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Newsletter 2007 - 5


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New Task Group: TG67 - Statutory Adjudication in Construction
In May 2006 the CIB Programme Committee established a new Task Group TG67 on Statutory Adjudication in Construction, with Mr. Peter Kennedy and Mr. Michael Brand as its Coordinators. The Task Group's objectives include: to produce a guide to the statutes which impact upon adjudication worldwide and to produce an international review of statutory adjudication practice.
New Task Group: TG68 - Construction Mediation
Also in May 2006 the CIB Programme Committee established a new Task Group TG68 on Construction Meditation, with Dr. Penny Brooker and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Suzanne Wilkinson as its Coordinators. The Task Group will identify emerging international practices within Construction Mediation and will seek solutions to the many legal and commercial challenges posed by them.
New Task Group: TG69 - Green Buildings and the Law
A third new Task Group established was TG69 on Green Building and the Law, with Ms. Julie Adshead as its Coordinator. The objectives for the Task Group include: to provide an overview of the state of the law governing green buildings across a number of key international jurisdictions and to conduct and publish a comparative analysis of the law in these areas.
New Task Group: TG70 - Sustainable Design of Tall Buildings
The Task Group objectives are: to review sustainability issues in tall buildings design and construction; to examine the key issues, challenges and opportunities in implementing sustainability design of tall buildings; to examine research in tall building design; and to develop sustainable design guidelines for tall buildings.
TG33 - Collaborative Engineering: Report Final Meeting held on 15 May 2007, Cape Town, South Africa
TG33 has achieved its objective through its publication on Concurrent/Collaborative Engineering and is now dissolved.
TG53 - Postgraduate Research Training in Building and Construction : Progress Report - Middle 2007
Addressed in this 2007 TG53 Progress Report are: its realised first and forthcoming second publication, webpages, best paper award, future meetings, ad its collaboration with Asian Insitutions.
TG59 - People in Construction: Introducing the New Joint Coordinators
At its meeting in May, Cape Town, South Africa, the Programme Committee appointed Dr. Theo Haupt and Prof. John Smallwood, both from South Africa, the new Joint Coordinators of CIB TG59 on People in Construction. At the same time the mandate of TG59 is extended until 2010.
TG62 - Built Environment Complexity: Meeting Report of Embracing Complexity in Design Workshop
This Meeting Report includes the presentations given at the Workshop of CIB TG62 held in April 2007 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. The aim of this workshop was to address the complexity of one of the most important topics in the built environment sector. The report is electronic, contains 166 pages and is free downloadable.
W089 - Building Research and Education / TG53 - Postgraduate Research Training in Building and Construction: Report from the Joint Meeting, Cape Town, South Africa, May 2007
Among the matters discussed at this joint meeting were: a presentation by the Salford Student Chapter; a report from the Glasgow Caledonian/Strathclyde Student Chapter; a comprehensive written TG53 report; the Bear 2008 Conferencce; the W089 Work Programme; and the formation of a CIB Deans' Forum.
W102 - Information and Knowledge Management in Building: Introducing the New Joint Coordinator
In June the CIB Programme Committee appointed Prof. Charles Egbu as Joint Coordinator of W102 “Information and Knowledge Management in Building”. Charles Egbu is an author of 2 books in construction management and knowledge management in project environments. He has also contributed to over 150 publications in various international journals.
W107 - Construction in Developing Countries: Introducing Two New Joint Coordinators
In June the CIB Board accepted the proposal from W107 for George Ofori to step down as Coordinator and for the two new persons to be appointed Joint Coordinators: Prof. P.D. Rwelamila from the University of South Africa and Prof. Stephen Ogunlana from the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand are the successors. They will lead the commission together with Prof. Alfredo Serpell.
W113 - Law and Dispute Resolution: Partnership with European Network for Housing Research
W113 has established a close working partnership with its equivalent grouping within the European Network for Housing Research (ENHR): the ENHR Working Group on the Legal Aspects of Housing, Land and Planning, which has a similar remit to thatof CIB W113.
From the CIB General Secretariat
STAND-INN Third Newsletter
This is a brief summary of the third in a series of periodic newsletters about the STAND-INN project that is funded through the Europe Innova programme and in which CIB is one of the partners. In addition to a brief progress report on the STAND-INN project, main themes in this Newsletter include the role of the STAND-INN project in the European economy and in the Europe Innova and CIP Programmes.
Forthcoming Meetings
TG62 - Built Environment Complexity: Embracing Complexity Science in Risk Workshop - Know Your Exposures: Risk Emergence, Liverpool, United Kingdom, 13 September 2007
The University of Liverpool and CIB TG62 are jointly launching a Risk Workshop on 13 September 2007 to help communicate advances in understanding risk and aid business and organisations to better manage their risk exposure. Leading academics will present research findings in an understandable manner that will facilitate new ways of thinking about risk management.
TG66 - Energy and the Built Environment: 2nd Meeting of TG66, Barcelona, 3 October 2007
The meeting objectives at this one day meeting will be: analysis of national and international energy saving programmes; analysis and development of scenarios; and collection of information on analysis of successes and failures of policies and actions that aim to develop good practices.
3rd International Conference Revaluing Construction 2007 "Crossing Boundaries", Copenhagen, Malmö, October 2007
The conference will have parallel sessions centred around the following themes: Crossing geographical boundaries – how construction firms operate in and learn from other countries; crossing organisational boundaries - overcoming traditional divisions to enhance project performance; and crossing product boundaries – how new technological developments and changing client requirements are transforming the nature of construction operations and output.
CIB Co-Sponsored: Conference on Sustainable Building South-East Asia (SB07SEA): Theme "Strategies for Implementation", Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 5-7 November 2007
In line with the vision of Green Building Mission Malaysia, launched by The Prime Minister of Malaysia in March 2007, this conference strives to bring construction stakeholders in the region to share and exchange information on sustainable building and construction for mainstreaming and implementing sustainable practices in South-East Asia.
CIB Co-Sponsored: Tectonics - Making Meaning, University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 10-12 December 2007
The explicit purpose of this conference is to explore the relationships between the various disciplines of the building industry in the context of an evolving tectonic culture. The event consists of an international student design competition as well as an international conference.
W089 - Building Research and Education: BEAR 2008, Kandalama, Sri Lanka, 10-15 February 2008
The BEAR 2008 Conference is concerned with the future of Built Environment Education and Research with particular emphasis placed upon education and research towards preparing for, responding to, and recovering from disasters and other natural, man-made and environmental disasters.
Joint CIB Conference W102 - Information and Knowledge Management in Building / W096 - Architectural Management "Improving Performance", Helsinki, Finland, 3-4 June 2008
The aim of the conference is to explore information and knowledge management processes and technologies to improve performance in the construction supply chains during design and construction stages. Research projects, documented cases from industry demonstrating best practice, and recently completed PhDs are welcome.
W078 - Information Technology for Construction: 25th International Conference on Information Technology in Construction, Santiago, Chile, 15-17 July 2008
The Conference theme is “Improving the construction management of projects through IT adoption”. This acknowledges the many technological advancements in Construction IT that have been accomplished in the last two decades and that have been presented at many prior W078 workshops. It recognizes sustained adoption and implementation of IT-based work processes as a major current challenge and opportunity.
CIB Co-Sponsored: SB08 - World Sustainable Building Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 21-25 September 2008
World SB08 Melbourne was formally launched at the Melbourne Forum. The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to 31 August 2007. CIB and iiSBE have launched the SB07 series of regional conferences focusing on sustainable building issues relevant to different countries or regions. Reports on the status of the SB07 region or country will be presented at the World SB08 Melbourne. The first three regional conferences were held in May and June in Toronto, Torino and Seoul.
Members Section New Members
New Members
Since the previous article on new CIB Members in June we have installed 4 new Members: 1 Associate Member and 3 Individual Members. Besides these applications there is one upgrade from Associate Membership category 1 to Full Membership category 3. This is the Fraunhofer Information Centre for Planning and Building IRB, Stuttgart, Germany.