the 16th World Conference of the Associated Research Centers for the Urban Underground Space (ACUUS)

the 16th World Conference of the Associated Research Centers for the Urban Underground Space (ACUUS)

The 16th World Conference of the Associated Research Centers for the Urban Underground Space (ACUUS) was held in Hong Kong from November 5-7, 2018. Over 350 leading industry experts, members of academia, and distinguished professionals in the field of underground space development shared their experiences on the sustainable use of underground space toward integrated solutions for effective urban development. The conference was jointly organized by ACUUS, the Geotechnical Division of The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) and the Hong Kong Geotechnical Society.

ACUUS is an international organization with a focus on research on urban underground space development. A world conference is held every two years to maintain and advance ACCUS platform for knowledge exchange and share experiences related to sustainable use of underground space and other related technical subjects. This year's conference in Hong Kong had a theme “Integrated Underground Solutions for Compact Metropolitan Cities”.

At the Opening Ceremony, the Permanent Secretary for Development (Works) of The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), Ir S HLAM, extended a warm welcome to the distinguished guests and speakers from all over the world. He noted that the conference theme this year is of particular relevance to Hong Kong, which is a world-class city well-known for its compactness with embedded efficiency and effectiveness. He emphasized importance and quality of over 110 technical papers that had been received by the Conference's organizing committee, from 24 countries. A l s o , he pointed out depth of the insights, views, expert knowledge and experience shared at the Conference that could help Hong Kong formalize its vision for the future and move forward to accomplish important objectives toward sustainable urban development-- especially in terms of smart and innovative use of the underground space.

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