Summary of the Second KGS-CTGS Geotechnical Seminar on TC305 of the ISSMGE in Astana and Almaty, Kazakhstan
The Second Kazakhstan Geotechnical Society (KGS) – Chinese Taipei Geotechnical Society (CTGS) international geotechnical seminar on TC 305 Geotechnical infrastructure for Megacities and New Capitals was held under the auspices of the Kazakhstan Geotechnical Society (Kazakhstan) and the Chinese Taipei Geotechnical Society (Taiwan), August 3-4, 2018 in Astana, Kazakhstan and August 5-6, 2018 in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
The main targets of seminar were increasing interactions between Kazakhstan Geotechnical Society and Chinese Taipei Geotechnical Society and identifying opportunities for future collaborations. The seminar had a strong industry related component to highlight geotechnical and construction opportunities.
The themes of this seminar covered various geotechnical issues, such as underground construction, numerical modeling of the interaction of the raft-pile foundation, slope stability, improvement of soils, laboratory soil testing and field tests, soft soils, pile and deep foundations, geotechnologies.
The Co-chairmen of the Scientific Committee of the international seminar were Prof. Assemgul Moldazhanova, the first Vice-Rector - Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs of L.N. Gumilyov ENU and Prof. Keh-Jian Shou, President of the Chinese Taipei Geotechnical Society. The Co-chairmen of the Organizing Committee of the international seminar were Prof. Askar Zhussupbekov (President of Kazakhstan Geotechnical Society, Head of the Department of Design of Buildings and Structures of L.N. Gumilyov ENU) and Prof. Der-Wen Chang (Secretary General of TC 305 Geotechnical infrastructure for Megacities and New Capitals of the ISSMGE, Professor of Tamkang University, Taipei, Taiwan), also included the faculty members, researchers of L.N. Gumilyov ENU, Nazarbayev University, LRT Construction, LLP and KazDORNII, JSC.
The seminar was held in two stages in Astana at the L.N. Gumilyov ENU (August 3-4, 2018) and in Almaty at the KazDORNII, JSC (August 5-6, 2018).
More than 50 delegates from Taiwan, the USA, South Korea, the Republic of Belarus, Syria and Kazakhstan participated in the international seminar during these days. Head of the Chinese Taipei geotechnical delegation was Prof. Keh-Jian Shou (National Chung-Hsing University). Others delegates from Taiwan who participated to a seminar were Prof. Yung-Show Fang (National Chiao Tung University), Prof. Der-Wen Chang (Tamkang University), Prof. Meei-Ling Lin (National Taiwan University), Prof. Yu-Ning Ge (National Taiwan University), Prof. Hung-Jiun Liao (National Taiwan University of Science and Technology), Prof. Show-Ling Wen (Chinese Culture University), Prof. Chih-Wei Lu (National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology), Assistant Professor Shih-Hao Cheng (National Taiwan University of Science and Technology), Assistant Professor Fuchen Teng (National Taiwan University of Science and Technology).
Photo 1 - Plenary session of the international seminar (at the first view: Co-chairmen of the Organizing Committee, Prof. Der-Wen Chang and Prof. Askar Zhussupbekov)
Photo 2 – Delegation from Taiwan in ENU
Prof. Assemgul Moldazhanova in the Opening Ceremony of the International Seminar said a welcoming speech to the delegates where she mentioned about the strong cooperation between the Tamkang University (Taiwan) and L.N. Gumilyov ENU (Kazakhstan) in the field of education and science. Also welcoming speeches to the delegates were approached by Prof. Keh-Jian Shou and Prof. Askar Zhussupbekov. They wished a fruitful work in the plenary and panel sessions of the seminar to the participants.
Photo 3 - At the Opening Ceremony of the international seminar
Photo 4 – Awarding souvenirs and national Kazakh clothing to delegates from Taiwan
On the first day of the international seminar the panel sessions included the oral presentations of keynote lecturers from Taiwan and Kazakhstan - Prof. Keh-Jian Shou (Department of Civil Engineering National Chung-Hsing University) on the key issues of trenchless excavation for underground pipelines; Prof. Askar Zhussupbekov (L.N. Gumilyov ENU) on geotechnical construction and testing of piling foundations on problematic soils of Kazakhstan; , Prof. Yung-Show Fang (Department of Civil Engineering, National Chiao Tung University) on reduction of interface friction between pressed-in caisson and soil deposits by non-friction method; Associate Professor Zhanbolat Shakhmov (L.N. Gumilyov ENU) on frozen soil ground characteristics impacting to hazards, and also included a Special Lecture from the sponsor of the international seminar Vremya LLP, at Keller company (Atyrau, Kazakhstan). Mr. Waldemar Kwiatkowski told on advanced geotechnical solutions for deep excavations in the city areas.
Photo 5 - Prof. Keh-Jian Shou gave a keynote lecture at the Plenary Session
Photo 6 – Lecture of Prof. Askar Zhussupbekov at the Plenary Session
Photo 7 - Prof. Yung-Show Fang during his Lecture on Reduction of interface friction between pressed-in caisson and soil deposits by non-friction method Photo 8 – Acc. Prof. Zhanbolat Shakhmov told about Frozen soil ground characteristics impacting to hazards
Photo 9 - Waldemar Kwiatkowski reported on Geotechnical Solutions in Underground Construction
Young scientists and engineers from Kazakhstan, Taiwan and the USA presented their reports at the panel sessions, where they discussed the issues outlined in their reports and research areas. In this part there were many questions devoted to laboratory and field testing of soils, in particular soft soils. From Columbia University, as our long-time university-partner in science and postgraduate education was participated a researcher Mr. Junggeun Hwang (Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University, USA).
In conclusion of this meeting, the delegates heard a closing statement as delivered by the Co-Chairs of the Organizing Committee Prof. Askar Zhussupbekov and Prof. Der-Wen Chang, as well as closing remarks by Prof. Keh-Jian Shou, President of the Chinese Taipei Geotechnical Society. Prof. Der-Wen Chang presented to the delegates and guests an brief introduction of the forthcoming Asian Regional Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (the 16ARC), which will be held on October 14-18, 2019 in Taipei, Taiwan. Detailed information of the 16ARC can be found at the official website of the conference http://www.16arc.org/.
Photo 10 - Prof. Der-Wen Chang gave the information about 16ARC at the Closing Ceremony
On the second day of the seminar, August 4, 2018 a technical tour was conducted by Organizing Committee to review the unique buildings and structures of Astana, in the second part of this day a technical tour to LRT construction sites was held, which was organized by LRT Construction, LLP and KGS.
Photo 11 - On a tour of the unique objects of Astana
Photo 12 - On the riverside of Yessil River
During the meeting in the office of LRT Construction a General Director Adelsha Yermukhanov provided a brief overview of the LRT construction project for 2015-2019 to the delegates. Questions were discussed about the specifics of technical support for the project and on further construction plans during the office meeting.
Photo 13 - During the meeting at the office of LRT Construction, LLP
Photo 14 - Delegates at the construction site of the transport bridge over the Yessil River
Then the delegates visited the construction sites of construction of the transport bridge over the Yessil River, of construction of 113 LRT station, of construction of a depot near the international airport. At the construction sites, the delegates were informed about current work stages of the construction, the supervisor engineers told about the technological specifics of the construction.
Photo 15 - On the construction site of LRT Depot
On August 5, 2018 the seminar’s participants went to a technical tour in Almaty, where they visited Chimbulak, Medeo stadium, the Kok-Tobe TV Tower and other unique construction projects in Almaty.
Photo 16 - Delegates on the skating stadium Medeo
The second stage of the seminar was held at KazDORNII, JSC on August 6, 2018. The delegates from Taiwan and Kazakhstan took part of this seminar. Prof. Bagdat Teltaev, President of KazDORNII JSC, a member of Kazakhstan Geotechnical Society, an Academician of NIA RK was the Chairman of this joint event.
Photo 17 - Meeting of the seminar in KazDORNII, JSC, Almaty city
During the seminar the main directions of activities of JSC KazDORNII in the construction of highways and bridge structures were presented to participants. Further, a technical tour was conducted in the highways materials testing laboratory, where the methods and equipment for testing road building materials used in the Republic of Kazakhstan were introduced to the seminar’s participants.
Photo 18 - In the laboratory of KazDORNII, JSC
Prof. Bagdat Teltayev and Prof. Keh-Jian Shou gave closing speeches at the Closing Ceremony of the second part of the joint seminar. They wished all of the participants a success in Civil Engineering, Science and Education areas.
The Organizing Committee of the International Geotechnical Seminar expresses the deep gratitude to the delegates for their successful and fruitful works during the technical sessions of the seminar and to the sponsors who provided invaluable support to organize the above-mentioned seminar:
Kazakhstan Geotechnical Society, Kazakhstan
Chinese Taipei Geotechnical Society, Taiwan
TC 305 of the ISSMGE members
L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University, Kazakhstan
Delta Drilling Company, Belarus
Vremya LLP a Keller Company, Kazakhstan
LRT Construction, Kazakhstan
KaragandaGIIZ and K*, Kazakhstan
Mrs.Zhanat Shakirova, Kazakhstan
Photo 19 – Group photo of the Second KGS-CTGS Geotechnical Seminar (Astana)
The Organizing Committee
of the Second KGS-CTGS Geotechnical Seminar
on TC305 of the ISSMGE