We are your GIS consultant

Let’s start with a story.

Mr. and Mrs. Green have found a unique creature used to be very active in an area now disappearing. They did not want to guess the reason for disappearing. With the spirit of finding the truth, they want to know whether the recent urban settlement should be accused. Perhaps, there is another reason? What method can they apply to find out the changes and patterns?

GIS – Geographic Information System, defined by National Geographic, is a computer system to obtain, collect, validate, and visualise Earth’s surface position data.

GIS can integrate data of streets, buildings, vegetation into one map. By uploading information of population, income distribution, sorts of demographic data, We will know the relationships among elements in one area how they affect each other.

In the case of Mr. and Mrs. Green, they can hire the GIS consultant to perform geospatial data analysis, what-if scenario analysis to support their hypothesis. Is the decreasing number of special creatures caused by the increasing human settlement? Importing more data layers into GIS, GIS will give Mr. and Mrs. Green a clearer picture of the pattern.

To track the progress, you need scientific data. Data allows you to study the project, discover the trend, understand the correlations between factors. It is useful for your:
– conservation project
– development project
– research and academic study
– ecological study
– school discovery scheme

A-NewR has experience applying GIS in visual impact assessment for road projects, development planning, engineering studies, mapping tree records, historical buildings’ Conservation, and Revitalisation, Fly-Through, Drive-Through, and Walk-Through videos, environmental monitoring tasks. We will be your right partner in smart city projects.

One of the ANewR’s track record is to provide a desktop GIS software with an associated service package to map the tree records from the complaint register, Tree Register, and Tree Failure Database. The users are empowered in tracking the progress of follow up action and mitigation measures completed by the tree management and maintenance departments.

Find out the potential use of GIS with us now.

Video – What is GIS technology and its applications in city development and resources management: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8OagV54iCk&t=25s

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 to define the electric vehicle’s effectiveness

The government of Hong Kong has published the “Clean Air Plan for Hong Kong 2035” in June 2021. We had no surprise that the content addresses air quality from the subject – the undeniable health and well-being issue. One of the suggesting measures is the electric vehicle (EV). But here, we should be alarmed that dealing with carbon emission for air quality is somewhat different from dealing with the climate change risk. The EV effectiveness is all based on the aim we target to assess.

Fossil fuel is the notorious carbon emission root. We immediately feel the carbon emission from the land transportation by its exhaust fumes. Vehicular emission poses health risks to bystanders. Another seemingly remote source of air pollution is marine and air transports. Faraway as it may seem, scholar unveils that we had seventy per cent of ship emissions within four hundred kilometres of land (Eyring et al. 2010). Marine transport is no less during the COVID-19 period. It is the cheaper means of transport if compared with air freight. That is why the shipping demand increases because of globalisation, which is becoming the origin of pollution.

The link above: A webinar by Heliox, a world leader in charging infrastructure and power conversion for commercial electric mobility at Matters Academy

The electric vehicle is an alternative technology that produces less waste and is less harmful to well-being, recognised by todays’ news. Figures from one of the intelligent energy management solution providers, Heliox, has shown that EVs may potentially reach the targets of reducing over ninety-seven per cent of NOX, ninety per cent of carbon emission and sixty-six per cent of particulate emissions. EV development issues are still at the early stage as a whole, revealed in the “Clean Air Plan for Hong Kong 2035”. With such an alluring good number of potentially reduced, why is the adoption of the EV technologies slow? The answer may be found at the Pillars of Design Philosophy (Heliox).

The photo above: Pillars of Design Philosophy (information provided by Heliox)

The Pillars of Design Philosophy segments different stages of building an EV compatible program. Each step has to meet certain specifications to implement the EV infrastructure – whether the grid can support the EV facilities, the depot characteristics, what charging strategy is suitable, the connectivity, equipment and maintenance such as charger care and connectivity services. All of these explains well the likely high cost incurred for EV adoption and the difficulty.

All of the above are proposed based on the clean air subject. Does it necessarily imply EV dealing with the more thorny issue – climate change? Remind that EV charging gets to feed on electricity generation and charging facilities. Carbon Brief, an online platform that won investigative journalism, had the following findings (source – https://www.carbonbrief.org/factcheck-how-electric-vehicles-help-to-tackle-climate-change):

  • “EVs are responsible for considerably lower emissions over their lifetime than conventional (internal combustion engine) vehicles across Europe as a whole.”
  • “In countries with coal-intensive electricity generation, the benefits of EVs are smaller, and they can have similar lifetime emissions to the most efficient conventional vehicles – such as hybrid-electric models.”
  • “However, as countries decarbonise electricity generation to meet their climate targets, driving emissions will fall for existing EVs, and manufacturing emissions will fall for new EVs.”
  • “Comparisons between electric vehicles and conventional vehicles are complex. They depend on the size of the vehicles, the accuracy of the fuel-economy estimates used, how electricity emissions are calculated, what driving patterns are assumed, and even the weather in regions where the vehicles are used. There is no single estimate that applies everywhere.”

Be aware that EV is not the panacea for our burning climate issues. Without a detailed assessment, it is hard for us to realise the real impact of EVs on climate change. So far, the information we have found implicates the best possible cure for climate change is non-fossil fuel energy generation. While we are queuing to advance to the next genuine sustainability era, we apply modelling to analyse energy consumption to tackle the problem right in front of us as an environmental consultancy.

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)

Sport is about our fitness; it can also be related to sustainability

We are all thrilled about the achievement of our Hong Kong gold medalists and the athletes in the Olympic Games. Coming up next is Paralympics involving athletes with a range of disabilities. After all these years, it is fantastic to see their efforts to be qualified to get a pass to the games competing with the outstanding athletes. For professional athletes, sport is a career with passion. For amateurs, sport can be a mental cure and physical fitness for them.

Photo above: The Government of HKSAR will boost sport by allocating funds.

Sport is about our fitness; it can also be related to sustainability – the timely topics worldwide right now. Sport England unveils that “Sustainability plays a key role in the design and management of sports recreation and leisure facilities”. The concept behind is just about why we need green buildings – sustainable facility drives down the running cost and does well to the pressing climate issue.

The sports sector does do encouragement by nature itself, promoting going places by walking, jogging, and biking and at the same time using less polluting vehicles. When it comes to a large sports event organisation, sustainable travel policies and energy-saving operations matter essentially to climate change.

It requires sustainable facility planning, commuting distance, quality of the route, safety and security. Such an active environment provokes the adaptation of the original landscape. Same as green building development, we should analyse the total cost over the project’s life, considering the operation and maintenance cost. Sport England indicates a possible framework for developing a robust strategy for any facility as below.

Diagram above: A possible framework for developing a robust strategy for any facility (extracted from https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/facilities-and-planning/sustainability?section=environmental_sustainability_and_sports_facilities)

The external environment can be dealt with by launching an environmental assessment; an indoor environment is another important quality affecting people. We are obliged to assess construction and development. For the interior environment, noise, heating and lighting are three crucial elements for the users’ comfort. The overall sensation is also about where the facility sits. Therefore, we engage a list of modelling to analyse the environmental situation.

The modelling we will apply for environmental analysis are:

Air quality model

  • Caline 4 (For vehicular emission)
  • AERMOD (For industrial emission)
  • emfac-hk (For vehicular emission)

Noise model

  • Noisemap (For road noise)
  • Soundplan (For road and stationary noise sources)
  • AEDT (For aircraft noise)

Energy model

  • Equest (For energy consumption)

Lighting model

  • Dialux (For indoor and outdoor lighting)
  • IESVE (For outdoor lighting)

Geographic model

  • ArcGIS (For statistical analysis)

It is exhilarating that sport has become aware by citizens thanks to the Olympic Games. When considering the sport and athletes’ future development, we should consider other factors to create the best possible facilities to advance our sport levels sustainably.

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)

Where the loop begins for sustainability in incineration

Water supply allows incineration plants to be self-sufficient and sustainable. The loop begins from pre-treatment and desalination.

Seawater pumped by the plant first goes through pre-treatment, such as screening, settlement and filtration. In the pre-treatment process, two chemicals – ferric chloride and polymer – aid the suspended substances in the seawater coagulate and sediment.

Desalination is the most crucial step to ensure highly purified water suitable for incineration needs. The seawater will then pass through the desalination device called reverse osmosis (RO). RO processes water purification by utilising a partially permeable membrane to filter out salt from water. In some cases, there is thirty percent of the seawater to be highly purified. The rest is treated as reject water and will be discharged to the sea.

The highly purified water is the process water that runs throughout the incinerator for electricity generation. RO requires power to run the process. Given that the incinerator can trigger the turbine to produce electricity, the greenhouse gas effect and power cost stay minimal. And since the RO water is too cleared for human use, not many minerals remained to maintain humans’ health. Minerals have to be added to turn the RO water into potable water.

Water is the renewable resource in the incineration plant when consolidating in wastewater treatment on site. Wastewater in the incineration plant does not come from the waste the plant treated but is the output of on-site potable water use.

Moving bed biofilm reactor (MBBR) treats wastewater with a tank of bacteria living on the plastic carriers, which the design maximises the surface area holding bacteria. The bacterias consume the dirt contained in the wastewater. Activated carbon will further filter the water. And lastly, ultraviolet to kill the rest of the bacteria before reuse.

Water is the lifeline of the entire incineration operation. Successful total water management is a less-is-more approach to waste management sustainability

Video – The total water management in incineration (https://wordpress.com/post/anewr.com/3112)

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)

Environmental practice in sludge incineration

Sludge is the by-product of sewage treatment. Organic matters contained in the sewage partly come from human and animal waste. It is no wonder that sludge comprises organic matter.

Organic matters are considered ignitable. In sludge incineration, the combustion zone is around nine hundred degrees Celcius. The sludge volume can be ninety percent reduction after incineration. The left-over is the ash.

One of the concerned compounds in gas, H2S or Hydrogen sulfide, is colourless but flammable, toxic, and has an unpleasant rotted-egg smell. The release of H2S would pose environmental and operational health and safety hazards when operators are dealing with them in the incineration process.

The chemical deodorisation treatment to remove the gas compounds emitted from the sludge is the wet scrubber system. The system works in the spray tower, which is filled with odorous gas. The chemical liquid, commonly calcium carbonate, sprays into the gas. The odorous gas will be showered. It is estimated that about 98% of sulfur removed from the gas. The wet scrubber processes before sludge are put into incineration.

Incineration is the next core step to tackle the environmental problem we face each day. The incineration has earned its reputation of minimising the waste volume to ten percent left through combustion. The controversy about incineration is public health.

Dioxin can be formed when chlorine-containing organic substances (e.g., PVC) are burned. The eight-hundred-and-fifty-degree-Celcius combustion is the solution to destroy dioxin. The incinerator is the creator of air pollution; it can, in turn, be the solver for the own problem.

Another noticeable incineration product is the flue gas produced from combustion. The dry reactor injects the chemical powder – Sodium bicarbonate and activated carbon to get rid of the heavy metals, acidic gas, and organic compounds.

Bag filters work like a vacuum cleaner. They filter fine ashes and by-products in this last flue gas treatment stage. These residues are out of the final emission by sucking the gas from outside to inside of the bag filter. The residues from these stages will be sent away with the inert ash to the landfill for disposal.

The last resort of the incineration train is the continuous emission monitoring system (CEMS). The CEMS on key parameters is equipped at the stack to ensure combustion and air pollutant removal processes are functionally well. The automatic sludge feed cut-off system is installed at the incineration train. Sludge feed to the incineration train will be stopped automatically when the CEMS detects any likely sign of the control parameters’ exceedance.

Video: Environmental practice in sludge incineration (https://youtu.be/yDfIPG2nwkM)

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)

Incineration – a notorious name for air pollution. How engineering and process design make it sustainable?

Incineration – a notorious name for air pollution because of the emission of carbon dioxide (CO2), sulfur dioxide (SO2), and oxides of nitrogen (NO and NO2, together known as NOx) associated in the process. It involves the operation of waste storage, feed preparation, combustion, ash handling, and disposal. Emission is associated with notorious incineration combustion. How does sustainability relate to incineration?

Operation consumes electricity. This is quite an inevitable fact, and this applies to incineration operations. Researchers had the energy analysis of the energy consumed in incineration and landfill with the transportation system. It showed that 406.08 GJ is consumed mostly because of transportation. Streamlining the operation process is essential in reducing energy consumption.

Waste-to-energy is the strategy of the sustainable incineration process. The state-of-art incinerator utilises its heat generated from combustion and facilitates boiling the desalinated water through the pipes inside the incinerator’s wall to produce steam. This process triggers the steam turbine to operate to create electricity. The desalinated water used in the process has to be of very high purified quality to avoid minerals condensed in the utility system. Water matters most for the waste-to-energy process – without the high-quality water supply, the whole incineration plant has no choice but to stop.

Waste-to-energy facilitates a self-sufficient incineration operation because of the automated electricity self-supply. The process closes the loop when the steam condenses after the turbine and becomes water again. It will then go back to the incineration process and repeat the power generation. The added value is when desalination is set up in the incineration plant. The site operator will benefit from the electricity generated and desalinated water supply for daily use as potable water.

Waste-to-energy management does not rely on fossil fuel for massive energy consumption to maintain the operation; the self-produced electricity off-sets the need to create power from fossil sources.

Another design to streamline incineration is by strategically locating the incineration plant near the coastline. The barge can unload the waste container and near the inert ash dumping ground. It dramatically reduces transportation distances and associated carbon footprint.

The primary aim of incineration is to destroy the waste we massively generated daily. By capitalising on the self-sufficient waste-to-energy innovation and design thinking, we can achieve sustainability in autonomous waste management and even for industries with vast energy and water consumption.

Video – What is sustainable operation? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q46gVs8VSVc

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 new generation momentum is coming to town

The 24/7 monitoring system, a web-based platform, 5G transmission, and real-time warning are the modern digitalisation adaptation. A remote monitoring system supported by a user-friendly platform empowers authorised users to keep an eye on the status through a spectrum of web-enabled gadgets, including smartphones and tablets even when they are away from the scene. 

The current demand for vibration monitoring sets the future improvement criterion of infrastructure redevelopment, facilitating the safe expansion work during operation hours. The complexity of the expansion project is not merely construction and demolition but also disruptive environmental impacts. Noise, vibration, dust are examples that we need to monitor to avoid the immediate harmful implications for critical operation such as in hospital. The unattended live-to-web monitoring can critically reshape life-and-death circumstances as referring to our real case study. 

Video – What would you do if your hospital is on the brink of rocking?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hovQfqfci8

Another enhancement sector is about communicating the environmental impacts through visualisation. By harnessing the virtual reality (VR) with a 3-dimensional (3D) visual perspective, we can add our external idea into the simulated environment to virtual test the practicability. Thoroughly to learn the project environment, the authorities and stakeholders are effortlessly to recognise the potential externality before moving on development projects. 

The recent innovation is the 4D VR experience. Virtually being in the built environment, the user is standing at one point wearing the VR headset and holding the controller to handle the direction and the action in the scene. For example, the user audibly recognises the noise level differences upon the window open and closure by wearing the headphones.

Video – What technology has been used for EPD training: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJfGvfmMfNU

The discovery of automated monitoring, 3D visualisation, 4D virtual reality advancement is not without reason. This is the smart city solution in mitigating environmental concerns to appraise alternatives, evaluate the effectiveness of different scenarios, and inspect the big picture of the overall design performance. Stakeholders are encouraged to express ideas and further review the project outcome with the direct digital illustration method.

Photo above: Concept of engaging stakeholders by 3D and 4D in environmental projects for development

To learn about 3D digitalisation applications, see “The 3D environmental impact assessment”; 4D virtual reality training practice, see “The 4D movement in environmental discipline”, and post-project stakeholder engagement, see ”What is the acoustic window story”.

Video – What make us unique as your trusted environmental + digital consultancy partner in Hong Kong and UK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asYkKA8ewfU

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)

Engagement with Ocean

ANewR is happy to connect enthusiastic ocean stakeholders for Matters Academy (photo below). Their sharings have great insights and bring the unknown ocean to non-marine activitists.

Matters Academy – an online platform to learn about ESG from professionals

Two-thirds of the earth’s surface is covered by water, while oceans, seas, and marine life are essential resources contributing to human beings. How can we keep it sustainable? Let’s get to know more about our oceans and seas with the experts.

Fireside chat with Ocean Warriors

We have Mr. Harry Chan and Ms. Hidy Yu to tell us about the garbage they have seen during their cleanup projects. Ghost net is one of the ocean trash types they care about a lot because of its dreadful effect on marine life and humans. Their personal experiences are a great inspiration to the divers and non-divers who initially do not know about the issue. Harry is obtaining an award MH in appreciation of his dedicated community service and contribution to environmental and conservation education!

Fireside chat with ocean warriors

Thailand Manta Project

It is fantastic that people embrace their beloved hobbies in the form of a community project. These transformations unveil their passion and determination to contribute. After Harry and Hidy’s episode, we are pleased to have Ms. Jamie Piyada Monmaneerat, Miss Scuba International, sharing her leadership experience in the Thailand Manta Project. She also teaches us how we, as citizens, can be scientists and contribute to helping the manta rays—one of the ocean communities endangered due to human influence. But before we start the session, what are manta rays?

Thailand Manta Project

Saving Corals, A Philippines Story

Another critical issue that experts have been telling us is that our corals are dying. Though corals are adapted to heat stress, there is still a limit. A few species of corals have been driven to extinction in evolutionary history due to excessive heat and ocean acidification. The rapid change of climate poses a real risk to corals. Mr. William Restauro Villaver, a marine biologist from the Philippines, will explore the topic of corals with us in the session. He will talk about coral, why he started coral planting, corals observation at night, and more fun facts about coral. His group activity of putting the statue on the coast of Bohol in the Philippines in the hope of saving the coral reef was featured by the BBC.

Saving Corals, A Philippines Story

10 Ocean Matters

Without question, the current condition of ocean matters is alarming. The remedial action is far behind the rate of human exploitation. ANewR and DEVE, an all-rounded diving online platform, have launched 10 Ocean Matters episodes to raise ocean awareness using animated videos, targeting school teachers, students, and anyone eager to discover different discussion topics. The concept behind these videos is that knowledge can bring awareness to the problems happening around us. We can learn empathy and find encouragement to learn about other impactful topics. The 10 Ocean Matters episodes will discuss the contemporary research on ocean creatures, including some fun facts, and shed some light on our ocean’s issues.

10 Ocean Matters

Stay tuned with us for more. Next, we will have a diving adventurer, shark lady, marine crime researcher to bestow with us about their expeditions.

Ocean series 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 NewerYouTube: 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.
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