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[FULL] Technical Seminar – Successful Value Engineering Design and Construction of South Island Line Contract 903

Date, time & venue 
2016-11-17;6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m;Chan Yat Mei Sophie Room, 9/F, HKIE HQ, Causeway Bay


Programme Highlight

South Island Line East (SIL-E) is a medium-capacity railway line connecting the current MTR network at Admiralty Station to the southern district of Hong Kong. The total length of SIL-E is approximately 7 km with new stations at Ocean Park, Wong Chuk Hang, Lei Tung and South Horizons.


Contract 903 is a Target Cost Works Contract comprising the construction of two elevated stations at Ocean Park and Wong Chuk Hang, s 1.8 km elevated viaduct, a new 250 m bridge spanning over the Aberdeen Channel, the enhancement of Staunton Creek Nullah’s box culvert and other associated slope up-grading, landscaping, traffic and highways works.


In stages 1 & 2 of the tender, the speakers in conjunction with an integrated project team had undertook the value engineering exercise of the conforming design and construction methodology and came up with very innovative alternative designs and erection methods for the precast segmental viaducts. The adoption of an integral pier-deck construction method, coupled with rigorous analytical methods with due consideration of the low-tolerance rail-structure-interaction operation criteria, has resulted in a highly optimised alternative design.


The integrated team conducted additional value-engineering works after the contract award to further optimise the alternative designs and develop highly cost-effective overall solutions. The foundations and slope works were reduced to achieve significant construction programme benefits and specialised moveable lifting frames and transporters were deployed for segment erection to enable fast delivery of segments from any locations to the work front during the balanced cantilever construction. The works inside the nullah were also reviewed. By setting up hydraulic models of the river for each season and combined that with the temporary water-gates system, construction works in the nullah can be carried out continuously throughout all stages and seasons.



Paul Freeman – Operations Manager – Leighton Contractors (Asia) Limited


A Chartered Civil Engineer, Member of HKIE since 2010 and Fellow of IEAust since 2014. He was President of the Hong Chapter of Engineers Australia in 2014-15.


Paul has over 25 years of experience in Construction in Australia, Malaysia, U.A.E and Hong Kong with experience in civil and building construction, environmental protection, safety and quality management


In Hong Kong Paul has worked on Haeco Aircraft Maintenance Hangar 3A, the Entry Plaza, Aqua City and Grand Aquarium at Ocean Park and the Aviation Fuel Facility for Chep Lak Kok Airport.


From 2011 – 2014 he was Project Director of SIL903



Francis Kung, Managing Director – Meinhardt Infrastructure and Environment Ltd

A Chartered Civil Engineer and Fellow of HKIE since 1998. He is currently a Council Member of HKIE and was Chairman of the Civil Division in the 2002-2003 session.


Francis has over 35 years of experience in planning and implementation of multi-disciplinary infrastructure projects in Hong Kong and the UK. His work portfolio includes the Eastern and Western Harbour Crossings, Hung Hom Bypass, Route 8 Shatin to Cheung Sha Wan, West Rail DD400 and more recently the Trunk Road T2, SCL Kai Tak Station and Associated Tunnels, District Colling System Phase 3A within the Kai Tak Development and four iconic architectural bridges in China. By discipline, he is an expert in design and assessment of railway and highway bridges in precast segments and has been involved in most of the precast segmental bridge projects in Hong Kong, including SIL 903 and currently the viaducts of Liantang Contracts 3 and 6.



Free of charge


Registration & Enquiries

The number of participants is limited to 80 and priority will be given to members of Civil Division. Please complete the on-line registration at Email registration will not be accepted. Only successful applicants will be informed by email. For enquiries, please contact Ir Alex Li at



CPD Certificate

CPD certificate will be issued to those who attend the seminar.


Remarks: (The talk will be conducted in English)

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