The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) organized the "Testing and Certification Day " to increase public awareness and coverage of the Testing and Certification (T&C) industry on research and development. The seminar named “Testing and Certification: Quality and Safety Enhancement in Building and Construction Industry” organized in T&C Day on 2nd Nov 2019. Hong Kong Society for Quality (HKSQ) is one of the supporting organizations. I represented HKSQ to attend the seminar and I summarized this seminar for sharing below. Before the seminar, we took a photo with Prof. Reggie Kwan (VP(Academic), OUHK) and Prof. Philips Wang Fu Lee (Dean of School of Science and Technology, OUHK) and many old T&C friends including Mr. KW Chen, Mr. Richard Tse, Dr. SL Mak, Dr. Eric Sze and Ms. Fanny Tang, etc.
When Ir. Dr. KW Lo (Chairman, HKQAA) arrived, we took a group photo for guests, speakers and supporting organization representatives.
In the beginning, Prof. Reggie Kwan (VP(Academic), OUHK) gave welcome speech and he said T&C Day aimed to connect T&C Industry so as to promote testing and certification services. Construction industry needed T&C service to assure construction safety and building quality. He said this year was OUHK 30th anniversary and we had 9888 full time students under JUPAS, ~8000 in night school and more than 1000 research students.
Ir. Eric Pang, JP (Acting Director, Electrical and Mechanical Service Department, HKSAR Government) gave opening speech and he said T&C industry developed well since 80s and was foundation support in Hong Kong. The 3rd party certification is very important in product safety and reliability. EMSD got IMS certification including ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, ISO 27001, ISO 55001, and recently ISO 37001. Moreover, the Headcounter of EMSD got ISO 50001 energy management system. Finally, he said government and industry were promoting Modular Integration Construction (MiC).
All speaker received OUHK flag and took a group photo.
Ir. Dr. KW Lo (Chairman, HKQAA) was the first speaker and his topic named “International and regional standards development - from quality, occupational safety and health to sustainable architecture”. Firstly, he introduced HKQAA background and this year also its 30th anniversary.
Then Dr. Lo briefed international trend of Construction Industry from quality, quality & environment, quality, safety & environment, and then to sustainability. ISO Standards employment included ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001, ISO 50001, ISO 21930, ISO 21929-1 & ISO 21929-2, and ISO 19650 (BIM).
HKQAA supported construction industry for a long time. Their early product certification named Quality Scheme for the Production and Supply of Concrete (QSPSCTM) that involved Quality Scheme for the Production and Supply of Tile Adhesive (QSPS-TA) and Quality Scheme for the Production and Supply of Aggregates for Concrete (QSPS-AC).
Then Dr. Lo introduced ISO 21930:2017 - Sustainability in buildings and civil engineering works — Core rules for environmental product declarations of construction products and services. It provides the principles, specifications and requirements to develop an environmental product declaration (EPD) for construction products and services, construction elements and integrated technical systems used in any type of construction works. And other two standards were ISO 21929-1:2011 - Sustainability in building construction. Sustainability indicators. Framework for the development of indicators and a core set of indicators for buildings and ISO 21929-2: 2015 - Sustainability in building construction — Sustainability indicators — Part 2: Framework for the development of indicators for civil engineering works
After that Dr. Lo mentioned the building information modelling (BIM) according to the ISO 19650 series. The most updated standard was ISO 19650-1:2018 - Organization and digitization of information about buildings and civil engineering works, including building information modelling (BIM) — Information management using building information modelling — Part 1: Concepts and principles.
Finally, Dr. Lo concluded that T&C industry supported Construction 2.0 development in Hong Kong.
Ir. Dr. Tommy Y Lo (President, Hong Kong Institution of Certified Auditors) was the second speaker and his presentation title was “The Role of Certification Body in Fostering Innovation and Technological Development”. Firstly, Dr. Tommy Lo search the definition of Innovation and Technology (I&T) from ITB and found that I&T were driver for economic growth.
He found that Standard, Testing, Traceability and Accreditation Service were support Innovation under ITC. He also searched IAF information and found that Certification to management system standards aimed to provide “Confidence”. How to achieve confidence? Dr. Tommy Lo said it included the 3rd party certification, demonstrated compliance to standard, CoP and regulatory requirements so as to provide internal improvement. Therefore, T&C was one of six pillar industries in CE Policy Address since 2009.
And then Dr. Tommy Lo analyzed manpower in T&C industries and found that 97% of personnel safeguarding confident were internal auditor and frontline quality personnel. Therefore, certification of persons based on ISO/IEC 17024 became more and more important.
After that Dr. Tommy Lo introduced HKICA was the first organization achieved CNAS for ISO/IEC 17024 accreditation to be Personnel Certification Body and had MoU with CCAA in Hong Kong. Moreover, they became IPC MLA signatory in 2018. Finally, he said they had a role in Belt and Road for testing and certification; and auditor was a professional in Mainland China.
The third speaker was Dr. Wendy Lee (Regional Manager, HK & Macau, Autodesk Far East Limited.) and her presentation named “Applying BIM to improve the quality of buildings and maintenance”. Firstly, she said construction industries were low margin, high risk and fragmented.
They faced problems included growing population, constraint resources, etc. Then Dr. Wendy Lee explained Building Information Modelling (BIM) and compared CAD and BIM. BIM was not only drawing like CAD but the most important was information. Process changed from drawings to models.
Then she introduced machine learning implemented in construction safety management.
After that she demonstrated how the BIM employed for building design. Finally, Dr. Lee stated industrialization of construction, IoT & advanced analytics and IoT for Construction Site Safety.
After that he briefed the district cooling system (DCS) for energy efficiency in around 50 buildings with 35% energy saving. It is similar to science park energy tower (my comment).
Finally, Dr. Chen introduced his research such as passive building design for energy demand reduction, solar desiccant cooling, indirect evaporative cooling, etc. And he concluded that cooling industry research could improve building energy efficiency in Hong Kong.
The last speaker was Dr. Ernest K.W. Tsang (Research Assistant Professor, School of Science and Technology, OUHK) and his talk topic was “Daylight –linked Control System”. He said best match to sunlight such as glare. But we would prevent glare in building that affect our light sensors.
For light control, there were either Dimming or Switching. Then control system could be separated into five types and there were Standard, Switching-linked time delay, Daylight-linked time delay, Solar reset and Differential switching/dead-band.
Finally, Dr. Tsang analyzed each type of control would affect the frequency of switch off of lamp that also affect the energy saving efficiency and human conformable. It was a tradeoff decision.
At the end, Dr. Lee Chi Chung Tony (Assistant Professor, School of Science and Technology, OUHK) gave close remark and appreciated all guests’ continuous support.
OUHK – Testing and Certification: http://tc.ouhk.edu.hk/about_testing_and_certification/
HKSQ Certification Scheme “Certified Laboratory Quality Specialist (CLabQS)”: http://www.hksq.org/cert_hksq_clabqs.htm .
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