Visit to the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE), Tsing Yi
The Office Bearers of the Council, namely Sr K.L. Wong (Vice Chairman), Sr Thomas Ho (Immediate Past Chairman), and I visited the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education’s Tsing Yi Campus on 24 November 2013. The audience was mainly comprised of students who read for a Higher Diploma in Building Studies/Surveying. During the briefing session, we highlighted the route for a student member to qualify as a professional member via the associate member’s route. Not only were the students curious about this route, they also showed a keen interest in their career prospects after graduation. Hence, they appreciated this experience sharing session. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Sr Joseph Chong, Member of the Promotion Sub-committee of the Council, for organising the event. I also thank the teaching staff of IVE Tsing Yi for organising the visit with the Divisional Council.
Cocktail Reception cum Diploma Presentation for Hon. Fellow, Mr Ong See Lian
At the last Annual General Meeting of the Institute in December 2012, it was decided that the QS Divisional Council’s recommendation of conferring the title of Hon. Fellow to Mr Ong See Lian be approved. The cocktail reception cum diploma presentation was eventually held on 29 October 2013 in the Institute’s Surveyors Learning Centre (SLC).
We had the honour to invite the Senior Vice President of the Institute, Sr Simon Kwok, to present the membership diploma to Mr Ong. The ceremony was well-attended by some of the Institute’s Past Presidents and Divisional Chairmen including Sr TT Cheung, Sr Prof. Anita Liu, Sr Nelson Cheng, Sr Dr Paul Ho, and Sr Thomas Ho. The Office Bearers and members of the Council also joined the event to share in the festivities.
After his acceptance speech, Mr Ong delivered a CPD talk entitled “Sustaining Growth Through Economic Turbulence” for the Council. He drew the audience’s attention to how professionals like surveyors can face the full brunt of the current economic crisis and turn its challenges into opportunities. He highlighted six critical success factors and seven principles for growth. The advice advocated by Mr Ong was very useful for us. I am sure that everyone in the audience left the SLC with valuable advice under their belts. The Council is very proud to have such a prominent figure as Mr Ong See Lian as an Hon. Fellow of the Institute.
Visit to the University of Hong Kong
This is the last visit to a university during the 2012/13 Council Year. Approximately 30 students attended the briefing session, which was held in the Knowles Building of the University of Hong Kong on 5 November 2013. Sr Thomas Ho introduced some of the Institute’s background information, as well as that of the Quantity Surveying Divisional Council. Students were very enthusiastic about their career prospects as professional surveyors after graduation. We also shared our experiences in respect of the work lives of surveyors in different sectors of the industry. All in all, the visit was well-received by the students.
I take this opportunity to thank Sr Joseph Chong for organising the visit. My sincere thanks also go to Sr Thomas Ho, Sr KL Wong, Sr Jacob Lam, Sr Nelson Cheng, and Sr Steven Tang for joining the visit.
Foshan Engineering Cost Association (FSECA), Mainland China 佛山市工程造價協會
A delegation comprising over 30 members from the Foshan Engineering Cost Association 佛山市工程造價協會led by 余建平站長of 廣東省佛山市建設工程造價站and 嚴偉鋒會長visited the Institute on 19 November 2013. The delegation was received by Sr TT Cheung, Sr Dr Paul Ho, Sr Thomas Ho, and me. We compared the full scope of services (全過程工料測量服務) provided by Consultant Quantity Surveying firms in Hong Kong and the Local Consultant firms in the Mainland. Members may be aware that Consultant Quantity Surveying firms from Hong Kong normally provide a full scope of services to clients in Hong Kong and the Mainland, while our counterparts can only provide partial services due to restrictions on the scope of services imposed by the qualification certificate (資質證書). Another reason may be the fact that our counterparts have never been requested to provide such extensive services by their clients. In fact, it is not common for Mainland clients in the Pearl River Delta Region to request consultants to provide a full scope of quantity surveying services for their projects.
The panel discussion was well received by the delegation. For closing remarks, 余建平站長and 嚴偉鋒會長invited the Council to visit them and organise a seminar for their members in the future.
Visit to the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE), Morrison Hill
The Office Bearers and Council Members comprising Sr K.L. Wong , Sr Jesse Wong, Sr Tomas Ho, Sr Raymond Kam, and I visited the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education’s Morrison Hill Campus as the final activity organised by the Promotion Sub-Committee for the 2012/13 Council Year. Over 100 students reading for the Higher Diploma in Surveying attended the session. They were very eager to know the route leading to a professional qualification. Fortunately, the Institute’s Chairman of the Board of Education, Sr Raymond Kam, was present and thoroughly answered all the queries raised by the students. At the end of the session, we encouraged the students to join the Institute as student members so that they could enjoy the benefits it offered.
Many thanks go to the Office Bearers and Council Members mentioned above for joining the visit with me and Sr Joseph Chong and the teaching staff of the IVE for organising the event.
International Quantity Surveying Building Information Modelling (BIM) Conference 2013, Hong Kong
The one-day conference was successfully held on 9 November 2013 at the Chiang Chen Studio Theatre of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University with a full house of approximately 250 attendees. We were pleased to have Mr Paul Chan, the Secretary for Development, as our Guest of Honour and Ms Ada Fung, the Deputy Director of the Hong Kong Housing Authority (Development & Construction), as our keynote speaker. The Council was very pleased to have invited some of the most prominent figures in this specialty on applying BIM technology in quantity surveying – particularly in the areas of cost, contract and commercial management of construction projects from the Asia Pacific Region – to deliver talks for us.
The conference was truly international with speakers from Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Sri Lanka. The audience enthusiastically raised questions to speakers to resolve their misconceptions about BIM.
The titles of the papers presented at the conference are :-
1. 5D BIM: Creating Cost Certainty and Better Buildings by David MITCHELL of Australia
2. The Journey of Development of BIM Quantity Take-off by Sunny CHOI of Hong Kong.
3. Measure the Immeasurable by David FUNG of Hong Kong
4. 5D-BIM Implementations in Hong Kong and Mainland China by Julia GAO of Hong Kong
5. Tapping Quantities from BIM by Francis LEUNG of Hong Kong
6. Utilising 3D BIM for more efficient QTO and Production of Cost Reports by Ken LEUNG of Hong Kong
7. BIM - Tool for Project Management by Tony TONG and Welie NG of Hong Kong
8. The Philosophy Behind the Integrated Optimal Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) Approach by Rosana WONG of Hong Kong
9. Private Sector Approach in Standardizing the Method of Measurement for 5D-BIM in Malaysia-A Case Study of the Collaboration between the Royal Institution of Surveyors Malaysia, Quantity Surveying Division BIM Technical Committee and a Private Developer by Jin Keat QUEK of Malaysia
10. The QS Journey in Singapore – Lessons Learnt by Hsiu-Min SEAH, Eugene of Singapore
11. BIM Cost Modelling Framework by Himal Suranga JAYASENA of Sri Lanka
I take this opportunity to thank the conference co-organiser, the Department of Building and Real Estate of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, all sponsors, supporting organisations, speakers, and helpers, for their earnest support for this conference.
Finally, may I extend my sincere thanks to the Organising Committee of the Conference under the chairmanship of Sr KC Tang for its unfailing efforts in organising such a well received and unprecedented event in such a short period of time without the assistance of a professional event organising company.