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Ir. Dr. Choo Chung Siung

Senior Lecturer
BEng (Hons), PhD (Swinburne), Grad. IEM, A.M. MGS, Grad. IEAust

Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Science

Office No:+60 82 260 750
Room No: E209, Building E, FECS
Email: cschoo@swinburne.edu.my
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Biography

Dr. Choo Chung Siung obtained his Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering (1st Class Honours) in 2010 from Swinburne University of Technology (Sarawak). Upon graduating, he was employed as an Assistant Resident Engineer, overlooking the fast-tracked construction of over 800 bored piles for an industrial solar wafer plant. In 2010, he subsequently pursued his Ph.D. studies in the field of geotechnical engineering, and sustainable construction geo-materials through collaborations between the Swinburne Sarawak Research Centre for Sustainable Technologies and industrial partners. He completed his Ph.D. studies, producing a thesis titled ‘Development and assessment of equivalent rock strength parameters for the back-analysis of pipe-jacking forces’. He currently lectures for the BEng (Honours) (Civil) program at Swinburne Sarawak, particularly on soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering. He also supervises final year civil engineering undergraduates researching on specialist soil mechanics studies, and current challenges faced by practising geotechnical engineers in tunnelling, deep excavations, and slope engineering. Along with his current research work, he has a special interest in 3-dimensional modelling of complex geotechnical problems, specifically those involving soil-structure interactions.

Research Interests

  • Tunnelling and trenchless technology
  • Deep excavations
  • 3-D finite element modelling of soil-structure interaction
  • Discrete element modelling of soils and rocks
  • Sustainable construction geo-materials

Professional Memberships

  • Graduate Member, Board of Engineers Malaysia.
  • Graduate Member, Institution of Engineers Malaysia.
  • Graduate Member, Engineers Australia.
  • Associate Member, Malaysian Geotechnical Society

PhD/Master by Research Opportunities

Potential research higher degree candidates are welcome to enquire about postgraduate opportunities in the following areas/ projects:

  1. Predictive modelling of microtunnelling
  2. Beneficiation and re-utilisation of industrial by-products for construction applications
  3. Discrete element modelling of particulate behaviours of granular materials

Please contact Dr. Choo for more information on the above topic.

Current RHD Supervision

NameDegreeArea of ResearchStart yearRole
Nicholas Ng Yong JiePhDDiscrete element modelling of fractured geology and pipe-jacking2016Associate Supervisor
Fredrik PhangkawiraPhD (submitted)Characterisation of highly weathered phyllite via in-situ pressuremeter test for the assessment of pipe-jacking forces2014Associate Supervisor

  • Publications

Publications

  • Book and book chapter Peerun, M. I., Ong, D. E. L. and Choo, C. S. 2016, ‘Behaviour of reconstituted sand-sized particles in direct shear tests using PIV technology’, in Y Watabe, T Mukunoki, T Tobita, Y Higo, D Takano, T Katsumi, Y Miyata, K Horikoshi, M Mimura & J Otani (eds), Japanese Geotechnical Society Special Publication II, Japanese Geotechnical Society, pp. 354-359, DOI 10.3208/jgssp.MYS-06.
  • Book and book chapter Choo, C. S. and Ong, D. E. L. 2015, ‘Assessment of pipe-jacking forces through direct shear tests on tunneling rock spoils’, 14th International Conference of the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics (14IACMAG), Kyoto, Japan, 22-25 September 2014. ISBN 978-1-138-00148-0.
  • Book and book chapter Choo CS and Ong DEL 2014, ‘Assessment of pipe-jacking forces through direct shear tests on tunneling rock spoils’, in Computer Methods and Recent Advances in Geomechanics, CRC Press, pp. 471-476, 10.1201/b17435-79.
  • Journal paper Peerun, M. I., Ong, D. E. L. and Choo, C. S., ‘Interpretation of geo-material behavior during shearing aided by PIV technology’, Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering (ASCE, Q2), In Review.
  • Journal paper Choo, C. S. and Ong, D. E. L., ‘Assessment of non-linear rock strength parameters for the estimation of pipe-jacking forces. Part 2. Numerical modelling’, Engineering Geology (Elsevier, Q1), In Review.
  • Journal paper Ong, D. E. L. and Choo, C. S., 2018 ‘Assessment of non-linear rock strength parameters for the estimation of pipe-jacking forces. Part 1. Direct shear testing and backanalysis’, Engineering Geology (Elsevier, Q1), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enggeo.2018.07.013.
  • Journal paper Peerun, M. I., Ong, D. E. L., Choo, C. S. and Phangkawira, F. 2017, ‘Novel methods in estimating pipe-jacking forces in highly fractured rocks’, No-Dig India, 13 (1), pp. 16-26.
  • Journal paper Choo, C. S. and Ong, D. E. L. 2017, ‘Impact of highly weathered geology on pipe-jacking forces’, Geotechnical Research, 4 (2), pp. 94-106, 10.1680/jgere.16.00022.
  • Journal paper Ong, D. E. L. and Choo, C. S. 2016, ‘Back-analysis and finite element modeling of jacking forces in weathered rocks’, Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology (Elsevier, Q1), 51 pp. 1-10, 10.1016/j.tust.2015.10.014.
  • Journal paper Choo, C. S. and Ong, D. E. L. 2015, ‘Evaluation of pipe-jacking forces based on direct shear testing of reconstituted tunneling rock spoils’, Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering (ASCE, Q1), 141 (10), 10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0001348.
  • Conference paper Choo, C.S. and Ong, D.E.L. 2019, ‘Application of non-linear rock strength model for estimating pipe-jacking forces’, 16th Asian Regional Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (16ARC), Taipei, Taiwan, 14-19 October 2019, In Review.
  • Conference paper Peerun, M.I., Ong, D.E.L., Desha, C., Oh, E. and Choo, C.S. 2019, ‘Influences of Geological Characteristics on the construction of underground tunnels’, World Engineers Convention (WEC2019), Melbourne, Australia, 20-22 November 2019, In Review.
  • Conference paper Choo, C.S. and Ong, D.E.L. 2019, ‘Generalised tangential approach for characterisation of granular materials for pipe-jacking work’, 1st Malaysian Geotechnical Society (MGS) and Geotechnical Society of Singapore (GeoSS) Conference 2019, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, 24-26 June 2019, In Review.
  • Conference paper Phangkawira, F., Ong, D.E.L. and Choo, C.S. 2019, ‘Usage of Pressuremeter Tests in Highly Fractured and Weathered Phyllite for the Assessment of Jacking Forces’, 1st Malaysian Geotechnical Society (MGS) and Geotechnical Society of Singapore (GeoSS) Conference 2019, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, 24-26 June 2019, In Review
  • Conference paper Peerun, M.I., Ong, D.E.L., Desha, C., Oh, E. and Choo, C.S. 2019, ‘Recent Advancements in Fundamental Studies of Particulate Interaction and Mechanical Behaviour using 3-D Printed Synthetic Particles’, 1st Malaysian Geotechnical Society (MGS) and Geotechnical Society of Singapore (GeoSS) Conference 2019, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, 24-26 June 2019, In Review
  • Conference paper Peerun, M.I., Ong, D.E.L. and Choo, C.S. 2016, ‘Calibration and Parametric Studies using GeoPIV Technology to Track Particle Movements in a Transparent Shear Box’, in DEL Ong & CS Choo (eds.), Contributions of Young Geotechnical Engineers to Nation Building – Proceedings of the Young Geotechnical Engineers Conference 2016, 30 May 2016, Selangor, Malaysia, ISBN 978-983-40616-5-4
  • Conference paper Peerun, M.I., Ong, D.E.L. and Choo, C.S. 2016, ‘Effect of Particle Shapes on Shear Strength during Direct Shear Testing using GeoPIV Technology’, in SH Chan, TA Ooi, WH Ting, SF Chan & DEL Ong (eds.), Deep Excavation and Ground Improvement – Proceedings of the 19th SEAGC and 2nd AGSSEAC, 31 May – 3 June 2016, Subang Jaya, Malaysia, ISBN 978-983-40616-4-7
  • Conference paper Phangkawira, F., Ong, D.E.L. and Choo, C.S. 2016, ‘Comparisons on the Differences in Numerical Modelling Methods between Pre-bored Pressuremeter and Self-bored Pressuremeter’, in DEL Ong & CS Choo (eds.), Contributions of Young Geotechnical Engineers to Nation Building – Proceedings of the Young Geotechnical Engineers Conference 2016, 30 May 2016, Selangor, Malaysia, ISBN 978-983-40616-5-4
  • Conference paper Phangkawira, F., Ong, D.E.L. and Choo, C.S. 2016, ‘Characterisation of Highly Fractured and Weathered Rock Mass Using Pressuremeter Test’, in SH Chan, TA Ooi, WH Ting, SF Chan & DEL Ong (eds.), Deep Excavation and Ground Improvement – Proceedings of the 19th SEAGC and 2nd AGSSEAC, 31 May – 3 June 2016, Subang Jaya, Malaysia, ISBN 978-983-40616-4-7
  • Conference paper Choo, C.S. and Ong, D.E.L. 2016, ‘The Development of a Frictional Jacking Force Model for Nonlinear Soil Behaviour’, in SH Chan, TA Ooi, WH Ting, SF Chan & DEL Ong (eds.), Deep Excavation and Ground Improvement – Proceedings of the 19th SEAGC and 2nd AGSSEAC, 31 May – 3 June 2016, Subang Jaya, Malaysia, ISBN 978-983-40616-4-7
  • Conference paper Choo, C. S. and Ong, D. E. L. 2012, ‘Back-analysis of frictional jacking forces based on shear box testing of excavated spoils’, in Proc., 2nd Int. Conf. on Geotechnique, Construction Materials and Environment, GEOMATE International Society, Tsu, Mie, Japan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, pp. 462-467.
  • Conference paper Ong, D. E. L. and Choo, C. S. 2011, ‘Sustainable construction of a bored pile foundation system in erratic phyllite’, ASEAN Australian Engineering Congress, Kuching, Malaysia, 25 – 27 July 2011.