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Workshop on Foundation Engineering

The Geotechnical Division planned a series of workshops on various topics of geotechnical engineering. The target participants are young engineers in the geotechnical disciplines and also civil and structural engineers who are interested in geotechnical designs. These workshops aim to introduce some basic geotechnical knowledge useful for understanding the current geotechnical practice in Hong Kong.

The workshop on Foundation Engineering will be held on two Saturday mornings, on 18 & 25 May 2019, respectively. The topics to be covered in the workshop include introduction of the types of shallow foundations and pile foundations, an overview of design theories and relevant design codes, settlement analyses, methods of construction, instrumentation and testing, and case studies.

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Technical Visit to Study Area No. 11SW-D/SA5 at 12 Wong Nai Chung Gap Road, Leon Court under Contract No. GE/2017/05

This scope of works comprise of boulder survey, insitu boulder stabilization works, installation of soil nails, design, supply and installation of flexible barrier, construction maintenance pavement and stairway and hydroseeding and planting of seeding trees

In this visit, participants will gather at the site and a presentation on the works and challenges of the project will be given, followed by a site visit. .

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Digital Technology and the Thames Tideway Tunnel

This presentation will demonstrate some of the real-life benefits of BIM adoption and use on one of the largest and most ambitious city sanitation projects in the world; Thames Tideway. Comprising of a series of tunnels beneath the river Thames, passing through areas congested with services and transportation connections, many of which are well over 100 years old, the project is an immense challenge for the team responsible for its construction. Focusing on the east section of the project, of which Mott MacDonald is lead designer, this talk will introduce the historic background and the unique legacy left by great engineers, such as former ICE presidents Joseph Bazalgette (1882-84) and Basil Mott (1925) and show how technology is being used to assist modern engineers to solve historic problems in unique ways

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Workshop on Numerical Modelling for Design of Flexible Debris-resisting Barriers

Design of debris-resisting barriers has been migrating into a new era with the advancement of numerical modelling technique. Conventional design using the Energy Approach has been supplemented by novel numerical assessments to reveal the genuine barriers’ debris-resisting capacity. In some recent natural terrain hazard mitigation projects, designers have adopted computer programs, such as NIDA-MNN (for Force Approach) and LS-DYNA (for Coupled Analysis) to optimise their design of flexible debris-resisting barriers. This workshop focuses on introducing the computer programs for the design of flexible debris-resisting barriers with a view to equipping participants with the knowledge and hands-on experience pertinent to the numerical modelling of flexible barriers. This Workshop is intended for geotechnical practitioners who are / will be involved in the design of flexible debris-resisting barriers in Hong Kong.

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Introduction to Temporary Work Forum (TWf) Hong Kong & Constructability in ELS – Is it Easier or Harder?

In the evening talk, the speakers will introduce the Hong Kong Temporary Work Forum (TWf) established in 2017 by a group of enthusiastic managers and engineers taking full cognizance of challenges facing the local industry and workforce relating to temporary work. Temporary work is a significant cost element to projects and is usually safety critical. It represents one of the biggest risk in the construction industry causing serious injuries and fatality due to failure and lack of control in temporary works. Following the introduction of HK-TWf, the speakers will discuss some issues relating to constructability of ELS work, which are one major temporary work commonly seen in Hong Kong construction projects. Is it harder or easier to achieve a buildable ELS design despite of the challenges from the public concerning ground movement from ELS work? Is there a way forward to rebuild public confidence?

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