NO.7 • DECEMBER 2008 - The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

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NO.7 • DECEMBER 2008 - The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

NO.7DECEMBER 2008


CONTENTS 目 錄

Special Feature 專 題 介 紹 01

Joint Structural Division Special Award 2008 01

2008

Technology Transfer and Research Developments 技 術 轉 移 與 科 技 發 展 07

1. Renewable Energy Projects in Ma Wan Theme Park 07


2. Nondestructive Evaluation Methods as Evaluation Tools of the Quality of Reinforced Concrete Structures 08


3. CSE Researchers Conducting Air-quality Study during the Beijing Olympics 09


4. Odour Survey at the Olympic Stables of the 2008 Olympic Equestrian Event 09

2008

5. PolyU Spearheads Construction Virtual Technology Development 10


6. Environmental Improvement Project Receives Support of HSBC 11


Awards and Achievements 學 者 學 生 成 績 斐 然 12

1. International Society for New Institutional Economics Best Dissertation Award 12


2. The Gino Cassinis Award for Professor Zhilin Li 13

ISPRSGino Cassinis

3. LSGI Researcher Wins Best Paper Award 13


4. LSGI Scholar Leads International Commission on Geographic Information Science 14


5. CSE Academics Appointed to Important Professional Posts 14


6. Professor Jianhua YIN Receives John Booker Medaland Gave a Keynote Speech at 12th IACMAG Conference, Goa, India 15

(IACMAG)

7. Entry Scholarship for the Postgraduate Scheme in Construction and Land Use 15


8. BRE Graduate Won Merit Dissertation Award 16


9. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Student Chapter of CIB Best Final Year Dissertation Competition 2008 16

2008

Recent Events 活 動 剪 影 17

1. Gammon Construction Limiteds HK$1.65 Million Support for Construction Virtual Prototyping Laboratory and Division Opening Ceremony 17


2. Faculty of Construction and Land Use Seminars 18


3. BRE Students Joining Study Tour Student Accounts 19


4. BRE Received a HK$1 Million Donation from China Overseas Holdings Limited 20

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5. BRE Graduate, Mr. Ng Wing Hong, Receiving the Honor of Building Naming in PolyU 20


6. 34th International Symposium on CIBW062 Water Supply and Drainage for Buildings 21

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7. Symposium on Architectural & Environmental Acoustics in Hong Kong, Shanghai & Taipei 21


8. The 9th International Symposium on Building and Urban Environmental Engineering (BUEE) 22


9. Amazing Summer in ACBC 2008 Workshop 22

ACBC 2008 Workshop

10. BRE Students Stepping into the University of Cambridge 23


11. Professor K.T. Chau Visited Sichuan After the 512 Earthquake 23

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New Academic Staff 學 院 新 教 員 24

Forthcoming Events 最 新 動 向 25


Special Feature

專 題 介 紹

The Hong Kong Institution

of Engineers (HKIE) and

The Institution of Structural

Engineers (IStructE)

(Hong Kong Division)

Joint Structural Division

Special Award 2008


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「 卓 越 結 構 大 獎 2008

Introduction 引 言

This article is written to draw attention to advances taking place in the Hong

Kong construction industry, and the continued positive and close symbiotic

relationship that exists between the faculty and alumni. The focus is on

the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) Joint Structural Division (JSD)

awards for outstanding structures of 2008, announced on the 30th April.

Firstly, influences which have encouraged developmental change in the

construction industry are touched upon, followed by brief descriptions of

features which have made the JSD award winning structures special. The

latter is made possible by the kind co-operation of our participating alumni, Ir

Mr Wallace W.Y. Cham from The Hong Kong Science Park Corporation and

Ir Mr Wilson Y.S. Cheung of Siu Yin Wai and Associates Ltd and Professor S.L.

Chan from the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering (CSE).


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Special Feature

專 題 介 紹

The Award Winners

The JSD awards for 2008 were given to The Hong Kong Science Park,

Phase 2, MGM Grand, Macau and Mega Box. For this article we are

focusing on two of these structures, the Science Park and the MGM project.

The structures are innovative and contain unique features. The architectural

style of each, boldly targets a specific clientele and in so doing provides

us with striking structural contrasts. The style of the former is exciting with

its golden eggauditorium, and its focus on the management of natural

beauty, environmental concerns and waste management. It invites the

participation of the cerebral customer by providing an organised, refreshing

and stimulating environment. The style of the latter is raunchier and exudes

vitality, energy and provokes the imagination, concerning what might bein

terms of entertainment and maybe indulgence.

However, our particular interest in these two structures is stimulated by the fact

that Faculty alumni, Ir Mr Wallace W.Y. Cham, (the Science Park Project), Ir

Mr Wilson Y.S. Cheung (the MGM Project) and Professor S.L. Chan (CSE)

took leading roles in the development of these structures, hence presenting us

with pleasing evidence of the synergy which exists between the Faculty, our

alumni and the construction industry.

Since the days of the establishment of the Trade School in 1939, the building

industry has moved hand in hand with the needs of Hong Kong people and

developed in line with the economic, social and political conditions. Looking

at Hong Kong now, it is difficult to believe that as short a time ago as the

late 1940s, and early fifties tallbuildings were around seven or eight

storeys in height, and the construction in 1960 of a twenty storey building at

North Point was news. Air conditioning existed only in the Hong Kong Bank,

and no flyovers existed until 1963.

A question often repeated by alumni of the sixties and seventies is, I wonder

what we would have achieved if we had the opportunities of the Faculty

students of today? This question can never be answered with any degree

of certainty, but it draws attention to the perceived better facilities, equipment,

technology, international communications, materials, management methods,

advances in the use of information technology and the greater social political

and economic stability evident today. All have led to the development of

the industry. The justified proud claim of one engineer in 1955, that wheel

barrows rather than shoulder poles were used for carrying materials on

the Alexandra House site, is today well overshadowed by the presence

of the assortment of sophisticated equipment and plants on sites. Likewise

calculations by slide rule and calculator are well overshadowed by the

power of advanced construction software now available to engineers.

Contributory to positive value changes in the construction industry are

changes in attitudes and cultures. Management systems have been

designed to improve site safety and new technology while ordinances have

been introduced to control noise and protect the environment in the face

of global warming and climate change. The focus continues to be, on

the development of ways to reduce energy wastage in buildings. Further

contributions to change are provided by advancement in teaching methods,

a broadening of curriculums, and widening of research areas in line with

societal and professional expectations, a stronger relationship between

the industry and the work of academia to expose areas of clear cut mutual

benefit.

The Growth of Information Technology

A prominent promoter of change, is the dramatic growth in information

technology usage. In the 60s, batch processing was the mode of computer

utilization. Within the FCLU, the Civil and Structural Engineering Department

was the first to have a 4k Wang mini computer system, followed soon after

by Hewlett Packard desktops. Computer growth in Information Technology

was first seen nationally in the 60s and 70s, in the use of Computer

Aided Design(CAD) for the production of drawings, calculation programs

such as fluid flow and structural analyses, calculations for bills of quantities

and also the development of critical path analysis systems, such as the now

commonly used Primavera software.

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專 題 介 紹

Now, less than 40 years later, the concept of performance based design has

entered the construction industry and represents a major philosophical shift

from the traditional rule based or prescriptive formula design. The introduction

of this concept takes advantage of the powerful software modeling systems

which have recently emerged and which are now being adopted by the

more adventurous, pioneering practitioners.

Software, in this category, includes computational fluid dynamics for

modeling the spread of fire and smoke. Computer systems for air

conditioning control are another type of software available. The systems are

linked to sensors and intelligently interpret information to optimize the use

of energy, but keep within the required comfort

parameters of the user.

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Detailed graphical models are also being used

as central to the whole project information

systems. Some of these models enable the actual

construction sequences to be simulated and

displayed on the computer screen in fine realistic

detail. The obvious effect of this is to enable

the identification, in advance, possible site

problems, hence enhancing construction speed

and reducing wastage on all fronts.

IT and The Winning

Projects

To return to our theme and interest in the two

2008 JSD awards, the Science Park and the

MGM project, we must draw attention to the

contribution of Professor S.L. Chan, to these

structures. He developed a software package

Nonlinear Integrated Design and Analysis (NIDA) to enable advanced

structural analysis for predicting failure beyond the usual elastic range, and

extending to the stresses and deformations which occur up to the point of

structural collapse. The software was launched in 2000 and is the first of its

kind in Hong Kong. It makes faster, safer innovative design possible. It has

now been used in many real cases by pioneering practitioners. Examples

include, the Singapore International School, the glass wall of West Kowloon

station, the Birds Nest in Beijing.

The two JSD award winners amply illustrate the benefits accrued from the use

of such software, as opposed to the traditional use of prescriptive formula.

Not only does the NIDA software enable the aesthetics of a building to be

realized in the form of a slimmer and lighter appearance, it also enables

the creation of a building, which at one time would have been thought

not structurally possible. NIDA also enables a more economical use of

design time, materials and space. In the Science Park, dramatic examples

are provided by the ability of the new technology to create areas with

an atmosphere of unfettered space, such as the sweeping contours of the

amphitheatre . These innovative structures are not only exciting to view but

also fulfill their functional promise. Both designs made use of NIDA.

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The American company MGM wanted to bring to Macau the feeling of Las

Vegas, with its sense of extravagance and land mark constructions. Again,

the NIDA software package was used and as for the Science Park, S.L.

Chan worked with the project teams, throughout the duration of the project,

contributing to the delivery of the unique constructions the company had in

mind. Visitors to Macau are provided with the unforgettable spectacle of the

extremely slender and unique wave frontage of the hotel tower as well as

the startling 60 metre wide, glass roofed conservatory, without any central

columns in sight.

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Special Feature

專 題 介 紹

Special Features of the Award Winning

Projects

As mentioned above, alumni, Wallace Cham, Wilson Cheung and Professor

SL Chan all generously gave their time to discuss these award winning

projects, and draw attention to features of interest. Their enthusiasm and

dedication was palpable.

Polyu alumnus, Wallace Cham who added an MSc in 2007 to his many other

qualifications, was a member of the project team for the Hong Kong Science

Park Phase 2, being the Senior Manager of Projects for that corporation.

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1) The Science Park Phase II 科 學 園 二 期

The Science Park Phase 2 is a complete unit, following the completion of Phase

1 and preceding the future extension into Phase 3. The market role of the park is

unique and pioneering in Hong Kong. Its aim is to create an area which provides

every conceivable means to encourage and enable innovation and research

and development (R&D) activities for high tech and high value industries, such as

electronic, precision engineering, IT/telecommunications and biotechnology. The

Phase 2 buildings are already more than 30% occupied with further clients ready

and waiting. Wallace and his team found great satisfaction from the fact that not

only were they contributing to providing a means to educate the next generation,

they were also contributing to the enhancement of the reputation of Hong Kong,

not only in terms of technological recognition but also in the provision of a truly

beautiful place which marries natural and technological beauty.

solution to satisfying structural stability, architectural and acoustic requirements. The

supporting inclined columns (labeled crazy columns) and ring beams, effectively

combine to distribute, by arching action, both gravity and lateral loads.



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One reason, given by Wallace for the Science Park project reaching such a

satisfactory conclusion is the harmonious and unstinting cooperation of all parties

involved. Valuable briefing meetings were conducted before the designs were

finally decided and operations commenced.

Common to all parties involved in the project, was the aim for sustainable

development and environmental friendliness. Such philosophies, in the face of

climate change, are now beginning to underpin the more enlightened construction

activities world wide. Among others, contributions to sustainability were made by

the introduction of a waffle floor system, whereby the high degree of repetition

promoted the use of system formwork. In addition, precast formwork for pile

caps and tie beams was used, thus saving timber. In the area of sustainability,

Wallace drew particular attention to the 700 metre underground service tunnel

and basement linking different buildings throughout the whole Phase 2 area. The

majority of the services are housed inside the service tunnels, enabling ease of

maintenance and quick-fix of problems. Functionality is also provided by the two

energy towers which house the A/C chiller plants and cooling towers for all the

Phase 2 buildings.. In this connection, there is no need to provide such plants in

individual buildings. Maintenance savings, as well as cost, materials and time

savings are obvious results.

All who visit or use the Science Park feel that the public have been presented

with a structure which has to be experienced from the exterior, interior and as a

functional work unit, in order to be fully appreciated. A visit to and participation

in events held in the auditorium or amphitheatre enable a fuller appreciation of the

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The design and construction of the amphitheatre, which is a large tension

membrane fabricated from architectural grade Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) coated

fiberglass fabric is inspiring, being the first amphitheatre covered by a tensile

fabric steel structure to be approved by the Hong Kong Government authorities. A

unique structure is the oval auditorium, mentioned above and which has become

known as the golden egg. The hybrid concrete-steel structure gives an efficient

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Special Feature

專 題 介 紹

2) The MGM Grand Macau 澳 門 美 高 梅 金 殿

Polyu Alumnus, Wilson Cheung, who graduated in 1992, is at present an

Associate Director of Siu Yin Wai and Associates Ltd. He and his team were the

structural designers of the JSD award winner, MGM Grand Macau, which from

the very beginning they were confident would be a success. Particular pride is

taken in the speed of construction. Piling work began in June 2005 and the

occupation permit was delivered in December 2007.

The structure offers the viewer, in terms of beauty and building utilization, a

totally different experience from that of the Science Park. Where the latter offers

space and tranquility conducive to reflection and academic activity, the MGM

Grand, with its gleaming golden façade and voluptuous wave frontage shouts

an invitation to the bold and the adventurous. The appearance and layout of the

former stimulates curiosity and reflection, the latter stimulates the search for more

physical, even hedonistic pleasures.

The MGM Grand, Macau is a casino and hotel project bound by the Avenidas

Dr Sun Yat- Sen, 24 De Junho and the Rua Cidade De Porto. A waterfront view

calms the senses and is in contrast to the opulence of the building. The contract

sum was over 4 billion.

One of the most exceptional considerations of this project is the wind + seismic

deflection requirement of the hotel tower. The Macau wind code is based on

200 years return period which is nearly 50% higher than the Hong Kong code.

The hotel tower is exceptionally slim, 150 metres high with an aspect ratio of

approximately 9. To deal with these unique criteria, wind tunnel testing was

adopted to find the wind load of the tower structure. The result is an enhanced

core wall and shear wall to resist these high lateral pressures.

The MGM project consists of four levels of podium, which house the casino,

gaming areas, shops, restaurant, theatre, a conservatory for casual meetings, a

basement level car-park and at the front, a 35 storey hotel tower. The pleasure

which can be gained from what is seen or anticipated is in part due to the skills

of those like Wilson Leung and the construction teams. The visitor can admire and

wonder at the unique appearance of the hotel towers design, with its three layers

of rolling waves, every crest in contradiction with those crests, above and below.

One tower layer is yellow gold, the second, white gold and the third, rose gold.

Other memorable features include the glass and steel elliptical canopy of the main

entrance, measuring 26x60 metres, the 56x60 light weight glass roof over the

conservatory, both designed to enable these areas to be flooded with whatever

light effects nature can provide.

The conservatory, which provides a grand and imposing transition area for those

passing from the hotel to the casino, provides what appears to be limitless space,

without any central columns in sight. The clear span of the space frame is about

60 metres, which is a similar size to a 20 storey building laid horizontally

A large curved steel frame supporting the largest LED display in Macau is found at

the North East entrance.

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Special Feature

專 題 介 紹

The MGM Grand Macau


Conclusion

To return to the question posed by many alumni of the sixties and seventies,

What could we have achieved if we had the benefits of the students of

today?It is sufficient to repeat that this question can never be truly answered

but remains a matter of tantalizing speculation, made more enticing by the

startling rise to high office in the private and public sectors of the construction

industry of such a high proportion of Technical College graduates of that era.

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Technology Transfer and Research Developments

技 術 轉 移 與 科 技 發 展

Technology Transfer

& Research Developments

技 術 轉 移 與 科 技 發 展

Renewable Energy Projects in Ma Wan Theme Park

馬 灣 公 園 可 再 生 能 源 基 地

Supported by the Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd., our Renewable Energy

Research Group (RERG) from the Department of Building Services Engineering

developed various renewable energy (RE) projects in the Ma Wan Theme

Park in 2006. Seven different RE projects have been used and demonstrated

to the public in the Park including the following:

Photovoltaic roof of 3kW for power generation

3kW

• a grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) system

• a grid-connected wind power generation system

• two hybrid solar-wind lighting systems

• an auto-tracking solar PV system

• a ground-coupled heat pump system for air condition and hot water heating

• a hydro power system and a biomass system

The electric energy produced by the solar energy and wind energy systems

are connected to the local utility grid for power supply to the Park, hence

conventional energy consumption can be reduced for cost saving and

environmental protection. All the instant performance data of the main

systems are monitored and displayed by a data collection system for

demonstration and research purposes. Not only can this renewable energy

provide an educational platform of renewable energy applications to visitors,

aiming to build its awareness and environmental protection, but also serve

to provide important on-site research facilities for the RERG. A lot of visitors

have been attracted and

the projects have been

widely published in local

j o u r n a l s , m a g a z i n e s

and newspapers. Our

efforts in the research and

development of renewable

energy applications have

been greatly publicised in

the territory.


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Professor H.X. Yang

楊 洪 興 教 授

Email

behxyang@polyu.edu.hk

Department of Building

Services Engineering


Dr. Vivien Lu of the BSE Department introducing the

RE systems to Mr. John Tsang Chun-wah during his

visit to the Ma Wan Theme Park



Two 6kW wind turbines

with wind speed/direction

measurement


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Technology Transfer and Research Developments

技 術 轉 移 與 科 技 發 展

Nondestructive Evaluation Methods as Evaluation Tools of the Quality

of Reinforced Concrete Structures

無 損 檢 測 方 法 可 診 斷 鋼 筋 混 凝 土 結 構 的 質 量

The ability of a civil engineering and building structure to withstand

earthquake is dependent on its structural design and quality control during

construction. After the Sichuan earthquake, sub-standard constructions have

been accused as a major cause of a large number of structural collapses,

especially to schools which led to huge numbers of casualties. The alleged

sub-standard constructions included (1) deficiency in steel reinforcement

inside the concrete structures, and (2) poor concrete quality. There may be

a need to scientifically examine the quality of the building structures after the

buildings have been completed. Nondestructive evaluation (NDE) methods

can be used to visualizethe internal conditions and assess the quality

of large-scale reinforced concrete structures without damaging the already

built structures. Amongst the many NDE methods being used in the civil

engineering discipline, ground penetrating radar (GPR) and ultrasound pulse

velocity (UPV) are the two most effective methods in the case of Sichuan.

basic GPR system costs less than US$50,000; while a basic UPV system

costs about US$5,000; (5) user friendly: 1-2 day training is adequate for

personnel with a civil engineering background, and (6) portable: typically,

these systems weigh about a few kilograms which makes mobilization and

handling very convenient.




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Figures 1

GPR reveals the arrangement

of steel reinforcements

embedded in a concrete wall.



Figures 2

The UPV set up


GPR transmits high-frequency electromagnetic (EM) wave into the internal

concrete structure via a small transmitting antenna placed on the concrete

surface. Anomalies (such as steel reinforcement) embedded in the reinforced

concrete reflect the EM wave back to the receiving antenna differently from

that of the surrounding concrete matrix. Using a portable computer, the

measured EM signal can be used to quantify the number and spacing of

steel reinforcement present in the concrete in real-time. Figure 1 shows the

typical results of such measurements of a reinforced concrete wall. We can

clearly seethe internal distribution and alignment of the steel reinforcements

(including quantity, spacing and depth) embedded 25mm beneath the

concrete surface.

The working principle (transmission and reflection) of UPV (Figure 2) is

somehow similar to that of GPR, except that its transmission is by sound

wave. Transmission of ultrasound in a material is highly correlated with its

density, which is a determining factor of the compressive strength of concrete.

Hence, this correlation may be used as a rough indicator of the quality of the

examined concrete. In general, a concrete with a UPV higher than 3500m/

s may be regarded as a good concrete.

The advantages of the above two NDE methods are: (1) reasonably

accurate; (2) totally nondestructive to the structure; (3) results are obtained

real-time and on-site during the evaluation such that sample collection and

associated laboratory tests are not required, typically, a general inspection

of a 3-storey building takes about 2 days; (4) relatively inexpensive: a


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Professor C.S. Poon

潘 智 生 教 授

Email

cecspoon@polyu.edu.hk

Department of Civil and

Structural Engineering


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Technology Transfer and Research Developments

技 術 轉 移 與 科 技 發 展

CSE Researchers Conducting Air-quality Study during the Beijing Olympics

土 木 及 結 構 工 程 學 系 人 員 於 奧 運 期 間 研 究 北 京 市 空 氣 質 素

In an attempt to improve the air quality during the Beijing Olympic Games,

The Central and Beijing city government implemented drastic measures

to reduce the emissions of air pollutants from industries, road traffic, and

construction sites. To help assess the effectiveness of these measures

and to study their impact on atmospheric chemistry, Civil and Structural

Engineering (CSE) researchers led by Prof. Wang Tao, in collaboration with

scientists at the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences and

Shandong University, collected comprehensive atmospheric data at three

locations in Beijing before and during the Olympics. The data will be used

for atmospheric chemistry and climate change studies. The initial results

have also been reported to high-level officials at Chinas Ministry of the

Environmental Protection to support the assessment of the air quality during

the Olympics. This activity has been funded jointly by PolyUs Niche Area

Development Scheme, Chinas National Basic Research Program (973

program), and a Research Grant Council – General Research Fund grant.











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Professor Wang Tao

王 韜 教 授

Email

cetwang@polyu.edu.hk

Department of Civil and

Structural Engineering


Advanced instruments for measuring a wide range of atmospheric pollutants


Prof. Wang (first from the left) and some members of the study team at a field site in Beijing


Odour Survey at the Olympic Stables of the 2008 Olympic Equestrian Event

2008 奧 運 馬 術 賽 馬 厩 氣 味 調 查

Prof. X. Z. Li

李 湘 中 教 授

Email

cexzli@polyu.edu.hk

Department of Civil and Structural

Engineering


Requested by Ove Arup &

Partners Hong Kong Ltd. the

Odour Research Laboratory in

Civil and Structural Engineering

(CSE) led by Prof. X. Z. Li

recently conducted a twoday

odour patrol survey at the

Olympic stables for the 2008

Olympic Equestrian events.

The objective of this was to

ascertain that the new stable area would not cause any odour

nuisance to the surrounding environment. The odour patrol exercise

was conducted on the 4th and 5th of August 2008 just before the

Olympic 2008 equestrian event in Hong Kong.

Odour patrol in front of Hong Kong Olympic

Equestrian venue (Shatin)


Odour patrol in competition arena



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Odour patrol beside the horse stable


Odour patrol at the opposite side of Shing

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Technology Transfer and Research Developments

技 術 轉 移 與 科 技 發 展

PolyU Spearheads Construction Virtual Technology Development

理 大 建 築 虛 擬 模 型 技 術 創 業 界 先 河

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU)s Department of Building

and Real Estate (BRE) has made great strides in tailoring construction virtual

technology to facilitate scenario planning for mammoth projects, thus

enabling property developers and project managers to achieve better costsaving

and avoid unnecessary delays.

In developing this technology, Prof. Li Heng and his 12 member team have

not only published many research papers in international journals, but also

turned theory into practice through working closely with industrial partners.

They are now able to turn two dimensional technical drawings into vivid 3D

images of skyscrapers and other complex building structures with details of

nuts and bolts. More importantly, they can mimic every step of the actual

construction process through visualizing the workflow as well as the logistics

arrangement.

Construction planning is a complicated process that involves optimal use

of resources in a changing site environment. Owing to the limited functions

of traditional planning tools, there is strong need for new technology which

can visualize the construction process and enable contractors to try different

methods, so that they can produce a feasible plan with optimal use of

resources and within the shortest time,said Prof. Li.

This advanced virtual technology, which is now being adopted by major

construction contractors such as Gammon Construction Ltd and China

Overseas Holdings Ltd, has been put to good use in the planning process of

many complex construction projects during the past few years. These include

the Island East Commercial Building in Quarry Bay, Tseung Kwan O Sports

Stadium (venue for the East Asian Games), Tuen Mun Police Quarters and

the Venetian Hotel in Macau, to name but a few.

To support the further advancement of this technology, PolyU has established

a Construction Virtual Prototyping (CVP) Laboratory. This initiative is also

backed by strong industrial support, as China Overseas Holdings Ltd and

Gammon Construction Ltd have each donated over $1 million for the

establishment of this Laboratory.

Earlier this year, the Central Governments Ministry of Construction has

given research funding amounting to RMB500,000 to support PolyUs CVP

Laboratory. This was also the first time that a local tertiary institution received

funding from the Ministry.

The use of this new technology is

spreading across the border. Two major

mainland developers, namely the Vanke

Group and China State Construction

International Holdings Ltd, have also

employed this technology in their

projects.

Prof. Li Heng

李 恆 教 授

Email

bshengli@polyu.edu.hk

Department of Building

and Real Estate


The CVP Laboratory is now offering

i n d u s t r y p e r s o n n e l t w o t y p e s o f

professional services: (1) rapid prototyping of projects at the tender stage for

contractors to vividly and dynamically present the feasibility of construction

methods; (2) visual prototyping of projects at the construction stage to

develop a detailed and improved construction programme with minimum

time and optimal use of resources.


































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Environmental Improvement Project Receives Support of HSBC

環 保 教 育 項 目 獲 匯 豐 保 險 支 持

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

(PolyU) has recently received a generous

donation of HK$2 million from the Hong

Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation

( H S B C ) I n s u r a n c e t o k i c k o f f a n

environmental education and improvement

project. The plan is that the premises of 10

non-profit making schools will be paved

with eco-block, a new environmentally

friendly construction material which can

remove air pollutants, such as nitrogen

oxides.

The projects first beneficiary organization

is the Hong Kong Society for the Protection

of Children, which will use the eco-blocks

in its Mongkok headquarters and Ma

Tau Chung Service Building. The twoyear

project is expected to benefit 3,000

students and 200 teachers in Hong Kong.

Prof. Teng Jin-Guang, Dean of Faculty of

Construction and Land Use, thanked HSBC

Insurance for its generous support. PolyU is excited to work with HSBC

Insurance on this project that brings multiple environmental benefits. HSBC

Insurance and its customers are making a relevant and lasting impact on the

environment by supporting this project,he said.

The eco-block was developed by a team of PolyU researchers under the

leadership of Prof. Poon Chi-sun of the Department of Civil and Structural

Engineering (CSE) in 2002. The eco-blocks make use of recycled waste

glass derived from beverage containers plus construction and demolition

waste to replace sand and stone, which not only alleviates the waste

disposal pressure in Hong Kong but also minimises the environmental

degradation due to the extraction of natural materials. We have tested these

eco-blocks and proven that they can convert air pollutants into non-hazardous

materials,explained Prof. Poon, who is also the Director of the Research

Centre for Environmental Technology and Management at PolyU. The use

of recycled waste glass in the blocks has aided the air pollutant removal

effect. Experiment results show that at least 20% of nitrogen oxides can be

effectively removed under laboratory conditions.

According to Prof. Poon, the new material also meets the Hong Kong

Governments civil engineering work standard. Compared with conventional

blocks, the eco-blocks not only have similar life-span but also better

performance in terms of water absorption, hardness and aesthetic values.

Used as a paving and partitioning material for buildings, streets and

pavements, the eco-block contributes to improved air quality by removing

air pollutants emitted by buses, cars and other vehicles,added Prof.

Poon. Furthermore, it not only reduces the disposal of waste glass but also

conserves the use of natural materials such as river sand. This makes the ecoblock

a truly environmentally friendly product.

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(From left, back row) Mr. Jason Sadler, Managing Director of HSBC Insurance in Hong

Kong, Prof. Poon and Mr. David Fired, Group General Manager and Regional Director of

Insurance for HSBC Asia-Pacific making eco-blocks with kids from Hong Kong Society for the

Protection of Children

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Prof. C.S. Poon

潘 智 生 教 授

Email

cecspoon@polyu.edu.hk

Department of Civil and Structural

Engineering





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Awards and Achievements

學 者 學 生 成 績 斐 然

Awards

& Achievements

學 者 學 生 成 績 斐 然

International Society for New Institutional Economics Best Dissertation Award

新 制 度 經 濟 學 國 際 學 會 最 佳 論 文 大 獎

Dr. Lennon Choy of the Department of Building and Real Estate (BRE) has

won the Best Dissertation Award (2006 – 2008) at the 12th International

Society for New Institutional Economics (ISNIE) Annual Conference. His

thesis, under the supervision of Professor K.W. Chau of The University of

Hong Kong, studies information asymmetry in Hong Kongs housing market

through the lens of new institutional economics. In 2005, this study received

a fellowship by the Ronald Coase Institute, a research institute named after

Coase, the 1991 Nobel Laureate in Economics and the Founding President

of the ISNIE. A visiting scholarship was also awarded to this study by the

Graduate School of Business at The University of Chicago in 2006.

Dr. Choy was appointed as a Visiting Assistant Professor at The University of

Chicago Law School from February to July 2008. During his visit he worked

with Ronald Coase on a number of research projects in relation to the

structure of production. He was also engaged in organizing a conference

titled Chinas Economic Transformation, which was held in Chicago from

14 to 18 July. Participants of the conference included four Nobel Laureates

(Ronald Coase, Douglass North, Robert Fogel and Robert Mundell), leading

economists in China and experts on China issues in overseas countries.

(ISNIE)

2006-2008


20051991

ISNIE (Ronald Coase Institute)

2006

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Dr. Lennon Choy shared

Ronald Coases office at

The University of Chicago

Law School




Dr. Lennon Choy receiving the award from

Benito Arrunada, Immediate Past President of

ISNIE and Chairman of the Award Committee

ISNIE

Benito Arrunada

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Awards and Achievements

學 者 學 生 成 績 斐 然

The Gino Cassinis Award for Professor Zhilin Li

李 志 林 教 授 獲 ISPRS 頒 發 Gino Cassinis 大 獎

Professor Zhilin Li of the

Department of Land Surveying

and Geo-Informatics has

been presented with The

Gino Cassinis Award by

the International Society for

Photogrammetry and Remote

Sensing (ISPRS) at its XXI

Congress held in Beijing from

3 to 11 July 2008, for his

significant contribution to the

development of algorithmic

foundation of multi-scale

representation of spatial

d a t a . T h e a w a r d w a s

presented at the Gala Dinner of the Congress on the evening of 10 July

2008.

The ISPRS founded in Vienna, Austria in 1910, has over 100 country

members and holds its congress every four years where awards are

presented at each congress.

The Gino Cassinis Award is sponsored by the Italian Society for

Surveying and Photogrammetry (SIFET) and is presented to a person who

has significantly enhanced the mathematical/statistical foundations of

photogrammetry, remote sensing or spatial information sciences in the four

years preceding the Congress.

Prof. Li has recently authored a research monograph titled Algorithmic

Foundation of Multi-scale Spatial Representation published in 2007 by

CRC Press (Taylor & Francis Group). This book lays down an excellent

mathematical/algorithmic foundation for multi-scale representation and digital

map generalization. He carried out a systematic study of the geometric

transformations required for multi-scale representation and has differentiated

six groups with a total of 40 operations (while there are only 12 or fewer

operations in existing literature). After the appropriate operations have been

identified, Prof. Li has made at least one algorithm available for each of

them. All these operations and algorithms together form a mathematical

foundation for multi-scale representation and digital map generalization.

Awarded with the Schwidefsky Medal by ISPRS in 2004 for his original

research and publication in multi-dimensional modelling and related areas,

Prof. Li has become the third person honoured twice in ISPRS history.


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LSGI Researcher Wins Best Paper Award

土 地 測 量 及 地 理 資 訊 學 系 研 究 員 獲 最 佳 論 文 獎

Dr. DENG Min, a Research Associate with Prof. Li Zhilin of the Department

of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics, has recently won Best Papers by

Young Authors Awards from the International Society for Photogrammetry and

Remote Sensing (ISPRS) at its 21st Congress held in Beijing.

Best Papers by Young Authors Awards are presented to authors who are

less than 35 years of age and are the sole author of a high quality paper

presented at the Congress. Dr. Deng wins this prize for his paper entitled A

Hierarchical Representation of Line-Region Topological Relations.

Dr. Deng has been working with Prof. Li as a Research Associate for 4 years

and his work is currently supported by a Research Grant Council Competitive

Earmarked Research Grant (now General Research Fund) project entitled

Handling Spatial Inconsistency in Map Updating with Integrated Relational

Modelswith Prof. Li as the Principle Investor (PI).




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A Hierarchical

Representation of Line-Region Topological Relations

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Handling Spatial Inconsistency in Map Updating with Integrated

relational Models

2005

13


Awards and Achievements

學 者 學 生 成 績 斐 然

LSGI Scholar Leads International Commission on Geographic Information Science

土 地 測 量 及 地 理 資 訊 學 系 學 者 領 導 國 際 組 織 研 究 空 間 數 據 及 地 理 資 訊

Prof. John Shi Wenzhong of the Department of Land Surveying & Geo-

Informatics at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has been elected

President of Technical Commission II for a four-year term (2008 to 2012) at

the recently held Congress of the International Society for Photogrammetry

and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) in Beijing. This is the first time that a scientist

from Hong Kong serves as a Technical Commission President since the

Societys inception in 1910.

ISPRS is an international, non-profit, non-governmental organization

comprising of 176 professional societies and national organizations from

more than 120 countries. It is devoted to the development of international

cooperation for the advancement of knowledge, research, development

and education in photogrammetry, remote sensing and spatial information

sciences for the well being of mankind and sustainability of the environment.

ISPRS carries out its scientific and technical work through eight Technical

Commissions, each hosted by a member organization for a four-year term

between Congresses. Prof. Shi, representing Hong Kong, was entrusted

with leading the Technical Commission II, which addresses the fundamental

issues of spatial data handling and geographic information science. Prof. Shi

will take up the responsibilities of organising international working groups,

arranging a major Commission symposium and selecting academic papers

to be presented at the Congress.

Prof. Shi has been awarded the 2007 State Natural Science Award

(Second-class) by the State Council of China, and bestowed with the China

Science and Technology Progress Award in Surveying and Mapping (Firstclass)

by the State of the Bureau of Surveying and Mapping and Chinese

Society for Geodesy, Photogrammetry and Cartography in 2005. He

was also honoured with the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI)

Award for Best Scientific Paper in GIS (first-place) by American Society of

Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing in 2006.


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ISPRS

I am honoured and privileged to be given this opportunity to contribute

to the mission of the Society. It is a recognition of academic leadership of

researchers in Hong Kong and PolyU by the international community in the

area of spatial information sciences,said Prof. Shi.

An internationally acclaimed expert in Geographic Information Systems (GIS),

Prof. Shi has developed a series of new mathematical models and improved

solutions for modelling uncertainties in spatial data and spatial analyses.

The breakthrough is considered setting the stage for the current research on

uncertainty modelling in GIS.

The dynamic data models and mathematical analysis built upon his theory

on spatial data quality and uncertainty can greatly improve the accuracy

and quality of spatial data, such as remotely sensed imageries from satellite,

thereby promoting the further advancement of GIS in both theory and

practices, such as building a high quality digital city.

A prolific researcher, Prof. Shi has authored 10 books and published more

than 350 research articles, including some 70 Science Citation Index (SCI)

papers. His theory is now included in the syllabus of many higher education

institutions in China and designated as a major subject of study.

ISPRS


(GIS)




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70Science Citation Index (SCI)


20072005


2006ESRI


CSE Academics Appointed to Important Professional Posts

土 木 及 結 構 工 程 學 系 教 授 獲 業 界 委 任 多 項 重 要 公 職

Prof. Wang Tao was appointed as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Geophysical Research- Atmospheres, a leading Geosciences

journal published by the American Geophysical Union. He was named as a Scientific Advisor to the Hong Kong Observatory from

2008-2013, providing advice to the agency on its long-term research and development. Prof. Wang was also appointed as a Senior

Consultant to the Chinese magazine Environment.

– (AGU)

(2008-2013)


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Awards and Achievements

學 者 學 生 成 績 斐 然

Professor Jianhua YIN Receives ‘John Booker Medal’and gave a Keynote Speech at

12th IACMAG Conference, Goa, India

殷 建 華 教 授 獲 國 際 岩 土 力 學 計 算 方 法 與 進 展 協 會 (IACMAG) 頒 授 「 布 克 獎 」 並 發 表 主 題 演 說

The 12th International Conference of the International Association for

Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics (12th IACMAG

Conference) was held from 1-6 October 2008, Goa, India. Professor

Jianhua YIN of the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering was

awarded the John Booker Medalof IACMAG for excellent contributions

in test study of the nonlinear and time-dependent stress-strain behavior of

soils, development and applications of elastic visco-plastic constitutive

models, and consolidation analyses.

The awardees were selected by an international committee made of six

individuals prominent in Geomechanics. They performed comprehensive

reviews and recommended the awardees. The John Booker Medal

recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions in research

in geomechanics for nonlinear and time-dependent problems including

analytical and computational methods, constitutive modeling, consolidation,

and contaminant transport. Consideration is given to mathematical rigor

and elegance that leads to fundamental understanding and insight into

engineering and physical phenomena. The John Booker Medal

is a prestigious award and a great honor to scholars working in the

geomechanics field.

The 12th International Conference of the International Association

for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics (12th

IACMAG) is the largest event of IACMAG and is held every

3 to 4 years at different countries around the World. This

conference was held for 5 days in the Hotel Marriott of

beautiful costal Goa, India and attracted 650 delegates

from 36 countries. On the first day of the conference,

Professor Jianhua Yin gave a keynote speech entitled The

Stress-Strain-Strength Behaviour of a Completely Decomposed Granite

Soil Using a New Advanced True Triaxial Testing System. Professor Yin is

Vice-President of the International Association for Computer Methods and

Advances in Geomechanics and a Co-Editor of the International Journal of

Geomechanics published by the American Society of Civil Engineers, an

official publication of IACMAG.

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(IACMAG)

(John Booker Medal)





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IACMAG





--

IACMAG



Entry Scholarship for the Postgraduate Scheme in Construction and Land Use

建 設 及 地 政 學 院 碩 士 組 合 課 程 新 生 獎 學 金 計 劃

The scholarship covered the tuition fees for the study of a MSc programme

of the Postgraduate Scheme in Construction and Land Use for the academic

year 2008/2009 (including Semesters 1, 2 and Summer Term). The

maximum amount for each awardee was HK$81,000. The conditions

included the recipients being entitled to a waiver of the tuition fees for

subjects they studyied in 2008/09 Semester 1 and the continuation of the

scholarship in 2008/09 Semester 2 being dependent on their results in

Semester 1. The cumulative GPA requirement was at least 3.2.

2008/09

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$81,0002008/09

3.2


The Scholarship Awardees were as follows 2008/09

Mr. Chiu Wing Cheong Gerald


Miss Tian Jun


Miss Fung Lok Yan Esther


Mr. Sze Wai Ching


Miss Leung Shuk Yan


Mr. Chan Ho Tak


Miss M.A. Man Wah


Mr. Zhao Yang


MSc in Construction and Real Estate


MSc in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution


MSc in Project Management


MSc in Building Services Engineering


MSc in Facility Management


MSc in Fire and Safety Engineering


MSc in Environmental Management and Engineering


MSc in Civil Engineering


Awards and Achievements

學 者 學 生 成 績 斐 然

BRE Graduate Won Merit Dissertation Award

建 築 及 房 地 產 學 系 畢 業 生 榮 獲 優 異 論 文 獎

In June 2008, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University's Student Chapter

of The International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and

Construction (CIB), has offered the Undergraduate Division's Merit Award for

Best Final Year Dissertation Competition to the Department of Real Estate (BRE)

graduate Mr. Ricky Kwan Wai-Kit - BSc (Hons) Property Management. His

winning dissertation was titled An Empirical Study of Open Space Planning

in Hong Kong: A Case Study of Kwun Tong Districtwhich was supervised

by Dr Daniel W.M. Chan of the BRE.

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(CIB)






The dissertation aimed to arouse the public concern about the problem of

open space planning in Hong Kong through a case study of Kwun Tong

District. The research was based on a questionnaire survey with adjacent

residents, in-depth face-to-face interviews with relevant District Councillors

and case studies.

The scope of study included the following:

The definition, classification, function and advantages of these Open

Spaces

• Existing open space planning control in Hong Kong specific to Kwun Tong

• Public satisfaction with existing open space planning and future open

space planning expectations

• International experiences of open space planning

• Insights for the enhancement of future open space planning in Hong Kong













Photo of Mr. Kwan Wai-kit, Ricky (right) taken with

his dissertation supervisor, Dr Daniel Chan (left) after the

FCLU Graduation Ceremony 2008

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The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Student Chapter of CIB

Best Final Year Dissertation Competition 2008

國 際 建 築 工 程 研 究 與 創 新 理 事 會 理 工 大 學 分 會 「2008 年 最 佳 畢 業 論 文 比 賽 」

Dr. John Fai-Yip YEUNG, who was a PhD graduate of the Building and

Real Estate Department (BRE) in November 2007, is currently a Postdoctoral

Fellow there. He received the Distinction Award under the Postgraduate

Division of the Best Final Year Dissertation Competition 2008 from The Hong

Kong Polytechnic University Student Chapter of the The International Council

for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB).

related issues in construction management and technology. It aims to bring

together both the undergraduate and postgraduate students to develop

research interests and meaningful exchanges between the entire spectrum of

building and construction interests and the global research community. The

Best Final Year Dissertation Award aims to recognise the efforts of final year

undergraduates and postgraduates on their projects and theses.

Johns PhD thesis is titled Developing a Partnering Performance Index (PPI)

for Construction Projects - A Fuzzy Set Theory Approach. It aims to set up

a comprehensive, reliable, objective and practical performance evaluation

model to evaluate the performance of partnering

projects through the Delphi survey technique and

Fuzzy Set Theory. With the development of Key

Performance Indicators (KPIs) as a performance

evaluation model for partnering projects, a

benchmark for measuring the performance of

partnering projects can be established. As a result,

construction senior executives and project managers

can apply it to measure, monitor and improve

the performance of their partnering projects. John

was supervised by Prof. Albert P.C. Chan (Chief

Supervisor) and Dr. Daniel W.M. Chan (Co-

Supervisor) of the BRE Department.

The HK PolyU Student Chapter of CIB is a newly

set up organization with the intent to develop the

desire, on the part of students, to become more

involved with the international construction research

community. The Chapter is designed to provide

a forum for sharing and discussing research-

Dr. John Yeung (middle) together with his research

supervisors, Prof. Albert Chan (right) and Dr. Daniel Chan

(left) after the Faculty Graduation Ceremony held on 5

November 2007

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(Delphi)

(Fuzzy Set Theory)

(KPIs)




CIB








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Recent Events

活 動 剪 影

Recent Events

活 動 剪 影

Gammon Construction Limited’s HK$1.65 Million Support for Construction

Virtual Prototyping Laboratory and Division Opening Ceremony

金 門 建 築 捐 出 一 百 六 十 五 萬 港 元 及 成 立 「 理 工 金 門 虛 擬 施 工 研 究 部 」

Under the leadership of Professor Heng Li, the Department of Building and

Real Estates Construction Virtual Prototyping Laboratory (CVP Lab) has

been enjoying great success in being widely used in 27 projects, earning

excellent reputation in Hong Kong and the China Mainland since it launched

in 2004. Its achievement has gained the attention of local and overseas

media through extensive coverage.

Since 2005, Gammon Construction Limited, one of the leading construction

companies in Asia, and the CVP Lab have been joining hands in developing

a wide range of large-scale international projects including The Venetian

Macao, One Island East, commercial buildings, shopping malls

and infrastructure construction. In the different phases from planning to

construction, the CVP Lab constructs virtual graphical simulations so as to

verify and optimize construction operations as well as to achieve cost-saving.

The CVP Lab successfully fits Gammons needs to pursue excellence in the

Construction Industry.

The CVP Lab was given a new leaf on 28 October 2008 when a big

cheque of HK$1.65 Million financial support was received together with

the promise of an extra support of HK$6 Million for the coming four years.

The PolyU-Gammon Virtual Construction Research Divisionwas officially

launched in the Gammon Cheque Handover

cum Division Opening Ceremony.

The Division realizes the belief of

pursuing a sustaining collaboration for

strategic benefits and advancements

in both areas of research and

commerce. This combination

of expertise and resources will

surely address the increasingly

dynamic challenges in the

C o n s t r u c t i o n I n d u s t r y a n d

accomplish the aspiration of

extending joint efforts globally.


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Recent Events

活 動 剪 影

FACULTY OF CONSTRUCTION AND LAND USE SEMINARS

建 設 及 地 政 學 院 研 討 會

Dynamic Response of Fibre Metal Laminates

Subjected to Impact

Dr. Zhongwei Guan, Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering at the University

of Liverpool, UK discusses the Dynamic Response of Fibre Metal Laminate

(FMLs) Subjected to Impact. FMLs, thin layers of metal sheets and

unindirectional fibre layers embedded in an advhesive system were patented

over two decades ago, and have superior material properties to resist impact

loading and fatigue. Currently they are being used in the manufacturing of

the American C-17 transport aircraftscargo doors whilst Glass-Reinforced

(GLARE) FMLs are being used in the manufacturing of the upper fuselage of

the A380.

Using FMLs as skins, novel sandwich structures can be made with metallic

foam core or SLM lattice core. They developed numerical models using

explicit algorithms to simulate deformation and failure modes of FMLs

subjected to projectile impact and blast loading. All models are validated

against experimental results, which are used to optimize FMLs. Such work

had huge potential in developing impact/blast resistant structures, especially

in the aerospace industry.

(FMLs)


Zhongwei Guan (FMLs)FMLs


C-17

/GLARE

A380






Consideration of Vertical Acceleration Effects in Seismic

Design of Concrete Highway Bridges

Sashi K. Kunnath, Professor of Structural Engineering at the University of

California at Davis conducted this seminar based on a comprehensive

series of simulations carried out on a range of typical bridge configurations

to isolate the effects of vertical motions on the seismic response of ordinary

reinforced concrete highway bridges. Results reveal that vertical ground

motions can have a significant effect on (i) the axial force demand in

columns; (II) moment demands at the face of the bent cap, and (iii) moment

demands at the middle of the span.

The first two issues are less of a concern in the present study since the axial

capacity of the columns and the moment capacity of the girders at the face

of the bent cap are generally adequate to resist the increase in the respective

demands due to vertical effects. On the other hand, the amplification of

negative moments in the mid-span section is identified as the primary issue

that should be addressed in the context of existing seismic guidelines in

California. In particular, for the current requirement, the vertical effects are

considered as the equivalent to 25% of the dead load applied in the upward

and downward directions. The reinforcement resulting from this requirement

is found to be inadequate for a significant number of cases examined in this

study.


Sashi K. Kunnath



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25%

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Recent Events

活 動 剪 影

BRE Students Joining Study Tour — Student Accounts

建 築 及 房 地 產 學 系 學 生 參 加 遊 學 團 — 活 動 後 感

Berlin

Seoul

Berlin, the capital of Germany was destroyed seriously during World War

II (WWII) yet has recovered and transformed itself into an international city.

As Germany thinks highly of the conservation of historical buildings and the

implementation of new ideas into them, we feel this to be the way forward

for future property development in Hong Kong. Hence we selected Berlin

as the destination of our study tour.

During our seven-day tour, we visited the local government department,

the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning to investigate the

topic of the development and application of public-private partnership

(PPP). Although the application of PPP in Germany was still in its infancy,

there were some great achievements. We visited Faculty VI of Technische

University Berlin and have discussed with them the topics of the property

market both in Hong Kong and Berlin. We also made presentations to

them based on the topic of the redevelopment achievements in Hong Kong.

Finally, we participated in an exhibition organized by the DENA Agency to

visit three energy-efficient buildings.

After WWII, Germany concentrated on the issues of town planning,

focusing on the rehabilitation of historical monuments. In our study

tour, we visited two monuments, the Reichstag Building and the Kaiser

–Wilhelm –Gedächtniskirche, both of which are excellent examples of

the fusion of ancient and modern styles with minimum destruction to their

original characteristics. The Reichstag Building has retained its outlook but

incorporated modern features, for example, the iconic large glass dome

at the top of the building. The Kaiser –Wilhelm –Gedächtniskirche and the

newly-built neighborhood church have induced an impressive harmonized

effect. With the aid of our tour guide – Debra, we have all learned a lot

about the history and architecture of Germany.





In the previous summer vacation, I have been to

Seoul, Korea with my colleagues. During these

7-days, we had visited two famous Korean

Universities - Hanyang University and Seoul National

University. They presented some of their research on

Korean construction projects to us and provided a

sharing sessionfor discussion.

We also visited the Hyundai Engineering &

Construction Company who enlightened us with

the implementation of advanced technology

in housing as we visited their construction

sites. This enhanced our knowledge of Korean

building technology. Compared to Hong Kongs

construction sites, the environment of the Korean

ones are better. Unfortunately, we encountered a

political demonstration on the trip, thus some of our

destinations were cancelled.

During the preparation stage, we had to face many

problems such as communicating with the Korean

Universities, seeking sponsorship and planning the

schedule etc. As President of the Study Tour, I have

gained valuable experience from the challenges.

I would like to thank my professors and committee

members for their help in the tour because as they

have contributed so much to the trip.



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Debra












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Recent Events

活 動 剪 影

BRE Received a HK$1 Million Donation from China Overseas Holdings Limited

中 國 建 築 捐 資 100 萬 予 建 築 及 房 地 產 學 系

China State Construction International Holdings Limited has recently donated

HK$1 million to the Department of Building and Real Estate (BRE). The

donation, to be used on virtual construction study and collaboration, further

strengthened the strategic partnership of China State Construction and the

Faculty of Construction and Land Use (FCLU) in order to achieve a win-win

situation.

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The cheque presentation ceremony was held on the 16th May 2008. Mr.

Zhou Yong, Vice-chairman and the Chief Executive Officer of China State

Construction presented the cheque to Professor Teng Jin-Guang, Dean of the

FCLU.

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Mr. Zhou Yong (right), Vice-chairman

and Chief Executive Officer of China

State Construction presents the cheque

of HK$1 million to Professor Teng Jin-

Guang, the Faculty Dean


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BRE Graduate, Mr. Ng Wing Hong, receiving the Honor of Building Naming in PolyU

理 大 教 學 大 樓 以 建 築 及 房 地 產 學 系 畢 業 生 伍 永 康 先 生 命 名

of Japanese occupation and

1973s oil crises were tough

times for Mr. Ng. Fortunately,

the University referred jobs to

him, which was a significant

milestone to his stay in the

Construction Industry for over

50 years.

Presently, as Honorary Life Director of the PolyU Development Fund, Mr. Ng

is an exemplary PolyU alumnus and plays an essential part of good role

model for the young generation.

(from right) Mr. and Mrs. Ng, Prof. Poon Chung Kwong, PolyU President and Dr. Ng Tat Lun

Deputy Chairman of PolyU Council

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One of the first building graduates in 1939, Mr. Ng Wing Hong received

the honor of the ST Wing Naming on the campus, giving unwavering

support to the University over the past 70 years.

On 19 September 2008, the Naming Ceremony of the Ng Wing Hong

Building was officiated by Mr. Ng along with Dr. Ng Tat Lun, Deputy

Chairman of the PolyU Council and Prof. Poon Chung Kwong, President

of PolyU. The Naming Ceremony means a lot to the University. Despite

Mr. Ngs leave from the campus, Mr. Ng keeps a very close tie with us

and shows his great enthusiasm by his active participation in our activities

and generous contributions to the University. In recognition of his care and

passion for the University, the ST Wing was officially named Ng Wing

Hong Buildingin the Ceremony.

In the unstable war years, Mr. Ng had no choice but to start his job in the

construction industry instead of studying when he was only 15 years old.

His work taught him the importance of professional education, hence he

furthered his study in the Department of Building of the then Government

Trade School in 1937. Mr. Ng then continued his construction work in his

own company. However, the community encountered the difficult periods


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Recent Events

活 動 剪 影

34th International Symposium on CIBW062 Water Supply and Drainage for Buildings

第 34 屆 國 際 建 築 給 排 水 學 術 研 討 會

With the support of the International Council for Research and Innovation

in Building and Construction (CIB) W062 commission members, the 34th

International Symposium on Water Supply and Drainage for Buildings

(CIBW062 2008 Hong Kong) was held at The Hong Kong Polytechnic

University from 8-10 September 2008. The symposium was organized by

the Department of Building Services Engineering (BSE) and supported by

PolyU. The organizing committee chairman, the programme manager and

the conference secretary were Dr. L.T. Wong, Dr. K.W. Mui and Miss S.M.

Leung respectively.

The symposium welcome speech was delivered by Prof. W.K. Chow, Chair

Professor of Architectural Science and Fire Engineering and Acting Head

of the Department of Building Services Engineering, PolyU. An opening

speech was delivered by Prof. K.C. Ho, Dean of the School of Science

& Technology of The Open University of Hong Kong on the Protection of

Drinking Water Quality in Hong Kong.

Over 60 overseas delegates were from Belgium, USA, Brazil, Japan, UK,

France, Taiwan, Germany, Portugal, Slovenia, Switzerland, Holland and

over 10 professionals were from Hong Kong. Forty-three papers presented

in 8 plenary sessions illustrated current research areas in water demands

and consumptions, hot water system designs, water quality, water system

planning and standardization, testing and evaluations for drainage systems,

modelling, sustainable designs and planning.

More details about the event were available at:

www.bse.polyu.edu.hk/wsdb2008/index.html

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Symposium on Architectural & Environmental Acoustics in Hong Kong, Shanghai & Taipei

香 港 、 上 海 及 臺 北 三 地 建 築 聲 學 與 環 境 聲 學 專 業 交 流 會 議

On 20 June 2008, the Department of Building Services Engineering (BSE)

of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and Hong Kong Institute

of Acoustics jointly organized a one-day symposium on the Architectural &

Environmental Acoustics in Hong Kong, Shanghai & Taipeiat the PolyU.

The purpose of the symposium is to keep local professionals updated on

the latest acoustical development and technology within the three cities.

There were about 60 participants from consulting companies, contracting

companies, universities and government departments in the symposium. There

were several speakers from Hong Kong, Shanghai and Taipei including Ir.

Dr. C.M. Mak from the BSE, PolyU.

Speakers shared their invaluable experiences on architectural design, noise

control ordinances, noise mapping, as well as latest research developments.

Professionals were invited to express their views on how to deal with the

different issues encountered, stimulating ideas in two open forums. Prof. W.K.

Chow, Head of the BSE, PolyU gave the closing speech. Souvenirs ware

presented to speakers at the end of the symposium.

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Recent Events

活 動 剪 影

The 9th International Symposium on Building and Urban Environmental Engineering (BUEE)

第 九 屆 建 築 與 城 市 環 境 工 程 國 際 研 討 會

The 9th International Symposium on Building and Urban Environmental

Engineering (BUEE2008) was held successfully from 7 to 10 July 2008 at

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU). Major topics covered in this

symposium were: indoor environment; urban environment; building facility

and systems; ecological environment; and sustainable buildings.

The Symposium was jointly organized by the Department of Building Services

Engineering, PolyU, Tokyo Institute of Technology and Hangyang University,

Seoul. Professor W.K. Chow and Dr. K.T. Chan from PolyU were the

Organizing Chairman and Secretary. The symposium was partially financed

by a conference support grant from the Faculty of Construction and Land Use

of PolyU and was supported by The Chartered Institution of Building Services

Engineers – Hong Kong Branch.

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The BUEE2008 welcome speech was delivered by Professor J.G. Teng,

Associate Vice President and Dean, Faculty of Construction and Land Use,

PolyU. Two opening speeches were delivered by Ir. Vincent Tse, Managing

Director of Parsons Brinckerhoff (Asia) Ltd and Chairman of the Departmental

Advisory Committee, Department of Building Services Engineering, PolyU;

and Professor Ronald Chin, Assistant Director, Architectural Services

Department, Government of the HKSAR.




Over 80 delegates from Canada, Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan

attended the symposium. Sixty-two papers were presented in twelve plenary

sessions and one poster session. The Best Paper Award and Best Poster

Award were also presented.

Amazing Summer in “ACBC 2008 Workshop”

建 築 及 房 地 產 學 系 「ACBC 2008 Workshop」

This Summer, the students of BSc(Hons) Building Engineering and

Management enjoyed an amazing and fruitful holiday as their overseas

friends from Osaka University and the University of Seoul flew out to our

Campus to join the Asian Coalition for Building Science and Construction

Engineering 2008 Workshop.(ACBC 2008 Workshop).

Jointly organized by the three leading universities since 2006, the ACBC

Workshop aims at furthering learning opportunities and international

exposure among universities and students in the areas of Building Sciences

and Construction Engineering.

Management Systems in the Hong Kong Construction Industry. Site visits

were also organised to the citys prominent construction projects, the Atrium

Hotel Renovation Projectand the HKCEC Expansion Project.

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With the theme of Sustainability-Construction Engineering in the Context

of Hong Kong, the highlights of this years ACBC Workshop included

the industrial professionalspresentations International Commerce Centre

– Green and Safe Constructionand the Development of Sustainable


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Group picture of all participating

students and staff in ACBC 2008

Workshop


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Recent Events

活 動 剪 影

BRE Students Stepping into the University of Cambridge

建 築 及 房 地 產 學 系 畢 業 生 負 笈 劍 橋 大 學 深 造

This academic year, with outstanding achievements, two of our very own

students, Vivien Chan Wai Yan, BSc(Hons) in Property Management and

Stephanie Chan Wai Fan,, BSc(Hons) in Surveying, joined the internationally

acclaimed Cambridge University to further their studies in MPhil - Real Estate

Finance.

Having graduated with First Class Honours, Vivien Chan ranked first in her

class and was awarded a range of honours including the Innovative Prize

of CIB Dissertation Competition, the Scholarship of the Royal Institution of

Chartered Surveyors (Hong Kong), the Deans Honours List and so on.

Stephanie Chan also graduated with First Class Honours for her first degree

in 2008. She had been in the U.K. for an exchange programme during

semester 2 of her year 2 and actively joined a number of extra-curricular

activities and community events.

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Stephanie Chan in the U.K.


Vivien Chan (1st in the front row) with her team mates

after seminar

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Professor K.T. Chau Visited Sichuan After the 512 Earthquake

周 錦 添 教 授 四 川 視 察 512 地 震 災 後 情 況

From 23 to 25 May 2008, Professor K.T. Chau of the Department of Civil

and Structural Engineering visited various sites severely affected by the

magnitude 8 Sichuan Earthquake of 12 May 2008. He stopped at Mianzhu

City, Dujiangyan City, and Leigu City (5km south of Beichuan County)

and called upon Fu Xin Second Primary School at Mianzhu City, Ju Yuan

Secondary School near Dujiangyan City, both completely collapsed, as well

as the severely damaged Lei Gu Junior High School at Leigu City.

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The remains of an un-reinforced

brick column at the Fu Xin Second

Primary School at Mianzhu, unable

to resist any earthquake shaking



The brick was found inside a

damaged beam at the Ju Yuan

Secondary School near Dujiangyin.

The quality control of construction

was obviously bad



The ruins of the Fu Xin Second

Primary School at Mianzhu


Professor K.T. Chau (second from the left) with earthquake engineering experts from the

Institute of Engineering Mechanics (IEM), China Earthquake Administration, at Dujiangyin (the

Rescue Center of Sichuan Earthquake)

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New Academic Staff

學 院 新 教 員

Ms. Esther Cheung

張 泳 沁 女 士

Tutor

Department of Building and

Real Estate


Esther Cheung, BEng(Hons), MPhil,

obtained her BEng (Hons) degree

in Environmental Engineering at The

University of Nottingham in England.

After several years of working in waste management research, she further

studied for an MPhil degree looking at the photocatalytic behaviour of

recycled products. She successfully obtained her MPhil degree from the

Department of Civil Engineering at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

She is currently registered as a PhD student looking at Public Private

Partnerships, in the School of Built Environment at Queensland University of

Technology in Australia.

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Dr. Cheung Hiu-dan

張 曉 丹 博 士

Tutor

Department of Building

Services Engineering


Dr. Cheung Hiu-dan obtained her BEng

Degree in Building Services Engineering

from the Hong Kong Polytechnic

University in 2000. After graduation, she

gained practical experience by working in a building services engineering

consultancy. She completed her PhD degree at PolyU in 2006 and worked

as a Teaching Associate at the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education

before returning to PolyU for her current position. Her major research interests

are the utilization of daylight in dense urban surroundings and the assessment

of interior lighting environments based on subjective sensations.

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Dr. DAI Jian-Guo

戴 建 國

Assistant Professor


Department of Civil and Structural

Engineering


Dr. DAI Jian-Guo was born in Jiangsu

P r o v i n c e , C h i n a i n 1 9 7 4 . H e

graduated with his BSc degree from

Dalian University of Technology in 1994 and obtained his PhDs from Dalian

University of Technology and Hokkaido University in 2000 and 2003

respectively. Before joining PolyU, he worked as a Post-Doctoral Research

Fellow for the Center of Excellent (COE) project System for Sustainable

Infrastructurein Hokkaido University for two years, and then as a researcher

in the Life Cycle Management Research Center, Port and Airport Research

Institute, Japan for two and a half years. His research interests and main

fields of experience are Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) composites for

repair and strengthening of concrete structures, Durability and life cycle

management of concrete structures under marine environment, and fiber

reinforced concrete.

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Mr. Sam Hung T. S.

孔 德 心 先 生

Tutor

Department of Building and

Real Estate


Mr. Sam T.S. Hung obtained his

Masters degree in Electronic Business

from the Edith Cowan University, his

Postgraduate Diploma in Arbitration

from the College of Estate Management, a Bachelors degree in Law from

the University of Wolverhampton, and a Higher Diploma in Building from the

City University of Hong Kong. He has many years of contract administration

experience in serving main contractors, property developers and public

authorities. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators,

the Chartered Institute of Building and the Royal Institution of Chartered

Surveyors.






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New Academic Staff

學 院 新 教 員

Dr. Tareef Hayat Khan

Tutor

Department of Building and

Real Estate


Dr. Tareef Hayat Khan obtained his

Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) degree

from the Bangladesh University of

Engineering and Technology (BUET),

Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1995. He

obtained his Masters of Architecture

in Human Settlements (M.Arch) from the Catholic University of Leuven

(KULeuven), Belgium, in 2000, and completed his PhD in 2008 at the

Department of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong (HKU). In between

his studies, he was engaged in both academic and professional fields. He

joined the Department of Architecture at the Ahsanullah University of Science

and Technology (AUST). In Dhaka, Bangladesh he was a Lecturer in 1996

and became Assistant Professor in 2001. Besides his teaching career he is a

registered Architect in Bangladesh and continues professional practice as a

freelance Architect. He also obtained a Masters in Artificial Intelligence (MAI)

from KUL, Belgium in 2001.

On a personal level, Tareef is actively engaged in music and sports. He is

accomplished in two North Indian Style Classical instruments Tablaand

Sarod. He performed in different occasions and has disciples around the

world including Hong Kong. He is also an avid Cricketplayer and part of

the Bangladesh Cultural Centre Hong Kong (BCC-HK) Cricket team, playing

in the Social League in Hong Kong. He is also a keen Badminton player.

Dr. Khan showed his organizing skills both in Hong Kong and in Bangladesh

as the immediate President of the CIB Student Chapter of HKU, and was

convener of major events in AUST, Dhaka, including annual departmental

festivals and annual cultural programs during his stay.

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Dr. Khan

Ahsanullah


Dr. Zhu Songye

朱 松 曄 博 士

Assistant Professor


Department of Civil and

Structural Engineering


Dr. Songye ZHU recently joined the

Department of Civil and Structural

Engineering (CSE) as an Assistant

Professor. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Structural Engineering

from Tongji University, Shanghai in 2000 and 2003 respectively, and his

Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, USA

in 2008. His major research interests include smart material and structures,

structural health monitoring, multi-hazard mitigation and performancebased

design methodology. As one of his primary objectives, Dr. Zhu will

dedicate himself to promoting the development and application of advanced

technology in structural engineering via his research and teaching at PolyU.


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Forthcoming Events

最 新 動 向

Date Event Venue Organizer(s) Enquiries

16-18 July

2009

18th International Symposium

of Transportation and Traffic

Theory

Chiang Chen Studio

Theatre, PolyU

Department of Civil and

Structural Engineering

Co-organizer:

Hong Kong Society for

Transportation Studies

Prof. William Lam

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

Tel: (852) 2766 6070

Fax: (852) 2334 6389

E-mail: secretary@isttt18.org

Website: www.isttt18.org

9-11 December

2009

6th International Conference

on Advances in Steel Structures

Hong Kong

Department of Civil and

Structural Engineering

Prof. S.L. Chan

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

Tel: (852) 2766 6047

Fax: (852) 2334 6389

E-mail: ceslchan@polyu.edu.hk

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Construction and Land Use for students, staff, alumni and

friends of the Faculty. The newsletter contains information

known as of December 2008. For electronic version,

please visit www.polyu.edu.hk/fclu/newsletter.



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Chairman: Prof. Jin-Guang Teng

Members: Prof. L.Y. Shen,

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Dr. K.T. Chan,

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Prof. William Lam,

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

Dr. Lilian Pun,

Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics

We welcome your articles, news and updates. All

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