As mentioned in the latest Budget, the Government continues to invest in infrastructure projects. In the coming years, the annual capital works investment will reach $100 billion on average. The increasing construction volume has brought opportunities and challenges to the construction industry. All along, the Development Bureau (DEVB) has led the industry to implement Construction 2.0 for promoting its sustainable development by advocating innovation, professionalism and revitalisation. Among the initiatives, the Centre of Excellence for Major Project Leaders (CoE), established in July last year, is to equip public officers with leadership skills for the delivery of public works projects. We are also actively promoting the digitisation of the works supervision system to enhance the standard and efficiency of works supervision. This time, I have invited Principal Government Engineer, Mr KWONG Ka-sing, John, of the DEVB to talk about the work of the Government in enhancing the management of works projects.
Enhancing the project delivery capability of leaders of public works projects
As the first of its kind in Asia, the CoE offers a high-level project management and leadership development programme to senior government officials. Through training, it is expected that the leadership skills and professional standard of project leaders will be further enhanced and yield better overall project performance and cost effectiveness. The Saïd Business School of the University of Oxford, as the Programme Director for the first programme under the CoE, i.e. the Major Projects Leadership Programme (MPLP), was responsible for designing a 12-month training programme, and inviting academics and experts from across the world as instructors.
According to Mr John KWONG, about 150 participants from various policy bureaux, works departments and public bodies will receive training in the coming three years. The first two cohorts (about 50 participants) already completed the first module of the MPLP in the United Kingdom in August last year. They continue with their studies after returning to their jobs in Hong Kong, facilitating them to apply what they have learnt, and will graduate in July this year. According to him, all the participants consider the programme to be a combination of theory and practice. They were also given invaluable opportunities to exchange with academics, project leaders and professionals of different nationalities and backgrounds with various experiences. He believes that the programme will enhance the participants' leadership skills in the delivery of construction projects and inspire new thinking in project governance.
Promoting digitisation of the works supervision system
In fact, to enhance the governance of public works projects, the DEVB has also been actively promoting the digitisation of the works supervision system to supervise effectively the performance of the work projects under construction as well as to alert the project personnel at the earliest possible time about problems encountered so as to reduce the possibility of cost overrun or delay. Last year, we pushed ahead with the “Construction 2.0” pilot projects, piloting the digital works supervision system. The industry agrees that it can enhance construction efficiency, reduce paper work and the risk of data inaccuracy.
According to Mr John KWONG, starting from the second quarter of this year, the Government will adopt the digital works supervision system in all public works projects in phases to enhance project management, construction efficiency, safety and quality. The Financial Secretary announced in the latest Budget that $100 million would be allocated to develop an integrated digital platform for data integration and information exchange for project personnel and departmental management to collect real-time data on works progress and performance. The DEVB will spare no effort in this respect and targets to develop the digital platform as the soonest possible to enhance the efficiency of the management of work projects and even projects under the Capital Works Programme.
The construction industry has always been the essential driving force for the economic and social development of Hong Kong. The DEVB will continue to encourage public officers to take forward public works projects with more innovative thinking. It will also actively promote the application of innovation and technology and uplift the performance of public works projects with a view of further strengthening the international status of Hong Kong in project governance and to benefit people’s livelihood and facilitate economic development.
1 March, 2020Back