Keeping HK clean

When your bus crosses the bridge over the Shing Mun River, it is hard not to notice the giant cylinders below. These are the facilities of the Sha Tin Sewage Treatment Plant.

Friday, 13 April, 2012, 12:00am

Hotel engineers need patience, a yen for service

Hotel guests may not bump into the engineering staff very often, but these busy yet low-profile employees are the unsung heroes who help keep facilities in tip-top form.

David Au (left), director of engineering at InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong, leads a 30-member team that maintains the hotel's facilities day and night.

30 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Engineers going green

It's not difficult to see the appeal of the sustainable vision presented by global 'starchitects' Foster & Partners at a recent infrastructure conference in Hong Kong, with funky white automobiles zipping on autopilot along underground magnetic tracks around a pristine city of trees raising long green limbs and men wearing long flowing robes.

24 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

For Wen, it's too little, too late

Premier Wen Jiabao's latest commitment to protect the environment, made during the annual session of the National People's Congress that ended last week, has met with little fanfare.

22 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Power firm targetsbreezy 1b yuan IPO

Nanjing Guanya Power Equipment, which manufactures inverters for alternative-energy power stations, plans to raise one billion yuan (HK$1.22 billion) through a mainland initial public offering in the second half of this year.

19 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Surveying a broad and bright horizon

Whether it's positioning a new highway, calculating the cost of a construction project or carrying out a building inspection, surveyors play a diverse role across Hong Kong's building and construction landscape.

17 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Engineering a career in public service

Hong Kong people can rest secure in the knowledge that the Geotechnical Engineering Office (GEO) of the Civil Engineering and Development Department (CEDD) is doing its job.

For one thing, it is well equipped to prevent landslips or provide geotechnical services for infrastructure development, and geotechnical audits for government and private development projects.

9 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Public works lab needs technicians

Hong Kong's Public Works Laboratories (PWL) are the unseen quality control behind every public construction project in the city.

25 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Officials fumbling in the dark on light pollution problem

Each night, if we look up at the sky from our urban areas, it's almost impossible to see the twinkling stars because the lights in the city centre are up to 500 times brighter than those in our rural areas.

7 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Cities reluctant to lift haze on pollution data

Most mainland cities continued to shirk environmental transparency rules last year, with many industrial regions failing to make pollution data public, according to a recent study.

18 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Rock-solid career in civil engineering

Given Hong Kong's hilly terrain, heavy rainfall pattern and high urban density, landslides are always a risk. The torrential rains that lashed and inundated the city in mid-2008 hit international headlines, after triggering almost 40 landslides and 125 cases of flooding, shutting down roads and air traffic.

14 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Unveiled: how to add space with glass

Many Hongkongers harbour secret fantasies of breaking down the walls of their homes, welcoming light and a sense of freedom into their lives. Far from being poetic, this desire to live without boundaries is a pragmatic solution to cramped urban living.

Blurring the divide between living spaces is the core principle behind transparent boundaries.

11 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Brave new world for engineers

Among engineering professionals, it is said that while scientists discover the world that exists, engineers create the world that never was. Engineers proudly claim responsibility for breakthroughs that have created items that have become integral to modern living.

9 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

What's being said on

On the introduction of the law restricting idling engines:

Sam Ho - Turning off the idling engine and turning it on again within a short period of time will generate even more pollution, as experts have proved. This scheme, it seems, is just a scam by government officials to prove that they have done something to curb air pollution.

21 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Solid hiring prospects for mechanical engineers

A successful mechanical engineer is not just a person who is good at designs and calculations. He or she must be a good communicator as well. 'Engineers have to listen to clients' requirements, and have to communicate with contractors,' says Johnny Lam Kin-yuen, regional managing director of AECOM's building engineering business.

9 Dec 2011 - 12:00am