Geotechnical Engineering

Search for 12 tough experts to help keep HK slopes safe

Geotechnical engineers Civil Engineering and Development Department (CEDD)

Geotechnical engineers with a background in civil engineering or geology are sought to provide innovative and safe solutions for Hong Kong's many slopes.

Saturday, 4 February, 2012, 12:00am

Rock-solid career in civil engineering

Given Hong Kong's hilly terrain, heavy rainfall pattern and high urban density, landslides are always a risk. The torrential rains that lashed and inundated the city in mid-2008 hit international headlines, after triggering almost 40 landslides and 125 cases of flooding, shutting down roads and air traffic.

14 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Heady prospects for sector

Hong Kong has about 60,000 registered man-made slopes of varying levels of strength, the result of rapid urban development near the city's hillsides in the 1960s and 1970s.

21 May 2011 - 12:00am

Managing slopes adds to physical burden for local geologists

Steven Williamson's love of nature led him to become a geologist.

'I appreciate hills and mountains, and am interested to see how things are a form in nature,' says Williamson, an engineering geologist at Aecom.

8 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Demand for engineers to increase

Last year saw a sharp rise in the number of engineering vacancies in Hong Kong and, with major infrastructure projects under way - such as the MTR extension, express rail and the cruise terminal - demand will increase.

15 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Happiness is mother's goal

For Jenny Yeung, juggling a demanding career as a civil engineer with being a mother is simply a matter of careful planning.

2 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Warnings issued to 4,500 road contractors

1 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Work beside tilting building ends - for now

Piling work blamed by residents for the tilting of a building in Tai Kok Tsui was suspended yesterday. But they kept up their complaints and one moved out for fear it could collapse.

9 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Mong Kok flat dwellers take fright over gap

In a sign of the fears sown by the collapse nine days ago of a To Kwa Wan tenement, killing four people, residents of an old Mong Kok block worried that it too would topple yesterday after a 30cm gap opened up. They said the gap between the block and a neighbour had begun widening when piling work on a construction site started.

7 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Focus on sustainable development

The mainland is suffering from a severe drought and rivers are running dry. Some cities have had to suspend their water supply. Water shortages in the south have also affected Macau which could run out of drinking water, according to newspaper reports.

23 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Slope safety bid focuses on illegal dumping as rainy season looms

Construction workers were warned by the government yesterday not to dump waste illegally on slopes as it could create a landslide hazard in the coming rainy season.

10 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

'Bridge' structure used for centre's expansion

The architect behind the expansion of the Convention and Exhibition Centre has revealed how a bridge-construction method was adopted to avoid reclamation.

7 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Versatility the key to attracting business

As professionals in the geotechnical engineering field face an increasingly competitive market, a Hong Kong-based civil and structural engineering company is helping staff upgrade skills with an emphasis on broader experience and hi-tech adaptability.

'We try to convince our staff to be more versatile,' said Greg Wong Chak-yan, principal at Greg Wong and Associates.

14 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Sand and light show takes shape

A layer of fine sand and fibres will provide a cushion-like surface for the horses at the Olympic Games equestrian arena in Sha Tin.

The Jockey Club said yesterday the surface had been designed in consultation with international experts and was probably the first in the world where this mix of materials had been used for an equestrian course.

23 May 2008 - 12:00am

Chief proving ground for geotechnical engineers

Hong Kong has more than 60,000 man-made slopes, many retaining walls and supporting drainage systems to enable development of buildings and roads.

The hillside defences represent the world's highest density of man-made slopes, equivalent to a slope for every 100 residents.

9 Nov 2007 - 12:00am