Talking tech innovation in Hong Kong

23 July 2019

Talking tech innovation in Hong Kong

Our managing director in North Asia, Tim Threlkeld, took the stage at a recent annual leadership conference to deliver a TED Talk-inspired presentation about ISG’s latest technological innovations around the world.

Held at Cordis Hotel, Hong Kong in May 2019, the leadership conference gathered 30 global business leaders.

Our high reputation among the industry led the host firm to invite Tim to share the latest tech-led trends in the construction industry, and how we are making great progress in adopting some of these technologies across our project sites and workplaces.

Tim shared: “We are prototyping an automated personal protective equipment (PPE) detector on construction sites, which is an advanced technology to facilitate visual detection of PPE compliance on site.

"With such a smart system positioned at the entance of our sites, our operatives and visitors will need to ensure 100% compliance on PPE.”

Tim added that ISG is currently trialling digital site noticeboards and safety alerts as the first phase of our Tech Incubator programme this year.

Also stationed at the site’s entry point, the noticeboard will provide targeted and relevant content on the project site, with multi-language capability to help eliminate language barriers.

With a mobile app to alert people across site, operatives will be notified of site updates and safety hazards effectively and instantly.

Tim said: "Locally in Hong Kong, we are at the forefront of the construction industry as an alteration and addition (A&A) and fit out company, having deployed Building Information Technology (BIM) and a construction app for our projects in the last year.

"These technologies have proven to help us enhance our offer as business, and significantly improve our team’s performance and efficiency when delivering projects."

Speaking about BIM application in design, Tim said: “The demand and adoption of BIM or 3D modelling are advancing at an increasing pace within our local marketplace, as these tools help facilitate informed decisions in the design and construction process.”

Tim shared that beyond this, our BIM department is also introducing augmented reality technology on some project sites in Europe to assess the risk implications of structural or design alterations on site, and optimise the delivery process while eliminating costs arising from poor design and flawed delivery.