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CCES China and IEM Malaysia Joint Southeast Asia Symposium & Exhibitions on the Challenges and Strategic Solutions of High Profile Projects on Tunnels 2018 (SEASET2018)
Venue: Kristal Ballroom, Level 1, Hilton Petaliling Jaya, Selangor
Date & Time: 18 Sep 2018 to 19 Sep 2018 (9:29 AM - 6:29 PM)
Closing Date Before: 15-Sep-2018 (Subject to change based on availability of seat)
Organised By IEM WTC2020 Organizing Committee AND Tunneling & Underground Space Technical Division

China ranks first in the world both in the number of tunnels and the speed of development. In 1979, China had only 374 road tunnels, with a total length of only 52 kilometers. By the end of 2001, that number had reached 1,782, in a total length of more than 700 kilometers, making China the country with the most tunnel and underground projects, the most complicated engineering and the fastest tunnel development in the world. By 2010, more than 155 kilometers of road tunnels will have been built in China. The 18.4-kilometer-long Zhongnan Mountain tunnel, which will pass through the Qinling Mountain range, will be the second longest in the world and the first in Asia. Many other mountain tunnels each with a length of 4-8 kilometers will also be constructed. Currently in 2018, China has 1.72 million kilometers of roads, including 200,000 kilometers of expressways. China ranks the world's second in expressway mileage, and the length will reach 230,000 kilometers by the end of 2018. Construction of road tunnels in Malaysia gained worldwide recognition as for the first time the SMART project, a dual purposes road tunnel was constructed for solving the drainage problem and traffic congestion in the business district of Kuala Lumpur. The Joint Symposium was mooted to exchange experiences in tunnel construction industry in both Malaysia and China through the Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM) and China Civil Engineering Society (CCES) respectively. Amongst the many tunnel projects to be presented in the symposium is the Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge (HKZMB) which is a Bridge–tunnel system, which consists of a series of three cable-stayed bridges and one undersea tunnel, as well as 3 artificial islands, spanning the Lingdingyang channel, that connects Hong Kong with Macau and Zhuhai, three major cities on the Pearl River Delta in the South China Seas. Construction cost: More than 100 billion yuan. Opening is scheduled for 1st July 2018. Construction ended on 14th November 2017 with total length of 49,968 metres.
The two days symposium will be held on 18-19 September 2018 in P J Hilton Hotel in Petaling Jaya in Selangor which is 10 km away from the City of Kuala Lumpur. The Joint symposium is the first of its kind to be held in the Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM). There will be eight speakers from CCES and eight speakers from IEM. The Joint symposium is ITA endorsed event as part of the publicity of WTC2020 and 46th General Assembly to be held at the KLCC in Kuala Lumpur.


1) Mr. Hong Kairong, graduated from Beijing Jiaotong University, majoring in Bridge and Tunnel engineering, with a Ph.D. degree and a professor-level senior engineer. Currently, he is Chief Engineer of China Railway Tunnel Group Co., LTD, Director of State Key Laboratory of Shield Machine and Boring Technology, Standing Director and Secretary General of China Civil Engineering Society Tunnel and Underground Engineering Branch, Standing Director of China society of rock mechanics and engineering, Deputy Director of editorial Committee of Tunnel Construction journal. Mr. Hong Kairong is mainly engaged in the research and practice of various types of tunnel engineering construction technology, has participated in the construction of nearly 100 tunnels of more than 10 railways in China, and has undertaken and completed a number of national scientific research projects, such as, " National High-Tech Research and Development Program of China (863 Plan) ", " Supported by the Major State Basic Research Development Program of China (973 Program)".  He has published 8 monographs and published more than 40 papers. He has many patents for inventions, 1 first prize and 2 second prize for scientific and technological progress of the state, 2 first prize for scientific and technological progress of Henan province, 1 second prize and 1 third prize for scientific and technological progress of China railway society, and 1 first prize for scientific and technological progress of China construction.
In 2015, he was selected as the "young and middle-aged expert with outstanding contribution" of the national millions of talents project, and in 2016, he was named the leader of the national special support plan for high-level talents and the national labor model in 2012. Also won the seventh national Zhan Tianyou youth award, the ninth Zhan Tianyou achievement award, the thirteenth Zhan Tianyou prize. Since 2007 to enjoy the special allowance of the government of the state Council.

2) Professor Charles W.W. Ng is currently the CLP Holdings Professor of Sustainability, Chair Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Associate Vice-President for Research and Graduate Studies at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He is a Chartered Civil Engineer (CEng) and Fellow of The Institution of Civil Engineers (FICE), United Kingdom (UK). He is the President of International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE). Professor Ng obtained his MSc and PhD degrees from the University of Southampton and the University of Bristol in the UK in 1987 and 1993, respectively. After carrying out a period of post-doctoral research at the University of Cambridge between 1993 and 1995, he returned to Hong Kong and joined HKUST as Assistant Professor in 1995 and rose through the ranks to become Chair Professor in 2011. Professor Ng has supervised 46 PhD and 41 MPhil students to graduation and mentored dozens of postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholars. Professor Ng was elected an Overseas Fellow from Churchill College, Cambridge University, in 2005 and was elected Changjiang Scholar (Chair Professor in Geotechnical Engineering) by the Ministry of Education in China in 2010. Also he was elected as a Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences in 2008. Currently, he is an Associate Editor of the Canadian Geotechnical Journal. Professor Ng has published some 270 SCI journal articles and 230 conference papers and delivered more than 50 keynotes and state-of-the-art reports in five continents. He is the main author of two reference books: (i) Soil-structure Engineering of Deep Foundations, Excavations and Tunnels by Thomas Telford and (ii) Advanced Unsaturated Soil Mechanics and Engineering by Taylor & Francis. He has received many awards including the 2017 Telford Premium Prize from the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Henry Adams Award from the Institution of Structural Engineers, the first Tan Swan Beng Award from the Southeast Asian Geotechnical Society, and the R. M. Quigley Award from the Canadian Geotechnical Society three times for his three best papers published in 2007, 2012 & 2017. He was conferred the Mao Yisheng Youth Award by the Chinese Institute of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering for his significant contributions in Geotechnical Engineering over the years. He was one of the recipients of the 2nd Prize of 2015 Scientific Technological Advancement Award by the State of China. Recently, he has delivered the 2017 Huangwenxi Lecture on “Atmosphere-plant-soil-interactions: theories and mechanisms”, which is the most distinguished named lecture in geotechnical engineering in China.

3) Prof. Lin Ming, is chief engineer of China Communication Construction Company, general manager and chief engineer of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Island and Tunnel Project, and a professorate senior engineer. He completed many nation’s model projects; he specialised in the field of the deep excavated trench, deep water foundation, immersed tunnel, large-scale roadway and bridge. He solved many difficulties and contributed many innovative outcrops, and broke many construction records in China or in the world scope.

4) Prof. Er. Chen Debin is the Chief Engineer of China Railway No.5 Engineering Group Co., Ltd. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Southwest Jiaotong University of China in 1984. Since then, he has been working in CR5 in tunnel engineering technique and management. In the 1980’s, as one of the earliest participants, he engaged himself in promotion of NATM in China. In the 1990’s, he participated in construction of two famous railway projects in China: Nanning-Kunming Railway and Neijiang-Kunming Railway. These two railway projects, featuring with tremendous complicated tunnel works outstood other projects in China at that time. During construction of these tunnels, Pro. Chen perfectly solved a series of technical and management problems, and achieved remarkable results, and was recommended to be the young science and technology talent of the former Ministry of Railways of China because of his contributions. Since the beginning of this century, Prof. Chen has participated in construction of many complicated tunnels in famous railway projects, as well as hydropower and water conservancy projects, urban metro projects, and other engineering fields in China. In the past ten years CR5 has undertaken construction of tunnels 1340km, including 20 complex difficult tunnels with a length of more than 10km each, some of them are very famous in China because of technical and construction difficulties. As the Chief Engineer of CR5, Pro. Chen has led and presided over construction of these projects, and solved many difficulties in technology and management, and made positive contributions. Pro. Chen is now one of the directors of Tunnel and Underground Works Branch of China Civil Engineering Society, and has rich experiences in the field of tunnel engineering construction.

5) Mr. Lu Gang is a deputy chief engineer of CHINA RAILWAY ENGINEERING CONSULTING GROUP CO., LTD. (CREC) and the Director of the Tunnel and Underground Engineering Research and Development Centre of CREC. He was born in July 1976, and graduated from Beijing Jiaotong university with a master of engineering. He is currently the project chief engineer of Badaling Greatwall Station of Beijing-Zhangjiakou high-speed railway. He presided over the design of 24 sets of general drawings of China Railway Corporation, including Design drawing of support structure and portal for 160km/h ordinary cargo transport tunnels or 200km/h double layer container transport tunnels”. He presided over the design of Baotou to Shenmu railway which is a 200km/h standard passenger and cargo railway, and Zhajiakou to Hohehot railway, Chongli Railway, and Beijing to Zhangjiakou railway which are high speed railways of 250 km/h.

6) Dr. Zhong Changping, is Vice General Manager and Chief Engineer of Guangzhou Mass Transit engineering Consultant Co. Ltd. He is Doctor of Tunnelling Engineering and Professorate Senior Engineer. He has been to France for studying shield tunnelling technique, and participated the technology import and negotiation work of Herrenknecht shield machine. He worked as chief supervising engineer in many Metro projects around China, and involved into the examination and approval work for the major construction plan of shield tunnelling project in many cities. He participated the international bidding and construction management of Guangzhou Metro Line 1 between Huangsha and Lieshilingyuan by shield tunnelling method, and he was appointed as the Chief Supervising Engineer of Shield Tunnelling Project of Chunfeng Tunnel, Shenzhen, China, in 2017. He attended the review and approval of Chinese code of Metro construction as expert in 2016. He works on Project management of Metro construction and Technology research of shield tunnelling, published more than 20 academic papers, and 5 monographs as chief editor or participant. He also attended many international academic conferences, and many papers were awarded. Dr. Zhong won the awards of the National Technology Advancement Prize, the silver prize of National Excellent Engineering Project and so on.

7) Er. Poh Seng Tiok has more than 20 years’ experience in large scale mass transit, railway design and construction projects in Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and other parts of Asia. Currently, he is the Planning and Design Director for Mass Rapid Transit Corporation (MRTC) in Malaysia, implementing the MRT projects in Kuala Lumpur. He manages the MRTC design group covering disciplines such as Architectural, Civil & Structural, Alignment, Geotechnical & Tunnels, Interface Coordination, Digital Engineering - BIM/GIS, Programme & Planning, Transport Planning, Land Survey and Development Building Control. He leads the multi-disciplinary team in supporting the implementation of the KVMRT Line 1 of 51km railway as well as KVMRT Line 2 with 52.2km of railway. Concurrently, he also leads in the Engineering Feasibility and Reference Design phase of the upcomming 40km KVMRT Line 3, which is a circle line connecting all the radial MRT lines and other forms of public transport. Prior to joining MRTC, he held senior positions in international Consultancy firms involving in major metro projects in Singapore and Hong Kong. Before 2008, Seng Tiok worked in the Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) and was involved in almost all the major railway projects in Singapore such as Down Town Line Stage 1, Circle Line stage 1 to 5 and North East Line.

8) Mr. Leslie J. Pakianathan has been engaged in the planning, design and construction of tunnels since 1986. At present he is Project Director with Changi Airport Group overseeing construction of tunnels for road, rail, automated people mover & baggage handling systems and common services. From his experience of working with clients, contractors and consulting engineers covering procurement, construction supervision, project management to commissioning of tunnels, he has been able to participate in different aspects of the construction of structures underground. Prior to current appointment, Leslie has contributed to high priority tunnelling projects such as the Victoria Dam hydroelectric project in Sri Lanka; Channel Tunnel, Jubilee Line Extension, Heathrow Express Railway and Cross Rail project in the UK; Harbour Area Treatment Scheme Stage 1 in Hong Kong; North South Expressway, MRT and Cable Tunnel projects in Singapore. He is an Alumni of the Imperial College of Science and Technology and Medicine, UK and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (CEng FICE), UK.

9) Mr. Gus Klados is the Director, Tunnels for the Underground Works Package Contractor MMC Gamuda KVMRT (T) Sdn. Bhd. for the Sungai Buloh – Serdang – Putrajaya (SSP) Line and has been the Project Manager for the Sungai Buloh – Kajang (SBK) Line in Kuala Lumpur. Gus has forty-five years’ experience in tunnelling and related construction worldwide on major infra-structure projects out of which twenty-four years in South- and South-East Asia. He started his professional life in Budapest on the M2 and M3 metro lines. His first foreign assignment was in Belgrade, then in Yugoslavia on the Vračar rail tunnel. Gus spent altogether 7 years in India on the Calcutta- and Delhi Metros. Later Gus worked in England on the Channel Tunnel, in South Africa on the Lesotho Highlands Water Project, in Greece on the Athens Metro Lines 2 & 3, in Singapore on the Deep Tunnel Sewer System, in Malaysia on the SMART project, always as contractor in managerial positions. For a real change Gus returned to Hungary, his native country, after 28 years of absence as project director of the Client on the Budapest Metro M4 Line. He was recalled to Kuala Lumpur in March 2011 to assist the MMC Gamuda JV to tender for, win and construct the underground works contract for the SBK Line and recently for the SSP Line, the first and second MRTs or heavy metro lines in the Klang Valley in Malaysia.

10) Ir. Er. Dr. ONG Chee Wee, Victor is the Managing Director of ONE SMART Engineering (Malaysia & Singapore) Sdn. Bhd. He is a PE (Civil) registered with the Board of Engineers Malaysia, ASEAN Chartered Professional Engineer, APEC International Professional Engineer (APEC Eng), and Fellow of The Institution of Engineers Australia (FIEAust). He is also a Specialist PE (Geotech) as well as PE (Civil) registered with Professional Engineers Board (PEB), Singapore. Dr Ong is registered with the Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES) as a qualified Active, Beautiful, Clean (ABC) Waters Professional, and also as a Design for Safety (DfS) Professional. He obtained his PhD in Geotechnical Engineering from the National University of Singapore (NUS). Dr. Ong is currently serving on two International Technical Committees for International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) - Technical Committees TC 207 on Soil-Structure Interaction and Retaining Walls and TC 212 on Deep Foundations. Dr. Ong is also serving as Technical Committee of Asian Technical Committee (ATC-6) “Urban GeoEngineering”. He was recently elected as SPRING Singapore Technical Committee for The Standards Council (Civil & Geotechnical Works). Dr Ong is also serving as the 2nd Vice President & Fellow of Singapore Institute of Building. Dr. Ong is a recipient of Best Contribution Award in Asian Young Geotechnical Engineers Conference.

11) Er. Ng Chew Chiat, David is the Executive Director of ONE SMART Engineering Pte Ltd which has offices operating in Singapore and Malaysia. He is a Specialist Geotechnical PE registered with Singapore PEB. He graduated in 1999 with a Master’s Degree in Geotechnical Engineering from NUS where he received the Innovation Award and NSTB Gold Award for his outstanding academic results and research work. In 2000, he was awarded the First Prize of the prestigious Hulme’s Competition by the Tunnelling & Underground Construction Society of Singapore for his technical paper in tunnelling. In 2013, he has received the Young Consulting Engineer Award 2013 by the Association of Consulting Engineers of Singapore (ACES). He has published more than 50 technical papers in the field of geotechnical engineering. He has been involved in the design, supervision and project management of major infrastructure projects in Singapore with deep excavation, mined tunnels and bored tunnels in Deep Tunnel Sewerage System, Kallang Paya Lebar Expressway, North East Line, Circle Line, Downtown Line and Thomson East Coast Line during his past 20 years of working experience. Er. David Ng is the Qualified Person (Civil) and Qualified Person (Geotechnical) of Supervision for Thomson East Coast Line (TEL) Contract T220 Great World City Station and Tunnels and Contract T221 Havelock Station. Under Er. Ng’s leadership, ONE SMART Engineering was conferred by the Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM) the prestigious IEM Award for Contribution to Engineering Industry in Malaysia 2018 for its contribution to Consulting Engineering Practice.

12) Ir. Dr Lean Hock OOI, graduated with PhD from University of Sydney, Australia. In the past he has worked as a geotechnical consultant and a specialist contractor. He is currently the lead geotechnical engineer in the Design and Technical Department of MMC GAMUDA KVMRT (T) Sdn Bhd for the second line of Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit from Sg Buloh- Serdang- PutraJaya (SSP) line. He has extensive experience in ground treatment works, more recently in deep excavation and tunneling works. He also has a keen interest in geotechnical instrumentation and testing. He has been involved in many interesting infrastructural projects such as railways, runways, highways, tunnels and hydropower both locally and abroad.

13) Dr Boon Chia Weng is now working with MMC-Gamuda KVMRT(T) Sdn Bhd on the underground works package of the Sungai Buloh-Serdang Putrajaya Line of the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit Project (KVMRT), and previously on the Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line. Boon is experienced in deep excavations, tunnelling, ground improvement, site investigation and building impact assessment for underground works in both residual soil and rock, where recent theoretical developments are made jointly with Dr Ooi Lean Hock. Boon read civil engineering at Nanyang Technological University and graduated in 2009, after which he pursued a career in geotechnical engineering. In 2016, he was awarded the Rocha Medal Award by the International Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM) for his doctoral thesis at Oxford University submitted in 2013, and he has given invited lectures at Turkey (EUROCK 2016), Spain (GEORAMP), Korea (Seoul National University) and the Geological Society of Malaysia. He was nominated and elected as a future leader member of the American Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA) in 2017. In 2009, he was awarded the Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal and Professional Engineers Board Gold Medal in Singapore. Boon is now a member of the Geotechnical Engineering Technical Division of The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia.

14) Ir. Dr. Teik Aun Ooi obtained his Bachelor of Civil Engineering and Master of Engineering from Auckland Universiity in 1966 and 1968 respectively. He obtained his PhD from University of Sheffield in 1980. He was the Co - Organizing Chairman of the recently concluded SEAGC2016. He is the immediate Past President of the Southeast Asian Geotechnical Society (SEAGS), Founder Chairman of the Association of Geotechnical Societies in Southeast Asia (AGSSEA). He is a Past President of the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators (MIArb). He is the Immediate Past ICE Country Representative for Malaysia (2000 - 2015), Founder Chairman of IEM Tunnelling and Underground Space Technical Division (TUSTD), Founder Chairman of IEM Consulting Engineering Special Interest Group (CESIG), He is an Honorary Fellow of The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (Hon. FIEM), Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (CEng FICE), Fellow of the MIArb (FMIArb), Fellow of Malaysian Society of Adjudicators (FMSA) and Fellow of Asean Academy of Engineering and Technology (FAAET). Dr. Ooi has fifty years of experience in the Construction Industry. He spent his initial fourteen years with the Public Works Department Malaysia before leaving to work in the private sector where he spent seventeen years working in the construction sector. He play major role in the Johore Baru Causeway widening and the design and construction of Senai Airport in 1970s. He was the Project manager for the Wisma Saberkas Building Project in Kuching in 1980s. He was Project Director for the Design and Construction supervision of the New Kuching Deep Water Port at Kampung Senari in 1990s. He started his consultancy practice in 2000 specialising in Civil and Geotechnical Engineering works. Dr. Ooi is a practicing Consulting Engineer, An Expert Witness in Court and in Arbitration, An Accredited Checker, An Arbitrator and An Adjudicator. He is a member of the Accredited Checker Committee of the Board of Engineers, Malaysia. Dr. Ooi devoted much of his time in honorable public service in continuing education of engineers and development of Malaysia Annexes for Eurocode 7 and 8. He is an independent executive director of IEM Training Centre Sdn Bhd since 1992. In 2013 he was appointed executive director of the IEM Academy Sdn Bhd. He has been Organizing Secretary and Chairman of numerous IEM Workshops, Seminars, and Conferences since 1970s. He was responsible for forming five active ICE Student Chapters in Universities in Kuala Lumpur.
Dr Ooi conducted touring lectures in geotechnical engineering to Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Philippines. In Malaysia he was invited to deliver the prestigous 19th Professor Chin Fung Kee Memorable Lecture in 2009. He frequently delivered lectures to the final year University engineering students. He is currently the Organizing Chairman of WTC2020 and Executive Council Member of ITA. He is also the Deputy Chairman of TUSTD.

14) Professor YAN Jinxiu is currently the Vice President of the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association(ITA); Vice President of the Chinese Tunneling and Underground Works Society and Deputy General Manager of China Railway Academy Co., Ltd. Prof. YAN has worked as consulting engineer for many major tunnel projects for more than 30 years. In the past 5 years, she has delivered nearly 20 international Keynotes or lectures in Asia, Europe, America and Middle East. As research team leaders or experts appointed by the governments or the project owners, she have been involved in the construction of many major railway, highway tunnels and metro projects as well as long subsea tunnels in China. Recently, she has been working on optimization of support structure, information system and application of new material for some major metro projects. Prof Yan has won China Women’s Model Awards 2017; the Winner of 2012 China Economic Female Entrepreneur Figures; Expert for enjoyment of China State Council Special Allowance for Outstanding Contribution to Engineering in 2011; Winner for the 5th Talent Prize of China Zhantianyou Development Foundation for Railway Science and Technology in 2008 as well as Winner for Tip-top talent by the Ministry of Railways, P.R. China in 2000.

15) Mr. Feng Shouzhong (born in October 1963), Ph.D. and professor of engineering, isthe chairman of Wuhan Guangyi Transportation Science and Technology Incorporated Company, the director of Enterprise Technology Research and Development Center in the city of Wuhan, the chairman of Anhui Zhongyi New Material Technology Company Co., Ltd, and the leader of High-level Innovation Team of Scientific and Technological Talents in Anhui Province. He is the adjunct professor both at Tianjin University and Tongji University, and the professor of industry in Hubei Province; the vice president of Risk and Insurance Research Branch of China Civil Engineering Society, and the executive director of Tunnel and Underground Works Branch of China Civil Engineering Society, China Fire Protection Engineering Association - China Civil Engineering Society, and Tunnel Engineering Society - China Highway and Transportation Society. Also, Professor Feng is the editorial board member of Rock and Soil Mechanics, Journal of Highway and Transportation Research and Development, Chinese Journal of Underground Space and Engineering, and Modern Tunnelling Technology. Mr. Feng has been always engaged in the construction, design, research and consultation work in civil and transportation engineering. His research fields cover the application technology of energy saving and disaster prevention in tunnel and underground space, the application of new materials for road transportation safety and energy conservation, and the environmental-friendly construction technology for foundation treatment. Dr. Feng has taken charge of the design, construction and consultation work for many national engineering projects, including the consultation for the South-North Water Diversion Project and Three Gorges Project on the Yangtze River; and completed more than 40scientific research projects at provincial and ministerial level. By June 2018, Professor Feng has been authorized 16 national invention patents and 21 utility model patents, and received two China patent awards and the Zhan Tianyou Award in civil engineering of China. In addition, he has many other academic achievements, including the prize for progress in science and technology at provincial and ministerial level(second prize for 9 times and third Prize for 6 times), 2 monographs, 17 technical standards and codes (as editor-in-chief or participator) and 68 papers.

17) Mr. Zhiguo Zhang is the Deputy General Manager of China Railway Engineering Equipment Group Co., Ltd. (CREG) as well as the Senior Engineer and Chief Economic Manager. He graduates from Southwest Jiaotong University and his major is Mechanical Engineering and Automation. Mr. Zhang has been the Chief Mechanical Engineer of Fourth TBM Company of China Railway Tunnel Stock Co., Ltd. during which period he accumulated rich tunneling construction experience. While he was serving as the Chief Engineer of CREG, Mr. Zhang was in charge of the R&D and manufacture of different types of TBMs. He is a well-known TBM expert with nearly 20 years of professional experience. Mr Zhang has published numbers of technical papers & writings on TBM tunnelling journals at national levels.

18) Dr. Jeyatharan Kumarasamy (Jeya) obtained his bachelor degree in Civil Engineering with First Class Hons from Peradeniya University, Sri Lanka in 1985 and a PhD degree in Soil Mechanics from Cambridge University, UK in 1991. He has over 25 years of research, design, construction and teaching experience in Sri Lanka and Singapore in the field of geotechnical engineering, including deep excavations, soil improvement, deep foundations, numerical analyses, slope stabilisation, instrumentation and monitoring, and site investigation works. Jeya has been working with design consultant firms including Parson Brinckerhoff Pte. Ltd and Arup (Singapore) Pte Ltd for more than 10 years on major infrastructure including MRT North-East Line, and commercial projects such as Marina Bay Sands. Over the last 15 years he has been working with Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LAT) in the planning, design and construction of several major rail and road projects including MRT Circle Line, Downtown Line and Thomson East Coast Line. He is currently the President of the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Society of Singapore (TUCSS). He is also the Chairman of the Technical Committee for Site Investigation under the Singapore Accreditation Council (SAC).

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