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)

Modelling (Infographics)

By regulation, 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.

Learn 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)

real estate is the significant entity shaping our sustainable future.

Sustainability embraces a sense of stewardship for the natural environment, harmonious with business’s ethical and professional conduct. What haunts our climate and environment most is carbon emission, which we do not see with our bare eyes. Coming into our daily lives, real estate is the significant entity shaping our sustainable future. Can you imagine how many buildings do we need to keep us safe and warm? The global population will surpass 8 billion by 2030. Over 60% of the world’s population (4.9 billion people) will be living in urban environments. Economically, 61% of global GDP will converge on the largest 750 cities. We will demand 260 million new homes, 540 million m2 of new office space, and 60 million new jobs in industry (World Economic Forum).

The severity of climate change has been shaping our way of livings and doing. On the other way round, our actions alter the climate. The moment right now is not to maintain the emission level to prevent climate change but to recover the environment from severe damage. According to World Economic Forum, the real estate sector consumes more energy than any other sector. Carbon emission measurement is complex. World Economic Forum urges this notable CO2 emission of the real estate sector to wake up from the critical situation derived:

  • The sector uses over 40% of global energy yearly;
  • 20% of total global greenhouse gas emissions start from buildings;
  •  There is a forecasted 56% jump in building CO2 emissions by 2030;
  • A 7% increase in the proportionate portion of global GHG emissions is foreseen by 2030;
  • Buildings hire 40% of raw materials globally.

World Bank estimates a 1.25% reduction in annual energy consumption and a 3% reduction in annual emissions from the real estate sector will be closer to the goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. The new non-CO2 emitting energy for the built environment is the ultimate target to save our earth.

Therefore, we have green buildings. It is expected that commercial buildings with green elements to rise to 55% in 2020. Lower operating cost is the decisive driving factor to trigger green building popularity (World Green Building Trends Report). Marketably, green buildings support brandings and public relations. When it comes to corporate social responsibility, it is the right thing to do. What about the investors’ preferences? JLL, a global commercial real estate services company, unveils that 50% of investors across the APAC region, including Australia, China, India, Japan, and Singapore, will prioritise green-certified real estate for the corporate occupiers’ commitment to net zero. JLL claims 70% of APAC companies are unhesitant to pay a rental premium to rent sustainability-certified buildings at the business operation level.

Besides the target of the 1.5°C and all of the economic perspective, the corporates would find it hard to apprehend the green building value chain where the sustainability lies from Design, Construct, Buy, Sell and Rent, Manage, Retrofit, and last but not most minor, End of Life. At the design and construction stage, the builders have to put the followings in their mind:

  • environmental monitoring
  • green building specialist assessments such as noise from building equipment
  • life cycle costing
  • water saving or reduction estimations
  • water quality survey
  • indoor air quality (IAQ)
  • thermal comfort measurements
  • construction IAQ management
  • room acoustic and vibration, etc.

Intelligent technologies are undoubtedly one of the viable solutions. World Economic Forum reveals that innovative technology for new buildings saves c.44 Mt CO2e. World Cities Submit presents that the use of virtual technology reduces 20 percent of heat gain. What are these intelligent environmental initiatives in real estate?

Data Management Platform
It is a digital dashboard available for universal accessibility as long as with the Internet connection. The dashboard keeps track of key performance indicators (KPIs) – for example, energy use, water usage, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. By forecasting risks, the property owners can minimise asset depreciation and essential maintenance expenditure. The energy consumption can be adjusted to the efficiency level.

Photo above: ESG dashboard to record greenhouse gases emission and resources consumption for a more efficient management

Digital Inspections and Predictive Maintenance
The asset performance goes downward because of getting old. Predictive maintenance with a designated dashboard can identify inefficient operation in advance, which would lead to further use of energy, carbon emission, and eventually higher operating cost. Utilising the modern Internet of Things with the digital platform masters the laborious tasks for humans inspections. The preventive act has a legitimate aim – when the potential failure can cause a severe casualty, property owners have the responsibility to reduce the risk of catastrophic failure. Preventive maintenance practice has been proved by the outstanding accuracy and the cost reduction result.

Video above: The bottom line is the final total of an account or balance sheet. In 1994, the bottom line concept was essentially transformed because of the entrepreneur and business writer John Elkington. The triple bottom line was coined. The three bottom lines (Profit, People, and Planet) harmonise seamlessly with ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) that the corporates are coping with nowadays. But how to practice sustainability, based on an accounting framework.

Buildings have a lifespan of 50-80 years before they are demolished and replaced. Property owners who have a passion for achieving sustainability in their properties should also consider the end of life and zero waste construction and retrofit and adaptation for Life-Span Extension. All of the above are professional environmental practices. Engage a digital and ecological expert to support your projects to achieve a higher environmental standard in compliance with relevant credit requirements.

Video above: Do you know? According to the official website, BEAM Plus, formerly known as HK-BEAM (first initiated in 1996), is one of the most widely used voluntary green building certification schemes of its kind globally, on a per capita basis.
Video above: Managed service is the outsource practice to support the project managers at ease with the critical, time-consuming administration and management tasks. Why outsource the critical tasks? What are the advantages in hiring managed service?

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)

Digitalisation used to be our entertainment. Now, digitalisation comes to the workplace. Not only because of the COVID-19 epidemic but also because of its versatility and applicability.

Why do we need to put our task into digitalisation? Digitalisation used to be our entertainment. Now, digitalisation comes to the workplace. Not only because of the COVID-19 epidemic but also because of its versatility and applicability.

The world shifts to digitalisation to reach widespread communication. Environmental practitioners possess pieces of knowledge; digitalisation transforms the experience into a digestible presentation. The challenge is for us to adopt and combine all the expertise into one. 

In practical terms, a digital working environment facilitates connection, enhances intelligence and versatility, encourages transparency, embraces collaboration and mobility, attains productivity, allows fair-minded and inclusion, and improves accuracy. 

The digitalised workflow guides us throughout the discipline. Company culture and technology interact with digital working principles. At the back end, data management, quality, and standards are essential to ensure integrity. Effective communications lead to accessibility for all needs while maintaining security and confidentiality. 

Digitalisation does not merely mean converting records of text, image, or sound into a format that computers can process. The need for workflow improvement directs to an automated operation. Automation is not to replace humans, but to enhance our work efficiency and accuracy.

An automated monitoring system supported by a technology platform empowers authorised parties to operate through various IT devices, including smartphones and tablets. The system automatically signals the breaches and verifies the sources. All data is filed and immediately accessible for use. The system contributes substantial savings in human resources and costs for site monitoring works and enhances information distribution amongst project parties.

By applying to the vibration field, vibration monitoring systems can manage multiple vibration sources. Powered by state-of-the-art information technology, vibration monitoring systems provide the users with a multimedia platform for timely reporting and productive communication among contractors, environmental teams, inspectors, project proponents, the Authorities, and the managers of the vibration sources. The system is designed to comply with regulations and standards; The system will perform compliance checks throughout the monitoring process. 

Proper monitoring management means so much for human lives in specific functional applications. In the age of digitalisation, we are leveraging automation into the environmental area, reshaping our modern approach in environmental monitoring.

Video – What will our environmental service be like in the future?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-1SnZ74thc

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 principles and culture to cultivate the digital environmental monitoring

Conceptually, there are two sides of the same coin – this is the way we leverage the power of digitalisation in environmental monitoring. On the left-hand side (in digitalisation & adaptation diagram below) are the principles and culture to cultivate the digital working environment as well as the need for communication and accessibility through the whole workflow facilitating the operation from the start to the end. On the right-hand side are practices implementing the principles and the workflow set by the management. They are the monitoring and enforcement tasks, the alert and information distribution to the stakeholders involved in the project. Both sides are reflective of each other. The culture and the principles will affect the function-in-charge attitude towards monitoring and enforcement, whether strictly followed or disciplined. Conversely, looking at the opposite side, the alert and information distribution functional elements mirror communication and accessibility.

Photo above: Digitalisation & adaptation diagram

The driving force to adopt and adapt digitalisation into the project, or even to a more considerable extent to the corporate, is the merit that digital environment and workflow deliver to the project and the stakeholders – cost-effective and operation efficiency. Compliance is the core task of why monitoring has to be enforced; automation is the critical digital adaptation activity for the workflow. Manual inspection, data collection, and analysis are demanded when digital tracking and automation are not exercised. Harnessing digitalisation in the working environment and the workflow, the one-stop control centre concept is manifested in the open, customisable monitoring system and monitoring platform, aligning culture, principles, communication, accessibility with monitoring, enforcement, alert, and information distribution.

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)

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)

The contemporary e-public engagement

Photos above: 3D Retrofitting of Noise Barrier on Long Tin Road and Ma Wang Road, Hong Kong. The upper one shows the mitigated noise effect, and the lower photo shows the unmitigated noise effect of a retrofitting barrier project. Video – Can you imagine the environmental impact in your mind? – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31QtHAfV5nA

The contemporary e-governance facilitates information exchange with communicable, interactive platforms. Remarkably, the digital trend is on the way to provide user-friendly and digitised civil services for the project proponents and the general public, from the informational website, online registration program, to searchable open database. How do we utilize this digitalisation in environmental discipline? ANewR Consulting Limited has the solution.

The visualised, virtual reality (VR) illustration is incredibly practical for a metropolitan situation. One of the city’s striking models is Hong Kong’s three-dimensional (3D) retrofitting barrier impact digital visualisation – ANewR’s prime example of implementing digitalisation into environmental discipline to turn the historical practice perfect for the stakeholder engagement throughout the project.  

Conventionally, the environmental specialist has assessment results in a pile of reports in figures, tables, and drawings generated by acoustic software. Entering the digitalisation age, the 3D noise-level visualisation for a retrofitting barrier assessment project successfully brings out the calculated impact in the pragmatic project location. The proposed project’s assessment value is programmed to develop the 3D graphics and animations in a 3D VRML file format. The proportionate images of the buildings, the surroundings, and retrofitting barriers draw stakeholders’ actual environment for results review. It is clear to follow the computed noise impact in the mitigated and unmitigated scenarios through a few button clicks. In the 3D animation, the multi-coloured indication exhibits different noise levels, based on the Calculation of Road Traffic Noise. Incorporating environmental practitioners’ knowledge with innovative digital skills contributes to an understandable expression of the technical proposal. 

The move to digitalisation in environmental discipline is hitting two main targets. First, the visualisation reaches the aim of public consultation – stakeholder engagement through a digestible communication digital method. The general public, who is not assumed to be sufficiently proficient in retrieving the coordinate and matching charts of results and various documents to get a particular location point’s noise level, is now empowered to understand the project effect. Also, reviewing the calculation records used to be time-consuming and possibly prolonging the project time-span. Providing visualisation aid for project proponents and decision-makers improves project evaluation and study efficiency. 

Integrating data into one visualised illustration renews the way of communications. ICT contributes to data accessibility. It empowers diverse functions involved in the process. Harnessing the potentials of modern information and communication technologies (ICT) from start to continuous improvement in environmental project development unveils the right interpretation of development investment we face each day and afterward.

The idea of digital visualisation is not to discard the tradition; this enhances the generation’s practice to deliver coherent, more favorable results to all. The upcoming is a 4-dimensional generation, strengthening 3-D visual capability with sound effects to create an authentic learning journey. Partaking in the Environmental Protection Department of the HKSAR training project, ANewR has applied the fundamental knowledge of noise and acoustic window and balcony products in the built environment into digital tools to create the VR experience with sound effects. Visually being in the built environment with the acoustic products installed, the user is standing at one point wearing the VR headset and holding the controller to handle the acoustic products’ open or closure. The user audibly recognises the noise level differences in various scenarios; their acoustic expertise is now turning from imaging the data to a useful background experience. 

ANewR apprehends the visual digitalisation in noise impact with interactive animation. Next is how to apply an immersive, automatic virtual environment and the smart monitoring and assessment automation systems in environmental projects to engage stakeholders to a greater extent.

Video – Visualising environmental data using 3D/4D VR tech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ib8gO5B0Nc0

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)