartered Structural Engineer, a Corporate Member of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and a Member of Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management.
His research interests include temporary works design and construction, and investigation of accidents and failures during construction. In the last decade his research interest covers historic construction works such as the Centenary Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir Dam, History of Quarrying in Hong Kong, and Historic Lighthouses in Hong Kong and Nearby Places.
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