Entrusted by CAD, EMSD conducts regular inspections and emergency repairs for all hilltop obstacle lights to ensure their proper functioning. Without vehicular access, our colleagues have to manually carry heavy tools and equipment along the rugged mountain trail to the hilltop for repairs or replacement, whether it is sunny or rainy or under adverse weather conditions like typhoon and rainstorm.
Last December, we took initiative to install a trial GSM auto dialer and replace the heavy obstacle light on one of the obstacle light stations with a light-weight, more energy efficient LED light. This pilot project successfully achieved timely remote monitoring of the obstacle light, and enhanced equipment reliability as well as improved working conditions and safety for staff.
With the new LED light, we save around 40 man-hours for on-site inspection and over 2,000KWh power consumption per year per station. With much improved reliability and energy efficiency after installation of new LED obstacle lights, similar modification is being extended to other obstacle light stations in 2014.
The Walk Must Go On
"Fixing the obstacle lights on the hilltop is not an easy task, especially when each neon obstacle light weighs as much as 30 to 40 kg.
"Very often, there is no vehicular road access and it is hard to fly a helicopter to the hilltop where there is no proper helicopter pad. We must carry the heavy tools and equipment for repairs and replacement, and walk for two hours to the hilltop, and another one and a half hours downhill.
"To play safe, we always go in teams of at least two persons for every trip up the mountain to carry out maintenance work. Of course, we are well equipped with hiking equipment and necessities like walking sticks and hiking shoes. With the new LED lights weighing just around 12kg, our burden has been much reduced.
"We know the walk must go on to ensure flight safety!"
ELSS, a keyless security system jointly designed by Correctional Services Department (CSD) and EMSD, integrating different functions of monitoring, operation, recording and personnel authentication, has greatly improved operation efficiency and strengthened access control for LWCI.
With CCTV cameras, digital communication system and the new e-lock system in place for identity verification, CSD duty officers can now operate cell doors from the control room with simply a push of buttons. Most importantly, the new system has greatly reduced response time which is critical especially in an emergency situation. The responding officer no longer has to walk to and fro between the location of an incident and the control room where the keys were kept, the total distance of which may be up to several hundred metres.
The ELSS has been awarded the "Best Innovation (Entrepreneurial Innovation) Special Mention" of The Hong Kong ICT Awards 2014, organised by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer and The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers.
EMSD always puts customers' needs first. During the system design period, we proactively helped CSD integrate both the new and old security systems, making them complementary to each other. Ms Chung Chi-lan, Senior Superintendent (Works and Planning) of CSD was highly appreciative of the professionalism and comprehensive E&M services and consultancy. She commented, "The full backup from EMSD has helped us in maintaining our normal day-to-day operations without any disruption."
Ms Chung's compliment highlights our ability to provide high quality service to a client venue where seamless, reliable support round the clock is of utmost importance. The award and recognition from professional institutions as well as the client department were an extra bonus for the project team.
A smooth migration of the postal service from IMC to CMC involved detailed planning of every step from equipment dismantling to transportation, followed by reinstallation, tuning, testing and commissioning. Ever since the commencement of the CMC project at its design stage in 2010 and until the end of the eight-month migration period, we had worked very closely with Hongkong Post and MTR on the equipment design, logistics, technical requirements and flow of the migration. To cater for the service demand during the transition period when both IMC and CMC were in simultaneous operation, our staff frequently worked till midnight and irregular hours even during the Chinese New Year holidays.
Our role at CMC is to provide maintenance services for the newly upgraded postal equipment, E&M, air-conditioning, electronics and building services facilities. The upgraded postal system comprises two types of letter sorting machines: 12 Optical Video-coding Integrated Systems and 3 Culler Facer Cancellers (CFC) that handle standard and non-standard mails respectively. While the older generation of CFC could only carry out the stamp recognition and cancelling functions, the new generation of CFC could handle the entire letter sorting process, taking on additional functions like address recognition and letter sorting.
The new postal system at CMC can handle a maximum of 4.5 million mails every day, an almost 30% increase in the maximum handling capacity of International Mail Centre. We pledge to provide professional services at CMC to support Hongkong Post's performance pledge of "following working day delivery".
將軍澳 ─ 藍田隧道是一條長約4.2公里的雙線雙程行車公路，連接將軍澳及東九龍，其中約2.6公里為隧道。這條新隧道亦將連接啟德發展區T2主幹路和中九龍幹線，組成策略性的六號幹線，是連接九龍和將軍澳的東西行快速公路。
An eight-year Service Level Agreement (SLA) has commenced in April 2014. We shall be providing professional advisory and technical services for all the E&M, building services, electronics, traffic control and surveillance systems. Our services are essential to providing accurate information on traffic condition and enabling the road users to reach their destinations safely and accurately.
The TKO-LT Tunnel is a dual two lane highway of approximately 4.2km long, connecting TKO and East Kowloon. About 2.6 km of the highway is a tunnel. This new tunnel, together with Trunk Road T2 in the Kai Tak Development and Central Kowloon Route, will form Route 6 in the strategic road network providing an East-West Express Link between Kowloon and TKO areas.
Upon its completion, traffic connections between TKO and different destinations will be a lot more convenient and faster, providing relief to the heavy traffic on the road network in the Central and Eastern Kowloon areas, while also reducing the related environmental impacts.
A big hurrah also goes to Mr. Ng Chui-keung, Technician Trainee II (Mechanical) and Mr. Poon Hau-man, Technician Trainee I (Electrical). Both won the 2013 Outstanding Apprentices/ Trainees Awards, organised by the Vocational Training Council. Mr. Ng achieved an outstanding award while Mr. Poon received a certificate of excellence. Mr. Ng won a study trip to Singapore with other winners for academic exchange.
Speaking at the prize presentation ceremony on 20 March 2014, Mr. Frank Chan, Director of Electrical and Mechanical Services, encouraged the youngsters to pursue their dreams and contribute to the future development of the E&M industry.
Ngong Ping Charity Walk 2014
The enthusiastic team ran along the scenic Ngong Ping Trail and reached the Ngong Ping Village, then climbed up Lantau Peak, the second highest peak in Hong Kong, and onward to the destination via Pak Kung Au and Tei Tong Tsai Country Trail.
獲銅獎的合約，是為不同的政府場地的升降機及自動梯，提供全面保養和維修服務。值得注意是該承辦商為這項工程合約創設的兩項安全措施 ─ 於更換主纜時使用安全工作平台；及安裝提示標籤，從而減低因大意而忘記拆除控制板內旁路接線的機會。
We encourage our contractors to be considerate and make every effort to minimise negative impact on affected parties, as considerate practices such as caring for workers, neighbours and the environment are conducive to delivering value to the public. We also encourage them to maintain a high level of work safety in order to provide uninterrupted maintenance services for our clients’ facilities, thereby better serving the community.
It is with this spirit that we congratulate our contractors who have exhibited a highly considerate attitude in their work site practices and won awards in the most recent 20th Considerate Contractors Site Award Scheme, jointly organised by Development Bureau and Construction Industry Council. Five EMSD contracts won a Bronze Award and four Merit Awards. One of the five awards was for new works contracts while the rest were for repair, maintenance, alteration and addition works contracts.
The Bronze Award went to a contract for the comprehensive maintenance and repair of lift and escalator installations at various Government premises. Two safety measures taken by that contractor are noteworthy – the safety working platform for suspension rope replacement, and the bypass wiring indicator that minimises the chances of overlooking the bypass wires in control panels which should be removed after maintenance or repairing works.
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