SEG | EAGE Workshop: Geophysical Aspects of Smart Cities

10–12 December 2019 | Singapore


10–12 December 2019

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 already-built 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 and Transportation Authority of 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


Keynote Speakers:

  • Biondo Biondi, Stanford University
  • Giorgio Cassiani, Padua University
  • Goh Kokhun, Land Transport Authority (LTA)
  • Koichi Hayashi, OYO Corporation
  • Koya Suto, Terra Australis Geophysica Pty Ltd
  • Kwet Yew Yong, National University of Singapore
  • Mark Wallace, Arup HK 
  • Ruben Duhme, Herrenknecht Asia Ltd  

Special Panel Discussion Topic

“Bridging the gap between geophysics and civil engineering”


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

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).

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.

Call for Abstracts

Abstract Technical Topics

We invite abstracts for the following topics:

  • Mapping and monitoring for underground natural and man-made structures 
  • In-tunnel geophysical mapping and monitoring
  • Urban geohazard monitoring and early warning
  • Traffic monitoring and optimization by geophysical techniques
  • Geophysical inspection and monitoring of urban structures for health assessment and life cycle management
  • Non-destructive pipeline inspection
  • Urban solutions enabled by machine learning and big data
  • Practical application and lessons learned from case studies

Abstract Format
Maximum 2-page abstract including 1 figure (optional), single column
Abstracts should include sufficient detail of minimum 1 page text for the committee to judge the quality of the paper. Abstracts should be on 8.5x11 inch paper, text in Roman font, and include both text and figures (optional). Title should a maximum of two-lines at the top of the page, in bold font, and size 12 point. Authors should be listed in Roman italic font, size 10 point, and located just below the title. All text must stay 1 inch clear of the margins of the page. Submissions should be in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

Call for Abstracts submission deadline: 23 August 2019

Please e-mail or fax to +971 4 372 4204.


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).

Sponsorship Opportunities

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 for additional information.

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Important Documents

Important Dates

Call for Abstracts deadline:
23 August 2019

Early Bird Registration deadline:
9 November 2019

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