e-Bulletin issue 80/June 2017
Cover Story
PolyU Distinguished Knowledge Transfer Awards 2017
On 5 June 2017, a number of academics from the Faculty of Construction and Environment (FCE) were honoured with the PolyU Distinguished Knowledge Transfer Awards, which pay tribute to staff members of the University who have demonstrated excellence in transferring PolyU・s expertise that have created significance and high impact. Jointly organized by the PolyU Technology and Consultancy Co. Ltd. (PTeC) and the Institute for Entrepreneurship, the awards also celebrate PolyU・s 80th Anniversary and PTeC・s 20th Anniversary.

The Grand Award in the Community Excellence category was awarded to Prof. Albert Chan, Head of the Department of Building and Real Estate (BRE), for successfully transferring anti-heat stress clothing to construction workers in hot and humid weather. His team included Prof. Francis Wong, Ir Dr Michael Yam, and Dr Daniel Chan. A Merit Award in the same category was presented to Dr Lilian Pun, Associate Head of the Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics (LSGI), for developing a multi-modal public transport query and guiding system that had an average of 26,000 daily users and 1.6 million mobile downloads in 2016. The other member of her team was Ir Dr Geoffrey Shea.

In the Research Excellence category, a Merit Award was given to Prof. Xiaoli Ding, Associate Dean (Partnership), for his work on satellite-based geohazards monitoring technologies, namely those based on Global Navigation Satellite Systems and Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar. His team included Dr Lei Zhang, Mr Wentao Yang, and Prof. Wu Chen.

In the Technological Excellence category, a Merit Award was won by Prof. Shengwei Wang of the Department of Building Services Engineering (BSE) for the optimal and energy efficient design and control of building heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. Other team members included Dr Linda Xiao, Dr Kui Shan, and Dr Diance Gao.

The judging panel consisted of experts in the field of knowledge transfer from PolyU・s senior management, including members from PolyU・s Knowledge Transfer Committee, as well as industry and business leaders affiliated with PolyU. Judging criteria included research/ community and social/ technological and industrial/ business value (40%), recognition (30%), performance and achievement (20%), and future potential (10%).

More details can be found at: http://polyuktawards2017.strikingly.com/

Prof. Chan and his team winning the Grand Award
Prof. Chan and his team
Dr Lilian Pun
Prof. Ding and his team
Prof. Wang and his team
Research Achievements/ Activities
RGC Visit

On 15 June 2017, the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) visited PolyU and one of the sub-groups of its Engineering Panel visited the Faculty of Construction and Environment (FCE) to familiarize the group members with the overall research activities, research strategies and major achievements of PolyU. After being welcomed by Prof. Timothy W. Tong, President of PolyU, the RGC party was given an overview of the university・s research by Prof. Alex Wai, Vice President (Research Development). This was followed by a visit of the sub-group to the Structural Engineering Research Laboratory and the University Research Facility in Chemical and Environmental Analysis (UCEA), with brief introductions by Prof. Kwok Fai Chung, Director of Chinese National Engineering Research Centre for Steel Construction (Hong Kong Branch) and Prof. Xiangdong Li, Associate Director of UCEA. Prof. Xiangdong Li then facilitated the presentation of research excellence in FCE and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering by Prof. Xu and Prof. Chi-Sun Poon respectively. A Collaborative Research Fund project was also highlighted by Prof. Tao Wang. In attendance were 19 FCE colleagues and the visiting RGC Engineering sub-group members, who were shown posters of various RGC-funded projects from the four departments of FCE afterwards. Panel members also had a chance to meet 20 research postgraduate students and 11 junior faculty members before wrapping up their visit in a plenary meeting with senior management of the university.

The visitors with some leading academics from FCE
Visit to the Structural Engineering Research Laboratory
The visitors were shown some posters
Technology Development Forum and Joint Laboratory
Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), remote sensing (RS) and geographic information sciences (GIS), collectively called :3S;, are three key representative technologies widely used in the geomatics field.

From 16 to 18 June 2017, a symposium on 3S technology development and a joint laboratory of PolyU and Hohai University was held at Hohai University in Nanjing China. Organized by Hohai University, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, as well as Jiangsu Society for Geodesy Photogrammetry and Cartography, the symposium attracted over 200 scientists and students from more than 30 universities.

Analyzing the current space-to-earth observation technologies from a multidisciplinary perspective, the symposium addresses major national strategic needs. Both Prof. Wenzhong Shi, Head of the Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics (LSGI) at PolyU, and Prof. Xiaoli Ding, Associate Dean (Partnership) of the Faculty of Construction and Environment (FCE), were invited to deliver keynote speeches. The topics presented at the forum included satellite navigation and positioning, interferometric radar deformation monitoring, three-dimensional laser data processing, multi-source data fusion, satellite remote sensing in water resources monitoring, remote sensing image scene analysis etc. With five sessions and a total of 48 reports, the forum provided a platform for academic researchers in the field of 3S technology to promote the integration and development of related disciplines.

A panel of speakers at the forum
LSGI Scholar Appointed Associate Editor of International Journal
Dr Bo Wu, Associate Professor of the Department of Land Surveying & Geo-Informatics (LSGI) has been appointed associate editor of Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing (PE&RS) from May 2017.

Published since 1930s, PE&RS is the flagship publication of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). It is one of the best journals in the field of imaging sciences, photogrammetry, and remote sensing. According to the Thomson and Reuters JCR database, PE&RS has an Impact Factor of 1.851.

Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing (PE&RS)
Dr Wu
Teaching and Learning Achievements
LSGI Scholar Wins UGC Funding for Teaching & Learning
Dr Charles Wong of the Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics (LSGI) has won $12,321,533 for his proposal to augment physical learning spaces with location-based services using iBeacon technology for engaging learning experiences. The funding comes from the University Grants Council (UGC) Scheme for Teaching and Learning (2016-2019). The project is expected to last 3 years.

The UGC Funding Scheme for Teaching and Learning was launched to encourage local universities to explore and further develop in strategic areas of sector-wide importance to Hong Kong higher education, such as innovation, language enhancement, and internationalization.

Dr Wong
Teaching Development/ Language Enhancement Grants for FCE Colleagues

The Learning and Teaching Committee (LTC) of PolyU recently approved funding for the following teaching development and language enhancement projects for the 2016-19 triennium. Details are as follows:

Project Leader (Dept.) Project Title Amount Awarded
Larger-scale Projects
Prof. Geoffrey Shen (BRE) Cross-cultural and Inter-disciplinary Studies of Infrastructure Projects in Cities of the Belt and Road Initiative: A Pilot Programme $375,000
Dr Seung Hyun Cha (BSE) Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Learning through a BIM-based Immersive Virtual Environment in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) Education $369,450
Dr Barbara Siu (CEE) Content-based English Enhancement for Higher Diploma Students through Active Learning Approach $400,000
Smaller-scale Projects
Dr Jayantha Wadu Mesthrige (BRE) Role-play as an Active Teaching and Learning Technique: Supported by LEARN@PolyU(z焦柵) and Video-taping to Enhance Active Participation and Professional Competencies of BRE Students $136,000
Ms Nicole Yiu (CEE) Discipline-specific English Bridging Course for Senior Year Students $120,000
Dr Charles Wong (LSGI) Engaging Students・ Learning Experiences in Large Classes with iBeacon Technology $150,000

Events Reports
Visit to Malaysia to Promote FCE
From 9 to 14 June 2017, Prof. Xiaoli Ding, Associate Dean (Partnership), led a tour to Malaysia to promote the Faculty of Construction and Environment (FCE). Travelling with him were Prof. Shiu Keung Tang of the Department of Building Services Engineering (BSE), Dr George Liu of the Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics (LSGI) and Ms Liz Lau of the Faculty Office. Besides visiting the School of Civil Engineering at the Universiti Sains Malaysia, the Faculty of Built Environment at the Universiti Malaya, and the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, they also stopped at a Chinese Independent High School in Kuala Lumpur, the Kuen Chen High School, where Prof. Ding gave a promotional talk to about 370 students and 10 teaching staff. His presentation was well received and generated much interest for further studies at FCE.  
Prof. Ding at the Kuen Chen High School
GSC Mini Fair
On 27 June 2017, the Faculty of Construction and Environment (FCE) participated in a mini fair of the Global Student Challenge (GSC), which was organized by the International Affairs Office to promote the university・s undergraduate programmes. Staff from all the Faculties and Schools were on hand to answer questions from overseas secondary school students and their mentors. Representing FCE were Mr Kong Wai-kei of the Department of Building and Real Estate, Dr Vivien Lu of the Department of Building Services Engineering, Mr Lin Hoi Yung of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Dr Matthew Pang of the Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics. About 70 students visited the FCE booth for information on its programmes.  
At the GSC mini fair
Student News
BRE Students on Overseas Study Tours

Student learning in the Department of Building and Real Estate (BRE) is not confined to the lecture halls of PolyU. Each year, opportunities abound for students to go on study tours. Since the beginning of 2017, 170 BRE students have gone on one such tour to complement their studies. Following are the details.

From 4 to 8 January, 31 students went to Taipei to learn about different aspects of the real estate and construction industries, such as land use planning from Dr Liang-Zhi Chen of the Graduate Institute of Building and Planning at National Taiwan University, the application of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in Taiwan from the professors in the Department of Civil and Construction Engineering at the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, green building in Taipei, innovative building technology and the retail culture etc. Students saw first-hand how green elements were incorporated into the Beitou Branch of the Taipei Public Library, an exemplary green building that they visited.

25 students headed up to Tokyo for a 5-day tour from 3 to 7 January to learn about its innovative building technology, sustainable development, and construction safety. Among the places they visited were the Science Museum and the Sewerage Museum, where students were shown the structure of an arch bridge, the operation of a hoist and tunnel-digging machine, how to prevent and mitigate earthquakes etc. in the former, and introduced to the underground sewerage system in Tokyo in the latter. They also stopped off at Kajima Corporation, a leading construction company in Japan, to hear about its strategies for achieving sustainability in buildings, such as smart energy solutions, zero energy technologies, and energy security technologies. In addition, students learnt about various methods for valuating property at the Japan Real Estate Institute as well as the wooden building technique and the use of BIM at Nisseki Surveying Co. Ltd. Before leaving town, they visited the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the Tokyo Institute of Technology and the University of Tokyo to learn about some research that was being done there.

Another group of 25 students also visited Tokyo from 8 to 14 January. Together with their supervisors, Prof. Eddie Hui and Dr Milton Lau, they toured the 52-storey Toranomon Hills, where energy efficiency is maximized by environmentally-friendly technologies, and the intelligent building management system of the Akihabara UDX, which incorporated the concept of sustainability to satisfy the changing needs of clients and society. They were also received by an international construction and real estate company, CBRE, whose activity-based work environment led to better productivity and more efficient use of resources. A tour of Kajima Ki building, known for its zero energy approach, and a visit to a construction site in Nakano showed students the site management practices of Nishimatsu Construction with respect to safety, quality, and the environment.

Osaka was the destination for some 24 students from 21 to 24 May. They attended two seminars led by CBRE Japan and Japan Real Estate Institute (JREI) respectively. Topics covered by CBRE included overviews of the retail market, the office market, landlord representation, and property management, while JREI talked about its valuation methods and the property market of Osaka.

34 students visited Tokyo with Dr Milton Lau and Prof. Yat-Hung Chiang from 17 to 19 May. In addition to learning about valuation principles from JREI, they were introduced to Tokyo’s urban planning system at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Students also visited the facilities of the Building Research Institute and met with representatives of the Building Surveyors Institute of Japan.

Some 31 students went on a tour to London from 21 to 26 May. Their first stop was at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), where they learnt about urban town planning, development, and conservation from Tony Mulhall and Steven Thompson. Besides hearing about conservation in the UK from Prof. Henry Russell at the University of Reading, students attended a talk on the construction for the London 2012 Olympics at the University College London and visited Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

All the students agreed that a study tour was a unique learning experience that they would not soon forget. Not only was it an excellent opportunity to compare and contrast development and construction practices between Hong Kong and other parts of the world, it also lends credence to the saying that it is indeed better to travel 10,000 miles than to read 10,000 books.

BRE students in Taipei
BRE students in Tokyo
BRE students in Tokyo
BRE students in Osaka
BRE students in Tokyo
BRE students in London
24th FCE Students・ Association

On 22 June 2017, Prof. Geoffrey Shen, Associate Dean (Teaching), met with 11 representatives of the Faculty of Construction and Environment (FCE) Students・ Association to discuss their plans and budget for the months ahead. More than 10 activities were planned for the 2017 to 2018 session, from orientation events to sports・ competitions to a singing contest. Participating in these activities facilitate networking amongst its members and with other students. The FCE Students・ Association is run by FCE students to nurture a sense of belonging and enhance students・ experience of university life.

At the FCE Students・ Association meeting
Scholarship Students Graduate with Distinction
6 postgraduates who were supported by Entry Scholarships of the Postgraduate Scheme in Construction and Environment have recently graduated with Distinction in the second semester of 2016/17. Following are some of their thoughts about studying at PolyU.

Wang Qingzi, an MSc graduate in Sustainable Urban Development, was impressed by the free and open exchange of ideas between teachers and students in class. She advises students to make good use of the library to enrich themselves. Her future plan is to get some work experience.

Lau Tsz Chun, an MSc graduate in Building Services Engineering, was glad to have had the chance to grow with PolyU, for he received all his degrees here, from Higher Diploma to Bachelor・s to Master・s degrees. He urges students to discover their strengths so they can contribute to society in their own way. He is applying for chartered membership of professional institutes.  
Another MSc graduate in Building Services Engineering, Chan Hin Yeung, took 5 subjects in 1 semester with no time for anything else. He advises students to manage their time well if they are studying and working at the same time. He plans to become a Chartered Engineer in 4 years.  
Lai Ho Keung, an MSc graduate in Civil Engineering, said the rich academic experience at PolyU has allowed him to explore his interests beyond the readings and lectures. To succeed, students should be clear about what they want to gain from their studies. He plans to apply his knowledge and skills to civil engineering works.  
Ng Tsz Wing, an MSc graduate in Environmental Management & Engineering, took 4 subjects per semester while working full-time simultaneously. She advises students to believe in themselves and the potential of what they can do. She will study in the UK for 1 year before working as a railway engineer again.  
Li Jing, an Msc graduate in Geomatics (Surveying), claims her most memorable experience at PolyU was learning how to turn professional knowledge into practice in spatial data acquisition and mining. She encourages students to prepare as early as possible for their future and not waste time on meaningless activities. She will be pursuing her PhD studies at PolyU.  
Entry scholarships are available to outstanding applicants of the Taught Postgraduate Programmes under the Postgraduate Scheme in Construction and Environment.
HKIS Outstanding Undergraduate Final Year Dissertation Awards 2016

3 alumni of the Department of Building and Real Estate (BRE) were recently rewarded for their undergraduate final year dissertations by the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS). Based on merits in research as well as the research output・s applicability to the surveying profession, the awards include a prize cheque of $1,500 for the Top Award and $1,000 for the Second Award. They were presented to the winners in a ceremony on 9 June 2017 at the Royal Plaza Hotel in Mongkok. Following are their details:

Award Category Name of Student Title of Dissertation Name of Supervisor
Top Award (Planning and Development Division) Miss Cheung Ho-man Empirical Study of the Impact of Railway Development on Property Prices: The Case of West Island Line Mr Kong Wai-kei
Second Award (Building Surveying Division) Miss Chan Hiu-yu A Study on the Contribution of BIM to Increase Productivity in Hong Kong Public Housing Projects Mr Stephen Kong
Second Award (General Practice Surveying Division) Miss Lai Tsz-man An Empirical Study of the Contravention of Lease Conditions in Existing Industrial Buildings in Hong Kong Dr Daniel Chan
The surveying students with Mr Kong (left) and Dr Chan (right)
Alumni News
CEE Alumnus Shares His Wisdom
On 17 June 2017, a recipient of the Outstanding PolyU Alumni Award and the Secretary for Development of the HKSAR Government, Ir Eric Ma, gave a talk about his path to success at the invitation of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Alumni Association. According to him, his education at the then Polytechnic in the early 80s (Diploma in Structural Engineering, 1982; Higher Diploma in Structural Engineering, 1984) gave him the foundation for further learning. He believes self-learning is important for students to develop their social awareness. By leaving their comfort zones, students can learn more about the world around them, particularly what is going on at the grassroots level. Opportunities will come to those who are prepared. Demographic changes and an aging population have made it necessary for regular strategic planning, which is done every 10 years by the Government. A consultant for many projects, including the Disney theme park, land reclamation, port, airport, railway, before his current posting, he had a wealth of experience to share with the audience.
BRE PhD Graduate Climbing Up Academic Ladder
A 2015 PhD graduate of the Department of Building and Real Estate (BRE), Dr Zuhaili Bin Mohamad Ramly, has recently been given a new portfolio as the Academic Manager for Postgraduates in the Faculty of Built Environment at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. He is now responsible for the Master and PhD programmes offered by the Faculty. He has also passed the professional assessment and received a membership diploma from the Board of Quantity Surveyors Malaysia (BQSM) and the Royal Institution of Surveyors Malaysia (RISM).  
Dr Mohamad Ramly
Faculty Public Lectures
The Faculty of Construction and Environment was honoured to have the following speakers giving lectures at FCE:

Prof. Stewart Fotheringham
FCE Distinguished Lecture
"Dealing with Spatial Heterogeneity: Recent Developments with a Focus on Geographically Weighted Regression"

Date: 1 June 2017 (Thursday) (Details)


Prof. Stewart Fotheringham
Member, US National Academy of Sciences
Member, Academia Europaea
Fellow, Academy of Social Sciences, UK
Professor of Computational Spatial Science
Arizona State University

Prof. Thomas Vogel
FCE Public Lecture
"Robustness of structures V Nice to have or a basic requirement?"

Date: 28 June 2017 (Wednesday) (Details)


Prof. Thomas Vogel
Professor, Structural Engineering
Institute of Structural Engineering (IBK) of the ETH Zurich, Switzerland

In celebration of the 80th Anniversary of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), the Faculty of Construction and Environment (FCE) has launched the FCE Distinguished Lecture and Distinguished Chair Professor Inaugural Lecture Series. A total of 10 lectures will be delivered in 2017 by distinguished scholars from different parts of the world and newly appointed Distinguished Chair Professors of PolyU. The lectures are generously sponsored by the FCE Alumni Associations. Details of the speakers are available at: https://www.polyu.edu.hk/fce/events/80_lectures/

The date and topic of each lecture will be announced in due course.
To download the poster, please click here

Forthcoming Events
Recruitment Drive of PolyU CIBSC
Brief Introduction: As a student-run organization in building and construction, the PolyU CIB Student Chapter welcomes all research and post-graduate students from the Faculty of Construction and Environment to become a member. Membership applications are accepted all year round.
Website: http://cibsc.bre.polyu.edu.hk/
1st International Congress on Earth Sciences
Date: 15-18 November 2017
Venue: Universiti Brunei Darussalam
Details: http://fos.ubd.edu.bn/foscon
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