Following last year’s successful networking night, we hope that our SRMEG members will once again come together to mingle with one another as well as with invited guests from related fields, and share our common interests. The evening will kick off with an evening lecture on “NATM – A term used so often but, what is it really in the Singapore context?” by Oskar Sigl from Geoconsult Asia Singapore & SRMEG Vice President.
Date: Friday, 26 January 2018
Venue: Hilton Hotel
Registration: Free for Members
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About the Speaker
Dr. Oskar Sigl graduated 1985 from Technical University of Graz, Austria, in Civil Engineering specializing in geotechnics and soil mechanics. In 1991, after working for five years as Teaching Assistant at the Institute for Geomechanics and Tunnelling, he achieved the PhD in mining engineering at the Mining University of Leoben, Austria.
He was involved in the design of major underground structures in a great number of projects, such as subway tunnels, railway and road tunnels, underground storage schemes and caverns. With more than 25 years of tunneling experience, these projects cover a large variety of different ground conditions, foundation and construction methods ranging from hard rock to soft clay and from conventional drill and blast or Cut&Cover excavations to the use of tunnel boring machines and road headers.
Since his arrival in Singapore in 1997, Oskar has been involved in the detailed design of major projects in Singapore including underground constructions along the North East Line, Circle Line and Downtown Line MRTs, the Kallang Payar Lebar and Marine Costal Expressway, the DTSS Project, Cable Tunnels, etc.
The Term New Austrian Tunnelling Method (NATM) is used so many time but more often than not the users do not fully understand the underlaying principles. Although, it was developed having in mind relatively long tunnels in alpine rock mass conditions with large overburden, its principles, once properly understood can be applied to tunnelling in many other ground conditions as well.
Applying NATM principles in the urban and densely built-up setting in Singapore, however, one need to consider that some of its principles have to be looked at from a different angle and applied in a way suitable to the boundary conditions, especially present in Singapore. Hence, even in Singapore, the term NATM appears every now and then and there are also a few tunnels where the principles have been applied successfully.
The talk will focus again on the main principles of NATM and how they originally came about and then focus on how they are applied in ground conditions, which apparently do not have much similarities with the alpine conditions, which, apart from large overburden, also involves as the main tunnelling medium a geologically relatively young rock mass, which is very variably and tectonically altered.
The presentation will also show a few practical examples explaining the application of NATM to a variety of ground conditions including the ones in Singapore.
Asia is witnessing the greatest growth and demand in the world for infrastructure and resource development. According to Asian Development Bank, approximately US$8 trillion needs to be invested in overall national infrastructure before 2020, 68% of which is for new capacity. Certainly, rock mechanics and rock engineering will have a critical role to play in many of these infrastructure and resource development projects.
Singapore is ideally located in Asia, where the needs for infrastructure and resource development are well supported by high-level research from the Academia and governments. ARMS 10 Singapore 2018 offers an ideal opportunity and platform for professionals from the international rock mechanics community to exchange experiences and new ideas. In addition to the technical programs, we will organize training courses, workshops, technical visits, exhibitions, as well social programs. We will also offer attractive programs for young researchers and students, such as the Rock Bowl, student nights, and some scholarships for selected young researchers.
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The Centre for Usable Space is organising the Symposium on New Technologies for Urban Geotechnical Constructions which supported by the Society for Rock Mechanics and Engineering Geology (Singapore) and Geotechnical Society of Singapore (GeoSS)
This Symposium is organized as part of an ongoing research project. It intends to provide a platform for some international and local experts with expertise in different areas to share with participants their experience and research findings on the latest technologies and solutions on urban geotechnical construction and urban sustainability.
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Venue: Singapore Management University, School of Accountancy, Seminar Room 3.3
Date: 13 Jul 2016
Time: 9.00am to 5.00pm
Dr Cai Jungang (Tritech)
Mr Ong Huei Luen (JTC)
Er Kiefer Chiam (BCA)
Mr Michael Goay (BCA)
SRMEG will be organising the 5th Workshop on Geology of Singapore with support from the Geotechnical Society of Singapore. This is the 5th time the workshop is conducted in consideration of the good response from previous years. It aims to present and discuss systematically the geology of Singapore, as the geological map of Singapore has been updated from the old version published in 1976 and a new stratigraphical framework for the Jurong Group may be proposed soon.
Venue: Xi'an, China
Date: 25-27 May 2016
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Venue: Nanyang Technological University, CEE, Seminar Room D
Date: 28 Apr 2016
Time: 4.30pm to 6.30pm
Speaker: Dr LEE Young Zoo, Geoconsult Asia Singapore Pte Ltd
Venue: Orchard Hotel
Date: 09 Mar 2016
Time: 6.30pm to 9.30pm
Venue: Suntec Singapore
Date: 29 Jan 2016
Time: 6.30pm to 9.30pm
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