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PHOON Kok Kwang

方国光

 

Distinguished Professor & Vice Provost (Academic Personnel)

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Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
National University of Singapore

Blk E1A, #07-03, 1 Engineering Drive 2
Singapore 117576
Tel: (65) 6516 6783

Fax: (65) 6779-1635
Email:
kkphoon@nus.edu.sg

 

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 

News 2017

Reliability of Geotechnical Structures in ISO2394, CRC Press/Balkema, Sep 2016 ISSMGE review

Highly cited papers: 1 2

Special Issue on "10th Anniversity Issue for Georisk", Georisk, Volume 11, Issue 1, Jan 2017 Table of contents

Special Issue on "Probabilistic Site Characterization", ASCE-ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems: Part A, in progress

Special Issue on "Flow and transport in porous media in the face of uncertainty", Environmental Geotechnics, Call for papers

 

 

  Biography

KK Phoon is Distinguished Professor and Vice Provost (Academic Personnel), National University of Singapore. KK Phoon is widely recognized for his work on geotechnical reliability-based design that has influenced recent codes such as ISO2394:2015. His research has garnered more than 6600 cites (h-index 41) in Google. His 2003 paper on multiple load and resistance factor (MRFD) design garnered the Norman Medal in 2005, the highest and most prestigious technical paper award bestowed by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

 

KK Phoon is the founding editor of Georisk.  He has edited 3 books: Reliability of Geotechnical Structures in ISO2394 (CRC Press/Balkema, 2016), Risk and Reliability in Geotechnical Engineering (CRC Press, 2015), and Reliability-Based Design in Geotechnical Engineering (Spon Press, 2008). He was elected Fellow of ASCE in 2008, Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES) in 2009, and Fellow of Academy of Engineering Singapore in 2012. He has delivered more than 130 presentations in 24 countries 75 cities around the world, including the inaugural S.L. Lee Lecture (2013), 11th J.E. Jennings Memorial Lecture (2013), 10th Sun Jun Lecture (2015), and 4th Wilson Tang Lecture (2015).

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Education/professional qualifications
  • Professional Engineer (PEng), Singapore
  • ASEAN Chartered Professional Engineer
  • Fellow, Academy of Engineering Singapore
  • Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Fellow, Institution of Engineers Singapore
  • PhD, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York (USA)

Experience
 
  • Distinguished Professor, National University of Singapore

  • Provost's Chair Professor, National University of Singapore
  • Senior tutor, Lecturer, Assistant Professor/tenured, Associate Professor, Professor, National University of Singapore
Leadership
  • Interim Director, Lloyd’s Register Foundation Institute for Public Understanding of Risk, 2016-
  • Vice Provost (Academic Personnel), NUS, 2015-
  • Head, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, NUS, 2013-2015
  • Chair of TC304: Engineering practice of risk assessment and management, International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE), 2010-
  • President, Geotechnical Society of Singapore, 2010-2011
  • Chair, Executive Board, Geotechnical Safety Network, 2007 – 2009
  • Director, Centre for Soft Ground Engineering, 2005-2015
  • Chair, Technical Committee on Risk Assessment and Management, Geo-Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), 2003 - 2009

  Honours & Awards
  • John Booker Medal, International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics, 2014
  • Chair Professor, The Innovation Center for Disaster Prevention in Civil Engineering, Tongji University, China, 2014-2018
  • Distinguished Professor, National University of Singapore, 2013
  • Outstanding Geotechnical Engineer, Geotechnical Society of Singapore, 2012
  • Academy of Engineering Singapore (新加坡工程院院士), 2012
  • Annual Teaching Excellence Award (2009/2010, 2010/2011)
  • Engineering Educator Award (2010/2011, 2011/2012)
  • Provost's Chair Professor, National University of Singapore, 2011-2013
  • Kwang-Hua (光华) Chair Professor, Tongji University, China, 2010
  • Outstanding Researcher Award, National University of Singapore, 2010
  • Hogentogler Award, American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), 2007
  • Norman Medal, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), 2005
  • Named Lectures: Inaugural S.L. Lee Lecture (2013), 11th J.E. Jennings Memorial Lecture (2013), 10th Sun Jun Lecture (2015), 4th Wilson Tang Lecture (2015)

Professional Activities

  Recent conferences
 
  • International Advisory Committee, 12th International Conference on Structural Safety and Reliability (ICOSSAR2017), Vienna, Austria 6-10 August 6-10, 2017
  • Scientific Advisory Board, Fourth International Conference on Computational Methods in Tunnelling (EURO:TUN 2017), Innsbruck University, Austria, from April 18 to 20, 2017
  • International Advisory Committee, International conference on Forensic Geotechnical Engineering, Bangalore, India, 8-10 December 2016
  • International Scientific Committee, International Symposium on Sustainability and Resiliency of Infrastructure (ISSRI-2016), Taipei, Taiwan, 10-12 November 2016
  • Scientific Committee, 6th Asian-Pacific Symposium on Structural Reliability and its Applications, Shanghai, China, 28-30 May 2016
  • International Scientific Committee, 7th International Workshop on Reliable Engineering Computing (REC 2016), Bochum, Germany, 15-17 June, 2016

  Teaching areas
 
  • Foundation Engineering
  • Reliability and Decision Analysis
  • Analytical & Numerical Methods in Foundation Engineering
  • Pile Foundations

  Research Interest
 
  • Reliability-based analysis and design
  • Statistical characterisation of geomaterials
  • Model uncertainties

 

  Recent Publications
  • Tang, C. & Phoon, K. K., “Model Uncertainty of Cylindrical Shear Method for Calculating the Uplift Capacity of Helical Anchors in Clay”, Engineering Geology, 207, Jun 2016, 14–23
  • Ching, J. Y., Phoon, K. K. & Wu, S. H., “Impact of Statistical Uncertainty on Geotechnical Reliability Estimation”, Journal of Engineering Mechanics, ASCE, 142(6), 04016027
  • Chen, X., Wu, Y. K., Yu, Y. Z. & Phoon, K. K., “Performance of Neumann Expansion Preconditioners for Iterative Methods with Geotechnical Elastoplastic Applications”, International Journal of Geomechanics, ASCE, 16(3), Jun 2016, 04015069
  • Qi, X. H., Li, D. Q., Phoon, K. K., Cao, Z. J. & Tang X. S., “Simulation of Geologic Uncertainty Using Coupled Markov Chain”, Engineering Geology, 207, Jun 2016, 129-140
  • Ching, J. Y., Lee, S. W. & Phoon, K. K., “Undrained Strength for a 3D Spatially Variable Clay Column Subjected to Compression or Shear”, Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics, 45, Jul 2016, 127–139
  • Phoon, K. K., Retief, J. V., Ching, J., Dithinde, M., Schweckendiek, T., Wang, Y. & Zhang, L. M., "Some Observations on ISO2394:2015 Annex (Reliability of Geotechnical Structures)", Structure Safety, 62, Sep 2016, 24-33
  • Xiao, T., Li, D. Q., Cao, Z. J., Au, S. K. & & Phoon, K. K., “Three-dimensional Slope Reliability and Risk Assessment Using Auxiliary Random Finite Element Method”, Computers and Geotechnics, 79, Oct 2016, 146-158
  • D’Ignazio, M., Phoon, K. K., Tan, S. A. & Länsivaara, T. T., “Correlations for Undrained Shear Strength of Finnish Soft Clays”, Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 53(10), Oct 2016, 1628-1645
  • Ching J. Y., Phoon, K. K., & Li, D. Q., “Robust Estimation of Correlation Coefficients among Soil Parameters under the Multivariate Normal Framework”, Structural Safety, 63, Nov 2016, 21-32
  • Phoon, K. K., “Role of Reliability Calculations in Geotechnical Design”, Georisk, 11(1), Jan 2017

Selected editorial/authored works

  • Phoon K. K. & Retief, J. V. (Editors), Reliability of Geotechnical Structures in ISO2394, CRC Press/Balkema, 2016 (book)
  • Phoon K. K. & Ching, J. Y. (Editors), Risk and Reliability in Geotechnical Engineering, CRC Press, 2014, 594 p. (book)
  • Phoon K. K. (Editor), Reliability-Based Design in Geotechnical Engineering: Computations and Applications, CRC Press, 2008,  544 p. (book)

 

  • Phoon K. K. (Guest Editor), Special Issue on "Probabilistic Site Characterization, ASCE-ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems: Part A (Special Journal Issue) - in progress
  • Phoon K. K. (Guest Editor), Special Issue on "Flow and transport in porous media in the face of uncertainty", Environmental Geotechnics (Special Journal Issue) - in progress
  • Phoon K. K. (Guest Editor), Special Issue on “10th Anniversary Issue for Georisk", Georisk, 11(1), 2017  (Special Journal Issue)
  • Chian, S. C. & Phoon, K. K. (Guest Editors), Special Issue on “Geotechnical Challenges in Singapore”, ISSMGE International Journal of Geoengineering Case Histories, 3(3), 2016(Special Journal Issue)
  • Li, D. Q., Zhang, J., Phoon, K. K. & Gokceoglu, C. (Guest Editors), Special Issue on “Probabilistic and Soft Computing Methods for Engineering Geology”, Engineering Geology, Volume 203, March 2016 (Special Journal Issue)
  • Phoon, K. K. (Guest Editor), Special Issue in Honour of Professor Wilson Tang, Structural Safety, 2014 (Special Journal Issue)
  • Phoon K. K. & Goh, S. H. (Guest Editors), Special Issue on “Information Technology for Geotechnical Engineering”, Journal of Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, 2013 (Special Journal Issue)
  • Phoon K. K. & Ching, J. Y. (Guest Editors), Special Issue on “Advances in Reliability-Based Design in Geotechnics”, Journal of GeoEngineering, 2010  (Special Journal Issue)
  • Withiam, J. L., Phoon, K. K., Hussein, M. H., Foundation Engineering in the Face of Uncertainty, Geotechnical Special Publications 229, ASCE, Reston, 2013. (GSP)
  • Juang, C. H., Phoon, K. K., Puppala, A. J., Green, R.A. & Fenton, G. A., Georisk 2011 - Geotechnical Risk Assessment and Management, Geotechnical Special Publications 224, ASCE, Reston, 2011. (GSP)
  • Phoon, K. K., Fenton, G. A., Glynn, E. F., Juang, C. H., Griffiths, D. V., Wolff, T. F. & Zhang, L. M. (Editors), Probabilistic Applications in Geotechnical Engineering, Geotechnical Special Publications 170, ASCE, Reston, 2007. (GSP)

           
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Updated 16 Jan 2017