Workshop: Lean Construction for Improving Productivity in the Hong Kong Construction

The construction industry has long been criticised in many countries and regions for low levels of performance in relation to cost and time overruns, poor quality, disputes, and other problems leading to impaired efficiency and waste. Lean construction has been widely recognised as an effective approach to improving productivity in the construction industry. However, the take-up of the lean approach in the Hong Kong construction industry appears low, coupled with few lean construction standards and tools in use. The University of Hong Kong has conducted a research project to examine lean construction standards and tools for Hong Kong and explore its potential in improving productivity. This project is supported by a range of organisations including Analogue Group of Companies (ATAL), MTECH Engineering Company Ltd., British Standards Institution (BSI HK) and the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE HK). This workshop will report the findings of this research, covering the knowledge of lean construction, the status quo, benefits and future develop-ment of lean construction in Hong Kong. The workshop will also explore future research and develop synergies for collaboration in the relevant areas.

Public Seminar: The Art and Science of Research
(HKU, Hong Kong)

by Professor Ghassan Aouad, President of Applied Science University, Bahrain; President of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

Doing research is in part art and in part science. In this lecture, Professor Aouad will share his 25 years experience in order to demonstrate that doing research requires artistic as well as scientific skills. In this lecture, issues related to key performance indicators (KPIs) of research, PhDs and methodological approaches, publications, research bidding process, creating research capacity, linking research and innovation, and linking Research and teaching will be addressed with practical examples. This lecture will be of interest and useful to established as well as early career researchers and PhD students. For more information, please click on ‘Details’.

Construction Contract Essentials 2015
Building Legal Norms in Innovative Landscape

The Hong Kong construction industry is undergoing fundamental changes. With the evolving legal landscape and surfacing innovative approaches of collaborative contracting and dispute resolution, this 2-Day Seminar aims at enhancing and refreshing the legal essential knowledge of government officials, architects, surveyors, engineers and other construction professionals and practitioners for the better discharge of their daily tasks.

The Construction Contract Essentials 2015 --- Building Legal Norms in Innovative Landscape, co-organised by the Centre for Innovation in Construction and Infrastructure Development (CICID) of the University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Legal Training Institute (HKLTI), showcases a panel of eminent arbitrators and construction practitioners, with a view to providing participants with crucial insights on the updated norms and developing innovations affecting the daily administration of construction contracts and the resolution of the commonly associated disputes.

Additional information and registration form can be found in the Details.

The 4th World Construction Symposium Sustainability and Development in Built Environment (Colombo, Sri Lanka)

The Ceylon Institute of Builders (CIOB) and Building Economics and Management Research Unit (BEMRU), Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka are jointly organizing the 4th World Construction Symposium on 12-14 June 2015. The Symposium will provide a special forum for researchers and practitioners in the area of sustainable construction worldwide to share their knowledge, experience and research findings. The symposium is sponsored by International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB). Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, Centre for Innovation in Construction and Infrastructure Development (CICID), The University of Hong Kong, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras), CIB-TG 72 (Public Private Partnership), CIB- W092 (Procurement Systems) are the Associate Partners of the Symposium. Built Environment Project and Asset Management (BEPAM), a journal published by Emerald Group Publishing, has arranged for the BEPAM Best Paper award and the BEPAM Highly Commended Paper award. For more information, please visit



Half-Day Seminar:
Zero Carbon Buildings: International Practice and Stakeholder Engagement
Seminar Series of Hong Kong Zero Carbon Partnership

The zero carbon building approach has been adopted in many countries and regions as a government strategy for addressing climate change. However, how stakeholders can work in partnership for delivering zero carbon buildings effectively remains a socio-technical challenge. The Construction Industry Council has funded a research project being carried out by The University of Hong Kong to establish a Hong Kong Zero Carbon Partnership for enhancing public and stakeholder engagement. The project aims to help position Hong Kong as a world-class knowledge-based, innovation-driven and multi-stakeholder-engaged hub for zero carbon building in urban environments. In this research zero carbon buildings are interpreted as complex socio-technical systems that embrace zero carbon products, innovative processes and multiple stakeholders. A portal will be developed with real-time measurement and monitoring of Hong Kong’s public and stakeholders’ understanding, attitude and behaviour regarding zero carbon building. This event will formally launch the Hong Kong Zero Carbon Partnership and set out the project plan. There will be a blend of local and overseas speakers at the seminar to share the state-of-the-art knowledge and practices of zero carbon building.

Public Seminar: Policy and Practice of Low and Zero Carbon Building

The UK is a world leader with very ambitious low energy targets. Their Government has set out a timetable for the progressive tightening of Building Regulations (Part L) in 2010 and 2013, with the aim of achieving zero carbon new homes by 2016. In order to achieve the "Zero Carbon Homes" journey, the Zero Carbon Hub has partnered with Government and Industry to devise various policies, perform research and create methods/techniques/solutions. This session will therefore provide information on the UK's approach to building, alongside a comparison with other cities, countries and continents around the world. These will include the increasingly popular fabric first, carbon compliance, and allowable solutions hierarchy.

It is perceived that in many countries there is not enough housing stock for rising populations. It is also necessary that any new homes are sustainable for future generations in order to avoid fuel poverty and reduce fossil fuel dependency. When houses are being delivered it can be perceived that their performance differs to design for a number of reasons, which also affects the sustainability on future proofing question. In order to tackle these major areas which are integral to the zero carbon journey, the discussion will focus on outlining barriers and potential solutions from a UK-centric perspective.

Half-Day Seminar:
Working Towards Zero Carbon Buildings

Reducing energy use and carbon emissions of buildings is an important aspect of green building, and is highly significant to ensuring energy security, minimising environmental impact and safeguarding quality of life of people. There have emerged many zero carbon buildings worldwide, while to achieve zero carbon for high-rise buildings is very challenging. This seminar aims to enhance the understanding and practices of the Hong Kong construction industry of working towards zero carbon buildings. There will be a blend of local and overseas speakers who will share with the audience the state-of-the-art of knowledge and practices of low or zero carbon buildings.
Welcome and Introduction
Dr Guiyi Li, Director, ZCB, Construction Industry Council
Zero Carbon Building: Policy and Practice in the UK (PDF)
Mr Rob Pannell, Managing Director, Zero Carbon Hub, UK
Zero Carbon System 2.0 (PDF)
Mr Steven Dai, COO, ZED Pavilion, China
Zero Carbon Building: Requires Much More Than the Current Rating Tool (PDF)
Ir Prof Conrad Wong, Chairman, Hong Kong Green Building Council
Opportunities and Challenges of Zero Carbon Buildings (PDF)
Dr Jimmy Tong, Associate, Arup
Feasibility of High-rise Zero Carbon Building: Progress & Plan (PDF)
Dr Wei Pan, Associate Director of CICID, HKU
Q & A; Summary

Construction Contract Essentials 2014
Legal Attitude for Dispute Resolution

With the construction industry keeps evolving, legal knowledge on contracts is even more crucial to the daily works of construction professionals and government officials and is further essential for securing the proper discharge of their functions and duties in the emerging ADR landscape.

The Centre for Infrastructure & Construction Industry Development (CICID) of the University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Legal Training Institute (HKLTI) co-organise this 2014 Annual Showcase Event. Riding on the overwhelming successes of the 2012 & 2013 Seminars, this 2-day Seminar provides an updated and enhanced focus for the latest development of the law regulating construction contracts and emerging alternative dispute resolution methods.

Additional information and registration form can be found in the details.

Third World Construction Symposium Sustainability and Development in Built Environment: The Way Forward

The Symposium aims at providing a forum for exchanging ideas between construction researchers in the areas of sustainability with a view to fostering a better link between industry and academia. The Ceylon Institute of Builders (CIOB) and Building Economics and Management Research Unit (BEMRU), Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka are jointly organizing the Third World Construction Symposium. The symposium is sponsored by International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB). Glasgow Caledonian University, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom and Centre for Infrastructure & Construction Industry Development, The University of Hong Kong are the Associate Partners of the Symposium.

Global benchmarking of low energy-carbon urban districts

The talk introduces a method of energy performance based urban design, a forward-looking modeling approach to address the issue of how the scientific-based analysis articulates design. Seven global cities and their 11 central urban districts are chosen for mapping the urban form structure, energy performance, carbon footprint and solar availability of the built environment. The relationship between urban form and its energy and carbon efficiency is explored through benchmarking their performance. A sample urban block modeling is conducted and an interventional design approach is taken for showing how new urban form and internal organization of cities affect energy and carbon intensity. Urban design is seen as a tool to synthesize complex factors for projecting a forward-looking future urban system.


Un-Fixing the Smart City

This seminar looks at the widespread limits of the smart city perspective and conceptualisation, and reflects on its major selling point: successful urban management. It argues that prevalent smart city visions tend to be based on hierarchy, centralised control, ‘good’ management based on economy of scale efficiencies, and expert algorithms, whilst making only few, tokenistic concessions to what Sassen describes as the need to ‘talk back to the city’.

An alternative vision is that it considers the city as a ‘learning’ organisation that needs trial-and-error to thrive. Once the need for highly adaptable, pluralistic and context-rich cities is taken into account, the ‘smart’ way to go about them can change from what is normally proposed at present.


Optimization, Costs, Emissions and Production in Surface Mining and Earthmoving

The above seminar explores the relationship between the optimum unit cost and optimum unit emission solutions for surface mining and earthmoving operations. For operations involving excavators and trucks, it is demonstrated that for truck numbers as the control variable, that the optimum unit cost and optimum unit emissions solution are the same. An argument based on finite source queuing analysis and the gradients of the objective functions is used. The result extends to the case involving multiple excavators and dump points, where an additional control variable of truck allocation is introduced and trucks are dispatched optimally between excavators and servers. An argument based on finite source queuing analysis and linear programming is used. For operations involving scrapers, because of nonlinear load growth curves of scrapers, the coincident unit cost and unit emissions result changes, but still the optimum unit cost and optimum unit emissions solutions do not differ by much. Collectively, these results show that surface mining and earthmoving configurations traditionally designed on unit cost also impact the environment the least or are close to lowest impact on the environment.

Consultation Forum - HKGBC Green Building Product Labelling Scheme

The purpose of this full-day consultation forum was to verify the certification process of the proposed HKGBC Green Building Product Labelling Scheme, and to formulate implementation strategies for the Scheme in Hong Kong. Two prominent speakers shared overseas experiences on Eco-labelling schemes: (i) Mr. Robin TAYLOR, Chair of Global Ecolabelling Network and General Manager of Environmental Choice New Zealand; (ii) Professor LEE Siew Eang, Honorary Advisor to the Singapore Green Building Council Board.

About 80 participants attended the consultation forum and the participants included those from the governmental sector (e.g. Housing Department, Hong Kong Housing Authority, Architectural Services Department, Environmental Protection Department, Planning Department, Civil Engineering and Development, Electric and Mechanical Service Department, etc.), professional associations (e.g. Hong Kong Association of Energy Engineers, The Association of Architectural Practice, etc.), educational institutions and private companies.

Public Seminar: Construction Contract Essentials 2013 - Law, Practice And Cases In Hong Kong

The above 2-day seminar is supported by CICID and will be held on 21-22 June 2013 in Hong Kong. This seminar is delivered highlighting areas in those contracts commonly used in daily situations. The seminar will also cover the key case laws regulating the main areas of contractual disputes in the construction industry, with reference to local and overseas experience.


Research Methodology Workshop: The Role of Research Methodology in Post Graduate (PG) Built Environment Research

Research methodology can be considered one of the most important elements in conducting research, particularly at the PG level. In fact, the essence of conducting PG research involves demonstration of mastery of research methodology in conducting research at the appropriate level with the thesis/dissertation as the tangible product of such demonstration. By the workshop Dr. Monty Sutrisna introduced research methodology to PG research students, particularly in their early stage. The discussion encompassed the level of contribution to the knowledge expected at PG level, the ontology and epistemology issues, deductive and inductive research, quantitative and qualitative research, as well as validity and reliability issues in research.


CICID 10th Anniversary Conference

The realisation of the ten mega infrastructure projects and a huge demand for housing and construction facilities in Hong Kong has generated an unprecedented opportunity for the local construction industry. However, to succeed in a rapidly changing environment requires the deployment of novel ideas and innovative practices. The recent advances in zero carbon building and sustainable construction, building information modelling and integrated project procurement and delivery, would undoubtedly help the clients, consultants, contractors and government to add considerable value to their facilities / services and overcome the challenges they are facing in the next decade and beyond. The purpose of this Conference was firstly to showcase the latest research and development in infrastructure and construction industry development and secondly to inspire more innovations and integration initiatives as our industry forges forward in developing sustainable infrastructure.

Conference: Construction and Housing in the 21st Century in Hong Kong

The above conference supported by the CICID will be held on 2-3 May 2013 at LE Meridien Cyberport, Hong Kong. The purpose of the conference is to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners to present research findings, case studies and best practice to both academics and practitioners in the housing and construction industries, in a way that facilitates in-depth knowledge exchange, enhances project performance and co-creates a strong and successful construction and housing industry.

Conference Website

Conference: International Conference on ‘PPP Body of Knowledge’ in the UK

The above conference on Public Private Partnerships (PPP) was co-organised by CICID and was held on 18th March 2013 in the UK. Under the international banner of the CIB Task Group TG72 on PPP and other organisers, this conference provides a special platform to exchange ideas, research findings and lessons learned, towards our planned 'PPP Body of Knowledge' (P3BooK).

Conference Website


Public Seminar: Towards Integrated Working Arrangements for Optimizing Potential Overall Benefits from BIM

The above seminar was held at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University to share the research findings of Mr Shawn A.X. REN, an MPhil candidate from the Dept. of Civil Engineering of The University of Hong Kong. Research findings derived from semi-structured interviews, a questionnaire survey and a case study were presented, along with proposed integrated working arrangements to advance BIM implementation. A validation questionnaire was also issued to collect the feedback and opinions of participants on the reported research findings.


Focus Group Meeting: Integrated Working Arrangements for Building Information Modeling

The above focus group meeting was organised to discuss, validate and improve the relevant findings of the research entitled ‘Towards Integrated Working Arrangements for optimizing potential overall benefits from Building Information Modeling’. BIM experts from different stakeholders in the Hong Kong industry provided feedback and brainstormed further on the research findings on identified barriers and proposed improvements in BIM implementation.


Conference: International Conference on Value Engineering and Management 2012

The above conference supported by CICID and organized by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Hong Kong Institute of Value Management, provided a platform for government officials, construction professionals and academia to exchange their knowledge and experience in Value Management for the purpose of enhancing the value of those large-scale public projects. The renowned guest speakers included Mr. Enoch T.S. LAM from HKSAR Govt., Mr. James D. BOLTON from SAVE International and, Prof. Chimay J. ANUMBA from Pennsylvania State University. A total of 23 speakers from 8 countries and over 80 delegates from Hong Kong participated in this conference.


Public Seminar: BIM-based Integration of Virtual and Physical Building Components

With a large number of new building projects being dependent on BIM for resolving coordination, schedule, integration, estimating and other issues, a potential application area is in extending the use of BIM models beyond design and into the construction, operation and maintenance phases of a facility?s lifecycle. This seminar provided a brief historical perspective of BIM and described ongoing research on the development of BIM-based systems for integrating virtual and physical building components for improving progress monitoring, construction process control, archiving as-built status and active control of building components and sub-assemblies.


Workshop on “Relationally Integrated Value Networks (RIVANS) for Total Asset Management (TAM)”

This Workshop brought together 30 experts with substantial experience in design and construction (D&C) and/or operations and maintenance (O&M) to discuss, brainstorm and formulate strategies for the industry to promote and facilitate the appropriate integration of Infrastructure Project Management (IPM) and Infrastructure Asset Management (IAM) teams where useful, through bridging and synergising the Project Management supply chains (in Planning, Design & Construction) of built infrastructure with those in their Asset Management (Operations & Maintenance). Presentations from HKU (HK), UCL (UK) and NUS (Singapore) introduced concepts of RIVANS and interim findings from ongoing studies in Hong Kong, UK and Singapore. A general discussion among all workshop participants was followed by a briefing and group brainstorming within three groups on specific themes. The presentation of each group’s conclusions was followed by a consolidation discussion.


Public Seminar: The 4see Framework – Characterising an Economy by its Socio-economic and Energy Activities

Current national economic activity modeling has some shortfalls that may be addressed by the 4see whole-economy framework developed at Arup. This framework harmonises multiple national accounting procedures within the constraints of an internationally accepted system and maintains disparate accounts (economic stocks and flows, energy use, employment, transport etc.) in parallel, but retains their own unique requirements. Time-series ratios between different accounting currencies give key functional relationships that vary gradually over time, are robust and thus useful to national policy complexities such as decarbonisation, employment and investment. Results were presented for 4see models of the UK and Taiwan.


Public Seminar: Building Information Modelling and Design for Manufacturing and Assembly

Collaborative working and ‘lean’ processes supported by technology are key to meeting the challenge of delivering a future built environment that meets rising needs, while reducing environmental impacts. Building Information Modelling (BIM) being mostly about exchanging and getting more value out of information, is important in reducing the consumption of resources and enhancing efficiency through the life of an asset. In design, BIM and Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA) are closely aligned. BIM helps in more efficient assessment of options and help non-technical stakeholders visualize the proposed asset and reduces rework. In construction, BIM allows much greater control and allows greater opportunities for design for off-site prefabrication.


Award in the ‘BIM & Safety Competition

At the CIB W099 International Conference on “Modelling and Building Health and Safety” held in Singapore, a HKU Student team, comprising Aoxiang REN and Jingkai LI , won an award in the ‘BIM & Safety Competition’.


Case Study Site Visit ‐ Yau Lai Estate (EHC5)

This site visit provided first‐hand insights into one of the case study projects in the collaborative research with the HK Housing Authority (HKHA) entitled "Capacity Building of SMEs for Sustainable Housing Development"


Focus Group Meeting - Public-Private-People Partnership (4P) for disaster preparedness, mitigation and post-disaster reconstruction

A 4P framework is proposed as a new procurement approach in this research project by integrating ‘people’, a 4th ‘P’, into the Public Private Partnership (PPP) approach in specific disaster management scenarios, targeting better infrastructure reconstruction, vulnerability reduction and sustainable development. ‘People’ refers to key stakeholders in post-disaster reconstruction, namely the communities, NGOs, professional organizations, academia and media. This focus group meeting helped to discuss and validate the proposed 4P framework.

Kick-off Meeting on ‘Capacity Building of SMEs for Sustainable Housing Development’

The kick-off meeting on 14 June 2012, arranged with Ms. Ada Fung, Deputy Director of Housing Authority (HA), helped launch the above study. The introductory presentation from HKU triggered brainstorming with senior HA officials on objectives and deliverables in terms of sustainable housing, along with capacities needed by the relevant supply chains including SMEs.

Half-Day NEC Seminar - Evolution of Partnering Contracts - NEC Trial in Government Projects

This landmark event was jointly organized by HKIE ADR Committee, Building and Civil Divisions, and HKU CICID. The deliberations highlighted the imperative for cultural change in our construction industry along with needs to better prepare for such change and for more upcoming NEC projects; based on specific experiences gained from implementing NEC in the pilot Government projects and general principles and practices in ‘relational contracting. The keynote speech was by the Permanent Secretary for Works of the HKSAR and the event attracted over 270 participants.

Consultation Forum - Carbon Labelling Scheme for Construction Materials

The purpose of this consultation forum was to supplement, validate and consolidate a proposed carbon labelling scheme for construction materials and implementation strategies developed. Three prominent speakers shared recent development on carbon footprinting in construction: (i) Professor Geoffrey Hammond from University of Bath, UK; (ii) Dr. Y.M. Gao, Managing Director of British Standards Institution (BSI), China; and (iii) Ir Dr. William Sin Tong LAU, Technical Director of SGS Hong Kong, Ltd., HK. About 80 experienced industry practitioners including government, developers, architects, builders, professional institute representatives, material suppliers and academics also provided valuable comments through a panel discussion.


NEC Workshop 2 - Experience Sharing on HKSAR Government’s 1st NEC Project: Improvement of Fuk Man Road Nullah

This workshop was jointly organized by HKIE Civil Division, Building Division, ADR Committee, and HKU CICID. It was a follow-up to the NEC Workshop 1 of 04/01/ 2012 as below. This event was also over-booked, as was the Workshop in January. The Opening Address was by Ir T.C. Chew of our CICID Management Committee who is also Chairman, NEC Users? Group (Asia-Pacific).


NEC Workshop 1 - Experience Sharing on Improvement of Fuk Man Road Nullah in Sai Kung jointly organized by HKIE CV Division, BD Division and HKU CICID

The objective of this NEC Workshop was to share the experience of administrating HKSAR Government’s first NEC pilot project which was a nullah improvement project – “Improvement of Fuk Man Road Nullah in Sai Kung” under the management of Drainage Services Department (DSD). The contract adopted Option C – Target contract with activity schedule. The project team, in particular, shared their experience on the establishment of partnering and collaborative working attitude, the management of risks and compensation events, and financial management of this target cost contract. The Welcome Speech was by Ir Gary Soo – of our CICID Management Committee and Chairman of our Construction Law Task Force.


Focus Group Meeting II: ‘Construction Industry Development Comparison and Acceleration (CIDCA) – Validation of Research Findings’

This focus group meeting was an important milestone of a RGC funded research project titled ‘Construction Industry Development Comparison and Acceleration (CIDCA)’ and presented the consolidated findings of the project to date. Feedback and comments on the research findings were elicited in order to refine and validate before compiling the final set of findings. Additionally, research findings from a connected research project titled ‘Management of Infrastructure Rehabilitation, Redevelopment or Revitalisation (MIRROR)’ were also presented and validated at the focus group.


Focus Group Meeting II - Integrated Whole Life Cycle Value Evaluation Framework for Infrastructure Megaprojects

This was the second focus group meeting on Integrated Whole Life Cycle Value Evaluation (IWLCVE) following on from the first meeting held on 16/04/11. To inject more specific and expert inputs from the industry, a select group of industry practitioners from public and private sectors were invited to join this meeting which aimed to validate the refined IWLCVE framework.


UTM visit to HKU & ProMaRC Meeting IV

A group of senior academic guests and their research students from the UTM University, Malaysia, visited our CICID Centre and Dept. of Civil Engineering on 9 June 2011. An academic exchange session was organised to explore more joint research opportunities between HKU and UTM, following on from collaboration within a specially set up 4-University Project Management Research Collaboration (ProMaRC) forum. This was followed by a presentation by Versitech Ltd. (a HKU wholly-owned subsidiary) introducing successes in technology transfers from our university to local industries and a post-lunch ProMaRC Research Forum sharing knowledge on selected current research projects at HKU and UTM. These sessions proved interesting and valuable to the over 30 faculty members and students who attended.

Focus Group Meeting I - Integrated Whole Life Cycle Value Evaluation Framework for Infrastructure Megaprojects

In order to develop a whole life cycle value based project evaluation framework for improving project evaluation, our research team member, Miss Hong-bo XIE, conducted a series of semi-structured interviews with a wide range of experts between June 2010 and January 2011. These interviews aimed to (i) investigate the current practice of project evaluation in Hong Kong’s construction industry and (ii) explore the use of whole life cycle value (WLCV) in the process of evaluation. To invite the inputs from the industry, a small and select group of industry practitioners brain-stormed in a focus group meeting to validate and refine the interview results.


Brainstorming Workshop on: Latest Developments in PPPs in Asia by Mr. Alex Wong from the Hogan Lovells, Singapore

Mr. Alex Wong is a Partner in Hogan Lovells' Singapore office with extensive experience advising multilateral agencies, governments and quasi-governments, sponsors and corporates on all aspects of PPP projects in Singapore and across Asia. The workshop was attended by around 20 participants. Mr Wong first gave a 30-minute presentation on the latest developments in PPPs in the Region covering the project of Singapore's National Stadium, which won the Project Finance International's Asia Pacific PPP Deal of the Year 2010. It was followed by Q&A and discussion.


Public Seminar - Some pleasant surprises about the performance of recycled construction materials by Prof. Charles T. Jahren from the Iowa State University, USA

In this presentation the performance of recycled pavement materials used for base or intermediate pavement layers was examined. Both Cold In-place recycled asphalt roads and recycled Portland cement concrete pavements were discussed. In both cases, the performance of the recycled pavements was as good as or better than the non-recycled alternative. An analysis of field and laboratory testing was reviewed to identify characteristics that were associated with good performance. The results were somewhat counterintuitive, because some of the characteristics that were associated with poor performance in new materials appear to be associated with good performance in the recycled materials. Conclusions were drawn on how the use of these recycled materials affects design and construction processes.

Brainstorming Workshop with Delegation from Ministry of Public Works, Indonesia on Construction Industry Development

A brainstorming workshop with Delegation from Ministry of Public Works, Indonesia was successfully hosted by CICID on 10 March 2011, with direct participation from Prof. Dr. Ir. Danang Parikesit who is the Special Adviser for the Minister of Public Works, Ir. Dadan Krisnandar, Dr. Ir. Akhmad Suraji and Ir. Budi Setiawan from The Directorate General of Construction Development, Ministry of Public Works in Indonesia.


Public Seminar: Evaluating the cost of PPPs in transport by Prof. Jean Shaoul

The turn to private finance via Public Private Partnerships has been justified in terms of providing the additional finance that the state could not provide and/or deliver value for money through the greater efficiency of and the transfer of risk and costs to the private sector. The seminar points to the way that transport policy in the future will be governed by the financial needs of the transport providers rather than the needs of the broader public and future generations.

Seminar at the Highways Department

A CICID research team member, Dr Jacky Chung was invited to present a seminar at the Highways Department of the HKSAR Government on "The e-Engagement of stakeholders in the delivery of public works projects". This seminar was delivered in a workshop approach and attended by over 28 professionals from the department.


Symposium: Construction Industry Development – Comparison and Acceleration

This event was an important milestone in a research study on ‘Evaluating Construction Industry Development’, supported by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council, and launched in parallel with comparative studies in Singapore and UK. The morning Conference brought together industry experts to provide a panoramic overview of construction industry development in Hong Kong and the way forward. These were juxtaposed against overviews of construction industry developments in Singapore and UK. Over 170 participants benefited from the morning Conference. At the afternoon Workshop, 28 expert invitees brainstormed on specific themes in three groups. Outcomes and further details are in a Summary report on the CICID website.


Conference: The 10th International Value Management Conference 2010 (IVMC10)

The above conference was organised by the Hong Kong Institute of Value Management (HKIVM) and the Department of Real Estate of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPolyU), along with CICID. This was successfully held on 13th December 2010 at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The main theme of IVMC10 was “Enhancing the value of major public projects in Hong Kong”, focusing on the use of Value Management in Hong Kong’s construction industry in addressing the 10 major infrastructure projects launched by the Chief Executive in January 2008. 11 renowned expert speakers shared their view on this topic with over 160 professionals from local industries.


Public Seminar: "Enlightenment or punishment – which approach is producing the better results in improving behaviour in the UK construction industry?" by Jim Mason

The major development in terms of government sponsored initiatives since 2009 in the United Kingdom has come in the shape of Never Waste a Good Crisis (Wolstenhome 2009) . Punishment in the form of fines totalling £129 million levied on 103 main contractor companies has been dished out in the last two years. This has taken the form of an investigation into price fixing and bid rigging within the construction industry by the Office of Fair Trading - a non ministerial government department created by the Fair Trade Act 1973. Such behaviour has been condemned as anti-competitive and was outlaws in the United Kingdom by the Competition Act 1998. The seminar investigated the background to the investigation, the reaction and improvements it has brought about.

Construction Law Task Force Meeting

CICID held a meeting of its Construction Law Task Force, with Jim Mason, the UK-based Joint Co-ordinator of the CICID-CIBW113 ‘LARC’ Working Group (on ‘Legal Aspects of Relational Contracting). Note: CIB is the International Council for Research & Innovation in Building & Construction. The meeting was chaired by Adjunct Prof. Ir Gary Soo and helped take stock of previous LARC outputs and to formulate firm plans for future outputs e.g. through a Special issue in an international built environment law journal.


Agreement Signing Ceremony between CIC and HKU for Research on Construction Materials’ Carbon Labelling

Researchers of The University of Hong Kong (HKU) are embarking on a research project on “Establishing a Hong Kong Based Carbon Labelling Framework for Construction Materials”, backed by the funding support from the Construction Industry Council (CIC). The signing ceremony held at HKU on 26 Oct 2010 signified the commitment of both sides into the research agreement. The agreement was signed by Professor Paul Tam, HKU’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research), and Mr. Lee Shing-see, Chairman of CIC. The research team is led by Dr. S. Thomas Ng and Professor Albert K.H. Kwan of the Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Hong Kong.


ProMaRC Forum III

The 3rd ProMaRC inter-University Forum was hosted by UTM, Malaysia on 5 Oct. 2010, with direct participation from a delegation from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Prof. Ron McCaffer of Lougborough University, UK; while a large group of CICID researchers at HKU, participated via Web-Conferencing. The first forum in this series was at NUS in Aug. 2008 leading to the formation of ProMaRC – an inter-University group on Project Management Research Collaboration. ProMaRC II was hosted by NUS in Feb. 2010. ProMaRC will next co-organise an international conference in Kuala Lumpur in Sep. 2011. Meanwhile HKU research postgraduate project summaries were presented to the participants at ProMaRC III on 5 Oct. 2010.



Public Seminar: "Research and publication trends in the built environment" by Prof. Will Hughes

As Universities around the world face increasing costs and decreasing income, there are ever greater pressures on academics to do more for less. Recent developments in league tables and University rankings have added to the usual pressures of carrying out good teaching and good research. This seminar aimed at exploring these issues and tensions so that attendees can develop tactics and strategies that will help them to develop effective research and publication agendas.

Conference: Innovation Management in Infrastructure Development

The above conference was organised to promote knowledge exchange & dissemination on innovations in infrastructure development. Speeches from Hong Kong Housing Authority, RSM Erasmus University Netherlands and the National University of Singapore, were followed by a panel discussion.

PowerPoints Download:

Housing authority's innovation management
Developing sustainable cities: the need for innovative approaches
Managerial insights for sustainable real estate innovation
Innovative strategies for foreign firms to manage cultural risk in Mainland China


Construction Industry Development reforms: Institutional Framework, Drivers and Challenges

A focus group meeting on this topic was held under the RGC funded project entitled ‘Evaluating Construction Industry Development Programmes in Hong Kong’ (Working title: ‘CIDCA - Construction Industry Development: Comparison and Acceleration’). This focus group meeting supplemented, validated and consolidated the preliminary interview findings towards identifying and refining the specific / detailed issues to be further investigated in the research project through a questionnaire survey, case studies and a workshop in the future course of this study.

20/03/10, 23/03/10

Focus Group Meeting III on Construction Briefing in Hong Kong

This was the third focus group meeting on construction briefing following on from the first and second meeting held on 07/02/09 and 16/07/09 respectively. This is the last meeting focusing on the validation of a proposed Integrated Collaborative Briefing approach. To inject more specific and expert inputs from the industry, a select group of industry practitioners from public and private sectors as well as academic researchers were invited to join this meeting.


ProMaRC Forum II

An inter-University Forum on ‘Research Collaboration in Construction Project Management’, was organised at the National University of Singapore (NUS). This was the second in the series, following the first in Aug. 2008 which led to the formation of ProMaRC – an inter-University group on Project Management Research Collaboration. ProMaRC Forum II involved 24 participants from four Universities – with 16 (including HKU and UTM, Malaysia representatives being on-site in Singapore), while others from UK and HKU joined through web-conferencing. ProMaRC is expected to actively involve, and facilitate synergies between postgraduate and doctoral researchers in its next stage developments.


Research Seminar in Singapore

The CICID Executive Director presented a Research Seminar at the National University of Singapore, on “Bridging ‘Knowledge Gaps’ in Construction Project Management: in Academic Research; in Industry Development; and between Research and Development”.


Construction Law Task Force Meeting

CICD hosted Dr. Paul Chynoweth, the Co-ordinator of CIB W113 on ‘Law and Dispute Resolution’ at The University of Hong Kong. Updates on CIB W113, and the affiliated LARC and COPA Study Groups were exchanged. Relevant developments and ongoing initiatives in the UK and Hong Kong were reviewed, while future directions and activities were identified.


Knowledge sharing session on Target-Cost mechanisms and NEC Contracts

Dr Gangadhar Mahesh gave a presentation on "Selection of Gain / Pain Share in TC / GMP Contracts". Participants from the Architectural Services Dept., Drainage Services Dept. and Highways Dept., together with research students contributed to the ensuing constructive discussion on various options and good practices in NEC and other Target Cost contracts. These deliberations contribute to the continuing work and findings of the LARC (Legal Aspects of Contractual Partnering) Study Group of the CICID Construction Law Task Force.


Presentation by CICID Executive Director on Procurement Approaches

Prof Mohan Kumaraswamy, the Executive Director of the CICID gave a presentation on alternative contract procurement approaches entitled 'Procurement Approaches: Revolving while Evolving?' at the 2009 HKCA Conference.


CICD supported Conference: The New Economic Reality, Implications for the Construction Industry in Hong Kong

This was a two-day charity Conference organized by the Civil Engineering Committee of the Hong Kong Construction Association, together with the CICID and other professional and industry bodies. The conference explored the impact of last years ‘financial tsunami’ on the construction industry in Hong Kong whilst drawing comparisons with Asia and other parts of the World. Issues such as the availability of credit facilities, the importance of cash flow throughout the supply chain and the positive response by Government to ease the impact on Hong Kong’s construction industry were examined.

& Papers

(hosted by HKCA)

Public Seminar: "Ensuring Effective Time Management in Construction Projects Using Lean Principles" by Dr. David Chua

Projects are becoming more complex and dynamic. This poses a greater challenge for project management to better manage the various trades, meet owner’s requirements and project constraints. Traditionally, a project is viewed as a sequence of activities that converts inputs to outputs to meet project goals. This has been the model for current project management systems. In this seminar various key ideas in lean construction have been presented: theory of constraints, shielding the production process, getting to plan and flow reliability, identifying bottleneck constraints in project schedules.


Focus Group Meeting II on Construction Briefing in Hong Kong

This was the second focus group meeting on construction briefing following on from the first meeting held on 07/02/09. To inject more specific and expert inputs from the industry, a select group of industry practitioners from public and private sectors as well as representatives from Association of Project Management (HK Branch) and Hong Kong Institute of Value Management were invited to join this meeting which aimed to validate the potential for applying our proposed "value based briefing methodology" to the construction industry.

Keynote speech at International Conference on Construction Research Funding in the XXI Century

The Executive Director of CICID was one of four International Keynote Speakers for the “International Conference on Construction Research Funding in the XXI Century: A Partnership between Academia, Industry, and the Public Sector”. This was held in Urbana, Illinois, USA from July 8-10, 2009; and sponsored by the National Science Foundation (of USA), the International Development Grant Program at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), and the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN). It explored successful partnerships between academia, the construction industry, and the public sector at different institutions around the world, in order to identify the critical success factors and the way forward.


Focus Group Meeting on Bridge Maintenance Management

This focus group exercise aimed to test and verify research findings with practitioners, as well as to assess their applicability and usefulness in improving the maintenance management strategies and practices in respect of specific bridge elements. Performance prediction models were developed for each specific element such as expansion joints and parapets. Decision-making models based on such performance prediction, will be refined with a view to help select optimal maintenance strategies, including inspection intervals and protocols, over a planning horizon that should eventually minimize the life-cycle cost of the element network. It is expected that such potentially improved life cycle management plans for each element type can be integrated and applied to enhance maintenance strategies for entire bridge networks through the envisaged comprehensive life-cycle maintenance management framework.


Public Seminar: "Understanding the Duties and Liabilities of Construction Industry Professionals" by Dr Asanga Gunawansa

This seminar focused on understanding the key duties and liabilities of construction industry professionals in contract and tort. The emphasis was on the practical aspects of professional negligence. Further, the recent legal developments in the following areas were addressed: (a) Economic loss and defective buildings; (b) Claims by contractors in tort against consultants; and (c) Standard of care


Public Seminar: "Managing Payment Disputes through legislation and contract – a comparative analysis" by Dr. Philip Chan

Under-payment and non-payment must rank as common disputes in the construction industry. The speaker looked at the provisions of the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2004 to verify this statement. The speaker then moved on to the USA where payment bonds were common and prompt payment was ensured by an Act of the same name, Prompt Payment Act. Other related payment US legislations were examined.


Public Seminar: "Flexibility in construction procurement" by Prof. Will Hughes

The procurement of construction is complex and difficult, and the clients' requirements vary enormously. However, a lot of effort is directed towards standardizing procurement processes and contract forms, as if the same procedures could be used for all projects. A range of questions related to the future of professional roles form the context for a discussion on what contracts are for, challenging the assumptions on which they are prepared, and introducing the concept of performance-based contracting as a vehicle for demonstrating how the newest forms of procurement are strongly rooted in very well-established practices.

Public Seminar: PPP and Energy Saving Performance Contracting’ (EPSC) in France

Apart from the usual expectations from PPP procurement, it is also seen in France as a way to develop Energy Saving Performance Contracting (ESPC). Growing awareness on climate change issues motivates public authorities to be proactive in the field of energy efficiency. They are also aware that building and construction are the largest energy consuming and greenhouse gas emitting sectors. The presentation highlighted the main elements of the new PPP procurement process, examining how it can be used for ESPC and why local authorities have been reluctant to use it so far.


Symposium: REVAMPING PPPs - from ‘Revisiting and Rethinking’ to ‘Revamping and Revitalising’ PPPs

This symposium attracted an audience of over 200 with interests in PPP, who attended the morning Seminar. Of these, over 60 participants had also registered for, and interacted in the afternoon Workshop, which included focus group and combined sessions. Speakers were from Australia, China, Denmark, Greece, Hong Kong SAR, Malaysia, Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa, UK and USA. The presentations and papers covered a wide spectrum of topics on "Revamping PPPs" as per Programme and Proceedings.


Focus Group Meeting I on Construction Briefing in Hong Kong

The importance of briefing (i.e. Architectural Programming and Scope Managemnt) is generally recognised in construction. With a view to improving the briefing process, a comprehensive questionnaire survey collected data from current practice in both building and civil engineering sub-sectors in Hong Kong’s construction industry. To invite the inputs from the industry, a small and select group of industry practitioners brain-stormed in a focus group meeting to validate and refine the survey results.


Meeting with Martin Davis from Strategic Forum, UK

Martin is a Consultant to the Office of Government Commerce, UK Treasury as well as a Champion for Integration for the Strategic Forum for UK Construction. He discussed and shared his views on an on-going research project investigating the use of collaboration technology in enhancing important aspects of construction briefing.


Public Seminar: 'INTEGRATED TEAMWORKING - Update from UK on the “Business Case” and innovative developments in procurement, contract and insurance of potential relevance to ‘RIVANS’?'- by Martin Davis

This seminar described the emerging “Business Case” FOR Integrated Teamworking, together with various innovations in procurement, contract and insurance that are under development and/or trial to remove the obstacles of lowest price, legal liability and unfair payment. He also related these to the ‘RIVANS’ (Relationally Integrated Value Networks) concepts originally developed and presented in Hong Kong (by CICID); and gave examples of relevant framework and project experiences


Meeting with Professor Shunji Kusayanagi from Kochi University of Technology

The University of Hong Kong is a founder member of the International Construction Management Forum in Asia (ICMFA) launched by Professor Shunji Kusanayagi and his team at the Dept. of Infrastructure System Engineering of Kochi University of Technology, Japan. Professor Shunji Kusanayagi visited The University of Hong Kong, soon after the inaugural meeting of ICMFA. He briefed the HKU Head, Dept of Civil Engineering, Prof Albert Kwan and CICID researchers about ICMFA and how it can help in addressing current needs in International Construction Management. CICID researchers also presented some of their work and a lively exchange of ideas consolidated the common ground.

International Talks at Yogyakarta

A series of International Talks was given by CICID executive Director Professor Mohan Kumaraswamy, to a large group of public and private sector participants at Yogyakarta, Indonesia on 01 Nov. 2008. This special programme was co-organised by: (a) Govt. of Yogyakarta Special Region; (b) Regional Construction Services Development Board, Yogyakarta; and (c) Construction & Human Resources Development Agency, Ministry of Public Works, Indonesia.


Keynote speech on ‘Relational Integration and Value Networks in PPPs

A keynote speech on ‘Relational Integration and Value Networks in PPPs’ was delivered by the CICD Executive Director Professor Mohan Kumaraswamy, at the ‘Konstruksi Indonesia 2008 International Conference’ in Jakarta on 29-30 Oct. 2008. The Conference theme was on “Construction Sector Policy & Sustainable Development’. The opening Keynote address was by the President of Indonesia, while other speakers included Ministers and high Govt. officials, as well as experts representing the World Bank, ADB and ILO.

CIB TG72 on PPP is launched

The CIB Programme Committee established a new Task Group: TG72 on Public Private Partnership (PPP), with Prof. Akintola Akintoye from the University of Central Lancashire, UK and Prof. Mohan Kumaraswamy from the University of Hong Kong as its Joint Coordinators.
CIB stands for "Conseil International du Bâtiment" (International Council for Building), but is now known in full as the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction. The CIB General Secretariat is located at Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
Planned TG72 activities follow-on very well, and indeed link well to those of the PPP Task Force in CICID.

Inter-university research forum at NUS

A four-University Research Forum on ‘Project Management” was initiated during a visit to NUS; and hosted by the Centre for Project Management & Construction Law, and the Department of Building of NUS on 26 Aug. 2008. The participating Universities were Loughborough University (represented by Ron McCaffer), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia represented by five staff members led by Muhd Zaimi Abd Majid), National University of Singapore (represented by many staff members led by Tham Kwok Wai, George Ofori and Low Sui Pheng) and The University of Hong Kong (represented by Mohan Kumaraswamy). Proactive exchanges on ongoing research and emerging focal areas led to ideas for deeper collaboration.


CICID 'RIVANS' Workshop II: "BUILDING RIVANS” WORKSHOP Boosting VALUE by Building RIVANS (Relationally Integrated Value Networks)

40 participants from the Hong Kong construction industry and academia, together with Prof. Derek Walker from RMIT, spent an interesting and invigorating Saturday morning in building RIVANS up to new levels.

See Summary and Photos.


Research Collaboration with the University of Padua

Further research collaboration with The University of Padua, Italy was discussed during the 3rd visit to HKU by Dr Paolo Franchetti. Topics discussed included (1) bridge maintenance and rehabilitation strategies; (2) road network vulnerability assessments and improvements optimisation strategies; (3) joint research projects and (4) postgraduate student exchange possibilities.

Construction Law Task Force meetings

Meetings of the LARC and COPA Study Groups were held at The University of Hong Kong. The meetings reviewed recent activities and developments, while planning future initiatives.


Public Seminar: 'Promoting ethical improvements in the construction industry – a single professional code?' - by Jim Mason

The above Seminar was presented by Jim Mason, a Senior Lecturer in Law with the Department of Construction and Civil Engineering, Faculty of the Built Environment, University of the West of England. The subject of ethics is currently a high profile topic within the construction industry. The key professional bodies have well established ethical codes applying to their members. Increasing numbers of contractors promote ethical code as part of their literature. This seminar examined the benefits and barriers to the promoting of a single ethical code for the construction industry using the Society of Construction Law Code of Ethical Principles. Interesting discussions ensued on how this may be popularised.


Public Seminar: 'Planning the design process using design structure matrix' - by Professor Koshy Varghese

Prof. Koshy Varghese of the Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), gave a Seminar on "Planning the design process using Design Structure Matrix". The presentation by Prof. Vargehese provided an overview of current issues in planning design and how the Design Structure Matrix (DSM) approach can be used to represent, analyze and improve design information flows and optimise the sequencing of design activities. The stimulating presentation also led to interesting Q&A and very positive feedback.

CICID 'RIVANS' Workshop: 'Enhancing performance & overall value through Relationally Integrated Value Networks (RIVANS)’

Industry experts and experienced practitioners shared their knowledge and views on the potential and pitfalls in assembling integrated teams and supply chains for boosting overall operations and outputs of construction clients, consultants and contractors. This Workshop reviewed initial findings and generated priorities for the remaining work on the Hong Kong RGC funded project on ‘Relationally Integrated Value Networks’ (RIVANS) led by Professor Mohan Kumaraswamy (Principal Investigator) with Co-Investigators Professor Steve Rowlinson and Dr. Joseph Ugwu. Overseas Collaborator Professor Ron McCaffer provided overseas insights and examples. As expected, Group brainstorming under specific topics and sub-topics generated valuable outputs that would feed into further developments.

Visit by Professor He Bai Zhou and 'COPA' Study Group meeting

A 'COPA' meeting was held in connection with the visit of Professor He Bai Zhou , Dean, School of Economics and Management Engineering, of the Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture. The COPA Study Group targets a “Comparative Study on Enforcement of Payment and Adjudication in Construction Contracts in Singapore, Hong Kong and Mainland China”. Discussions were held on the ongoing joint research project for the Ministry of Construction, China, and other potential COPA activities that are planned in collaboration with Prof. He and his colleagues in Beijing.


"Construction: Transitions, the need for Innovation and the roles of Professionals and Academics" - Technical Talk, organised jointly with HKIE Civil Division by Professor Ronald McCaffer.

ABSTRACT: Transitions in construction over the decades show a shift from a site focus to corporate and sector wide initiatives. This has brought the conversion of what were previously seen as intangibles, such as: knowledge accounting; mitigation of environmental impacts; and the management of risk at project and corporate levels into direct and quantifiable costs. To meet these changes, construction is pressed to be more innovative and to measure innovation. This brings challenges to professionals, academics and academic departments. These trends and challenges were explored in this seminar, and generated interesting discussions.

International Workshop on Collaborative Human Futures

Around 20 leading international experts in the areas of Architecture, Building, Civil Engineering and Design from Australia, Finland, France, Hong Kong, UK and USA participated in the two-day Workshop called "Collaborative Human Futures – A New Design Paradigm” at Cyberport. This workshop aimed at providing insights into the potential use, development and limitations of the current collaborative technologies and practices for researchers and practitioners of the building and construction industry. Prof. Mohan Kumaraswamy (Executive Director, CICID) was invited to participate in this workshop and made a presentation on "Accelerating Collaboration - Soft System imperatives for mobilising Hard System developments'. Apart from the interesting interactions and ideas generated at the Workshop itself, the presented papers will be published in a forthcoming book.

Meeting of LARC Study Group at HKU

'LARC" is the CICID initiated Study Group on Legal Aspects of Relational Contracting. It was launched by the CICID Construction Law Task Force, and has strong support from the CIB (International Council for Research and Innovation in Building & Construction), through the relevant Working Commission CIB W113. The first formal meeting of LARC was held on 27 Aug. 2007 at The University of Hong Kong. Dr. Cynthia Tsao's interesting presentation on recent experiences in the USA, was followed by discussions on initiating comparative case studies.

SMILE-SMC Signing Ceremony

HKU signed an innovative University-Industry Partnership Agreement with China Trend Building Press Ltd. (China Trend) for a 2nd phase development and operation of this SMILE-SMC web-site. Aiming at spreading and multiplying the SMILE-SMC benefits to a wider community, China Trend will launch the revamped website within four months. It will also be responsible for the continuous up-dating, upgrading, maintenance and further promotion of the website.

Meeting of ‘COPA’ Study Group at HKU

‘COPA’ targets a “Comparative Study on Enforcement of Payment and Adjudication in Construction Contracts in Singapore, Hong Kong and Mainland China”. It is one of two Study Groups initiated by the ‘Construction Law’ Task Force of CICID, and brings together local and overseas experts. The first photo shows (from left to right): Mr Wu Jin PhD research student HKU; Ir Sam Chan of HKSAR Highways Dept., and Adjunct Associate Professor at HKU; Prof. Mohan Kumaraswamy of HKU, Associate Professor Dr Philip Chan of the National University of Singapore; and Gary Soo, Chairman of the CICID Construction Law Task Force, and Adjunct Professor at HKU.
Lessons Learned from Implementing Infrastructure PPPs – A View from Singapore

Seminar on "Lessons Learned from Implementing Infrastructure PPPs – A View from Singapore" by Mr Alex Wong, Consultant, Lovells Lee and Lee, Singapore: jointly organised by HKU-CICID, the Dept. of Civil Engineering of HKU, and the HKIE Civil Division.
10/05/2007 International Project Management Conference

CICID is proud to have been a 'supporter' of the HKIE CVD & APM Joint International Project Management Conference 2007

Research Collaboration Discussion

Research Collaboration Discussion: With Prof. Claudio Modena and Dr Paolo Franchetti from the University of Padua, Italy. Topics discussed centred on (1) bridge monitoring, maintenance and rehabilitation; and (2) seismic design, monitoring and strengthening of infrastructure in general, including historical buildings and other masonry structures.


Public lecture in Singapore on: Boosting business efficiency and marketing reach through web-based information & knowledge management.
Research Seminar in Singapore on: Partnering, relational contracting and public private partnerships.
Research Seminar in the UK on: “Emerging Issues in Construction Industry Development” at the University of Glamorgan, Wales, UK.
Signing Ceremony for Contract Research Project. A signing ceremony was held on September 6, 2006 for a contract research project on "Reinventing Hong Kong Construction Industry for Sustainable Development", the first of its kind funded by the Construction Industry Institute - Hong Kong and jointly conducted by The University of Hong Kong and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The Ceremony was officiated by the Honourable Sir David Akers-Jones, Mr Keith Kerr and Professor C.F. Lee.
Invited talk in Sri Lanka on: “International Trends in Construction Project Management” to professionals of the Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau.
One Day Seminar on Recent Developments in Project Management in Hong Kong on 12th May 2006. This Seminar included following Presentations: 1. ‘Some Recent Advances in Projet Management from a Public Sector Perspective’ by Ir. Mak Chai-kwong, Highways Department of Hong Kong SAR Government; 2. ‘Why Facilities Management Needs Good Project Managers’ by Dr Keith Futcher, ISS EastPoint Facility Services Ltd., 3. ‘Project Managing the Business Case as well as Construction’ by Mr Russell Black, MTR Corporation Ltd., 4. ‘Relationship Management – Drawing on International Experiences’ by Prof. Stephen Michael Rowlinson, HKU, 5. ‘Reducing Rework to Enhance Project Performance Levels’ by Dr Ekambaram Palaneeswaran, HKU, 6. ‘Improvement through Cooperation – Integrating Partnering, Value Management and Risk Management’ by Mr Bryan Clifford, John Carlisle Partnerships (SEA), 7. ‘Information & Communication Technology for Collaborative Working in Project Management’ by Dr Onuegbu Ugwu, HKU, 8. ‘Project Management – Experience of The Hong Kong Housing Authority’ by Ms. Ada Fung, Hong Kong Housing Authority. Furthermore, Dr Mohan Kumaraswamy, HKU CICID conveyed the benefits of SMILE-SMC to the Construction Industry.
3rd SMILE-SMC Dissemination Workshop on 11th February 2006. The workshop sessions included several valuable disseminating Presentations and useful brainstorming Group Discussions.
Visit by Prof. Marton Marosszeky of the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Prof Marton from the Australian Centre for Construction Innovation is an overseas advisor on our SMILE-SMC Project for helping Small and Medium Contractors. During his visit, he participated in various meetings and brainstorming discussions with the Centre’s R&D team members.

Visit by Prof. George Ofori of the National University of Singapore. Prof. Ofori is an overseas advisor on our SMILE-SMC Project for helping Small and Medium Contractors. CICID team presented updates on the SMILE-SMC project to the overseas advisor and he provided some valuable advice from his Singapore experiences.
CICID team presented the details of the SMILE-SMC project to the members of Hong Kong Contractors Association.
Seminar on ‘Dispute Settlement in International Civil Engineering Contracts’ by Prof. Jianjun Guo, China Road and Bridge Corporation.
Dr S Thomas Ng from CICID received the Outstanding Young Researcher Award – 2005. The Award Presentation ceremony for Excellence in Teaching and Research was organized by the University of Hong Kong.
Seminar on ‘A Code of Practice for Highway Structures – An Asset Management Approach’ by Mr Dick Feast, Amey Infrastructure Services (A member of Ferrovial Group). This was organized in association with Centre for Asian Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.
Seminar on ‘Water mains rehabilitation in Hong Kong’ by Mr Ian Vickridge, Black and Veatch Hong Kong Limited. This was organized in association with Centre for Asian Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.
SMILE-SMC Training Workshop on 9th July 2005. The workshop sessions included a set of demonstrative presentations and practice sessions for Small and Medium Contractors – with a view to impart practical training on various SMILE-SMC deliverables. The demonstrations include ‘Available Zone’ ‘Wanted Zone’, ‘Member Zone’, ‘Discussion Forum’, ‘Information Library’, ‘Electronic Information Exchange’, and ‘Strategic Information and Knowledge Manager’. The practical training sessions covered Wanted Zone, Available Zone, Member Zone, Discussion Forum, and Information Library.
Seminar on ‘Forensic Project Management: An exploratory examination of the causal behavior of design induced rework’ by Prof Peter Love School of Management Information Systems, Edith Cowan University, Australia & Department of Construction Management, Curtin University, Australia. This was organized in association with Centre for Asian Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.
Visit by Dr Chris Miller from Welsh Enterprise Institute, University of Glamorgan Business School, UK. Dr Miller is an overseas advisor on our SMILE-SMC Project for helping Small and Medium Contractors. During this period, he participated in various meetings and brainstorming discussions and presented a lecture on “SME Development Experiences in the UK” at the 15th SMILE-SMC Team Meeting on 21st May 2005.
SMILE-SMC Dissemination Workshop 2 on 9th April 2005. The workshop sessions included several valuable disseminating Presentations and useful brainstorming Group Discussions. The interesting array of presentations include: 1. ‘Minor Works Regime’ by Mr Michael Y. L. Pang and Ms. Denise W.Y. Ng, Buildings Department of Hong Kong SAR Government, 2. ‘Strategic Approaches for SMCs to Manage Environmental Aspects of Development Projects’ by Mr Elvis W. K Au, Environment Protection Department of Hong Kong SAR Government, 3. ‘SMCs in Hong Kong: Problems and Prospects’ by Mr David Tse of Hop Yuen (Holdings) Ltd., 4. ‘Practical Legal Issues for SMCs in Hong Kong’ by Mr Peter Lau, Peter Lau and Co. – Solicitors, 5. ‘Making the most of your IT: Evaluation practices among Australian SMEs’ by Prof. Peter Love, Edith Cowan University, Australia (who is an overseas advisor to the SMILE-SMC project). Furthermore, the SMILE-SMC team presentations include ‘An overview of SMILE-SMC’, ‘Information Library & e-Bulletin’, ‘Electronic Information Exchange’, ‘Available Zone & Wanted Zone’, ‘Knowledge Management for SMCs & Discussion Forum’.
Seminar on ‘Sustainable Building Design and Planning’ by Dr Raymond Yau, Ove Arup & Partner Hong Kong Limited. This was organized in association with Centre for Asian Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.
Seminar on ‘The relationship between organizational culture and organizational effectiveness: Case study of construction companies in Thailand’ by Professor Stephen O Ogunlana, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. This was organized in association with The Department of Real Estate and Construction
Seminar on ‘Conflict prevention on large construction projects’ by Professor Stephen O Ogunlana, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. This was organized in association with The Department of Civil Engineering
A Conference on “Public Private Partnerships – Opportunities and Challenges” was jointly organized with the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers – Civil Division at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
CICID Team presented 2 papers in the CIB W92 International Symposium on Procurement Systems – The Impact of Cultural Differences and Systems on Construction Performance, held in Las Vegas, USA

CICID team contributed to the International Conference on Construction Partnering, that was organized by the Construction Industry Institute, Hong Kong and presented a paper entitled “Relational Contracting for Effective Teams and Added Value”.
A Public Lecture by Dr Roy Barton on “Value for Money in Public Sector Projects” was jointly organized with Hong Kong Institute of Value Management and HKU Faculty of Architecture, Department of Real Estate and Construction, and Master of Interdisciplinary Design + Management.
CICID contributed to the International Symposium on "Globalisation and Construction meeting the challenges, reaping the benefits", that was jointly organized by CIB W107 (Construction in Developing Economies), CIB TG23 (Culture in Construction) and the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand.
SMILE-SMC Dissemination Workshop 1 on 18th September 2004. Keynote speech was delivered by Mr Daniel Chung (Chief Assistant Secretary, Environment, Transport and Works Bureau, HKSAR). The workshop sessions included several valuable disseminating Presentations and couple of useful brainstorming Group Discussions.
SMILE-SMC Development Workshop on 26th June 2004. The SMILE team presentations in the Workshop include ‘Introduction to SMILE-SMC & Workshop, Overview of Project Development, Pilot Needs Analysis & Questionnaire Survey, and Workflow Analysis. From the SMILE-SMC ‘partner contractors’, Mr Ma Ping and Mr Bill Chong delivered speeches entitled ‘Views from a Partner’. Furthermore, Prof. Chimay Anumba of Loughborough University (UK), who is an overseas advisor to the SMILE-SMC project delivered special lectures on the following two topics: (i) e-Hubs – an Example from Europe; and (ii) Developments in Knowledge Management and ICT. The post-lunch session include valuable Small Group Discussions (conducted in Cantonese) and an Open Discussion in which identified needs and priorities were shared and discussed further.
Prof. Peter Love of the Edith Cowan University (Australia) attended the SMILE-SMC project team meeting on 8th June 2004. CICID team presented updates on the SMILE-SMC project to the overseas advisor for his valuable advice.
Sixth SMILE-SMC Team Meeting
Guest Lecture on ‘Effective Inspection and Monitoring of Post Tensioned Structures’ by Mr Dick Feast of Parsons Brinkerhoff Infrastructure Ltd.
Posters on two CICID team R & D projects disseminated main thrusts and outlines of these projects – at the Exhibition on Engineering Research entitled “Advancing the Frontiers of Technology” – held at Loke Yew Hall at The University of Hong Kong.
The CICID team presented updates on the SMILE-SMC project to Prof. Marton Marosszeky of the Australian Centre for Construction Innovation and obtained valuable feedback and advice. He then delivered an illuminating talk on Defects Reduction by Contractors, which was followed by a luncheon meeting.
Prof. George Ofori of the National University of Singapore attended the SMILE-SMC project team meeting on 28th February 2004. CICID team presented updates on the SMILE-SMC project to the overseas advisor for his valuable advice.
CICID team presentation on Relational Contracting for Sustainable Infrastructure, at the HKU SPACE Built Environment Symposia, 3rd Symposium on “Review of Construction Contracting System” Hong Kong
Third SMILE-SMC Team Meeting
CICID Team presented 3 papers in the CIB W92 International Symposium on Project Procurement for Infrastructure Construction, held in Chennai, India

Overseas visitors – Prof. Ronald McAffer and Dr Francis Edum-Fotwe (from Loughborough University, UK), Dr Emilia L.C. van Egmond-de Wilde de Ligny (from Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands), and Mr Paul Christopher Charlesraj (from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India) participated in initial part of the 3rd Central Core Team Meeting of SMILE-SMC Project. Dr Mohan Kumaraswamy made an introductory presentation on this project. This was followed by interesting discussions and valuable suggestions from the overseas visitors.
CICID Team presented 3 papers in the 2nd International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century – Sustainability and Innovation in Management and Technology
CICID Team visited the Factory of Redland Precast Products Limited, China.
First SMILE-SMC Team Meeting
PPP (Public Private Partnership) Task Force Meeting
Participation in the Special Workshop on ‘Integrated Risk Management’ at the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning & the Environment, The Hague, Netherlands
Presentation of a paper entitled ‘Relationally integrated value networks’ at the 2nd International Conference on ‘Innovation in Architecture, Engineering & Construction at Loughborugh University, UK
Management Committee meeting of the Centre for Infrastructure & Construction Industry Development.
Guest Lecture on ‘The Use of Trenchless Technology for Improvement of Urban Habitats’ by Mr Ian Vickridge of Ivy Associates (Ltd). This was organized in association with “The Centre for Asian Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat”

Guest Lecture on ‘Evolutionary Design and Engineering Creativity’ by Professor Tomasz Arciszewski of George Mason University, USA
The Inaugural Centre Seminar on ‘Innovations in Infrastructure and Construction Industry Development’ was held on Wednesday, 12 March 2003 at Loke Yew Hall in The University of Hong Kong
Demonstration of a prototype web based decision support system (EOTDSS) for assessing Time Extension Claims (developed by a team from the Centre) to a group of delay analysis experts including members from Pickavance Consulting (HK) Ltd.

Presentation by Mr C.K. Ng of Maunsell Consultants Asia Limited on a ‘Web-based Document Management System’ and discussions with the Centre team on links to GIS and CAD systems for improved infrastructure project management.
Interesting discussions in areas of common interest and potential linkages with Professor Tim Broyd, the Chief Executive of CIRIA
Presentation of a paper entitled ‘Web-based Decision support for improved Infrastructure Project Management’ at the HKIE Seminar on ‘Innovation and Sustainable development of Civil Engineering in the 21st Century’
Guest Lecture on ‘Intelligent and Knowledge-based Systems for Construction’ by Professor Chimay Anumba of Loughborough University, UK
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