Evening seminar on Rock Mechanics and Rock Cavern Design, Hong Kong

29 November, 2016 | 19:00 - 20:30

Evening lecture on the design on rock caverns.
Evening lecture on the design on rock caverns.

About this event

With the continuing demand for usable land on which to build a better living environment in places such as Hong Kong, subterranean solutions such as the development of rock caverns can be implemented to increase land supply. However, the design and construction of rock caverns in jointed rock mass are key issues. Caverns are similar to tunnels in terms of engineering principles. The differences between the two are their physical dimensions and orientation, and the uses to which they are put.

This seminar is to refresh basic rock mechanics principles applying on underground excavations and to share good cavern engineering practice which mainly covers the geotechnical and civil engineering issues related to cavern design and provides appropriate guidance on producing cost-effective and safe designs.

The topics covered in the seminar include discussion on the relationship between engineering geology and rock mechanics for cavern development, such as ground characterisations, insitu stresses and its influence factors, rock joint effects, rock and rockmass, rockmass classifications, rock reinforcement design of caverns, and understand the importance of pillar (including crown pillar for multi-levels excavations) stability for underground excavations.

Capacity: 120

*Registration will be on a first-come-first-served basis and priority will be given to ICE members
*Only successful applicants will receive confirmation e-mail and be given attendance certificates.

Adverse weather arrangement

The seminar will be cancelled in case of Black Rainstorm Alert or above; or Typhoon Signal No. 8 or above being in force by the Hong Kong Observatory at or after 4:30 p.m.


Keith W.K. Kong

Keith gained his Mining Engineering degree from Imperial College, London in 1995. He is presently the Technical Director in Black & Veatch Hong Kong Ltd acting as a discipline lead for the project of Desalination Plant at TKO. Keith is a Member (GEL) of HKIE, Fellows Chartered Engineer of the Institution of Civil Engineers (FICE) and the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (FIMMM), and an UK Registered Ground Engineering Adviser.

He has over 21 years diverse international experience in the design, construction, site supervision and project management of various major geotechnical, mining, civil infrastructure and underground excavation projects in Australia, Dubai, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Philippine, Singapore, and Mainland China, including design of semi-cavern of ventilation building for Tseung Kwan O-Lam Tin Tunnel, preliminary design of Shatin Sewage Treatment Works to Cavern, Airport Link project in Australia, Green and Red Lines of Dubai Metro.

Over years, he authored eleven technical papers, which related to slope works, rock engineering and numerical modelling for underground excavations, published in journals, proceedings of conference, or presented in technical seminars.