3rd November 2018
Half Day Seminar on "Advancement in Geotechnical Instrumentation and Monitoring"


Date: 3rd November 2018
Venue:The Puteri Pacific Hotel, Johor Baru
Speakers:Er. Prof. Dr. Chew Soon Hoe, Mr. Chris Gairns, Dr. C. Y. Tan

In-collaboration with: Geolab Ikram SDN BHD, Measurand Inc., DECL Singapore Pte Ltd

BEM approved CPD hours: 4.0
Ref. No. IEM18/SB/424/S


During the construction process, geotechnical instrumentation and monitoring provides crucial information about the actual field performance of the ground and/or structure. Instrumentation and monitoring serves to mitigate geotechnical risk that would affect the successful implantation of a construction project. Remote and real-time monitoring has become a norm than an exception in geotechnical monitoring. The concept and methodology of these advanced monitoring will be presented and discussed in this seminar. This seminar is aimed at developers, contractors and consultant, engineers so that the awareness and the management of geotechnical risks can be further improved in our local practice.

About the Speakers

Dr. Chew Soon Hoe graduated with PhD from the University of California at Berkeley, USA. He is currently an Assistant Professor with the Department of Civil Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS). He is also the Deputy Director of the Centre for Protective technology (CPT), jointly established by the Defence Ministry and NUS. He was elected as a council member of the Institution of Engineers, Singapore, IES, 2006-2008 and 2009-2011. He is currently the President of Southeast Asia Chapter of International Geosynthetics Society. He has won Best Teaching Awards from NUS four times, and is the recipient of Defence Technology Prize 2006. He is a professional engineer in Singapore, and has been engaged as consultant to government agencies and private consultants and contractors on geosynthetics and geotechnical projects in this region. His research interests include geosynthetics, slope engineering, land reclamation, soil improvement, soil erosion, numerical modeling in geotechnical engineering and geo-environmental engineering. He is also actively consulted in general area of geotechnical engineering including slope stability, pile foundation and excavation related problem.

Mr. Chris Gairns is the Director of Sales at Measurand Inc. As a professional engineer, he has collaborated with hundreds of engineers to create automated real-time monitoring solutions on all scales of projects. His background in geomatics engineering includes project coordination, research and development, and instrumentation. He believes robust monitoring plans are essential to the safety of the public and the success of any engineering project.

Dr. C. Y. Tan received his PhD from the National University of Singapore, NUS. He obtained his Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) from University of Technology, Malaysia in 2005. He is currently the Technical Manager of DECL Singapore Pte. Ltd. Dr Tan has been involved in various research projects and geotechnical projects on land reclamation, engineered soil for bioretention systems, geosynthetics applications and smart instrumentation and sensors. He was awarded the Minister’s Innovation Award for his research on “the innovative use of cement mixed soil in geotextile tube”, from Ministry of Transportation, Singapore (2011). He is the co-inventor in patented “Engineering Soil” for use in bioretention systems. He has published several publications on his research works on land reclamation, geotextile tube instrumentation and presented in international and regional conferences.

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