Earthquake Science Promotion Workshop
Speaker:Professor Lok Man Hoi and Professor Yuen Ka Veng
Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Macau
Date & Time:08 Jul 2008 (Tuesday) 15:00 - 16:15
Venue:Auditorium II, International Library, UM

An "Earthquake Science Promotion Workshop" organized by Department of Civil And Environmental Engineering in Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Macau (UM) was held at the STDM Auditorium of the International Library on 8th July 2008.

This workshop had two sections: "From the Viewpoint of Geotechnical Engineering" and "Earthquake and Structures - Research of University of Macau" delivered by Professor Lok Man Hoi and Professor Yuen Ka Veng respectively.

Professor Lok Man Hoi, whose research interest focus on soil structure interaction of pile foundations and retaining structures, computational geo-mechanics and constitutive modeling, consolidation and shear behavior of marine clay, geotechnical seismic analysis. His lecture covered several topics such as the effects of land liquefaction on the degree of destruction during earthquakes and introduction of different types of seismometer in both ancient and modern times.

Professor Lok Man Hoi

Professor Yuen Ka Veng

Students from Different High Schools

Professor Yuen Ka Veng, whose research interest focus on structural dynamics and random vibrations, earthquake and wind engineering, structural health monitoring and control, reliability and probabilistic methods. His presentation covered the behavior of longitudinal wave and transverse wave during earthquakes. Besides, different types of earthquake forecasts, from prophecies and animals?mass actions up to underground dynamic monitoring were reviewed and analyzed. He has also explained the fundamental idea of structural behavior under earthquake and wind. Some related research of his group was also introduced.

This Earthquake Workshop aimed to provide information and knowledge for our new generations to understand the Sichuan Earthquake on 12th May 2008 that led to such a large number of deaths. It has attracted participations of more than 50 teachers and students from different high schools in Macao. It stimulated students?interest and encouraged critical thinking on the Sichuan earthquake. There was interaction between speakers and audience during the question and answer section as teachers and students were active in asking questions and providing their concerns about earthquakes and Macao??geographic and geological conditions.