The final exam of PME-GEM students intake August 2010 was conducted on 21 December 2011 at AITVN, HCM city. The students present their research after 6 months  hard working. They will get the master degree in Geotechnical Engineering and Management on 22 December 2011.

MOA Signing Ceremony between FECON JSC and Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) for cooperation in training and research

Recent years, many problems caused for infrastructure development such as failures of foundation and settlement due to lack understanding of the underlying clay, especially soft clay layers, low quality of geotechnical investigation and design, application of appropriate technology.

In order to minimize those problems for sustainable development and protect people from risks of geological condition, the training of foundation design and construction team with international standard is needed. A team of design and construction professionals with modern construction technologies will help the infrastructure projects not only save cost and construction time but also safe and sustainable over time.

On December 16, 2011, Foundation Engineering and Underground Construction (FECON) signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand following two main contents:

1. AIT and FECON will provide a quality international training in Geotechnical Engineering for Vietnam and in particular for FECON staff – the Professional Master’s Program in Geotechnical Engineering and Management (PME-GEM). The program is conducted by a teaching team of well-known AIT faculties, professors from Japan, Canada, America, Thailand, Korea, etc with fulltime in Vietnam. It is designed for working staff to improve the knowledge without disturbing the working time.

2. AIT and FECON closely collaborate in research and application of technology and new technical solutions have been successfully applied in countries that have similar geological conditions to Vietnam for infrastructure development of our country, especially in foundation engineering, underground, and urban tunneling.

The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) is an international institute of higher learning in engineering, science, technology and management, research and capacity building in the Region. School of Engineering and Technology (SET) of AIT has been providing Professional Master Programs to Vietnam in the field of Construction, Geotechnical Engineering, and Industrial Management. This is considered one of the highlight in the role of human resource development of AIT in Vietnam.

FECON Foundation Engineering & Underground Construction JSC (FECON), founded in 2004, is a leading company in providing comprehensive solutions for foundation projects in construction sector in Vietnam. FECON’s main activities include soil investigation, foundation testing, geotechnical consulting, soft soil improvement work, PH/PHC Spun pile designing, manufacturing and construction. With the aim to approach, study and apply new technologies in such fields, in early 2010, FECON INS (Foundation Engineering Institute) was established as a subsidiary of FECON, focusing on research, training and international co-operation.

Attending the signing ceremony were representatives of AIT, Associate Dean, School of Engineering and Technology- Dr. Noppadol Phien-wej; Coordinator, Geotechnical and Earth Resources Engineering Field study- Dr. Pham Huy Giao; and FECON, General Director, Foundation Engineering and Underground Construction JSC, Mr. Pham Viet Khoa, Director, Foundation Engineering Institute -Dr. Le Quang Hạnh, and other concerned officers from AITVN and FECON.

Visit TBO road project site on 10 December 2011

In the farmework of Foundation Engineering and Design course, Dr.Seah took students to visit Tan Son Nhat- Binh Loi Outering Road project site to show students the actual construction, especially on deep mixing method and pile installation (both bored and driven piles).