13th Conference – Singapore – 2012

13th World Conference – Singapore 2012 : “Underground Space Development – Opportunities and Challenges”

The Society for Rock Mechanics & Engineering Geology (Singapore) and the Protective Technology Research Centre of Nanyang Technological University, with the support from the Singapore Ministry of National Development and the Singapore Convention and Exhibition Board, hosted from November 7-9, 2012 at the Marina Bay Sands the 13th International Conference of the Associated research Centers for Urban Underground Space (ACUUS).

The main theme for ACUUS 2012 Singapore is “Underground Space Development – Opportunities and Challenges.” This theme was chosen to emphasize the unprecedented opportunities for simultaneously improving urban infrastructure and urban livability while at the same time recognizing the special challenges faced in creating underground spaces – both from a human design perspective and in terms of technical and cost challenges. Equally important is the need to move from the creation of underground facilities as a haphazard, first-come first served network of structures to a well-planned use of underground space that can serve the needs of urban areas for future generations as well as our own.


The ACUUS 2012 in Singapore has been a huge success attracting the largest number of papers since the start of the ACUUS conference series in 1983having. More particular some interesting conference numbers are given below:

– 4 plenary keynotes lectures
– 159 scientific papers
– 26 parallel sessions covering planning, architecture, safety, engineering, sustainability and resilience of underground space development
– 5 technical visits
– 370 participants from 35 countries

The Conference Proceedings (Editors: Yingxin ZHOU, Jungang CAI and Raymond STERLING) have been published by “The Society for Rock Mechanics & Engineering Geology (Singapore)”. More information about the conference and the proceedings can be found in its website. In there you can find also information about the keynotes, the main topics and all author index.

Also the whole proceedings volume can be downloaded from Prof. Zhou’s page here.


For any further information on ACUUS2012, you can contact: Dr Zhou Yingxin