Fighting against the outbreak of coronavirus disease COVID-19

Since the coronavirus outbreak, various sectors in Hong Kong in particular the medical professionals are fighting against the spread of the virus and treating patients. As a professional institution in society, the HKIE is dedicated to taking our part through our engineering expertise to fight against the virus spread. We have provided support to the engineering and construction practitioners, media and general public in multiple areas since February 2020.

 

We have committed to echo and work with the Government’s appeal to fight against the spread of the disease in the community to safeguard the health of the people in Hong Kong. We have also written to the Permanent Secretary for Development (Works) updating them on the work that the engineering profession have put in and proposal of possible solutions that could help and showing our commitment to offer any assistance that our community may need.

 

President's Message (for Session 2019/2020)

 

- First Message (19 February 2020)

- Second Message (25 March 2020)

- Third Message (7 May 2020)

 

Supporting engineering and construction practitioners

- Donation to CIC’s Campaign

 

With the aim to help Hong Kong fight against the challenge, the HKIE gives full support to the Construction Industry Council (CIC)’s Campaign to help those registered construction workers in Hong Kong at this difficult time. Members are encouraged to raise fund for the Campaign. Ir Ringo S M YU, President of the HKIE for Session 2019/2020, has made a dollar-to-dollar matching donation on the total amount raised from members for this Campaign at a maximum amount of HK$300,000. Full details of the Campaign and donation form could be found on the CIC’s website at http://www.cic.hk/chi/main/caring_campaign/.

 

Caring and support for the community

 

- In the media

The Institution constantly strives to offer professional engineering views to facilitate public understanding of topical issues. Recently, various media have invited HKIE representatives to provide professional views on the quarantine facilities and hospitals for tackling the coronavirus outbreak in the community.

And we have received several enquiries from the media about the working proposal using Modular Integrated Construction (MiC) method to convert standard containers into negative-pressure chambers. Senior Vice President for Session 2019/2020 Ir Prof P L YUEN and Immediate Past President for Session 2019/2020 Ir Prof Thomas K C CHAN of the HKIE are investigating the utilisation of the proposal to fight against the outbreak.

 

 

Relevant News Coverage 

  

Date Media Headline
10 February 2020 Ta Kung Pao 工程師義務設計「港版火神山」
Source : Ta Kung Pao
11 February 2020 Topick
(Hong Kong Economic Times)
工程師學會圖解康美樓坐廁運作 排氣管密封亦會洩漏污染物
Source : Topick (Hong Kong Economic Times)
12 February 2020 Sing Tao Daily 廁所倘傳異味 須查喉管漏氣
Source : Sing Tao Daily
12 February 2020 Hong Kong Economic Times

康美樓低層改坐廁 漏氣播毒

Source : Hong Kong Economic Times

12 February 2020 AM730 疑公屋糞渠播毒 袁國勇:有臭味就好危險
Source : AM730
16 February 2020 Ming Pao 渠管播毒 咩樓最高危?
Source: Ming Pao
24 February 2020 TVB 有工程師指鑽石公主號爆發疫情 疑涉半中央空調系統
Source: TVB
6 March 2020 Ming Pao 新加坡研究:
病徵輕微者亦可廣泛污染環境 空調抽風位沾毒
學者籲清潔戴口罩手套
Source: Ming Pao
10 March 2020 Hong Kong Economic Journal

香港工程師學會高級副會長
源栢樑詳解建築設計與防疫關係
Source: Hong Kong Economic Journal
(Only subscribers of Hong Kong Economic Journal can read the full version of the article)

16 March 2020 East Week 喉管救兵 助基層抗疫
Source: East Week
(Only subscribers of East Week can read the full version of the article)
18 March 2020 Hong Kong Economic Times 衞署:亨泰樓天台 排氣喉或播毒
Source : Hong Kong Economic Times
(Only subscribers of Hong Kong Economic Times can read the full version of the article)
2 April 2020 Wen Wei Po 【抗擊新冠肺炎】有病無床 何處建「艙」?
Source: Wen Wei Po
2 April 2020 Lion Rock Daily 疫情緊急有病無病床
二線隔離房杯水車薪
港版方艙醫院 亞博會展熱選
Source: Lion Rock Daily
11 April 2020 Oriental Daily News 探射燈:天台及排氣管隨時引毒入屋 政府懶補漏洞
Source: Oriental Daily News
11 April 2020 Oriental Daily News 探射燈:亨泰樓中招 或涉擾流效應
Source: Oriental Daily News
19 April 2020 Ming Pao 未來城市:竹篙灣檢疫中心 3個月建造已算快?
Source: Ming Pao
3 May 2020 Ta Kung Pao 舊樓喉管維修保養不足播疫隱患
Source : Ta Kung Pao
14 June 2020 Ming Pao

工程師建議 開抽氣扇留2.5厘米門縫 免渠氣倒流

Source: Ming Pao
(Only subscribers of Ming Pao can read the full version of the article)
5 August 2020 TVB

《創科導航》- 貨櫃負壓病房
Source: TVB

21 August 2020 Recruit

創新解難 工程戰「疫」 香港工程師學會會長源栢樑教授

Source: Recruit Reporter: Dave YAN

28 August 2020 RTHK

「普及社區檢測計劃」下周二開展
Source: Radio Television Hong Kong

10 September 2020 Sing Tao Daily

加強室內空氣流通 專家倡食肆採「亞博式」濾氣

Source: Sing Tao Daily

1 October 2020 Sing Tao Daily

逾140 抗疫英雄 獲頒社區服務獎狀

1 October 2020 Ta Kung Pao 得獎醫護:只要齊心,香港一定守得住
2 October 2020 Wen Wei Po 勇警仁醫與民走過顛簸一年 為港並肩作戰獻力止暴抗疫細訴獲勳心聲香港工程師學會會長源栢樑教授、工程師
18 October 2020 South China Morning Post How Hong Kong engineers used lessons from Sars to solve new Covid-19 challenges for hospitals
30 November 2020 Sing Tao Daily 組裝負壓病房派用場 源栢樑「解決師」上身
30 November 2020 Sing Tao Daily 對創新有一份堅持 為組裝技術申專利
9 December 2020 RTHK 行會通過禁足檢測法例 專家促葵盛西邨實施
9 December 2020 Apple Daily 公屋爆疫︱葵盛西邨長走廊設計加長閂門窗 工程師:風向不對通風不佳 出入扯毒入屋
9 December 2020 Sing Tao Daily, Headline Daily, Bastille Post 長條形走廊設計 易積聚病毒扯入屋
9 December 2020 HK01 葵盛西邨長條形走廊設計 工程師:住戶關氣窗或降通風致病毒積聚
10 December 2020 Apple Daily 專家:長廊欠對流 病毒扯入屋
16 December 2020 Sing Tao Daily, Headline Daily 工程師倡排氣管加長 免「擾流效應」
18 December 2020 Hong Kong Economic Times 工程師會倡公屋排氣管駁天台中央
18 December 2020 Hong Kong Economic Times 公屋排氣喉設計易受擾流效應影響 工程師學會會長籲改設計駁至天台中央
29 December 2020 Ming Pao 新冠肺炎|多幢疫廈疑涉喉管播毒 工程師學會倡設渠務工程人員註冊制度
29 December 2020 Oriental Daily News 住宅喉管破損易播毒 工程師學會籲定期檢查及注水U型隔氣
29 December 2020 am730 專家:喉管老化增傳播風險 籲曾改裝廁所或大樓齡戶檢查
29 December 2020 Headline Daily 工程學會倡U型渠倒水 加長天台排氣喉至屋頂2.5米避「擾流效應」
29 December 2020 RTHK (Facebook) 【工程師學會記者會】現場直播
30 December 2020 Ta Kung Pao 專家揭大廈隱患 渠管播毒 五招自救
30 December 2020 Sing Tao Daily 改動坐廁「貪方便」 拆除排氣喉恐播毒
30 December 2020 Hong Kong Economic Times 4工程學會 促完善渠管監察制度
30 December 2020 Oriental Daily News 工程師學會 喉管破損易播毒 籲定期檢查U型器注水
30 December 2020 Ming Pao 喉管屢涉播毒 工程師會促設渠工註冊制
31 December 2020 HK01 新冠肺炎|舊樓喉管易傳播 工程師學會源栢樑 籲推發牌制
15 January 2021 Hong Kong Economic Times 家務助理大掃除以清洗水喉隔氣作賣點 工程師:自行拆開U型儲水管或造成感染風險
18 January 2021 Sing Tao Daily, Apple Daily, and Bastille Post 油麻地 劏房爆疫 專家建議廁所關窗開門加渠蓋片
22 January 2021 Sing Tao Daily, Apple Daily, and Bastille Post 源栢樑設計回風式排風抗疫 靈活隔離病房48小時變身
22 January 2021 Sing Tao Daily 公院宜加裝HEPA過濾抽風裝置
22 January 2021 Sing Tao Daily 一星期改建亞博館通風系統
26 January 2021 Ming Pao 新冠肺炎|麗港城天井深或聚氣流播毒 專家籲關廁所廚房靠天井窗戶、洗澡如廁半掩門
26 January 2021 Ming Pao 狹長天井致煙囪效應 專家:「風幕牆」困空氣易播毒
26 January 2021 RTHK 林鄭請求中央批疫苗供港/麗港城第五座疑出現垂直傳播
26 January 2021 Ming Pao 【新冠肺炎】本港藍籌屋苑半數如麗港城 狹長天井易現煙囪效應傳播病毒 專家教路3件事:廚廁靠天井窗戶要常關 洗澡如廁剩門罅 企缸…
26 January 2021 HK01 麗港城天井深或致垂直播毒 工程師學會會長源柏樑倡關近天井窗戶
27 January 2021 Sing Tao Daily 天井恐播疫 工程師學會倡關窗開廁門沖涼
28 January 2021 Ming Pao 天井四面封北角東發大廈 C 座爆疫 6 室 7 室重災檢疫 鄰座住客共用天井強檢未須撤
28 January 2021 Ta Kung Pao 關廚廁窗 洗澡開抽氣扇留門罅通風
28 January 2021 Ming Pao 【新冠肺炎】東區兩周20幢大廈現確診 舊樓圍封天井現煙囪效應 袁國勇籲開抽氣扇門勿緊閉 梁子超:食肆酒店存雙向風險
29 January 2021 Now TV 【時事全方位】如何減低舊區爆發疫症風險?(二)
Source : Now TV
2 February 2021 Ming Pao 專家籲關靠天井窗戶 出走廊也戴罩
2 February 2021 HK01 大廈天井疑屢播毒 專家拆解半開放天井避疫法 沖涼關窗開抽氣扇
25 February 2021 AM730 預算案|歡迎「三無」大廈改善喉管 工程師學會冀設渠務員註冊制度
25 February 2021 Topick (Hong Kong Economic Times) 【財政預算案2021】工程師學會歡迎政府助「三無」大廈業主渠管維修或提升工程 促設立渠務員註冊制度
26 February 2021 Oriental Daily News 測量工程界促檢視涉渠管法例 舊區爆新冠 10億公帑補鑊
28 February 2021 Ming Pao K11 MUSEA 關兩日 300舖員工強檢 名潮群組累計41人 卡地亞店員初確源頭未明
2 March 2021 Now TV 【時事全方位】10億主動為舊樓修渠作用有多大(二)Source : Now TV
2 March 2021 RTHK 專家指名潮食館鮮風量不理想
2 March 2021 HK01 K11 MUSEA 爆疫 工程師:名潮鮮風少、空氣停滯 食客座位近致傳播
2 March 2021 Ta Kung Pao 名潮缺鮮風料近距空氣播毒 群組增至 48 人 K11 MUSEA 閉館至周五
2 March 2021 TVB 當局擬規定食肆至少每小時更換鮮風六次 食肆憂加重開支
3 March 2021 Sing Tao Daily 食肆鮮風不足易爆疫僅增換氣量難減風險 樓底低致管道收窄 隔塵網不潔降抽風量
6 March 2021 Oriental Daily News 屋署擬修例改善新樓排水設計標準
6 March 2021 HK01 K11 MUSEA名潮食館鮮風量不足 食環年巡 20 萬次食肆 無發現違規
11 March 2021 TVB 食肆換氣新規定
16 March 2021 The HKSAR press release 政府委任第 599F 章下在提供堂食食肆實施換氣量或空氣淨化設備規定工作小組
17 March 2021 Apple Daily 防疫措施︱5.1 起強制食肆每小時至少換氣 6 次防播毒 違例罰停晚市堂食限桌 2人 
17 March 2021 Oriental Daily News  食衛局將訂明食肆換氣量等規定 
17 March 2021 Sky Post  中環Zuma 9 名食客染疫 匯豐總行強檢 今起關閉 
17 March 2021 Hong Kong Economic Journal 專家工作組研食肆鮮風指引
18 March 2021 Hong Kong Economic Times 每小時換氣6次 食肆稱執行難 4 月底前加強通風 防病毒散播
23 March 2021 Ming Pao URSUS 近零換氣疑釀爆疫 業界憂政府增鮮風要求
23 March 2021 HK01 URSUS Fitness 通風差釀爆發 專家:開大冷氣難補救 倡檢討換氣
30 March 2021 Ta Kung Pao 食肆換氣設備參考名單周內公布
31 March 2021 Sing Tao Daily 食肆濾氣及格可獲發證明書 須自費購設備聘承建商檢查
1 April 2021 Apple Daily 八成食肆須施工改通風 業界吃力
1 April 2021 Oriental Daily News 食肆換氣小組 列 100 設備品牌供參考
1 April 2021 Sky Post 100部合規空氣淨化設備資料 將上載供食肆參考
1 April 2021 Hong Kong Economic Times 8成食肆為抗疫 需改善換氣設施
1 April 2021 Hong Kong Economic Journal 百款空氣淨化機食肆可用
1 April 2021 Ta Kung Pao 全港萬四間食肆 換氣次數須改善
1 April 2021 Lion Rock Daily 食肆裝空氣淨化器最貴逾萬元
3 April 2021  Oriental Daily News 4· 30 前需完成 每小時至少 6 次 增加換氣 食肆冀多一個月寬限期
3 April 2021  Ta Kung Pao 143項合格換氣設備可上網查
13 April 2021 Oriental Daily News 食肆增換氣量防播毒 指引出爐
13 April 2021 Hong Kong Commercial Daily 食肆月底前須確保換氣達標
17 April 2021 Oriental Daily News *食肆須達換氣或空氣淨化要求 源栢樑 :為繼續經營關鍵
17 April 2021 Metro Daily *源栢樑 換氣指引助保障餐飲員工、顧客及公眾
17 April 2021 HK01 *新冠肺炎|工程師學會會長源栢樑︰期望食肆換氣指引助保障餐飲業
18 April 2021 Wen Wei Po 餐飲業:員工定期檢測可豁免打針
22 April 2021 RTHK *食肆換氣量須達標 源栢樑料月底前約六至七千家符規定
22 April 2021 Sing Tao Daily (website) *源栢樑指 大部分食肆裝淨化機達要求 蕭一鳴:部分淨化機 6 月底才有貨
22 April 2021 Headline Daily (website) *源栢樑指 大部分食肆裝淨化機達要求 蕭一鳴:部分淨化機 6 月底才有貨
23 April 2021 Oriental Daily News *食肆須本月內提升換氣量料全港欠 4 萬部空氣淨化機
23 April 2021 Ming Pao *餐廳換氣下周五死線 料 7000 餐廳達標
23 April 2021 Hong Kong Economic Journal *7000 食肆符換氣規定
23 April 2021 Ta Kung Pao 換氣標準「應由工程專家提出」

 

- Publication: Public safety of Building Maintenance and Repair

 

The Institution has reviewed and updated our publication "公眾安全系列指南:樓宇保養維修", which was first published in 2013 and serves to raise the public awareness of public safety of building maintenance and repair. It is hoped that the updated publication with our professional inputs will provide useful references to the public in dealing with the common problems of drainage pipes, sewage pipes or other devices, in order to assist the public to prevent the spread of virus. Some chapters of the publication have been recently updated and is now available for public viewing at https://www.hkie.org.hk/en/membership/others_sgbm/.

 

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Cover of "香港工程師學會公眾安全系列指南:樓宇保養維修 – 供水及排水系統篇(2020年修訂版)"

 

- Cheering up the community through participation in the songs “疫境同行” and “抗疫同舟”

Songs raise spirits during tough times. Invited by the Law Society of Hong Kong in March 2020, Ir Ringo YU representing the HKIE, together with medical, legal, architectural and accountant professionals and singers, cooperated to release a song named “疫境同行” to fill everyone with positive energy to fight against the virus. In April 2020, Ir Ringo YU again joined hands with Government departments and the construction sector to record another song named “抗疫同舟” to support industry practitioners to overcome the difficult times. 

 

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Ir Ringo YU (1st row, right 1st) cooperated with other professionals and singers to produce the song "疫境同行"

 

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Ir Ringo YU (right 1st) and other professionals in the production of the song “抗疫同舟”

 

- Activities organised by Divisions

To prevent and control the spread of coronavirus in buildings, the HKIE Building Services Division and the CIC co-organised in March 2020 two sessions of webinars on building services design and installation against the outbreak of COVID-19. Professional engineers were invited to share their practical experience and insights in the design of air-conditioning, ventilation, and plumbing and drainage systems. Moreover, the HKIE Nuclear Division arranged an online technical seminar in April 2020 discussing the application of plasma technology to kill germs.

 

Details of the webinars and seminar can be viewed on the websites at http://bs.hkie.org.hk/en_it_news_details.aspx?ID=797&&TypeName=What's+new and http://ne.hkie.org.hk/en_it_events_inside_Past.aspx?EventID=311&&TypeName=Events+/+Activities respectively.


Immediate measures taken by the Institution

Ir Ringo YU, personally donated 250 masks each week for 10 weeks to the institution Secretariat to keep the operation of the Secretariat and in serving the members.

On the other hand , the Institution have put on hold all meetings and events to be held at the HKIE Headquarters and outside venues starting 3 February 2020, allowing members devoting more efforts to come up thoughts and various issues relating to controlling the spread of disease from the engineering perspective that would ease the crises, sooner and better.

 

- Distribution of masks

Shortage of surgical masks has become an imminent issue facing the people in Hong Kong. Ir Dr The Hon W K LO, Representative of the Engineering Functional Constituency of the Legislative Council, has generously passed the donation of 73,000 masks from the Chairman of the Contractor’s Authorised Signatory Association and anonymous donors to members of the HKIE.

 

With the joint efforts of the Government, industries and people in Hong Kong, we sincerely hope that the COVID-19 epidemic will soon be over and that our society can resume as soon as possible.

(Last update: 4 September 2020)

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