Land supply is a pressing issue that
constraints the sustainable development of Hong Kong. Since 2010, the Civil
Engineering and Development Department (CEDD) has been providing support to the
Government in establishing technical policy for facilitating cavern development
as one of the measures to ramp up the land supply. Hong Kong’s hilly terrain
with favourable geological setting is highly suitable for development caverns.
Besides, cavern, as an underground space, represents an attractive option in
accommodating nimby facilities. The application of caverns has gradually gained
buy-in of the public and major stakeholders. More recently, the Task Force of
Land Supply has recommended adopting cavern development as one of the land
supply strategies in medium and long term.
In addition to supporting the establishment
of policy for promoting cavern development, CEDD steers forward-looking studies
to address technical challenges in the co-use of mega cavern space for
different purposes. Recently, they have engaged world-leading experts in fire engineering
to study the fire safety strategy for mega cavern space.
The seminar will first focus on the cavern
policy and technical guidelines established and the latest initiatives for expediting
the planning process of cavern development, followed by a sharing of the
insights of the fire safety strategy for mega cavern space.
Free of Charge.
Dr. Julian S H KWAN
Ir Dr. Kwan is a Chief Geotechnical Engineer
in the Geotechnical Engineering Office of the Civil Engineering and Development
Department of the HKSAR Government. He is now in charge of the strategic
planning studies to support formulation of technical policy pertinent to both
rock cavern and underground space developments.
Dr. Bettelini, Master of Science ETH in
Mechanical Engineering, PhD, is Head of Safety and Ventilation in the Amberg
Group. After completing his academic curriculum in Switzerland and in the USA,
he joined ABB Corporate Research before following invitations for leading
positions with leading Swiss engineering companies. His curriculum includes
some of the largest infrastructural projects worldwide, including in particular
the Mont Blanc, Gotthard and Fréjus road tunnels, the Gotthard, Brenner and
TELT rail tunnels, metro projects and underground developments, in Switzerland,
France and Singapore. As overseas expert, he is in charge of the independent
assessments of the scheme developed by the Consultants for fire engineering
design for underground quarry and/or caverns.
The seminar will be conducted in English.
Presentation materials will be in English.
The number of participants is limited to 120
and priority will be given to members of Civil Division and previous registered
participants. Please complete the on-line registration at http://cv.hkie.org.hk.
Email registration will not be accepted. Only successful applicants will be
informed by email.
For enquiries, please
contact: Ms Yuki Leung via email: email@example.com