Kong Kian Hau

Senior Lecturer

Postal Address: Department of Civil and
  Environmental Engineering,
  National University of Singapore
  1 Engineering Drive 2, E1A 07-03
  Singapore 117576
Tel: (65)660 17196
Email: ceekkh@nus.edu.sg
Office: E1-07-05


Dr. KONG Kian Hau is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

Dr. Kong graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree with First Class Honors and a Ph.D in Civil Engineering from NUS in 1999 and 2004 respectively. He completed his M.Sc (Course works) in Advance Reinforced Concrete Design, Advance Prestressed Concrete Design, Advance Structural Steel Design and Dynamics Analysis & Earthquake Design of Buildings with overall CAP of 4.75 (out of 5). He served as an NUS Graduate Tutor (2000-2002) and was awarded the NUS President Graduate Fellowship in 2002 for PhD candidates who show exceptional promise or accomplishment in research . His PhD Thesis focused on far-field effects of long distance earthquake tremors from Sumatra to Buildings in Singapore. This research work contributed a part to the development of BC3: 2013 and SS EN 1998-1:2013 (Singapore’s National Annex to Eurocode 8). Dr. Kong also worked as NUS Research Engineer & Research Fellow (2003-2005) on the NUS-BCA collaboration Research Project on "High Strength Lightweight Concrete with and without Aggregates".

Since 2005, Dr. Kong has been a practicing qualified engineer, specializing in Buildings & Infrastructure Projects (including Bridges). He is a Chartered Engineer & International Professional Engineer (UK) with 13 years of experience as a Site & Resident Engineer, Senior Design & Project Engineer, Design & Project Manager, Associate (Team Leader) & Senior Associate Consultant for many residential, commercial, institutional, industrial, infrastructure and civil engineering master planning works in Singapore and overseas. He has passed all the Professional Engineers Board (PEB) Singapore prescribed Fundamentals of Civil Engineering (FEE) and Eurocode based 2017 Practise of Professional Engineering (PPE Part 1 & 2) prerequisite examinations for registration as a Professional Engineer in Singapore. In 2012, he was one of the invited speakers in the co-joint Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES) & Institution of Structural Engineers United Kingdom (IStructE) Seminar for Design and Construction of Tall Building with the topic, "Basic General Analysis and Design Considerations for Tall Buildings". In 2017, Dr. Kong was invited to be one of the lecturers for the IES-IStructE Two Day Course on Seismic Design on EC8 with the topic, “Overstrength and Ductility of RC Shear-Wall Frame Buildings Not Designed For Seismic Loads”. Dr. Kong is currently one of the Panel Members of the Global Seismic and Dynamic Events (since 2016) in IStructE and an Editor (2012-2015) & Co-Editor (2016-Present) for “THE STRUCTURALIST” newsletter for the IStructE Singapore Regional Group.


  • IntPE (UK), International Professional Engineer, Engineering Council United Kingdom, 2015
  • Chartered Engineer (C.Eng), The Institution Of Structural Engineers United Kingdom, 2013
  • PhD (Civil Engineering), National University Of Singapore, 2004
  • B. Eng (Civil Engineering) (1st Class Honours), National University Of Singapore, 1999

Work Experience

Dragages (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) 1998 Trainee Site Engineer
Song Bee Construction (S) Pte. Ltd. 2002/2003 Project & Site Engineer
DE Consultants (S) Pte. Ltd. 2005-2007 Civil & Structural (C&S) Engineer
RSP Architects 2007-2010 C&S Engineer/Resident Engineer
Planners & Engineers Pte Ltd 2010-2012 Senior Engineer
DP Engineers Pte Ltd 2012-2013 Project & Design Manager
(Subsidiary of DP Group) 2013-2016 Senior Associate
ECAS Consultants Pte Ltd 2016-2018 Associate (Team Leader)

Selected Projects (full involvement early planning / design phase to near site completion)

Residential Projects (Condominiums, Detached Housing)

  • The Quartz. Condominium housing development comprising of 1 block of 17-storey, 6 blocks of 18-storey, 2 blocks of 19-storey residential buildings (total: 625 units) with basement carparks, a shop house, tennis courts, swimming pool and clubhouse facilities at Sengkang Central / Buangkok Drive/ Compassvale Bow
  • Amber Residences. Proposed New Erection of One Block of 21 Storey Condominium (114 units) with Swimming Pool and 1 Level of Basement Carpark and Ancillary Facilities on Lots at 48&50 Amber Road (Marine Parade Planning Area)-Proposed erection of a 2-storey detached with a basement, an attic & a swimming pool at Jalan Insaf (Bishan Planning Area). As Part Time Resident Engineer for Basement Works & Temporary Earth Retaining Structure.

Commercial Projects (Hotels, Shopping Malls)

  • Alexandra Central Design & Build Consultant for Main Contractor, Design Project Manager for Commercial Development comprising a podium with 3 storey retail & 3 story carparks and one Block of 13 storey Hotel on Lots at Jalan Bukit Merah / Alexandra Road.
  • Marina South Mixed Development Erection of 2 Blocks Of 30-Storey Office Buildings & 2-Blocks Of 34 Storey Residential Buildings (total 1042 unit). 3-Storey Commercial Podium & 4 Level Basement Carparks With Underground Pedestrian/ Shopping Mall At Straits View/Marina Way (Downtown Core Planning Area). Role as PE support for Main Contractor.

Industrial & Institutional Projects (Factories, Public Places)

  • Upgrading Empress Place & Esplanade Park Precinct Enhancement Of The Spaces On Various Lots At Empress Place & Esplanade Park (Downtown Core Planning Area). Providing PE support for Main Contractor (include drainage works, traffic control & diversion planning, ERSS for major tree transplants & ejector pits, minor sewer diversion, bus stop bollards, architecture minor structures (e.g. lift, roof canopy, railings, covered link way, bus stops, sheds, signage) using timber, glass, stainless steel & aluminum
  • Structural Inspection of 16 nos. of flatted factories, each 7 story height at Marsiling, Kolam Ayer 5, Loyang Way, Kallang Basin, Bukit Avenue, Changi North, Loyang Lane, Clementi Loop, Toa Payoh North. PE for Client

Infrastructure Projects (Bridges, Flyovers & Viaducts)

  • Development of 2 Bridges for Road Access At Tuas View Basin On Lots at Tuas South Avenue 9 And Tuas South Lane (Permanent Routes 2 And 3). (76m main bridge span, 45 m approach structure, 140 m ramp structure, 14 m carriage width). Role as Accredited Checker for Client

Honours & Awards

  • 2002 NUS President Graduate Fellow
  • 2013 IStructE Singapore Service Award
  • 2014 IES Outstanding Volunteers Award
  • 2014 IStructE Singapore Service Award

Professional Activities

Jan. 2008 Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (M.ASCE)
Mar. 2008 Member, The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (MIES)
Mar. 2008 Graduate Member The Institution of Structural Engineers United Kingdom (IStructE)
Aug. 2008 Registered Accredited Resident Engineer, BCA
Jan. 2009 IES-ACES Accredited Resident Engineer (RE-0366)
Sep. 2008 Member, Singapore Structural Steel Society (M.SSSS)
July 2010 Graduate Member, The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM)
July 2010 Graduate Member, Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM).
Jan. 2011 Member Tunnelling & Underground Construction Society Singapore (MTUCSS)
2012 to Present Member Institution of Structural Engineers, United Kingdom (MIStructE)
2012 to Present Committee Member of IES-IStructE Joint Committee
2012 to Present IES Civil & Structural Engineering Technical Committee Member
2013 to Present IES representative, Member of Singapore Accreditation Council (SAC)
Structural Steel Work Technical Committee for Structural Steelwork Inspection.
2014 to Present BCA-HDB-JTC Working Group Member on Design For Maintainability (IES Rep.)
2015 to 2017 IStructE Corresponding Member of BIM Panel
2016 to Present IStructE Global Seismic and Dynamic Events Panel Member
2018 Senior Member, The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (Sr. MIES)

Past Teaching Areas (as NUS Graduate Tutor)

  • EG1109 Engineering Mechanics (Sem. 1 1999/00)
  • C2403 Differential Equations & Computational Methods (Sem. 2 1999/2000 & Sem.2 2000/01)
  • EG1104 Statics (Sem. 1 2000/01)
  • CE2404 Engineering Mathematics I (Sem.1 2001/02)
  • EG1109 Statics & Mechanics of Materials (Sem.1 2002/03)

Current Teaching Areas (as Senior Lecturer)

  • CE 5610 Assessment And Retrofit Of Concrete Structures
  • CE 5611 Precast Concrete Technology
  • CE 4103 Design Project (Bridge)

Research Interests

  • Structural Repair, Strengthening, Restoration & Retrofitting
  • Green and Sustainable Building Materials, Technology & Systems
  • Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Technology, Smart Materials & Structures.
  • Dynamic Soil-Structure Interaction to Seismic Actions, Vibration, Active & Passive Control
  • Tall Building Systems, Robustness & Design to Hazards (Seismic, Wind, Fire)
  • Structural Steel, Steel-Concrete Composites, Steel & Fiber Reinforced Concrete, Prestressed & Precast Concrete, Structural Lightweight Concrete, Alternative Structural Materials (Structural Glass, Structural Timber, Structural Masonry, Aluminium, Stainless Steel, Fiber Reinforced Plastics & Composites): Performance & Design


  1. Balendra T., K.H. Tan, K.H. Kong (2001). “Ultimate strength of reinforced concrete frame-wall structure designed according to BS 8110”. HDB Conspectus Technical Journal 2001, pg.49-55
  2. Balendra T., Lam N.T.K., Wilson J.L., K.H. Kong (2002). “Analysis of long-distance earthquake tremors and base shear demand for buildings in Singapore”. Engineering Structures, Vol.24, pg. 99-108. [70 Citations from Google Scholar]
  3. Balendra T., K.H. Tan, K.H. Kong (2001). “Ultimate strength of reinforced concrete frame-wall structure designed according to BS 8110”. ICCMC/IBST International Conference on Advanced Technologies in Design, Construction and Maintenance of Concrete Structures, Hanoi, Vietnam, pg. 66-72. [6 Citations]
  4. K.H. Kong, K.H. Tan, Balendra T. (2003). “Retrofitting of shear walls designed to BS 8110 for seismic loads using FRP”. FRPRCS-6 6th International Symposium on FRP Reinforcement for Concrete Structures, Singapore. [6 Citations]
  5. T.Balendra, K.H. Kong (2004). “Effects of ground motions in Singapore due to far-field earthquakes”. 11th. ICSDEE & 3rd. ICEGE. The 11th International Conference on Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering and the 3rd. International Conference on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering. [3 Citations]
  6. Z.J. Li, K.H. Kong, T. Balendra, K.H. Tan (2004). “Behavior of FRP retrofitted shear walls designed according to BS 8110.” Developments in Mechanics Of Structures & Materials:The 18th.Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials (ACMSM 18). Perth, Western Australia, Andrew J Deeks and Hong Hao (eds.) pp 133-137 [1 Citation]
  7. Z.J. Li, T. Balendra, K.H. Tan, K.H. Kong (2005). “Finite Element Modelling Of Cyclic Behaviour Of Shear Wall Structure Retrofitted With GFRP”. FRPRCS-7 7th International Symposium on FRP Reinforcement for Concrete Structures, Michigan. USA. [1 Citation]
  8. Z.J. Li, T. Balendra, K.H. Tan, K.H. Kong (2005). “Finite Element Modelling Of Cyclic Behaviour Of Shear Wall Structure Retrofitting With GFRP.” ACI-SP-203-74, 2005. [17 Citations From Google]
  9. H.S. Lim, T.H. Wee, K.H. Kong (2006), “Flexural Behavior of Reinforced Concrete Lightweight Aggregate Concrete Beam.” 6th Asia-Pacific Structural Engineering and Construction Conference (APSEC 2006), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. [2 Citations]
  10. K.H. Kong (2017), Invited Author & Presenter in IES-IStructE Two Day Course on Seismic Design on EC8 with presentation topic, “Overstrength and Ductility of RC Shear-Wall Frame Buildings Not Designed For Seismic Loads
  11. K.H. Kong (2012), Invited Author & Presenter in IES/IStructE Seminar for Design and Construction of Tall Building 2012, Singapore. “Basic General Analysis and Design Considerations for Tall Buildings”.

Last Updated on 26 March, 2018 by Department of Civil and Environmental Enginering