How do we tie the relation between data integrity and environmental protection

Ethics rule our behaviours. We see ethical marketing, ethical company governance, ethical issues at the workplace, and many more in the community. As an environmental consultant, what are our ethical practices to ensure things go the right way?

According to the National Association of Environmental Professionals, integrity is one of the keystones of being a professional environmentalist, from collecting environmental data, interpreting the data, presenting the data in reports, and engaging scientific methods in research, planning, design, management, and review of activities.

Why do we pick data to tie integrity and the environment? Data integrity represents the overall data accuracy, completeness, and consistency during its lifecycle. Data authenticity, entirety, and transparency matter when there is an unauthorised data alteration in the database. The inaccurate data shifts the decision makers’ thinking path, causing poor judgment.

As the environmental protection trend goes, infrastructure project proponents, including the builders, the operators are obliged to monitor and manage the environment where the facilities are sitting. The environmental ordinance has pre-set scopes and parameters as a benchmark to scrutinise the impacts. The facility nature defines which regulation the facility should comply with. In Hong Kong, we have diverse environmental ordinances to fulfil – air, water, waste, noise, hazardous chemicals, ozone layer, mercury and more. The environmentalists will scientifically conduct the measurement by collecting environmental data to analyse the facilities’ environmental performance and test whether they comply with the regulation.

That is how we connect the relationship between data integrity and environmental protection.

The need for integrated environmental monitoring boosts the use of data management platforms. The data management platforms incorporate the Internet-of-Things (IoT) sensory device to receive real-time environmental data and synchronise the data to the online platform through the Internet. The IT security secures the network from illegal penetration. The data is untouched by third-party through the control-centre monitoring – this is the main reason why the data remains a virtue.

One of the environmental IoT development is the noise compass. The three-dimensional Noise Compass can alert the project staff by selecting alarms for combinations of sound pressure levels
and incident angles. Thus, we can exclude sections of the measurement when the source location is outside the interest region. For example, when Leq is above 75 dB, and the sound is coming from the construction site, excluding the parts of a measurement contaminated by railway noise from the LDEN calculation.

The integrated environmental monitoring platform is the communication bridge between the IoT device and the project stakeholders. The system tracks the critical events. The project proponent applies rules to alert key stakeholders if over the limit. The platform can also be enhanced with visualisation. The visualisation further streamlines the environmental monitoring works with modules of site overview visualisation, CCTV Livestream, various ecological tracking and project management.

On the one hand, it manages spatial data, non-structured data, structure data, IoT data, CCTV streaming data, and analyse data. On the other hand, it aids the project stakeholders by viewing the project through the interactive chart and map, dual charts and maps comparison, 2D Drones Orthophoto, time-varied Animation, geo-tag information input and Photo gallery. Customised dashboard and back-end analysis is a plus to the users to diagnose the data for reporting. None of the above environmental visualisations and reports would be correctly built without proper data import.

ANewR Consulting Limited is exhilarated to be commissioned to design, develop, and maintain a one-stop 3D visualisation platform for IWMF, Hong Kong’s flagship waste management facilities – The Integrated Waste Management Facilities. The Integrated Waste Management Facilities (IWMF), the municipal waste incineration plant, is located at Shek Kwu Chau. IWMF will be built on an artificial island, which means reclamation is inevitable. Besides the terrestrial ecology of Shek Kwu Chau, Shek Kwu Chau is inhabited by about 300 rehabilitators and staff of the Society for the Aid and Rehabilitation of Drug Addicts (SARDA). Comprehensive environmental monitoring is imperative for the project’s hit without adversely impacting the ecology and the inhabitants. And, this is why we encourage integrated environmental monitoring practice.

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)

Continue to enrich our ocean awareness

We are happy to connect prominent ocean activists to learn more about the burning ocean issues.

Shark Lady

Watch the webinar at Matters Academy – https://www.matters.academy/course/save-sharks-shark-lady

For the past 30 years, Ms. Richey has lived in Hong Kong and worked for a wide variety of corporate and NGO entities. Since 2015, she has worked and volunteered for the Hong Kong Shark Foundation in many capacities, most recently as the Executive Director raising awareness about shark conservation and educating people to stop eating shark fin soup and all shark products. 

Shark fin soup has long been consumed, dating all the way back to the Song Dynasty. The massive decline in the shark population in recent years brings to light the importance of saving sharks. 

In this lecture, we have invited Ms Andrea Rickey, also known as the Shark Lady, to share her passion in being part of the Hong Kong Shark Foundation. Learn about how sharks benefit the ocean, why we need to protect sharks, and what we can do to save them in this lecture. 

An SME’s Dive into ESG-Stephen Au Founder of Diving Adventure

Watch the webinar at Matters Academy Youtube channel – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JnVfLTEW7w&t=1226s

Stephen Au is a diving training director with more than ten years of experience in training divers and instructors of all levels. Experienced in training thousands of divers, Stephen has organized diving groups worldwide, including Maldives, Red Sea, Palau, South America, Ecuador, Costa Rica, the Philippines, Indonesia, etc. His diving enthusiasm has even extended to travel to Antarctica and ice diving in Hokkaido, Japan. In addition to diving teaching, Stephen also actively promotes marine conservation, encouraging the public to establish an environmentally friendly and healthy lifestyle and appreciate the beauty of the ocean together.

ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) is no longer just a hot topic for multinational companies. In fact, an SME from a very niche industry has been awarded for their efforts in ESG. Mr. Stephen Au, an experienced diver and the Founder of Diving Adventure will share with us about his green initiative, how he brought people with disabilities into the action and his ESG initiative as an SME in Hong Kong.

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 are your digitalisation specialist (Infographics)

Digital technology has become a core part of every industry; integrating solutions leads to greater cost-efficiency, increased productivity, and many other benefits. Digitalisation will be essential to bring positive changes to sustainability, from process optimisation and IoT-powered management to intelligent urban planning and more. ANEWR offers specialist services to meet clients’ requirements on digitalisation solutions. Learn with us 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 evaluate the lighting system performance (Infographics)

What do we assess in the indoor lighting design analysis? Utilising the DIALux lighting design software to evaluate the Site’s interior lighting design, we considerably evaluate the quality and quantity of the lighting system performance. Learn more with us 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)

Lighting quality (Infographics)

Lighting quality is complicated and integrates task performance, visual comfort, social communication, mood, health, safety, well-being, and aesthetic judgment. It is also related to economics and the environment. Find out 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)

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)

What is a sustainable landfill design?

A landfill, a system of waste disposal, is hardly connected with enchanting terminology. Landfill expansion is not an ideal option for the community. We still have to live with it since our garbage is produced daily. The gatekeeper is how we manage the landfill in an environmental-friendly way.

SENT landfill is one of the landfills operating under sustainable design (https://www.epd.gov.hk/epd/english/environmentinhk/waste/prob_solutions/msw_sent.html)

First, the Bottom Liner System is applied to avoid underground water contamination. The wanted liner material is polyethylene (HDPE), which has high density, is strong, resistant to most chemicals, and impervious to water.

The lining system is multi-layered. In the SENT landfill of HKSAR, which collects construction waste only, the layers consist of a non-woven geotextile cushion layer, textured HDPE primary liner, composite bentonite matting, textured HDPE secondary liner, and geocomposite groundwater drainage layer. The system will also collect landfill gas and leachate from obstructing the transfer from landfills to the environment.

Second, it is the leachate collection system. Leachate is the contaminated liquid caused by rainfall or surface water blending with waste and its decomposition products. The pipe network at the sump gathers leachate, which will be pumped to the biological treatment plant for treatment. Without the leachate collection system, leachate will seep underground. Leachate gathering is a critical step to avoid waste polluting the ground.

The biological treatment plant will initially release the ammonia content in the leachate. Pollutants in the leachate will be further cleared through bacteria consumption. The legal discharge depends on the chemical oxygen demand (COD) and biological oxygen demand (BOD).

Why are COD and BOD important to the discharge standards? They are vital measurements for the amount of oxygen that is required to break down pollutants in water. A good BOD and COD levels mean not much organic waste and oxidisable organic material presenting in the water. If the levels are high, the reduction of dissolved oxygen levels will eventually lead to anaerobic situations, which is harmful to higher aquatic life forms.

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)

The move to green school

Do you know? The World Green Building Council’s statistic over the past two decades tells that the US students’ oral reading fluency jumps by 36% due to the standard lighting conditions improved by 16%.

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Photo above: Increasing demand of green school (https://anewrhk.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/e71-hk-a_vtc-tsing-yi_v1.pdf)

Every 100 parts per million rise in CO2 drives to one-half day per year absent in the UK.

Finnish students have achieved 4% more correct answers in a maths test when exposed to a thermally comfortable learning environment.

The noise level increased by 10 dB, the French students will score 5.5 points less.

Having our youths study at the optimal lighting, indoor air quality, thermal comfort, and acoustics conditions will boost their education excellency; the meaning behind is to reduce the energy used and carbon emission – this is the goal of having a green building.

To participate in the green building action, what you need to comprehend is:

  • Green construction practices – minimising the use of resources, energy, and waste production, and selecting green building materials;
  • Professional environmental measurements, including noise, dust, indoor air quality, indoor acoustics, and vibration;
  • What to do with submitting all necessary information, reports, and documents to the Architect, Engineer, and Project professionals’ satisfaction;
  • What relevant green building credits you acquire to ultimately achieved a higher environmental star standard and enhance its comfortability for potential users.

Join the green school action.

Video – What does a green building mean to you, our next generation and the society?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfxcsWSh0b4&t=10s

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 do we do the interior lighting design analysis?

Interior lighting design analysis is one of the indoor environmental qualities that green buildings address.

There are two objectives in achieving IEQ (BEAM Society):

1) Ensure the adequacy and maintenance of visual comfort conditions achieved by the electric lighting provisions in occupied spaces;
2) Ensure artificial lighting provisions in common areas and service areas such as plant rooms.

How do we do the interior lighting design analysis? The answer is the modelling method, calculation and assumptions.

First, we will identify a daylight scene to take daylighting into account during the calculation to build the lighting model. Depends on the user’s selection, a specific time or different sky models can be adopted.

Next is to insert a new room in the model. The size of the room, the material of the ceiling, walls and floor are defined. The user can customise the reflection factor or follow the default setting of the corresponding building material. Room elements such as windows, doors or pillars are then inserted into the created room.

After completing the building shell, the model will indicate to add indoor lighting. The luminaire can be selected from the database or customise by the user. If custom lighting is used, the luminous flux, power, light colour information is required.

To calculate the Lux level (the standard unit for measuring the light level intensity) of the indoor area, we will have to insert a calculation surface specifying the assessment height after all the parameters mentioned above are correctly inputted. We can export a contour showing the Lux level at the calculation surface from the program.

It is essential to conduct an accurate analysis that can be used to prove and apply a reputable certification such as green building certification. Our track record is conducting a daylight access analysis for a 30-Classroom Secondary School at Development in Hong Kong to evaluate the potential sensitivity to the adjacent residents and government institutions, the interior lighting design, and pursue the BEAM Plus certification.

Utilising the DIALux lighting design software to evaluate the Site’s interior lighting design, we considerably assess the quality and quantity of the lighting system performance. The analysis includes maintaining horizontal and appropriate vertical illuminance, illuminance variation, limiting glare index, colour rendering, and modulation of light output applicable to the type and use of the premises/indoor spaces.

We strictly comply with the authoritative guidance:

* CIE Standard S 008/E Lighting of Indoor Work Places
* CIE 117- 1995 Discomfort Glare in Interior Lighting
* The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers
* Code for interior lighting (CIBSE) and Illuminating Engineering Society of North America
* Lighting Handbook, Reference & Applications (IESNA) publications, or equivalent

and attentively focus on the specific requirements on lighting for comfort and productivity and excluding the non-requested information from consideration. This project has been finally awarded BEAM Plus V1.2 for NB IEQ 16 & 17.

Lighting quality is a complicated subject and integrates task performance, visual comfort, social communication, mood, health, safety, well-being and aesthetic judgment. It is also related to economics and the environment regarding the installation, maintenance and operation of the lighting system. Proper lighting maintenance practice, such as cleaning lamps, luminaires, and replacing lights periodically to avoid depreciation, is crucial to maintain good lighting quality throughout the whole life of the lighting installation. Besides energy conservation, power quality and control benefit from dimmable high-frequency electronic ballasts. The high-frequency modulation avoids the problem of ‘flicker’ that can occur when using mains frequency ballasts.

We spend long hours indoors for almost 90%. Let’s consider the importance of indoor environmental quality and have it improve for our humanity.

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)