Keynote & Plenary Speakers

Prof. C. W. Lim, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Speech Title: Value Management for Complex Projects

Abstract: Every construction project involves multi-stakeholders who value different things form different engineering management aspects.  In mega projects, like those under the Belt and Road Initiative, stakeholders are more diversified, more complicated and mixed, which cause great challenges to project management.  Traditional problem-solving and management processes generally fail to facilitate consensus amongst different stakeholders, not to mention about enhancing quality and creating values for a project.  That is why value management (VM) is important.  Firstly developed in the United States in 1947, VM has been widely adopted in various countries including North America, Japan, Europe, Australia, and other countries.  It emphasizes a systematic team decision making process amongst multi-disciplinary members for effectively and innovatively resolving difficulties, particularly at strategic levels.  It can be used in parallel to, or sometimes integrated with, different management strategies including partnering, risk management and public engagement.  Amongst the various districts especially the Belt and Road cities, Hong Kong is one which has had advanced and matured VM adoption.  In this paper, various VM cases will be shared and analyzed.

Profile: Dr. Lim obtained a B.Eng. (1989) in Mechanical Engineering (Aeronautics) from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), a M.Eng. (1992) in Mechanical Engineering from National University of Singapore (NUS) and a PhD (1995) in Mechanical Engineering from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. From 1995 to 1997, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Queensland, Australia. He was later appointed as a Research Fellow at Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Hong Kong from December 1997. In February 2000, he joined Department of Building and Construction, City University of Hong Kong as an Assistant Professor and later promoted as an Associate Professor in February 2003. He is also a Guest Professor of Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) since March 2006.  

Dr. Lim is a fellow of International Biography Association, Cambridge, England since 2000. He is a member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Acoustical Society if America (ASA) and Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE. he is also a member of The Hong Kong Institution of Mechanical Engineers (HKIE) and a Registered Professional Engineer (RPE). He has been listed in Marquis Who's Who in the World, Dictionary of International Biography and Marquis Who's Who in Science and Engineering. Among the awards Dr. Lim has obtained are Best Academic Performance Medal in Mechanical Engineering (Aero) in 1989, University of Queensland Postdoctoral Fellowship (1996-97), University of Hong Kong Research Fellowship (1998-2000).  

Dr. Lim has published a book on Symplectic Elasticity, more than 130 refereed technical papers and more than 60 international conference papers. His publications have attracted more than 850 independent citations in refereed international journals, numerous technical notes, international conferences papers and research theses since 1993. He is the Associate Editor (Asia-Pacific Region) for Advances in Vibration Engineering, and on the editorial board of three other international journals, as well as in the International Advisory Committee of numerous other international conferences. He has attracted more than 20 research grants as Principal Investigator and others as Associate Investigator since 1995. He also acts as a reviewer for books published by John Wiley & Sons, Kluwer Academic Publishers and for technical papers of more than 40 prestigious international journals. 

Prof. Cees de Bont, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Profile: Professor de Bont has solid experience and track records in the management and leadership of a sizable and leading design schools in the world.  He took up the deanship in the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering of the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands in 2005 and carries responsibility for the School of Design of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University since February 2012. Professor de Bont has a good mix of academic and industrial experience.  He started his academic career in 1993 as Assistant Professor of Economic Psychology at the University of Tilburg.  During his appointment in the University of Tilburg, Professor de Bont also acted as a consultant to the Philips Design in Eindhoven of the Netherlands.  In 1995, he joined Philips Design to become responsible for the Human Behaviour Research Centre.  He was subsequently Head of Marketing Research and Strategy at Philips Domestic Appliances and Personal Care from 1997 to 2005 when he was responsible for generating and utilizing market information for the formulation of the strategy, R&D and marketing plans of the company. Professor de Bont’s research interests are in the areas of early concept testing of consumer acceptance, consumer behaviour, innovation adoption, and networked innovation.  From 2009 till 2012 January, Professor de Bont chaired the Dutch Innovation Centre for Electric Road Transport which is a nationwide platform for electric mobility in the Netherlands; meanwhile, he was chairman of the largest research program for the creative industries in the Netherlands (CRISP).  He is the Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Design Institute for Social Innovation at PolyU and a member of the Board of Directors of the Hong Kong Design Centre and PMQ.

Prof. Thomas Kang, Seoul National University, South Korea

Profile: Dr. Kang is a Professor in the Department of Architecture & Architectural Engineering and Director for Engineering Education Innovation Center at Seoul National University, South Korea. Prior to that, he was an Assistant Professor in the School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, USA. He has held various affiliated positions in the U.S. and Japan, including Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Adjunct Professor at the University of Oklahoma, and Lecturer at UCLA, University of Hawaii at Manoa and the University of Tokyo. Prof. Kang received his PhD from UCLA, his MS from Michigan State University, and his BS from Seoul National University.

Prof. Kang is a world-class scholar in the field of post-tensioned concrete structures. He is a Fellow of Post-Tensioning Institute (PTI) and a Fellow of American Concrete Institute (ACI). Prof. Kang received the Kenneth B. Bondy Award for Most Meritorious Technical Paper as Lead Author from PTI in 2012, and the Wason Medal for Most Meritorious Paper as Lead Author from ACI in 2009 with the subject of post-tensioned concrete. He regularly teaches the course of Post-Tensioned Concrete Structures at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign every other summer (both on campus and online) and at the University of Hawaii at Manoa every fall (live online lectures). Prof. Kang is Associate Editor for PTI Journal of Post-Tensioning Institute. He is one of the founding and voting members of PTI DC-20 Committee, Building Design, and a voting member for Joint ACI-ASCE Committee 423, Prestressed Concrete. He joined the effort of publishing the PTI Building Design Committee document, Guide for Design of Post-Tensioned Buildings, as one of the authors.

Prof. Kang has also served the international community as a voting member for ACI Committee 369, Seismic Repair and Rehabilitation; Joint ACI-ASCE Committees 335, Composite and Hybrid Structures, and 352 Joints and Connections in Monolithic Concrete Structures; Joint ACI-ASME Committee 359, Concrete Containments for Nuclear Reactors; and many committees for Korea Concrete Institute (KCI) and other institutions in Korea. As well, he has served as an Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Structural Integrity and Maintenance, Taylor & Francis Group, and Advances in Computational Design, Techno-Press. His extensive service has a strong impact on the growth of structural engineering societies.

Prof. Kang published more than a hundred international journal papers and more than a hundred international conference proceedings, including 31 in ACI Structural Journal and 9 in PTI Journal. He has chaired many sessions/symposiums of structural engineering; delivered many keynote/invited speeches; and organized international conferences/workshops as a Chair. Additionally, Dr. Kang has done a lot of practice as a consulting engineer in South Korea and the U.S. Prior to joining the academia, he had a working experience in California, USA (e.g., John A. Martins & Associates), and was a licensed Professor Engineer (PE) in California.

Prior to joining the academia, he had a working experience in California, USA (e.g., John A. Martin & Associates), and was a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in California. He is still working for Precision-Hayes International, a globally leading company in the field of post-tensioning, as a consultant.

Speech Title: Education, Research & Practical Innovation of IoT Technology in Building Construction

Abstract: Internet of Things (IoT) is no longer a future technology, but is so heavily involved in everyday life of human beings. Currently it is estimated to have 10 billion connected devices and sensors in the world. The types of businesses related to IoT are expected to be more than 30 billion ones, and by 2025, 75 billion devices and sensors will be easily connected. This would generate “service” revenue of about 300 billion USD by IoT product and service suppliers until 2020, and add over 1.9 trillion USD to global economy according to a Gartner Trend Insight Report (2013). In order not to miss this opportunity, there are a variety of efforts by Seoul National University (SNU) and Dr. Thomas Kang’s research team in terms of education and research. There are several IoT courses available for both undergraduate and graduate students at SNU. Among them, one IoT smart home class is particularly targeted for the students in the Department of Architecture and Architectural Engineering at SNU, where the Arduino language, hardware, sensor, interface, actuator control, and smart phone app making are taught by incorporating hands-on practice and lab sessions. At the same time, innovative research efforts on the IoT high-techs in combination with building construction are led by Dr. Kang. It is important to see the market needs and pin-point the research direction, because IoT technicians are typically not aware of how the technology is specifically applied in the real industry.

As a result, Precision-Hayes International, global provider of post-tensioning (PT) products and solutions, recently signed a license agreement with Dr. Kang’s research team for the use of Dr. Kang’s technology that has the potential to be an industry game changer by simplifying, automating, and improving the accuracy of measuring, recording, and verifying elongations and forces of PT steel. The new IoT technology uses cutting edge measuring equipment to record steel elongation and PT force. These technology breakthroughs simplify current tedious methods and significantly improve the accuracy of data, contributing to improved structural integrity of the concrete building being post-tensioned.


Prof. Alireza Afshari, Danish Building Research Institute, Aalborg University, Denmark

Profile: Dr. Afshari is a Professor in the Department of Danish Building Research Institute at Aalborg University. Skilled in Research and Development (R&D), Environmental Awareness, HVAC, Sustainable Development, and Energy, with a MSc, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Docent (Associate Professor) focused in Indoor Climate, Buildings Services Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology. He served as a chairperson of ISIAQ Scientific and Technical Committees, STC 22-Air cleaning. Professor Afshari published over 35 journal papers, more than 45 peer-reviewed conference papers, 8 national and international books and reports, 10 national publications, and 17 abstract, 2 thesis, Author of a chapter in a book (WHO guidelines for indoor air quality). He also contributed to the IEA publication Task 56, IEA – SHC – Integrated Solar Envelope System; IEA EBC Annex 60, Modelica; IEA-ECES Annex 31, “Energy Storage with Energy Efficient Buildings and Districts”; IBPSA - International Building Performance Simulation Association, project 1. He has been chairperson of a number of International Workshop organized by ISIAQ in the International Conference of Indoor Air. He has given over 15 invited talks in different countries (Sweden, Denmark, USA, China, and Singapore).

Prof. Kyung-Jae Shin, Kyungpook National University, South Korea

Profile: Dr. Shin is a Professor in the Department of Architectural Engineering at Kyungpook National University, Daegu, South Korea, and a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in South Korea. Prof. Shin received his PhD of Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN, USA, and his BS and MS of Architectural Engineering from Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea. He was a research scholar in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Washington at Seattle, WA, USA in 1999 for his first sabbatical year, and in the School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, USA for his second sabbatical year. Prof. Shin was a Vice President of KSSC (Korea Society of Steel Construction), and served as a Chairman of Organizing Committee of ISSS-2015 (The 8th International Symposium on Steel Structures), which was held by KSSC. He is currently an Associate Editor of IJOSS (International Journal of Steel Structures) and JAABE (Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering), both of which are Science Citation Index (SCI) journals. He is also working for the Committee of KBC (Korean Building Code) Revision. Prof. Shin published over 100 journal papers including ASCE, ACI, PCI and Engineering Structures Journals. He also published several books such as Plastic Design, Steel Design based on KBC, Structural Mechanics – Learning by Small Test, and Understanding of Steel Structure and Standard Details of Steel Connection, which are used as a textbook for many undergraduate and graduate classes in South Korea and as a reference for practicing engineers.