Which 4D Virtual Reality Classroom features can you utilise in your training program? (Infographics)

Innovation is everywhere now. It is about the new way of accomplishing a goal. We’re inspired to utilise the merits of 4D VR technology to facilitate environmental training, which is unlike typical classroom training. Check with us for the demo at info@anewr.com.

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)

Work-from-home notice

For the health and safety issue during the current Covid-19 situation, we will work from home from 8 Feb 2022 until further notice. We are still in touch through email info@anewr.com and by phone at 852 2618 2831. Stay safe and be healthy.

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 NewerYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnpvmxnR9hbNxytSfBdfV8Q/videos)

COP26 illustrates ESG infiltrating to different sectors and functional units

In 2021, we have advancement in incorporating ESG – Environmental, Social, and Governance – with the working function sector.

The COP26 UN Climate Summit, the negotiations calling to “keep 1.5C alive”, achieves International Standard For Sustainability.

According to the GOV.UK, COP26’s effort attaining sustainable event had reached the ISO20121 international standard. The ISO20121 certificate awards the organisation that sets out the requirements to establish, maintain, and continually improve an event sustainability management system.

COP26 President Alok Sharma told:
“Sustainability was at the core of COP26, and I am proud that the UK has added yet another impressive standard of environmental compliance to the event with the ISO2021 certification. To build on our work with ISO20121, COP26 will also be a carbon-neutral event and become the first COP to have achieved PAS2060 validation on carbon neutrality. This will make good on our priority to reduce and avoid emissions at the highest level.”

How did COP26 demonstrate that they minimise potential adverse environmental impacts on communities and the local economy and maximise the positive effects?

The green event measures taken at COP26 are(extracted at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/cop26-achieves-international-standard-for-sustainability):

1) Prioritising low carbon alternative energy sources such as electric and low emission vehicles, solar energy for temporary traffic lights and Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) in generators instead of diesel.
2) Prioritising sustainability by including explicit requirements in our supplier procurements and with partners.
3) Encouraging delegates to use active travel such as walking and cycling or public transport where possible.
4) Catering prioritises locally sourced, healthy, and in-season food items to minimise mileage for transportation and support local business.
5) Working with our hygiene partners, we supplied PPE that was sustainable, washable, and included filters to follow local COVID regulations and deliver a safe COP26.
6) Repurposing the furniture, which Ikea UK provided to furnish the conference, will involve working closely with Glasgow City Council to ensure the furniture is given a second life at charity organisations and local community projects across the city. Other legacy examples include distributing the conference carpets in the temporary structures to low-income families, sending MDF sheets and cotton roof panels from the Hydro installations to wood recycling and men’s shed projects in the city and turning the hundreds of metres of black-backed fabric graphics into bags, pencil cases, laptop bags, and boxes.
7) Employing local people for specific event roles.
8) Prioritising leaving a legacy in the events industry by hosting industry-wide workshops on improving standards and best practice for future events.

Leaving a positive legacy is one of the COP26 seven Sustainability Governing Principles. Practising the green event reflects the organisation culture with real action. Imagine (or you have probably seen it) you seeing the claimed green event with plastic bottle water provided for the event guests. Unquestionably, you would doubt how “green” the organisational culture is at the first glimpse.

It is also seen in real-world cases – the 2015 VW diesel emission scandal, the 2018 Starbucks’ “nitro lid” containing more plastic material than the previous lid and straw combined, and deceptive labelling and labour practices cases in the cocoa and chocolate industry. Caroline Sapriel, the founder of the global consultancy, once said: “A number of high profile cases related to false sustainability claims calls into question whether organisations are making genuine commitments.” It is always the matter of the cultural root of the governance towards sustainability.

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)

When inevitable, how do we do to tackle the noise issue affecting us?

Years ago, ANewR had received a call: “We know we are noisy, it is inevitable. We still want to reduce the noise impact, but we do not know who is the most severe noise generator. We are puzzled.”

Photo above: How would you feel you live nearby? What should the authority do for the neighbourhood?

ANewR told the client: “Noise monitoring is our strength. We have everything here to support. Let us help you.”

Let’s look back: Over the past few years, ANewR has set up the 24-hour noise monitoring system and stations. We have been in charge of the noise monitoring operation and management.

The monitoring approach adopted was scientific; it validated all the reporting and the recommendation to identify the noise impact on our client’s surrounding areas.

Another merit given to the approach was that applying systematic monitoring already ensured compliance with international standards.

Our noise monitoring management process is based on flexibility, and it works. An improved IT infrastructure is supposed to make a quick response to the incident.

In case of the connection failure, the system automatically reconnected to the fixed aviation noise monitoring station and generally operated after a few hours, or resumed regular operation after ANewR reaching to restart the sound level meter short period.

Why do our clients stick with us? Because they can trust in our work. That’s why ANewR has been endeavoring for quality service and IT measure development.

ANewR encourages our clients and staff to find the potential for improvements and innovations.

ANewR is happy about our trustworthy cooperation during the past few years – and the new collaboration will come. Let’s tackle the difficulties together!

Video – When inevitable, how do we do to tackle the noise issue affecting us?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJxUtcEqIH8&t=2s

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)

Why environmental monitoring matters and how to collaborate

Download our Intelligent Schooling Scheme (https://anewrhk.files.wordpress.com/2021/04/intelligent-schooling-proposal.pdf)

Human rights are highly evaluated by the watchdog in contemporary society – freedom of thought and expression, education. We do not doubt that we should safeguard our rights.

Human rights can interact with other disciplines. Dates back to the 1970s, the Stockholm Declaration on the Human Environment – Principle 1 of the Declaration writes, “Man has the fundamental right to freedom, equality and adequate conditions of life, in an environment of a quality that permits a life of dignity and well- being, and he bears a solemn responsibility to protect and improve the environment for present and future generations”.

For the world economy, that statement implies the environmental protection cost; it also deduces the environmental business opportunity. Let’s explore what opportunity that human rights associated with ecological protection bring to you. Remember the Universal Declaration of Human Rights #30 – No One Can Take Away Your Human Rights.

Environmental health is about the relationship between people and their environment, human health and wellbeing, healthy and safe communities. Social initiatives can be treated professionally, scientifically.

And, we should. Importantly, our next- generation leader can learn about the environment scientifically.

HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO

SET UP A MINI ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING STATION AT SCHOOL FOR A YEAR:

  • Noise monitoring station
  • Dust monitroing station
  • Weather monitoring station

WITH CONTEMPORARY PROFESSIONAL MONITORING EQUIPMENT AND A DASHBOARD.

GAME ON TO FURTHER DEVELOP CREATIVITY

A MINI COMPETITION TO UTILISE A NOISE ABSORPTION MATERIAL WITH AESTHETICS IN MIND

  • Identify the noise spot at school
  • Test the noise mitigation measures suggested by the experts
  • Design an aesthetic noise control product to mitigate the noise condition

Collaboration – Corperate level

The Intelligent Schooling program meets the following targets that corporate wants to achieve in social matters:

1) Human rights;
2) ESG Reporting;
4) Corporate Social Responsibility;
5) Sponsorship to support local environmental education toward the built environment.

Ways to support:

1) Promote the Matters Academy’s ASA ESEA Acoustics Masters Lecture among staff, e.g., through the intranet, internal sharing via email, and through the external communication channel, e.g., corporate website;
2) Sponsorship of environmental monitoring devices – noise, dust, and weather station – and the dashboard;
3) Sponsorship of guidance to student participants and notes, and be the jury;
4) Sponsorship of competition material cost and the winner prize;
5) Corporate support through full sponsorship can nominate a target beneficiaries group (Participants with, e.g., disabilities may not be facilitated due to facilities capacity);
6) Corporate support program through sponsorship can name the event.

Collaboration – School level

The Intelligent Schooling program meets the following targets that school wants to achieve in social matters:

1) Human rights of having a pleasant learning environment of their own;
2) Understanding of the built environment;
4) Learning the contemporary environmental monitoring measures and way of data analysis;
5) Learning to assess the environment;
6) Be knowledgeable about their environment;
7) Expanding students’ horizons about living environment.

Ways to support:

1) Promote the Matters Academy’s ASA ESEA Acoustics Masters Lecture among teachers, students, parents, and schools;
2) Participate in mini environmental monitoring station program;
3) Encourage the students to join the action and the mini-competition.

Contact us for more at info@anewr.com.

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 to monitor vulnerable venue to disruptive events

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 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)

An IoT public engagement

In last interview with Mr. KK Iu, we talked about the acoustic window mock-up model. The role we should not miss is the coordination and management. For the mock-up project this time, Mr. James Choi from ANewR Consulting Limited is the chief person to lead.

Video – Interviewing noise control pioneer in Hong Kong featuring K K Iu (Part 1): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJRHBjzGdTo)

J – Mr. James Choi from ANewR Consulting Limited

R: I looked at the demo. It is pretty impressive. What are the challenges when making it?

J: The tender had given us rooms to propose creative ideas. We were asked to set up merely a booth to introduce the acoustic window to the public. The challenge here was to pitch ANewR’s capability in environmental service and digitalisation while our proposal connects our client’s objective. The innovative and design thinking process began with a question – how might we remodel the demonstration to entice stakeholders to tour the booth? The client’s stakeholder was the general public for the project this time. Our next question was how to build a booth drawing the general public to glance moreover retain them at the booth. We wanted the audience to have fun while being informed. 

From a marketing point of view, Big Waster is the character that suits this project purpose well from an educational angle – the right image symbolizing our client. It is the funnies that children and adults will love about him. The animation with Big Waster conceives a living while informative presentation.

On the other hand, the way of bringing out the informative message is innovative digitally. Matching the world trend of digitalisation, we had chosen the interactive activity triggered by a sensor to let the participants control the mock-up acoustic window’s open and close only by a hand wave. More than that, we had added the sensation of sound and wind. The operation is simple – when the outer window and the acoustic window are wide open, the participants will hear the noise coming through the window, reaching seventy dB. If closing the exterior window, the acoustic window is in function effectively, and the participants can feel a reduction of noise level as well as air ventilation.

R: What is the role of ANewR in this project? 

J: As the main contractor of this mock-up project. ANewR had picked up the project management task, coordinating and liaising between the client and sub-contractors. By capitalising on digital development projects and extensive environmental knowledge over a decade, ANewR is delighted that our client has appreciated our creative proposal and the final exhibition. It relies on an excellent long-term collaboration in understanding the client’s perspective to ensure our deliverables are up to our client’s expectations. By harmonising the sound performance and visual production, the interactive collection ideally blends in the whole interior environment. We are scaling down the window to accommodate the exhibit area that aligns with the height of a human being to wave at the sensor camera to trigger the interactive game start, calibrating the noise level display to illustrate the dB corresponding to the open or close scenarios literally. The wind effect is to produce a more stimulating experience for those who engage at the booth. The Big Waster in the video is the lead to assist the visitors throughout the show. The acoustic window’s demonstration set enables the gamer to control the changing mode smartly by pose, QR code, and remote control. The remarkable example of Shek Mun Estate incubates the background scene to arouse the visitors’ attention to the compelling real-world case of Hong Kong.

From here, you may notice another challenge we face as the main contractor. We have much cross-stakeholder collaboration in this project. They are our client, the venue owner, the acoustic window supplier, technicians, marketing agency, scripts contributors, IoT specialist, logistic Company, users, last but not least, the acoustic consultant. The most unforgettable event during the set-up was to move the finished block to the venue. The booth is 2.4 meters by 1 meter, which did not fit in the elevator. What we could do is cut them down into three pieces and reinstate them into one. Thanks to each professional party’s collaboration, the acoustic window model booth has gracefully stood at the CIC–Zero Carbon Park from 5th October 2020.

The mock-up acoustic window model is open for a visit when the general public registers a tour with The CIC–Zero Carbon Park in Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong. 

Video – The making of the acoustic window booth for EPD in Hong Kong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2VpXKLYF0o

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)