The 2013 Christmas dinner of APMHK held on 3.12.2013 was a joyful and very meaningful event. A total of ten tables of members and guests gathered at Hong Kong Football Club in Happy Valley celebrated the joys of Christmas. Total amount of HK$13,200 was fund-raised and donated to Red Cross for Philippines super typhoon recovery efforts.
The November 2013 APM HK event was very interesting and covered the hot topic of ‘sustainability’ in construction projects. The presentation was delivered by Simon Moorhouse, Associate Director of the global consultancy and construction company Mace, and a Chartered Civil Engineer. He is an expert on sustainability and his engaging talk was attended by 78 members and guests at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club on 19.11.2013. “Sustainable development” was defined in The Brundtland Commission’s first report in 1987, entitled “Our Common Future” as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." This ground-breaking report has set the strategic agenda for the pursuit of a sustainable world and has not been improved on since.
The inaugural event of the prospective new APM SIG focussed on the imperatives for successful change, including leadership, culture and delivery. You can see the slides and hear the recording here.
The presentation of October event focused on the strategy and basis for Transportation Orientated Development (TOD), characterized by a pedestrian-oriented environment. Our speaker, Jason Hutchings used examples from the UK, Dubai, Hong Kong and China to illustrate the solution to the integration, and capitalization of mass transit in a commercial setting. TOD, in Atkins’ words, is “Development of commercial and civic opportunities inside and around transportation hubs, such that the fundamental requirements of both are mutually beneficial, and as such creates an economically sustainable model.”
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Over 75 people gather for the latest APM volunteers’ forum.
What is “Politics”? “something about people applying influence of power”, “an exercise of power by individuals and group”? Organizations are, in fact, living organizations with personality and culture fully reflected in the working environment. Our speaker Kevin Parry talked about the important issue of culture and its norm. He explained that culture was important because it affected politics and determined how power was placed in an organization. However, it was stressed that corporate culture was mainly determined by people in senior position or leading role through the way they exercised power. Culture had a powerful effect on the performance and adaptability to change, and on the way people motivated and communicated with each other.
I was privileged to be asked to deliver the keynote speech at the 6th China Project Management Application and Practice Forum 2013 in Beijing on 5 / 6 July. The conference strap line was ‘Management by Project at the Age of Innovation’.
Managing Risk in BIM was the intriguing title, made all the more interesting for being presented by Vincent Connor of Pinsent Masons. Given the increasing use of BIM on complex projects in Hong Kong, Vincent set out what risks might arise for clients, consultants, contractors and third-parties when collaborating on or contributing to a developing BIM model of a built-asset.
The June event is about the important conservation and revitalization project thus far in Hong Kong. An interesting talk entitled “The Trials and Tribulations of Revitalizing Central Police Station (CPS)” was delivered by Mr. John Latter, Head of Property Project Management, The Hong Kong Jockey Club. The presentation held at Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club on 18.6.2013 was well attended by 58 members and guests.
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Established in September 1991, the APM Hong Kong Branch has been an active branch ever since and is well known for its monthly events on current topics which are held at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club in Causeway Bay.
Our Mission is:
- To establish project management as the recognised profession essential for managing beneficial change in every type of business
- To provide project and programme management professional career development, based on the best practice across all sectors and professionals to cover all types of project
- Mark Gowan Lomas: Chairman
- James Ford 1: Secretary
- Kevin Parry: Treasurer
- Agee Leung: Branch Development Manager
- Keith Hooper: Committee member
- Mark Hawley: Committee member
- Steven Root: Committee member
- Wai Kin Leung: Committee member
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