Build King-SCT JV wins contract for Tung Chung works
The Civil Engineering & Development Department (CEDD) has awarded a HK$12.08 billion contract to Build King-SCT Joint Venture for reclamation works in Tung Chung East and advance works for the Tung Chung New Town extension (TCNTE) project.

The TCNTE is the first new town extension project via reclamation since the completion of the last new town development projects in Tseung Kwan O and Tung Chung by reclamation in 2003. The project is also one of the major initiatives under the Government's multi-pronged approach to increase land supply in the medium to long-term. It will provide about 49,000 residential flats and about 870,000 sq m of commercial floor space, accommodating a population of about 140,000. The reclamation at Tung Chung East is the main part of the extension project, providing 40,000 new flats to meet future needs for housing and economic development.

The main objective of the works is to provide land in phases, with a view to having the first population intake in 2023. The contract mainly comprises reclamation of the seabed at Tung Chung East by non-dredging methods to form a total of about 130 ha of land; construction of seawalls with an eco-shoreline; construction of a multi-cell drainage box culvert; provision of infrastructure for Tung Chung Area 58; and implementation of the associated environmental mitigation measures.

The works are scheduled for completion in 2023.

Signing of MoU between Siemens and MTR
Siemens Ltd and MTR Corporation, which operates railway services in Hong Kong, the Mainland, Australia and Europe, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) covering collaboration in a series of proof-of-concept initiatives in smart railway system technologies.

Analytics will be collaboratively performed on relevant data from power supply facilities, signalling and trains for data collection and trend analysis with a view to deriving predictive and prescriptive maintenance systems, enhancing asset management and developing next-generation system designs.

Exploring the potential of data analytics on various railway systems will help create more intelligent asset management regimes that will contribute to enhanced performance and customer experience for the next generation of railway operations and services, facilitating Hong Kong's development as a smart city, and be showcased globally.

Central Kowloon Route contract for Nishimatsu
The Highways Department has awarded a HK$268.5 million contract to Nishimatsu Construction Co Ltd for works under the Central Kowloon Route (CKR) project.

The works mainly comprise the construction of a vertical access shaft at Ho Man Tin, horizontal directional coring for the tunnel section and further ground investigation works. The award of the Ho Man Tin access shaft contract marks the commencement of the construction stage of the mega project, which is estimated to cost over HK$42 billion.

"To meet with the tight programme of construction, we will progressively roll out more contracts in the coming months. Upon completion, the CKR will become a strategic highway linking West Kowloon and East Kowloon," said Director of Highways Ir Daniel Chung.

The CKR is a 4.7 km long dual three-lane trunk road in Central Kowloon linking Yau Ma Tei Interchange in West Kowloon with the road network on Kai Tak Development and Kowloon Bay in East Kowloon. It is anticipated to be commissioned in 2025.

HKUST launches Department of Industrial Engineering & Decision Analytics
The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) is introducing decision analytics into its curriculum and renaming its Department of Industrial Engineering & Logistics Management the Department of Industrial Engineering & Decision Analytics (IEDA), to reflect its growing portfolio of teaching and research in decision analytics.

Decision analytics is a relatively new domain which involves extensive analysis of data using statistical models, machine learning algorithms, simulation, creative modelling and prescriptive analytic tools for addressing various problems in modern society.

Apart from a new undergraduate programme on decision analytics, which will be introduced in September this year, the department's existing postgraduate programme will also be refined with an emphasis on predictive and prescriptive analytics. Graduates are not only expected to bring new insights and knowhow into sectors like industrial engineering and logistics management, but will also be able to venture into a wide array of domains including financial engineering, consulting, risk management, health care, demand and supply analytics and the design and pricing of products and services.

HKSTP opens Robotics Catalysing Centre
Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corp (HKSTP) has announced the official opening of the Robotics Catalysing Centre (RCC) in Hong Kong Science Park.

With up to 4,000 sq ft of flexible working space, the RCC provides an ideal place for solution providers and system integrators to conduct development, integration, assembly, validation and factory acceptance tests upon deployment to production. RCC users can also present live demonstrations of integrated solutions.

"While we have seen unlimited possibilities for robotics and automation across many industries, it is also clear that these companies may not have a proper testing bed to demonstrate and validate their products to their potential clients in the city. The creation of the RCC helps address this challenge," said HKSTP chief executive officer Albert Wong.

Tenders invited for Cross Bay Link main bridge
The Civil Engineering & Development Department (CEDD) is inviting tenders for a contract covering construction of the main bridge and associated works for Cross Bay Link in Tseung Kwan O.

The works mainly comprise construction of the main bridge of Cross Bay Link and the ancillary viaducts of Tseung Kwan O Interchange; and implementation of the associated civil, structural, marine, electrical and mechanical, landscaping and environment protection and mitigation works.

The works are scheduled to commence in the second half of 2018 and will take about 43 months to complete. CEDD has commissioned AECOM Asia Co Ltd to design and supervise the works. The deadline for tender submission is March 9.

Innovative construction methods for HZMB PCB

Large-scale prefabricated modules were used on the passenger clearance building (PCB) at the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB) Hong Kong boundary crossing facilities to achieve faster construction, enhance the quality of works and reduce the risk of working at height. The PCB has a total floor area of over 90,000 sq m. The roof modules are composed of not only the structural steel frame but also pre-installed building services as well as architectural builder works and finishes. The largest module is about 60 m long, 25 m wide and over 670 tonnes in weight (including supporting frames). Owing to the size and weight of the roof modules and airport height restrictions, a horizontal launching method was adopted to push the modules into position by using horizontal hydraulic jacks to install the modules one by one and connect them together, like assembling toy blocks. The project's engineer is AECOM Asia Co Ltd and the contractor is Leighton-Chun Wo Joint Venture. Image: HyD

BV wins Innovation and Creativity Grand Award
Black & Veatch (BV) has won the 2017 Hong Kong Awards for Industries: Innovation and Creativity Grand Award.

The award recognises the company's role as the hydraulic designer of the recently completed Happy Valley Underground Stormwater Storage Scheme for the Drainage Services Department (DSD).

"The award reflects how DSD is embracing innovation and smart city technologies to overcome climate change and urban density challenges. Rather than digging deeper drains, the scheme integrates real time data to act like a release valve during rainstorms, and the new thinking saved the city money and avoided major public disruption along a busy highway," said BV director Andy Kwok.
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