Hong Kong's Digital Twin
Hosted by the Construction, Property and Infrastructure Committee
Hong Kong's Digital TwinHosted by the Construction, Property and Infrastructure Committee
We all talk about the need for greater innovation in the built environment, but what is actually happening that will take us into the future?
One game changing initiative currently underway is the development of a digital twin that will cover the entire city, land and built environment. When complete, this technology platform will revolutionise the construction, property and infrastructure sectors and all those that operate in the space. Just think of Google Maps of Hong Kong on steroids. This technology provides an extraordinary digital footprint of Hong Kong and offers a myriad of opportunities for business.
If you would like to learn more about how this initiative will impact you and your customers, please come and join us on 9 May at KPMG’s Central Office to learn more from the Director of Lands, Thomas Chan and our panel of industry experts.
Director of Land Department, HKSAR Government
Thomas Chan has been the Director of Lands since 1 July 2017. The Lands Department is responsible for land administration, management, surveying and mapping in Hong Kong.The Department is a key partner in taking forward the Government’s initiative to develop a Common Spatial Data Infrastructure by 2023 as part of the supporting framework to build Hong Kong into a world-class Smart City.
Thomas Chan joined the Government in 1991 as a generalist administrative officer and has served in various bureaux and departments covering a wide range of public policy areas including planning and land, health, civil service management and district administration. He also served as the Deputy Representative of the Hong Kong SAR to the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland from 2001 to 2006.
CEO, Silk Road Associates
Ben Simpfendorfer is CEO of Silk Road Associates, a data-driven strategic advisory based in Hong Kong. He advises Fortune 500 multinationals and leading Asian firms on their commercial strategies in Greater China, South East Asia, the Middle East & Africa, providing clients teams with geospatial-driven solutions based on the firm’s proprietary SRA Intelligence™ analytics. He briefs CEOs and executive boards worldwide.
Ben was previously chief China economist at RBS and senior China economist at JPMorgan in Hong Kong. He started his career in Beirut in the 1990s, later working as a Middle East & North Africa senior analyst for Dun & Bradstreet in London. Ben is also a leading expert on China’s Belt & Road initiative, a Mandarin and Arabic speaker, author of The New Silk Road (2009) and The Rise of the New East (2014), and a member of the Foreign Experts Committee advising the Chinese government on the implementation of the Belt & Road initiative. He is a regular commentator on Bloomberg & CNBC.
Partner, Infrastructure Advisory, KPMG
Michael is a Partner and member of the leadership team of KPMG’s Infrastructure & Government Advisory Practice based in Hong Kong. Michael’s expertise extends to providing commercial, financial and operational advice to clients in the infrastructure, construction and property sectors across Asia Pacific and the global markets. This experience includes advising governments, investors and developers on the execution of more than 20 successfully closed projects across the sports, utilities, transport, health, social and commercial property sectors.
As part of Michael’s work in the sector, a key strategic focus is assisting in the commercial advancement of the Asian infrastructure landscape. This includes expediting the development and take-up of innovative and sophisticated contract and financing structures, with the objective of bringing greater volumes of investable projects to market and enhanced social and economic outcomes for governments.