PolyU experts in the Faculty have been actively engaged in applying their research outcomes to challenging real-world problems. It is our ultimate aim that the research conducted in the Faculty should bring about innovations in sustainable urban development and smart cities for the benefit of Hong Kong and beyond. Our experts are involved in high-level consultancy work which will translate into real and practical benefits for society. The following are areas of expertise and selected projects carried out by our departments:

 

Department of Building and Real Estate

Areas of Expertise

  • Construction Health and Safety
  • Sustainable Urban Systems
  • Digital Construction
  • Building Information Modelling
  • Urban Planning
  • Studies on Housing Policies and Development
  • Construction Personnel Studies
  • Construction Economics
  • Virtual Experiment of New Construction Technologies / Processes
  • Automated Measurement of Quantities
  • Value Management & Partnering
  • Quality Management, Professional Ethics and Staff Motivation
  • Expert Witness / Accident Investigation
  • Knowledge Management
  • Law, Contracts and Dispute Resolution
  • Building Controls

Projects

  • Risk Sharing Pattern of Construction Contracts in Hong Kong
  • Conducting Lead Contamination Test in Potable Water
  • Contract Administration and R&D (Research & Development)
  • Design and Facilitation of Value Management Workshop for Joint-User Government Office Building in Cheung Sha Wan
  • Design and Facilitation of Value Management Workshop for Upgrading Scheme of Kwun Tong Preliminary Treatment Works
  • Designing and Facilitating Value Management Workshop for Re-provisioning of Transport Department's Vehicle Examination Centre at Sai Tso Wan Road, Tsing Yi, New Territories
  • Economic Benefits of Infrastructure Investment in Hong Kong
  • Partnering Facilitation Services for The Construction of a School for Social Development for Girls at Choi Hing Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon
  • Relocation of Sha Tin Sewage Treatment Works to Caverns: Caverns and Sewage Treatment Works - Investigation, Design and Construction - Facilitation Service of Value Management Workshop
  • Relationship between Green Certified (BEAM Plus) Buildings and Property Price in Hong Kong

 

Department of Building Services Engineering

Areas of Expertise

  • Building Performance Studies
  • Energy Saving and Utilization
  • Building Automation and Intelligent Building
  • HVAC Services (Heating, Ventilation and Air-conditioning)
  • Building Engineering and Computer Simulation
  • Building Planning, Design and Development
  • Indoor Environmental Studies
  • Fire Engineering
  • Electrical Services
  • Public Health
  • Facility Management and Maintenance
  • Energy Use Audit

Projects

  • Simulation of Lightning Surges in Radio Base Stations
  • Energy Performance Assessment, Commissioning and Optimization of the HVAC and Energy Systems of a SYNCO (H.K.) Building
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Analysis for Comparing the Ventilation Air Flow Rates Between the Buildings with the Existing Ventilation Louver and with LED Strip to be Installed
  • Study on Flushability of Tissue Paper and Hotel Drainage Systems
  • Indoor Air Quality for H2 Podium & Service Apartment and H3 Office & Hotel
  • Professional Study of Enhancing Meter Online System
  • A Study on the Acoustical Performance of Plenum-balconies for the Chai Wan Factory Re-vitalization Project
  • Development of the Third-generation Micro Hydro-power System for Application on Water Pipelines in Buildings
  • Review of Lightning Protection for Signalling Equipment Rooms and Their Associated UPS Systems in Three Buildings/Locations based on EN62305

 

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Areas of Expertise

  • Structural Engineering
  • Structural Health Monitoring
  • Concrete Technology
  • Traffic Pollution Assessment and Control
  • Waste Management and Land Contamination
  • Water Quality Assessment and Modelling
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Indoor Air Quality Assessment and Control
  • Odour Generation and Control
  • Regional air Quality Assessment
  • Control of Air Pollution
  • Coastal Engineering
  • Hydraulics Engineering

Projects

  • Provision of Services for Sampling and Testing of Volatile Organic Compounds & Oxygenated Volatile Organic Compounds at MK, TW & HKUST
  • Provision of Service for Integrated Data Analyses and Characterization of Photochemical Ozone in Hong Kong
  • Provision of Consultancy Services on the Strategy for Management and Reduction of Construction and Demolition Waste in Hong Kong for the Construction Industry Council
  • Consultancy Service on Development and Characterization of Fire Resistant High Strength Concrete
  • Structural Performance Monitoring for Shanghai Tower
  • Simulation Analysis with Use of NIDA for 4 Building Towers
  • Speed Map Panels in the New Territories
  • Provision of Service for Measuring the Road / Tyre Noise in Hong Kong
  • Collaboration Research on Bituminous Pavement Preservation and Rehabilitation Techniques
  • Physical Model for Water Circulation Simulation on Improvement Works at Kai Tak Approach Channel / Kwun Tong Typhoon Shelter
  • Pump Sump Model Test for Drainage Improvement in Shuen Wan, Tai Po

 

Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics

Areas of Expertise

  • Surveying, Navigation and Positioning
  • Geodesy and Geodynamics
  • Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Digital Cartography
  • Utility Management and Surveying
  • Big Data and Spatial Analysis
  • Indoor Positioning and Mapping

Projects

  • Multi-sensor Estimation of Biomass Carbon in Regenerating Sub-tropical Forest
  • Mitigating Ionospheric Scintillation for GNSS Applications
  • 3D Water Vapor Tomographic Modeling by Assimilating Multiple Sensors to Support Extreme Weather Forecasting in Hong Kong and Mainland China
  • Mountain Glacier Mass Balance Around the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau from SAR Interferometry and Satellite Altimetry
  • Coastal Ocean Tide Modeling for the Hong Kong and South China Seas Using Multiple Mission Satellite Altimetry
  • Handling Spatial Inconsistency in Map Updating with Integrated Relational Models
  • Investigation into Seamless Indoor and Outdoor Positioning Based on UWB-GNSS Integration
  • Improving Computation Efficiency and Optimizing Multi-Criteria for Public Transport Route Searching
  • Improvement of Land Boundary Records by Progressive Correlation Using GIS and Digital Photogrammetry
  • Development of Lunar Mapping Techniques