Academic and Professional Activities

Visit of Academic Staff and Young Ambassadors from National United University of Taiwan
15 Jan 2014
Professors Chen Nan-Kuang and Chiang Li-Chi, and a group of young ambassadors from National United University (NUU) of Taiwan visited the College, and met with our students from various departments (Civil Engineering, Computer Sciences, Architectures, Chinese Literature, Journalism and Communication, and Business Administration) on 15 Jan 2014. Presentations were given by students of NUU and the College to introduce the history and the recent development of both institutions. Students also had an opportunity to exchange views and shared their study experiences.
Seminar on Sustainable Construction delivered by Gammon Construction Limited
29 November 2013
A seminar on “Sustainable Construction” was delivered by Ms Erica Lam, sustainability manager of Gammon Construction Limited to a group of civil engineering students on 29 November 2013. During the seminar, Ms Lam described the important elements for nowadays’ sustainable construction and Gammon’s previous experiences on how those elements can be achieved in real practices. The objective of the seminar is to enhance the students’ awareness on issues such as environmental protections, societal impacts and economic achievements and how balances can be made between these elements under construction works.
Visit by Academic Staff from National United University of Taiwan
18 November 2013
Further to the visit to the National United University, Taiwan and signing of the MOU in May this year, Dr. Chen Nan-Kuang, Director of Optoelectronics Research Center and also Chief of International Affairs Division visited the Chu Hai College of Higher Education on 18 November 2013. During our meeting, we discussed the various issues on the future possible collaboration opportunities such as student and staff exchange, summer school arrangements as well as the organization of an international conference on Civil Engineering with Advanced Photonic Disaster Precautions in year 2014.
Civil engineering student obtained student scholarship from the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE)
31 October 2013
Ms Li Man Chi, Gigi was presented the student scholarship by the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) Hong Kong Branch during the annual dinner held on 31 October 2013, in recognition of her outstanding academic performance and voluntary service. Gigi is the chairlady of the CSCE Student Chapter of Chu Hai College of Higher Education, starting from 2012 and since then she has been very active in organizing site visits, seminars and other activities for the civil engineering students. During the dinner, she also shared her experience of “time management” and encouraged others to participate for the future events on stage.
Seminar delivered by the Hong Kong Institute of Engineers (HKIE)
15 October 2013
A seminar was held to introduce the organization structure, memberships and activities by the Hong Kong Institute of Engineers (HKIE) to the civil engineering students on 15 October 2013. The talk was delivered by nine speakers (Ir Victor Lo and his team) from the HKIE followed by a Q&A session afterwards. The students were highly benefited in many areas and majority of them joined the HKIE as student members at the end of the event.
Signing MOU with National United University
21 May 2013
The College and the National United University, Taiwan, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to foster academic exchange and cooperation between the two institutions. On 21 May 2013, Dr. KL Pun, Prof. Alan Wong and Ir Gordon Leung of the Department of Civil Engineering represented the College to attend the MOU signing ceremony at the National United University. President Hsu Ming-Hsi of the National United University introduced the recent development of their university and new campus. The attendees from the National United University also included their vice president, deans, directors of research centres, and professors from various departments.
International Conference on Advances in Construction Materials through Science and Engineering
5th – 7th September, 2011
From 5th to 7th September 2011, our students led by Dr. K. T. Wan attended an international conference at Intercontinental Grand Stanford Hotel and Royal Garden Hotel, which was jointly organized by RILEM and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). RILEM is an international union of laboratories and experts in construction materials, system and structure aiming to advance scientific knowledge related to construction materials, systems and structures through collaboration of leading experts in construction practice and science. The goals of this conference were to promote sustainable and safe construction, and improved performance and cost benefit for society. The speakers shared their knowledge and experience to stimulate new directions of research and their applications, and finally aimed at promoting excellence in construction.
25th November, 2011
On 25th November 2011, a representative from Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) gave us a talk that was tailor-made for the students in Department of Architecture and Department of Civil Engineering. The objectives of the talk included enhancement of students’ awareness on corruption risk in construction industry, briefing students on the relevant provisions of Prevention of Bribery Ordinance and to equip students with the skills on handling ethical dilemmas.
Departmental Seminar: Brief Introduction to the Deep Cement Mix Method for the 3rd Airport Runway
03rd January, 2012
Mr. Tommy Leung, general manager of MTR Corporation, gave us a talk on deep cement mixing (DCM). The deep cement mixing method is a state-of-art for insitu treatment of contaminated mud and it can be used in reclamation. By using this method, the existing marine mud is strengthened by the stabilized cement/mud columns. It helps to improve the stability of the soft ground and providing a foundation for reclamation. More importantly, the DCM method can minimize disturbance to contaminated mud and impact on the marine ecosystem.
Enhancing Land Supply Strategy: Reclamation outside Victoria Harbour and Rock Cavern Development, Stage 1 Public Engagement Exercises: Public Forums
04th, 11th, and 18th February, 2012
Our Department was invited to attend a series of public forum to offer our views on the future development of Hong Kong. The Government announced a policy to innovate the expend land resources and to build up a land reserve and allocated resources for conducting relevant studies and public engagement exercises to explore the options of reclamation outside Victoria Harbour and rock cavern development. The main objective of the public forums was to receive views from the public and professionals on the Governments’ strategy to enhance land supply through reclamation outside the Victoria Harbour and rock cavern development. In the forums, the public presentations were followed by floor discussions and participants gave their comments and asked questions. The panel of experts and government’s representatives responded to the comments and questions. Our students and lecturers attended to those three public forums and also completed the on-line questionnaire survey to express our views.
Enhancing Land Supply Strategy: Reclamation outside Victoria Harbour and Rock Cavern Development, Special Development Panel Meeting at Legislative Council
10th March, 2012
Our Department was invited by Civil Engineering and Development Department (CEDD) and The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) to present our views at a special meeting on 10th March 2012 in the conference room of the legislative council complex. The main objective of the meeting was to receive public views on the government’s strategy to enhance land supply through reclamation outside Victoria Harbour and rock cavern development. Our staff and students from Department of Civil Engineering and Department of Architecture provided their opinions and comments. One of our year-two students from Department of Civil Engineering represented our College to give an oral presentation at the meeting. Our students and lectures also attended to the meeting at Legislative Council.
Departmental Seminar: Foundation Works in Hong Kong
17th April, 2012
With over twenty years experiences in foundation works, our alumnus Mr. T. K. Yu gave us a seminar to discuss the latest practices of foundation works in Hong Kong and provide an insight to other possible areas for improvement on the existing systems in foundation design and construction. The seminar gave a state-of-the-practice account of key issues pertaining to the design and construction of several major types of deep foundation systems in Hong Kong. The consideration of settlement, use of shaft friction, quality control and mitigation on common defeats were also discussed. Finally, the limitations of the commonly adopted driving formulae were further deliberated and the criteria for pile loading tests were re-visited.
The HKIE Civil Division International Conference 2012
26th – 28th April, 2012
The civil division of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) organized an international conference, which was entitled “iCiD: innovation and Creativity of infrastructure Development of Quality Cities”, from 26th to 28th April 2012 at Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel. The conference brought leading experts around the world and across a wide spectrum of disciplines to share and discuss innovation and creativity in addressing and overcoming these issues in the planning, design, construction and operation of modern day infrastructure. The conference also aimed to highlight how engineers and non-engineers within the infrastructural development professions focused on infrastructure solutions that created opportunities for change and improvement, and established sustainability and resilience for the future. Several site visits to different kinds of governmental project were also arranged for the participants
Technical Visit to HKUST Wind Tunnel Laboratory
03rd June, 2011
On 03rd June 2011, our students attended a technical visit to a wind tunnel laboratory at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). Wind tunnel tests are carried out for measuring the pressures at certain points of structures. Usually very tall buildings, buildings with unusual or complicated shapes (such as a tall building with a parabolic or a hyperbolic shape), cable suspension bridges or cable stayed bridges are analyzed in wind tunnels. Wind tunnel tests provide the necessary design pressure measurements for use in the dynamic analysis of the structure.
HKIE Delegation to Korea
26th – 30th June, 2011
The civil division of The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) organized the 2011 Delegation to Korea and the main objective of the delegation was to provide an opportunity for exchange views with different professional engineers and students from different universities. Our students and the students from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), The University of Hong Kong (HKU), and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) joined the event and visited construction sites and universities in Korea. These experiences had broadened our students’ knowledge and improved the cognition of civil engineering. Through the delegation, our students could have a chance to meet professional engineers from the civil engineering and construction industry as well as other engineering students from other tertiary institutions and they could build-up and strengthen their friendship through the five-day delegation.
Geology Field Trips
8th October, 19th November, and 17th December, 2011
Our department organized three geology field trips to Sharp Island in the Geopark of Sai Kung, Tsing Shan in Tuen Mun and Tung Ping Chau on 8th October, 19th November, and 17th December 2011, respectively. During the field trips, the students could visit to those valuable places with lots of different geological characteristics, types of rocks and slopes with different strikes and joints. With the detailed information provided by Dr. K. T. Wan, students gained much knowledge on minerals, rocks, structural geology and geological materials for civil engineering.
Visit to Construction Site of Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link
29th October, 2011
Our final year students led by our lecturer, Mr. T. K. Yu visited the construction site of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong express rail link. The proposed express rail link tunnels, which are approximately 35 meter below existing ground level, were obstructed by 25 number of prebored rock socketted H-piles. These piles within the tunnel zone have to be removed in advance of the construction of the express rail link tunnels excavated by tunnel boring machine. Mr. Yu introduced us the background of the project, construction’s methods and procedures of the foundation works. The conditions, rules and difficulties in construction were also discussed.
HOKLAS laboratory
22nd November, 2011
On 22nd November 2011, our year one students and the students from the course of environmental engineering led by Dr. K. W. Ngai visited HOKLAS laboratory. They had a chance to learn and see the demonstration of the laboratory measurement of construction materials in Hong Kong according to the international standards, e.g. ASTM, ISO. It showed a lot of advanced measurement techniques and equipment to certify the performance of sound insulation and absorption system/ materials. The other certification process according to “A Guide on Indoor Air Quality Certification Scheme for Offices and Public Places” was also introduced. It was a real practice to certify the indoor air quality for offices and public places in Hong Kong.
Technical visit to Stonecutters Island Sewage Treatment Works
22nd November, 2011
The Hong Kong division of The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM-HK) and an engineering consultant, Arup, jointly organized a site visit to the Stonecutters Island to inspect the latest development of the Harbour Area Treatment Scheme (HATS). Our year one students led by Dr. K. L. Pun and Dr. K. W. Ngai joined the visit. The HATS, which is the most significant sewage treatment scheme in Hong Kong, aims to improve the water quality of the Victoria Harbour by interception and treating sewage generated from both sides of the Harbour. Upon completion of two stages, HATS can treat all sewage generated for the harbour area and will ultimately serve a population of 5.7 million. During the visit, engineers from Arup also explained the project details including the background and different stages of the project