As we wrote in our previous post here, our Samsung C&T affiliate’s Engineering & Construction group has been expanding their global presence in various fields of high-rise buildings, plants and civil infrastructure. In the field of bridge building, in particular, many expert engineers from diverse sectors work together to manage every step of project development from planning and design to procurement, construction, operation and maintenance.
Among many talented bridge engineers at Samsung, we would like to introduce to you Dong-Kyu Park who was recently listed on America’s 2015 Marquis Who’s Who dictionary, acknowledged for his expertise in bridge engineering technology, especially in Pre-Stressed Concrete (PSC) sector which reinforces the strength and stability of bridge piers that may falter from strong winds or earthquakes. So now, please meet Dr. Park who has been devoted to his work and research on bridge engineering for the last 17 years.
Dr. Park pointing out the piers of the Incheon Bridge where PSC structure is applied
Please tell us about yourself and about your job.
Hello Samsung Village readers! My name is Dong-kyu Park and I am a deputy general manager from the Bid Design team for Bridge and Structure at Samsung C&T. I joined the company in 2003 after getting my Ph.D. degree at Yokohama University of Japan in Concrete Structure. Including PSC sector as my main field of interest, I’ve done research on various bridge technologies and participated in projects including the Incheon Bridge, Kyoungin Arabetgil and World Cup Bridge in Korea.
What does PSC mean? Please tell us more about bridge engineering technologies.
PSC (Pre-Stressed Concrete) is one of the bridge building techniques, which is to utilize pre-stressed steel wire on the usual reinforced concrete method. In doing so, we can reinforce the strength and stability of each bridge pier that may falter from strong winds or earthquakes. It is an essential structure, especially to regions in the earthquake zone.
Depending on the nature of the region, however, different building techniques can be applied. In some earthquake-free areas, PC (Pre-case Concrete) piers are more preferred than PSC ones as they take up less time and less space for constructions. The PC method is to produce parts of the pier in advance and assemble them later at site. PC piers are beneficial in crowded cities and on water where it is difficult to pour concrete directly on site.
”After 17 years of work in the industry, I feel privileged to have my name on the Marquis Who’s Who.”
There seem to be many sectors in the field of civil infrastructure construction. Is there any special reason you chose the bridge and structure part?
I believe bridges have symbolic meanings. Many structure majors in the field think bridges are the landmark of ‘structures.’ It is not only because bridges are eye-catching, but also because they are the result of many construction processes and advanced techniques.
“Personally, I feel privileged to have my name on the dictionary for it is the acknowledgement of my work over many years. I hope the PSC technology I’ve been working on can also give our company a competitive edge,” Dr. Park said with a humble smile at the end of the interview. With our congratulations to Dr. Park on enlisting his name on Maquis Who’s Who, we cheer for the efforts and passion of many other Samsung engineers out there!
(You can find the original version of this story on Samsung C&T’s global blog here.)