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Issue 52 - February 2015


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New Head for BRE Department

Prof. Albert Chan has been appointed Head of the Department of Building and Real Estate (BRE) with effect from 1 March 2015. A Chartered Construction Manager, Engineer, Project Manager, and Surveyor by profession, Prof. Chan received his PhD from the University of South Australia and has served at BRE since 1996. An exemplary scholar with research interests in partnerships between public and private enterprises, construction health and safety, as well as procurement and contracting in the construction industry, Prof. Chan has received the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research Funding a record three times. He brings to his new appointment a wealth of management experience and expertise. Prior to this, he was Associate Dean (Partnership) of the Faculty of Construction and Environment (2011-13) and its Interim Dean (2013-14). He thanks the University sincerely for giving him this opportunity to lead the department for the next few years.

Prof. Albert Chan

Funding for Project of Strategic Importance

A multi-disciplinary project of strategic importance on the dynamic characterization of a smart city has recently been approved for funding support by the University. Led by Prof. Wenzhong Shi, Head of the Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics, the 3-year project will cost more than 4 million HKD, and has 12 members in its research team, including Prof. Xiaoli Ding, Prof. Mei-Po Kwan, Prof. Wu Chen, Dr Lilian Pun, Dr Bo Wu, Dr George Liu, Dr Wallace Lai, Dr Charles Wong, as well as professors from other departments and local universities. As one of the initiatives of the Funding Scheme for Projects of Strategic Importance, the project is jointly funded by the University, the Faculty of Construction and Environment, the Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics, and the Department of Computing.

The project has the following objectives: 1) observe, monitor, and simulate dynamics for a smart city; 2) analyze urban dynamics spatio-temporally; 3) develop solutions for smart city applications. Research findings from this project will be of interest to government departments such as the Planning Department, the Environmental Protection Department, and the Lands Department, as well as inform proposals for other research funding.

Prof. Wenzhong Shi

Donations to Support Research of CEE Academic

Prof. Siu Lai Chan, Chair Professor of Computational Structural Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has received two donations of HK$125,000 and HK$400,000 from Meinhardt (C&S) Limited and Hilti (HK) Ltd. respectively for his research on the stability of steel structures, particularly that of arches and curved structures.

Prof. Siu Lai Chan

New Publications

The work of Prof. Hongxing Yang, Dr Lin Lu and their colleagues from the Renewable Energy Research Group of the Research Institute for Sustainable Urban Development and the Department of Building Services Engineering is featured in two recently published books. The books in Chinese present their research on hybrid solar-wind power generation for applications in remote areas. As the editor of a volume of The Handbook of Clean Energy Systems, Prof. Yang has consolidated a wealth of information from this interdisciplinary field in a single reference work. The Handbook provides a timely comprehensive overview of the latest developments and practical applications in clean energy research across six themed volumes.


HKIS Sponsors Book-writing by BRE Scholars

The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS) has recently agreed to fund the publication of a textbook to be co-written by Prof. Albert Chan of the Department of Building and Real Estate and his former PhD student, Dr Wen Yi. It has donated HK$80,000 for the co-authors to engage student helpers to assist in the data collection and literature review for a book in Chinese entitled Protecting Workers from Heat Stress: A New Focus of Construction Health and Safety.

Prof. Albert Chan

BSE Academics Led Seminars on Green Building Design

Prof. Cheuk-ming Mak and Dr Hiu-dan Cheung from the Department of Building Services Engineering as well as their PhD student, Mr Peng Xue, presented two seminars on 12 August 2014 and 7 January 2015 on the design of green features of buildings. Supported by the Environment and Conservation Fund, the seminars explored residents’ luminous comfort in residential buildings and provided a benchmark of when to use green features respectively. Attracting over a hundred students and professionals from the construction industry each time, the seminars promoted a deeper understanding of sustainable daylighting design in buildings.

Professionals from building and construction industry joined the seminars

BRE PhD Graduate’s Research Wins Award

A recent PhD graduate from the Department of Building and Real Estate, Dr Jodith Leung, has been chosen by the editorial team of Journal of Knowledge Management as the winner of the 2014 Emerald/EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development) Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the Knowledge Management category, for her project entitled The Use of Storytelling as Transfer of Knowledge. The award includes a cash prize, a certificate, and the prospect of publishing the research work in the Journal of Knowledge Management. Dr Leung did her PhD under the supervision of Dr Patrick Fong, Associate Professor and Associate Head of BRE.


BRE Researchers Honoured by APFPM

A team of researchers from the Department of Building & Real Estate has recently won a high commendation award conferred by the Asia Pacific Federation of Project Management (APFPM). Team members include Dr Patrick Lam (as Principal Investigator), Prof. Albert Chan, Dr Franky Wong, Ms Jo Lau, Mr Wilson Shea and Mr Faun Wong, who jointly developed a buildability assessment system for the scheme design stage of building projects in Hong Kong. Addressing the need for improving building designs and taking inspiration from the Buildable Design Appraisal System in Singapore, the research team produced a speedy assessment algorithm for design professionals to perform self-checks at the early design stage on the level of construction complexities, which would affect productivity, cost, safety and waste generation when their projects are implemented. The research output includes a user-friendly software template and the publication of the findings in Construction Innovations: Information and Process Management.

Dr Patrick Lam, Assoc Prof. (BRE), receiving the award certificate from Mr Bill Young, President of APFPM Research team members (from left to right): Ms Jo Lau, Mr Wilson Shea, Dr Patrick Lam and Dr Franky Wong (Prof. Albert Chan and Mr Faun Wong not in the photo) The certificate of high commendation

Invitation for Programme Admission 2015/16

Applications are now invited for the following taught Master of Science (MSc)/Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) programmes:

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)
High Performance Buildings 高效能建築
Project Management 項目管理
Sustainable Urban Development 可持續城市發展學

Forthcoming Event

2nd International Conference on Performance-based and Lifecycle Structural Engineering (PLSE 2015)
Date: 9-11 December 2015
Venue: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Australia

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