ACUUS 2018 "Integrated Underground Solutions for Compacted Metropolitan Cities"
5 - 7 November 2018, Hong Kong
The 16th World Conference of the Associated Research Centers for the Urban Underground Space (ACUUS) concluded successfully!
More than 350 leading experts, scholars and professionals in the field of underground space development shared the experiences on the efficient use of underground space resources to provide effective integrated solutions with a view in addressing the different challenges of urban development.
The conference was jointly organised by ACUUS, the Geotechnical Division of The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) and the Hong Kong Geotechnical Society.
ACUUS is an international organisation which concentrates on research on urban underground space development. A world conference is held every two years to provide a platform for knowledge exchange and sharing of experiences on the applications of underground space and other technical subjects. This year, the conference has being held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 5 to 7 November, with the theme “Integrated Underground Solutions for Compact Metropolitan Cities”.
At the Opening Ceremony, the Permanent Secretary for Development (Works) of The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), Ir S H LAM, extended a warm welcome to the distinguished guests and speakers from all over the world. He said that the conference theme this year is of particular relevance to Hong Kong, which is a world-class city well-known for its compactness with embedded efficiency and effectiveness. He said he was delighted to see that over 110 papers had been received for the Conference from 24 countries. He also said that the insights, views, expert knowledge and experience that would be shared at the Conference could shed light on how Hong Kong can move forward to accomplish our goals and vision in areas of underground development in a smart and innovative manner.
Also officiating at the opening ceremony were the President of ACUUS, Professor Dimitris KALIAMPAKOS; Vice President of the HKIE, Ir Edwin CHUNG; and the Chairman of the Organising Committee, Mr Mark WALLACE.
The three-day conference comprises six keynote lectures, eight theme presentations, an expert panel session, and a series of parallel sessions, covering the past, present and future of underground space development in various dense urban cities. It also includes a number of multi-disciplinary subjects such as integrated planning, design and construction, innovation and technologies, risk and safety, human factors and communication. Many internationally renowned experts, scholars and stakeholders have been invited to be speakers, including Professor Qihu QIAN, Academician, Chinese Academy of Engineering, China; Mr Raymond LEE, Director of Planning, The Government of the HKSAR; Mr Eng Hwee LIM, Chief Executive Officer, Urban Redevelopment Authority, Singapore; Professor David MANGIN, Co-partner, SEURA Architects, France; Mr Ilkka VÄHÄAHO, Chairman of the Finnish Tunnelling Association International Activity Group, Finland; Ms Sanja ZLATANIC, Senior Vice President, HNTB Corporation, the US; Ir W K PUN, Head of the Geotechnical Engineering Office, The Government of the HKSAR; and Mr Han ADMIRAAL, Co-Chair of ITACUS.
For more information on the conference, please visit www.acuus2018.hk or contact the ACUUS 2018 Conference Secretariat at (852) 2852 2333.
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The Associated Research Centers for the Urban Underground Space (ACUUS) joins the World Urban Campaign
ACUUS is an international ‘Think Thank’ for the underground space definition and planning initiatives with a continuous goal of broadening the membership across continents and countries. To achieve this, ACUUS hosted last year in Medellin, a networking event at the Seventh Session of the World Urban Forum, and signed a MOU of collaboration with UN-Habitat in September 2014, to promote the sustainable use of the underground space. Last October 2014, ACUUS participated to the Urban Thinkers Campus in Caserta, Italy, another initiative of UN-Habitat in preparation of Habitat III.
As a result of those activities, the Associated Research Centers for the Urban Underground Space now joins forces with the World Urban Campaign. The Campain seeks to facilitate collaboration and bring people together to create a better and sustainable urban future for all. If you are interested to help us in that campaign, please contact the Secretariat.
Partners of the WUC: http://www.worldurbancampaign.org/partner/
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Due to the the spread of the COVID-19 and because the World Tunneling Congress WTC 2020 changed its congress date to September 11-17, we have decided to reschedule ACUUS 2020 Helsinki Conference.
ACUUS 2020 Helsinki Conference will be organized on February 2-4, 2021.
We wanted to react to the overlap of these two major events as soon as possible and we hope that the change of the date does not affect to your participation to the event. We are working hard to make the ACUUS 2020 Helsinki as succesful as possible and we now invite you to experience the real Finnish winter!
The abstract reviewing process will go on as planned and the notification emails will be sent during March! We are however opening the call for papers for new submissions.
Deadline for new submissions is now September 1, 2020.
Join the mailing list for ACUUS 2020 Helsinki Conference: https://www.lyyti.fi/reg/ACUUS_2020_mailing
Theme of the Conference: “Deep Inspiration”
- - Wake-up call keynote: Peter Vesterbacka, FinEst Bay.
He is “the face” of the Helsinki – Tallinn tunnel project. Peter Vesterbacka is a global entrepreneur from the Heart of Eurasia, Helsinki, Finland. Branded communities co-created and initiated by Peter include the HP Bazaar, Mobile Monday, Slush and Startup Sauna to name a few. He was the Mighty Eagle at Angry Birds for many years taking that brand to unprecedented heights. Peter is also currently adjunct professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Tongji University, one of the leading universities in China. In 2011 Time Magazine named Peter one of the 100 most influential people on the planet.
- Architectural / Design / Planning keynote: Tuomas Silvennoinen, Owner, Design director, PES-Architects Helsinki – Shanghai (https://www.pesark.com/projects.html)
- - Underground infrastructure keynote: Jinxiu (Jenny) Yan, actual ITA President
- Pending requests regarding London Crossrail project and UN-Habitat
Mr. Ilkka Vähäaho has agreed to chair the Scientific Committee and also be the editor of the proceedings. Mr. Vähäaho graduated as a Civil Engineer from the Technical University of Helsinki, Finland in 1979. He has 40-year experience in foundation and rock engineering at the City of Helsinki and has been the Head of Geotechnics since 1997.
CALL FOR PAPERS: