Foundations: State-of-the-Practice

Nine years have elapsed since the conference "Foundation Practice in Hong Kong" was organized by the Centre for Research and Professional Development in 2004. It is time to bring researcher and practitioners in foundation engineering to a forum again to disseminate information on the latest developments in foundation engineering. This conference is jointly organized by the Centre for Research and Professional Development and Advanced Technovation Ltd.

Language:  English

Date:  25th July 2013, Thursday (9:00 a.m. to 5:10 p.m)

Venue:  Theatre I, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong

Cost: $900 (include coffee breaks, proceedings and attendance certificate)

Tentative Program
8:30 - 9:00 a.m.   Registration
9:00 - 9:05 a.m.   Dr. Albert T. YEUNG, The University of Hong Kong
Welcome Remarks 
9:05 - 9:35 a.m.   Professor Kyle M. ROLLINS, Brigham Young University, U.S.A.
Advances in Lateral Resistance of Piles 
9:35 - 10:05 a.m.   Professor An-Bin HUANG, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
Foundation Related Site Characterization of Silty Sand 

10:05 - 10:30 a.m.   Coffee Break


10:30 – 11:00 a.m.   Professor Albert K.H. KWAN, The University of Hong Kong

Concrete Technology for Foundation Engineering


11:00 – 11:30 a.m.   Mr. K.H. LAI and Mr. Kenny HUNG, VSL Intrafor Hong Kong Ltd.  

Recent Developments in Diaphragm Wall, Barrette and Shaft Grouting


11:30 – 12:00 noon   Mr. Franz-Werner GERRESSEN, BAUER Maschinen GmbH, Germany

Recent Development in Special Foundation Techniques


12:00 -12:20 p.m.   Discussion


12:20 – 2:00 p.m.   Lunch Break (not included)


2:00 – 2:30 p.m.   Dr. Moonkyung CHUNG, Korea Institute of Construction Technology

Recent Trends in the Practice of Deep Foundations in Korea


2:30 – 3:00 p.m.   Dr Albert T. YEUNG, The University of Hong Kong

Non-percussive Installation Methods for Precast Concrete Spun Piles


3:00 – 3:20 p.m.   Coffee Break


3:20 – 3:50 p.m.   Mr. Ray WOOD, Fugro Consultants Inc.

Recent Developments in Bi-directional Pile Load Testing and a Cost Effective Method of Proof Load Testing Every Pile on the Project


3:50 – 4:20 p.m.   Professor Soon-Hoe CHEW, National University of Singapore

New Rapid Load Test Method According to ASTM D7383 - Singapore and Malaysia Experiences


4:20 – 4:50 p.m.   Dr. Victor K.S. LI, Victor Li & Associates Ltd. and Centre for Research & Professional Development

Recent Developments in Foundation Design and Construction in Hong Kong


4:50 – 5:10 p.m.   Discussion


5:10 - 5:30 p.m.   Distribution of Attendance Certificates



Registration & Enquiries


There are two payment methods to register for the conference:


Method A

(i) Complete the registration form; and (ii) return it together with appropriate payment by a crossed cheque made payable to "Centre for Research & Professional Development" to "Centre for Research and Professional Development, 7/F Sun Kwong Industrial Building, 1059-1061 Tung Chau West Street, Kowloon, Hong Kong"


Centre for Research and Professional Development

Phone: 2796 1638; Fax: 2104 0052; E-mail:



Method B

(i) Complete the registration form; (ii) make a deposit or direct transfer to "Advanced Technovation Limited" at HSBC Account No. 400-304267-001; and iii) e-mail the completed registration form with the deposit slip or direct transfer receipt to


Advanced Technovation Limited

Phone: 91208024;  E-mail:



Cancellation Policy


Cancellation will be accepted only in writing via e-mail or fax, no later than two weeks before the function commences, and only 50% of registration fee will be refunded.





Professor Kyle M. Rollins received his BS degree in Civil Engineering from Brigham Young University and his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.  After working as a geotechnical consultant, he joined the faculty at BYU in 1987 following after his father who was previously a Geotechnical professor. His research has involved geotechnical earthquake engineering, deep foundation behavior, passive force on bridge abutments, collapsible soils and soil improvement techniques. He was recognized as the engineering educator of the year by the Utah Engineers Council and received the Karl Maeser Research Award at BYU. ASCE honored him with the Huber research award and the Wellington prize.  In 2010 he was the Cross-Canada Geotechnical lecturer sponsored by the Canadian Geotechnical Society. 


Professor An-Bin Huang is a professor of Civil Engineering Department at National Chiao Tung University in Hsin Chu, Taiwan. He has a B.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering from National Taiwan University and M.Sc. degree in Geotechnical Engineering from Northwestern University. Between 1978 and 1982, Prof. Huang worked as a consulting engineer at STS Consultants in Chicago, Illinois. He returned to school in 1982 and received a Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering from Purdue University in 1986. Prof. Huang taught at Clarkson University of Potsdam, New York for many years before joining the faculty of National Chiao Tung University in 1992. Professor Huang's main research activities have focused on characterization of soil properties through laboratory and in situ tests, physical modeling, and development of fiber optic sensors for monitoring geotechnical engineering systems. He has published over 100 technical papers in leading international journals and conference proceedings, and was granted a distinguished research award by the National Science Council of Taiwan in 1995. Professor Huang is a core committee member of TC-102 of ISSMGE.


Ir Professor Albert K.H. Kwan is a civil, structural and materials engineer. He is an engineer working as an academic in a university and an academic working on construction sites. He has more than 30 years of practical experience in infrastructure development, buildings, bridges, foundation and basement construction, and concrete technology. As a materials consultant of many consultants and contractors, he is a problem solver, innovator and value creator. His current research interests include particle mechanics, powder technology, water, paste and mortar film thicknesses in concrete mix, concrete mix optimization, and green materials for sustainable development.


Mr. K.H. Lai is the Director and General Manager of VSL and INTRAFOR, two leading subcontractors in Hong Kong specializing in Superstructure and Ground engineering works. He is a Chartered Engineer and has over 20 years’ experiences in buildings, bridges and foundations construction.


Mr. Kenny Hung is the Project Manager of INTRAFOR, He has over 10 years diverse international experience in construction and project management of various major geotechnical engineering projects in Hong Kong, Australia and Middle East. Specific expertise is focused on Diaphragm Wall construction.


Mr. Franz-Werner Gerressen is the Director of Method Development Department and Sales Director Exploration and Mining, BAUER Maschinen, Germany. He has studied at the RWTH Aachen and has become a civil engineer. Since 1992, after joining BAUER Spezialtiefbau, a sister company of BAUER Maschinen, he was responsible for some departments such as the Department of Construction of Diaphragm and Cut off Walls as well as for Ground Improvement Department. Since 2004 he has been building up the Department of Method Development for BAUER Maschinen with the main focus on methods such as Cutter Soil Mixing or Full Displacement Piles. In addition to the development he has been involved in the promotion and introduction of new technologies and required equipment not only for Cutter Soil Mixing, Full Displacement Piles and Cased CFA, but also for e.g. slurry wall, piling and soil improvement in countries all over the world.


Dr. Moonkyung Chung is a senior research fellow at Korea Institute of Construction Technology in Goyang, South Korea, which is a leading research organization in Korea enumerating 12 research divisions with 800 employees. He graduated from Yonsei University, Seoul in 1986 and went on to pursue his post-graduate studies in Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University completing MS in 1991 and PhD in 1995. His research interest covers: load and resistance factor design of foundations, mono-pile foundation for offshore wind energy facilities, suction pile for anchoring of floating structures, geotechnics for Enhanced Geothermal System incorporating deep excavation and hydraulic fracturing, and environmental geotechnics related to landfills.

Ir Dr. Albert T. YEUNG is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Hong Kong. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers of the U.K., a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and a Fellow of the HKIE. He received his BSc(Eng) in civil engineering from The University of Hong Kong with first class honours, MS and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley under the supervision of Professor James K. Mitchell. He is a Registered Professional Engineer of Hong Kong in civil, environmental and geotechnical disciplines, a Chartered Engineer of the U.K., and a Registered Professional Engineer of Texas, U.S.A. Before his return to Hong Kong in 1998, he was on the civil engineering faculty of Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts and Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas for a total of more than 7 years. He was also a Research Assistant Engineer of the Texas Transportation Institute of 8 years. After his return to Hong Kong, he was Chief Engineer of Binnie Black & Veatch Hong Kong Limited and Assistant Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury of the HKSAR Government before his return to academia in 2003. He is currently the International Director of ASCE and the Chair of the Board of Governors of ASCE Region 10 (International Region). He is also serving on the Board of Direction and the 7-member Executive Committee of ASCE which worldwide membership is more than 144,000. He is the incoming Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Asian Civil Engineering Coordinating Council composed of ten professional organizations worldwide. He is a member of the Geotechnical Engineers Registration Committee Panel,  the Geotechnical Engineers Registration Committee, and the Technical Committee for the Code of Practice for Site Supervision of the Buildings Department, HKSAR Government. He is also a member of the Review Panel under Land (Miscellaneous Provisions) Ordinance of the Highways Department, HKSAR Government. He delivered the keynote lecture at the GreenTech Summit 2012 in the Philippines; the invited lecture at the International Roundtable Meeting on Multilateral Cooperation/ Collaboration in Developing Disaster-Resilient Infrastructures in Nagoya, Japan in 2012; the  invited lecture at the 1st International Meeting on "The role of the civil engineer in shaping the future: Challenges and opportunities" in Athens, Greece in 2012; the keynote lecture at the 2nd International Conference on Utility Management and Safety in Hong Kong in 2011; the invited lecture at the 9th Symposium on Electrokinetic Remediation in Kaohsiung, Taiwan in 2010; the invited lecture at the 9th International Symposium on Environmental Geotechnology and Global Sustainable Development held in Hong Kong in 2008; the invited lecture at the 2007 Landslide Symposium: New tools and techniques for developing regional hazard maps and future risk management practices of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries held in Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.; keynote lecture at the 2005 Geotechnical Engineering Joint Conference of the Korean Geotechnical Society and Korea Association of Professional Engineers in Geotechnical Engineering held in Seoul, Korea; keynote lecture of the 1999 International Symposium on Solid Waste Management Technology held in Beijing, China; among many others. His notable awards include the 4th IPA Research Grant Award of the International Press-in Association of 2012, Best Presentation Award of the 1st International Conference on Utility Management and Safety, Hong Kong, 2009; 2nd IPA Research Grant Award of the International Press-in Association of 2008, 1st Prize of Civil Engineering Papers of the Year Award 2008 of the HKIE, the Peter H.K. Chan Award 2001 for the Best Environmental Paper of the HKIE, the Samuel Arnold Greeley Award 1999 of ASCE, Arthur Casagrande Professional Development Award 1996 of ASCE, Dow Outstanding New Faculty Award 1994 of the American Society for Engineering Education, Texas Engineering Experiment Station Select Young Faculty Award 1993, Kumagai Prize 1994 of the HKIE, among many others.


Mr. Ray Wood is Executive Vice President of Fugro Consultants Inc with responsibility for their US Eastern Region and operations in South and Central America. Fugro is one of the world’s largest geotechnical consultancy firms. He graduated for the University of Cambridge with an honours degree in Engineering and was awarded an MBA from Henley, the Management College. He is a Chartered Engineer with membership of the Institution of Civil Engineers and is a past member of HKIE. He has 34 years’ experience with Fugro as a geotechnical engineering professional and business manager and has extensive experience in the United States, Europe, Middle East and the Far East having lived and worked in Hong Kong for ten years. He has been a leading practitioner of a wide range of deep foundation testing techniques and geomonitoring. His interests are advancing the state of the practice in site characterisation, using full and semi-full scale foundation load testing to calibrate geotechnical designs, innovative contracting and procurement methods and managing project risk.


Professor Soon Hoe Chew, a Professional Engineer, graduated with PhD from the University of California at Berkeley, USA. He is currently an Assistant Professor with the Department of Civil Engineering, National University of Singapore. He is also currently the Deputy Director of the Centre for Protective technology (CPT), jointly established by the Defence Ministry, Singapore and NUS. His research interests include geosynthetics, slope engineering, land reclamation, soil improvement, deep excavation in soft soils, pile foundation and testing, numerical modeling in geotechnical engineering, geo-environmental engineering and geological engineering. He is actively involved in research and consultancy relating to various applications of geosynthetics in Singapore and this region. In addition, he was the Principal Investigator for the Singapore Government funded industrial research on Jet Grouting for ground improvement and tunneling works, and was the consultant for many grouting related projects in Singapore and Malaysia for deep basement excavation and tunneling. In additional, he was actively involved in the research on defence applications of geosynthetics reinforced soil wall, funded by Ministry of Defence, thru DSTA since 1990s. He was the principal investigator on RS walls for blast mitigation and related topic, and was awarded “Defence Technology Prize”, from Chief Defence Scientist, Ministry of Defence, Singapore in 2006. As part of his teaching duty, he is also very actively involved in research and teaching of engineering geology, mining and mineral, earthquake and tsunamis related topics. He was being interviewed very frequently on the newspaper, radio and TV stations on the occurrence, impact and the prediction of earthquake and tsunamis affecting this region. He is a Professional Engineer (Singapore), and was elected to be a council member of the Institution of Engineers, Singapore, IES, 2006-2013, as was re-elected in 2013 for term 2013-2015.


Ir Dr. Victor Li is Director of Victor Li & Associates Ltd. and Centre for Research & Professional Development. He is formally Chairman of the HKIE Geotechnical Division and Building Division, Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialist (AGSHK), Chairman of Geotechnical Engineers Registration Committee and currently member of the Technical Committee on Code of Practice for Foundations. He actively promotes innovative design in geotechnical engineering and has published over 200 technical papers in various fields of civil engineering.

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