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Newsletter 2007 - 6

Around Commissions
W078 - Information Technology for Construction: Report of the 24th CIB W078 Conference held in Maribor, Slovenia
127 delegates participated the 24th CIB W078 conference IT in Construction with as main topic Bringing ITC knowledge to work, that was organised in conjunction with workshops by EG-ICE (European Group for Intelligent Computing in Engineering) and ITC@EDU (Construction IT in Education).
W113 - Law and Dispute Resolution: Meeting Report, Cape Town, South Africa, 13 May 2007
This news article describes the purpose of the new Working Commission W113 established in September 2006. New CIB law related Task Groups have been established: TG67 - Statutory Adjudication in Construction; TG68 - Construction Mediation; and TG69 - Green Buildings and the Law. Furthermore two commission study groups were established and future conference events are announced.
W113 - Law and Dispute Resolution: Study Groups on COPA and LARC
As part of CIB W113 Study Groups have been set up: the LARC Study Group on Legal Aspects of Relational Contracting and the COPA Study Group on Enforcement of Payment and Adjudication Contracts.
From CIB Co-Sponsored Events
Report of the CIB Co-Sponsored International Workshop on Global Roadmap and Strategic Actions for ICT in Construction in Helsinki, Finland, August 2007
FIATECH, CIB, VTT, CSTB and TEKES organised this international workshop that concentrated on ICT and value-driven business processes supported through the use of technologies, with as the aim to develop a common global roadmap for ICT in construction.
From the CIB Management
CIB World Building Congress 2007: Conclusions and Recommendations
CIB held its 17th Triennial World Building Congress 2007 in Cape Town, South Africa, from 14 to 17 May. This news article presents its “Conclusions and Recommendations”. The recommendations are addressed to: the community of researchers; CIB itself; the practitioners in the built environment sector; and governments. The CIB membership and its leadership is encouraged to recognise that it is an organisation that has the potential to make a difference.
From the CIB General Secretariat
STAND-INN Fourth Report
CIB is one of the partners of STAND-INN. This CIB News Article is a summary of the issue 4/07 of the STAND-INN Newsletter. Among others this issue brings together further case studies, continuing the series on sustainable housing and launching a new series on public procurement.
Forthcoming Meetings
W092 - Procurement Systems: International Conference - Building Across Borders, New Castle, Australia, 23-26 September 2007
This conference seeks to explore research and practice intersections between the traditional internal built environment disciplines (architecture, construction management, construction economics, property, facilities management) and the external traditional humanities disciplines (economics, business, sociology, law, design, linguistics, management).
CIB Co-Sponsored: International Symposium on Integrated Design Solutions / Building Information Modelling, Brussels, Belgium, 3 October 2007
Building information management or intelligent design systems are both covering the world of virtual reality and its applications on construction design and project management. They are considered as the final solution for the management of all the information related to the complex world of building construction.
RC2007 The Challenge of Crossing Boundaries, Copenhagen - Malmö, 9-10 October 2007
With the experience and understanding of more than fourty international speakers from business, government and research bodies the conference will address how the construction industry can rise to challenges of clients with ever-growing expectations, globalisation and more complex buildings, while creating more value for all stakeholders through innovation and crossing boundaries.
W102 - Information and Knowledge Management - Helping the Practitioner in Planning and Building, Stuttgart, Germany, 17-18 October 2007
Against the background of their shared interests in promoting the transfer of research results and specialist information into practice, this conference is co-organised by Fraunhofer IRB, the Information Centre for Planning and Building of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (Germany) and CSTB, the Centre for Science and Technology in Building Construction (France), on behalf of CIB W102.
CIB Co-Sponsored: 2nd International Conference "World of Construction Project Management", Delft, The Netherlands, 24-26 October 2007
This conference provides the opportunity to share, examine and discuss the latest techniques with an international group of experts. Among the topics of the conference are: Global construction; Sustainability in construction; Trends in technology; Education; Information, communication and knowledge technology in construction; and Infrastructure renewal.
CIB Co-Sponsored: Conference on Sustainable Building South-East Asia (SB07SEA), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 5-7 November 2007
This conference will be hosted by the Malaysian Ministry of Energy, Water & Communication. It is part of the SB07 series of regional conferences to be held worldwide in 2007 under the patronage of UNEP, CIB and iiSBE. In line with the vision of Green Building Mission Malaysia, launched by The Prime Minister of Malaysia, this conference strives to bring construction stakeholders in the region to share and exchange information.
CIB Co-Sponsored: SB07 Taipei - International Conference on Sustainable Building 2007, Taipei, 9-11 November 2007
The SB07 Taipei conference is a part of 2007 international serial conference organized by iiSBE and CIB in different regions of the world. The main focus of these conferences is to reflect regional differences and characteristics on the design and construction of Sustainable Buildings. The central theme of the conference is: Green Building + Symbiosis = Sustainable Building.
CIB Co-Sponsored: SB07 MED&EXPO "Towards a low-carbon city", Athens, Greece, 10-12 January 2008
The event is initiated and co-ordinated by the SD-MED Network, a Hellenic-French and International initiative aiming at promoting and developing scientific and technical co-operation between players at various different levels and between civil society agencies actively involved in sustainable construction and sustainable city fields in the Mediterranean region.
CIB Co-Sponsored: 4th International i-Rec Conference 2008, Christchurch, New Zealand, 30 April - 2 May 2008
The conference about Building Resilience and will focus on several key areas that contribute to reconstruction: Project management and stakeholder participation in reconstruction; Legal and policy frameworks for reconstruction; Finance and resources for reconstruction; Urban planning and design for post-disaster reconstruction; Education and training for reconstruction.
W084 - Building Comfortable Environments for All: International Research Meeting: Building Comfortable and Liveable Environments for All, Atlanta, USA, 15-16 May 2008
The meeting will address the widest range of needs to the majority of our global population regardless of age, abilities and culture in both developed and developing countries. One of the meeting's objectives is to present and demonstrate how research and innovation can be used to help all countries address current and future demands of building inclusive environments for all. The meeting will bring together an international audience mostly of academics, researchers, educators and policy-makers.
W070 - Facilities Management and Maintenance: Achieving Healthy and Creative Facilities - Second Call for Papers, Edinburgh, Scotland, 16-18 June 2008
The main theme of the conference is: "Achieving Healthy and Creative Facilities". Among the related key conference themes are: Enabling creative and innovative environments; Achieving healthy environments through FM; Exploring environment-behaviour as an FM tool; and Asset Maintenance in Management.
New Publications
W078 - Information Technology for Construction: Bringing ITC Knowledge to Work
These are the Proceedings of the 2007 CIB 24th W078 Conference. The programme included panel sessions with recognised keynote speakers and addressed topics like: Industry Experiences and Challenges; Building Information Models; and Virtual Reality.
Encouraged Journals
Building Research and Information: Special Issue - Next Generation Sustainable Construction
This special issue of Building Research and Information is devoted to examining the future of sustainable construction, more precisely, how it is evolving and where it might expect it to be in the next few decades. For the purpose of this special issue, sustainable construction may best be defined as how the construction industry together with its product the ‘built environment’ can contribute to the sustainability of the earth including its human and non-human inhabitants.
Open House International, Volume 32, Issue 2: Architecture in the Digital Age
The journal focuses on decision-making processes, which enable the various disciplines dealing with built environment to understand the dynamics of development, and housing and so contribute more effectively to it. A recent special OHI issue (Volume 32 – no.2) “Architecture in the Digital Age: The effect of digital media on the design, production and evaluation of the built environment” aimes to provide a forum for debate arising from findings as well as theory and methodologies.
Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering (CACAIE): Special Issue - Call for Papers "Computational Intelligence in Structural Engineering and Mechanics"
This article is about a special issue of the journal Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering devoted to Computational Intelligence in Structural Engineering and Mechanics. For new personal subscriptions, CIB Members are offered a 25% reduction.
Student Chapters
Winner CIB Gyula Sebestyén Student Chapter Award 2007
This news article describes a project by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University which won the CIB Student Chapter Award 2007. Objectives of the project are: re-develop the SPIRIT System by using Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, a new platform provided by Microsoft for application development; integrate the SPIRIT System with the CIB Young Researchers Network (YRN) concept in order to get the full benefits in two ways: a virtual track and a physical track; and attract new CIB Student Chapters by promoting SPIRIT and YRN.
Student Chapter Workshop in conjunction with the SB07 Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, 12-14 September 2007
The report presents an overview of the actions and results of the CIB Student Chapters Workshop which took place in conjunction with the SB07 Conference in Lisbon. This workshop was intended as the first event from the “Young Researchers Network” (created in 2006), and was organized by the TU Lisbon CIB Student Chapter.
Members Section Full Member Profile
Fraunhofer Information Centre for Planning and Building IRB, Stuttgart, Germany
Fraunhofer-Informationszentrum Raum und Bau IRB, the Information Centre for Planning and Building of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, is one of its 56 institutes and Germany’s central facility for national and international knowledge transfer in planning and building. It provides technical, planning and economic information from research and practice in the specialist fields of civil engineering, architecture, building design, building law and industry, town planning, housing and spatial planning as well as monument preservation. IRB hosts the upcoming CIB W102 Conference and the ICONDA®CIBlibrary database of papers and publications.