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HKRG Past Meeting Resources

Resources from past events organised by the Hong Kong Regional Group can be found below. 

If there is an event you would like details for, or questions about any past meeting resources that we can make available, please email us.


Technical Visit to Needle Hill Tungsten Mine

Date: 2 April 2016
Speaker: Ms. Trudy Kwong

Technical Visit to Needles_April 2016The Wolframite deposit at Needle Hill was one of the biggest tungsten mines in Hong Kong during the 1950s. Trudy, a mining geologist, led our ellows to the Needle Hill historical mine site and showed several key places around the hill.

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These included a disused mining office, two dump sites and several abandoned underground adits, of which one of the adits is still easily accessible. Wolframite and Molybdenite on granitic rock fragments were ubiquitous at the dump sites.


City to Desert: Mapping and Exploration in Australia

Date: 10 March 2016
Speaker: Dr. Richard Langford
 
City to Desert Lecture_Mar16Dr. Langford illustrated a chronology of his experience in the last 20 years after leaving the Hong Kong Geological Survey in 1994.  The  presentation,  with  lots  of  pictures  of  the mapping  and  exploration  environments  he  encountered, has  be  interwoven  with  a  wide  range  of  geological experiences. He showed how technological changes have been adopted over two decades, including GPS, digital mapping, hand-held XRF and remote sensing interpretation.

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Richard also  highlighted his  recently  published  paper  on  Landsat imagery,  and  two  other  projects;  structural  controls  in  the Hamersley Range  iron  province  and  Ti-V  stratigraphy  of  an Archean layered intrusion.

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A re-examination of joint roughness coefficient (JRC)

Date: 23 February 2016
Speaker: Dr. Louis N.Y. Wong
 
Dr Louis Wong_HKRG_feb16Dr. Louis N. Y. Wong was invited back to deliver a presentation to our Fellows at the University of Hong Kong. Details of his first lecture in 2015 are available further down.

In an attempt to analyze the shear strength of rock joint surfaces, Dr. Wong focused on the JRC-JCS model (Barton criterion). He explained the traditional approaches used by scholars to estimate JRC and noted shortcomings to these methods.

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To get a more representative correlation, he revisited the correlation between JRC and roughness parameters Z2. In the new approach, a correlation which takes into consideration both slope-based and amplitude-based parameters is proposed. The methodology, possible errors in past studies and recommendations were also discussed.

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Evening Seminar

Date: 31 March 2015
Speaker: Nick Koor

Evening Seminar 31-03-15Nick presented the findings from recent work being undertaken at the University of Portsmouth on the use of visible/near-infrared (VIS/NIR) spectroscopy for geological applications such as mineral identification and logging, particle size characterisation, moisture content assessment etc.

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Several case studies from on-going research were presented including studies on the characterisation of landslide deposits and stratigraphic logging of the London Clay in the Isle of Wight. Nick showed how these studies were highlighting the versatility of the scanning equipment and outlined the plans for future research to further develop this emerging tool.

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HK Mining History_23-04-15

Overview of Hong Kong's Mining History

Date: 23 April 2015
Speaker: Jackie Chu

Jackie presented an overview of Hong Kong Mining History in his talk, which included details of the key minerals previous extracted in the territory (e.g. Galena, Wolframite, Magnetite, Beryl, Graphite, Quartz, Feldspar and Kaolin) as well as the locations of the main mine sites at which these were worked. 

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His presentation included numerous impressive graphics and photographs of the mine sites both during their working lifetime as well as their current abandoned condition. This included the historical evidence, such as old maps and local village names, which first gave him an indication of the historical mining activities in these areas.

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Joint Technical Seminar: Rock slope failure along non-persistent joints – insights from fracture mechanics approach.

Date: 5 March 2015

Joint Technical Seminar - March 2015The HKRG, the Hong Kong Branch of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and the City University of Hong Kong jointly held an evening seminar on rock slope failure along non-persistent joints, presented by Dr. Louis N. Y. Wong of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore.

Rock slope failure is often associated with the sliding of a rock block along a pre-existing discontinuity, where instability is structurally controlled. However, the persistence of key discontinuity sets is typically limited. The failure of rock slopes thus requires a complex interaction (such as coalescence) between non-persistent discontinuities to form a persistent slide plane. Although the Mohr-Coulomb failure criterion with a tensile cut-off can be conveniently applied to model the failure of the intact rock bridge between non-persistent joints, the stress concentration effects around the tips of discontinuities are undesirably ignored.

Joint Technical Seminar - March 2015This talk presented another approach (see attached presentation material) that incorporates a fracture mechanics failure criterion to simulate the nucleation or activation of cracks within the rock matrix and their possible coalescence. The cracking and slope failure behavior of various pre-existing discontinuity configurations obtained numerically was also compared with those observed in experimental studies.

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HKRG AGM 2015

Date: 25 February 2015

The HKRG held its Annual General Meeting on 25 February 2015 to report on activities held over the previous year and elect the committee for the coming 2015/16 Committee Session (see Chair's Report below). This was followed by an evening talk by Kevin Styles of Fugro Hong Kong Limited on “Geologists: Our worth & Are We Worthy”, a copy of which is also uploaded for reference.

By the close of the nomination period for committee membership, a total of 18 names had been put forward meaning that voting was required for the positions of Secretary, Treasurer and Ordinary Committee Membership. The AGM and Evening Talk were extremely well attended with 70 people turning up to vote on the committee members, which by the close of voting on the evening comprised:

Chair: Stuart Millis
Secretary: Fergus Cheng
Treasurer: Raymond Sung
Ordinary Committee Members: Hoi-Yan Ho, Emily Kai, Sarah Kong, Dickson Leung, Andrew Malone, Stephen Power, Iain Ross & Denise Tang

We look forward to this committee maintaining the high levels of activity achieved by the those representing the HKRG in previous years.

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Chair's Report 2014-15
AGM Talk by Kevin Styles

Evening Seminar: The Performance of Rock Slopes during the 2010/11 Canterbury Earthquake Sequence

Date: 19 January 2015
Time: 6.30 - 7.30pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre 10 (LT-3), 4/F Academic 1, City University of Hong Kong
Speaker: Dr Chris Massey

Synopsis

The Canterbury earthquake sequence triggered thousands of rockfalls in the Port Hills of Christchurch, New Zealand, with over 6,000 falling on 22 February 2011. Several hundred families were evacuated after about 200 homes were hit. Chris is currently leading a research project to quantify the seismic response of slopes in Christchurch and Wellington, New Zealand. 

Chris's talk highlighted observations, measurements and modelling results to discuss how rock slopes in the Port Hills of Christchurch, New Zealand, performed during the 2010/11 Canterbury earthquake sequence, and how they might perform in the future?.

About the Speaker

Dr. Chris Massey is an Engineering Geologist with over 18 years of research and consultancy experience, primarily in the investigation and analysis of complex geological and geotechnical data for geohazard assessments, slope stability (including landslide monitoring), foundation, underground/surface rock support and groundwater assessments. He has applied these skills to hazard assessments, highway, town planning, pipeline and mining engineering projects in Malawi, Bhutan, Nepal, Ethiopia, Russia (Sakhalin Island), Tajikistan, Hong Kong, Australia, Europe, UK and New Zealand. Recently Chris has lead a project assessing the rockfall and landslide risk to residential homes in the Port Hills of Christchurch, New Zealand, following the 2010/2011 Canterbury earthquake sequence.

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Annual Dinner 2015

Date: 16 January 2015

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Joint Technical Seminar: Non-textbook Flowslides in Fine-grained Colluvium

Flowslides SeminarDate: 2 December 2014
Time: 6.00 pm 
Speaker: Professor Oldrich Hungr, University of British Columbia, Canada

Synopsis

The name flowslide applies to a landslide that involves liquefaction due to the structural collapse of the soil fabric. Flowslides can be extremely damaging, because they involve sudden failure, high velocity and long runout. They occur during earthquakes, but also often spontaneously, as a result of over-stress of collapse-susceptible soil.

Much of the existing literature dealing with flowslides relates specifically to known collapsesusceptible soil types, including loose saturated sand or silt (loess), or extra-sensitive clay. However, collapsive behavior may occur in a much wider range of soil types. Of particular interest are flowslides that involve previously-disturbed soils (“colluvium”).

This lecture presented several cases of major, fatal flowslides that occurred in colluvium formed by previous slow, ductile landsliding. It appears that softening of the disturbed cohesive soil can dramatically change its failure behavior. Thus, assumptions of ductile failure in a given material, even if backed by previous site experience, may become disastrously incorrect. The most common soils involved in these dangerous flowslides are low to moderate plasticity silty clays and silts. The provenance of the examples is Canada, Western USA, Europe and South-East Asia.

About the Speaker

Professor Oldrich Hungr is a Professor of Geological Engineering at the University of British Columbia in Canada. He is an eminent engineering geologist and is internationally recognized for his research in landslide hazards. He has contributed significantly towards the modelling of landslide behaviour with emphasis on debris dynamics, landslide hazards mapping, quantitative hazard and risk assessment and design of remedial and protective measures. He is one of the three members of the current Slope Safety Technical Review Board to advise the HKSAR Government on technical aspects of slope safety.

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Evening Seminar: Managing very large landslides

Managing very large landslidesDate: 28th November 2014
Time: 6.30 pm – 7:30 pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre 10 (LT-10), 4/F Academic 1, City University of Hong Kong
Speaker: Prof. David Petley

Synopsis

Landslides in high mountain areas, such as the Himalayas and the Southern Alps of New Zealand, have the potential to cause very high levels of damage. In most cases they are so large that it is impossible to mitigate them, such that other approaches need to be developed to manage the hazard.

Managing very large landslidesThis talk focused on three case studies.

  • The first explored the Attabad landslide, which in 2010 blocked the Hunza valley in Northern Pakistan, threatening 25,000 people with a dam burst flood. The presenter was involved in a six month long project to manage the risk as the water level approached the overtopping point, which included the setting up of warning systems and the relocation of large numbers of people.
  • The second explored the Gayari rock avalanche in Siachen, Pakistan, which killed 142 soldiers based at an army camp. The author was involved in a programme of work to find and recover the remains of the victims, all of whom were buried 25 m below rock and ice debris from the landslide.
  • The third examined the threats posed by the Utiku landslide in New Zealand, which is a very large but slow moving slide that threatens a railway and a strategic highway.

In each case the talk examined the threats that the landslides posed and the lessons that can be learnt from their management.

Managing very large landslidesAbout the Speaker

Prof. Petley is Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University of East Anglia, and was until recently the Dean of Research and Global Engagement at the University of Durham. He is an active and authoritative researcher in his field and an experienced manager of research. He also writes one of the most informative and visited blogs on landslide matters: http://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/

He graduated with a degree in Geography from King's College London and a PhD in Earth Science at UCL. His first academic post was a lectureship in Environmental Studies at the University of Sunderland, which was followed by a lectureship in Engineering Geology at the University of Portsmouth.

He joined the University of Durham as a lecturer in Physical Geography in 2000 and was promoted to a readership in 2004. In 2006 he became the Wilson Chair in Hazard and Risk and the Deputy Head of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health, with responsibility for research and enterprise. For the next two years Prof Petley was Executive Director of the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience before becoming Dean of Research and Global Engagement in May 2012. Prof Petley managed the Durham submission for REF2014 as well as leading on the development of a new University Research Strategy and overseeing the development and implementation of the internationalisation strategy at Durham.

Prof Petley’s research focuses on landslides, especially in high mountain areas in low income countries. In particular, he is interested in the use of novel combinations of field monitoring and laboratory testing to understand the internal mechanisms of mass movements. He also maintains a database of landslides that cause loss of life around the world.

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Sharing Session: Towards Chartership

Towards ChartershipDate: 17 November 2014
Time:
6.30 pm – 8.00 pm

Synopsis

The Geological Society of London is the recognised UK professional body for Geoscientists and was established with the aim of providing lifelong professional support to geoscientists and assuring high professional standards for the benefit of society. It awards the title of Chartered Geologist (CGeol) to competent professionals and is also licensed by the Science Council to award the title of Chartered Scientist (CSci). In recent years there has been increased recognition of the CGeol qualification in Hong Kong and it now the de facto professional standard by which local geologists working in the construction sector are measured.

Towards ChartershipThis sharing session was aimed at early career geologists, providing an overview of the Chartership system, what it is, why it’s worth pursuing and what’s required in order to obtain recognition as a CGeol. In addition to a general overview of these matters, we also invited a number of experienced scrutineers and recent successful CGeol candidates to share their views and experience on the chartership process during a relaxed, informal discussion session. This session directed attendees to the right pathway towards chartership.

Towards Chartership

Programme

  • Brief history of CGeol
  • Motives for getting chartered
  • Eligibility criteria for CGeol
  • Competency requirements for CGeol
  • Getting the right experience
  • Mature Candidates Route for those with >20-years’ experience
  • Introduction to CSci and EurGeol
  • Open Discussion with the scrutineers and fellows who achieved CGeol recently

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Careers TalkCareer Talk

Date: Friday 30 October 2014
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Venue: Room 105, James Hsioung Lee Science Building, The University of Hong Kong

The GSL Hong Kong Regional Group held a Career Talk to the students in the University of Hong Kong.

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Structural Controls and Contributions to Orogenic Lode-Gold Deposits;
Including a Case Study of the Young-Davidson Mine, Southern Abitibi Subprovince of Canada

Dr Jason ZhangDate: 4 June 2014
Speaker: Dr. Jason J. Zhang

“If a rock is deformed, its geometry before deformation must have been different from its current geometry. If we want to understand the relationships at a certain stage in the geological history, it is necessary to understand the geometry at that time”.

A structural thinking is always the first priority in studying the mineral deposits of a deformed region.

Dr Jason ZhangAs one of the ‘richest’ areas of the world, the Neoarchean (~2.7 billion years) southern Abitibi greenstone belt (subprovince) is well known for its lithological complexity, polyphase deformation, extensive hydrothermal alteration, and spatial association with world-class orogenic gold deposits. Within the subprovince, intrusion-related, in particular syenite-hosted gold deposits represent a significant type that is poorly understood. Whether the gold mineralization is genetically linked to the syenite intrusions (as in a magmatic model) or structurally associated with the subsequent crustal-scale shear zones remains very controversial.

Dr Jason ZhangThis talk presented the first-hand surface and underground mapping results, based on which we identify multiple generations of auriferous vein arrays. Combined with petrologic, petrographic and isotopic geochronologic data, we attempted to unravel their spatial and temporal relations to the regional polyphase deformational events and the major timing of gold mineralization.

Outputs of this research will help understand other syenite- or small felsic intrusion-hosted gold deposits and guide gold explorations throughout the Abitibi subprovince and other greenstone belts worldwide.

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Site Visit to Ninepins

Date: 21 September 2014

The Ninepin Group (Kwo Chau Islands) forms one of the Geoparks in Hong Kong and includes South Ninepin Island, North Ninepin Island and East Ninepin Island, along with several small rock islands.Group on Boat

Amongst the group, the extremely uniform hexagonal rock columns at the North Ninepin are one of the most spectacular landforms and attract thousands of visitors every year.

Ninepins rocksThese columnar jointed volcanic rocks could date back to the age of about 140 million years ago. These rock islands were believed to be formed by a major catastrophic volcanic eruption during which vast amount of volcanic ash were erupted and resulted in building up of thick layers of tuff. When the eruption came to the end, the tuff contracted during cooling. The cooling joints within the tuff formed vertically and gradually became the magnificent rugged landscape we see today.

Dr. Rod Sewell of the Hong Kong Geological Survey kindly agreed to join this trip in order to provide an overview of the geological history of the Ninepins and the supervolcano that led to their existence. 

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Site Visit to Tuen Mun Chak Lap Kok Link

Date: 20 September 2014

On siteThe Group visited the Tuen Mun – Chek Lap Kok Link (TM-CLKL), a proposed strategic road link between North West New Territories, North Lantau, the proposed Hong Kong - Zhuhai - Macao Bridge Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilites (HKBCF) and the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) at Chek Lap Kok on 20 September 2014. 

TM-CLKL – Northern Connection Sub-sea Tunnel Section (Contract No. HY/2012/08) commenced on 5 August 2013. The Contract mainly comprises a dual 2-lane sub-sea tunnel approximately 5 km long between Tuen Mun and the BCF, reclamation to form land of approximately 16.5 hectares for the tunnel landfall at Tuen Mun and associated civil, structural, building, geotechnical, marine, water supplies, drainage, sewerage, landscaping works and reprovisioning works of affected existing facilities.

HKRG The on-going construction activities include vibrocompaction, reclamation, D-wall excavation, steel cage installation, shaft excavation, box culvert bored pile construction, GI for post ground treatment and GI for interface coring.

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Advances in Terrain Mapping and Analysis for Landslide Hazard Assessment

HKRG Landslide conferenceDate: 22 February 2014

The Hong Kong Regional Group held its second one-day conference, following on from the event on Engineering Geology in Geotechnical Risk Management held as part of the bicentennial celebrations in 2007. The 2014 conference took up the theme ‘Advances in Terrain Mapping and Analysis for Landslide Hazard Assessment’, partly as a means of sharing the collective experience and knowledge gained through the various natural terrain hazard assessments conducted in Hong Kong and geohazard assessments conducted elsewhere in the region, and also as a means of funding a trip to Hong Kong by this year’s Glossop Medal recipient Prof. Jim Griffith, who repeated his Glossop Lecture in the week preceding the conference and also delivered the keynote address at the conference itself.

Overall the conference was a great success, primarily as a result of the hard work of the organising committee led by Dick Martin and also thanks to the high quality of the thirteen papers submitted, twelve of which were presented on the day and several of which can be downloaded below. Over 100 local practitioners and academics attended the event, hosted by the Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Infomatics at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and the feedback received on both the presentations given and conference proceedings was extremely positive.

Stuart Millis, Chair, Hong Kong Regional Group

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An Application of Quantitative Geomorphology in Landslide Hazard Assessment - Angel Ng

Evolution of NTHA Strategy in Hong Kong - Ng, Ho & Roberts

Terrain Evaluation Mapping for Landslide Hazard Assessment on North-Eastern Hong Kong Island - Dias, Williamson & Chu


Hong Kong Regional Group AGM

Date: 18 February 2014

The Hong Kong Regional Group of the Geological Society of London held its Annual General Meeting on 18 February.  The group Chair's Report can be viewed below.

HKRG Chair's Report, 2013-14
 


HKRG Frank Collar TalkA Perspective on the Role of Geophysics

Date: 12 February 2014

Drawing on a long career as a professional geophysicist, Frank Collar gave a talk offering a unique insight into the role of geophysics in water, mining and oil and gas exploration.

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Fossil-Hunting in Australia

HKRG Fossil Hunting in Australia Event

Date: 8 January 2014

Dr Susan Turner and Dr Tony Thulborn gave presentations on their work in palaeontology and palaeobiology.

 

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HKRG Annual DinnerAnnual Dinner

Date: 22 November 2013

The Geological Society of London celebrated the 12th Anniversary of the founding of the Hong Kong Regional Group. Our Guest of Honour was David Shilston (President of the Society) who gave a talk entitled “LUSI: the Geology and Engineering of a Mud Volcano disaster in Java”. The talk described LUSI (Lumpur Sidoarjo), its evolution, its impact, and what can be said about its future development.

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Careers Evening

HKRG Careers Evening

Date: 20 November 2013

The Hong Kong Regional Group hosted a Careers Evening on Wednesday 20 November 2013. It was an opportunity to learn about the Geological Society and explore what Geoscientists do.

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Empiricism, Theory and Problem Solving in Rock EngineeringDr Nick Barton

Date: 24 October 2013

Dr Nick Barton of Nick Barton & Associates, delivered a lecture titled 'Empiricism, Theory and Problem Solving in Rock Engineering' on 24 October 2013.

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Technical Site Visit: Kwun Tong Line Extension - MTRC Contract No. 1001

Date: 31 August 2013HKRG - Kwun Tong site visit

The site visit was a free trip to see the Kwun Tong Line Extension (KTE). KTE is an extension of the existing MTR Kwun Tong Line from Yau Ma Tei to Whampoa. The construction works began in May 2011 for completion in 2015.

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Images from Kwun Tong Line Extension


HKRG Michael Pittman TalkInner Mongolia Research Project: Dinosaur Palaeontology in the Gobi Desert

Date: 7 August 2013

Dr Michael Pittman (University of Hong Kong) gave a talk introducing attendees to the discoveries made by the Inner Mongolia Research Project.

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XRL822 Technical Site Visit: Pat Hueng Site

Date: 20 July 2013

Tunnel faceThe Hong Kong Regional Group organised a free site visit to the C822 Technical Site on 20 July 2013. During the site visit, attendees were able to visit the Pat Heung site which currently involves the construction of the ventilation building, the main tunnel excavation and the construction of the permanent tunnel lining.

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Technical Talk: From geological maps to 3D and 4D models.

Date: 18 July 2013

Maps to ModelsDr Diarmand Campbell presented a technical talk titled "From geological maps to 3D and 4D models - transforming the delivery and relevance of geological knowledge for practitioners".  

Geological Survey Organisations (GSOs) are increasingly replacing geological map outputs, by highly visual,variably parameterised 3D, and 4D, models (deterministic and stochastic). Benefitting from improving software, workflows, and visualisation tools, these deliver geological data and knowledge to practitioners engaged in a range of engineering and environmental decision-making.



Maps to ModelsThe British Geological Survey has embraced the migration from 2D to 3D and 4D in developing a National Geological Model of the UK. This aims to be an accurate, multi-scalar, 3D geospatial model depicting the subsurface rocks and sediments. It draws on vast amounts of borehole and other subsurface data and knowledge (e.g. 2.5 million borehole records), and existing local and regional 3D models.

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Technical Talk: Cost Implications of Underground Space Characteristics

Date: 11 June 2013

Dr SterlingOn 11 June 2013 the Hong Kong Regional Group hosted a technical talk on "Assessing and Controlling the Cost of Underground Space". Dr Ray Sterling, Ph.D., P.E. Professor Emeritus, Louisiana Tech University delivered the lecture.

This lecture explored the project constraints and design issues that affect the construction cost of underground space together with an examination of how indirect/social costs, operational costs and land value changes can impact the overall life cycle cost equation.

 

 

 

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A number of worldwide examples were used to illustrate the talk and to point out some of the challenges in making underground space use a long-term success.

 

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Technical Site Visit: South Island Line (East) - MTR Contract 902

Date: 8 June 2013

site visitOn 8 June 2013 the Hong Kong Regional Group hosted a site visit of the South Island Line (East) - MTR Contract 902. Contract 902 forms part of MTRC's South Island Line (East) which is a medium-capacity railway connecting the Southern District of Hong Kong to the existing Admiralty Station.
Contract 902 includes the design and construction of Nam Fung Tunnel and two ventilation buildings. The drill-and-blast tunnel is approximately 3.2km long extending from Admiralty Station in the north to the Nam Fung Ventilation Building in the south. The Hong Kong Park Ventilation Shaft is an 80m deep, 30m diameter elliptical shaped shaft under construction in a densely populated urban environment on the north side of Hong Kong Island.

Works near Nam Fung Portal at the southern end, include the Nam Fung Ventilation Building pipe pile ELS together with an enclosed railway transition box structure including site formation works, bored piling works, and shaft ELS construction works. 

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Life in Extreme Environments and its Application to the Habitability of the Universe 

Date: 13 May 2013

Lecture pictureDr Y. L. Li from the University of Hong Kong gave a lecture on the survival of extremophiles in extreme environments and what this means for life in the Universe.  Extremophiles thrive in ice, boiling water, acid, the water core of nuclear reactors, salt crystals, and toxic waste and in a range of extreme habitats that were previously thought to be inhospitable for life. Knowledge of extremophilic habitats expands the number and types of extraterrestrial locations

that may be targeted for searching a second origin of life.

Life in Extreme Environment - Lecture slides

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Albania - Kosovo Highway

Date: 8 April 2013

Nick Koor speaking to groupMr Nick Koor from the University of Portsmouth gave a talk on ”Albania - Kosova Highway” on 8 April, 2013 in Hong Kong. The Albania - Kosova Highway is a new transportation link which will ultimately link the Adriatic Sea at Durres to the Pan-European corridor in Serbia. The route takes the road through the stunning scenery of the “Albanian Alps” and highly complex active geology.

The Albanian part of the road was opened in 2010. Nick was employed as a technical advisor for a series of significant slope failures which occurred during the construction of part of the new highway. His talk focused on these failures highlighting the geological issues, such as the inadequacy of the site investigation.

Albania - Kosovo Highway