Construction and infrastructure make significant contributions to economic growth and social development. In Hong Kong, the annual construction output will reach HK$300billion in the coming years. However, the construction industry in many economies face significant challenges such as labour shortages, an ageing workforce and cost escalation, which hamper the enhancement of productivity and sustainability. Various innovative approaches have been developed, spearheaded by modular integrated construction (MiC), coupled with the adoption of many smart technologies such as AI, IoT, VR, robot, Digital Twin, etc. This workshop aims to systematically explore the knowledge, theory, and technology solutions of innovation in construction and infrastructure development. The workshop will first define the key concepts within their theoretical contexts. We will then examine the smart technologies adopted in construction with demonstration cases. Innovations and technologies will be illustrated using various real-life projects. Metaphorically, MiC acts as an aircraft carrier to drive smart technologies which act as fighter aircrafts, in return, to safeguard and empower MiC in transforming the industry towards sustained success. The workshop will also explore the prospective development of innovation by sharing the latest research and development led by CICID and MiC Lab of HKU.
Topic: Build Smart – Innovation in Construction
Date: April 28, 2021 (Wednesday), 2pm – 3pm
Speaker: Professor Wei Pan, Professor and Executive Director of Centre for Innovation in Construction and Infrastructure Development, Department of Civil Engineering, HKU
Moderator: Professor Thomas Ng, Associate Dean of Engineering (Student Development) & Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, HKU
Mode: At Tam Wing Fan Innovation Wing or via ZOOM
Professor Wei Pan is Executive Director of Centre for Innovation in Construction and Infrastructure Development of Department of Civil Engineering, HKU. He received BSc(Eng) in Civil Engineering from Hunan University in 1995 and MSc and PhD in Construction Management from Loughborough University in 2003 and 2006 respectively. He is Chartered Builder, Chartered Environmentalist, Fellow of Higher Education Academy and Member of HK Institution of Engineers, and practised in China, Singapore and UK. He has published over 250 scientific papers covering the topics of modular, sustainable and smart construction, and secured over HK$90million research funding. Prof Pan was named Distinguished Young Investigator of China Frontiers of Engineering by the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and awarded in the 2020 Honours List by the Chief Executive of the HKSAR.
InnoEdge creates opportunities for active exchange and learning for the advanced technologies and/or research outcomes from pioneering Engineering projects in the Faculty of Engineering. It is an innovative and multidisciplinary programme for bringing together like-minded students in an active peer learning community where they can delve into diverse topics pertinent to the use of cutting-edge technologies.