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Challenges in Design and Construction of Deep Excavation

Date, time & venue 
2018-10-19;;Chiang Chen Studio Theatre, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University 


Joint ICE-HKIE seminar


About this activity:

Due to scarcity of land, especially in urban areas, the need for basements to optimise the use of land has resulted in construction of deep excavation works. Deep excavation works pose great challenges to geotechnical engineers, particularly in complex ground conditions such as in limestone, where it exhibits notorious karstic features with irregular bedrock profiles, variable weathering condition, cavities and slime zones. With proper geotechnical input, costly failure and delay associated with underground works such as excessive groundwater lowering, occurrences of sinkholes, excessive ground settlements, etc. can be prevented. Suitable temporary earth retaining system and rock strengthening works have to be properly designed to prevent such failures. The presentation highlights design principles of temporary earth retaining system together with vertical rock excavation as well as three case studies including from Mass Rapid Transport (MRT) projects, from various challenging geological formations found within the Klang Valley of Malaysia; Limestone, Kenny Hill formation and Alluvium with high ground water table.


Dato’ Ir Dr Gue See Sew graduated from three universities; Diploma in Civil Engineering from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, First Class (Honours) Degree from University of Strathclyde, UK and Doctorate from Oxford University. Dato’ Gue holds an Honorary Doctorate in Science (2006) from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland. He was the President of the Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM) (2001 to 2003), International Chairman of the Coordinating Committee of APEC Engineers (2001–2005, 2007–2011) and the Head Commissioner of ASEAN Engineers Register (AER) (2003 - May 2007). He is the current Chairman of the International Professional Engineers Agreement (2017 – 2019). He is also currently member of the Commissioner of Enquiry (2018) appointed by the Governor of Penang to investigate the causes of landslide at Taman Sri Bunga, Penang in 2017 and the Chairman of Technical Advisory Panel for State of Penang (since 2013). He was member of the Commissioner of Enquiry (2013 – 2014) appointed by the Governor of Penang to investigate the causes of failure of the UMNO Building and collapse of Ramp 2 the Second Penang Bridge and member of the KLIA2 Independent Safety Committee (2014-2015) appointed by the Minister of Transport, Malaysia. He is now the Chief Executive Officer of G&P Professionals Sdn Bhd, a one-stop engineering specialist service centre.


Free of charge





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The deadline for registration is 17 September 2018. Please complete the on-line registration at Email registration will not be accepted. Only successful applicants will be informed by email.


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