Smart Pier and Coastal Structure Monitoring System


This montoring system is developed based on accerolomter, laser sensor and Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), to remotely monitor the structural health of piers, seawalls and breakwaters, thereby achieving preventive maintenance and reducing operating cost.

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Technical name of innovation
Smart Pier and Coastal Structure Monitoring System
Commercialisation opportunities
Technology licensing agreement
Problem addressed

There are over 300 piers, and 127 km of breakwaters and seawalls in Hong Kong. Previously, the monitoring of structural stability was carried out by regular manual and visual inspections. Certain inspections involved construction of temporary platforms, which were time consuming and could not be carried out frequently. The remote monitoring system automatically provides alert, alarm and action messages to the maintenance team for immediate actions as necessary.

  • Real-time remote monitoring and automatic alert, alarm and action information. Reduce inspection cost and time, and facilitate preventive maintenance.
  • Indirect measurement methodology avoids damage of sensors due to the large impact force acting on the costal structures.
Key impact
  • Maintenance operators can remotely monitor the pier and costal structure status, reducing the manpower for inspection and patrolling.
  • Shorten the maintenance cycles.
  • Reduce maintenance cost and improve the reliability of the monitoring system.
  • Different types of piers, seawalls and breakwaters
Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC)

The Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) is a multi-disciplinary organisation established by statute in 1967, to promote productivity excellence through integrated advanced technologies and innovative service offerings to support Hong Kong enterprises. HKPC is the champion and expert in facilitating Hong Kong's new industrialisation empowered by i4.0 and e4.0 - focusing on R&D, IoT, big data analytics, AI and Robotic technology development, digital manufacturing, etc., to help enterprises and industries upgrade their business performance, lower operating costs, increase productivity and enhance competitiveness. 

The Council is a trusted partner with comprehensive innovative solutions for Hong Kong industries and enterprises, enabling them to achieve resources and productivity utilisation, effectiveness and cost reduction, and enhanced competitiveness in both local and international marketplace. It offers SMEs and startups immediate and timely assistance in coping with the ever-changing business environment, accompanying them on their innovation and transformation journey.