MEBS6000 Utility Services
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    Level: MSc(Eng)
    Duration: One semester
    Contact Hours: 2.5 hours per week
    Prerequisite: None
    Calendar Entry: Cold and hot water supply: water distribution systems, patterns of usage, estimation of requirements, simultaneous demand, storage capacity, pumping arrangements, calorifiers and water heaters; steam systems: low and high pressure systems, boilers and heat exchangers, steam supply piping and condensate return, insulation, steam trapping; drainage systems and sewage disposal: stormwater and sanitary drainage systems, rainfall intensity, simultaneous sanitary discharge, sizing of drains and sewers, methods of sewage disposal, primary and secondary treatments; fuel gas supply: fuel gas properties, gas installation; security and alarm systems: security system planning and design, security devices; information technology in buildings: space and structural requirements, cabling management.
    Assessment Methods: Examination (80%), Continuous Assessment (20%)
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    Course Co-ordinator: Dr. Benjamin P. L. Ho (, Room 5-24, Haking Wong Bldg

    Educational Objectives:

    • To enable students to appreciate the various utility systems in the areas of water supply, sanitation and drainage, gaseous fuel, steam supply, security and access control system, etc.
    • To introduce students to the principles of design and operation of various utility systems.
    • To enable students carry out engineering design calculations in utility systems under the constraints of statutory requirements and professional guidelines
      To introduce students to various utility services installations in modern buildings.
    Learning Outcomes:
    • To explain the various utility service systems in water supply, sanitation and drainage, gaseous fuel system, steam system, security and access control system.
    • To carry out preliminary design and conduct engineering design calculations for the various utility service systems.
    • To critically evaluate the design of utility service systems.
    • General:
      • Burberry, P., 1997. Environment and Services, 8th ed., Addison Wesley Longman, Essex. [696 B94]
      • Chadderton, D. V., 2013. Building Services Engineering, 6th ed., Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon and New York, NY. [696 C432 b93]
      • Chadderton, D. V., 2007. Building Services Engineering, 5th ed., Talor & Francis, London & New York. [696 C43][ebook via ebrary]
      • Hall, F. and Greeno, R., 2015. Building Services Handbook, 8th ed., Routledge, Oxford, U.K. [on order]
      • Hall, F. and Greeno, R., 2013. Building Services Handbook, 7th ed., Elsevier, Oxford, U.K. [690 H17]
      • Hall, F. and Greeno, R., 2011. Building Services Handbook, 6th ed., Elsevier, Oxford, U.K. [690 H17][ebook via ebrary]
      • Hall, F., 1994. Building Services and Equipment, Vol. 1-3, 3rd ed., Longman, London. [696 H17]
    • Plumbing and Drainage:
      • CIBSE, 2004. Public Health Engineering, CIBSE Guide G, Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), London. [LB 628 P97][ebook via Knovel]
      • Garrett, R. H., 2008. Hot and Cold Water Supply, 3rd ed., Chichester, West Sussex, U.K. [696.1 G239 h83]
      • IOP, 2002. Plumbing Engineering Services Design Guide, [New ed.], Institute of Plumbing, Hornchurch, Essex, UK. [LB 696.1 P73]
      • Woolley, E. L., 1988. Drainage Details, edited by Phil Stronach, [Rev. ed.], International Thomson Business Publishing and E & FN Spon, London. [LB 696.13022 W9]
      • WSD, 2006. Handbook on Plumbing Installation for Buildings (Dec 06), Water Supplies Department (WSD), Hong Kong. []
      • WSD, 2004. Hong Kong Waterworks Standard Requirements for Plumbing Installation in Buildings, Feb 04 version, Water Supplies Department (WSD), Hong Kong. []
    • Steam Systems and Fuel Gas Supply:
      • Gas Authority Hong Kong, 1997. Avoiding Danger from Gas Pipes, Gas Authority, the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Hong Kong. [HKP 696.2 A96]
      • IOP, 2002. Plumbing Engineering Services Design Guide, [New ed.], Institute of Plumbing, Hornchurch, Essex, UK. [LB 696.1 P73]
      • McCauley, J. F., 1995. The Steam Trap Handbook, Fairmont Press, Lilburn, GA. [621.185 M1]
      • Shaw, E. W., 1980. Heating and Hot-water Services: Selected Subjects with Worked Examples in SI Units, 4th rev. ed., Chps. 7 & 8, Granada, London. [697.4 S53]
      • Spirax-Sarco, 2007. The Steam and Condensate Loop, Spirax-Sarco, Cheltenham. [621.194 S79]
    • Security and Alarm Systems:
      • Anderson, R., 2001. Security Engineering: A Guide to Building Dependable Distributed Systems, Wiley, New York. [005.8 A549 s]
      • CIBSE, 1991. Security Engineering, Applications Manual AM 4, Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, London. [P 621.38928 S44]
      • De Saulles, T., 2001. The Illustrated Guide to Electrical Building Services, Building Services Research and Information Association, Bracknell, Berkshire, England, pp.23-29. [LB 621.3 D27]
      • Demkin, J. A. (ed.), 2004. Security Planning and Design: A Guide for Architects and Building Design Professionals, J. Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, N.J. [720.4 S44 D38]
      • Fennelly, L. J. (ed.), 2004. Effective Physical Security, 3rd ed., Butterworth-Heinemann, Burlington, Mass. [658.473 E2]
      • Kennedy, T. and Traister, J. E., 2002. Low Voltage Wiring: Security/Fire Alarm Systems, 3rd ed., McGraw-Hill, New York. [621.38928 K3][EBSCOhost ebook]
      • NCPC, 2003. Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Guidebook, National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC), Singapore. [PDF]
      • Traister, J. E., 1990. Design and Application of Security/Fire-alarm Systems, McGraw-Hill, New York. [621.38928 T7]
      • Hong Kong Police Crime Prevention Bureau
    • Information Technology in Buildings:
      • CIBSE, 1992. Information Technology and Buildings, Applications Manual 7, Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, London. [LB 690.028 I43]
      • Clark, C., 2002. Network Cabling Handbook, McGraw-Hill/Osborne, Berkeley, California. [621.31934 C59]
      • Hayes, J. and Rosenberg, P., 2009. Data, Voice, and Video Cabling, 3rd ed., Delmar/Cengage Learning, Clifton Park, NY. [621.382 H417 d]


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