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Newsletter 2008 - 7

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TG74 - New Production and Business Models in Construction: Introducing a new Task Group
The philosophy of the Task Group is to focus on and respond to the necessity for a strong, coherent, international research strategy to address PBMC theory within the built environment disciplines. The dissipative characteristics of built environment disciplines offer a wealth of opportunities to explore the roles that PBMC can assume in addressing current problems.
TG75 - Engineering Studies on Traditional Constructions: Introducing a new Task Group
A large part of the world's population lives in vernacular or traditional houses that are built of adobe, brick, earth, stone and wood, that are non-engineered and that are extra vulnerable to earthquakes. This also applies to most historical constructions. Against this background the Task Groups aims to enhance the insight of the world's engineering community in the design and construction principles involved.
W096 - Architectural Management/TG49 - Architectural Engineering: Report on the Joint Conference Design Management in the Architectural Engineering and Construction Sector
The theme of the conference was ‘Design Management in the Architectural Engineering and Construction Sector’ with specific emphasis on the practical challenges of implementing design management tools and techniques.
W104 - Open Building Implementation/W110 - Informal Settlements and Affordable Housing: Report of Joint Conference on Education for an Open Architecture held in October 2008
The conference enabled participants to work together on teaching methods for an open architecture. Open Architecture concerns at least three main principles: change; the idea of levels; and the recognition that the built environment comes into being and transforms by way of distributed design.
From the CIB General Secretariat
ICONDA®Bibliographic - The International CONstruction DAtabase
ICONDA®Bibliographic is one of the worldwide most comprehensive systems for retrieval of planning & building related publications. The database was first launched in 1986. ICONDA®Bibliographic provides in its more than 700000 bibliographical records: Bibliographical source information; Keywords and/or abstracts in English language; Links to the full text or ordering information, if available (presently, more than 83000 URLs).
Forthcoming Meetings
W055 - Building Economics/W065 - Organisation and Management of Construction: 13th International Symposium "Transformation Through Construction", Dubai, UAE, 15-17 November 2008
The event will be a major gathering of Construction Researchers and Industry in a part of the world where construction is leading the transformation of the region. Major globally significant construction projects will be the subject of technical visits and it is the vision of the symposium organisers to involve the Construction Industry in the symposium.
TG72 - Public Private Partnership: Workshop on Revamping PPP's, Hong Kong, China PR, 28 February 2009
The ‘Revamping PPP’ Workshop will help to revisit and rethink PPP based on past lessons learned, as well as present and potential imperatives; and to move forward to more realistic appraisals of potential PPPs, and higher ‘holistic success’ levels in projects chosen for PPP.
W108 - Climate Change and the Built Environment: 8th Workshop and Meeting, Milano, Italy, 26-27 March 2009
The meeting addresses adaptation to climate excessive events and mitigation strategies, adaptation and mitigation policies and the transfer of knowledge for policy makers about effective strategies developed by research. The meeting will put specific emphasis on the need of tools suitable for putting policies into practice.
W110 - Informal Settlements and Affordable Housing: Conference on Sustainable Slum Upgrading in Urban Areas, Surakarta, Java, Indonesia, 16 April 2009
The conference is intended to explore and sharing knowledge, information, concept and strategy in improvement of lives for slum dwellers. The main themes of the conference is: Sustainable Slum Upgrading in Urban Areas.
TG57 - Industrialisation in Construction: Conference on Innovative Design and Construction Technologies - Building Complex Shapes and Beyond, Milano, Italy, 6-7 May 2009
This international conference wants to give the state of the art of innovative design and construction technologies, from the point of view of all the operators that deal with new types of building, from architect, to suppliers to clients. Among the conference topics are: Design, morphology and complex shapes; and Engineering and computational methods.
W084 - Building Comfortable Environments for All: Accessibility and Safety for All, Thessaloniki, Greece, 7-8 May 2009
The principal topics of the Conference are: Legislation and Standards, Escape of Disable People in Emergencies, Sports, Recreation and Accessible Environments, Education and Training, Universal Design at the Urban Scale, Accessibility and Usability of Modern Technology, Accessibility in Transportation, Case Studies.
CMS2009: CIB W115 International Conference on Construction Materials Stewardship "Life Cycle Design of Buildings, Systems and Materials", Enschede, The Netherlands, 12-15 June 2009
The physical impact of increasing building mass in industrialised nations and developing world has become undeniable in 21st century. The appetite for raw materials and landfill sites, as well as acceleration of the changing demands by users clearly indicates that a fundamental change in the way buildings are designed and constructed is needed.
SASBE2009 - 3rd International Conference on Smart and Sustainable Built Environments, Delft, The Netherlands, 15-19 June 2009
The emphasis at SASBE conferences is on an integrated approach via different disciplines and different scales. It focuses on smart solutions for the built environment in a changing climate. It therefore supports a positive attitude, using climate change and limited resources as a stimulus for better planning, design and construction, and the development of sustainable real estate and clean and effective technology, cradle to cradle.
TG59 - People in Construction: 1st Announcement & Call for Papers "People in Construction" Conference, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, 12-14 July 2009
The conference provides a forum for researchers and practitioners from developed, developing and underdeveloped nations. The objectives of the conference include: to provide a forum for multi-disciplinary interaction between academics and practitioners; and to disseminate innovative and cutting edge practices.
Global Innovation in Construction Conference 2009 - Joint Conference of University of Loughborough and TG71 on Research and Innovation Transfer, 13-16 September 2009
“The Global Innovation in Construction Conference”, 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.
W055 - Building Economics & W065 - Organisation and Management of Construction: Joint International Symposium 2009: Construction Facing Worldwide Challenges, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 27 September - 1 October 2009
Among the conference themes are: Education and Training; Construction Performance; Economic Aspects of Construction; Information and Knowledge Management; Human Resource Management and Culture; Sustainable Construction; Management of SMEs; Academic and Industrial Collaboration; and Management and Economics of Complex Projects.
W078 - Information Technology for Construction: First Announcement and Call for Papers "Managing IT in Construction", Istanbul, Turkey, 1-3 October 2009
The conference will bring together international experts from academic and industrial communities to create an environment for the exchange of their research, experience and best practice and to debate future strategies and solution in order to manage construction for tomorrow.
CIB Co-Sponsored: Changing Roles: New Roles - New Challenges, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 4-9 October 2009
The purpose of the conference is to bring together architects, construction professionals, researchers and students to meet and discuss from a broad perspective how recent developments in building and construction influence and alter the roles of the participants in the building industry. Special attention will be given to the changing role of clients, managing specialists, architectural designers, engineers, consultants, and contractors.
W107 - Construction in Developing Countries: International Symposium on Construction in Developing Economies: Commonalities among Diversities, Penang, Malaysia, 5-7 October 2009
The main symposium theme is "Commonalities among diversities". In connection with this, the themes are among others: Information, Communication and Technology Management; Knowledge management; Innovation in construction; Risk management; Resource and organisation management; and Quality Management.
CIB Co-Sponsored: International Conference: Green Building Toward Eco-City 2009, Taipei, 11-14 October 2009
In order to respond to the greater challenge of global environmental change that lies ahead, this conference calls for cross-disciplinary solutions, successful practices, community actions, joint efforts, and creative ideas to elicit innovative green building schemes and to enrich the way connecting green building initiatives to eco-city development.
W099 - Safety and Health in Construction: Working Together: Planning, Designing and Building a Healthy and Safe Construction Industry, Melbourne, Australia, 21-23 October 2009
This conference reflects the recognition that the consideration of occupational health and safety should commence well before construction work begins on site. To successfully achieve this will require a more collaborative approach to the management of projects and the development of a genuine and shared commitment to occupational health and safety among all industry stakeholders.
W096 - Architectural Management: International Symposium 2009 Taiwan, Tainan, Taiwan, 2-3 November 2009
The symposium aims to discover applications of architectural management in the past, to discuss its present worldwide condition as well as to anticipate and to plan for the future role of architectural management. The symposium will serve as a meeting ground of experts from around the world and will be an opportunity for them to share their experiences, problems and the solutions they have responded with, especially the solutions utilizing state-of-the-art technology.
CIB World Building Congress 2010 - Building a Better World.. - First Call for Papers, Salford Quays, United Kingdom, 10-13 May 2010
The Congress will include high profile presentations by leading authorities and thought leaders, trend reports, perspectives on a range of markets and the latest academic papers from every corner of the global built environment research community.
New Publications
W096 - Architectural Management/TG49 - Architectural Engineering: Design Management in the Architectural Engineering and Construction Sector (CIB Publication No. 319)
75 abstracts were received from around the globe. In the free downloadable proceedings these are grouped in four themes: Collaborative Design Management, Integration of Design and Engineering Knowledge, Lean Design Management, and The Design Manager’s role.
W115 - Construction Materials Stewardship: The Status Quo in Selected Countries (CIB Publication No. 318)
This free downloadable publication focuses on various aspects of Construction Materials Stewardship such as: Renewable Energy; Construction Waste Recycling Law; Life Cycle Costing; Construction Waste; Waste as Source; Closed Loop Recycling; Deconstruction; and Transformable and Adaptable Buildings.
Encouraged Journals
Introduction New CIB Encouraged Journal - Call for Papers: International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment
This journal aims to develop the skills and knowledge of the built environment professions and other professions working in disaster mitigation and reconstruction, so that they may strengthen their capacity in strategic and practical aspects of disaster preparedness, rehabilitation and reconstruction to mitigate the effects of disasters nationally and internationally.
The Ecobuildings cluster supports the development and the dissemination of new approaches to sustainable and energy-efficient buildings, their design, construction and operation both in new and refurbished form. It consists of three projects: INTECO BUILD, Smart-ECO and ECO-BUILD.
Smart-ECO - Sustainable Smart Eco-Buildings in the EU: Second Project Report - The Vision
Smart-ECO is an EU funded 2,5 year programme in which CIB is one of the programme partners. It focusses on the uptake of innovations that enable the Building and Construction sector to meet the requirements of Sustainable Development. This second Report from the Smart-ECO programme is about developing a consensus based Smart-ECO Vision.
Student Chapters
SASBE2009 Sustainability Challenge - CIB Student Competition
The challenge is to propose a concept for a living area or single home that produces sustainable energy that equals out energy consumption. This includes energy for mobility, operation of buildings, product and food production, etcetera. The setting is an urban environment with different means of transport (private and public).
Texas A&M University Post-Graduate Built-Environment Research Chapter (PGR)
The Texas A&M University chapter is organized by and for Graduate and PhD students and candidates who are in good academic standing, who along with faculty, are typically regarded as staff researchers. It will facilitate collaboration with the local and global research community and industry.
Members Section New Members
Welcome to New Members
Since the previous article on new CIB Members last August we have installed 12 new Members: 2 Full Members, 3 Associate Members and 7 Individual Members. The 5 applications for Full and Associate Members are the following types of organisations: one is a research Institute and the other four are Universities.