ICE Kolkata had a rare opportunity to host Dr. John Endicott, an international Geotechnical expert based out of Hong Kong, to deliver a lecture on “Subsurface development in Hong Kong” with special attention to the gradual technological advancements over the decades being used to defeat the dwindling space availability due to urban development and reclamation of new land to support future development.
The lecture was hosted on 22 November 2019 at the TT Room of the Lake Club at 7 pm. Due to Dr. Endicott’s current association with AECOM and the ongoing East West Metro Railways in Kolkata, a number of officers and engineers from the executing agency and their contractors were also invited. The event was also attended by a number of ICE student members, suppliers, and other professionals and the total turn up was about 21 people.
Dr. Endicott was welcomed by the ICE Kolkata Representative Dr. Ayanangshu Dey and introduced by Srirup Mitra, Event Coordinator of ICE Kolkata Local Association.
Dr. Endicott developed his talk based on different subjects ranging from extreme construction challenges, enormous scaling of infrastructure projects, failures and consequences, for a variety of projects like immersed, tube tunnel, high speed rail terminus, cut and cover road, deep sewer tunnel, caverns and tunnel boring machines. He also emphasized on the changing face of cutting-edge technology and its impact on the changing nature of the civil engineering profession, new opportunities which present day civil engineers are facing, for the professional members and future prospects of exploring in new avenues of civil engineering specially aiming for the student members.
He also talked about well known failure events and the lapses which were either ignored or overlooked. He shared his exposure from diverse projects across different countries and working environment, where either he had worked directly or had been associated indirectly, which clearly demonstrated his command over the subject of geotechnics, ground improvement, and management of failure situations.
The entire session along with its Q&A was video-recorded to give opportunity to other distant ICE members to watch this at their convenience and also host this session as a CPD event. The session will be available soon.
Tea and snacks were served after the lecture and the attendees got opportunity to interact with the speaker directly. A token of appreciation from ICE Kolkata and CEAI was presented to Dr. Endicott by Srirup and he expressed pleasure on having shared and spoken about his experience by a number of anecdotes. A vote of thanks was given by ICE Representative to the attendees before closing the session.
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