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Exchanging views with construction industry outstanding young persons (22/11/2020)

The Government is proactively promoting “Construction 2.0” by advocating “Innovation”, “Professionalisation” and “Revitalisation” to lead the industry to make changes and enhance its performance, so that it is ready to capitalise on development opportunities and scale new heights. In particular, to achieve sustainable development, the construction industry must attract more young people to join so as to facilitate the passing on of experience and knowledge. Last year, the Construction Industry Council (CIC) organised the first “Construction Industry Outstanding Young Person Award” (CIOYPA) to commend and recognise the achievements of outstanding young practitioners in the industry. For “My Blog” of this week, I have specially invited two young awardees to share the stories of their lives in the construction industry and how they become “men with broad shoulders and brilliant ideas”, shining in their respective fields and positions......

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Construction of the temporary hospital making good progress (15/11/2020)

To cope with another potential wave of the epidemic, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government, with the support of the Central Government, has been working to set up an additional community treatment facility in the AsiaWorld-Expo (AWE) and a temporary hospital next to it that will provide more than 800 negative pressure beds and medical related facilities. I would like to express my gratitude again to the Central Government, the Guangdong Provincial Government and the Shenzhen Municipal Government for assisting in the implementation of the two projects. Following the completion of the community treatment facility in early October, the construction of the temporary hospital is also making good progress. It is expected to be topped out by the end of this month and completed in January next year......

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Expansion of Tai Po Water Treatment Works (8/11/2020)

In recent years, the Water Supplies Department (WSD) has been introducing numerous advanced technologies that enhance its water treatment capability to ensure that water is clean and hygienic. The Tai Po Water Treatment Works (WTW), of which the expansion was completed earlier, is no exception. Apart from applying innovative technology for the construction works, the Tai Po WTW has adopted the latest technologies in water quality monitoring and water treatment, and with sustainable features embedded, making the entire water treatment process more environmentally friendly. This time, I have invited a WSD colleague to introduce the special features of the expansion of the WTW and how its operation has been improved ......

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Introduction of new technology for works (1/11/2020)

Innovation and technology development is a dominant global trend. The Government has been encouraging the construction industry to adopt new technologies. Under the ongoing implementation of the Kai Tak Development (KTD), the Civil Engineering and Development Department (CEDD) is now constructing a pedestrian subway linking Shing Kai Road and Choi Hung Estate to facilitate pedestrian access between Kai Tak and its neighbourhood. The project has introduced the Rectangular Tunnel Boring Machine (RTBM) technology for the first time to enhance works safety and efficiency. Recently, the boring works have been successfully completed and I have attended the breakthrough ceremony of the subway. In this blog, colleagues of the CEDD will share with us this new technology and how to use it to overcome various challenges of the project......

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Water Intelligent Network — A smart water network (25/10/2020)

To maintain the healthiness of the water distribution network and manage water loss effectively, the Water Supplies Department (WSD) has applied various technologies to handle water main leaks. In particular, the Water Intelligent Network (WIN), which is being established progressively, continuously monitors the operation of the network by utilising advanced technologies for early identification of water leaks and timely follow-ups and repairs. This time, I have invited colleagues from the WSD to talk about the progress, effectiveness and way forward of the WIN project. Meanwhile, the property management industry also shares details on how the WSD assists property owners and building management agents to carry out leak detection and repair works for their private communal water mains......

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