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Technical Seminar “Near Coastal Land Formation by Reclamation – Importance of Ground Improvement Specifications”

Date, time & venue 
2013-10-31;6:00pm for 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm.;HKIE Seminar Room




Jesper S. Damgaard, General Manager Ports & Marine – Asia Pacific, SMEC International Pty Ltd.


Mr. Damgaard has over 20 years experience in research, consultancy and business operation for marine and coastal engineering, and he has worked on marine assignments in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe.  His specialty is hydrodynamics and sediment transport.  He has worked on world-class research projects for sediment transport, coastal hydrodynamics, soil liquefaction, soft clay scour and seabed pipelines, and he is the author or co-author of ten peer-reviewed journal papers and more than twenty conference papers.  On the consultancy side he has participated in key infrastructure projects such as the groundbreaking Schiehallion deepwater oil field, Brass River LNG, Mangalore barge-mounted power plant, Jebel Ali Container Terminal and Tanjung Priok Port Expansion. He has experience in clay/mud seabed behaviour from projects like Pinghu Oil & Gas field pipeline scour, Longman Outfall and Schiehallion.  Through his ten year stay in the Middle East he participated in a number fo reclamation projects in the UAE and he was the Project Director for the programme management services for the large reclamation project for the ADNOC Upper Zakum Artificial Islands.  Mr. Damgaard is a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Chartered Engineer in UK.    


Dr Suraj de Silva, Technical Director (Geotechnics and Tunnels) SMEC Asia Ltd.


Dr De Silva is an international geotechnical specialist with over 30 years of experience having worked on major and challenging infrastructure projects in Hong Kong, Singapore, Macau, the Middle East, Korea, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India. His specialty areas are reclamations over soft clays, dredging, marine piling, soft clay engineering and ground treatment. He has practiced in Hong Kong for the past 20 years and some of his key reclamation projects in Hong Kong are the Container Terminal 9 (CT9), Tseung Kwan O (TKO) New Town reclamations, the Western Harbour Crossing Immersed Tube tunnel, the HK Exhibition and Convention Centre Extension Reclamation. He carried out the investigation of unusual settlements that occurred in TKO in 1999/2000 for CEDD, and the settlements of the TKO Industrial Estate for the HK Science Parks Corporation, and subsequently for DSD. Some of his key overseas projects are the Al Raha Beach Development in Abu Dhabi; the 40 km long Mussaffah Navigation Channel dredging in Abu Dhabi, the 6 km Padma Bridge in Bangladesh and the Cotai Landfill Containment bund in Macau. Apart from Dr De Silva’s extensive experience in marine geotechnics, he has also been involved in tunnels projects, landslides, deep basements, deep foundations and landfill projects. He was also the geotechnical discipline leader for the Singapore Downtown Line 2 (DTL2) - Section 1, comprising 11km of tunnels and 8 stations.



Programme Highlights

The presenters will highlight the some of the major near shore reclamations projects they have been involved in Hong Kong, the Middle East, South East Asia, Sri Lanka, and India where reclamations have been carried out over soft marine muds or sandy seabeds, using reclamation fill material ranging from good quality quarts and silica sands to public fill to calcareous sands in the Middle East. The ground improvement techniques used range from prefabricated vertical band drains (PVDs) and stone columns for the improvement of the soft clays to dynamic compaction and deep vibrocompaction to densify the reclamation fill materials. The presentation will highlight the issues that were experienced when undertaking these ground improvement works in soft clay and in fill materials and the importance of having in place the appropriate specification clauses in the contract documents - specifically related to ground treatment with PVDs, stone columns and densification of reclamation fill. The use of the Piezocone Penetration Tests (PCPT) and the normalized Soil Behaviour Type (SBTn) chart and the Index, in the assessment of the fines content in the sands, relative density and liquefaction potential of the reclamation fill will be described with reference to the latest developments in CPT technology; particularly with regards to testing of crushable calcareous sands.





Registration & Enquiries

Seats are limited to 80.


Prior registration is required. But at 12:00pm 28 October 2013, the nubmer of applicants far exceeded the capacity, the registration process was CLOSED


Priority will be given to member of Civil Division for allocation of seats.


Only successful applicants will be informed by email on or before 25 October 2013.


For enquiries, please contact Ir S.S. Kong at tel. 90232209 or email


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