Over 220 professionals from different parts of the construction life cycle gathered at the second RICS Hong Kong BIM Conference held on 23 July 2019. The conference aimed to encourage the adoption of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in construction and supporting users to embrace the technology at various phases of the construction process.
Technology disruption has gradually changed how infrastructure, real estate and other built environment assets are designed, constructed, operated and maintained. In 2018, the Hong Kong SAR Government launched 'Construction 2.0' to encourage innovation, professionalism and revitalisation in the industry, so that the city can maintain its leading position in construction. The Government also leads by example to mandate the use of BIM in major government capital works projects that (estimatedly) exceed $30 million. Since this mandate, BIM has gradually become a norm in government projects, while the private sector has responded quickly and positively.
To support practitioners in their journey of digitisation of construction, this full-day conference gathered industry practitioners from Hong Kong, mainland China, and Singapore to share their experiences of BIM application: how the use of BIM and technology drives automation and efficiency, and helps plan, track and improve building life-cycle management. Topics included digital delivery of public and private projects, applications of BIM in construction management, site management, contract management, as well as facilities management.
In his keynote speech, Hong Kong SAR Government's Permanent Secretary for Development (Works) Ir Lam Sai-hung said that the built environment of Hong Kong has played a major role in establishing Hong Kong as Asia's global city, and building the foundations and infrastructures that support the success and long-term development of Hong Kong. "The cost, efficiency, and sustainability gains of BIM are well evidenced," stated Ir Lam. "Innovation and digitisation of the construction industry can take our built environment to new heights."
Surveying is, and always has been, a data business. As we enter into the 'age of data', the profession must be well-equipped to succeed. Embracing digital construction enables our profession to move up the value chain while staying relevant to the built and natural environment. BIM is not a fix-all solution, but it is a vital part of the puzzle.
Clare Chiu, Chief Operating Officer, Greater China, RICS
Head of Communications and Corporate Affairs, Greater China
Jeanie leads RICS' Communication and Corporate Affairs team in Greater China, which covers mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.
She is in charge of RICS' brand development, market influence and thought leadership in terms of communications, media relations, and policy engagement. She also ensures strategic alignment of activities with RICS' business objectives.
She possesses extensive experience with corporate communication for RICS in East Asia before focusing on the emerging Greater China market, which is experiencing a huge demand for talent and professional standards in the built environment.