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During the First International Conference on Exploration and Utilization of Underground Space (EUUS 2019), ACUUS YG (Youth Group of the Associated research Centers for the Urban Underground Space) and YES (Young Earth Scientists Network) will co-organize the:

First Global Young Scholar Forum on “Collaborative Exploration of Underground Space for our Next Generations”

1. Themes cover the following research and application areas:

A: Inclusive Urban underground space planning for next generations
B: Disaster mitigation of Underground space development
C: Geomechanics and Geotechnical Engineering issues in underground space development
D: Advanced disposal of radioactive waste (nuclear waste)
E: Smart city design and underground space integration in ancient architectural area
F: Geothermal energy development and utilization
G: New technologies and methods in geophysical exploration for underground space

(detail information to follow, other related themes are welcomed to propose and convene, please feel free to contact us via dxy_92@163.com)

Forum committee members:
Zhenhao XU (Chair, ACUUS YG Asia, China)
Meng WANG (President, YES, China)
Amy Huanqing LI (Secretary, ACUUS, Canada)
Feng LIANG (President, YES China, China)
Adam C. Roberts (Senior Research Fellow, NTU, Singapore)
Nehemia Beyene (Senior Geotechnical Engineer, COFFEY, Australia)
Bin Liu (Professor, SDU, China)
(more members to come)

Speakers:

The Human Factor in Underground Workspaces

Dr. Adam Roberts (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

Senior Research Fellow at School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in NTU

Details

Benefits of local geological knowledge for major linear infrastructures including tunnel: an example from a proposed freight railway alignment in Brisbane, Australia

Dr. Nehemia Beyene (Coffey Services Australia (Coffey), Australia)

Senior Geotechnical Engineer at Coffey Services Australia (Coffey) based in Brisbane

Details

2. Special Seminar reserved to committee members – UNESCO publication initiative

3. Urban Lab sessions during the UN-Habitat Urban Thinkers Campus 4.0

4. Training course from the China Geological Survey

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The Human Factor in Underground Workspaces

Dr. Adam Roberts (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)


Biography

Dr. Adam Roberts is a Human Factors psychologist with specialisation in neuro-ergonomics. For the past four years, he has been examining how environmental factors affect work performance. In the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at NTU Singapore, he studied how underground spaces could affect workers. Prior to NTU, Adam was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology & Phonetics, University of Oxford and worked in the Babylab in the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford. Adam received his PhD in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Sheffield in 2009, and his Masters in Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in 2004.

Adam has worked on projects relating to environmental effects on the brain and behaviour, speech and language perception, and brain-controlled adaptive automation. He has over 10 years of experience with psycho-physiological recording, including eyetracking, EEG brain responses, and cardiovascular measures.

Abstract

In recent years, engineering aspects of underground spaces (UGS) have been constantly improving, with many innovations leading to UGS that are comparable to, or improve upon, aboveground spaces. However, the human aspect has lagged behind. This means that attitudes towards UGS tend to be negative, and potential workers worry about possible health and psychological effects. As population density in cities increases, underground space use will need to take a more prominent role. This means going beyond traditional underground facilities such as water treatment plants and MRT stations, into diversified uses such as underground offices and data centres. We need to take a human centric approach to ensure that workers are happy and healthy, and UGS is utilized effectively.

In this talk Adam Roberts will present an overview of the results of the latest and largest systematic interdisciplinary research examining psychological, social and health parameters of workers in UGS. Beginning with the general public's perceptions of and attitudes towards UGS, he will move on to discuss case studies of existing UGS around the world, a large scale Singapore workplace study comparing aboveground and underground spaces, and laboratory tests in simulated work environments. Adam will demonstrate that this research has wide-reaching implications beyond UGS into general indoor space design, where minor cost-effective solutions could dramatically improve worker performance.

Benefits of local geological knowledge for major linear infrastructures including tunnel: an example from a proposed freight railway alignment in Brisbane, Australia

Dr. Nehemia Beyene (Coffey Services Australia (Coffey), Australia)


Biography

Dr Nehemia Beyene has worked as geotechnical engineer and engineering geologist since 2004 for civil infrastructure and mining projects in Africa, Middle East, Australia and Pacific regions. Nehemia obtained his geology degrees from Mekelle and Addis Ababa Universities in Ethiopia then he began his PhD in Engineering Geology at Graz University of Technology, Austria in 2006. Following his PhD in 2010, he worked in Australia, Pacific region and Middle East. He is a Chartered Professional Engineer with practical and research experience in ground modelling (using GIS application & 3D modelling software), geotechnical site investigation, engineering geological and geological mapping, geological hazard & risk assessment and TSF embankment slope stability assessment and design. Currently, Nehemia is working as Senior Geotechnical Engineer at Coffey Services Australia (Coffey) based in Brisbane, Australia.

Abstract

In the pre-feasibility stage of major infrastructure, a local geological knowledge has enormous advantage in identifying engineering geological risks that may affect the proposed structure. A conceptual geological model was developed based on published geological map and ground investigation data held by consultants.

In this talk Nehemia Beyene will present an overview of the conceptual ground model prepared for the proposed 40 km long freight railway in Brisbane, Australia. Distinct variation in the landscape (geomorphology) along the proposed railway is determined by the underlying geology. The railway starts at flat low-lying land that covered by mangroves and mudflats. Some section of the line passes through up to 20 m thickness alluvium, estuarine channel and tidal flat deposits. It also passes through the unconformable boundary, high and lesser strength rock strata. At areas where the local geology is controlled by structural features, a rapid water flow is also expected. As we know, government and private sectors have gained extensive geo related local experience in urban areas. Lessons learned and local knowledge acquired from individual projects can be easily managed and shared; the information can be interrogated using a GIS application. The conceptual model developed using such data can help to focus on future ground investigation, design constrain and risk control for urban underground spaces (UGS).