Prof. John Endicott: SEAGS 50th Anniversary Lecturer

Lecture Titled: Tunnelling Experiences in Hong Kong

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Prof. John Endicott graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Mathematics and Mechanical Sciences in 1967 and obtained a PhD in 1971 studying the numerical analysis of deformation of soil slopes on a centrifuge. He is now an AECOM Fellow in recognition of his many years of excellence in ground engineering. He is an Adjunct Professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and at Hong Kong University. He is a Fellow Commoner at St Catharine’s College Cambridge.

Initially he worked in the United Kingdom on design of a range of structures including steel box girder bridges and then moved to Hong Kong in 1975. There he pioneered the use of soil/structure analysis and developed one of the first computer programs for diaphragm wall analysis in 1976. Since then he has been involved with more than 100 underground railway stations and tunnels. His work has been diverse. He was Design Director for the 1243 ha reclamation for Chek Lap Kok Airport as well as many tunnels for roads, drainage and deep tunnels for sewerage. He has worked on slope studies and hydrogeology.

He developed a professional practice in Hong Kong with over 500 staff and his area of responsibility now extends throughout S. E. Asia from India to New Zealand. He is a Registered Structural Engineer and a Registered Geotechnical Engineer in Hong Kong.

He has served as Member of Council for Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, as a Member of the Town Planning Board of Hong Kong and as Member of the International Panel of Experts advising the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore with respect to development of underground space.

He has authored and co-authored over 50 articles and technical papers. He has contributed chapters to two books and was leader of the team that wrote Publication 1/2007 “Engineering Geological Practice in Hong Kong” on behalf of the Geotechnical Engineering Office of the Government of Hong Kong.

He is qualified as an Expert Witness and has given evidence in a number of major cases including inflow of water into deep tunnels, piling in karst, extensive diaphragm walling in tropically weathered rocks, foundations for a power station, and for the Inquiry into the collapse of the Nicoll Highway in Singapore