GEO holds exhibition on 30 years of efforts in slope safety

The Geotechnical Engineering Office (GEO) of the Civil Engineering and Development Department will stage a five-day exhibition on "30 Years of Efforts in Slope Safety" at Central Atrium, Olympian City 2, Yau Ma Tei, tomorrow (April 19).

Hong Kong's history of frequent landslides over the last century culminated in a number of very serious incidents in the 1970s, including the tragedies at Po Shan Road and Sau Mau Ping. To prevent the recurrence of similar major disasters, the Government established the then Geotechnical Control Office (now the GEO) in 1977 to develop a Slope Safety System in Hong Kong to reduce landslide risk.  This year marks the 30th anniversary of the setting up of the Slope Safety System.  

At present, not only does this system help us meet the community needs for a high standard of slope safety, it is also regarded by geotechnical practitioners and natural hazard managers worldwide as a role model.

Opened from 10am to 10pm daily, the exhibition will convey to visitors Government's slope safety efforts in the last 30 years through colourful display panels and models, video show, computer animations, game booths and an information kiosk.  

The exhibition will remind the public to stay vigilant during periods of heavy rainfall to minimise the impact of landslides, the importance of proper slope maintenance and personal precautionary measures when "Landslip Warnings" are issued.

Interesting quiz games on slope safety and slope maintenance will also be held.

People who have enquiries about slope safety and slope maintenance can call the Citizen's Easy Link 1823. They are also welcome to browse the Hong Kong Slope Safety website at for slope safety information.

Ends/Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Issued at HKT 16:53