UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE

Introduction

Master of Science in Digital Management of Built Assets
(formerly Master of Science in Integrated Project Delivery)

The MSc(DMBA) provides innovative and unique management education to professionals working in Smart Built Environment.

The built environment faces digital transformation, health & safety, digital trust, carbon neutrality and other sustainability issues. DMBA offers cutting-edge knowledge and a new way of working with digital twin technologies, building information modelling (BIM), geographic information system (GIS), artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML), ProTech, blockchain and metaverse/gaming technologies available in the HK Urban Lab MetaBIM Research Lab that focuses on Internationalisation, Innovation, Interdisciplinarity, Impact and A.I.

With the learning experience of disruptive digital technologies, students will be able to close the gap between virtual and reality while managing the built assets, for example, through the effective use of a single source of information within a Common Data Environment (CDE) and other digital twin technologies, setting up information requirements for asset owners, developing a successful project execution plan, understanding standards harmonisation across life-cycle, and integrating systems of systems and other organizational processes to ensure the built assets can last longer and perform better.

Overall, students, through teaching and learning in class, case method courses, tech simulations, and semester-long projects, will learn and develop skills in:

  • Strategic technology management, developing skills in the direction of digital twin technologies, CDE, BIM, GIS, AI/ML, ProTech, blockchain and metaverse/game technologies
  • Change management in organisations and projects
  • Team building, collaborative design, project management and built assets management
  • Understanding and managing interdisciplinary and cross-cultural differences in teams
  • Understanding the lifecycle and best practice project, information and built assets management experiences for the Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Owner-operated (AECO) industry
  • Broaden their global horizon regarding innovation and contextualizing digital tools for a smart built environment on issues like carbon neutrality and sustainability goals like the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The course is designed to provide real estate and construction professionals (e.g. facilities managers, asset managers, architects, designers, surveyors, civil and structural engineers) with advanced education in key aspects of the land conversion or development process that involve decisions using digital technologies relating to the through-life operation of built assets in both the private and public sectors. We aim to train future leaders to drive the transformation of the world’s largest ecosystem and to reshape the next generation smart built environment in Hong Kong and GBA regions.

The programme is offered with contributions from local industry and internationally renowned visiting professors. It is professionally accredited by The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), and The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and professional accreditation will be sought from the Construction Industry Council (CIC-Accredited BIM Manager Course).

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