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Newsletter 2006 - 6


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TG57 - Industrialisation in Construction: Report of the Meeting in July 2006 in Eindhoven, The Netherlands
TG57 met in the context of the CIB Co-sponsored Adaptables Conference in Eindhoven on 3-5 July 2006. The principal topic was the preparation of the “state of the art report” that will reveal current and future tendencies for on-site as well as off-site industrialization mainly in reference to building and construction.
W096 - Architectural Management: Report of a Joint Commission Meeting in July 2006 in Eindhoven, The Netherlands
In conjunction with the CIB Co-Sponsored Adaptables Conference on 5th July 2006 in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, the following 3 CIB Commissions held a joint Annual Meeting: W096 - Architectural Management, TG33 - Collaborative Engineering and TG49 - Architectural Engineering. Discussed amongst others were the publication of the W096 Book on Architectural Management, an edited TG33 Book on Concurrent Engineering in Construction Projects and and the publication of a TG49 Report on Architectural Engineering developments.
W099 - Safety and Health in Construction: Report of CIB W099 International Conference on Global Unity for Safety & Health in Constructioni at the Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 28-30 June 2006
The conference was organised in partnership with the Tsinghua-Gammon Construction Safety Research Center and the Tsinghua University. The conference provided an exchange of experience in new developments and in practical applications to improve safety and health on construction sites.
W099 - Safety and Health in Construction: Report of the Commission Meeting held in Beijing, China, June 2006
To maintain continuity in the activities of W099, the activities for the next three years were outlined. These include active participation of W099 members at the CIB World Congress in Cape Town in 2007 and future W099 conferences. In general, it was noted that researchers around the globe face essentially the same challenges in construction safety and health and that the broad dissemination of research results should be an ongoing activity.
W104 - Open Building Implementation: Report of the Annual Meeting at "Adaptables 2006" in July in Eindhoven, The Netherlands
W104 held its 13th meeting as part of the CIB Co-sponsored Conference "Adaptables 2006". Three items were discussed in the business meeting: the new book being written by the three Joint Coordinators; increasing the use of the W104 website; and the next meeting in conjunction with the CIB World Building Congress in South Africa in May 2007.
From CIB Co-Sponsored Events
Report on the CIB Co-Sponsored Conference "Adaptables 2006", held in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 3-5 July 2006
Over 600 delegates attended the key notes and paper presentations by researchers and practitioners from 38 countries. Leading theme was the adaptability and flexibility of buildings. It was encouraging to see that a new generation of researchers is coming up. Many young researchers presented their work. Among them also a noticeable growing number of female researchers. A clear sign that adaptability and flexibility enjoys the interest of the next generation in research.
Report on the CIB Co-Sponsored Conference "BUDMA2006", held in Poznan, Poland, January 2006
This CIB Co-Sponsored Conference "BUDMA 2006" attracted 1,226 exhibitors from 26 countries and regions. The Conference attracted companies that provide construction services, manufacture and trade in construction products. They were interesting to individual and institutional investors, including housing cooperatives, developers, representatives of local governments and architects. This report was provided by Ms. Maria Goreczna, ASM Market Research & Analysis Centre Ltd., Poland.
From the CIB General Secretariat
ICONDA®CIBpublica
ICONDA® The International CONstruction DAtabase is one of the worldwide most comprehensive online services for retrieval and access of published information in the field of planning and building. Fraunhofer IRB, the Information Center for Planning and Building of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, acts as the ICONDA®Agency which coordinates the production of the database and its marketing. With CIB and Fraunhofer IRB sharing a focus on international networking and knowledge dissemination, it makes sense that both have now decided to cooperate in the field of disseminating CIB and CIB-related publications.
Forthcoming Meetings
CIB Co-Sponsored: Rethinking Sustainable Construction 2006: Next Generation Green Building, Sarasota, Florida, 19-22 September 2006
Rethinking Sustainable Construction 2006 (RSC06) is co-sponsored by CIB as an international conference and workshop being organized to determine the future direction of high-performance green buildings around the world. This conference will be unlike any other meeting about green buildings and sustainable construction because it will focus not on present best practices, but on the path to green buildings 10 to 50 years into the future. RSC06 will address the complex range of issues that face designers, product manufacturers, builders and policymakers in developing next-generation green buildings.
CIB Co-Sponsored: 2007 ASCE Construction Research Congress "The Global Construction Community", Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas, 6-8 May 2007
The 2007 ASCE Construction Research Congress (CRC07) is the premiere research conference hosted by the ASCE Construction Research Council. CRC07 follows the tradition of the past Construction Research Congresses by providing a forum for researchers in all areas of construction to present research findings as well as discuss education and industry issues.
CIB World Building Congress 2007: Change of Dates, Cape Town, South Africa, 14-18 May 2007
This second announcement of the CIB World Building Congress which is organised under the direction of the CIB President Dr. Rodney Milford and is jointly hosted by the cidb and CSIR, gives the information about the change of dates. The submission deadline for abstracts has passed but in response to numerous requests, abstracts will be accepted by prior arrangement until 1 September 2006.
W104 Open Building Implementation: Moving Beyond Functionalism, Cape Town, South Africa, 14-18 May 2007
CIB Commission W104 will organise a Special Session in the CIB World Building Congress on 14-18 May 2007, Cape Town, South Africa. The Session theme will be: Construction for Change: “Lessons from the Field on Moving Beyond Functionalism”. Also W104 together with W110 on Informal Settlements and Affordable Housing will organise a Pre-Congress Design Workshop.
CIB Co-Sponsored: International Conference Building Stock Activation 2007, Tokyo, Japan, 5-8 November 2007
Building Stock Activation 2007 is co-sponsored by CIB as an international conference of the 21st Century COE Program. During the second half of the 20th century, in metropolitan cities around the world - of which Tokyo is representative - the stock of existing buildings increased dramatically. The objective is to bring together internationally significant and current research and building projects concerning building stock activation, including work from the 4-Met Center.
New Publications
Proceedings Adaptables
Adaptables 2006 focused on the needs and drives for adaptation and looked at the new technologies and materials that were available. Adaptables brought together clients, designers structural engineers and the construction industry each with their own visions and interests to exchange views and experiences in the field of adaptable buildings.
Proceedings Leadership and Management
These are the Proceedings of the 2nd Specialty Conference Leadership and Management in Construction which took place on May 4-6 2006, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas. CIB and ASCE were official sponsors. The Conference format provided maximum presentations, discussions and interactions time. The global focus of this year’s conference is represented by delegates from Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America.
Proceedings of the W099 International Conference on Global Unity for Safety and Health in Construction
These are the Proceedings of the W099 International Conference on Global Unity for Safety and Health in Construction. These Proceedings contain 107 abstracts on the following categories: Law, strategy and planning; Standards and guidelines; Culture and its influence; Education, training and continuous learning; Risk analysis and decision-making; Investments and benefits; Measurement and quantitative analysis; Application of IT and automation; Roles of stakeholders; Issues in developing countries; Behavior based safety and productivity; Environment impact assessment and noise control; Workers’ working conditions and quality of life; Future development trends.
W070 - Facilities Management and Maintenance: Proceedings Trondheim International Symposium "Changing User Demands on Buildings - Needs for Lifecycle Planning and Management, held in Trondheim, Norway
The symposium’s theme links together the different elements of Facilities Management and Maintenance ranging from the hard side with a focus on technical questions in maintenance and modernization to the softer side with strong focus on social, cultural and organizational issues related to Facilities Management and Maintenance. The symposium has addressed the following sub-themes: Building Conservation and Refurbishment; Sustainability in Facilities Management and Design; Facilities Management – Operation and service management; Changing user demands on adaptability and flexibility; Workplace Management – Usability of workplaces; and Facilities Management in health care.
Encouraged Journals
Introduction Five New Journals
CIB is happy to announce that recently, through a positive advise by the CIB Marketing and Communication Committee (MCC), the status of CIB Encouraged Journal has been granted to the following five journals: the International Journal of Construction Management; the Journal of Building Physics; the Australian Journal of Construction Economics and Building; Materials and Structures; and the Journal for Education in the Built Environment.
Student Chapters
Winner 2006 CIB Guyla Sebestyén Award: Young Researchers Network - Regional Networks, Globally Connected
This year’s CIB Guyla Sebestyén Award was won by the proposal submitted jointly by a group of CIB chapters to establish the CIB Young Researchers Network. The intention is to initiate a European “start group”, which may fuel further global collaboration between chapters worldwide, and possibly link with corresponding initiatives underway or to be started in other regions.
Members Section New Members
New Members
Since March we have installed 10 new Members: 4 Associate Members and 6 Individual Members. Among the 4 new Associate Members the spread over the various types of organisations is as follows: a Building and Civil Engineering Consultant, a Professional and/or Trade Association and 2 Universities.