HKU Department of Civil Engineering Supports the CE’s 2023 Policy Address for New Initiatives for the Construction Industry
The Chief Executive, Mr LEE Ka-chiu John, in his Policy Address 2023, said that the Development Bureau will continue to invest in infrastructure, promote Modular Integrated Construction (MiC) and Multi-trade Integrated Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MiMEP) technologies, and motivate applied research and digitalisation of the construction industry, to further enhance the infrastructure project performance, expedite housing supply, and enhance Hong Kong’s long-term competitiveness.
“We are delighted to see the various initiatives supporting the construction industry and infrastructure development in the Chief Executive’s 2023 Policy Address, such as the further promotion of MiC and smart construction technologies. HKU Department of Civil Engineering supports the initiatives by seeking innovation-driven and problem-solving-oriented solutions for enhancing construction productivity and sustainability continuously,” said Professor Wei Pan, Head of Department of Civil Engineering, Executive Director of Centre for Innovation in Construction and Infrastructure Development (CICID) and Director of MiC Laboratory (MiCLab) of The University of Hong Kong.
Strategic Public Policy Forum: Enhancing Modular Integrated Construction (MiC) Supply Chain in the Greater Bay Area for Hong Kong Development
The Centre for Innovation in Construction and Infrastructure Development (CICID) and the MiC Laboratory (MiCLab) of the Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Hong Kong (HKU) held a Strategic Public Policy Forum titled "Modular Integrated Construction (MiC) Supply Chain in the Greater Bay Area for Hong Kong Development: Preliminary Policy Roadmap and Action Plan” on August 30. The event gathered prominent speakers from government, industry and academia to share state-of-the-art research, practices and policies for enhancing the MiC supply chain.
Professor Wei PAN, Acting Executive Vice-President (Administration & Finance) of HKU and Director of MiCLab, delivered the Welcome Remarks. He emphasized the significant growth in MiC adoption in Hong Kong since 2017, but noted that the MiC supply chain faces various technical and management challenges.
“This Strategic Public Policy Research project aims to establish a favourable business environment and recommend a policy roadmap with an action plan for enhancing the MiC supply chain in the GBA for HK development. The forum as part of this research project is to share the preliminary policy roadmap and key findings of the project and to collect feedback from wide stakeholders. The insights and connections forged during this event will contribute to the advancement of not only the MiC supply chain but also the development of a more productive industry and sustainable built environment,” said Professor Pan.
Ir Ricky LAU, JP, Permanent Secretary for Development (Works) of the Development Bureau, HKSAR Government, delivered the Opening and Keynote speech. “CICID is an unfailing partner in supporting government’s initiatives in promoting MiC. This Forum today is a very timely occasion that brings together different industry leaders to offer views on how to enable the healthy development of MiC supply chain in the GBA. The forum represents the collaborative effort of the whole industry in developing the MiC technology and transforming our construction process”, he said.
Other distinguished speakers included Mr Jianming LIANG, President of the Guangdong Construction Industry Association; Ir Dr Conrad WONG, BBS, JP, Vice Chairman of Yau Lee Holdings Limited; Mr Michael LI, JP, Deputy Director of Architectural Services, Architectural Services Department, HKSAR Government; Dr David-John Gibbs, Director (Infrastructure Advisory) of Ernst & Young Transactions Limited; and Mr Kun DING, Executive Director of Yahgee Modular House. They shared their expertise, experience and insights regarding the MiC supply chain in the GBA to facilitate Hong Kong’s development.
In addition, witnessed by Ir Ricky LAU, Permanent Secretary for Development (Works), and Professor David Srolovitz, Dean of Engineering of HKU, Director of MiCLab Prof Wei PAN and Mr Michael LI, Deputy Director of Architectural Services of HKSAR Government jointly signed the Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen the Government-University collaboration on exploring opportunities to develop and promote the effective use of MiC and to support the research and development of MiC in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area, followed by the launch of a study on MiC safe lifting supported by the Development Bureau.
About the forum
The forum is part of the research project entitled “Enhancing Modular Integrated Construction (MiC) Supply Chain in the Greater Bay Area (GBA) for Hong Kong (HK) Development”, led by Professor Wei PAN, Executive Director of CICID, HKU, and funded by the Strategic Public Policy Research (SPPR) funding scheme (Project Number: S2019.A8.013) of HKSAR Government.
About HKU CICID
CICID of HKU was established in 2002, aiming to foster continuous improvements and excellence in the construction industry and infrastructure development in particular, through the development of innovative strategies and techniques. CICID targets to be a “Centre of Excellence” for research, discourse and dissemination of innovations in infrastructure, construction management and methodologies, and interdisciplinary research.
About HKU MiCLab
MiCLab was established in 2020 to lead innovative research in MiC to enhance its widespread uptake and adoption in Hong Kong and beyond. MiCLab involves a team of researchers with diverse research backgrounds covering construction engineering and management, structural engineering and material science, computer and control science, and supply chain management, etc. MiCLab has been conducting systematic research and development on MiC.
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Prof Wei Pan starts his new position as Head of Dept of Civil Engineering of The University of Hong Kong
Official website of Department of Civil Engineering of HKU： https://www.civil.hku.hk/
MiC: 0-1, 1-∞ - Reported by 'Sing Tao Daily', 5 Jun 2023
过去多年，土地及房屋供应是最困扰本港的社会问题。香港土地资源非常有限，随着人口增长，基层住屋成为政府必须面对及逼切解决的施政重点。正因轮候公屋时间漫长，政府早前推出简约公屋及过渡性房屋计划，希望改善基层在轮候「上楼」期间的生活环境。提到简约公屋及过渡性房屋，与其息息相关的，则是在建造业日益受到重视的「组装合成」建造技术，简称「组合建造」（Modular Integrated Construction-MiC）。
我从事MiC技术研究及发展逾20年，深信MiC是建造业发展的未来，亦有助于解决建造 业正面对的困难，例如行业劳动人口老龄化及不足、工程土地限制，以及极端天气影响施工 等。这些难题都能通过MiC的应用得到解决或纾缓。我过去亦于英国及新加坡等地参与有关MiC的建筑项目。相比之下，香港无疑是人口更为密集的城市，建造空间有限，楼宇也追求向高空发展，以达到最高的土地利用及成本效益。由于MiC技术的应用不受空间限制，我认为香港是应用MiC的理想城市，其应用能令发展商、承建商及市民等各方皆受惠。
在建筑成本的实际考虑以外，我们也重视环境的可持续发展，由于楼宇组件及模块的预制及大部分内部装饰工序均在工厂进行，工地的建筑废料可大幅减少67%至98%，从而减少该源头及现场产生的碳排放，为香港实现碳中 和目标出一份力。还有，涉及建筑工地的工业意外，亦将因工地工人减少及地盘施工程序简 化，而大幅递减80%或以上。
我致力推动「官—产—学—研」的合作，带领港大MiC实验室（MiCLab）、建造及基建创新 研究中心（CICID）与特区政府及业界，就MiC相关研究紧密合作，咨询及指导14个MiC建筑项目（包括但不限于公共房屋、私人楼宇及隔 离方舱等）。研究团队研发了适用于40层及以上混凝土及钢结构组装合成建筑的创新结构体系及连接节点，并已申报国家专利，开发了可用于组装合成建筑全寿命周期的碳排放监测、 智能施工平台、基于虚拟现实的MiC项目交付智能监控平台，以及MiC智慧运输规划等。各项创新技术于香港的MiC项目中得到成功应用。
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HKU members and Wong Chuk Hang Student Residence Project Receive four prestigious Awards at MiC Achievement Ceremony
The University of Hong Kong (HKU) received four awards today (December 14) in the MiC Achievement Ceremony 2022.
The HKU Wong Chuk Hang Student Residence Site received the Outstanding MiC Project Award. Professor Wei Pan, Executive Director of the HKU Centre for Innovation in Construction and Infrastructure Development (CICID), and Director of Estates of HKU Ir K.L. Tam both received the Outstanding People (MiC Advocator) Award. Dr Louis Chu, Project Director of Wong Chuk Hang Student Residence Site, received the MiC Project Champion (Outstanding Project Team Members) Award.
The ceremony was held during the International Conference on MiC (Modular Integrated Construction) with an aim to recognise outstanding local projects, project teams, MiC advocators and practitioners for their contributions in the promotion and adoption of MiC that bring about innovation to improve productivity, quality, sustainability and safety of the construction industry.
The International Conference on MiC was co-organised by the Development Bureau of the HKSAR Government, the Construction Industry Council (CIC), and the Centre of Science and Technology Industrial Development (CSTID) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the People’s Republic of China.
Professor Wei Pan – Outstanding People (MiC Advocator)
Professor Wei Pan was awarded the “MiC Outstanding People (MiC Advocator)”. Professor Pan is Executive Director of the HKU Centre for Innovation in Construction and Infrastructure Development (CICID). He formally introduced the modular construction approach to Hong Kong in Spring 2017, and co-created the concept of “modular integrated construction (MiC)” with the Development Bureau of the HKSAR Government. MiC has been adopted in the Chief Executive’s Policy Address every year since 2017. Professor Pan provided theory, methodology and guidance to support the “0-to-1” MiC creation. He has also made significant contributions to the “1-to-∞” MiC adoption by leading cutting-edge research on higher-rise, higher-density, higher-tech and higher-co-creation development of MiC, organising numerous knowledge exchange activities from which the government and industry have benefited, providing systematic solutions and advice for MiC projects’ planning, design, delivery and measurement, and encouraging MiC supply chains regionally and globally.
Ir K.L. Tam – Outstanding People (MiC Advocator)
Ir K.L. Tam was awarded the “MiC Outstanding People (MiC Advocator)”. Ir Tam is the Director of Estates of HKU, who works closely with various Government departments in the promotion of MiC development in Hong Kong. He is also the Fellow of The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and Honorary President of the Hong Kong Institute of Construction Managers, whose contributions to MiC are well acknowledged throughout Hong Kong’s construction industry. Ir Tam is one of the pioneers in implementing MiC in HKU, and there have been two ongoing university construction projects using the MiC approach and another one in the planning stage.
Dr Louis Chu – MiC Project Champion (Outstanding Project Team Members)
Dr Louis Chu was awarded the “MiC Project Champion (Outstanding Project Team Members)”. Dr Chu is the project director for HKU Wong Chuk Hang Student Residence Site, who has contributed his construction knowledge by combining his understanding of the manufacturing process to lead the team forward. Dr Chu led his team of consultants to seek the Buildings Department’s approval and developed an innovative MiC-Ready strategy at the tendering stage. He also initiated MiC briefings to minimise the uncertainties for tenderers, achieving greater cost savings.
HKU Wong Chuk Hang Student Residence Site – Outstanding MiC Project
The HKU Wong Chuk Hang Student Residence Site won the “Outstanding MiC Projects” award. The Wong Chuk Hang Student Residence is one of the pilot MiC projects nominated by the Development Bureau, providing a total of 1,224 hostel places with a total of 952 MiC modules. The project is targeted to be completed by the second quarter of the year 2023. The project has also fully supported HKU research teams in developing MiC supply chain and smart MiC management systems, and establishing various MiC standards for applications in Hong Kong.
The University of Hong Kong spares no effort to continuously drive innovation and support the sustainable development and betterment of the construction industry through smart and modular construction.
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HKU Centre for Innovation in Construction & Infrastructure Development Celebrates 20th Anniversary with “Capacity, Innovation, Smart and Sustainability” Conference
The Centre for Innovation in Construction & Infrastructure Development (CICID) of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) held a conference named “Hong Kong 2050 – A City for the People: Capacity, Innovation, Smart and Sustainability” today (December 12) to celebrate its 20th anniversary.
“CICID has proven to be a major driver in propelling innovation and best practices in the construction industry and an unfailing partner in supporting DEVB and government’s initiatives,” Ms. Bernadette Linn, JP, Secretary for Development of the HKSAR Government said in her Opening Address, adding: “Capacity, Innovation, Smart and Sustainability are the key elements for a brighter tomorrow for Hong Kong.”
Professor Richard Wong, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of HKU in the Welcome Speech said: “The Centre has extensively engaged with partners and supporters via the Academia-Government-Industry networks to dissimilate research findings that have contributed knowledge to construction engineering and engineering management; and inspired innovative industrial practices and informed policies in a number of areas.”
Ir Ricky Lau, Permanent Secretary for Development (Works) in his Keynote Speech said: “The success of sustainable development of Hong Kong requires joint contribution and commitment from the Government, the universities and the industry. CICID is a best demonstration of “University-Government-Industry” collaboration, a pioneer with lot of great researches and contributions in driving innovation and best practices in construction industry.”
Other prominent overseas and local experts and industry leaders shared their insight. Ir. Thomas Ho, Chairman of Construction Industry Council voiced a timely concern about construction safety and stressed design for safety, roles and responsibility and smart sites. Mr James Lee, Chief Executive Officer (Executive Director) of Paul Y. Engineering Group echoed Ir Ricky Lau that fundamental changes in the construction industry is already taking shape when site construction has quickly been replaced by manufacturing processes off site. Prof. Makarand Hastak, President of the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building & Construction also delivered the Keynote Speech and shared his expertise on advances in construction excellence and outlook for the construction industry in the future. Mr. Michael Li, Deputy Director of Architectural Services of the HKSAR Government, Ir Dr. Conrad Wong, Vice Chairman of Yau Lee Construction, Prof. Jacqueline Glass, Professor of Construction Management at University College London, and Prof. C.F. Lee, Chairman of CICID also shared their knowledge regarding construction innovation and infrastructure development.
Professor Wei Pan, Executive Director of CICID said: “With strong support from and well-established collaboration with government, industry and other local or overseas research institutions, CICID devotes to assisting the construction industry in enhancing productivity and achieving carbon neutrality through smart and modular construction.”
Professor C.K. Mak, Vice Chairman of CICID expressed his gratitude to all present at the conference, especially the strong support by the government, industry partners and other research institutions that will certainly be conducive to the Centre’s future development.
About HKU CICID
CICID of HKU was established in 2002. The aim of CICID is to foster continuous improvements and excellence in the construction industry and infrastructure development in particular, through the development of innovative strategies and techniques. CICID targets to be a “Centre of Excellence” for research, discourse and dissemination of innovations in infrastructure, construction management and methodologies, and interdisciplinary research.
Metaverse Hackathon Award at CONVR2022
Our collaborative research, led by Prof. Wei Pan and Dr. Zhiqian Zhang from the University of Hong Kong, and Prof. Angus Lam and Dr. Mun On Wong from the University of Macau, recently won the 3rd Winner Award in the Metaverse Hackathon For Digitalization and Decarbonization in Construction at the 22nd International Conference on Construction Application of Virtual Reality (CONVR 2022).
The event attracted 17 international teams from 13 universities and 2 companies to share the state-of-the-art research in Digital Twin, AI, Blockchain, VR/AR/MR for construction revolution. Our research, “Loco-AR: Lift Operation Coordination using BIM and Multi-user AR”, provided a novel solution to superimpose real-time 4D BIM to physical construction sites and empower information sharing among crane-lift co-workers at various locations, aiming to enhance the collaboration culture for the construction industry. The research should also facilitate safe and efficient MiC project delivery. The awarded research was supported by the Research Impact Fund of the Hong Kong Research Grant Council (Project No.: HKU R7027-18).
The video is available at: https://youtu.be/_bw6uRYYmnY
HKU CICID achieved BIM Achievement 2022 Award
A team of HKU Centre for Innovation in Construction and Infrastructure Development (CICID) led by Professor Wei Pan in role of academic collaborator achieved BIM Achievement 2022 Award. The award was presented by the Development Bureau of the HKSAR Government and the Construction Industry Council to HKU Wong Chuk Hang Student Residence Site under the category of BIM Projects 2022 on 19 October 2022.
HKU CICID Welcome CE’s Policy Address on MiC Promotion
In the Policy Address on 19 October, Chief Executive Mr Lee Ka-chiu said that the Development Bureau will establish a cross-departmental steering committee for coordinating the development of high productivity construction methods such as Modular Integrated Construction (MiC) to uplift the productivity of the construction industry and to strengthen the leading regional position of Hong Kong’s construction industry in the adoption of MiC. Mr Lee also mentioned that the Hong Kong Housing Authority and Hong Kong Housing Society will adopt the MiC approach in more public housing projects to enhance the speed of project delivery.
“The Policy Address 2022 delivered by the Chief Executive makes far-reaching impact on the construction industry through encouraging more innovation and technology adoption such as MiC, which greatly boosts the confidence of not only the industry locally but also the whole supply chain in the Greater Bay Area and beyond. We welcome the initiatives proposed in this Policy Address and believe that the initiatives and strategies will effectively address the critical challenges faced by the built environment,” said Professor Wei Pan, Executive Director of the Centre for Innovation in Construction and Infrastructure Development and Director of MiC Laboratory of The University of Hong Kong.
About HKU CICID: http://www.civil.hku.hk/cicid/
HKU CICID was established in 2002, with the aim to foster continuous improvements and excellence in the construction industry and infrastructure development in particular, through the development of innovative strategies and techniques. CICID targets to be a “Centre of Excellence” for research, discourse and dissemination of innovations in infrastructure, construction management and methodologies, and interdisciplinary research.
Modular Integrated Construction Laboratory (MiCLab): https://www.miclab.hk/
MiCLab, based at the Department of Civil Engineering of HKU, was founded in 2020. MiCLab stands at the frontier of MiC research focusing on smart construction technologies, innovative structural and material solutions, project delivery and supply chain management of MiC. We also provide professional services and advice to the government and industry to facilitate better adoption of MiC technologies in real-life projects.
MiCLab 於 2020 年成立於香港大學土木工程系。該實驗室引領世界組合模塊化建造的研究與發展，專註於智能建造技術、創新結構和材料、項目交付和供應鏈管理。與此同時，我們還為政府和業界提供專業服務和咨詢，以確保組裝合成模塊化技術得到更好地應用。