2016年2月4日星期四

HKAS ISO 50001 Seminar for Certification Bodies

Hong Kong Accreditation Service (HKAS) organized a training entitled “HKAS ISO 50001 Seminar for Certification Bodies” on 4th Feb 2016. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) related the international standard ISO 50001 for energy management system (EnMS) as a globally accepted framework for energy management in 2011. In 2014, ISO also released the ISO 50003 on “Requirement for bodies providing audit and certification of energy management systems”.  Before the seminar, we took a group photo with speaker Ms. Deann Desai (Project Manager, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA) and Dr. M.K. Kwok (Senior Accreditation Officer, HKAS).


Dr. M.K. Kwok (Senior Accreditation Officer, HKAS) gave an opening remark and introduced our guest speaker Ms. Deann Desai (Project Manager, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA). Ms. Desai currently served as the administrator and secretary and as an expert for the U.S. Technical Advisory Group for Technical Committee 242 and 257.


In the beginning, Ms. Deann Desai briefed the history of ISO 50001:2011 Energy Management System which had been published on 15 June 2011.  It expected to influence up to 60% of the world’s energy use by energy planning and efficiency.  ISO 50001 is important because of reducing “environmental and societal costs” and enhancing “Energy performance”, “Green House Gas impact”, “Positive contributions toward reducing depletion of energy resources”.


Then Ms. Desai said ISO 50001 provided a framework for energy management using data-driven decision making.  This ISO standard was requested by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) which had recognized industry’s need to mount an effective response to climate change and to the proliferation of national energy management standards. Then she briefed the summary of ISO Survey 2014 and found that ISO 50001 increase 40% from 2013 to 2014.


Some definitions were reviewed below.
Scope – decisions, activities, and facilities, which are going to be included in the EnMS. (note: can include multiple boundaries)
Boundary – physical, site, or other organizational limits associated with the scope.
Energy consumption – quantity of energy applied (consumed)
Energy use – manner or kind of application of energy (note: ventilation, lighting, heating, cooling, transportation, processes, production lines, etc.)

Continual improvement – recurring process which results in enhancement of energy performance and the energy management system (note: achieve in overall energy performance, consistent with energy policy)


Energy performance – measurable results related to energy efficiency, energy use and energy consumption.

Ms. Desai told me that Energy Intensity was different in different industry and some would use Energy Output / Energy Input or Energy Input / Energy Output or or Energy Use / Product.  For automotive industry, people would ask how many energy consume to build a car.


After that Ms. Desai briefed the ISO 50000 family and their relationship as following diagram.


Some barriers to industrial energy efficiency were showed in the following diagram.  The only solution was that top management need to engaged in the management of energy on an ongoing basis.  Energy efficiency should be integrated into daily management and operational practices.


The core values of Energy Management System were separated into Management System and Energy Performance in diagram below.


The following diagram showed that the great improvement was found initially but become steady afterward.  However, it could be continual improvement after energy save culture created in the organization.


Energy Planning process included “Legal and Other Requirement”, “Energy Review”, “Baseline”, “EnPI”, “Objectives, Targets, Action Plans” and “Review and Update”.


She said the measurement plan based on “What kind of data I expected to see?” Key characteristics of Energy Performance were briefed.


Finally, she briefed the draft standard of ISO 50002 for Energy Audit and ISO 50003:2014 for requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of EnMS.  Lastly, Ms. Desai introduced ISO 50001 Global Impacts Research Network (ISO 50001 GIRN) and Energy Management Working Group (EMWG) to us.
  
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2016年2月1日星期一

HKSQ Seminar on Quality Water Supply from Source to Home

The seminar entitled “Quality Water Supply from Source to Home” was organized by Hong Kong Society for Quality (HKSQ) and co-organized with ASQ, BCH Dept., & SEEM Dept., CityU on 1st Feb 2016.  Hong Kong had just celebrated the 50th anniversary of the supply of Dongjiang water to this Pearl of the East.  Incidentally, quality of in drinking water in the recent months had aroused attention of various stakeholders in Hong Kong.  The seminar aimed to share the background of Dongjiang water and discussed the quality issues.  In the beginning, Dr. KS Chin (Former Chairman, HKSQ; Associate Professor, SEEM Dept., CityU) took a photo with speaker Dr. Richard Cheung (Associate Professor, BCH Dept., CityU) for memory.


Dr. KS Chin introduced the guest speaker’s background. Dr. Richard Cheung is a member of Advisory Committee on the Quality of Water Supplies and Resources established by the Water Supplies Department of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. He is also a member of the Steering Committee for the "Quality Restaurant Environmental Management Scheme" funded by the Environmental Conservation Fund.


Firstly, Dr. Richard Cheung said that Dong Jiang Water was the major source of Hong Kong’s water supply which upto 70% to 80% of our drinking water.  


Then he showed the map to explain Dong Jiang water come from Xinfengjiang Reservoir to Taijuan Pumping Station and then through the closed aqueduct (Red color line) to Shenzhen Reservoir.  Hong Kong draw water from Muk Wu Pumping Station.
  

The Closed Aqueduct passed different mountains through many pumping system to supply Hong Kong.  It is a great engineering work.


After briefing the source, Dr. Cheung introduced the Water Supplies Department (WSD) website in which contained much information such as WHO guidelines for Drinking water Quality as follows:
Part A – Microbiological quality
Part B – Chemicals of health significance as described by WHO’s Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality (WHO 2011)
Part C – Radiological quality
Part D – Other parameters


Recently quality issue of drinking water was happened in Consumer part.  The following diagram showed the first part was responsible by Water Authority and the second part was responsible by Agent and the last part was responsible by consumers.  But the recently problem was by Housing Department because of public house.
  

Based on Centre for Health Protection advice, we had better run water for 2 to 3 minutes prior to using it form drinking and food preparation.  However, Dr. Cheung said if seldom people would use NSF 53 standard water because the water flow was too slow. 


Lastly, Dr. Cheung arose several challenges for Quality Personnel below for discussion.
a)      Hardware (various parts of the plumbing system)
b)      Personnel training and supervision of procedure during construction
c)      Testing and Certification of the finally completed plumbing system
d)     Routine testing of Water Quality



Q&A
During the discussion, I said that I had measured city & rural area’s air participates (20 years ago) which contained lead in 0.158µg/m^3 and 0.114µg/m^3, respectively.
Minda had asked Doctor (specialist for children) who said most of pregnant woman would like to eat more fish than normal.  Sea fish contained much more lead. So lead could be come from food.


At end of the seminar, Dr. KS Chin (Former Chairman, HKSQ) presented a souvenir to Dr. Richard Cheung.


Reference:
HKSQ - www.hksq.org

SEEM Dept., CityU – http://www.cityu.edu.hk/seem/


2016年1月30日星期六

HKSQ Student Project Competition 2016 – LSG Plant Visit

The HKSQ Company Based Student Project Competition offers an opportunity for students to work on an actual industrial case and propose resolution annually. It aims to give opportunity for student to gain experience of resolving an industrial problem.  The competition included three sessions.  The first session was problems selection which problems were designed and explained by sponsor company – LSG Sky Chief in 2016.  The second session was plant visit and the last session was presentation of their suggested solutions.  The LSG Plant Visit was held on 30 Jan 2016 and the group photo was taken for memory.


Mr. Peter Fung (Chairman, HKSQ) led the visit and LSG shuttle bus carried students to the site.


HKSQ exco members and each universities leaders coordinated students for this event.


In the beginning, Mr. Steward Leung (Senior Lean Analyst) briefed the program and house rules.


Then Ms. Maggie Lam (HR representative) briefed LSG Graduate Trainee Program in 2016 and the program objectives were:
-          To recruit high-caliber career starter
-          To cultivate potential cadidates to be future professional leaders

-          To share experienced and skills to the trainee for supporting their career development


She said the program period was 18 months where they would be attached in the  assigned department for 15 months and rotated to other Operational Departments for 3 months.  Operational Departments included Production, Airline Services, Transportation and Warehouse.  Their career path were from Graduate Trainee to Supervisor to Officer to Senior Officer to Assistant Manager and finally to Manager.  The recruitment Timeline is show as following diagram.


Before plant visit, we needed to wear uniform like lab coat and slip resistant shoes.


We separated into two teams to visit the plant and Mr. Eddy Yung (General Manager) led the first team.


We went to warehouse and then to vegetable room.  In here, all students needed to wash their hands. 


Inside the plant, we visited different function areas and some photos taken for recording.


Before lunch, we discussed the topic in meeting room separately. Some photos were taken for each team with their supervisors for memory.


PolyU



CityU



HKU


HKUST




CUHK



In afternoon session, we separated into three teams for three topics and went to their specific process line for detail study.



After that we were back to meeting room and discussed again. Students would think what further data and information they needed to collect from LSG.


We finished the whole field study at 4:00pm.

Reference:
HKSQ Company Based Student Project Competition - http://www.hksq.org/company_based_competition.htm
LSG Sky Chefs - http://www.lsgskychefs.com/
20160122: HKSQ Student Project Competition 2016 - Briefing - http://qualityalchemist.blogspot.hk/2016/01/hksq-student-project-competition-2016.html



2016年1月29日星期五

HKSQ EGM & Exco Meeting 2016

Mr. Peter Fung (Chairman, HKSQ) held the Extra General Meeting on 29 Jan 2016.  It aimed to handle the cutoff date of finance reports for coming years.  After the adoption of new arrangement, the account reported on each financial year and the finance report would be approved in AGM in Jun/Jul.


Mr. Karson Chiu (Treasurer, HKSQ) reported the last year financial report and concluded HKSQ had health finance performance.


Then we held the HKSQ Exco meeting to discussion different items.


Ms. Angela Wong (Vice-chairman, HKSQ) reported the progress of HKSQ 30th Anniversary Book.


Then we also discussed the formation rule of World Alliance for Chinese Quality (WACQ) and the first summit of WACQ in Hong Kong and venue in CityU which would be held on 8 July 2016.

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CityU President’s Lecture Series: Biochip and Nanomedicine

The CityU President's Lecture Series is Excellence in Academia which offers a platform for scholars to reach out to students and faculty across the CityU community, bringing together scientists, engineers, economists, lawyers, sociologists and creative media exponents, to name but a few, to discuss wide-ranging academic investigations.  The lecture topic named “Biochips and Nanomedicine: From Basic Research to Clinical Applications” was held on 29 Jan 2016.  It aimed to introduce the brief history of DNA and biotechnology, and present research on biochip technology and nanotechnology and their applications for disease diagnosis and therapy, with examples including DNA chips for early screening of cervical cancer, microfluidics for understanding tumor growth and metastasis, and precision nanomedicine for treatment of cancer.  Before the seminar, I took a photo with speaker and professors for memory.
(Left: I, Prof. Michael Yang Mengsu (BMS), Dr. F.W. Lee (BCH) and Prof. Shuk Han Cheng (BMS)


In the beginning, Prof. Paul Lam (Vice-President, Chair Professor, BCH) gave opening speech and introduced today’s speaker Prof. Michael Yang Mengsu.



Prof. Michael Yang Mengsu (Head and Chair Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, CityU) briefed the seminar outline included “A brief history of DNA & Biotech”, “DNA Chips for Cancer Screening”, “Tumor on a Chip” and “Nanomedicine for Cancer Treatment”. 


A Brief History of DNA was showed as follows.
Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids
-          1962 Nobel Prize in Physicology/Medicine – Francis Crick, James Watson, Maurice Wilkins. (DNA is a double-stranded helix)
Recombinant DNA Technology
-          1980 Nobel Prize in Chemistry – Paul Berg, Walter Gibert & Frederick Sanger (Recombinant DNA Technology & DNA Sequencing Technology)
-          1986 Nobel Prize in Physiology / Medicine (Discoveries of growth factor)
Genetic Engineering
-          Genentech was co-gounded by Dr. Boyer in 1976 and acquired by Roche for $47 billion in 2009.  In that time, it was the birth of Biotech Industry.
-          2004 Shaw Prize in Life Science & Medicine – Stanley Cohen & Herbert Boyer (DNA cloning and genetic engineering)
DNA Sequencing Technology
-          1980 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
-          Maxam-Gilbert (1977) – Sequencing-by-Destruction
-          Sanger (1977) – Sequencing-by-Construction
PCR and WGS Technologies
-          1993 Nobel Prize in Chemistry – Kary B. Mullis (Invention of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method) & Michael Smith
-          CELERA (1998-2011) established by Craig Venter – (Whole Genome Shotgun Sequencing (WGS))


In 2001, Human Genome Project was known as the second wave of biotechnology which aimed to determine the sequence and identify all the genes of human genome and the project cost US$3 billion for 13 years. Then Prof. Yang briefed the cost of genome sequencing drop significantly after 2007 which dropped much more than Moore’s law because of technology breakthrough. 


Then Prof. Yang explained Precision Medicine.  It had the follows characteristics:
-          High-throughput Bioanalysis
-          Parallel & Multiplexed Functions
-          Miniaturized & Controlled Manipulation
-          Early Detection and Effective Treatment of Cancer


Prof. Yang’s research interests included DNA Chips, Biosensor, Microfluidics and Nanomedicine.


For DNA Chips, Gene Expression Profiling was for Basic Research and HPV Detection & Genotyping for Application.  Dr. Lawrence Tzang was Prof. Yang’s PhD student and they formed a start-up named Multigene Diagnostics Limited and located in Science Park in 2009.


For Biosensor, Tumor Heterogeneity, Microenvironment and Metastasis were considered.  They would like to develop a device to detect and culture Circulating Tumor Cells (CTCs).


For Nanomedicine, Smart Bomb concept was used for targeted Destruction of Cancer Stem Cells.  Some research data using animal model (mice) were demonstrated.


Q&A Session


Group photo with President


Reference:

Department of Biomedical Sciences, CityU – http://www.cityu.edu.hk/bms/


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