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Newsletter 2008 - 4

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TG71 - Research and Innovation Transfer: Introducing the new Task Group
Main objectives of the new Task Group include: to identify new models for research and innovation diffusion between the research community and industry and to examine the interaction between business organisations and the academic community and the mechanisms for effective dissemination.
W089 - Building Research and Education: Report of the International Conference on Building Education and Research (BEAR)
BEAR 2008 was a landmark gathering for international academics, practitioners, professionals and policy makers concerned with the future of built environment education and research. The theme of the 2008 conference was to promote built environment related education and research towards a more expansive view of the life cycle of infrastructure projects.
W099 - Safety and Health in Construction: Conference Report of the International Conference "Evolution of and Directions in Construction Safety and Health", March 2008
An observation made at the Conference was that the safety and health problems facing specific countries do not appear to be unique, further validating the value of maintaining interactions on a global scale. It was also noted how many developing countries have quickly become sophisticated in matters related to construction safety and health, i.e., we are all speaking the same language when it comes to construction safety and health.
W099 - Safety and Health in Construction: Introducing the new Coordinator Alistair Gibb
The CIB Programme Committee appointed Professor Alistair Gibb, Loughborough University, United Kingdom as the new Coordinator of CIB W099 on Safety and Health in Construction. His recent projects have concentrated on occupational health issues. Since 1994 he has been the project director of the European Construction Institute's Safety, Health and Environment task force. He has been a core member of W099 for more than ten years. He is looking forward to continuing this involvement as Coordinator.
W116 - Smart and Sustainable Built Environment: Introducing the new Joint Coordinator Andy van den Dobbelsteen
The CIB Programme Committee appointed Dr. Andy van den Dobbelsteen, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands as the new joint Coordinator of CIB W116 on Smart and Sustainable Built Environment. He is Associate Professor and representative for the Sustainability research plan at the Faculty of Architecture, Climate Design & Sustainability.
From the CIB Management
Introducing New Board Members
The CIB General Assembly on 1 April 2008, in São Paulo, Brazil, elected two new Board Members for the remainder of the 2007-2010 term. Prof. Fatemi Aghda, President of BHRC, Iran succeeds Dr. Ghessam Heidarinejad who was his predecessor at BHRC. Mr Dharampal Negi, Chief Executive Officer at NBO in India replaces Prof. Babu who was the former Director of NBO, India.
From the CIB General Secretariat
CIB Vacany Redefined: Assistant Secretary General and Sustainable Building Conference Coordinator: Invitation to Apply
This is an invitation to apply for a three year position at the CIB Secretariat, which is a combination of the position of CIB Assistant Secretary General, internal CIB Coordinator of activities related to Sustainable Construction and Coordinator on behalf of CIB, iiSBE and UNEP of the 2010-2011 SB - Sustainable Building Conference Series.
CIB Commissions' Overview
The following two CIB Commissions have been dissolved: TG43 - Megacities; and W060 - Performance Concept in Building. The following Commission has been established: TG71 - Research and Innovation Transfer.
Priority Themes
CIB Theme: IDS - Integrated Design Solutions: First Introduction
The CIB Board approved the new Priority Theme "Integrated Design Solutions". The proposed first phase is to form a small preparation group, which will prepare the action plan, organize workshops and activate different CIB commissions to initiate necessary sub-groups and particiapte in the IDS work. VTT will organize an IDS Conference in Finland, 10-12 June 2009.
Revaluing Construction 2007 - Crossing Boundaries: Conference Report
The ambition of Revaluing Construction 2007 - Crossing Boundaries was to show that integration across multiple boundaries is one of the most powerful means of improving both the internal performance and the external perceptions of the construction industry. These crossings offer a range of new challenges and promising opportunities for business, policy and research.
Sustainable Construction - Request for Proposals for Hosting a Sustainable Building Conference
On behalf of CIB, iiSBE (the international initiative for Sustainable Built Environments) and UNEP, CIB Member organisations are invited to submit a proposal to host a conference in the next triennial Sustainable Building Conference Series. This can either be a Regional Conference in 2010 or the concluding Global one in 2011.
Forthcoming Meetings
W051 - Acoustics: Commission Meeting on Acoustics, in conjunction with a meeting of ISO-TC42, Borås, Sweden, 26 May 2008
With this meeting, W051 re-affirms the commitment to promoting acoustics in the construction sector and to increase the networking and information exchange between the different members. It should provide a position statement on the current state of national and international developments in building acoustics and to identify issues that currently require consideration.
Joint CIB Conference of W102 - Information and Knowledge Management in Building and W096 - Architectural Engineering "Improving Performance", Helsinki, Finland, 3-4 June 2008
The conference will have parallel sessions centered around the following themes: Knowledge Based Performance Improvement; Architectural Design Management and Knowledge; Role of Client in the Construction Process; Risk Management; Adaptation of Knowledge Management in Organisations; and Knowledge management Tools.
25th International Workshop by W078 Computer Integrated Construction: Improving the Management of Construction Projects Through IT Adoption, Santiago, Chile, 15-17 July 2008
The workshop theme 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.
SASBE2009: Joint CIB W116/W115/W108 3rd International Conference on Smart and Sustainable Built Environment, Delft, The Netherlands, 15-19 June 2009
The third SASBE2009 Conference will focus on: Climate change; Policy and process; Developing regions; Sustainable design; Building for transformation; Smart technology; Closing cycles; and Green manufacturing and construction.
W102 - Information and Knowledge Management in Building: Deconstructing Babel: Sharing Global Construction Knowledge, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, 17-19 June 2009
The conference's main interest lies in discussing and publicizing the advancements in theoretical and practical applications for the information and knowledge management in the civil construction space. In 2009 the event’s main focus is on the issue of integration among different languages and domains.
CIB Co-Sponsored: 10th International Conference CONPAT2009, Valparaiso, Chile, 29 September-2 October 2009
This is CONPAT 2009: the Congress of Construction, Pathology, Quality Control, and Rehabilitation of Structures and Construction. Congress topics include: Pathology of construction materials; Historical heritage; Sustainability of construction; Durability of construction materials; Informal settlements; and Construction management.
First Announcement: CIB World Building Congress 2010, Salford, United Kingdom, 10-13 May 2010
The Congress is an opportunity for the CIB community to gather together and take stock on major issues, whilst also enjoying the opportunity to interact on a broader front than is normal for WC/TG meetings. The broad theme will be around construction delivering value to society. It will be made broad enough to include the full range of technical, social and managerial topics from within CIB, but will provide some focus to help in the development of joint activities within the Congress.
New Publications
W111 Research Report: Usability of Workplaces - Phase 2
The work reported in this publication is drawn from three case studies, five workshops and a one day research seminar. It focused on contextual issues that were seen to define the difference in applying usability to the built environment as opposed to other consumer products. The report contains a total of 8 papers set out in three sections: Concepts, theory and methods; Learning from cases; and Future directions.
Proceedings from the W084 Conference "Building Comfortable and Liveable Environments for All"
The main topics of the conference were: Harmonization of Legislation and Standards; Education and Training; Sports, Recreation and Accessible Environment; Technological Tools Supporting the Accessible Environment; Economic Issue of Accessibility; and Universal Design at the Urban Scale.
Conference Proceedings from International Conference on Building Education and Research (BEAR), February 2008, Sri Lanka
The proceedings of BEAR 2008 are available as a book of executive summaries with a total of 374 pages and as a CD-ROM consisting of full conference proceedings of full papers of keynotes and papers submitted to, peer reviewed and accepted for publication (over 1000 pages).
Proceedings of the International Conference 'SBSE07 Turin' on Sustainable Building South Europe held in June 2007, Turin, Italy
The focus of the conference was the state of the art of building practices in Southern Europe, exposing and discussing its weaknesses and strengths, while proposing new paths towards environmental, economical and social sustainability. The Proceedings contain 50 papers clustered under the following main topics: Building Assessment; Building Design; Building Renovation; Economy and Finance; Energy; LCA Building; LCA Materials; and Materials.
Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Durability of Building Materials and Components, Turkey, 2008
The intent of this conference was to gather information on and provide a forum for review and discussion of the most recent theoretical, experimental and field research work completed in the domain of "Globality and Locality in Durability". The proceedings are available in four volumes: 1) Durability of Building Materials I; 2) Durability of Building Materials II; 3) Durability of Systems and Components in Buildings and Response of Builting Elements to Environmental Loads; and 4) Responsive of Building Elements to Environmental Loads.
Encouraged Journals
Building Research & Information: Special Issue Developing Theories of the Built Environment
The publication of this special issue has endeavoured to promote an interdisciplinary discussion on theory in the built environment, with as purposes: to deepen our sensitivity towards the theoretical in our field, to promote a re-evaluation of the theoretical in research on the built environment, and to address the issues of requisite coverage and cohesion of theory for the diverse aspects of the built environment.
ITcon: Special Issue - Call for Papers "Next Generation Construction IT: Technology Foresight, Future Studies, Roadmapping, and Scenario Planning"
This issue will feature papers on the following topics: Value-Driven Business Processes; Industrialised Production; Digital Models; Intelligent Constructions; Interoperability; Collaboration Support; Knowledge Sharing; Next Generation Business Models; and Energy Efficiency and Sustainability.
Open House International: CIB Members Discounted Subscription Rates
The Journal’s aim is to improve the quality of built environment through encouraging greater sharing of decision making by ordinary people, and to develop the necessary institutional frameworks, which will support the local initiatives of parties in the housing process.
Members Section New Members
Welcome to New Members
Since the previous article on new CIB Members last April we have installed 4 new Members: 3 Associate Members and 1 Individual Member. Of the Associate Members one is from Industry, the other two are Universities.