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HKIE international conference: climate-resilience infrastructure development

Event organised by HKIE

Date
31 October 2023
Time
08:30 - 12:30 GMT
Location
The Telford Theatre
Institution of Civil Engineers
One Great George Street
Westminster
London, SW1P 3AA
United Kingdom

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Overview

This year, the theme of the HKIE International Conference is “Climate-resilience infrastructure development”. Climate change is resulting in various impacts, including more frequent and intense heatwaves, storms, flooding, and sea-level rise. These impacts pose significant challenges to infrastructure systems, such as roads, bridges, buildings, water supply systems, and energy grids.

The primary goal of climate resilient infrastructure is to enhance the ability of infrastructure systems to withstand and recover from climate-related hazards. It involves integrating climate data, projections, and risk assessments into the planning, design, and construction of infrastructure projects with the aim of minimising vulnerabilities to climate related hazards such as extreme weather events, sea-level rise, increased temperatures, and changing precipitation patterns.

Climate resilience infrastructure development incorporates various adaptation strategies such as elevating structures in flood-prone areas, using climate-resistant building materials, improving drainage systems, implementing nature-based solutions (e.g., green infrastructure), and ensuring redundancy and flexibility in infrastructure design.

Distinguished speakers from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) will join HKIE at the Conference to share their views and experiences.

The keynote speech will be given by Prof Jim Hall, ICE Vice President.

The closing remarks will be given by Ir Prof Alfred Sit, chief executive and secretary, HKIE.

The conference will be organised in a hybrid mode with 120 in-person participants at the Telford Theatre, ICE and around 200 online participants from Hong Kong and elsewhere.

Organised by

HKIE Geotechnical Division

HKIE Geotechnical Division

We are a learned society to promote the status of geotechnical engineers in society.

In partnership with

Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Improving the world through engineering.

CIWEM

CIWEM

Membership organisation to thousands of members and organisations in over 89 countries with a dedication to improving water and environmental management.

CIBSE Young Engineers Network

CIBSE Young Engineers Network

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Programme

08:30 - 09:30

Registration (coffee will be served)

09:30 - 10:00

Welcome address: Ir Dr Barry Lee, president of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE)

Speaker 1: “Delivering climate-resilient buildings for a sustainable built environment” - Mr Adrian Catchpole, president of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE)

Souvenir presentations; group photos

10:00 - 10:20

Speaker 2: “Weaving climate resilience into a compact city – HK” - Ir Eric Ma, senior vice-president of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE)

10:20 - 10:40

Speaker 3: “Adapting our cities and coastlines for climate change” - Ms Hannah Coogan, president elect of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)

10:40 - 11:00

Speaker 4: “New Perspectives on Climate-resilient Infrastructure and Future Proofing” - Dr Tim Fox, immediate past chair, Process Industries Division, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 - 11:50

Keynote speech: “Systems analysis to prioritise climate resilient infrastructure development” - Prof Jim Hall, vice-president of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)

11:50 - 12:25

Panel discussion

Moderator: Ir Dr Michael Wan, chairman (UK Chapter) of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE)

Panellists:

  • Prof Jim Hall
  • Ir Eric Ma
  • Ms Hannah Coogan
  • Dr Tim Fox
  • Mr Adrian Catchpole
12:25 - 12:30

Closing address: Ir Prof Alfred Sit, chief executive and secretary of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE)

12:30

End of conference

Speakers

Prof. Jim Hall

Prof. Jim Hall

University of Oxford

professor of climate & environmental risk

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Prof. Jim Hall

Professor Jim Hall is a professor of climate and environmental risks at the University of Oxford.

He’s also the director of research in the School of Geography and the Environment and director of the university’s Environmental Change Institute.

Before joining the University of Oxford, he held academic positions at Newcastle University and the University of Bristol.

Professor Hall is a member of the ICE Trustee Board and vice president of the institution, carbon and climate.

Subject to an interim annual election by the ICE Council, he’s set to become ICE president in November 2024.

Professor Hall is also a member of the UK prime minister’s Council for Science and Technology and chair of the Science Advisory Committee of the International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA).

Furthermore, he created and chairs the UK Data and Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure (DAFNI).

He was awarded the ICE George Stephenson Medal in 2001 and the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water in 2018.

He was also a contributing author to the Nobel Prize-winning Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Dr. Barry Lee

Dr. Barry Lee

Hong Kong Institution of Engineers

president

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Dr. Barry Lee

As HKIE Fellow, Ir Dr Lee was elected as vice president of the HKIE in 2020 and was further elected as senior vice president in 2022. Other than serving as a member of the executive and the council, he has held a number of leading positions in various boards and committees and task forces, making significant contributions to the development of the Institution and the advancement of the engineering industry in Hong Kong.

Ir Dr Lee graduated from Sunderland Polytechnic in United Kingdom with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1991, a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management at HKU in 1994, and later received his Doctorate’s Degree in Business Administration from City University of Hong Kong in 2016. Ir Dr Lee is a registered professional engineer in building services, environmental and mechanical disciplines.

Ir Dr Lee started his engineering career by joining a 4-year technician training programme with Hong Kong Electric Company Limited in 1985. He then joined ATAL Engineering Limited (ATAL) in 1991 after graduation from Sunderland Polytechnic and was promoted to become the director of the company in 2015. He left ATAL and joined Associated Engineers, Limited, a well-known multi-disciplinary engineering company in Hong Kong specialising in airport engineering, environmental engineering, infrastructure engineering, logistics & automation and engineering services, as their chief executive officer in 2019.

Ir Dr Lee has actively involved in the local learned societies of engineers and other industrial association since 2000. He was the chairman of Hong Kong Waste Management Association between 2012 and 2014, chairman of Hong Kong Branch of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers between 2014 and 2017. He is currently a member of Engineers Registration Board of Hong Kong, a member of Infrastructure Advisory Committee of Hong Kong Trade and Development Council and a member of Advisory Committee of Recycling Fund under Environmental Bureau. Since 2006, Ir Dr LEE has been appointed as the member of a number of Appeal Board Panels under various ordinances including Town Planning, Building Energy Efficiency, etc, by the HKSAR Government. He is also an industrial advisory panel member of the Engineering degree programme of various local universities.

Eric Ma

Eric Ma

Hong Kong Institution of Engineers

Senior Vice-President

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Eric Ma

Eric Ma is a Hong Kong engineer and a business executive. He served as secretary for development of the Hong Kong SAR government. He is currently an executive director of New World Development Company Ltd and CEO of NWS Holdings Ltd.

Eric graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Science in engineering and later obtained a master’s degree of engineering science in transportation from Monash University, Australia. He became an engineer and held senior positions in major consulting firms and participated in major development projects in Hong Kong. He is a fellow of several professional bodies including the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT), and the Institution of Structural Engineers. He also served as chairman of the Hong Kong branch of the CIHT.

Eric joined Maunsell Consultants Asia Ltd in 2001, becoming managing director in 2007. He was tasked by AECOM with its overseas business expansion in Asia, in which he became the executive vice president for Civil and Infrastructure Business in the Asia-Pacific region.

On 6 January 2014, he was appointed under secretary of development under Paul Chan Mo-po. He succeeded Chan to be acting secretary for development on 16 January 2017 when Chan took over as financial secretary of Hong Kong. Eric was officially appointed on 13 February 2017.

Hannah Coogan

Hannah Coogan

Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management

President Elect

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Hannah Coogan

Hannah Coogan is a senior leader and manager with 20 years professional experience across the public and private sectors. She specialises in flood and coastal risk management and stakeholder engagement.

As a regional delivery director with Binnies (an RSK Company), Hannah has successfully opened and she manages the Binnies Birmingham office. She oversees their flood and coastal consultancy services delivery in the Midlands and Scotland.

Hannah sits on the national Flood, Coast and Maritime Leadership Team and she is also project director/ executive for a portfolio of flood risk and environmental management projects across England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland.

Hannah has experience in project management, programme management, developing flood alleviation schemes and strategies, obtaining external funding, flood risk management service design and delivery, emergency planning, response and flood investigation, asset management, flood mapping and modelling and development planning. She is particularly passionate about strategic planning to make the most of opportunities to improve our environment and supporting local communities to address environmental challenges.

Dr. Tim Cox

Dr. Tim Cox

Process Industries Division, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Immediate Past Chair

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Dr. Tim Cox

Dr Tim Fox is an internationally recognised expert in climate change mitigation and adaptation with specialist knowledge of clean energy systems, sustainable cooling, sea level rise, sustainable food systems and the process industries. He works as an independent consultant operating at the intersection of science-engineering-policy-business-communications. Tim is a chartered engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, where he chairs the Climate Change Adaptation Working Group. Tim has authored numerous peer-reviewed papers, research reports, IMechE thought leadership reports and policy papers, and has commented widely in the press and at conferences and webinars.

Adrian Catchpole

Adrian Catchpole

Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers

President

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Adrian Catchpole

Adrian Catchpole is a director of Johns Slater and Howard where he is responsible for its NHS and university frameworks and for leading on sustainability issues. He has over 30 years experience of working on a wide range of projects and is an advocate of collaborative working throughout design and construction teams as a means of delivering buildings that work efficiently and effectively.

Prof. Alfred Sit

Prof. Alfred Sit

Hong Kong Institution of Engineers

Chief Executive and Secretary

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Prof. Alfred Sit

Prof Sit graduated from the former The Hong Kong Polytechnic (renamed as The Hong Kong Polytechnic University) with the associateship in electrical engineering. He was subsequently elected by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University as one of its outstanding alumni. Prof Sit also holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and has studied for a PhD at The Renmin University of China, with a focus on international relations. Prof Sit has also studied for a doctorate in business administration at The University of Newcastle, Australia and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s General Management Programme.

Prof Sit joined the government as assistant electrical and mechanical engineer in 1984. He was the director of electrical and mechanical services from 2017 to 2020. He was the secretary for innovation and technology until 2022. He was awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star by the government for his distinguished services to the community and appointed by it as a Justice of the Peace. Ir Sit is a Fellow of the HKIE and has served as the chairman of its biomedical division and secretary of its nuclear division.

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