Automated Concrete Cube Testing System


Jointly developed by LSCM and the Geotechnical Engineering Office (GEO) of the Civil Engineering and Development Department (CEDD), the Automated Concrete Cube Testing System is the first of its kind in the world that automates the process of testing the compressive strength of concrete cubes and provide a controlled environment for curing the cubes.

  • Automated Concrete Cube Testing System
Research completion
Commercialisation opportunities
Technology licensing
Problem addressed

Since there is a high demand for conducting materials compliance tests, especially concrete cube testing, GEO’s Public Works Laboratories would like to increase their testing capacity through automation so that all concrete cube tests can be conducted efficiently, and the quality can be controlled.

  • The system can automatically carry out the entire concrete cube testing, including concrete cube curing, weight and dimension measurement and compression testing.
  • It includes an overhead xyz moving stage, robotic arm on rail, laser 3-dimensions measurement device and compression test machine.
  • An Al system is included to distinguish whether the fracture mode of the concrete cube sample meets the requirements by computer vision technology and help identify any potential issues or areas for improvement.
Key impact
  • The system improves accuracy, repeatability, and speed of testing.
  • It reduces the risk of operator's error and improves the safety by eliminating the need of handling heavy concrete cubes manually.
  • The system has already been put into operation at the Public Works Regional Laboratory (North Lantau) of Geotechnical Engineering Office.
  • Bronze Medal in the 48th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva
  • Concrete cube testing


  • US 18/177,894
  • CN 2023 1027 6177.3
  • HK 2202 3069 508.6
Logistics and Supply Chain MultiTech R&D Centre (LSCM)

Logistics and Supply Chain MultiTech R&D Centre (LSCM) was founded in 2006, with funding from the Innovation and Technology Fund of The Government of the Hong Kong SAR, and is co-hosted by the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. It aims to strengthen the local logistics sector and related industries by providing a one-stop resource for applied research and technology transfer, and to reinforce cooperation between the industry and research institutes to bring about meaningful and significant impact on the industry and the community. 

LSCM serves the industry by initiating research projects, contract research, as well as providing business matching opportunities, technology transfer and intellectual property commercialisation. LSCM initiates technology and knowledge transfer to the marketplace to promote industrial digitalisation, facilitate technology advancement and strengthen Hong Kong’s position as a leading logistics and commercial hub.