Call for Papers

HKIE Transactions

8th Theme Issue (June 2023)

Theme Topic on “Construction by Smart and Innovative Techniques”



Submission deadline extended to: 17 June 2022

Key Dates
Abstract Submission Deadline:

17 June 2022

(Original submission deadline: 16 May 2022)
Manuscript Submission Deadline:  24 October 2022
Publication Date: June 2023 (Volume 30 Number 2)

The HKIE Transactions Committee is honoured to announce that Ir Prof Wei PAN, Associate Vice-President (Research and GBA) and Associate Dean (Masters) of Faculty of Engineering of The University of Hong Kong (HKU) and also Executive Director of Centre for Innovation in Construction and Infrastructure Development (CICID) and Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering, has accepted our invitation to be the Guest Editor for HKIE Transactions – Theme Issue on Construction by Smart and Innovative Techniques.  This Theme Issue will be published in HKIE Transactions Volume 30 Number 2, the June 2023 issue.  This Theme Issue welcomes a broad range of submissions of smart and innovative techniques developed for the engineering and construction industry. Detailed information is as follows:


To address the critical challenges facing the construction industry, various smart and innovative techniques have been implemented in both building and infrastructure construction projects. Researchers have made efforts in all aspects of smart and innovative construction, including but not limited to off-site and modular integrated construction (MiC), artificial intelligence (AI), Internet-of-things (IoT), digital design and construction, robotics, 3D printing, low-carbon construction, and so on. The various smart and innovative techniques have made great achievements in construction applications such as automatic decision-making, intelligent construction planning, real-time construction monitoring, and unmanned construction.

This Theme Issue aims to gather a set of recent research outputs together, to report the progress of what is going on, and to build a forum for researchers to exchange their innovative ideas on the state-of-the-art smart and innovative technologies and their applications in construction. Original papers in all these areas will be considered.

Topics suitable for inclusion include but not limited to:

  • MiC, AI, BIM, GIS, IoT, Digital Twin, Robotics, automation and life cycle assessment and their applications in all areas of construction such as logistics, supply chain, transportation, construction planning, delivery, monitoring, sustainability and management

Submission Guidelines 

Abstracts  Abstracts for proposed manuscripts should be 400-500 words in length.  Please submit the abstracts with the affiliation of the author(s) to on or before Friday, 17 June 2022.
Final Manuscripts The deadline for final manuscript submission is Monday, 24 October 2022. All manuscripts should be submitted through the HKIE Transactions ScholarOne Manuscripts site at New users should first create a login account. Once logged on to the site, submissions should be made via the Author Centre. For more details regarding the author guidelines, please refer to the Instructions for Authors and Referencing Style.


Guest Editor
Ir Prof Wei PAN 
Ir Prof Wei PAN is the Associate Vice-President (Research and GBA) and Associate Dean (Masters) of Faculty of Engineering of The University of Hong Kong (HKU), and also the Executive Director of Centre for Innovation in Construction and Infrastructure Development (CICID) and Professor at Department of Civil Engineering. Prof PAN specialises in construction engineering and management, with research interest covering prefabrication, modular integrated construction, productivity, innovative construction, smart and sustainable construction, net zero carbon, etc. and have secured over HK$92 million research fund and authored over 280 publications. He has 27 years of working experience in building design and engineering, construction project management and innovation management in China, Singapore, UK and Hong Kong. He is a member of HKIE and ICE, a Chartered Builder, a Chartered Environmentalist, and a Fellow of Higher Education Academy. Prof Pan was named Distinguished Young Investigator of China Frontiers of Engineering by the Chinese Academy of Engineering in 2019 and was included in the 2020 Honours List by the Chief Executive of the HKSAR. He sits on editorial board of a number of international journals.

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