October 9, 2018
Construction Innovation and Technology Fund opens for application
The Construction Industry Council (CIC) and the Development Bureau (DEVB) of the Government of the HKSAR jointly organised the Construction Quality Forum and Construction Innovation and Technology Fund Launching Ceremony on October 2.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Secretary for Development, Mr Michael Wong, said, “To fulfil its mission to build a better Hong Kong, the construction industry should work together, and strive for ensuring build quality. Against the background of ageing workforce and the expected high construction demand in future, the government is taking the lead to implement “Construction 2.0” – an initiative to upgrade the industry through innovation, professionalisation and revitalisation.” By leveraging innovation and technology, Mr Wong said it would bring about improvement in productivity, construction quality, site safety and environmental performance for the industry.
The newly established $1 billion CITF will encourage wider adoption of technologies, such as Building Information Modelling, Modular Integrated Construction, the use of prefabricated steel reinforcing bar products, as well as other advanced automation or digital technologies. For continuous improvement of the industry, the CITF will also support practitioners and tertiary students to participate in technology programmes. He would like to see the industry move towards “Construction 2.0”, with the CITF acting as an instrumental part.
The CITF covers two funding aspects, namely Technologies Adoption and Manpower Development. The fund will be used to support a wide range of technologies adoption such as Building Information Modelling (BIM), Modular Integrated Construction (MiC) as well as Automation, Robotics and Innovative Equipment. As for the Manpower Development, the fund will support the industry to take part in courses, workshops, trainings and visites, etc. Eligible fund applicants include fund levy-paying contractors, registered sub-contractors and consultants, higher educaton institution, professional association, trade assication and trade union.
At the forum, representatives from DEVB, CIC and other industry stakeholders signed a “Construction Industry Charter”, signifying the pledge and concerted efforts by the industry to uplift construction quality. The Charter is supported by the participants of the forum.
More details of the CITF can be found at the website www.citf.cic.hk
Witnessed by Michael Wong (centre left), Secretary for Development and
Chan Ka-kui (centre right), Chairman of the CIC, Hon Chi-keung (left),
Permanent Secretary for Development (Works) and Albert Cheng (right),
Executive Director of CIC sign the Memorandum of Co-operation of
Construction Innovation and Technology Fund
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