This project funded by ITC proposes to develop an RFID-enabled service-oriented BIM (Building Information Modeling) platform. The research project is collaborated by Prof. George Huang in Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Prof. Thomas Ng in Department of Civil Engineering, Dr. Wilson Lu in Department of Real Estate and Construction at the University of Hong Kong, Prof. Geoffrey Shen in Department of Building and Real Estate at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and Hong Kong Housing Authority.
Built upon the research strengths in four departments at the University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, this project aims to enhance prefabrication housing production in Hong Kong. Three scenarios are particularly covered by the integrated platform: (1) seamless communication and coordination among multiple stakeholders through improved information interoperability between processes; (2) more efficient cross-border prefabrication logistics and supply chain management (LSCM) through improving real-time information visibility and traceability; and (3) seamless communication and coordination between the logistics and on-site assembly to enable a Just-In-Time (JIT) housing production.
Cross-border E-commerce has recently enjoyed rapid development worldwide and record breaking “Double Eleventh Day ” tradings put the Greater China region at the top. Logistics has become a bottleneck for delivering online orders. Logistics parks of various forms are emerging, and the majority is still operated in a traditional way that fails to tackle challenges encountered in Ecommerce logistics. One critical factor is the lack of synchronization and coordination at three stages: from goods manufacturers to logistics parks, order consolidation within parks and order delivery from parks to customers. As a result, waiting between complex processes and operations among multiple stakeholders leads to slow order fulfillment and low resource/space utilization, especially under seasonally fluctuating lumpy demands. iPark is a HKU initiative that is aimed at innovating core technologies for upgrading traditional logistics operations to smart logistics connecting smart factories to approach and realize Industry 4.0 interoperability.
Five key innovations will be particularly covered by the integrated platform:
(1) Cloud assets technology will be developed to upgrade assets and resources to interoperate with each other as a Cyber Physical System;
(2) Synchronization and coordination mechanisms and services for multi-functional, multi-level and heterogeneous assets in a typical E-commerce distribution center;
(3) Synchronization tool for supplies of goods from manufacturers to the logistics parks;
(4) Synchronization tool for order deliveries from the parks to customers;
(5) Cloud services for key stakeholders involved in core logistics processes.
To realize the production data acquisition and analysis, the project first developed physical internet-enabled sensing technology. This sensing technology is able to bridge the gap between physical and information space for acquiring the real-time status of manufacturing resources. Second, connection and management of heterogeneous devices is presented and developed to establish the remote data collection network. This can greatly help cluster and manage huge amount of data. Finally, mining and analysis approaches for multi-dimensional data from heterogeneous devices for supporting intelligent and prompt onsite decisions.