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Issue 11 - June 2011


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CSE Professors working for blue skies across Asia

On 19 April 2011, Prof. Shuncheng LEE of the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering (CSE) gave a presentation on Hong Kong's air quality management in Jakarta at the Trisakti University. In the audience were about 100 people, including academics and Indonesian government officials, whose overwhelmingly positive responses have provided the impetus for the creation of an Environmental Training Centre by CSE to train young people in partner countries.

This visit to Jakarta is part of the Blue Sky Asia - Clean Air Exchange Programme that is funded by Fredskorpset, also known as FK Norway, a Norwegian governmental body under the auspices of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Its leading partner is the Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities Center (CAI-Asia). Besides PolyU's CSE, its other partners are the Clean Air Network Nepal, Clean Air Sri Lanka, Komite Penghapusan Bensin Bertimbel of Indonesia, as well as the Vietnam Clean Air Partnership of the Vietnam Association for the Conservation of Nature and Environment.

Since the exchange programme started in September 2008, PolyU has been able to conduct research on the air quality of many Asian cities, including Hanoi, Kathmandu, Columbo and Jakarta. Under the leadership of Dr Wing Tat HUNG, the programme has enabled the exchange of postgraduates amongst the partner countries to work for 10 months monitoring and managing air quality. CSE has provided all the technical support and relevant training. Other CSE academics involved in this programme are Dr GUO Hai and Prof. LEE, who also attended the programme's annual review meeting on his recent trip to Jakarta. Under this exchange programme, a memorandum of understanding has been signed with the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka.

Each year, a comparative air quality study has been conducted in the city where the participant is from. Since the current participant, Agung Muhammad, is from Indonesia, a comparative study is underway in Jakarta now.


Research Project of BRE assesses revitalization impact

On the afternoons of 30 May and 8 June 2011, more than 40 staff and students of PolyU visited the former north Kowloon magistracy building at 292 Tai Po Road in Sham Shui Po. Organized by the Department of Building and Real Estate, this was part of a public policy research project headed by Prof. Albert CHAN of BRE to assess the social, economic, cultural, and heritage impacts of a plan to revitalize historic buildings through a partnership scheme. The building is now the Hong Kong base of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), a private American college that has revitalized the historic facility into a place for the study of digital media in Asia. New features in the building include a library and art gallery, computer labs and digital studios, classrooms and lecture halls.

Following the visit, PolyU staff and students had a chance to voice their opinions on the effectiveness of the revitalization partnership scheme in focus group discussions. Although SCAD did a fantastic job of preserving the facility, some skeptics were unconvinced about the success of the original plan to turn the historic structure into a local cultural landmark, since SCAD has an image of primarily serving foreign students and those from privileged backgrounds who can afford its high tuition cost.

From courthouse to college
for creative careers
CSE Professor delivered a prestigious lecture in Nanjing

On 9 April 2011, Ir Prof. YIN Jian-Hua of the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering was honoured to be the first academic from Hong Kong to give the “Huang Wen-Xi Lecture” in Nanjing. The “Huang Wen-Xi Lecture” is named after an outstanding geotechnical engineer and an exemplary scholar, Professor Huang Wen-Xi, who was born in 1909 in Shanghai and graduated with a PhD in the 1930s from the University of Michigan before returning to work at Tsinghua University. In addition to publishing numerous books on geotechnical engineering, he also established the Chinese Journal of Geotechnical Engineering, which has published Prof.’s YIN paper “From constitutive modeling to development of laboratory testing and optical fiber sensor monitoring technologies” in its first issue this year.

The “Huang Wen-Xi Lecture” series has been likened to the “Terzaghi Lecture” in the US and the “Rankine Lecture” in the UK, both top-ranking lectures in the field of geotechnical engineering. Started in 1998, it is now up to its 14th lecture, which was given by Prof. YIN. Previous lecturers have been academicians and distinguished scholars in Mainland China and two of them were Chinese scholars in the US. Congratulations to Prof. YIN for joining these illustrious predecessors after a rigorous selection process by the 80-strong editorial board of the Chinese Journal of Geotechnical Engineering.

Prof. Yin Jian-Hua
Ir Professor Ko Jan-ming recipient of 2011 HKIE Gold Medal after making it to Hall of Fame

At the 36th Annual Dinner of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) on 15 March 2011, Ir Prof. KO Jan-ming was honoured with the HKIE Gold Medal, a tribute to his outstanding contributions to the engineering profession. Currently an Emeritus Professor of Structural Engineering at PolyU, where he had a distinguished academic career for more than three decades, he also made a lasting impact in the construction industry with his development of an award-winning Mega-Structure Diagnostic and Prognostic System, now an indispensable tool for structural health monitoring. He is influential in numerous professional organizations, including the Institution of Structural Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences, and the Construction Industry Council. His association with HKIE has been long and productive. From 2001 to 2007, he was the Chairman of its Accreditation Board, where he actively promoted the international recognition of engineering qualifications. An ardent supporter of engineering education, his legacy of quality standards will live on in the profession as well as the built environment. Congratulations to Ir Prof. KO for winning a well deserved Gold Medal from the HKIE, which also organized a Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre last December to honour outstanding members.

Not surprisingly, Ir Prof. KO also made the cut to the Hall of Fame with his impressive accomplishments and exemplary contributions to HKIE, the engineering profession, and the community as a whole. Along with 22 other honourees, he was presented with an engraved plaque and a certificate at HKIE’s 35th Anniversary Reception on 2 December 2010. Marking the 35th year of establishment of the HKIE ordinance, the jubilant occasion was attended by more than 300 people, including the Chief Executive of the HKSAR, the Honourable Donald TSANG, and the Dean of the Faculty of Construction and Land Use (FCLU) at PolyU, Ir Prof. TENG Jin-Guang. To coincide with it, a special book documenting the achievements of the inductees was also published. It is hoped that the publication of the success stories of the Hall of Famers will attract new blood to the engineering profession, which has been a great source of fulfilment for Ir Prof. KO.


Ir Prof. Ko receiving the HKIE Gold Medal

Ir Prof. Ko inducted into Hall of Fame

FCLU Dean's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research Funding 2011

Dr CHEN Mingli of the Department of Building Services Engineering has been selected to receive the Dean's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research Funding 2011 based on his success in securing external competitive research funding in the last three years (2008-2011). His 3 research grants all came from the Research Grants Council General Research Fund, which have supported the following projects:

1. GRF no.: PolyU 5129/08E
  Title:       New technique for locating lightning based on single-station observation
  Funding: HK$0.4M for 2 years starting from 1 Jan 2009

Ground-based lightning detection and location technique has played a critical role in minimizing the adverse effects of lightning. Most commercially available systems, however, requires at least three observation stations separated by several ten to hundred kilometres to work together, making the overall system cost high.

This project aims to develop a new technique capable of locating lightning based on single-station observation.  This new technique will be low-cost with a high flexibility for utilization. In particular, it will be very useful for hazard prevention in the private sector and in airports, power systems, and the storage of flammable goods.

Dr Chen Mingli
2. GRF no.: PolyU 5135/09E
  Title:       New method to obtain the optimum source direction using a wideband magnetic direction finder
  Funding: HK$0.8M for 3 years starting from 1 Jan 2010

Most lightning locating systems are utilizing either the magnetic direction-finding (DF) or time-of-arrival (TOA) technologies. A problem is that the DF is susceptible to inherent azimuth errors, also known as site errors. The existing approach to this issue, however, has obvious defects in that the site errors at a DF station are assumed to be a systematic function of direction but are time invariant. Furthermore, the existing approach, which needs to analyze historical data from a network of at least three DFs, doesn’t work for a stand-alone DF anymore.    

This project aims to develop a new algorithm that can be incorporated into the DF system to identify and correct site errors in real-time for individual lightning strokes. In particular, this new algorithm can be used in a single-site lightning locating system that usually combines a DF with a technique to estimate the distance of the source.

3. GRF no.: PolyU 5130/10E
  Title:       A new statistical model for computing the absolute detection efficiency of a lightning location network and its application
  Funding: HK$1.03M for 3 years starting from 1 Jan 2011

One important performance characteristic of the Lightning Location Network (LLN) is its detection efficiency (DE), which is essential for the use of lightning data, especially for drawing lightning density maps. Most existing approaches for DE estimation of a LLN are based on comparisons between the lightning data detected by the LLN and those recorded by video systems, which can only give an approximation of the average DE of the LLN within limited areas for limited time periods.

This study aims to develop a new statistical approach for estimating the DE of a LLN by using the large amount of lightning data reported by the LLN itself. In particular, this new approach can provide the spatial distribution of the DE of individual sensors in a LLN and therefore the DE profile of the whole LLN. It may also be implemented and repeated any number of times for various sets of historical data when necessary. The DE estimated from a set of data, in turn, can be used to correct that set of data for more accurate maps of lightning density, thus increasing the protection from lightning.

The Dean's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research Funding comes with a cash prize of HK$15,000 and a research grant of HK$200,000. The award certificate will be presented to Dr CHEN at the 2011 Faculty Congregation and Prize Presentation Ceremony in November. Keep up the good work, Dr CHEN!

Dean's Award for Outstanding Publication Achievement 2011

Two professors from the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering have been selected for their outstanding achievement in publication this year. Prof. LEE Shuncheng was recognized for his overall performance in citation in the past 10 calendar years, while Prof. LI Xiangdong was rewarded for a highly-cited paper published in March 2005. Its title was "Enhanced Phytoextraction of CU, PB, ZN and CD with EDTA and EDDS.”

The selection of both professors in their respective categories was based on the data from Essential Science Indicators, which track research performance and rank papers/ authors according to the number of citations they receive. Each individual award includes a cash prize of HK$15,000. Award certificates signed by the Dean of FCLU, Prof. J.G. TENG, will be presented at the Faculty Congregation and Prize Presentation Ceremony later this year.

Alumnus donation to benefit needy FCLU students

One of PolyU’s outstanding alumni for 2011, Ir TSUI Tack-kong, has donated HK$600,000 to set up a bursary for local full-time degree and sub-degree students from the Faculty of Construction and Land Use. Bursaries of HK$50,000 to HK$100,000 per year will be disbursed beginning in the 2011/12 academic year until the entire donation has been used up. They will mainly be awarded based on financial need, but students also need to have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above at the time of application. The Student Affairs Office will assist in the administration of the awards, which shall be known as the Ir TSUI Tack-kong Bursaries. Many thanks to Ir TSUI for a most worthy cause.

The 14th Asian Regional Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering at PolyU

From 23 to 27 May 2011, the campus of PolyU was buzzing with conference participants to the 14th Asian Regional Conference (ARC) on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. Jointly organized by the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering and the Hong Kong Geotechnical Society (HKGES), this ARC attracted some 630 participants from many countries and published more than 420 papers, setting a new record for this conference series. 

At the opening ceremony in the Jockey Club Auditorium, a one-minute silence for the victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan was observed before a traditional lion dance was performed. Welcoming speeches were delivered by Prof. Alexander WAI, Vice President of Research & Development (VPRD) at PolyU, Ir Albert HO, President of HKGES and Co-chair of the Local Organizing Committee, as well as Prof. Jean-Louis BRIAUD, President of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE). A speech on geotechnical works in Hong Kong was also given by Mrs. LAM Cheng Yuet Ngor, Secretary for Development of the HKSAR Government. In attendance were Professor J.M. KO, former VPRD of PolyU, Professor J.G. TENG, Dean of FCLU, and Professor Y.L. XU, Head of CSE.

Following the opening ceremony was the 75th Anniversary celebration of ISSMGE. Dr Za-Chieh MOH, former President of ISSMGE in Asia, Prof. Askar ZHUSSUPBEKOV, Vice President for ISSMGE in Asia, and Dr N.H. PRIYANKARA, a young representative from Sri Lanka, gave speeches on the past, present, and future of ISSMGE as well as the development of soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering respectively.

Held for the first time in Hong Kong and covering a range of topics related to soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering, the conference established its pertinence to today’s troubled times by having 8 keynote lectures and 1 technical report on the calamitous events in Japan a few months ago. Addressing the challenges and solutions in the field of geotechnical engineering, the theme of the conference was especially timely. Professor J.H. YIN of CSE was a Co-Chair of the Local Organizing Committee from PolyU.  A team of 66 volunteers consisting of final year students, research students, assistants and staff of CSE provided much-needed and well-received logistic support for the conference. Thanks to everyone who made this conference a success.

Participants at the conference

CSE Professor takes Silver Medal for Eco-invention

At the 39th International Exhibition of Inventions held in Geneva from 6-10 April 2011, Prof. CHUA Hong of the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering was rewarded with a silver medal for his novel activated sludge eco-bricks manufacturing technology, which turns daily activated sludge from waste water plant into environmentally-friendly bricks that can be used for construction, reducing pollution in the process. Developed for about 5 years in collaboration with WAI KEE Company Limited (a HK Listed Company), the technology addresses the limitations of existing Eco-bricks currently available in the market.

The conventional treatment of excessive sludge requires high capital and operation cost. It also produces secondary pollution during landfill or incineration. In contrast, the advanced manufacturing technology of bricks not only reduces municipal waste, but also provides a cost- and energy-efficient method for making construction materials. The production process can reduce the amount of clay being used in conventional brick manufacturing as well as the coal consumption in brick manufacturing because of high sludge combustion. The heavy metal locked in the bricks also helps to kill the noxious bacteria.

Congratulations to Prof. CHUA and his team!


BRE academic top reviewer of energy journal

Dr Meng NI, an assistant professor in the Department of Building and Real Estate, has been acknowledged by the publisher, Clare LEHANE, and editor-in-chief, YAN Jinyue, of Applied Energy as their top reviewer in 2010. His exceptional reviews of papers for the journal have helped to maintain its quality.  Applied Energy ( is a prestigious journal in the area of energy conversion and conservation, the optimal use of energy resources, analysis and optimization of energy processes, mitigation of environmental pollutants, and sustainable energy systems.  It’s listed in the Science Citation Index and its impact factor is 2.2.

CIB Sebestyen Future Leaders Award 2011

A proposal submitted by the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) Student Chapter at PolyU has won the 2011 Sebestyen Future Leaders Award. Titled “Exploring construction industrialization in China: the status quo and the challenges,” the winning proposal aims to measure the extent of construction industrialization, identify the challenges to implementing it, and suggest ways for its implementation.

Beating out three other proposals for the award, the submission from PolyU was noted for its likelihood to produce vital information on China’s construction industry by the coordinator of CIB’s Customized Industrial Construction group, Prof. Gerhard GIRMSCHEID. On behalf of the Student Chapter, PENG Yi and HONG Yu-ming, the principal investigator and co-investigator respectively, will receive the award, which includes an amount of 2500 Euros to execute their proposal. Both Mr PENG and Mr HONG are studying for their PhD degrees in the Department of Building and Real Estate. The advisor of the CIB Student Chapter at PolyU is Prof. Francis K.W. WONG.

Mr Peng, Mr Hong, and Prof. Wong


BRE Student Won Best Paper Award at International Surveying Conference

A final year student for the BSc (Hons) in Surveying from the Department of Building and Real Estate, Mr Chris Cheng MA, has won the Best Paper Award in the 3rd RICS-ISM International Surveying Conference for Undergraduates. Held on 18 and 19 March 2011 at the University Sains Malaysia in Penang, this international conference is the first time where a student from PolyU has been honoured with such an accolade.

Jointly organised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Malaysia and the Institution of Surveyors Malaysia (ISM), the theme of the conference was "Surveyors of the Future: The Challenges of Change." About 350 surveying undergraduates from 9 local and international universities attended. By providing an open forum and networking platform for students taking the RICS accredited courses in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Mainland China and Hong Kong SAR, the conference promoted an understanding of contemporary issues in surveying and the environment.

Chris Ma and Prof. Shen
Out of the 18 papers submitted by undergraduates this year, Chris’s paper on speculative bubbles in Hong Kong’s luxurious residential market was selected by a panel of RICS members with strong ties to academe as the Best Paper. Special thanks are due to his supervisor, Dr K.F. MAN, for his invaluable guidance. Chris would also like to express his heartfelt thanks to Dr NG Mei-Ling for her generous support during his 2010 Swire Internship.


FCLU to host recipients of Hong Kong PhD Fellowship

For the 2011/12 academic year, each department of the Faculty will be hosting at least one PhD student who has been awarded a Hong Kong PhD Fellowship by the Research Grants Council. This is the second year in a row that FCLU has managed to attract 5 students supported by the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship, which is competitive and only given to the best and brightest minds.

In addition to having their tuition fees waived, Fellowship winners will receive a monthly stipend of HK$20,000 (approximately US$2,600) and a conference/research related travel allowance of HK$10,000 (approximately US$1,300) per year for a period of three years. Students are chosen based on their academic excellence, research ability and potential, communication and interpersonal skills, as well as their leadership abilities. Below are the names of the students and their supervisors.


Name of Student

Name of Supervisor


SUN Qiong

Dr Meng NI



Prof. Hongxing YANG


YU Han

Prof. Siu-lai CHAN



Prof. Wenzhong SHI


Y Nithiyanandam

Prof. Janet NICHOL


IRE graduates live up to RICS' standards

In April 2011, 12 graduates of the MSc in International Real Estate (IRE), a programme offered by the Department of Building & Real Estate (BRE) at PolyU’s Hangzhou Teaching Outpost, passed the hour-long panel interview for membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), a professional organization that is known for setting the highest standards of competence among its members.

According to Hebe HOW, Lecturer in the BRE Department, IRE students usually take a 2-day training workshop given by a senior RICS member at the Outpost to prepare for the interview. They can achieve RICS membership through one of two routes. If they have more than 10 years of related work experience, they can choose the Senior Professional route. If their work experience is less than 10 years, they can go on what is known as the Graduate 3 route, where they would be asked only technical questions. Students also need to submit written reports of their projects before the interview.

This is the second cohort of IRE graduates that has passed the gruelling interview. Congratulations for passing it!


BRE awards instructor for outstanding teaching

Dr M. Jayantha WADU has been selected for a 2010/11 departmental award for outstanding teaching. He has been teaching a range of subjects at the Department of Building & Real Estate since February 2008, including Urban and Construction Economics, Engineering Economics, Economics for Construction and Real Estate, Housing Studies and Measurement, Documentation and Estimating. His teaching philosophy is primarily based on the saying: “Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.”

Thus, his aim is mainly to get students actively participating in class. To achieve this goal, he uses a variety of methods to motivate and maintain students’ interest in the lesson. Particularly in tutorials, he encourages students to become self-motivated independent learners by giving frequent, early, positive feedback that supports students' beliefs that they can do well. By creating an atmosphere that is open and positive, he empowers students to be valued members of a learning community.

BRE commended for Outstanding Achievement in Academic Programme Development (2010/11)

The Department of Building and Real Estate (BRE) has received a Departmental Award for its development of the MSc/PgD in Construction and Real Estate 建築及房地產學理學碩士學位/深造文憑. Led by Dr Daniel W.M. CHAN, Associate Professor of BRE, the programme management team also included Dr Linda FAN, Dr Ann YU, Dr Stanley YEUNG, and Mrs Gracie IP.

This self-financed taught postgraduate programme is designed to provide a learning opportunity for practicing architects, engineers, surveyors, project managers, property managers, town planners, and other real estate professionals to broaden and deepen their knowledge of the construction and real estate sectors. At least 16 cohorts have been recruited since the first intake in September 1995, with an average of 50 students admitted annually.

The programme has made significant achievements in the following four areas in the three consecutive academic years immediately before the year of award, i.e. 2007/08, 2008/09 and 2009/10.

  1. Initiation and/or management of the development of an academic programme
  2. Successful development of new subjects or enhancement of subjects that help to enhance an academic programme
  3. Pro-active promotion of academic programmes to potential students
  4. Successful implementation/development of innovative approaches to teaching and learning

The strength of this programme has secured a brand name for itself in the higher education market. It has attracted quality students and produced several batches of prominent graduates. For the September 2011 intake, a record 343 applications were received, with 144 for full-time study and 199 for part-time, indicating its high recognition and wide popularity amongst prospective applicants, especially those from Mainland China.

In recognition of their outstanding achievements, members of the winning team will each receive a certificate signed by the Head of BRE, Prof. Geoffrey Q.P. SHEN, and a trophy. Congratulations to the winning team for their continued success.


Former Head of LSGI becomes Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences in UK

Professor Allan BRIMICOMBE, formerly the founding Head of the Department of Land Surveying and Geo-informatics (LSGI) at PolyU, has been conferred the award of Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences in the U.K., for his contribution to Social Sciences.

"The Academy is delighted to confer the award of Academician on Allan. By background he is a quantitative geographer, but has applied his techniques in a cross-disciplinary manner and has got practitioners at home and abroad to adopt them. His contributions in Hong Kong and on the Olympics stand out particularly. It is good to be able to recognise the application of technical knowledge more broadly in social science contexts."

In 1989, Professor Allan BRIMICOMBE joined the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where he pioneered the use of geo-information systems (GIS) and environmental modelling as spatial decision support systems. He returned to the UK as Professor and Head of the School of Surveying at the University of East London in 1995 and formed the Centre for Geo-Information Studies in 2001.

Congratulations Professor BRIMICOMBE!


LSGI student wins Swire Polytechnic Scholarship 2010/2011

Ms NG Wan Yin, a first-year Higher Diploma student of the Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics (LSGI), was honoured with a Swire Polytechnic Scholarship of HK$31,575.00 that was sponsored by the John Swire & Sons (HK) Ltd., which gives out the scholarship annually to a UGC-funded first-year Higher Diploma student who excels in academic results and personal achievement in the first semester of study.

Ms NG Wan Yin was a top student in LSGI and earned the highest GPA in the first semester during 2010/2011 academic year. She has a special talent for mathematics, which she has demonstrated in her course work. NG Wan Yin said, “As a student of science, I have a great exposure to Mathematics, which has become my favourite subject and also my strength. In the process of calculation, I can learn much since a mathematical question can be very challenging and also can train up my logic.”  The scholarship is a testimony of her academic achievements, leadership potential and personal qualities.

Congratulations Wan Yin!

Ng Wan Yin
New Academic Staff

A new colleague has joined the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering last December.
Dr Yuhong WANG is an assistant professor who received his bachelor's degree in construction management engineering from Tongji University in China in 1996. He worked for a construction consulting firm in Shanghai before furthering his studies in the United States. Dr WANG has master's and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky, where his focus was pavement engineering and management. He has worked as a research engineer at the Kentucky Transportation Center as well as taught at Lawrence Technological University in the Civil Engineering Department and East Carolina University in the Construction Management Department. Dr Wang is also a registered professional engineer in Kentucky.

Dr WANG has been a Principal Investigator or key researcher on more than 16 research grants sponsored by various US and international agencies, most of which were in highway pavement, highway construction and management, and construction management. The total amount of these grants is over US$3 million. In addition, Dr WANG has published many refereed papers, book chapters, and research reports. A member of the Transportation Earthworks Standing Committee, Transportation Research Board and an elected member of the Construction Research Council of the American Society of Civil Engineers, he won first place in the International Data Analysis Contest for Long-term Pavement Performance Study in 2002. Let's extend a warm welcome to Dr WANG.

Dr Yuhong Wang

The Department of Building and Real Estate welcomed a new Assistant Prof. at the end of May 2011. Dr Johnny WONG Kwok Wai graduated from the University of New South Wales (Australia) in 1998 with a Bachelor of Building Construction Management and stayed on to complete a Master's degree in real estate. After that, he worked as a Quantity Surveyor in Australia and Hong Kong before moving to academia in 2003. Dr WONG received his PhD from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2007. Prior to joining the Department of Building and Real Estate, he was a Senior Lecturer in Quantity Surveying at the Queensland University of Technology in Australia.

The main directions of Dr WONG's research have been towards developing a better understanding of intelligent buildings, and the application of building information modelling in the facility asset management of advanced buildings. His research also involves stress management, particularly of that arising from cultural differences, occupational stress and productivity. Johnny has a strong track record and has published extensively in a variety of top journals, such as Automation in Construction, Building and Environment, Construction Management and Economics, and ASCE's Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, etc. He was the Regional Editor (Oceania) of the UK-based journal Intelligent Buildings International (IBI).

Dr Johnny WONG Kwok Wai

FCLU Public Lectures

The Faculty of Construction and Land Use was honoured to have the following speakers giving public lectures at PolyU:

Professor James A. CLAPP, Emeritus Professor of Planning and Urban Affairs at San Diego State University, was speaker at a public lecture on “The Sustainability of Shangri-La.”
(1 April 2011)

Professor James A. CLAPP

Dr Irtishad AHMAD, Professor and Chairperson, Department of Construction Management, Florida International University, gave a public lecture titled “ICT-induced Integration and Globalization in Construction.” (4 April 2011)

Dr Irtishad AHMAD

Dr Chunan TANG, Chair Professor and Director, Center for Rock Instability and Seismisity Research (CRISR), Dalian University of Technology, gave a public lecture on “Rock Failure Process Analysis – Modeling and Monitoring.” (20 April 2011)

Dr Chunan TANG

  Professor Zi-Feng MA, Department of Chemical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, was speaker at a public lecture on “Opportunity and Challenge of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology in China.” (21 April 2011)

Professor Zi-Feng MA

Invitation for Programme Admission 2011/12
Taught Postgraduate Programmes
Master of Science (MSc)/Postgraduate Diploma (PgD)
Building Services Engineering* 屋宇設備工程學*
Civil Engineering 土木工程學
Construction and Real Estate* 建築及房地產學*
Construction Law and Dispute Resolution* 建築法及爭議解決學*
Environmental Management and Engineering 環境管理及工程學
Facility Management 設施管理
Fire and Safety Engineering* 消防及安全工程學*
Geomatics (Geographic Information Systems) 測繪及地理資訊學(地理資訊)
Geomatics (Surveying) 測繪及地理資訊學(測量)
Project Management* 項目管理*
Sustainable Urban Development* 可持續城市發展學*
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Forthcoming Events

Third International Postgraduate Conference on Infrastructure and Environment (IPCIE 2011)
Date: 11-12 July 2011
Venue: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Tel: 2766 5029

The 5th Cross-strait Conference on Structural and Geotechnical Engineering
Date: 13 to 15 July, 2011
Venue: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Tel: 3400 3895

The 7th Annual Seminar on Spatial Information Science and Technology (ASSIST'11)
Date: 30 September 2011 (Friday)
Time: 9:00 am (registration starts) to 5:30pm
Venue: M1603 - Senate Room, Li Ka Shing Tower, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Tel: +852 2766 4350

Joint International Symposium on Deformation Monitoring
Date: 2-4 November 2011
Venue: Harbour Grand Hong Kong Hotel
Tel: +852 2766 4350

The 14th Asia Pacific Vibration Conference (APVC)
Date: 5-8 December 2011
Venue: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

The APVC is an international refereed conference held once every two years to present and publish the research and development activities related to aspects of dynamic control, sound and vibration, condition monitoring, damping, responses to earthquake ground motions as well as other aspects of dynamic responses for both mechanical and structural engineering systems.

Important Dates  
Registration starts May 15, 2011
Deadline for submitting full papers July 30, 2011
Notification of acceptance of full papers August 31, 2011
Deadline for registration of authors September 7, 2011


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