“Modular Integrated Construction 2.0+” for Quality and Efficient Tall Residential Buildings through Advanced Structural Engineering, Innovative Building Materials and Smart Project Delivery

Summary

MiC is based on the modular construction approach and has recently been adopted as a new policy initiative in Hong Kong. There have been a few government-announced pilot projects and some others under planning and design in industry. These projects all engage buildings with 20 floors or less, and adopt the modular systems currently available in the market within the existing planning and design practice. There is still a lack of systematic exploration of the full project lifecycle of MiC and a paucity of examination of modular tall buildings in high-density cities. MiC 2.0+ proposed in this project is a breakthrough of the MiC initiative and aims for quality and efficient MiC tall residential buildings of 40 and 50 floors through the integration of advanced structural engineering, innovative building materials and smart project delivery.

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Publications

  • Yang, Y.* and Pan, W. (2020) Automated Guided Vehicles in Modular Integrated Construction: Potentials and Future Directions. Construction Innovation: Information, Process, Management, 21(1), 85-104. https://doi.org/10.1108/CI-07-2019-0073

  • Zheng, Z., Zhang, Z., and Pan, W. (2020). Virtual prototyping-and transfer learning-enabled module detection for modular integrated construction. Automation in Construction, 120, 103387.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.autcon.2020.103387

  • Wang, Z., Pan, W.* and Zhang, Z. (2020) High-rise modular buildings with innovative precast concrete shear walls as a lateral force resisting system. Structures, 26, 39-53.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.istruc.2020.04.006

  • Wang, Z. and Pan, W.* (2020) A hybrid coupled wall system with replaceable steel coupling beams for high-rise modular buildings. Journal of Building Engineering, 31, 101355. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jobe.2020.101355

  • Zhang, Z. and Pan, W.* (2020) Lift Planning and Optimization in Construction: A Thirty-Year Review. Automation in Construction, 118, 103271. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.autcon.2020.103271

  • Shan, S. and Pan, W.* (2020) Structural design of high-rise buildings using steel-framed modules: A case study in Hong Kong. The Structural Design of Tall and Special Buildings,29(15), e1788. https://doi.org/10.1002/tal.1788

Team

This project is led and coordinated by Professor Wei Pan of Department of Civil Engineering of The University of Hong Kong (HKU), with project team members from HKU, HKUST and HKPolyU, collaborators and supporters from a wide range of government and industry organisations in Hong Kong, as well as expert academics and practitioners on modular construction internationally.

Acknowledgements

This project is funded by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) under the Research Impact Fund (RIF) (Project Number: R7027-18).

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