The Urban Renewal Conference – PORTO (2019) took place on the 18th of June in the historical city of Porto as the result of a partnership between Jingli Construção e Gestão Imobiliária, Lda. and the architecture studio Mass Lab. The main reason behind the preparation of this event was the desire to further promote business cooperation and broaden the cooperation platform for exchanges, innovation and mutual benefits between Portugal and China in the urban renewal field that was initially established in Lisbon.
Among our prestigious guests we can highlight the presence of the representatives of Porto’s Town Hall, Raquel Maia and Ângelo Barroso, and of Matosinho’s Town Hall, Maria Geraldes, the vice-president of the Architects’ Order, Daniel Fortuna do Couto, GEG’s engineer, John Daniel, ADF Consultores’ engineer, João Adão da Fonseca, and the president of the Chinese League of Portugal, Yiping Zhou. The event’s opening speeches on behalf of the organization partners were given by Jingli’s legal representative and general manager, professor Ouyang Ganlin, and the founders of Mass Lab, architects Lourenço Rodrigues and Diogo Rocha.
Several presentations were made by guests regarding different subjects such as architecture, civil engineering and business but the main focus of this conference was on urban renewal. Professor Ouyang spoke about diverse techniques and methods already applied by the company in former urban renewal projects and emphasized the importance of using them in Portugal. In the same sense, other speakers pointed out the obligation of taking into account the preservation of the buildings’ historical and cultural heritage and the lack of quality of some renewal interventions when looking into the future of this sector. Not only it’s necessary to respect the buildings’ legacy but it’s also vital to guarantee that the lifespan extension operations don’t translate into short term solutions which will reveal construction defects after less than 5 years. Above all, a change of mentality and a more demanding and unvarying urban renewal legislation are required in order to allow specialized companies such as Jingli to give their support to Portugal.
On February 23th, 2019, 2018 Annual Summary Commendation Congress of Qingdao Jingli Engineering Co., Ltd (a company set up by Ouyang Ganlin who is Party Branch Secretary of Hunan Chamber of Commerce in Qingdao) , 2019 Academic Conference of Underground Space Experts Committee of Qingdao Civil Construction Society and Summary Commendation Congress — ‘Innovative Technologies of Private Enterprises Promote the Building of the Belt and Road’ were held by Qingdao Jingli Engineering Co., Ltd in Qingdao International News Center. Ouyang Ganlin, President of Qingdao Jingli Engineering Co., Ltd was interviewed by several media.
On February 24th, as headline news on the front page, Qingdao Financial Daily reported the amazing act of Qingdao Jingli Engineering Co., Ltd — Seizing the opportunities brought by “The Belt and Road Initiative”, Qingdao Jingli Engineering Co., Ltd applies strengthening and renovating technologies for dilapidated houses to the reconstruction and development (project) of old cities in Portugal.
For Qingdao Jingli Engineering Co., Ltd, the year 2018 was a year of reform and of innovation with good harvest. In 2008, Qingdao Jingli Engineering Co., Ltd found an innovation path for technology-based private enterprises to practice policies of “The Belt and Road”. As leader, President Ouyang Ganlin went to Portugal three times with new processes, new technologies and new thoughts for earthquake-resistance and retrofitting of buildings. In November the same year, JINGLI CONSTRUÇÃO E GESTÃO IMOBILIÁRIA, LDA, a Sino-Portuguese joint venture, was formally established. Then, the Conference on the Establishment of JINGLI CONSTRUÇÃO E GESTÃO IMOBILIÁRIA, LDA and “Belt and Road Initiative” into Portugal — Press Conference on Innovative Technologies for Reinforcement and Renovation of Dilapidated Houses was held in Lisbon, Portugal. As news on the front page, these conferences were reported by Puhua Newspaper, which had not only given rise to a heated social repercussion but also gained appreciation from Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Portugal. On December 5th, 2018, in the morning, as one of the representatives from Chinese (Qingdao) founded private enterprises in Portugal, Ouyang Ganlin was met by President Xi Jinping and other party and state leaders who paid a state visit to Portugal. It gave great encouragement and spur to private enterprises that went abroad. Shortly afterwards, Seixal in Portugal expressed its interest in cooperating with Qingdao city, intending to develop all-dimensional cooperation between two cities from several aspects such as earthquake-resistance and retrofitting of dilapidated houses with an area of 96 square meters in cities, business and trade, tourism, agriculture and industry. Evidently, innovative technologies of Qingdao private enterprises had been acknowledged by Portuguese and helped to promote friendly cooperation between Seixal and Qingdao. It also indicated that private enterprises not only played important roles in practicing “The Belt and Road Initiative” but also served as bridges that bond countries or cities together.
Relative departments of Qingdao municipal government and many industry experts paid great attention to this conference. More than 150 people attended this conference, including leaders at all levels, specialists and scholars from government departments, scientific institution, university, design and construction units, inspection departments. Additionally, Chairman of Civil Construction Special Committee of China Senior Professors Association came specially to Qingdao from Beijing to attend the above-mentioned conference.
Contents of academic conference covered new theories, new technologies and new materials of underground space development. On Summary Commendation Congress — ‘Innovative Technologies of Private Enterprises Promote the Building of the Belt and Road’, more details about the Conference on “Belt and Road Initiative” into Portugal — Conference on Innovative Technologies for Reinforcement and Renovation of Dilapidated Houses held by Qingdao Jingli Engineering Co., Ltd were introduced.
Qingdao Jingli Engineering Co., Ltd is a small and medium-sized private enterprise in Qingdao. For years, it has been studying on innovative technologies of underground space. With tireless efforts, both researches on underground space and transforming results of technical innovation of this company have leaped into the front ranks in China, which enables Qingdao Jingli Engineering Co., Ltd to play an obvious outstanding role in building the Road and Belt. To some extent, it also helps to improve the researching ability of Qingdao in the development of underground space. For these reasons, Ouyang Ganlin, President of the company, was conferred as Vice-Chairman of Civil Construction Special Committee of China Senior Professors Association and Team Leader of Underground Space Experts Team of Civil Construction Special Committee, Chairman of Qingdao Technology Innovation Strategy Association of Underground Space Industry, Deputy Director of Qingdao Civil Construction Engineering Society and Chairman of Underground Space Experts Committee and adjunct professor of Qingdao University of Technology.
Among cities with separate planning, Qingdao is the first one which decides to establish Technology Innovation Strategy Association of Underground Space Industry. Recognized by EU countries, Qingdao voluntarily exports technologies for reinforcement and renovation of dilapidated houses. It is the only city that is willing to have private enterprises undertake all earthquake-resistant, strengthening and renovating projects. What’s more, Qingdao is designated as the unit taking the lead of preparing formation of national underground space experts team. Invited by I-Shou University (Taiwan), Mr. Ouyang Ganlin and other two people from Qingdao Jingli Engineering Co., Ltd will go to attend the Conference on Civil Engineering and Environment held there on July 1st, 2019. All the achievements are by no means accidents but are fruits of long-term profound accumulation. Focusing on difficult issues, hot issues and latest research findings, eight domestic experts gave excellent reports on the conference. In particular, Professor Ouyang Ganlin, Chairman of Underground Space Experts Committee made a report on Jacking Technology of Underground Works.
The report given by Professor Ouyang Ganlin arouse great concern from the experts attending the conference. Currently, crowd-in technology of Qingdao Jingli Engineering Co., Ltd has taken the lead in China, which will provide disruptive (innovative) technology for the construction of non-excavation underground complex pipelines in downtown areas.
On 2018 Annual Summary Commendation Congress of Qingdao Jingli Engineering Co., Ltd, Ouyang Ganlin. Party Branch Secretary of Hunan Chamber of Commerce in Qingdao gave excellent report on marching into the Road and Belt. Afterwards, prize-giving ceremony was held. Mr. Ouyang Ganlin presented certificate of honor and prizes to eight staff who performed their excellence.
In honor of its over-fulfillment of tasks, a cash reward of 100,000 RMB was presented to No. 18 Project Department .
In relaxed happy atmosphere, the dinner party began. Rejoicing in toast, host and guests raised their glasses.
Cheers, my friends! It shows us the courage of Chinese companies in exploration and making innovations in the reform transformation trend; It is not only a practice that private enterprises venture abroad but also a success that enterprises export self-owned core technologies to foreign countries. It has been proved that a company with technologies will have bright future on its way to go abroad and in joining in the building of the Belt and Road as long as it has strong responsibility and explores bravely. Once again, let’s cheer for Qingdao Jingli Engineering Co., Ltd and let’s wish Hunan Chamber of Commerce in Qingdao to have much more such excellent enterprises. We hope that Qingdao Jingli Engineering Co,. Ltd will become better and better and we hope that new achievements will be made in building the Belt and Road.
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