Life-and-death vibration monitoring

Photos above: ANewR’s d-noise platform (Demo)

Hospital is a compassionate venue. The operating rooms, procedure rooms, equipment are valuable and, at the same time, vulnerable to disruptive events. The vibration-sensitive machinery has a restricted floor vibration limit to maintain the proper equipment operation. In broad scope, ISO 4866: 2010 ‘Mechanical vibration and shock — Vibration of fixed structures — Guidelines for the measurement of vibrations and evaluation of their effects on structures’ issued by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has provided a classification of buildings according to their probable reaction to mechanical vibration transmitted by the ground. There are acceptable rms acceleration and velocity specified for each project’s flooring system’s practical uses to be more specific.

A Hospital in Hong Kong has realised the potential consequences. The Hospital has made a move to a decisive, proactive approach to preventing bad things from happening. ANewR has engaged in partaking in the job.

Estimated to serve 1,455,100 population in the concerned communities in 2026, Hospital has the complete redevelopment plan of managing the nearby areas for expansion with the extra community health centre and ambulatory centre. The subsequent decant arrangement indicates the Hospital will launch construction and demolition operations; meanwhile, the Hospital is in service to the general public. Unavoidably, the construction and demolition work will trigger all sorts of environmental impacts, including vibration. A high-precision and high-sensitive vibration monitoring device and wireless system with a one-second real-time monitoring platform are needed to assist the hospital staff in warranting the machines’ vibration effect.

To commence the project, ANewR has placed twenty sets of vibration monitoring systems in the Hospital. Each with a high-precision device detecting one micrometer per second. The device is highly reliable without losing data in operation. The placement points are based on a notable criterion – near a susceptible medical device in the critical medical room. On the other hand, the hospital staff and work-related staff are authorized to receive the notification through SMS and email when the vibration level has reached the pre-set warning limits. The verification warning procedure pre-sets 3A levels – Alert, Alarm, and Action, which will be triggered in real-time. Considering the vibration impact triggered at different locations, ANewR has created an adaptive d-noise monitoring platform to let the admin user group several placement points into one location group. The system is intelligent in facilitating different warning combinations in a location group. The admin user has been granted the flexibility in grouping the device placement point with the placement points at other locations relatively far away from the site to cross-check the vibration level. When all placement points in one location group all detect exceeding the pre-set limit, it will set off the notification warning. The locational map of each device placement points attached on the same page of real-time vibration location empowers the staff to identify the placement points without question.

ANewR’s d-noise platform supports the designated staff to fully access the system as a login user to view the monitored status and figures. The login user has been given the right to generate reports with classified information – vibration data, vibration exceedance data, hourly news, and weekly report. Continuous monitoring of the performance can never be more straightforward.

The 24/7 monitoring system, a web-based d-noise platform, 4G transmission, and real-time warning have caused the monitoring task hustle-free. A remote monitoring system supported by a user-friendly platform empowers authorised users to pay attention to the status through a spectrum of web-enabled gadgets, including smartphones and tablets. This unattended live-to-web monitoring can critically reshape life-and-death circumstances. 

Video – How does the hospital’s vibration monitoring work?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKYhPu58-uc

By: ANewR Consulting Limited, a digital environmental consultant headquartered in Hong Kong since 2008. Our expertise has grown into the context of air and water qualities, noise, green building, waste management, and remediation. With extensive know-how in environmental planning and assessment, feasibility study and policy review, ecological design, monitoring, and audit (EM&A), ANewR has matured to be a leading management consultancy. Standing in the digital transformation reign, ANewR has participated in various environmental digital projects – interactive 3D visualisation, immersive automation virtual environment, Virtual reality, automation system, and monitoring platforms.
(Website:
https://anewr.com, LinkedIn: ANewR Consulting Group, Twitter: ANewR – Everyday Newer, YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnpvmxnR9hbNxytSfBdfV8Q/videos)

How an environmental lawsuit pursued you to be sustainable

Businesses may encounter litigation if they breach the environmental regulations. In some places, governments and businesses may also face a lawsuit if they do not act for climate change.

The UN Environment Programme estimated that 884 climate change cases had been brought in 24 countries in 2017. In 2020, the number was almost double to at least 1,550 cases filed in 38 countries. The countries encountering the climate change lawsuits are not what we assumed to be in developing countries, including Australia (97), followed by the United Kingdom and the European Union (58 and 55 respectively). Though no court has decreed a defendant to compensate losses for climate harms, the parties sued for the environmental outcomes of missing to accommodate their facilities or operations may be at risk of significant liability. The number of events is on the increase. The key trends are: (1) climate rights; (2) domestic enforcement; (3) keeping fossil fuels in the ground; (4) corporate liability and responsibility; (5) failure to adapt and the impacts of adaptation; and/or (6) climate disclosures and greenwashing.

Several examples are extracted from the reports below to reveal the potential liabilities:

To download the report: https://www.unep.org/resources/report/global-climate-litigation-report-2020-status-review
  • “The U.S. utility Pacific Gas & Electric, discussed below in Section 2.B.6, provides a stark example: In 2019, facing billions of dollars in liability for its role in causing wildfires, the company filed for bankruptcy. Those claims were ultimately resolved by settlements valued in excess of $25 billion.”
  • “In May 2019, a group of eight Torres Strait Islanders submitted a petition against the Australian government to the United Nations Human Rights Committee, alleging that Australia is violating their human rights under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) by failing to establish sufficient greenhouse gas mitigation targets and plans, and by failing to fund adequate coastal defense and resilience measures on the islands, which are at risk of inundation due to sea level rise. “
  • “In Gloucester Resources Limited v. Minister for Planning, a company brought an action against the planning minister in New South Wales to appeal the denial of the company’s application to construct an open-cut coal mine. The Department of Planning had denied the application in light of, among other reasons, the indirect greenhouse gas emissions of the mine, and the fact that under Section 4.15(1) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act the government was required to consider the public interest as part of its review of a development application. The court upheld the department’s decision, concluding that because “the negative impacts of the Project, including [among others] climate change impacts, outweigh the economic and other public benefits of the Project,” the project was contrary to the public interest.”
  • “In Harris County v. Arkema, Inc., a local government in Texas sued a chemical manufacturer after flooding caused its facility to lose power and become unable to properly refrigerate certain chemicals stored at the facility that, in turn, led to an explosion, fires, and a massive release of toxic emissions. The county alleged that portions of the facility were built in a documented floodplain and asked for a court order directing the defendant to hire an independent disaster preparedness auditor and to comply with the auditors’ recommendations.”
  • “In Lynn v. Peabody Energy Corporation, a class of participants in Peabody Energy Corporation’s employee stock option plans brought a lawsuit alleging that the plan administrator violated its duty of prudence by continuing to invest in the company’s stock well after public information made it clear that doing so was unreasonable.112 The court dismissed the case, finding that plaintiffs failed to meet the high burden of describing an alternative investment that “a prudent fiduciary in the same circumstances would not have viewed as more likely to harm the fund than to help it.” “

While the courts have to progress in the new litigation cases, litigation cases demonstrate companies’ Science-Based Targets initiative and science of climate attribution, creating a climate-secure world that goes hand-in-hand with successful business operations. What you need for support is reviewing your current ESG or sustainability reports, advising where and how SBTs fit, and developing roadmaps to identify SBTs and monitor progress. Consider setting goals, planning, and communication. From pursuing sustainability, we all look to boost profitability, improve investor confidence, drive innovation, reduce regulatory uncertainty, and strengthen brand reputation.

By: ANewR Consulting Limited, a digital environmental consultant headquartered in Hong Kong since 2008. Our expertise has grown into the context of air and water qualities, noise, green building, waste management, and remediation. With extensive know-how in environmental planning and assessment, feasibility study and policy review, ecological design, monitoring, and audit (EM&A), ANewR has matured to be a leading management consultancy. Standing in the digital transformation reign, ANewR has participated in various environmental digital projects – interactive 3D visualisation, immersive automation virtual environment, Virtual reality, automation system, and monitoring platforms.
(Website:
https://anewr.com, LinkedIn: ANewR Consulting Group, Twitter: ANewR – Everyday Newer, YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnpvmxnR9hbNxytSfBdfV8Q/videos)

How can we manage sick tree better?

Photos above: Dante tree management system

Metropolitan, like Hong Kong, has incorporated environmental city design, proposing life in harmony with nature. While celebrating such a green city movement, ANewR’s client – one of the mass transport providers, has made a great move to manage the interplay with nature.

There are over a million trees in Hong Kong. In 2008, a one-hundred-year-old valuable tree failed and killed a teen. In 2014, a fallen tree hit a pregnant woman. In 2018, a domestic helper was killed by a decaying four-metre-long branch that weighed 30kg. When trees get sick, the signs of their unhealthiness pose threats to city dwellers. The potential risk is why we need tree management. Alerted by real-world tragedies, ANewR has worked with Client to develop a Dante tree system to avoid the catastrophe. 

ANewR’s Dante tree management system allows arborist and project staff to maintain the record of trees attentive care adjacent to the new transportation development crossing seven districts of the total distance seventeen kilometers. It is highly strategic for corporations to manage the knowledge of arboriculture. Regularly reading the tree health condition notices the arborists the tree survival rate and opens up the risk tree identification. It is particularly useful when the tree has to be relocated for preservation reasons. The arborist will have to keep track of the tree condition, whether the tree grows well or not in the relocated environment. If the tree is unable to adapt to the new living environment, the tree may defect. The arborist should follow up with a Tree risk assessment. 

Upkeeping the high survival rate minimises jeopardies and associated misfortunes. Speeding up diagnosis reduces costs and time. Client’s tree management performance is outstanding – 90% of tree survival rate, 0% fatal accident, 100% response rate to the public inquiries within twenty-four hours. The Dante tree management system’s adoption is not merely a modernised management system but also a way to conserve our trees and save human lives.

It is meriting maintaining trees in healthy conditions. Trees supply oxygen, which allows us to breathe to survive; trees grab to avoid landslides. Trees are home to wildlife and can be our food sources. Trees cannot speak nor walk. When we interact with the trees in city life, trees depend on us to care for them and provide them a safe, healthy environment to grow and live. 

Video – Sick tree can be saved. How?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2BaCt9Yi94

By: ANewR Consulting Limited, a digital environmental consultant headquartered in Hong Kong since 2008. Our expertise has grown into the context of air and water qualities, noise, green building, waste management, and remediation. With extensive know-how in environmental planning and assessment, feasibility study and policy review, ecological design, monitoring, and audit (EM&A), ANewR has matured to be a leading management consultancy. Standing in the digital transformation reign, ANewR has participated in various environmental digital projects – interactive 3D visualisation, immersive automation virtual environment, Virtual reality, automation system, and monitoring platforms.
(Website: https://anewr.com, LinkedIn: ANewR Consulting Group, Twitter: ANewR – Everyday Newer,
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnpvmxnR9hbNxytSfBdfV8Q/videos)

Communications mandatory for ESG performance disclosure

We gradually see more countries imposing disclosure terms on a company’s environmental and sustainability performance. Authentic performance is of great importance to be the leader in your working industry. People who want to be the first in the world could lead by an invention, innovation, and creativity developed for products or services. It also could be the first move to enhance environmental practice through legislation. New Zealand makes climate reporting compulsory. In Hong Kong, a revised ESG Reporting Guide (“Guide”) has been launched by the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited, effective from 1 July 2020. Companies will need to extend their techniques to respond to the latest reporting challenges, such as how, when, and what they need to report. It is a move addressing the growing concern of climate change issues. An outstanding leader can act as a driving force to encourage good things to happen. ESG disclosure becomes a key factor for forward-looking companies and investor decisions.

The government policies issued worldwide have demonstrated the growing demand in disclosing decision-useful data. For industries, the environmental data has a significant advantage for national climate programs and economic instruments such as carbon taxes and emissions trading. Energy supplies and engird intensive companies are regularly criticised for their emission performance. Quantitative data is of great value in both sustainability factors and economic administration. Here below are few examples of climate-related data disclosures that increasingly common in reporting provisions since the 2000s (Carrots & Sticks Report, 2020):

  • Mandatory GHG Accounting System (2005), issued by Ministry of Environment, Japan
  • Green Posting System (GHG emissions and energy use) (2012), issued by Financial Services Commission, South Korea
  • GHG Monitoring Regulation (2014), issued by Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, Turkey
  • Circular No. 52 Law N 20.780 / Carbon Tax (2014), issued by Ministries of Finance and Environment, Chile
  • Energy Transition Law (institutional investors, banks, and listed companies to report on climate risks, 2015), issued by the Ministry of Environment, France
  • National GHG Emission Reporting Regulations (2017), issued by the Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa
Photo above: Carrots & Sticks report 2020

Besides the regulation and economic factors, communication between the companies and the stakeholders is a task that can never miss. This is the communication strategy to inform your investors, potential investors, and stakeholders about how you perform. The long-standing impression and reputation matter to the investors and potential investors when they are in a maze among investment options. It is also about community relations, which you find your operation area is at. Without utilising the diverse communication channel, the company could find it hard to engage stakeholders, investors, and potential investors thoroughly. Through various ways, the stakeholder engagement channels by annual reporting, periodic reports, investor briefs, newsletters, press releases, and web announcements and engagement events.

Photo above: (Form Carrots & Sticks Report) Disclosures venue referenced by reporting provision: 2013, 2016 and 2020 (expanded breakdown)

We are coming into the digital age, effective and efficient communications are the great interest the data and format would be delivered to stakeholders reliably, comparably, and timely. How to operate the communications for ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance)? Here below are some tips for you:

  1. Green publishing – eco-friendly paper type and ink, graphic design optimisation, summary factsheet, sustainable packaging, and logistic methods.
  2. Digital engagement – mini-games through social media and web, Whatsapp stickers, web accessibility, and interactive PDF, video production, e-form, animated CSR report,
  3. Events and activities – staff awareness program,
  4. Gifts and premium – green lifestyle items
  5. Awards and recognition – standard achievement

ESG is more than data reporting. The reporting is a communication tool to engage stakeholders, inform stakeholders of the company performance. Beyond reporting, the company has to have actual action on the ESG attainment. If not, there will be no meaningful data to complete the ESG reporting. A consultancy service would benefit the company to comprehend the environmental status achieved more than a reporting scheme. A trustful consultancy service comprises a project manager, coordinator, and marketer in charge of planning, executing, controlling the timeline, being the focal point of communications, and engaging stakeholders by an integrated approach. From strategic advisory, gap analysis, and content analysis to raw data conversion into KPI by ESG Dashboard, these are decisive steps to guarantee ESG attainment’s excellence.

Photo above: ESG Dashboard assists the project owner in effectively organising all data in one reporting platform.
Photo above: The lecture – Effective ESG Disclosure Strategies Essential to Success aims to update the trends of ESG disclosure strategies with industrial, professional insights.

By: ANewR Consulting Limited, a digital environmental consultant headquartered in Hong Kong since 2008. Our expertise has grown into the context of air and water qualities, noise, green building, waste management, and remediation. With extensive know-how in environmental planning and assessment, feasibility study and policy review, ecological design, monitoring, and audit (EM&A), ANewR has matured to be a leading management consultancy. Standing in the digital transformation reign, ANewR has participated in various environmental digital projects – interactive 3D visualisation, immersive automation virtual environment, Virtual reality, automation system, and monitoring platforms.
(Website: https://anewr.com, LinkedIn: ANewR Consulting Group, Twitter: ANewR – Everyday Newer,
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnpvmxnR9hbNxytSfBdfV8Q/videos)

How IoT adds value to manufactured products and after services

Photos below: Noisy spot on the car door

Entering the modernized Industry 4.0 era, we are now talking about the Internet of Things (IoT), interconnected sensors and instruments connected to the Internet. For manufacturers, IoT serves best when quality control and maintenance departments determine to settle the users’ feedback and enhance product quality. ANewR’s track record has proven the usefulness of IoT in manufacturing.  

Smart factories make use of IoT to improve the operational process. ANewR has been appointed by one of the leading motor vehicle providers, to identify the noise source from the car door and the engine using the acoustic camera, a perfect example exhibiting the high standards and an excellent brand picture. 

Noise is omnidirectional and reverberant. Noise source identification is too difficult without using an acoustic measurement instrument. Utilising an Acoustic Camera has been displayed as a practical solution with its specific beam-forming technique to undertake the noise source identification. In this case, ANewR has found out for our client by using the acoustic camera that the noise characteristic frequency ranges from 800Hz to 2000Hz at the car door; at the engine, the most critical frequency is 4000 Hz. We have conducted several experiments to testify and verify the noisy spots. Occasionally, results varied as noise would be blocked by specific car configuration and transferred to the acoustic camera’s microphone through the nearest path from the original point to another. 

Successfully catching the particular noisy spots from a complex machinery structure enables engineers to focus on the problematic areas instead of nowhere. Sensing devices eliminate manual examination, which may incite physical harm if the inspection object is a razor-sharp item, such as a chain saw or is an equipment operating in extreme conditions. IoT supports the inspection staff in a swifter and safer investigation into the core subjects. ANewR’ has committed to our client with our extensive experience in sensing systems and applications to the real case in a valuable and cost-effective way.

Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, once said, “The plow — like many technologies, both ancient and modern — is about creating more of something and doing it more efficiently, so that more people can benefit.” Applying IoT in manufacturing is the right way at the right moment from now to add value to manufactured products and after services. 

Video – What is smart factory and what makes smart factory?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67FV9Y_cJZk

By: ANewR Consulting Limited, a digital environmental consultant headquartered in Hong Kong since 2008. Our expertise has grown into the context of air and water qualities, noise, green building, waste management, and remediation. With extensive know-how in environmental planning and assessment, feasibility study and policy review, ecological design, monitoring, and audit (EM&A), ANewR has matured to be a leading management consultancy. Standing in the digital transformation reign, ANewR has participated in various environmental digital projects – interactive 3D visualisation, immersive automation virtual environment, Virtual reality, automation system, and monitoring platforms.
(Website: https://anewr.com, LinkedIn: ANewR Consulting Group, Twitter: ANewR – Everyday Newer,
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnpvmxnR9hbNxytSfBdfV8Q/videos)

Buddying up with sustainable material and aesthetic design

Do you see the difference between you and the engineers?

The engineers build and resolve the problem through the source, whereas the first thing we see as non-engineers receive the outcome and then look at the source. Our sensation tends to be influenced by a psychological factor.

Here below is an example of differences.

When you walk down to the street where a construction site stands, the construction workers usually install a soundproof canvas. The one-kilogram-per-square-meter vinyl insulates less than ten dB sound level. The quietness function has been used to minimise the source noise impact. The psychological effect may happen from the receivers when they see the printed text “soundproof” on the vinyl material surface.

What is this psychological effect? The quietness definition shall be redefined – redefined with a low sound pressure level and the visual element. The exposure of the noise barrier outside the facade to the passers-by guarantees the feeling of quiet. The noise barrier function now has unified – to hide the hideous noisy traffic from hearings and eyesight. One example is the noise barrier along railways and highways. The role of unification here is to create a harmonious society.

The visible acoustic measures work like: when we dress up and clean, people will feel more comfortable seeing us and even accept us as the social counterpart. Visual sensation contributes over fifty percent of human sensory input. The innovative concept of visual quietness raises the awareness of soundscape and the building environment achieving perceived acoustic comfort. You may experience an aircraft noise running over your head. If the aircraft is flying over low, you may feel the plane is noisier. In the setting of ornamented noise barrier would audibly and visually give you a quiet environment.

Photo above: the decorative acoustic wall embellishes the duct silencer, making people feel more comfortable and calm when looking at it due to psychological effects. Mr. K.K introduces the concept. Iu.

And, what would engineers do about the problem? The engineers would develop a solution to tackle the issues, such as finding the appropriate materials to accomplish the tasks.

The aesthetic design is now buddying up with sustainable material – this is what the engineers are doing for their jobs. The Amorim expanded cork is an aesthetically pleasing and negative carbon balance product. The panels can absorb more than ninety percent of random incident sound from 125 to 135 Hz. The versatility is the various combinations of sound absorption materials behind the corkboard, such as water repellent rock wool and fire resistance acoustic fabric to tune the cork panel’s sound absorption properties. It is worth noting that cork is a sustainable material – entirely natural, light, permeable to liquids and gases, elastic and compressible, thermal and acoustic insulation, completely biodegradable, renewable, and recyclable.

Photo above: Sustainable Amorim expanded cork

The new era of products starts from creative thinking, turning to reality through innovative implementation. The outcome significantly augments the process creating value for business and society. Engineers and non-engineers are contributing to reconstruct our environment for a more enjoyable living.

Photo above: to conclude how to contribute to society by cultivating a harmonious society via innovative noise control measures
Video – Industrial Noise Control Creatively and Innovation by Mr. K.K. Iu at Matters Academy.

By: ANewR Consulting Limited, a digital environmental consultant headquartered in Hong Kong since 2008. Our expertise has grown into the context of air and water qualities, noise, green building, waste management, and remediation. With extensive know-how in environmental planning and assessment, feasibility study and policy review, ecological design, monitoring, and audit (EM&A), ANewR has matured to be a leading management consultancy. Standing in the digital transformation reign, ANewR has participated in various environmental digital projects – interactive 3D visualisation, immersive automation virtual environment, Virtual reality, automation system, and monitoring platforms.
(Website: https://anewr.com, LinkedIn: ANewR Consulting Group, Twitter: ANewR – Everyday Newer,
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnpvmxnR9hbNxytSfBdfV8Q/videos)

We have the practical railways for commuting; do we have a predictive measure to ensure the safety rail running?

Derail a train is a disastrous event. There was a derailed oil tanker in Wales on 26 August 2020, causing flames and fuel spillage of around 330,000 litres. Ten of the wagons came off the tracks. Ensuring the safety of passengers, staff, and the environment in the surrounding areas, effective precaution measures are invented to assist the predictive maintenance.

Photos above: Detecting normal wheel and Noisy wheel

The use of electrical train service assures us to have an efficient way to commute around the city, even across countries. When we treat the train as if our bodies, wheels are just like our limbs and joints. They deteriorate over time with the frequent motion. Wheel defects, or wheel flats, on railway wheels would generate abnormal rolling noise causing potential noise nuisance in such a densely developed metropolitan city. In this case, ANewR has acted to help our client’s painstaking task. 

One of the world’s leading railway operators (The Operator) has about 5.6 million passengers traveling each day. Safety, reliability, customer service, and cost-efficiency are their objectives to maintain the industry reputation. Apart from the noise issue, one of their concerns is the derailed trains induced by the wheels’ imperfection in rolling stock. Derailed trains would lead to a painful death and multiple collateral damages. To prevent the derailment incident from happening, The Operator had spent over three million Hong Kong Dollars (over three hundred thousand British Pounds) for five-year manual inspection work, before applying ANewR’s acoustic system and Kvikoo advanced monitoring platform.

The past measurement method takes not only money but also human resources and time. The Operator conducted manual noise measurement at a specified location four times a year to inspect whether any abnormal noise occurred. The officer had to deploy to the site to measure the noise level during the standard operating time and analyse the noise measurement result with the video clips to identify any suspected defected wheel. The whole manual process is labour-intensive.

Kvikoo’s most significant advantage is to solve the manual scheduled inspection and maintenance problems by identifying potential flaw wheels without interrupting regular operation. It is a combination of acoustics and vision analytics technologies. The working concept is simple and straightforward: recording the noise with the acoustic camera and a CCTV at a specific spot, detecting abnormal stock wheels and tracks by identifying the high-frequency noise whenever the train passes the sensing system.

The sensing system comprises various hardware and software, including an acoustic camera, a high-speed camera, and an automated analytical intelligence system. The acoustic camera with one hundred and twenty-eight microphones and one camera will make an acoustic photo record indicating the noise source. The high-speed camera is to photoshoot the compartment number. When the acoustic camera identifies the noise source in the first step, the task of looking for the trouble compartment becomes effortless to follow. The cameras function well to capture the photos when the train speed at a 65 – 85 km/hr—the whole system works to start with the motion-detection camera to trigger an acoustic camera and high-speed camera. At the cameras’ back-end, we have installed a trackside server for storage and a data center for data analysis of compartment number and noise level. The transmission is secured through the 4G network.

At the other end, ANewR has set up the Kvikoo’s customised web-based monitoring platform for The Operator to perform various functions, such as managing devices and users, schedule measurement, customize train tables, and set email notification and trigger levels. The user-mode allows users to view measurement results and online video streaming. The monitoring platform will highlight noisy train data in red for easy tracking. Once the system discovers any abnormalities, the department in charge will receive an alert. The safety and environmental departments of The Operator is empowered to act quickly with follow-up action and repair to minimize accidents. Such preventive measures conform to safety compliances. No interruption will occur to the rails’ regular operation for the machinery is monitored and analysed in real-time. The promise of customer service with safety and no delay guarantees a positive corporate image. The designated user can retrieve data through filtering functions by tailored classifications of line, location, train type, noisy wheel, compartment ID, and measurement period. The records are traceable; the history of documents is saved, and reports are downloadable. The export function is great for the user to generate reports conveniently and look back through continuous monitoring records.

The outcome of adopting Kvikoo preventive maintenance system is remarkable. The automatic system reaches 95% accuracy; it also raises the inspection efficiency by at least 20%. In terms of cost reduction, Kvikoo system has saved a quarter of the original cost. Since the system is the customised automated system that does not require technicians to operate, The Operator has minimised workforce assigned to the scheduled investigation and maintenance works. Kvikoo contributes to a further reduction of inspection costs.

The Operator’s case demonstrates ANewR’s Kvikoo intelligent preventive maintenance system’s merits in guaranteeing the project owner with the passenger safety enhancement, the feasible maintenance schedule of rolling stock, and the maintenance checking accuracy. Ultimately, ANewR aids in detecting the noise source from the wheels and the rolling stock and other parts of the train. The customisable predictive maintenance system is non-intrusive – the measurement and monitoring works do not interfere with the regular train service and operation. It is trouble-free to determine whether the issue to fix originates from the problematic wheels, or compartment’s ventilation, or other mechanical pieces by catching the unusual sound while monitoring it with the acoustic and monitoring application. Last but not least, ANewR’s acoustic system and the Kvikoo monitoring system are a great deal in terms of cost-saving and maintenance.

Video – Automating metro wheel inspection while maintaining normal train operations by IoT / big data system: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nz8gG2X7370

By: ANewR Consulting Limited, a digital environmental consultant headquartered in Hong Kong since 2008. Our expertise has grown into the context of air and water qualities, noise, green building, waste management, and remediation. With extensive know-how in environmental planning and assessment, feasibility study and policy review, ecological design, monitoring, and audit (EM&A), ANewR has matured to be a leading management consultancy. Standing in the digital transformation reign, ANewR has participated in various environmental digital projects – interactive 3D visualisation, immersive automation virtual environment, Virtual reality, automation system, and monitoring platforms.
(Website: https://anewr.com, LinkedIn: ANewR Consulting Group, Twitter: ANewR – Everyday Newer,
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnpvmxnR9hbNxytSfBdfV8Q/videos)

How digitalisation changes the day-to-day engagement

Three-dimensional visualisation empowers cities with inclusion capability. We see social inclusion by facilitating stakeholders’ comprehensive engagement to contribute their viewpoints on infrastructural schemes to investigate the best to dwindle the potentially far-reaching impacts.

Why digitalisation?

The 3D illustration is an inside-out approach. It breaks through the conventional 2D plane to a 3D virtual reality illustration, bringing the knowledge and information to the stakeholders’ realisation. Integrating all data into one virtual reality paradigm renews the way of communications. It empowers diverse functions involved in the process – facilitators, catalysts, supporters, partners, knowledge providers, knowledge stimulators, and change agents. Successfully demonstrating the concepts allures social, knowledge, and experience inclusion. Inclusion triggers meaningful dialogue, discovering possibilities, and advancing problem-solving. Harnessing the potentials of modern information and communication technologies (ICT) by stakeholders engagement and environmental projects development from start to continuous refinement unveils the right interpretation of development investment we face each day and afterward.

What journeys are you going through now?

By: ANewR Consulting Limited, a digital environmental consultant headquartered in Hong Kong since 2008. Our expertise has grown into the context of air and water qualities, noise, green building, waste management, and remediation. With extensive know-how in environmental planning and assessment, feasibility study and policy review, ecological design, monitoring, and audit (EM&A), ANewR has matured to be a leading management consultancy. Standing in the digital transformation reign, ANewR has participated in various environmental digital projects – interactive 3D visualisation, immersive automation virtual environment, Virtual reality, automation system, and monitoring platforms.
(Website: https://anewr.com, LinkedIn: ANewR Consulting Group, Twitter: ANewR – Everyday Newer,
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnpvmxnR9hbNxytSfBdfV8Q/videos)

Let tech master the task that is harsh for human

Photos below: Andante noise monitoring system

Andante, a relatively slow tune, is omnidirectional and reverberant. It is difficult to identify the sound source. When it occurs to a workplace, how could we ascertain the sound origin to settle the controversies?

ANewR has the answer – the Andante noise monitoring system comprising stations and platforms.

We are impressed that technology masters a task that is harsh for humans. In a construction site, lots of various equipment and people are operating nearby. When several sub-contractors work for one project, the job to identify the noise-control performance can never be straightforward. ANewR’s noise monitoring station can distinguish three-sixty noise directions – up or down, left or right. Incredibly, the noise compass equips with microphones assuring complete 3D sound occurrence detection. Directional data is exponentially mitigated in time to present a high accuracy indication. The project staff prepares to set the noise compass’s quality pointer to avoid false detection.

Further supported by the CCTV station, the construction activities are under close surveillance. Users can control all CCTV by a single button. CCTV with zooming power makes sure the inspectors witness all construction activities. The monitoring staff effortlessly investigates the dominant noise associated with the construction activities.

To effectively combat environmental negligence, random inspection and control are hardly adequate. Target enforcement action and strategy are placed to surveillance the risk. The risk-based approach uses a monitoring station and webcam system to surveil, and a web-based monitoring platform to release surveillance information. Andante is a sophisticated automatic noise monitoring system operating daily 24-hr continuously to supervise the construction noise monitoring works. It provides all noise monitoring, including measurement data, construction site videos and photos, and data analysis. The system also presents weekly and monthly monitoring data summaries to reflect the performance of the construction activity.

ANewR’s Andante system introduces a step-change in accepted automation methods for environmental monitoring of rail projects. Employed by the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) of Hong Kong, Andante was already successfully used when constructing the South Island Line (SIL) of MTR Corporation. In 2012, the annual Hong Kong ICT Awards awarded MTR the Certificate of Merit in the Best Green ICT Award category to adopt Andante under the monitoring scheme. With anticipated growing use on sites, we encourage its enactment in all infrastructure projects. 

Video – How can you find the noise, not with your ears, but with a scientific method?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiEHQhrxCBs

By: ANewR Consulting Limited, a digital environmental consultant headquartered in Hong Kong since 2008. Our expertise has grown into the context of air and water qualities, noise, green building, waste management, and remediation. With extensive know-how in environmental planning and assessment, feasibility study and policy review, ecological design, monitoring, and audit (EM&A), ANewR has matured to be a leading management consultancy. Standing in the digital transformation reign, ANewR has participated in various environmental digital projects – interactive 3D visualisation, immersive automation virtual environment, Virtual reality, automation system, and monitoring platforms.
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