iLabiLab is an urban big data hub housed on the 7th floor of the Knowles Building, the University of Hong Kong that supports the entire suite of HKUrbanLabs. It facilitates multi-dimensional and multi-disciplinary urban big data collection, storage, analysis, and presentation to inform decision-making in urban development. It facilitates multi-dimensional and multi-disciplinary urban big data collection, storage, analysis, and presentation to inform decision-making in urban development. iLab is a repository for urban big data from Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Urban Remote Sensing (URS), satellite and airborne Remote Sensing (RS), Building Information Modeling (BIM), Laserscanning, facilities and asset management, and other sources.

iLab also has its own unique research remit. iLab is a focus for research across the urban disciplines and works closely with other groups in HKUrbanLab, all of which heavily use urban big data. iLab itself is also a research hub. It is the house of more than HK$35 million research grants related to BIM, blockchain, construction informatics, construction logistics and supply chain management, and big data-enabled urban environmental management.

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  • We won the solo Best Paper Award from Journal of Management in Engineering (2022), ASCE.
    by Wilson Lu on September 14, 2022 at 6:30 am

    The award-winning paper is Wu, L., Lu, W.S., Zhao, R., Xu, J.Y., Li, X., and Xue, F. (2021). Using blockchain to improve information sharing accuracy in the onsite assembly of modular construction. ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering. More information can be found from the ASCE JME webpage: Or LinkedIn Page: Congratulations to

  • I was interviewed by the South China Morning Post (SCMP) to talk about escalating construction cost in Hong Kong
    by Wilson Lu on August 1, 2022 at 3:04 am

    …When the property prices decline, developers tend to be conservative when it comes to land bidding, ” said Wilson Lu, a professor in the Department of Real Estate and Construction at the University of Hong Kong.   … Lu said the construction industry is recovering as Covid-19 eases. But challenges remain, because the most important

  • The press conference on e-inspection 2.0 and MiC received a great deal of publicity!
    by Wilson Lu on June 8, 2022 at 6:39 am

    A press conference on the “Blockchain-enabled E-Inspection 2.0 for Effective Offsite Monitoring of Student Residence Using Modular Integrated Construction” was organised on 6 June 2022. On top of the 6 local newspaper coverage, the news was also covered by 16 broadcast and online media.​ The clippings attached are copyrighted for viewing by you only. Please

  • Resources, Conservation & Recycling (RCR) Best Paper Award 2021
    by Wilson Lu on May 28, 2022 at 2:21 am

    The annual Best Paper Awards recognize high-quality, high-impact papers published in Resources, Conservation & Recycling (RCR). The awards are selected based on scholarly merits by an Award Committee consisting of members of the Editorial Board. Among the 689 papers RCR published in 2021, three research and three review articles were selected by the Award Committee

  • buildingSMART International Awards 2021
    by Wilson Lu on April 28, 2022 at 2:34 am

    A team led by Professor Wilson Lu, Dr Frank Xue (Assistant Professor) and Dr Jinying Xu (Post-Doctoral Fellow) at iLab, Faculty of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong (HKU) won the buildingSMART International (bSI) Awards 2021 in the “Professional Research” category. Their project is called “OpenBIM: Opening the gate for BIM and blockchain integration (OBBi)”.