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Around Commissions
  - People in Construction: New Coordinator
  - People in Construction: Meeting Report
  - Accessibility for All
  - BEAR 2006 Conference
  - Usability of Workplaces
  - Culture in Construction
From CIB Co-Sponsored Events
  - Clients Driving Innovation
Forthcoming Meetings
  - Adaptables 2006
  - Construction in the XXI Century
  - Construction Culture
  - CIB World Building Congress 2007
  - Revaluing Construction
  - Information Management
New Publications
  - Clients Driving Innovation
  - Usability of Workplaces
Encouraged Journals
  - Urban Disasters
Members Section Full Member Profile
  - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Members Section New Members
  - Hong Kong Housing Authority

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Newsletter 2006 - 5

Around Commissions
TG59 - People in Construction: Introducing the New Coordinator: Ms. Robyn Gordon
The Chair of CIB Programme Committee appointed Ms. Robyn Gordon as the new Coordinator of CIB TG59. She is the successor of Ms. Jill Wells who has decided to step down as per May 2006. Robyn Gordon is an organization development and change expert with specific expertise in skills and learning related topics. From inception the goal of TG59 has been to create a committee that would focus on “people” issues related to the construction industry. The Task Group is a joint effort between the CIB and the International Labour Office (ILO), recognizing the overlap of the interests of the two organizations.
TG59 - People in Construction: Meeting Report 3rd Meeting held in the Bahamas, May 2006
The 3rd meeting of TG59 took place in Grand Bahama Island on 5 May 2006, in conjunction with the ASCE/CIB Conference. This was seen as a good opportunity to engage the North American research community in the work of the Task Group. There was a discussion around the dual focus of the Task Group, which was stated as exploring both how the performance of the sector could be improved through its people and how the lives of those within the sector could be improved through better employment practices. It was universally agreed however that these were not mutually exclusive goals. This report was provided by Mr. Andy Dainty.
W084 - Building Comfortable Environments for All: Report on the Conference on Accessibility and Safety for All held in March 2006, Verona, Italy
The International Conference of the Working Commission W084 was held last March in Verona, Italy, during the PTE Exhibition. It was devoted to older people and sponsored by the Italian magazine Assistenza Anziani (Caring the Older People), by the Institute, CNR ITC, and by CIB. CIB Members can ask for free a CD copy of the Verona Proceedings.
W089 - Building Research and Education: Report on the CIB W089 Conference BEAR, held in April 2006, Hong Kong, China
The CIB W089 International Conference on Building Education and Research 2006 (BEAR 2006) was launched with great success at the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel, Hong Kong on 10-13 April 2006. Over 110 fully authored and refereed papers were published and presented, covering the following four main themes: Education in the Built Environment; Construction Project Management; Construction Technology and Innovation; and Sustainable Development in Construction. Report by Dr. Francis Wong.
W111 - Usability of Workplaces: Introducing the New Working Commission and Coordinator
During it’s meeting in March 2006 in Ankara, the CIB Programme Committee established a new Working Commission W111 on “Usability of Workplaces”. W111 will continue with an extended scope from the work done by former CIB TG51 on “Usability of Workplaces”. Prof. Keith Alexander who also was Coordinator of the former TG51, has been appointed the Coordinator of W111. Within the scope of the commission there is a focus on the concept of usability of workplaces, as applied in a range of building types, including commercial buildings and buildings for healthcare and education.
W112 - Culture in Construction: Introducing the New Working Commission and Joint Coordinators
During it’s meeting in March 2006 in Ankara, the CIB Programme Committee established W112 on Culture in Construction. W112 will continue with an extended scope from the work done by former CIB TG23 on “Culture in Construction”. Dr. Richard Fellows and Dr. Wilco Tijhuis who were coordinators of the former TG23, have been appointed the Coordinators of W112.
From CIB Co-Sponsored Events
Report on the CIB Co-Sponsored Conference: "Clients Driving Innovation - Moving Ideas into Practice" held on Australia's Gold Coast in March 2006
Over 240 delegates representing 11 countries experienced a comprehensive selection of more than 90 industry and research focused presentations of leading-edge research and case studies across the themes of sustainable construction, industry development, meeting client needs, performance based building, information and communication technologies improving efficiencies, procurement and risk management, facilities management, and construction health and safety. Speakers showcased new technologies and practices and discussed a range of contemporary challenges facing the industry. The applied case studies provided examples of how investment in science, research and innovation can provide industrial, commercial and economic benefits.
Forthcoming Meetings
CIB Co-Sponsored: Adaptables 2006, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 3-5 July 2006 - Final Announcement
The Eindhoven University of Technology in The Netherlands organizes from 3rd - 5th of July a conference on flexibility and adaptability in construction. 6 CIB Working Commissions and Task Group and the recently founded CIB Students Chapters of the Universities of Eindhoven and Delft will also organise a special meeting during the conference. 175 Papers will be presented in parallel sessions and are published in a book of proceedings.
Joint International Symposium of CIB Working Commissions W055, W065 and W086: Construction in the XXI Century - Local and Global Challenges, Rome Italy, 18-20 October 2006
The objectives of the CIB W065/W055/W086 2006 symposium are to: Address the diversity of the construction industry around the world and its identifying features; Ascertain the impact of the global economy on the construction industry, its enterprises and suppliers; Discuss how local construction industries cope with these challenges; Consider the development of beneficial relationships among the stakeholders of construction markets; Present and demonstrate how research can be used to help countries and enterprises in problem solving.
W112 - Culture in Construction: Joint International Conference on Construction Culture, Innovation, and Management (CCIM), Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 26-29 November 2006
This joint International Conference provides an unique opportunity for practitioners and researchers to meet to exchange experiences and ideas on the pursuit of Sustainable Development in the spectacularly dynamic environment of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The main theme of the Conference is Sustainable Development through Culture and Innovation. This event is co-organised by CIB - W112, BUiD - The British University in Dubai, UAE and CICE - Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Engineering, Loughborough University, UK.
CIB World Building Congress 2007 - Construction for Development, Cape Town, South Africa, 21-25 May 2007: Companion's Programme
The CIB World Building Congress will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre during the week of 21 - 25 May 2007. The theme of this congress is Construction for Development, focusing on the important role that construction plays in the development of nations. The Congress promises to provide delegates with an unforgettable experience of South Africa. The companion's programme is outlined below to give you a taste of Cape Town: The Grand Cape Peninsula Tour; Cape Town City Tour; Robben Island Tour; Wonderful Winelands Tour; and Aquila Game Reserve.
Revaluing Construction 2007: Crossing Boundaries, Copenhagen - Malmö, 9-10 October 2007
The international conference Revaluing Construction 2007 - Crossing Boundaries - will explore how construction firms will meet the challenges of the 21st century through overcoming the barriers that currently limit performance. Invited speakers from industry, government and research will show how innovation in management, marketing and technology will enable construction to create greater value for client and users and to be valued by its contribution to the quality of life.
W102 - Information and Knowledge Management in Building: Helping the Practitioner in Planning and Building - First Announcement, Stuttgart, Germany, 16-18 October 2007
Based on their shared interests in international cooperation and their tasks of knowledge dissemination, CIB, CSTB and Fraunhofer IRB have agreed to host the 3rd International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management “Helping the Practitioner in Planning and Building”. It is the objective of this event to intensify the interrelation between information specialists/ developers and the end users community, promoting the use and implementation of online information sources in the workflow of planning and building projects.
New Publications
Proceedings of the CIB Co-Sponsored International Conference on Clients Driving Innovation: Moving Ideas into Practice
These are the Proceedings of the CIB Co-sponsored Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Construction Innovation’s Second International Conference – Clients Driving Innovation: Moving Ideas into Practice – held on Australia’s Gold Coast from 12-14 March 2006. The Proceedings feature the complete Conference program, plenary keynote papers, stream papers, presenter biographies, and information on sponsors and exhibitors.
TG51 - Usability of Workplaces: Report on Case Studies - CIB Publication No. 306
This is the final report on the work of Task Group 51 Usability of Workplaces. The Report includes general concepts of usability, applied to the built environment to evaluate usability in different building types; a series of case studies has been documented, presented and discussed in different participatory workshops involving a mixed group of stakeholders; methods for evaluating usability at different stages of the life cycle of a building have been identified.
Encouraged Journals
Special Issue Open House, Volume 31(1), March 2006: "Managing Urban Disasters"
The focus of the special issue of Open House on “Managing Urban Disasters” is concerned primarily with identifying and describing existing projects, experiences and best practices from Africa, Asia and Latin America. It contains some 20 articles under the headers of Editorial, Overview, Post disaster, Pre-disaster and Reports.
Members Section Full Member Profile
Full Member Profile: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, ERDC - Engineer Research and Development Center, CERL - Constructioni Engineering Research Laboratory, Champaign, Illinois, United States
The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) provides high quality, responsive engineering and environmental research and development support to the Army and Nation. As part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, ERDC develops innovative science and technology solutions to support among others infrastructure, environmental, water resources, and disaster operations.
Members Section New Members
New Member Profile: Hong Kong Housing Authority
The Hong Kong Housing Authority (HA) provides 648.200 PRH flats for 2.033.800 persons. In 2005/6, about 17.200 flats have been completed. The mission of the HA is to provide subsidized public rental housing (PRH) to low-income families who cannot afford private rental accommodation. It also runs interim housing (IH) and transit centres to provide temporary housing to families facing short-term problems in finding suitable accommodation.