Hong Kong's Public Works Laboratories (PWL) are the unseen quality control behind every public construction project in the city. Under the guidance of 13 professional geotechnical engineers, 94 technical grade staff carry out more than half a million specialised tests each year, conducting analysis of soil, rock, concrete, bitumen and steel, as well as setting construction standards and supporting slope safety across the city.
The PWL was born as the Geotechnical Control Office, a government department set up to improve slope safety in the wake of several fatal landslides in the 1970s. Now, while it is recognised as a world leader in landslide risk assessment, its remit is much wider, offering technicians and engineers a rewarding and interesting career.
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