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Civil Division Conference 2010

Date, time & venue 
2010-04-12;to 2010-4-14;Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel and Towers

Please click the icon or the link below for details of the HKIE Civil Division Conference 2010.




The conference will bring together leading experts to discuss infrastructure solutions and challenges for sustainable and quality development including the climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation in the 21st century. The conference will provide a regional platform to explore practical technological solutions in the design, construction and operation of infrastructure.  Key areas of the dialogue include:


§               Infrastructure Technology Choices

§               Engineering Design Solutions

§               Material Selection

§               Low Carbon Infrastructure

§               Project Assessment Tools

§               Economics, Cost and Risk Management

§               Sustainability Considerations for the Engineering Profession

§               Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation for the Engineerin


Reported by Ir S. S. Kong


The Civil Division Conference 2010 “Infrastructure Solutions for Tomorrow” was concluded in April, where over 250 academia, professionals and experts shared their knowledge and insight in climate change impacts, as well as adaptation and mitigation by infrastructure projects to support sustainable development in the 21st century.


As the guest of honour Mrs. Carrie LAM CHENG Yuet-ngor, JP, Secretary for Development delivered in her opening speech, civil engineers played a crucial role in the mega-sized infrastructure projects in the new century, both for quality, engineering and sustainability excellence.


Assessment of sustainability is currently conducted in the context of developing future directions, according to Professor Peter GUTHRIE, OBE, Head, Centre for Sustainable Development, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge.  In the speech by Ir MAK Chai Kwong, JP, Permanent Secretary for Development (Works), Development Bureau, engineers will perform dual roles as a technical expert and an “Urban Manager” – in the unique, continuous metamorphosis of Hong Kong.


The implementation of sustainable construction needs a large number of knowledgeable professionals. Professor Dr. Qian SHI, Department of Construction Management & Real Estate, Tongji University, Shanghai, PRC, suggested ways to improve the education and certification system. Mr. James LAW, Chairman & Chief Cybertect, James Law Cybertecture International illustrated some emerging trends and strategies in new infrastructures around the world to sustain tomorrow’s growth by achieving a balance in all facets of economic, environmental and energy use.


Dr. Stephanie WRAY Global Environment Leader, Hyder Consulting PLC, UK, outlined a holistic approach to sustainability with particular reference to the management of biodiversity and ecosystem services in major infrastructure projects. Professor Christopher KENNEDY, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Toronto reviewed a variety of economic implications to future developments in low carbon urban infrastructure, including cost-effectiveness, potential economic returns and wider macroeconomic impacts.



Paper presented


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