Director (Coastal Engineering) Singapore
Since his graduation, Mr. LAM Pei Wei, James has worked in the construction industry for over 15 years and specialises in civil (geotechnical) engineering design, procurement and project management. His past projects consist of many large-scale infrastructure and reclamation projects, where he undertook both planning, design and supervisory roles. James is currently managing the ongoing large scale port development project at Tuas, which will be one of the deepest mega ports in the world when completed. He is also managing the reclamation work to expand Jurong Island, to cater for the needs of oil & gas industry in Singapore. Besides the many engineering challenges involved in these projects, the construction works had to be carried out within close vicinity of the existing terminals, amidst heavy marine traffic. Proper planning and supervision was essential in ensuring that the project is completed within the tight timeframe set by the client. James’s strength lies in his strong geotechnical background and knowledge. He had supervised large scale soil investigation and instrumentation works using advance technological equipment like the radio-isotope cone and specialised laboratory stress path tests. He had carried out numerous soil improvement works especially with the use of prefabricated vertical drains to accelerate consolidation in soft compressible soils. Besides his geotechnical expertise, James is also highly conversant with Contract Administration and Project Management having successfully completed large-scale projects involving many stakeholders and international Contractors.
This article presents the key geotechnical challenges related to gravity caisson quay walls and soil improvement works on reclaimed land for container port development in Singapore. The caisson foundation issues encountered in Jurong Formation are limestone cavities, presence of sandwich soft soils and potential soil softening beneath sandkey trench. Groundsee more