Hock Chua

Hock Chua - Civil Project Engineer

  • Office: Sydney
  • E: hock.chua@wge.com.au
  • P: +61 2 8484 7101
  • M: +61 (0)419 964 905
  • Civil

Hock has extensive experience in the planning, design and management of major transport and infrastructure projects in Australia and throughout Asia.  He has hands on design and modelling experience on various disciplines from hydrology and hydraulic modelling, sewerage pumping stations design, landside and airside/seaside geometric design and pavement details of heavy duty rigid pavement.  He has broad civil engineering expertise, from highway drainage design, airport movement area geometry and pavement detail design to the design of the container terminal port and Intermodal logistic centre.

Hock has also been involved with client liaison, proposal preparation, project management, design coordination, financial management and documentation of detailed and conceptual designs of major infrastructure projects.

Hock has recently joined WGE as a Civil Project Engineer and assisting the company to establish and expand the civil market sector in NSW.

Outside of work

Hock is a keen badminton player, and enjoys spending time with family and friends over exotic cuisines from around the world

What will you bring to a project

With over 20 years’ experience in the Civil Sector, I have been exposed to ­a wide variety of experience, from Highway to Airport and container and intermodal logistic centre.  The client could tap into my broad civil engineering expertise and obtain the best and the most cost effective outcome, from a practical practitioner that has gone through the whole project cycle, from planning to concept and detail design, tender evaluation, construction supervision through to final commissioning.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Industry accreditations / bodies

  • CPEng (Civil), NPER, RPEQ

Previous projects

Prior to WGE

  • Hock led the Landside team for the new greenfield airport at Komo PNG for which form part of the PNG LNG project. The airport comprised of a 3,200 m long all weather runway with instrument landing system, taxiway and apron area, terminal building, hangar, refueling facility and fire station along with supporting infrastructure.  Hock has coordinated this complex project across six offices, co-sharing the project office with the client
  • Port Macquarie Airport upgrade – Hock was the project leader for the detail design and documentation of the upgrading works at Port Macquarie Airport to permit the introduction of EMB170 jet aircraft on RPT routes. The upgrading work included pavement strengthening based on asphalt overlay on the existing runway, taxiway and apron pavements.  The work was done at night whist maintaining daily traffic
  • Second Sydney Airport EIS – Hock was part of the team responsible for the configuration option study and preliminary designs for a proposed new international airport at Badgery Creek and Holsworthy Military Reserve Site for Commonwealth DOTAR, providing key technical inputs into EIS process. The brief was to handle 360,000 annual aircraft movements
  • Hock was the apron works Design manager for Sydney Airport 2000 Upgrade, spanning over two years from planning, concept design to practical completion to increase the number of active wide bodies aircraft parking gates from 24 to 34. The project included a radical concept clustering aircraft around retail/departure ‘nodes’ and the integration of retail seating areas with departure gates.  The highly awarded project has been recognized for its strong passenger appeal and retail performance.  The project delivery to programmed schedule and at a high standard of construction.  Other associated services including line-marking, airfield lighting, drainage, pollution control flame traps, electrical services and associated ducts, potable water and engineer hut
  • Port Botany expansion – new container terminal fit-out on 45 hectares of reclaim land. Hock was the design manager for the concept and detail design of the onshore works involving pavement, buildings, high voltage substations, structures, drainage, ground improvement, drainage, portainer cranes, yard equipment, additional rail siding.  The brand new terminal with the state of the art, semi-automated container stacking yards was in full Operations from 2014.  The expansion was one of the largest port projects ever to be undertaken in Australia in the last 30 years.

Client testimonials

When the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council (the airport operator) received a positive indication that Virgin Airlines would commence EMB170, RPT operations in the New Year, as Airport Manager I had 13 weeks to coordinate the airport upgrade design, build and commission runway, taxiways and RPT apron (a $13 million project).  With such a time line the pressure was on and we had tremendous support from Hock and his team to effectively deliver the project on time, on budget.

As Airport Manager for Port Macquarie Airport I was pleased to accept the award for the “Best Regional Airport of the Year – 2009” by the Australian Airports Association, which was testament to the success that Hock and his team’s hard work and devotion to deliver our upgrade project in the timely and cost effective manner.

Lane Dechaineux, Bundaberg Regional Airport