Faculty of Science and Technology (THEi) joined EU Erasmus+ Project
Faculty of Science and Technology (FST) of Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) has participated in an innovative teaching and research project to carry out a comparative analysis of European and Chinese building codes of practices. Funded under the EU Erasmus+ programme, the project is coordinated by the Balthasar-Neumann-Technikum in Trier (BNT), gathering the University of Luxembourg as well as the Riga Building College (RCK).
The project partners will analyse and compare the European and Chinese building design codes for composite steel structures and reinforced concrete structures. In view of the increasing amount of developments in mega infrastructure and building structure, this market potentiality attracts European engineers and Chinese engineers to work in Mainland China and Europe respectively. The difference in building codes used in the respective construction sectors has given rise to this project to initiate the exchange of knowledge and practices among engineers.
Two Civil Engineering students from THEi, Harry Leung and Wilson Law, have been selected and joined the first seminar launched in Riga in April 2016. During this seminar, Dr. Helmet Nikolay (Balthasar-Neumann-Technikum), Dr. Markus Schäfer (University of Luxembourg), and Dr. Vanaga (Riga Building College) have presented the European code requirements and practices (Loading, materials, factor of safety) while Dr. Simon Wong and Dr. Henry Luk from THEi have mentioned those from Mainland China. Students from four institutes have participated in preliminary design of a building which was based on European and Chinese code requirements and presented for discussion. The event has successfully achieved the objective in exchanging knowledge and practices. The design project further enhanced student’s capability to master the code requirements from different systems.
A series of comprehensive and interactive one-week block seminars will be held in Hong Kong (December 2016) and Trier/Luxembourg (2017). Selected students from all four partner institutions will further compare the provisions and requirements of the codes. Buildings will also be planned and designed in mixed groups by applying European and Chinese codes of practice.
Erasmus+ is the EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Its budget of €14.7 billion will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train gain experience, and volunteers abroad.