Hong Kong International Airport selects Aconex for Three Runway System

By Catherine Sturman
Aconex Limited has announced that the Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) has selected the Aconex platform for the design and construction of the 10-year...

Aconex Limited has announced that the Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) has selected the Aconex platform for the design and construction of the 10-year Three Runway System (3RS) project at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).

The new 3RS project, valued at HK$141.5 billion is part of the HKIA Master Plan 2030 published by the AAHK in 2011 and is intended to balance economic development with environmental conservation and sustainability. Aconex was awarded the 3RS project in an open tender process.

The AAHK will use Aconex as a ‘project communication system’ to connect the entire project team on a single collaboration platform for managing information and processes through all phases of the project lifecycle.

Project Scope Comparable to a New Airport

The scope of the 3RS project approaches the design and construction of a new airport:

  • Reclamation of approximately 650 hectares of land north of the existing airport island, using non-dredge methods such as a deep cement mixing technique
  • A new 3,800-metre runway and supporting taxiway systems, as well as reconfiguration of the existing north runway
  • A Third Runway Passenger Building with more than 280,000 square metres of floor space, 57 new parking spaces, and an apron
  • Expansion of the existing Terminal 2 to provide arrival, departure and other passenger services
  • A new 2,600-metre Automated People Mover (APM) system connecting Terminal 2 with the new passenger building and capable of transporting up to 10,800 passengers per hour
  • A new Baggage Handling System (BHS) linking Terminal 2 with the new Third Runway Passenger Building
  • Construction of other associated airport support infrastructure, a road network and transportation facilities.

On completion of the 3RS project, HKIA will be able to serve 30 million more passengers annually, as forecasted in the HKIA Master Plan 2030. As a point of comparison, the airport had served 68.5 million passengers and handled 4.38 million tonnes of cargo and 406,000 air traffic movements in 2015. The master plan accommodates further expansion of the passenger building facilities in the future, as needed.

“The 3RS project is a strategic addition to our portfolio of large airport projects around the world,” said Andy Lake, general manager of Asia at Aconex. “We appreciate the opportunity to support the AAHK and its project team on an environmentally sustainable infrastructure development that will have significant positive impact on the economic and business environment of Hong Kong.”

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Other major airport projects served by Aconex in recent years include Changi Airport in Singapore, Denver International Airport, Dubai International Airport, El Dorado International Airport in Bogota, Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, King Khaled International Airport in Riyadh, King Shaka International Airport in Durban, Saint Helena International Airport, Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, and the state capital city airports in Australia.

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