Yu Lie

China Pictorial (English) - - FEATURES -

Deputy Di­rec­tor of the HZMB Au­thor­ity Joined the project in 2004

For the first four years, Yu Lie par­tic­i­pated in prepara­tory re­search, sur­vey­ing and pre­par­ing ma­te­ri­als. He was later tasked with man­ag­ing project con­struc­tion. For the next eight years, he was re­spon­si­ble for en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion. Later, his work in­volved prepa­ra­tion work for the Health, Safety and En­vi­ron­ment (HSE) man­age­ment sys­tem and com­mu­ni­ca­tion. A gi­gan­tic stack of 14 years of work­ing notes, 20,000 doc­u­ments and over 400 pages of emails tes­tify to his ded­i­ca­tion to the project, as well as trace the bridge’s in­cu­ba­tion to com­ple­tion.

Yu con­sid­ers him­self and his en­gi­neer peers lucky to be able to par­tic­i­pate in the great project. “But you would not envy us if you saw the stretches when we were stranded on is­lands, ships and bridges for seven years,” Yu gasps. “We stayed up all night hold­ing our breath through 33 ty­phoon alerts.” Ad­jec­tives he used to de­scribe the work in­clude glo­ri­ous, but also bor­ing, ar­du­ous, dif­fi­cult and even frus­trat­ing.

The project is near an end. For the fore­see­able fu­ture, Yu will con­tinue to man­age the bridge’s op­er­a­tion. He be­lieves that there is noth­ing more to say about the bridge, be­cause “it speaks for it­self.”

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