Tom Bush, Hong Kong finalist

Tom graduated from the University of Portsmouth, UK with First Class Honours in Engineering Geology and Geotechnics in July 2010. In September 2010, Tom began work at Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong Ltd (Arup) as a Graduate Engineering Geologist. Tom is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London and an Affiliate Member of IOM3 and a qualified TCP T3.

Over the last few months, Tom has worked on large scale infrastructure projects whilst developing geological models for the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, natural hazard investigation and mitigation works on Lantau Island including soil bio-engineering works and pragmatic geologically themed field work activities. The 'Enhanced use of underground space in Hong Kong - feasibility study' is his biggest project to date.

 

Enhanced Use of Underground Space in Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, provision of adequate land supply is high on the public agenda given the forecast growth in population and the lack of available land for future development at the urban fringe due to the steep, hilly terrain. To mitigate any impact on the quality of life in Hong Kong, the government is driving an initiative to examine underground space development.

The 'Enhanced use of underground space in Hong Kong - feasibility study' is the pioneer study launched by the government to address these issues. The study has attracted media and high-level government attention, and is likely to begin influencing planning strategy regarding underground space.

Preliminary feasibility studies were conducted to showcase the broad technical viability of relocating existing government facilities underground. The studies highlighted the benefits to the nearby community and environment, while also releasing developable land to tackle the pressing land supply issues.

 

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