It has been a busy start to 2021 despite the challenges of COVID-19 pandemic. In response to the recurrence of confirmed cases post voluntary virus testing scheme by the Government. We have recommended mandatory virus testing requirements and protocol for the entire construction site communities including site workers, contractors, inspectors, construction managers and administrators as well as routine visitors. Specific sanitization and reinforced ventilation of bunkers as well as expediting testing results should also be enforced. Only those with proven negative testing results can access construction site and report duties. Apart from personal interviews, these proposals have been widely reported by TV and news media and subsequently incorporated into implementation and effectively enhancing health and safety of all stakeholders in line with the Government anti-epidemic measures.
Work life balance is another aspect we have been promoted. We are delighted to announce that HKICM had achieved good results in “CIC Happy Run 2021” with Champions in both the Senior and Professional Craftsman Cup categories as well as 2nd Runner-up for the Grand Total Mileage Achievement. In similar endeavors, we have sponsored “Master Lo Ban Meal” to share the public good spirit in supporting the underprivileged in our community. We are very grateful to and proud of the overwhelming support from our caring members.
Among initiatives taken to advance professional standards across disciplines, we managed to co-organize CPDs and seminars with kindred bodies. The successful “Registered Value Management Program” with Hong Kong Institute of Value Management (HKIVM) and The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (Quantity Surveying Division) [HKIS(QSD)]; and “The Hong Kong - Zhuhai - Macao Bridge – Design and Build Contract of Viaduct for Hong Kong Link Road” seminar with Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (Building Division) [HKIE (BUD)] and The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (Quantity Surveying Division) [HKIS (QSD)] showcased latest knowledge of the profession. Further connection has also been made with The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (Building Division) [HKIE (BUD)] & The Hong Kong Institute of Architects [HKIA] by establishing a Memorandum of Understanding respectively. We believe such a framework could benefit execution of in-depth alliances in addition to the cordial collaborations so far.
Please stay tune to our announcement on website for the updates on new events in April and thereafter. I look forward to seeing you all in person again soon.