Michael C. H. Yam

BSc, MSc, PhD, FHKIE, FHKICM, FASCE, MIPENZ, PEng, RPE

Professor; Undergraduate Programme Committee - Scheme Chair; Academic Advisors (BD) 
Tel.: (852) 2766 4380
E-mail address : michael.yam@polyu.edu.hk
 

Michael obtained his BSc. in Civil Engineering with Distinction and MSc. at the University of Alberta, Canada and completed his PhD degree at the same University in 1994. He subsequently was appointed as a research engineer at the University before returning to Asia in 1995. Prior to joining the Department of Building and Real Estate in early 2002, Michael has spent several years with the University of Macau as Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, as well as the Hong Kong Technical College as Lecturer. He has also obtained consultancy experience in the areas of the design and construction of both reinforced concrete buildings and structural steelworks in Hong Kong. Michael is a member of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Teaching
 
Main areas
Structural analysis and design
Geotechnical and foundation engineering
Construction technology
Research and Scholarly Activities
 
Research
Interests
Structural steel design, Connections, Smart materials, High strength steels
Full scale testing of structural members, Structural rehabilitation
Construction Safety, Construction Management
 
Current
Research
Projects

 

A Study of the Strength and Behaviour of an Extended End-plate Connection with High Strength Bolts
The strength and behaviour of double coped beams
A Study of a Stiffened Extended End-Plate Connection with Nitinol Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) Bolts Subject to Cyclic Loading
A Study of the Block Shear Strength of Coped Beams
A Study of the Influence of Web Stiffening on the Strength and Behaviour of Coped Beams
Shear Lag of Welded Angle and Channel Members
Administration
 
 
Undergraduate Programme Committee - Scheme Chair
Interim Head, Department of Building and Real Estate (July 2014 – Feb 2015)
Associate Head (Partnership), Department of Building and Real Estate (July 2011 - June 2014)
Member, University Learning and Teaching Committee (July 2012 - June 2014)
Member, Sub-committee on Science, Technology and Environment (STE) subjects of CoGUR (July 2011 - June 2012)
Member, University Health, Safety and Environment Committee (2008 - 2010)
Member, Departmental Executive Committee (July 2011 - present)
Member, Departmental Staffing Committee (Sept 2011 - present)
Member, Departmental Management Committee (July 2011 - present)
Chairman, Departmental Health Safety and Environmental Committee  (July 2004 - present)
Professional Service
 
Professional Service
Observer, Independent Police Complaints Council, Security Bureau, HKSAR Government (2012-Present)
Member, Home Purchase Allowance Appeals Committee Panel, Development Bureau, HKSAR Government (2011-Present)
Committee Member, Building Division, HKIE (2010-Present)
External Examiner, Housing and Built Environment Subject Area, HKU SPACE (2010-Present)
External Examiner, Diploma in Vocation Education (Construction), Vocational Training Council, Hong Kong (2009-Present)
Panel Member, Building Discipline Advisory Panel, HKIE (2009-Present)
Member, Structural Engineers Registration Committee and Panel, Buildings Department,  HKSAR Government (2004-2006), (2008-2011)
Member, Appeal Tribunal (Buildings) Housing, Planning, and Lands Bureau, HKSAR Government (2007-Present)
Selected Recent Publication List
 
Publications in Refereed Journals
Structural Steel/Structural Engineering
1
Cheng Fang, Michael C.H. Yam, Hongwei Ma and K.F. Chung (2015) “Tests on superelastic Ni-Ti SMA bars under cyclic tension and direct-shear – towards practical recentring connections”. Materials and Structures, 48:1013-1030.
2
Cheng Fang, Michael C. H. Yam, J.J. Roger Cheng and Yanyang Zhang (2015) “Compressive strength and behaviour of gusset plate connections with single-sided splice members”, Journal of Constructional Steel Research, Vol. 106, March, pp. 166-183.
3
Michael C.H. Yam, Cheng Fang, Angus C. C. Lam and Yanyang Zhang (2015) “Numerical study and practical design of end-plate beam-to-column connections with Ni-Ti shape memory alloys”. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, Vol. 104, January, pp. 177-192.
4
Michael C. H. Yam, Cheng Fang, Angus C. C. Lam, and J.J. Roger Cheng (2014) “Local failures of coped steel beams – a state-of-the-art review”. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, Vol. 102, November, pp. 217-232.
5
Cheng Fang, Michael C.H. Yam, Angus C. C. Lam and Langkun Xie (2014) “Cyclic performance of extended end-plate connections equipped with shape memory alloy bolts”. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, Vol. 94, March, pp. 122-136.
6
Cheng Fang, Angus C. C. Lam, Michael C.H. Yam, K.S. Seak (2013) “Block shear strength of coped beams with single-sided bolted connection”. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, Vol. 86, July, pp. 153-166.
7
Cheng Feng, Angus C. C. Lam, and Michael C. H. Yam (2013) “Influence of shear lag on ultimate tensile capacity of angles and tees”. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, Vol. 84, May, pp. 49-61.
8 Michael C.H. Yam, and K.F. Chung (2013) “A numerical study of the strength and behaviour of reinforced coped beams, Journal of Constructional Steel Research, Vol. 80, January, pp. 224-234.
Construction Safety/Management
9
Carol K.H. Hon, Albert P.C. Chan and Michael C.H. Yam (2014) “Relationships between safety climate and safety performance of building repair, maintenance, minor alteration, and addition (RMAA) works”, Safety Science, Vol. 65 pp. 10-19.
10
YT Tan, LY Shen, C Langston, WS Lu and Michael CH Yam (2014) “Critical Success Factors for Building Maintenance Business: A Hong Kong Case Study”, Facilities, Vol. 32 No. 5/6, pp. 208-225.
11
Albert PC Chan, Yang Yang, Francis KW Wong, Michael CH Yam (2013) “Dressing behavior of construction workers in hot and humid weather”, Occupational Ergonomics, Vol. 11, Iss. 4, pp 177-186.
12
Carol K.H. Hon, Albert P.C. Chan and Michael C.H. Yam (2013) “Determining safety climate factors in the repair, maintenance, minor alteration, and addition sector”, Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE (accepted for publication).
13
Albert P.C. Chan, Wen Yi , Del P. Wong, Michael C.H. Yam, and Daniel W.M. Chan (2012) “Determining an optimal recovery time for construction rebar workers after working to exhaustion in a hot and humid environment”, Building and Environment, Vol 58, pp. 163 -171.
14
Hon, C.K.H., Chan, A.P.C. and Yam, M.C.H. (2012), “Empirical study to investigate the difficulties of implementing safety practices in the repair and maintenance sector in Hong Kong”, Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, Vol. 138, No. 7, pp. 877-884.
15
Albert P.C. Chan, Michael C.H. Yam, Joanne W.Y. Chung, Wen Yi, (2012) "Developing a heat stress model for construction workers", Journal of Facilities Management, Vol. 10 Iss: 1, pp.59 – 74.

Updated in Aug 2016