NEC Asia Pacific Conference 2022
Join NEC for its first in-person conference since 2019 at the Cordis Hotel. Users' Group Members will be able to benefit from free and discounted places.
The high-profile international event will feature an opening address from new Asia Pacific Users' Group Chair Mr. Ricky Lau who will be speaking to theme of driving innovation in realizing the very visionary plan for infrastructure development in Hong Kong and in meeting the challenges in climate change, city resilience and long term sustainability.
There will also be speakers from high-profile government and industry leaders sharing best practices and showcasing successful private and public NEC projects in Hong Kong.
Additionally, there will be a chance to benefit from expert guidance and insight from NEC practioners and experts in the form of workshops, including one on the new NEC secondary Option X29.
As ever there will be many opportunities during and after the event to network with leading NEC clients, project managers, contractors, consultants and suppliers from around the world. If you use - or are considering using - NEC, you cannot afford to miss this unique event.
Building the future with NEC
NEC has been successfully practiced in public works projects in Hong Kong for more than 13 years. Today, over 400 contracts with an accumulated value of HK$ 240 billion have benefited from its use.
Industry-wide, a collaborative approach in procurement and construction has become the norm. The fruits are reaped not only in the form of time and cost management and quality enhancement. More significantly, the results-oriented culture has been conducive to many innovations and use of new technologies.
The years ahead will be crucial, with projects planned in the Northern Metropolis, Kau Yi Chau Artificial Islands Development, Public Housing, Hospital Development, New Railways and Urban Renewal, along with targets for achieving carbon neutrality, city resilience and sustainability. In meetings these challenges, collaboration is the binding force for industry to innovate and uplift capability and capacity.
Secretary, NEC Users' Group
Asia Pacific Users’ Group Chair Opening Address
Ir Ricky Lau
Permanent Secretary for Development (Works), The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Keynote Speech (pre-recorded)
- Collaborative contracting as global best practice
- Key focus areas for NEC
- Contract amendments and developments
Chair, NEC Users’ Group
Using NEC to drive best practice in project delivery
- Five-year strategic plan overview
- Embracing innovation and sustainability
- Engineering success with NEC
Ir Michael Fong
Director of Civil Engineering and Development, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Morning refreshments and networking
First NEC4 Design Build and Operate Contract for Procurement of District Cooling System
- Salient features in NEC4 DBO contract
- Experience sharing in the harmonisation of NEC4 DBO contract with work practices in Hong Kong
- Challenges to drive improvements ad innovation
Assistant Director of the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD), Government of the Hong Kong SAR (HKSAR)
Chief Engineer of the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) , Government of the Hong Kong SAR (HKSAR)
NEC spirit drives success for New Airport Authority Office Tower
- Why was NEC chosen for the project?
- Implementation and execution of NEC
- Measuring success
Executive Director, Airport Authority
Ir Wes Jones
Managing Director, Dragages Hong Kong
Embracing NEC in our new wave of railway projects
- New Railway Opportunities in Hong Kong
- Our new way of commercial management
- Key challenges and looking ahead
Capital Works Director, MTR
Lunch and networking
Workshop 1: Transforming attitudes to climate change with X29
- What information is needed to support the successful use of X29
- Developing the content for the Climate Change Requirements
- Creating the Performance Table and setting climate change targets
- What should the Climate Change Execution Plan cover?
Secretary, NEC Users' Group
Workshop 2Embracing NEC4 Adjudication and Governance of Security of Payment Provisions in Public Works Contracts
- A hypothetical NEC scenario will be set with the use of Security of Payment Provisions.
- The speakers will provide a critical analysis of the scenario from the perspectives of employer, contractor and construction lawyer.
- An interactive session for the attendees to learn about the important issues in the process.
Senior Project Manager, Henderson Land
Senior Resident Engineer, AECOM
Director, Insite Solutions
Consultant, Construction Practice of Deacons
Raymond Koon Shan Au
Principal Contracts Administration Manager, MTR
Workshop 3: Digitalisation in Project Management
- How to organise and digitise NEC communications and project information as stated in the ISO19650
- Introduction to Just-in-time QA Digitalisation in Construction method
- Bring along your mobile phone and play a game of eTender. You may win a prize!
Refreshments and networking
Digitalisation and innovation: What does contracting/ construction look like in future?Chair: Ivan Cheung, NEC Asia Pacific Users Group Secretary
Chief Engineer, Drainage Services Department, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Managing Director , Binnies Hong Kong Limited
Dr Patrick Lau
Deputy Executive Director, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC)
Secretary, NEC Users' Group
Secretary, NEC Users' Group
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The Contracts Group
Established in 2011 in Hong Kong and servicing the Asia Pacific region and the world, The Contracts Group experts are ISO 9001 accredited, NEC ECC PM Accredited and RICS-regulated. They deliver one-stop construction contract management and commercial solutions to all parties in the construction industry through all phases of construction.Visit website
Hong Kong Institute of Construction Adjudicators (HKICAdj)
Hong Kong Institute of Construction Adjudicators (HKICAdj) is a non-profit making organization founded in 2018 and the first and neutral institute in Hong Kong which focuses in the promotion, training and application of construction adjudication in resolving construction disputes. It is an Adjudicator Nominating Body providing adjudicator appointment services in the private sector.Visit website
dRoW is a project management platform for all aspects of construction.Visit website
Association of Consultant Quantity Surveyors (ACQS)
The Association of Consultant Quantity Surveyors (ACQS) is a non-profit making association representing the consultant QS profession in Hong Kong. As an industry group, the ACQS seeks to set and maintain standards of professional conduct and ethics of consultant QSs, promote the advancement of the profession of consultant quantity surveying and uphold the professional interests, rights, powers and privileges of consultant QSs.Visit website
YK Lai, Chief Engineer, Drainage Services Department, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Ir Lai is the Chief Engineer of the Drainage Services Department. He has over 20 years’ experience in project management and has worked in various positions in the department. He is currently responsible for the development and implementation of a number of sewerage and sewage treatment projects, with particular focus on digitalization of works supervision during the implementation of sewage treatment projects. ;
Andy Kwok , Managing Director , Binnies Hong Kong Limited
Andy Kwok is currently the Managing Director of Binnies Hong Kong Limited (formerly Black & Veatch Hong Kong Limited). In this role, he is responsible for the management and sales of the company’s business in Hong Kong, Mainland China and Vietnam with a total of over 1,000 people. Andy has been given responsibility for managing a wide cross-section of clients including municipal clients, industrial clients, energy clients and developers. He is responsible for developing and maintaining client relationships, managing the portfolio of projects that Binnies executes for clients, and leads client-facing activities. He has over 29 years of experience in civil engineering and has completed the NEC4: ECC Project Manager Accreditation.
Binnies Hong Kong Limited (BHKL) has actively involved in the promotion of using NEC form of contract. It started with the Hong Kong’s first pilot NEC3 (ECC Option C) contract, the Fuk Man Road nullah improvement contract. BHKL also got involved in the first NEC contract with a contract value exceeding HK$1 billion, the Happy Valley Underground Stormwater Storage Scheme contract, commenced in 2012. Under the leadership of Andy, BHKL has won a number of NEC awards since 2018.;
Kevin Lai , Senior Project Manager, Henderson Land
Mr. Kevin Lai is the Co-Chairman of Hong Kong Institute of Construction Adjudicators (HKICAdj). He is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor with over 16 years’ experience in undertaking multi-faceted responsibilities in project management, contract administration, dispute resolution, project planning, feasibility study, cost control and value management for various public and private projects (residential, luxury houses, hotels, offices, quarters, hospitals, laboratory, vehicle depot, police stations, fire station, logistic center, library, crematorium, flight simulator, primary school, university, Olympic equestrian venue, etc.).;
Albert Yeu, Senior Resident Engineer, AECOM
Founder of the Hong Kong Institute of Construction Adjudicators. Chartered civil engineer and chartered surveyor with over 23 years construction and dispute resolution experience in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Australia and the UK. Construction experiences include design and construction of tunnel, bridge, highway, waterworks and flood prevention scheme in Hong Kong. Projects involved the Kai Tak infrastructure development, Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge project, urban trunk sewerage system, major flood prevention projects, strategic new town development infrastructure projects, urban drainage improvement works. Specialized in commercial management, contract administration, construction dispute resolution, procurement and tendering on a variety of construction contracts.;
Mike Ellis, Director, Insite Solutions
Mike is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor with 45 years’ experience in the contracting and consultancy side. He has experience with Building, Civil and Process Engineering standard forms of contract, and has worked in England, Scotland, Hong Kong and Macau, as well as acting for and on behalf of Employers, Contractors, Sub-Contractors and Consultant Teams in both Private and Public Sectors alike.
Before moving to Hong Kong from the UK in 2003, Mike spent 22 years working for contractors and the remainder working as a Claims Consultant. In the late 1990’s, Mike was employed as Commercial Director of a contractor and was responsible for introducing, implementing and pursuing the company’s procedures in response to Security of Payment Legislation introduced under the UK Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration (‘HGCR’) Act, 1996. Mike’s practical, hands-on experience as both claimant and respondent in respect of statutory payment claims was augmented by his own considerable research into relevant technical publications and by attendance at relevant seminars, mock adjudications and the like.;
Stanley Lo, Consultant, Construction Practice of Deacons
Stanley is a Consultant in Deacons. He is a Solicitor admitted in the High Court of Hong Kong SAR, a Fellow of the HKIS, RICS and CIOB and an Accredited NEC4 Project Manager. He has over 35 years of experience serving the construction industry in Asia (Hong Kong, China, Macau, Philippines and Cambodia), Middle East (Kuwait and Abu Dhabi), Africa (Chad and Cameroon) and Australasia (Australia and New Zealand). Stanley specialises in construction law, contract administration, project management, Public-Private Partnerships and resolution of construction disputes through mediation, adjudication, arbitration and litigation.;
Raymond Koon Shan Au, Principal Contracts Administration Manager, MTR
Professional quantity surveyor / Cost Engineer, accredited commercial mediator of One Belt and One Road International Commercial Mediation Centre, and RICS accredited Commercial mediator, ArchSD Dispute Resolution Advisor and Housing Authority Dispute Avoidance and Resolution Advisor, accredited adjudicator, arbitrator, expert witness, NEC4 accredited Project Manager and NEC4 Tutor. Possess more than 31 years practical working experience in building, civil and infrastructure, railway, tunnelling, building services and electrical & mechanical works and BIM specification & contractual matters & determination, in private and public sectors, with particular specialization in procurement strategy, contract documents formulation, cost planning & control, risk management, and claims review and determination. Successfully facilitate contracting parties to reach mutually acceptable solution for settlement of disputes, leading to smooth completion of contracts.;
CK Ng, CEO, dRoW
Ir CK Ng pioneers in “Total Digitalisation”, a concept hinging on ISO19650 requirements emphasising the use of information containers to achieve meaningful collaboration. CK leads an elite team to develop a cloud-based platform called Digital Records of Works (dRoW). dRoW is an integrated, secure, and customisable platform capable of handling NEC, EDMS, DWSS, Quality Assurance Systems, Safety Management Systems, and BIM Document Repositories. CK proposes and develops for clients Just-in-Time digitalisation which is the last jigsaw puzzle to fit in, allowing information to be shared at the moment when it is required. dRoW is popular in public works and private projects, catering the needs for not just clients, consultants and contractors, but also sub-consultants, sub-contractors and suppliers.
CK is a chartered civil engineer, FHKIE, FHKIUS, MICE, BIM specialist and accredited NEC Project Manager, with more than 40 years of experience in UK, Canada and HK over the development of numerous digital systems for the Architectural, Engineering and Construction industry. He worked in both the public sector for Hong Kong Government, and the private sectors in Hong Kong, UK and Canada.;
Richard Chan, Assistant Director of the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD), Government of the Hong Kong SAR (HKSAR)
Ir Richard Chan is presently an Assistant Director of the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) of the Government of the Hong Kong SAR. He has served in various posts within the Department carrying a wide range of duties including design, operation and maintenance services for electrical and mechanical engineering systems; enforcement of legislation on the importation, manufacture, storage, transport, supply and use of gas; and corporate support and business development.
He is now leading a multi-disciplinary team of professional and technical staff in EMSD responsible for corporate support and business development of the engineering services arm of the Department and is overseeing such functions as business planning, customer services, safety, quality, computer support, staff training and development, supplies, contract advisory services, and innovation and technology.;
Andrew Fung, Chief Engineer of the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) , Government of the Hong Kong SAR (HKSAR)
Ir Andrew FUNG is presently the Chief Engineer of the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) of the Government of the Hong Kong SAR (HKSAR). Mr. FUNG has over 36 years of experience practicing as a building services professional in the building construction industry. In the last 23 years of his career with the HKSAR, he has undertaken administration of some mega-size capital work projects, inter alia HK Police Headquarters, Central Government Complex and Legislative Council Complex and West Kowloon Government Offices.
When he was working with Architectural Services Department (ArchSD) of HKSAR, with a view to aligning with the government policy promoting wider adoption of Modular Integrated Construction (MiC) method for delivery of building projects, he was the team leader of ArchSD’s MiC task group leading a dedicated team of multi-building profession to establish in-house administrative procedures and documentation to facilitate MiC adoption in government building projects undertaken by ArchSD in phases.
He is currently leading a multi-disciplinary team of professional and technical staff in EMSD responsible for delivery of District Cooling System projects, including project planning, contract procurement and administration, operation and maintenance, etc. ;
Ricky Leung, Executive Director, Airport Authority
With more than 30 years of experience at Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK), Mr Leung is responsible for AAHK’s engineering and technology development, managing AAHK’s assets and delivering engineering projects at Hong Kong International Airport. Before joining AAHK, Mr Leung worked in consulting engineering firms and government departments on the planning, design and management of large-scale infrastructure projects in Hong Kong. Mr Leung is a Chartered Civil and Structural Engineer with close to 40 years of experience, of which over 30 years are in the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of airport infrastructure, facilities and systems. Mr Leung is a Member of the Vocational Training Council, a Member of the Construction Industry Council and a Board Member of the Logistics and Supply Chain MultiTech R&D Centre Limited.;
Ir Wes Jones, Managing Director, Dragages Hong Kong
Ir Wes Jones is the Managing Director of Dragages Hong Kong Limited, Head of Hong Kong Branch of Bouygues Travaux Publics and Director of BYME Engineering (HK) Ltd.
He has over 30 years of experience in the industry associated with various types of world-class projects, including railways, buildings, nuclear facilities, tunnels and bridges.
Under his leadership, Dragages Hong Kong and Bouygues Travaux Publics have adopted the New Engineering Contract (NEC) in several projects and have been awarded “NEC Contractor of the Year”, “NEC Building Project of the Year – Highly Commended” in 2021 and “NEC Building Project of the Year” in 2022.
Over the years, Wes has been actively supporting the Hong Kong Construction Industry, he is the Vice President (Overseas) and Council Member of the Hong Kong Construction Association (HKCA), Board Member of the Construction Innovation and Technology Application Centre (CITAC), Committee Member on Construction Safety of Construction Industry Council (CIC) and Member of Steering Committee on Construction Innovation and Technology Fund (CITF).;
Dr Patrick Lau, Deputy Executive Director, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC)
Dr Patrick Lau has been Deputy Executive Director of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) since 2019. In this role, he creates opportunities and facilitates deals for Hong Kong enterprises. Dr Lau oversees the following portfolio: the promotion of Hong Kong’s service sectors, merchandise trade and innovation, as well as the Council’s external relations, corporate communications and marketing functions and network of 50 offices worldwide.
In addition to driving various international promotions and trade missions as well as 15 of HKTDC’s anchor conferences and service fairs annually, Dr Lau spearheads new initiatives such as the GoGBA one-stop platform, tripartite deal-making, Transformation Sandbox (T-box) for SMEs and numerous strategic partnerships;
Robert Gerrard, Secretary, NEC Users' Group
Robert specialises in NEC contracts, both setting these up and successfully managing them. He has over 35 years’ experience in contract management and carries out training and consultancy around the world. Robert is based in Hong Kong and works as a Senior Consultant for Thomas Telford Limited.
He is an examiner for the Institution of Civil Engineers Certificate in Law and Contract Management course and has also held the position of NEC Users’ Group Secretary from 2006 to date. Robert was an NEC4 Contract Drafter and part of the NEC3 contracts working group.;
Peter Higgins, Director, pdConsult
Peter Higgins is a director of pdConsult. Before starting pdConsult in 2000, he was responsible for the worldwide civil engineering work of a major UK consultancy. He has a background in civil engineering, building and landscape.
Peter Higgins was Chairman of the New Engineering Contract Panel for the Institution of Civil Engineers and now sits on their New Contract Board. He has been involved in the development and implementation of NEC contracts since the initial preparation of these contract forms, and has provided advice and training to many contract users.;
Ir Michael Fong, Director of Civil Engineering and Development, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Ir Fong is currently the Director of Civil Engineering and Development, leading the Department in taking forward Hong Kong’s new town development and land supply projects, among which are the Northern Metropolis and the Lantau Tomorrow Vision that serve as the two key drivers for the social and economic growth of Hong Kong.
Over the past 30 years, Ir Fong held numerous positions in various works departments and the Development Bureau (DEVB), including Chief Assistant Secretary of DEVB, Assistant Director / Projects and Development of Drainage Services Department, Deputy Project Manager of the West Development Office of Civil Engineering and Development Department (CEDD), and Head of Sustainable Lantau Office of CEDD. Ir Fong is widely known in the construction industry as a determined champion of construction safety and innovation technologies.;
John Welch, Chair, NEC Users’ Group
John is a senior commercial and procurement professional, chartered with extensive construction experience. He is the NEC Users’ Group Chair and is currently responsible for the strategic delivery of multi-billion-pound commercial agreements in Crown Commercial Service (CCS) supporting Government departments in delivering their construction programmes and is pioneering a collaborative working approach with industry aiming to improve sector performance achieving a fair balance between clients, contractors and subcontractors.;
Ir Ricky Lau, Permanent Secretary for Development (Works), The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
In October 2021, Ir Ricky Lau was appointed as the Permanent Secretary for Development (Works) to oversee public works policy and infrastructure Development.
Ir Lau was the Director of Civil Engineering and Development from October
2018 to October 2021, and was responsible for overseeing the strategic planning
and the implementation of various reclamation, new development area and major infrastructure projects. He joined the Hong Kong Government in 1992 as an
Assistant Engineer. Before joining the Civil Engineering and Development
Department in 2015, he worked in the Highways Department and the Development Bureau.;
Carl Devlin, Capital Works Director, MTR
Carl joined the Company as Deputy Director –Capital Works on 2 November 2021. He has been the Capital Works Director and a Member of the Executive Directorate since 1 August 2022. Carl is responsible for leading the Capital Works Business Unit and overseeing the Company’s capital works portfolio, covering new railway extensions and operations projects.
Mr Devlin possesses extensive experience across a range of large-scale, complex and multi-disciplinary projects in different sectors including transport, rail and civil infrastructure, aviation, energy, oil and gas. He has a strong project management background with solid business leadership experience and has worked successfully with stakeholders and international companies in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, United States of America, Canada and Japan. Before joining the Company, Mr Devlin was General Manager, Rail & Mass Transit of Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency. Prior to that, from 2015 to 2018, he was the Executive Director of Construction for Horizon Nuclear Power in the United Kingdom and Programme Director for Transport for London, United Kingdom, from 2013 to 2015. He previously held senior leadership roles with Laing O’Rourke, BAA plc and Bechtel Infrastructure.;
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