Vertical Transportation Systems

  • Albert Ting-pat So
  • Wai Lok Chan
Part of the The International Series on Asian Studies in Computer and Information Science book series (ASIS, volume 5)


Vertical transportation systems include all kinds of transportation media within buildings, such as lifts, escalators, hydraulic hoists and passengers conveyors etc. It may be considered the most important building services system for high-rise buildings. Every occupant of a high-rise commercial building needs to take lifts at least four times a day, in the morning, during lunch and after office hours. In this chapter, we shall look into the basic structure of a lift, safety devices, and the control and monitoring aspects. Modern lift drives and techniques in traffic analysis will be touched on briefly.


Round Trip Time Induction Machine Hydraulic Lift Guide Rail Lift System 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Albert Ting-pat So
    • 1
    • 3
  • Wai Lok Chan
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Johnson Controls Intelligent Building Research CentreCity University of Hong KongChina
  2. 2.Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityChina
  3. 3.City University of Hong KongChina

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