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IS-Cambridge 2020

10th International Symposium on Geotechnical Aspects of Underground Construction in Soft Ground: 29 and 30 June 2020

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Special Lectures

The full conference programme will be available here in due course. The conference will start with a Welcome Reception at Jesus College on the evening of Sunday 28 June followed by the conference sessions starting on the morning of Monday 29 June and closing on the afternoon of Tuesday 30 June, with the visit to the Thames Tideway project on Wednesday 1 July. The conference dinner will be on Monday 29 June.

Special lectures at the conference will include:

Tunnelling and groundwater interaction – Its short and long-term effects

Professor Chungsik Yoo

Chungsik Yoo

Professor Chungsik Yoo is currently Professor of Civil and Construction Systems Engineering at Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) in Korea. He is the President of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) and the Vice-Chair of TC204, a technical committee on “Underground Construction in Soft Ground”, of International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE). Professor Yoo is active in the international tunnelling community and has served as an Executive Council member of International Tunnelling and Underground Association (ITA). He obtained his MSc and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 1989 and 1993, respectively. After briefly working at Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers in USA as a Geotechnical Engineer, he returned to Korea and joined SKKU as Assistant Professor in 1994. Since then, Professor Yoo is continuing to serve as a professor at SKKU, and has served as Chair Professor of School of Civil and Architectural Engineering from 2014 to 2016 and as Vice Dean of College of Engineering from 2017 to 2018. Professor Yoo has co-authored over 400 technical papers, including SCI journal papers and conference papers, in geotechnical engineering and tunnelling based on laboratory testing, numerical modeling, and field testing. He was a recipient of 2010 IGS Award from the International Geosynthetic Society (IGS). Professor Yoo also received many awards from the Korean Civil Engineering Society, Korean Geotechnical Society, Korean Tunnelling and Underground Space Association, and Korean Geosynthetics Society including the Best Scientific and Engineering Paper Award from the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies in 2014. Currently, he is an Associate Editor of numerous international journals such as Geotextiles and Geomembranes, Geosynthetics International, Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, and Soils and Foundations. He is also an Editorial Board Member of Geosynthetics International and Computers and Geotechnics. Professor Yoo has delivered many keynote lectures on topics related to geosynthetics and tunnelling at numerous international events including ISRM 2015, Eurogeo 6, Geosynthetics Asia 2016, IS-Sao Paulo 2017, Tunnelling Asia 2017, GeoMEAST 2017, GeoPERU 2017, among others.


The influence of earth pressure balance shield tunnelling on pre-convergence and segmental liner loading: field observations, modelling and implication on design approach

Professor Mike Mooney

Mike MooneyMike Mooney is a Professor of Civil Engineering and the Grewcock Distinguished Chair of Underground Construction & Tunneling at Colorado School of Mines. He teaches courses in tunnel design and construction, support of excavations, infrastructure systems, instrumentation & monitoring, and intelligent geosystems. He also leads the four-day Tunneling short course held annually for industry professionals at Colorado School of Mines.

Mike received his MSc in Civil-Structural Engineering from the University of California-Irvine and a PhD in Civil-Geotechnical Engineering from Northwestern University. Mike currently leads the university-wide interdisciplinary Center for Underground that brings together students and faculty from civil, geological, mining, mechanical, geophysics, and computer science to advance research and education for underground works. He has authored/co-authored over 170 refereed journal papers, conference papers, and technical reports on instrumentation & monitoring, intelligent geoconstruction, and tunneling/heavy civil analysis, design and construction.

Mike is a registered Professional Engineer and has been engaged as a consultant on a number of tunneling projects in North America and internationally. Recent projects include tunnels in Michigan, New York/New Jersey, Virginia and Seattle, Washington.  He has led and currently leads a number of research projects embedded at active project sites, e.g., ground deformation during Queens bored tunnels project in NYC,  boulder detection on the Seattle Northlink tunnel construction project, probe hole monitoring for the NY Rondout bypass water tunnel, EPB soil conditioning on Seattle SR99 and Northlink tunnels, sequential excavation method inverse modeling for the Los Angeles Metro Regional Connector project, and artificial intelligence of TBM tunneling in Seattle, Los Angeles and Washington DC tunnels. In each case working with owners, contractors, designers, etc. In addition, Mike has been Principal Investigator on more than 30 research projects funded by the National Science Foundation, Air Force Research Lab, US Army Corps of Engineers, Federal Highway Agency, multiple Departments of Transportation, and numerous companies/corporations related to advanced sensing, construction technologies, infrastructure assessment, tunnel design and construction, and smart geosystems analysis/design.

Mike was the Scientific Committee Chair for the 2016 World Tunnels Congress held in San Francisco in April, 2016. He serves on the Executive Committee for the Underground Construction Association, and is a member of the Underground Engineering committee of the ASCE GeoInstitute and the International Tunneling Associations Committee on Education and Training. 


Fujita lecture

Developments in geotechnical aspects of underground construction

Professor Lord Robert Mair CBE FREng FICE FRS


Robert MairRobert Mair is Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of Research at Cambridge University, where until recently he was Head of Civil Engineering. He was Master of Jesus College 2001-2011 and Senior Vice-President of the Royal Academy of Engineering 2008-2011. He was President of the Institution of Civil Engineers 2017-18. Prior to his appointment to a Chair at Cambridge in 1998, he worked in industry for 27 years. In 1983 he was one of the founders of the Geotechnical Consulting Group, an international consulting company based in London. He has been responsible for numerous major engineering projects world-wide, is an international research leader in geotechnical engineering and is a world expert on underground construction in soft ground. 

His principal research interests are in the development of innovative engineering solutions for the design and construction of underground space in complex ground conditions, particularly in urban environments. He is Head of the Centre on Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC) at Cambridge, funded by EPSRC, Innovate UK and industry to a total value of £22m. CSIC develops new technologies for streamlining construction and for condition assessment and monitoring of ageing infrastructure, with a focus on the development of wireless sensor networks and new fibre optic sensing technology. CSIC has around 50 industry partners and has deployed innovative sensor technologies on around 100 different sites.f the Institution of Civil Engineers 2017-18. Prior to his appointment to a Chair at Cambridge in 1998, he worked in industry for 27 years. In 1983 he was one of the founders of the Geotechnical Consulting Group, an international consulting company based in London. He has been responsible for numerous major engineering projects world-wide, is an international research leader in geotechnical engineering and is a world expert on underground construction in soft ground.

He is Chairman of the Science Advisory Council of the Department for Transport. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1992, the Royal Society in 2007 and Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Engineering in 2019. He was appointed an independent crossbencher in the House of Lords in 2015 and is a member of the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology.