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Cheers for the Good "New" Days
We are also delighted to introduce the new management of the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD). Under their leadership, EMSD will continue to introduce new technology, offer our clients engineering solutions and scale new heights.
"E&M Go!" Turns a New Page in E&M Talent Cultivation
EMSD and the trade are dedicated to the training of young technicians and recruitment of new talents. In 2012, we jointly formed the Hong Kong Electrical and Mechanical Trade Promotion Working Group (Working Group) which has put considerable effort into promoting the industry development and organising various promotional activities to attract youngsters to join us. EMSD has been playing an active role in attracting new blood to the industry. Last year, we started to invest $600 million in training technician trainees. It is the first time that EMSD trains up about 100 Technician Trainees II (4-year) per year for the industry, with the aim to train up 500 technicians. At the same time, a new scheme namely "Pilot Cooperative Apprentice Training Scheme" was launched in 2016. The scheme has been well received by the trade and has attracted 24 organisations to participate so far.
This year, EMSD took the lead to organise the “E&M Go!” Orientation Ceremony on 11 September to welcome about 800 young trainees and encourage them to pursue their aspirations in the trade. The Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr. Matthew Cheung, was invited to officiate at the ceremony. In his speech, Mr. Cheung encouraged the new apprentices to grasp the opportunity to better equip themselves and contribute to the development of Hong Kong and the E&M industry. He pointed out that the E&M industry is very important. “It’s the ‘engine’ of the society. Without it, the entire society cannot be ‘powered up’ and thus cannot operate.” Mr. Cheung also expressed his appreciation of the Working Group’s dedication to promoting the E&M industry over the years.
At the ceremony, we also invited some professional engineering personnel who have completed the technician training scheme to share their working experiences to showcase the professional image and promising career prospects of the E&M trade, giving the new comers and their families a better understanding of the work and development of the industry. This also aimed to change the mindset that “blue-collar workers will not have a bright future”, and attract more young people to join our big family.
Winning Client’s Trust with
Apart from the tight schedule, the biggest challenge of this project was its wide scope of work. JPC@Pat Heung was originally the Fire Services Training School, occupying 29 000 square metres, equivalent to four standard soccer pitches. A huge number of E&M equipment were required to be replaced and upgraded, covering five major categories of works including air-conditioning, electrical, fire services, mechanical and electronics, and involving nearly 20 engineering projects. As there were over 30 contractors working at the same time, we had to interact closely with different stakeholders so as to co-ordinate their requests and solve any problems or disputes that might arise.
As the time for advance preparation was short, the client made various configuration requests on E&M equipment during the works period in order to suit the actual operational needs of the venue. Despite the tight schedule, we strove our best to satisfy our client’s needs by offering professional technical proposals and solutions that could fully tie in with the situation. An example was the installation of infrared cameras to solve the night vision problem.
The installation and testing of many facilities at JPC@Pat Heung were mainly scheduled at the later stage of the project. To race against time, we supervised the contractors and monitored the work progress closely. At last, all the works were finished as planned, and the majority of them were even completed one or two months ahead of schedule. We won trust and high praise from our client with our professional project management, quality services and good communication skills, as well as our efforts in addressing their pressing needs.
Managing large-scale E&M projects is our speciality. If you have any similar project request, please contact our Senior Engineer, Mr. Yeung Sau-kuen, at 2808 3717.
The ambulance service of the Fire Services Department (FSD) is critical to the public in emergency, so ambulances must always be kept in good condition. In addition to ensuring over 400 different types of ambulances are well maintained, Fleet Management Unit of FSD Ambulance Command together with EMSD will regularly review the needs of the ambulance, introduce new technologies, new features and new equipment to enhance the operational efficiency and the ambulance service provided to the public.
To raise efficiency in hospital transfer cases, a “Powered Stretcher with Powered Fastener System” was introduced to the Hospital Transfer Ambulance. This System consists of a powered fastener system installed on the floor of ambulance and a powered ambulance stretcher. We had successfully found ways to secure the powered fastener system on the floor of ambulance, so that the patient could be loaded on the ambulance safely through the system. This system is easy to operate and saves a lot of effort. It helps the client to improve the efficiency of the patient transfer to and from the hospital and enhances the Occupational Safety and Health of the ambulance crew.
In addition, we have also enhanced the ambulance design with other retrofits to reach the latest European Standard EN 1789. One of the enhancements is the introduction of gateway door between the driver’s cab and patient compartment so as to enhance the protection of the ambulance crew and passengers during the ambulance journey. The new features introduced for the ambulances have been well received by our client and the users.
Many of the government buildings in the territory were completed in the sixties and seventies when Hong Kong’s economy took off. Today, most of the E&M facilities in these buildings are ageing gradually. With the mission of satisfying our clients’ needs and serving the public, EMSD is committed to ensuring that our clients’ services to the community will not be disrupted by equipment failure due to ageing. Apart from proper maintenance and regular replacement services, we proactively assist our clients in formulating back-up solutions for contingencies, overcoming technical difficulties, as well as enhancing and redesigning the existing systems. Our aim is to provide safe and reliable E&M facilities to enhance our clients’ services to the public.
The air-conditioning system of the Hong Kong City Hall (City Hall) mainly uses seawater for cooling. As the pipelines circulating seawater are buried deep underground, any damage in the pipelines will stop the water-cooled chiller. This will not only disrupt the air-conditioning operation, but also affect the traffic as immediate road closure may be required for emergency repair.
As a precaution, we designed a remote condensing system as a back-up plan. After careful study, our team installed two remote air-cooled condensers on the rooftop of the City Hall Low Block. We modified the existing refrigerant pipelines to connect the condensers to the central unit. When the seawater supply is interrupted or insufficient, the system can quickly take over the existing water-cooled condensers and the air-conditioning operation can resume in a short period of time. The system also allows ample time for maintenance and repair work to be conducted on the seawater pipelines, without affecting the services of the City Hall.
The contingency plan is an integral part of our comprehensive engineering and asset management solution for our clients. It effectively ensures their quality services to the public.
If you are interested in enhancing your existing facilities, please contact our Senior Engineer, Mr. Yorkie Chow, at 2808 3804.
機電署八篇論文內容環繞可持續建築環境中多種機電設備系統的優化及增值設施、建築物節能策略、建築信息模擬 — 資產管理系統、建築物綠化改造工程、可持續發展的機電服務等。我們的團隊代表在會議上發表論文，與會者反應熱烈，對論文給予高度評價。
The WSBE conference is held every three years and Hong Kong is the host city for the 2017 conference. With the theme of "Transforming Our Built Environment through Innovation and Integration: Putting Ideas into Action", WSBE17 Hong Kong was attended by around 1 800 green building leaders, policy makers, experts, academics, industry elites, etc. from 57 countries and regions. They joined together to explore and share matters related to the development and implementation of sustainable built environment.
EMSD’s eight papers discussed the optimised and value-added facilities of various E&M systems for sustainable built environment, energy saving strategy for buildings, Building Information Modelling – Asset Management System, green transformation projects for buildings, sustainable development of E&M services and so on. Our team representatives presented the papers at the conference and received overwhelming responses and high praise from the audience.
If you are interested in our research and development results, such as the green transformation projects for buildings, please contact our Senior Engineer, Mr. Lau Siu-kei, at 3155 4302.
上期提到，我們在今年6月的「樂齡科技博覽暨高峰會」中利用虛擬實境展示「建築信息模擬 — 資產管理」系統。除此之外，我們其實亦同時推廣在樂齡科技上的工作成果，包括展出「數碼牙科成像系統」、「老友愛旅行」虛擬實境應用程式等項目。
In the last issue, we mentioned the use of virtual reality (VR) technology to display the Building Information Modelling – Asset Management System at the Gerontech and Innovation Expo cum Summit held in June this year. At the same event, we also showcased the results of our effort devoted to gerontechnology. Among the displays were the “Digital Dental Imaging System”, “The Elderly Love Travel” VR app, etc.
The “Digital Dental Imaging System” is a technology we introduced to the dental clinics under the Department of Health. The scanned dental information and images are stored electronically on computers, thus effectively streamlining information management and clinical procedures, and improving the efficiency of dental services. As for “The Elderly Love Travel” VR app, it is a mobile app specially developed for the elderly. By wearing a proper VR gear and activating the app via a smartphone, a user can enter the virtual world, for example, to experience the fun of dragon boat rowing and scuba diving, or even travel to famous attractions of different countries in the world. Through this app, the home-bound elderly can also enjoy the pleasure of travelling around the world anytime.
Trades and visitors showed great interest in our gerontechnology displays and participated actively in our workshops to experience the convenience brought by technology.
If you are interested in our new healthcare technology or gerontechnology projects, please contact our Senior Engineer, Mr. Chong Kwok-kee, at 3155 4000.
To ensure a seamless migration from the old VTS to the new system, we adopted a phased implementation approach. Back to March last year, we installed the new central control system at the Vessel Traffic Centre (VTC) in Sheung Wan. The system was then tested thoroughly by our professional engineering team in close collaboration with the Marine Department to perfect its various functions. We waited until the VTS operators were fully conversant with the operation of the new system before we integrated it into the VTS, finally achieving the target of a seamless migration. We will proceed with the testing and commissioning of the back-up system at the Ma Wan Marine Traffic Control Station, as well as those remote facilities like the remote-control radar stations and radio stations. We expect to finish all the commissioning work by early next year.
EMSD has long been trusted by our client since we helped build Hong Kong’s first VTS System in 1989. We then assisted in putting the second generation VTS into service successfully in 2002, and now we continue our commitment to complete the replacement and upgrade the system to the third generation VTS. The new system uses the latest electronic technology and information systems, such as solid-state digital radar, automated identification system, very high frequency direction finding system, IP-based data and voice network, etc. We also succeeded in integrating the VTS operation with the database of the Marine Department’s information system, creating a paperless operating environment in the system. This not only enhances the operation efficiency of the VTC, but also enables our client to record and manage vessel movement and navigational information more effectively.
We are happy to share with our clients the most advanced technological systems. Please contact our Senior Engineer, Mr. Pang Kwok-keung, at 3757 6027 if you are interested.
「2016 Vision Awards」是國際知名的年報評選，吸引約1000個來自25個國家的機構參加，競爭十分激烈。評審標準相當嚴謹，主要從報告的封面設計、致股東信函、報告敍述、財務報表、創新性、訊息清晰度等方面，全面地評選最出色的年報。除上述獎項外，我們的年報同時獲選為「亞太區80份最佳年報（第17位）」、「全球100份最佳年報（第50位）」及「2016年40份最佳中文年報」。
這份獲獎年報以「源於心 役於人 續創新 惠及民」為主題。如欲瀏覽，請到http://www.emsd.gov.hk/minisites/EMSDar/1516ar/index.html。
2016 Vision Awards is an internationally renowned annual report contest which attracted around 1 000 organisations from 25 countries to participate. Competition was fierce with the rigorous judging criteria. The best entries were evaluated and selected based on all-round aspects, including report cover, letter to shareholders, report narrative, report financials, creativity, message clarity and others. In addition to the above awards, our annual report was also elected the Top 80 Reports in the Asia-Pacific Region (Ranked 17th), the Top 100 Reports Worldwide (Ranked 50th) and the Top 40 Chinese Reports of 2016.
Themed "Serving with Care and Innovation", this award-winning report is available for viewing at http://www.emsd.gov.hk/minisites/EMSDar/1516ar/index.html.
Mr. Chow Hau-keung, Vincent, Chief Engineer/Business Development, has held a concurrent post as Acting Assistant Director/3 since 23 July 2017. He is responsible for formulation of corporate support and business development strategies for EMSTF, as well as overseeing corporate support services and contract advisory matters, thereby helping to achieve the department’s corporate goal and business development.