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PHOON Kok Kwang

方国光

 

Distinguished Professor & Vice Provost (Academic Personnel)

 

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

 

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 

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李典庆, 唐小松, 曹子君(译). 方国光,约翰·雷迪夫(著). 基于ISO2394的岩土工程可靠度设计[M]. 北京: 中国水利水电出版社, 2018 (Chinese translation of Phoon, K. K. & Retief, J. V. (2016), Reliability of Geotechnical Structures in ISO2394, CRC Press/Balkema)

Sixth International Symposium on Reliability Engineering and Risk Management (6ISRERM), 31 May-1 June 2018, Singapore e-proceedings

Second Lloyd’s Register Foundation Institute Conference, 25-26 Oct 2018, University of Tokyo, Japan flyer

Tenth Lumb Lecture, 6 December 2018, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

 

 

 

  Biography

KK Phoon is Distinguished Professor and Vice Provost (Academic Personnel), National University of Singapore. He is widely recognized for his work on geotechnical reliability-based design that has influenced recent codes such as ISO2394:2015. His work has garnered more than 8900 cites (h-index 45) in Google Scholar. 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 presentations in 24 countries 80 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).

Google Scholar

1-page bio

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
 
  • Interim Director, Lloyd’s Register Foundation Institute for Public Understanding of Risk, 2016-2018 web
  • Vice Provost (Academic Personnel), NUS, 2015-
  • Board Member, International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE), 2017-2020
  • Vice-President, International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics (IACMAG), 2017
  • Vice-President, International Association for Structural Safety and Reliability (IASSAR), USA, 2018 - 2021
  • Head, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, NUS, 2013-2015
  • President, Geotechnical Society of Singapore, 2010-2011

  Honours & Awards
  • Humboldt Research Award, Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung/Foundation, 2017
  • 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
 
  • Conference Chair, Sixth International Symposium on Reliability Engineering and Risk Management (6ISRERM), 31 May-1 June 2018, Singapore
  • Scientific Committee, Sixth International Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering (IALCCE2018), Ghent, Belgium, 28-31 Oct, 2018
  • Scientific Committee, 8th International Workshop on Reliable Engineering Computing (REC), 16-18 July 2018, University of Liverpool, UK

  Recent Publications
  • Ching, J. Y., Lin, G. H., Chen, J. R. & Phoon, K. K., “Transformation Models for Effective Friction Angle and Relative Density Calibrated based on Generic Database of Coarse-grained Soils”, Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 54(4), Apr 2017, 481-501
  • Ching, J. Y. & Phoon, K. K., “Characterizing Uncertain Site-specific Trend Function by Sparse Bayesian Learning”, Journal of Engineering Mechanics, ASCE, 143(7), July 2017, 04017028
  • Tang, C., Phoon, K. K., Zhang, L. & Li, D. Q., “Model Uncertainty for Predicting the Bearing Capacity of Sand Overlying Clay”, International Journal of Geomechanics, ASCE, 17(7), July 2017, 04017015
  • Ching, J. Y., Lin, G. H., Phoon, K. K. & Chen, J. R., “Correlations Among Some Parameters of Coarse-grained Soils – the Multivariate Probability Distribution Model”, Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 54(9), Sep 2017, 1203-1220.
  • Ching, J. Y., Phoon, K. K., Beck, J. L. & Huang, Y., “Identifiability of Geotechnical Site-Specific Trend Functions”, ASCE-ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems, Part A: Civil Engineering, Invited paper for special collection – “Probabilistic Site Characterization”, 3(4), Dec 2017, 04017021
  • Zhang, D. M., Phoon, K. K., Huang, H. W. & Hu, Q. F., “Non-linear Radial Subgrade Reaction for Circular Tunnel Lining Design in Undrained Clay”, Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 55(2), Feb 2018, 155-170.
  • Ching, J. Y., Li, K. H., Phoon, K. K. & Weng, M. C., “Generic Transformation Models for Some Intact Rock Properties”, Canadian Geotechnical Journal (online)
  • Tang, C. & Phoon, K. K., “Evaluation of Model Uncertainties in Reliability-Based Design of Steel H-Piles in Axial Compression”, Canadian Geotechnical Journal (online)
  • Tang, C. & Phoon, K. K., “Statistics of Model Factors in Reliability-Based Design of Axially Loaded Displacement Piles in Sand”, Canadian Geotechnical Journal (online)

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 27 May 2018