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Newsletter 2008 - 5

Around Commissions
TG66 - Energy and the Built Environment: Introducing the New Coordinator
The CIB Programme Committee appointed Mr. Jean Carassus from Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment (CSTB), Paris, France as the new Coordinator of CIB TG66 on Energy and the Built Environment. He is currently Director of the Economics and Human Sciences Department at CSTB.
TG72 - Public Private Partnership: Introducing a New Task Group
The CIB Programme Committee established a new Task Group: TG72 on Public Private Partnership, with Prof. Akintola Akintoye from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and Prof. Mohan Kumaraswamy from the University of Hong Kong as its Joint Coordinators. This article gives a short description of the Task Group and a brief introduction of the Coordinators.
W040 - Heat and Moisture Transfer in Building: Introducing the New Coordinator
The CIB Programme Committee appointed Professor Vasco Peixoto de Freitas, University of Porto in Portugal, as the Coordinator of CIB W040 on Heat and Moisture Transfer in Building. He is Full Professor and Director of the Building Physics Laboratory at the University of Porto, Portugal.
W086 - Building Pathology: Annual Meeting Report, Turkey, May 2007
Discussions focussed on the structure and guidelines of the new State of the Art Report on Building Pathology that among others will address: the history of building technologies through related building pathologies; methodology of investigation; causes; cases of failure; and related costs.
From CIB Co-Sponsored Events
Conference Report on Performance-Based Codes and Fire Safety Design Methods held in April 2008, Auckland, New Zealand
The 7th International Conference on Performance-Based Codes and Fire Safety Design Methods was held from April 16-18, 2008 in Auckland, New Zealand. Papers and presentations were from Australia, Canada, Chine, Finland, Hong Kong, Iceland, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Singapore, Sweden, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Forthcoming Meetings
W062 - Water Supply and Drainage: 34th International Symposium on Water Supply and Drainage for Buildings, Hong Kong, China, 8-10 September 2008
Topics in which papers are encouraged should include a.o.: management and maintenance of water systems, commissioning, non destructive techniques, water conditioning, health aspects; sustainable construction, water conservation, rainwater and grey water reuse; hydraulics of water systems in high-rise buildings.
W104 - Open Building Implementation: Education for an Open Architecture, Muncie, IN, United States, 19-22 October 2008
This conference will draw educators and practitioners from around the world to discuss challenges to architectural education resulting from a new reality that needs to be taken seriously: it is no longer suitable to design buildings for fixed functions.
W112 - Culture in Construction: Securing High Performance through Cultural Awareness and Dispute Avoidance, Shanghai, China, 21-23 November 2008
The International Conference provides a forum in which the latest developments and research relating to performance issues on Multi-National Projects may be disseminated to encourage a rich exchange of views and experiences. It will give insights on research findings and viewpoints on multi-cultural construction environments.
W089 - Building Research and Education: Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Conference 2009, Gainesville, Florida, United States, 1-4 April 2009
The Associated Schools of Construction 45th Annual International Conference will be held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of CIB W089 “Building Research and Education” and is hosted by the Rinker School of Building Construction at the University of Florida, USA.
CIB Co-Sponsored: 2009 26th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction (ISARC), Austin, Texas, United States, 24-27 June 2009
The University of Texas at Austin is the location for the 2009 26th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction (ISARC 2009). The symposium is a gathering of researchers, academics and practitioners interested in the use of automation and robotic technologies for planning, managing and executing construction projects.
TG71 - Research and Innovation Transfer: Joint Conference with the University of Loughborough, Loughborough, United Kingdom, 13-16 September 2009
The Global Innovation in Construction Conference will be a celebration of the contribution that academia and industry have jointly achieved through research and collaboration and an exploration of how research and innovation transfer will continue to develop. This conference will provide a platform to allow academic colleagues and their industrial partners to display and celebrate their achievements.
New Publications
Proceedings from the 7th International Conference on Performance-Based Codes and Fire Safety Design Methods
These proceedings contain 33 papers that were presented at the conference in the areas of performance-based codes or fire safety design methods. The proceedings are available on a CD-ROM, which contain full documentation of case studies design.
W099 - Safety and Health in Construction: Construction Safety
The journal Safety Science has published a series of articles on Construction Safety. The basis for this was a selection of best and most interesting papers presented at the CIB W099 Conference International Conference on Global Unity for Safety & Health in Construction, on 28-30 June 2006, Beijing, China. These selected papers have subsequently been rewritten into the articles of this special journal issue.
TG58 - Clients and Construction Innovation
“Clients Driving Innovation” brings together an international group of researchers and practitioners to investigate the role of clients in construction innovation. Written in three parts, it covers the context for innovation driven by clients, the client impact on the innovation process and how new ideas can be pushed through into practice. Numerous case studies illustrate the role clients can play and the key issues that need to be addressed.
Encouraged Journals
Introduction New CIB Encouraged Journal: Journal of Civil Engineering and Management
Journal of Civil Engineering and Management is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal, which provides an international forum for the dissemination of the latest original research, achievements and developments in all areas of civil engineering and management. The journal aims to provide a multidisciplinary forum for researches, designers, users and manufacturers involved in the different fields of civil engineering and management.
International Journal of Law in the Built Environment: Call for Papers
This Encouraged Journal is the official journal of Working Commission W113 - Law and Dispute Resolution. A broad range of substantive legal subject areas will be addressed within the journal with an emphasis on law and dispute resolution relating to construction, real estate, planning & development, the environment and housing. Articles comparing jurisdictions or offering cross-jurisdictional perspectives are most welcome.
Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction
The journal combines the disciplines of financial and managerial economics, risk management, econometrics, and accounting in property and construction contexts. Coverage includes a.o.: Project and corporate financing; Risk Management; Capital structure decisions and management; and Real estate property investment theory and practice.
ITcon: Special Issue - Call for Papers on Technology Strategies for Collaborative Working
This special issue aims to address technology strategies for collaborative working and create a platform for disseminating fundamental knowledge to practitioners, researchers and educators alike. Original contributions that stimulate thinking and help to further understand the appropriate application of technology strategies for collaborative working in construction are welcome.
Building Research & Information: Special Issue on Re-Defining Comfort
The papers in this special issue make explicit the theoretical underpinnings of how we understand comfort, and how these have evolved in the past. They make clear the role of manufacturers, designers, scientists and policy makers in generating current paradigms of comfort, enabling us to engage with the challenge of mitigating climate change head on. An effective lower carbon society must find new ways of thinking about the dynamic relationship between people, buildings and the wider environment.
Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering: Special Issue on Advances in Construction Automation, Call for Papers
Topics of interest include but are not limited to automated design, planning, simulation and scheduling in construction; construction robotics; computer-integrated construction; integration of design and construction; man-machine integration; computer vision; radio frequency identification tags; global positioning systems (GPS); and voice and handwriting recognition; visualization techniques; and virtual reality.
Student Chapters
2007 Annual Report of the HK PolyU Student Chapter of CIB
In the past year the HK PolyU Student Chapter has organised various activities for students, both national and international. Among others, on behalf of the CIB Board, the Student Chapter has successfully conducted a questionnaire survey on the current situation of the CIB Student Chapters all around the world.
The Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Surveying, Universiti Technologi Mara (UiTM), Malaysia
This new CIB Student Chapter has recently been approved by the CIB Board. The objectives of the Student Chapter are a.o. to encourage the development of the research interests of its members and to facilitate and promote joint research and academic exchange with other national and international CIB Student Chapters and the global research community.
Members Section Full Member Profile
Full Member Profile: Rambøll, Virum, Denmark
Rambøll is a leading knowledge-based company operating in a broad international context. They focus on the following markets, in which a contribution with innovation and development to the benefit of their clients and customers is made: culture & creativity; health & care; and living & working space.
Members Section New Members
Welcome to New Members
Since the previous article on new CIB Members last June we have installed 13 new Members: 6 Associate Members and 7 Individual Members. The 6 Associate Members are the following types of organisations: one is from Industry (Consultancy), one is a Governmental Buildings Agency and the other four are Universities.