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Land is a scarce resource in Hong Kong, especially in the urban areas. The geological conditions and topography of Hong Kong offer a great opportunity for placing suitable facilities in rock caverns. The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has recently completed a suite of strategic planning and technical studies to facilitate optimal use of underground space as part of urban planning aiming at enhancing the use of rock caverns to support Hong Kong's pursuit of sustainable development.

This Joint Conference will provide a platform for Hong Kong engineers and planners to meet and share experience with our overseas counterparts on international experiences on the planning and development of underground space, in particular on the potential of optimal use of rock caverns through creative planning in Hong Kong. To planners, the Conference will help to promote the concept of systematic pursuance of opportunities for use of underground space. To engineers, the Conference will provide useful update on the opportunities and challenges ahead. The Conference will also help provide an opportunity for planners and engineers to appreciate the other profession's perspective, to produce synergy.

Photo Album
Photos taken at the Conference are attached here for your retention.

Day 1 of the Conference
Day 2 of the Conference
Technical Visit


Guest of Honour
Mrs Carrie LAM, the Secretary for Development of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

Conference Programme (A programme is attached here and the presentation powerpoints
of speakers in PDF format have inserted on the programme)

The Conference will be a two-day event.

Day 1 will comprise mostly of invited lectures on outstanding examples of optimal use of underground space from cities outside Hong Kong together with broad discussions of issues for successful implementation of underground facility projects. A tentative programme is as follows.

1. Optimal use of underground space in Hong Kong - the new era
2. Overseas cases of optimal use of underground space through planning, e.g. Helsinki, Singapore and Mainland China
3. Other key issues, e.g. land right, ventilation, fire safety, environmental considerations
4. General review on cavern engineering
5. Cost and benefit considerations
6. User perspectives

Day 2 of the Conference will be devoted to deeper examination of technical aspects of development and use of underground space, with two key notes to set the scene and other speakers selected from papers submitted to the Conference. It will cover the following topics.

1. Town planning concepts and tools for use of underground space
2. Planning underground facilities for community acceptance
3. Engineering geology, site selection and ground investigation
4. Geotechnical engineering and rock mechanics for underground space development
5. Other design considerations including construction logistics, cavern environment, ventilation, fire safety and emergency evacuation
6. Case examples of underground facility schemes: successes and failures
7. Case history of underground facility project implementation

Conference Proceedings
The Conference Proceedings(web version) is attached here for your earlier preview.

Technical Visits
Limited places for technical visits to active or completed cavern projects on Hong Kong Island on the Sunday after the Conference to be offered on a first-come-first-served basis. Details of the Visits will be provided in due course.

Welcome Dinner
Welcome Dinner will be held on 23 September 2011 at "The Salisbury" - YMCA of Hong Kong at a registration fee of HK$500 per person. Accompanying guests will be charged at the same rate as participants.

Student Competition
A "Rock Caverns – Creativity Unlimited" competition is being held among secondary schools in association with the Conference to promote the idea of underground space for development of Hong Kong.


Mr AU Choi Kai
Director, Buildings Department, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Prof LEE In Mo
President, International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association
Dean, School of Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Mr Jimmy C F LEUNG
Director, Planning Department, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Ir CHAN Chi Chiu
Director, Drainage Services Department, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Ir Gregory C H LO
Director, Fire Services Department, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Ir Stephen H C CHAN
Director, Electrical and Mechanical Services Department, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Ir MA Lee Tak
Director, Water Supplies Department, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Ir CHEW Tai Chong
Projects Director, MTR Corporation Limited
Ir Prof TENG Jin Guang
Dean, Faculty of Construction and Land Use, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Deputy Director of Development and Construction, Housing Department, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Chief Executive Officer, SITA Waste Services Limited
Ir HON Chi Keung
Director, Civil Engineering and Development Department, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Ir WAI Chi Sing
Permanent Secretary for Development (Works), The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Dr Suzanne LACASSE
Managing Director, Norwegian Geotechnical Institute
Ms Anissa S Y WONG
Permanent Secretary for the Environment / Director, Environmental Protection Department, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Ir Prof LEE Chack Fan
Chair Professor of Geotechnical Engineering,
Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Hong Kong

Sponsorship Opportunities
For details of sponsorship programme, please contact the Conference Secretariat, Miss Barbara KWOK at (852) 2830 9071 or by email.

Full Paper Submission
For authors of accepted abstracts, please download the Guidelines for Preparing Full Papers , Full Paper Template and a Copyright Consent Form for your use of the Submission of Full Papers.

Who Should Attend
The Conference aims at introducing this emerging field of urban and infrastructure development to senior practitioners and regulators with duties of longer-term business planning for their organisations. The Conference will be of interest to policy makers, governmental officials, engineers, planners, contractors, developers, consultants and academicians.

Presentations and discussions will be conducted in English, with Mandarin-English simultaneous interpretation. Proceedings and papers will be in English.

Online Registration
Participants could register for either one of the days. To enjoy the early-bird discount, registrations have to be made on or before 23 August 2011.

Registrations should be made via the online registration programme (Closed).

Registration Fee

"The Salisbury" - YMCA of Hong Kong.

Miss Barbara KWOK
Conference & Function Section
The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers
Tel: (852) 2895 4446
Fax: (852) 2203 4133

Organising Committee

Technical Sub-Committee

Ir Raymond K S CHAN Co-Chairman Ir CHAN Yun Cheung Chairman
Mr K K LING Co-Chairman Ir Guy D C BRIDGES  
Ir CHAN Yun Cheung   Ir Eric H M CHUI  
Ir Dr Daman D M LEE   Mr Bosco C K FUNG  
Miss Lucille LEUNG   Ir Christopher M HOWLEY
Mr MAK Chung Hang   Ir Dr Daman D M LEE  
Mr Clement MIU   Dr Angus MAXWELL  
Ir Prof POON Chi Sun   Mrs Ava NG  
Ir David SALISBURY   Dr Peter K S PUN  
Ir Philco N K WONG   Ir David SALISBURY  
Ir Ringo S M YU   Ir Dr SUN Hepn Wing  
  Mr Justin TAYLOR  

Fund Raising Committee

Ir Ringo S M YU

Supporting Organisation


Registration Fee

Category Registration Fee
(Per Person/ Per Day)
Attendance to the Daily Programme and Lunch on the specified date Technical Visit
(Limited Places)
A Copy of Conference Proceedings
Day Registration Early-Bird
(Registration made on or before 23 August 2011)
HK$1,000 23 September 2011
HK$1,000 24 September 2011
Normal Registration HK$1,200 23 September 2011
HK$1,200 24 September 2011