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Technical Visit to the Netherlands - Study of Global Practices on Land Reclamation, Coastal Resilience and Spatial Urban Design

The HKIE Geotechnical Division is organising a technical visit to the Netherlands between 25 and 31 August 2019. The visit is aimed at enriching Hong Kong engineers’ knowledge on global practices on land reclamation, including coastal flood protection and ecosystem restoration, as well as spatial planning concepts in urban design including smart use of underground space. To meet the challenges faced by Hong Kong, it is a right timing for us to tap into other countries’ experience and expertise. The Netherlands is definitely a role model for us to learn, in particular regarding the strategy and approaches adopted in land reclamation, coastal resilience and city development.

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Vertical AI – An integrated solution for smart and resilient city

Building a world-class smart, resilient, and sustainable city is an endless endeavor of the Hong Kong and worldwide governments. The advent of AI Era enables the feasibility and even accelerates the progress towards this goal. In this talk, the recent research development and innovations from the Data-Enabled Scalable Research (DESR) Laboratory of the HKUST, will be present to showcase the power of harnessing the Vertical AI, an integrated solution, from sensor design/deployment, data gathering, building the big data infrastructure, AI-enabled big data analytics, to the semantic integration for a holistic decision making, to spearhead the development of smart and resilient city. Different implementations of Vertical AI on, e.g., landslide monitoring and management, hazardous trees monitoring, environmental protection and conservation (i.e., Green AI), etc. will be present first to demonstrate the capability of Vertical AI. Then, based on the development of Vertical AI, the focus of the talk will be put on the next generation of civil engineering sensing and monitoring, i.e., AI-enabled sensors and sensing system that combines the power of IoT and edge AI (AIoT). Above all, the ultimate objective of this talk is to help us identify and reveal the synergies between civil engineers and machines in the AI Era. That is, how we can get empowered, but not overpowered, by AI in our digital world.

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Technical Visit to Foundation and Basement Works for New Acute Hospital at Kai Tak Development Area

This project include construction for a new acute hospital with 2,400 beds, 37 operating theatres and a brand range of clinical services and facilities and provision of a continuous traffic-free pedestrian waterfront promenade at the strip of land adjoining the site for the new acute hospital. Total construction floor are around 500,000 m2. The proposed NAH are divided into two sites, Site A and B. Site B includes more than 170 nos. of large diameter bored piles, 52,000 linear m of sheet piles, ELS Works and subsequent substructure construction works.

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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Technical Seminar on Advances in Shallow Seismic Investigation for Managing Ground Risk

Complementing traditional approaches to site characterisation, recent developments in near-surface seismic investigation techniques have led to better representation of ground structure and in-situ geotechnical properties, improving the likelihood of avoiding unforeseen ground conditions for infrastructure development. The civil engineering sector has sometimes had a somewhat jaundiced view of geophysics, but a properly designed, executed and communicated (and critically, early) geophysical screening strategy can help not only to optimise subsequent intrusive campaigns but to populate what can represent large information gaps (uncertainty) in the Ground Model space between points of control such as boreholes and probings and their associated localised tests. For existing and future infrastructure developments, looking ahead, the evolution of legislation relating to seismic site assessment and site vulnerability for dense urban areas such as Hong Kong necessitates an awareness of the art of the possible for geophysical investigation. We review six seismic methods where recent advances in data acquisition technology and/or processing offers an opportunity for improved early screening for infrastructure development and / or seismic site assessment, and benefits in terms of better risk evaluation and timely decision-making.

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Technical Visit to New Zealand – Debriefing Seminar

The HKIE Geotechnical Division organized an Overseas Delegation to New Zealand from 4 to 8 March 2019. The visit is aimed at enriching Hong Kong engineers' knowledge on construction innovations, such as artificial intelligence, BIM, automation, drone photography, and smart technologies applied to infrastructure projects in Auckland and reconstruction for earthquake resilience after the 2011 Christchurch and 2016 Kaikoura earthquakes. In this evening debriefing session, delegates will share the knowledge and experience gained during the technical visits.

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