SEG | EAGE Workshop: Geophysical Aspects of Smart Cities

10–12 December 2019 | Singapore

Attend & Housing

10–12 December 2019

This workshop is now qualified for 21 PDUs by the Professional Engineers Board Singapore.

Registration Categories

Registration fee includes: Coffee breaks (during meeting), and Lunches (Tuesday – Thursday).

Early Bird Registration Fee (expires 9 November 2019)
US $700 (members) | US $790 (non-members)

Full Registration Fee (begins 10 November 2019)
US $790 (members) | US $890 (non-members)

For up to 10 presenting/attending students, the workshop registration fee will be sponsored by the SEG Foundation. Please note this will only be open by 24 September once the technical program is finalized (priority will be given to presenters).

For registration inquiries, please email Subashini Jaganath.

Cancellation Policy

Written notice received by 9 November 2019 entitles registrants to a full refund of the registration fee minus US$50 for processing. No refunds will be issued after 9 November 2019. Substitutions are permissible with written approval by the workshop organizers. Notify the SEG Business Office immediately to request a substitution.

Workshop Schedule

Tuesday, 10 December
Registration, morning and afternoon sessions

Wednesday, 11 December
Morning and afternoon sessions

Thursday, 12 December
Morning and afternoon sessions

Who should attend?

Policy makers, geoscientists, civil engineers, data scientists, and other relevant disciplines from industry and academia.

Workshop Format

The format of the workshop will feature presentations by invited key experts in their fields who will share their experiences. The workshop will serve as a unique opportunity to have open and extended discussions among the participants.

6 sessions (3 days). The workshop will start with a panel discussion. We will aim for one keynote speaker per session with a closing session at the end of the workshop to serve as the outlook going forward. The oral presentations are comprised of 20-minute talks followed by 5 minutes of Q&A. After each session, a 30-minute discussion session is planned. The objective of this session is to allow participants to discuss in detail and learn from each other what has worked for them and debate the issues and challenges facing them during their daily workflows. Session chairs will also serve as discussion leaders during the 30 minutes.


Deluxe Rooms have been reserved for the following rate at Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium in Singapore:

  • Single occupancy – S$190.00++ includes breakfast, and Wi-Fi (approx. S$223.63 Net)
  • Double occupancy – S$210.00++ includes breakfast, and Wi-Fi (approx. S$247.17 Net)

Reservations must be made by 31 October 2019 to receive the discounted group rate. Book your accommodation at the group rate for the workshop.

Workshop Venue

Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium, Singapore
Situated steps from the iconic Singapore River in the heart of the city, Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium provides the perfect location for business and leisure guests. Our location in the Singapore River Valley precinct offers easy access to Singapore’s top attractions including Chinatown, Gardens by the Bay, Sentosa and Universal Studios. Explore the Orchard Road shopping belt with our complimentary shuttle service. Off the main tourist track, a short walk from the hotel is Tiong Bahru, a unique enclave with charming cafes, a local market and hawker center.


This workshop is now qualified for 21 PDUs by the Professional Engineers Board Singapore.

Cities around the world, and especially in Asia like Singapore, strive to transform urban work and life, utilizing the ongoing digital revolution. Challenges to embrace the digital transformation, however, are significant. With limited land, innovations are required continuously to improve the urban living environment for a safer, more sustainable, and more livable condition. The limited space also challenges the urban transportation designers to provide more efficient, more reliable, and enhanced solutions. In both domains, geophysics has the ability to provide essential knowledge at the planning stage, real-time performance monitoring, and life cycle management. Bridging the gap between geophysics, civil engineering, and digital informatics provides the framework to guide project owners and local authorities to develop specific strategies for building a Smart City/Smart Nation.

The goal of this workshop is to influence the smart city practice in the highly developed cities in Asia such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Taipei, Beijing, and around the world. The main aim of the workshop is to demonstrate and discuss lessons learned and progress in geophysical techniques in smart city applications and methods, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary efforts with civil engineering and digital technologies. Hardware sensor development, software data analytics, and social impacts of technologies will be covered.

Technical Committee

Committee Chair:
Yunyue Elita Li, National University of Singapore

  • Agachai Sumalee, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Arthur Cheng, National University of Singapore
  • Bin Shi, Nanjing University
  • Charles Im, Arup Singapore Pte Ltd
  • Chi Zhang, University of Kansas
  • Chih-Ping Lin, National Chiao Tung University
  • Darren, Siau Chen, Chian National University of Singapore
  • Goh Kok Hun, Land Transport Authority (LTA), Singapore
  • Hiromasa Shima, OYO Corporation – Japan
  • Joongmoo Byun, Hanyang University
  • Koya Suto, Terra Australis Geophysica Pty Ltd
  • Paolo Mazzucchelli, ARESYS, Advanced Remote Sensing Systems
  • Taeseo Ku, National University of Singapore
  • Thomas Dickmann, Amberg Technologies AG
  • Yu Wang, Alibaba Cloud

Panel Discussion

Special Panel Discussion Topic:
Bridging the gap between geophysics and civil engineering

12 December 4:40–6:10 PM


  • Arthur Cheng, National University of Singapore, (Moderator)
  • Biondo Biondi, Stanford University
  • Carlton Hall, Fugro
  • Kwet Yew Yong, National University of Singapore
  • Ruben Duhme, Herrenknecht Asia Ltd
  • Sergei Terzaghi, Arup USA

Moderator: Arthur C.H. Cheng is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, specializing in Petroleum Geosciences, at the National University of Singapore.  Prior to taking his current position, he was Senior Manager for Acoustics and Borehole Seismics at Halliburton Technology.  He received a Sc.D. in Geophysics from MIT in 1978.  He was a co-founder of the Earth Resources Laboratory at MIT. He has worked for Baker Atlas, Baker Hughes Inteq, SensorWise, and RockSolidImages in various managerial and consulting capacities.  He has published over 130 papers and holds 25 patents.  He has co-authored two books on borehole acoustics.  He is currently an Assistant Editor for Geophysics, and a member of the SEG Foundation Board of Directors.  He received the Life Membership Award from SEG in 2013, the Distinguished Technical Achievement Award from SPWLA in 2015, and the SPE Formation Evaluation Award in 2016.

Biondo Biondi is the Barney and Estelle Morris Professor and Department Chair in the Geophysics Department at Stanford University. He is director of the Stanford Exploration Project (SEP) and co-director of the Stanford Center for Computational Earth and Environmental Science. SEP is an academic consortium whose mission is to develop innovative seismic imaging methodologies and to educate the next generation of leaders in applied seismology. Images obtained from seismic data are the main source of information on the structural and stratigraphic complexities in Earth's subsurface and on many subsurface dynamic processes. These images are constructed by processing seismic wavefields recorded at the Earth’s surface and generated by either active-source experiments, or by natural (ocean waves) and anthropogenic (vehicle traffic) sources. Biondo is leading a research effort in the application of fiber-optic seismic technology that holds the promise of enabling cost-effective continuous seismic monitoring at large scale.

Carlton Hall is a chartered civil engineer with over 30 years of civil engineering experience with consultant, contractor and government organisations. Primary technical expertise is within ground engineering, which has been practiced internationally across a broad range of engineering sectors including transport, ports and harbours, oil and gas, buildings, quarries and landfill, water and wastewater. He currently manages Fugro’s land site characterisation business in South East Asia where, as a relatively late entrant to the field of ground investigation contracting, he remains passionate about improving the value it provides as part of the engineering process.

Er Professor Kwet-Yew Yong is a Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Senior Vice President at National University of Singapore. He is a thought leader in infrastructure and geotechnical engineering practice, research and education. His work is a microcosm of the infrastructure development in Singapore from 1980s to 2010s. He has published over 200 technical publications, delivered 36 keynote lectures and has advised over 100 major construction projects in Singapore, ASEAN and China. He is past Chairman, Association of Geotechnical Societies in Southeast Asia and chairs several national committees including the International Panel of Advisers to Land Transport Authority and the Development Projects Advisory Panel that review large public projects for Ministry of Finance. He was Scientific Lead, R&D Committee on Land & Livability for Ministry of National Development and National Research Foundation that evolved into the Cities of Tomorrow Programme. His many awards include Public Service Star for significant contributions to land transport, MND Medallion for Distinguished Service, Outstanding Geotechnical Engineer and the UK ICE200 Commemorative Medallion.

Dr. Ing Ruben Duhme is General Manager at Herrenknecht Asia. He is responsible for Herrenknecht´s engineering and geotechnical departments in Asia. Ruben graduated with a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Technical University Munich and received his Doctorate in 2017 at the Institute for Construction Technology, Tunnelling and Construction Management at the Ruhr University Bochum. In 2009, Ruben joined Herrenknecht Headquarters R&D department while still a student and has since set up an R&D department in Herrenknecht's  Asia branch while stationed in Singapore and Guangzhou China. Among other R&D projects, he developed a number of patented technologies used in today’s TBMs, mostly focusing on slurry TBM tunneling. Today, Ruben’s main field of work is the geotechnical evaluation and development of suitable TBM technology for projects throughout the Asia Pacific region. His main interests in the further development of mechanized tunneling lie in the increased push for digitalization for productivity increases in tunneling as well as improving the industry’s use of sensors and data to reduce risks.

Sergei Terzaghi has over 30 years of experience in all aspects of geotechnical engineering throughout the Pacific Basin. With the breadth of his experience, he provides technical support to Arup projects across Australasia and SEA. Sergei’s many years of experience encompasses the full breadth of geotechnical engineering including desktop studies, investigation, analysis, design and construction input for highways, tunnels, railways, pipelines (onshore and offshore), embankments, dams, marine / offshore projects and foundations and excavations for a vast range of structures including tanks through to large multi-story buildings. Increasingly, geophysics plays a greater role during the initial investigation and during construction and operational monitoring.

Technical Program

The goal of this workshop is to influence the smart city practice in the existing cities in Asia such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Taipei, Beijing, and around the world. The main aim of the workshop is to demonstrate and discuss lessons learned and progress in geophysical techniques in smart city applications and methods, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary efforts with civil engineering and digital technologies. Hardware sensor development, software data analytics, and social impacts of technologies will be covered.

  • Fiber-based Distributed acoustic sensing I & II
  • Geophysical applications: Ground Penetrating Radar
  • Integration of geophysics and civil engineering: case studies I, II & III
  • Geophysical applications: electrical methods
  • Geophysical applications: ambient seismic imaging
  • Geophysical applications in urban traffic systems
  • Machine learning applications in geophysics and civil engineering

Opening Address Speaker

Biondo Biondi, Stanford University

Keynote Speakers

  • Carlton Hall, Fugro
  • Giorgio Cassiani, Padua University
  • Goh Kok Hun, Land Transport Authority (LTA), Singapore
  • Jian Chu, Nanyang Technological University
  • Koichi Hayashi, OYO Corporation
  • Koya Suto, Terra Australis Geophysica Pty Ltd
  • Kwet Yew Yong, National University of Singapore
  • Ruben Duhme, Herrenknecht Asia Ltd  
  • Sergei Terzaghi, Arup USA

Exhibit & Sponsor

This is a great opportunity to exhibit your latest technology or prototype at the Geophysical Aspects of Smart Cities workshop.

Table-Top Exhibit

Set up will include:

  • 1 complimentary registration
  • 1 table
  • 2 chairs
  • a table cover

The total cost for exhibit is US$1,500

Please note:
The individual assigned to the exhibit will get complimentary registration to attend the workshop. This will include Coffee breaks (during meeting), and Lunches (Tuesday–Thursday).

Please contact Subashini Jaganathan for more information.


To maximize exposure and visibility for our partners, we offer an array of unique sponsorship opportunities designed to suit a range of budgets with specific target audiences for optimum return on investment. For a list of sponsorship opportunities and an application form for sponsorship, see the Sponsorship Form in the Important Documents section of this page, or contact [email protected] for additional information.

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Important Dates

Early Bird Registration deadline:
9 November 2019

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