Message from Ir Prof. Louis C.H. Lam, Head of Department of Civil Engineering

Since 1949, the year of foundation of Chu Hai College of Higher Education, the Department of Civil Engineering had been offering civil engineering programmes to equip students with in-depth knowledge and practical training for pursuing a career in the civil engineering and construction industry. In the past years, more than 1,500 students graduated from the programme. Over the years, our graduates had made tremendous contribution to the civil engineering and construction industry at various capacities. In particular, the outstanding achievements of our graduates in the field of structural engineering, especially related to the construction of the world’s renown bridges, reflects the success of our department.

The civil engineering profession is at a crossroad as it enters into the 21st century. Emphases on some aspects are shifting. In addition to the emphasis of massive infrastructure developments, more concerns are now placed on maintenance and revitalization. Similarly, sustainable development and environmental concerns have considerably expanded the role and functions of civil engineering. On the other hand, with the advancement of digital technology, modern civil engineers have to acquire innovation and technology knowledge developed in other related disciplines for improvement in safety and cost effectiveness. Keeping with and looking ahead of these changes, the department continues to upgrade its curriculum to be both current and innovative.

The new campus of the College provides space and equipment to facilitate the development of the department’s research capability.  The department is now taking a leading role in the application of Internet of Things (IoT) and digital technologies for the improvement of construction safety and monitoring of infrastructures.  A research project is now undergoing for the improvement of safety of scaffolding falsework used for the construction of tall buildings – a research project supported by the Construction Industry Council.  Recently, the department is also contracted to carry out the force and deflection monitoring work of the Skybridge at the Hong Kong International Airport.

As we are standing at the crossroad for civil engineering, I look forward to lead and cultivate the next generation of students and staff for the upcoming challenges.