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Engineering geology and the reduction of geotechnical risk; challenges facing the profession in Hong Kong

S. Parry and J. R. Hart
Engineering geology and the reduction of geotechnical risk; challenges facing the profession in Hong Kong (in Engineering geology in geotechnical risk management, Steve Parry)
Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology (November 2009) 42 (4): 499-510

Abstract

There has been considerable discussion on the role of engineering geologists in reducing geotechnical risk both internationally and in Hong Kong. This paper discusses the problems facing the engineering geological profession by examining the current approach to natural landslide assessments in Hong Kong. Although the problems discussed are based on a Hong Kong perspective many are applicable elsewhere in the world. The assessment and mitigation of landslide risk from natural slopes is a rapidly expanding area of geotechnical work in Hong Kong. Under relatively new legislation, the Hong Kong Government now requires a natural terrain hazard study to be undertaken for all new developments close to steep natural terrain. In addition to the assessment of new developments Hong Kong has recently started a programme to assess the risk from natural terrain landslides to existing developments. However, with respect to engineering geology, the profession faces a number of challenges including skills shortages and insufficient training opportunities, and, more broadly, challenges related to certain contract conditions and prevailing market forces. The combination of these factors in Hong Kong has resulted in the reduction of engineering geological input within the geotechnical industry. This may result in the adoption of over-conservative mitigation works with resulting impacts on cost, safety and the environment. In the worst case, the lack of engineering geological input may result in the failure to recognize the potential for low-frequency, high-magnitude landslides, with potentially severe future consequences.


ISSN: 1470-9236
EISSN: 2041-4803
Serial Title: Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology
Serial Volume: 42
Serial Issue: 4
Title: Engineering geology and the reduction of geotechnical risk; challenges facing the profession in Hong Kong
Title: Engineering geology in geotechnical risk management
Author(s): Parry, S.Hart, J. R.
Author(s): Parry, Steve
Affiliation: GeoRisk Solutions, Hong Kong, China
Affiliation: GeoRisk Solutions, Hong Kong, China
Pages: 499-510
Published: 200911
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of London, London, United Kingdom
Meeting name: Engineering geology in geotechnical risk management
Meeting location: Hong Kong, CHN, China
Meeting date: 20071124Nov. 24, 2007
References: 31
Accession Number: 2010-010523
Categories: Engineering geologyEnvironmental geology
Document Type: Serial Conference document
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 1 table, sketch map
N22°04'60" - N22°34'60", E113°49'60" - E114°30'00"
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States. Reference includes data from The Geological Society, London, London, United Kingdom
Update Code: 201007
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