Technical Director – Tunnels
Alexander (Sandy) Mackay is a Technical Director with the Snowy Mountain Engineering Corporation (SMEC) in Hong Kong. He is a Chartered Civil and Mining Engineer with 25 years professional engineering experience practicing in Hong Kong, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Vietnam, Spain, China and the Middle East. His particular expertise includes the project management, design and construction of major civil engineering projects including from sub-surface excavations and oil and gas pipelines. Projects include the tender preparation of the Drainage Service Department HK West, Tsuen Wan, Lai Chi Kok and Harbour Area Treatment Schemes; detailed design of the Adelaide desalination plant, Australia and team leader assessing geo-hazards impacting the 24 Billion US$ Sakhalin oil and gas pipeline project, East Russia.
Throughout his career Sandy has been an active professional and has served as a Committee Member for the Institution of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IMMM) and the Geological Society (GeolSoc) of London for the last five years and is a Scrutineer and Validator for Chartered Engineer (Engineering Registration Board). He has also published over 30 technical papers and most recently was on the IMMM 2009 HK Tunneling Conference publication vetting committee.
Dr Benjamin Sun
Director – Geotechnics
URS SCOTT WILSON
Dr Benjamin Sun joined Scott Wilson in 1997. Following his Master's degree and PhD in Geotechnical Engineering, Ben worked on a wide variety of geotechnical and geoenvironmental projects in the USA and Canada. After joining Scott Wilson in Hong Kong, he has managed and directed many publicly funded civil projects, building development projects, as well as various slope assessment and maintenance projects. Ben has also evaluated the stability of and designed large tailings dams and has engineered various landfill and waste containment facilities.
Dr Gopal Dhawan
Executive Director – Geotechnical
NATIONAL HYDRO POWER CORPORATION OF INDIA
Dr. Gopal Dhawan joined NHPC Ltd in 1980 and has over 30 years of experience in Engineering Geology and Geotechnics. He has worked for many hydroelectric projects in India and neighboring countries such as, Loktak H.E. Project (105 MW) in Manipur, Salal H.E. Project (690 MW), Jammu & Kashmir, Chamera Stage- I Project (540 MW) in Himachal Pradesh, Kalpong H.E.Project (5.25 MW) Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Dhauliganga H.E. Project (280 MW) Uttarakhand, Devighat H.E.Project (14.1 MW) in Nepal and Kurichu H.E.Project (60 MW) in Bhutan.
He has been associated with survey and investigation of hydroelectric projects in Dhauliganga and Goriganga valley, Parbati Stage-II Project (800MW) in Himachal Pradesh, Subansiri Lower(2000MW), Subansiri Middle(1600MW), Subansiri Upper Projects (2000MW) and Tawang Stage-I (750 MW) & Tawang Stage- II Projects(750 MW) in Arunachal Pradesh and heading the Task force for Tamanthi & ShweZaye Projects (1200 MW & 640 MW) under investigation in Myanmar apart from being associated with investigation works of Chamkarchu (670 MW) & Kuri Gongri 1800 (MW) HE Projects in Bhutan.
He has large experience in co-ordinating geological & geotechnical investigations and construction material surveys of large Hydro Projects required for formulation of Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) and Pre-feasibility Reports (PFRs) as well as construction of hydroelectric projects.
Presently he is heading a strong team of 70 officers including professional Geologists, Geophysicists and Construction Material experts at NHPC Ltd, Faridabad. He is also holding the charge of Core Group having capabilities to cater survey and drilling requirements of hydroelectric projects using state-of the art technology,
Dr Dhawan is Life member of International Association of Engineering Geology and the Environment (IAEG), ISEG (Indian Society of Engineering Geology), Geological Society of India (GSI), Indian Society of Rock Mechanics and Tunneling Technology (ISRMTT), International Society of Rock Mechanics (India), etc.
Dr Mingchun Luo
Head – Fire Engineering
Dr Mingchun Luo is a Director of Consulting and group leader with Arup. He has many year of experience in the research of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling and application of CFD model into building fire research. His research experiences covered with considerable areas of fire safety issues including long tunnel and underground structures. He has extensive publications in international journals and conferences and was an invited speaker in various conferences including the Annual Meeting of SFPE Japan Chapter and NFPA Beijing Conference.
Dr Luo has involved in the development of Australian Fire Engineering Code from 1993 to 1997. He is a member of the advisory committee for the development of performance-based code in Shanghai and Beijing. Currently, he is leading a consultancy team to develop the performance-based code for Hong Kong.
Dr Luo is currently working on the Express Rail Link (XRL) project which is a 26km underground tunnel – one of the longest tunnels in the region. Other tunnel project examples like the Inje Road Tunnel and Baehooryung Tunnel in Korea, Route 9 Nam Wan Tunnel in Hong Kong, Risk Assessment for Chongming River Cross in Shanghai etc. He has also involved in many major developments in East Asia. For Beijing Olympic projects, Dr Luo was the chief fire engineer for Water Cube, Bird’s Nest, CCTV, Beijing Airport T3, etc. In addition, he has involved in the development of fire safety strategy and fire safety design for airport terminals, super high-rise buildings, entertainment and casino facilities, public transport interchange centres, MTR, railway stations and depots.
Dr Joseph Lo
Executive Director – Transportation Tunnels
Ir. Lo is currently an Executive Director of AECOM Asia Co. Ltd. Ir. Lo has practised tunnel, geotechnical and civil engineering for past 28 years in Hong Kong, China, Asia and North America. During his early period, he developed a keen appreciation of rock mechanics and their relationship to structural design in hard rock tunnelling. Ir. Lo is also a competent project manager having been responsible for project planning, design and construction management of many prestigious highway, railway, water and sewer tunnelling projects in the world. He acquired significant experience in Open-face Shield Machine, Earth Pressure Balanced (EPD) machine, Slurry machine and Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) from various tunnel projects involved in past 28 years. Ir. Lo is also the expert for immersed tube tube, C&C tunnel and Drill & Blast tunnel.
The current tunnelling projects under Ir. Lo’s management are Express Rail Link bored tunnels, Hong Kong – Zhuai – Macau bridge IMT tunnel, Chennai Metro Rail Project Phase 1, Kolkata Metro Rail East-west Line, MTRC West Island Line C703, Guangzhou Zhoutouzui Immersed Tube Tunnel, HATS Stage 2a tunnels, Hong Kong West Drainage Tunnel, Lai Chi Kok Transfer Scheme, etc.
Apart from the engineering practise, Ir. Lo also summarized his valuable experiences in the published 27 nos. technical papers in local and overseas journals and proceedings.