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Newsletter 2009 - 2

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TG53 - Postgraduate Research Training in Building and Construction: Progress Report
Given the importance of appropriate research training in the built environment field and based upon its progress, the Task Group has been awarded a mandate extension. Planned activities include meetings and workshops and a major publication on good practice guidelines.
TG61 - Benchmarking Construction Performance Data/W117 - Performance Measurement in Construction: Task Group Upgrade into Working Commission
This upgrade will bring a sense of permanency within a group keen for developing the area of Benchmarking Construction Performance data further. The programme includes a living database of performance metrics, methodologies and results available online and a designated journal.
W055 - Building Economics: Introducing a new Joint Coordinator
Prof. Dr. Les Ruddock, University of Salford, United Kingdom, was appointed Joint Coordinator of CIB W055. Les Ruddock is Professor of Construction and Property Economics. The former TG56 - Macroeconomics for Construction, of which he was Coordinator, merged with W055.
W069 - Housing Sociology: Report of the Conference held in June 2008 in Tallinn, Estonia
The theme for the W069 Conference was ‘Ways of Residing in Trans-disciplinary Focus’. Topics discussed included residential preferences and lifestyles; innovation bound to time-space and cultural challenges; and residential heritage and the respective strategic responses; residential policies and sustainability.
W112 - Culture in Construction: Introducing a new Joint Coordinator
Prof.Dr. Anita Liu, Loughborough University, United Kingdom, was appointed Joint Coordinator of W112 to succeed Prof. Richard Fellows. She is Professor of Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying at the Department of Civil and Building Engineering.
W112 - Culture in Construction: Report of the Conference held in November 2008 in Shanghai, China PR
The Theme of the conference was “Securing High Performance through Cultural Awareness and Dispute Avoidance”. The conference consisted of lively and informative discussions and debate. A special PC Commendation was handed over to the retiring Coordinator Professor Richard Fellows.
W114 - Earthquake Engineering and Buildings: Report from two International Workshops on Response Control and Seismic Isolation of Buildings for Earthquake Disaster Mitigation
This article includes reports on the Workshop on Response Control and Seismic Isolation of Buildings in Guangzhou, China, and the Workshop on Response Control and Seismic Isolation of Buildings for Earthquake Disaster Mitigation in Nanjing, China, both in November 2008.
W117 - Performance Measurement in Construction: Report of the Commission Meeting and 2009 Annual Best Value PBSRG Conference, February 2009
At the W117 Annual Meeting on February 9, 2009 attention was given to the TG61 accomplishments that includes: Research Tests in the Netherlands and in Botswana, and an international Journal and to the W117 Strategy that includes: a worldwide Center of Knowledge, and the creation of the "Young Guns".
Priority Themes
CIB-UN Contract on Procurement of Sustainable Buildings
UNEP and CIB have agreed to co-operate to prepare a Procurement Handbook for Sustainable Buildings. The Handbook will primarily address procurement conducted by the UN but should be relevant for buildings procurement in other public and private organizations as well.
Integrated Design Solutions: CIB IDS Priority Theme Takes Action
The IDS Priority Theme aims at speeding up adaptation of techniques and practices that guide traditional document-based work towards the use of integrated building information modelling (BIM). Aspects of People – Processes – Technology, must be borne in mind simultaneously.
Forthcoming Meetings
TG72 - Public Private Partnership: Revamping PPP's Symposium: From 'Revisiting and Rethinking' to 'Revamping and Revitalising' PPP's, Hong Kong, China PR, 28 February 2009
The Symposium will revisit and rethink PPP based on past lessons learned, present and potential imperatives; towards more realistic appraisals of potential PPP’s, and higher ‘holistic success’ levels in projects.
CIB Co-Sponsored: PATORREB 2009 - 3rd Conference on Building Pathology and Rehabilitation, Porto, Portugal, 18-20 March 2009
The aim is to stimulate reflection on construction pathology with attention for particular areas: responsibilities, guarantees and insurance; structural pathologies; hygrothermal behavior of buildings; costs resulting from poor quality, durability and diagnostic techniques.
Third International Conference on "Concrete and Development", Tehran, Iran, 27-29 April 2009
The aims of this conference include promoting civil engineering knowledge in the country, acquaintance with new technologies in the fields which are relevant to the concrete conference agenda and concrete structures and Interaction of scientific information and research findings at home and abroad.
SASBE2009 - 3rd International Conference on Smart and Sustainable Built Environments, Delft, The Netherlands, 15-19 June 2009
Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange, has notified the organisation of SASBE2009 of his intention to open the conference on Tuesday 16th of June 2009. The Crown Prince is known for his inspired involvement with matters of water management, climate adaptation and spatial planning.
International Conference: Changing Roles - New Roles; New Challenges, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 5-9 October 2009
The purpose of the CIB co-sponsored 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 influences and alters the roles of the participants in the building industry.
International Conference: Green Building Toward Eco-City 2009, Taipei, 11-14 October 2009
Papers are invited on a.o. the following topics: Green Building Policy and Initiative, Building and Energy Saving, Water Resources and Ecological Environment, Waste Reduction, Indoor Environment Quality, Evaluation System and Tools, and Eco-technology and Program Planning Theories.
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. The final key dates for submissions of abstracts are now available. This includes 2nd March as the closing date for abstract submission.
Special Track CIB World Building Congress for TG74 - New Production and Business Models in Construction, May 2010
Papers and posters are invited for special track on new production and business models in construction at the CIB World Congress 2010. The focus of this track is to present research and practices and share philosophies, theories, and findings in the area of innovative offsite construction.
TG53 - Postgraduate Research Training in Building and Construction: Postgraduate Researchers in the Built Environment, Salford, United Kingdom, 10-13 May 2010
As part of the CIB World Congress 2010 a stream of activities dedicated for Postgraduate Researchers in the Built and Human Environment will be held under the coordination of the CIB TG53, bringing together the International Postgraduate community to present and discuss their research.
Special Track CIB World Building Congress for W117 - Performance Measurement in Construction, May 2010
Papers are invited for a special track on “Advancements in performance measurement in construction” at the CIB World Congress 2010. The primary focus of this track is to present research and practice, theories, and findings on: Advancements in Performance Measurement in Construction.
W098 - Intelligent and Responsive Buildings: Sustainable Healthy Intelligent Buildings for the Future, Salford, United Kingdom, 10-13 May 2010
CIBSE/IB group and CIB W098 are inviting abstracts and papers under the theme “Sustainable Healthy Intelligent Buildings for the Future”. Selected peer reviewed papers will be published in a special issue of the journal Intelligent Buildings International.
New Publications
W018 - Timber Structures: Proceedings of the 41st Meeting, August 2008, St. Andrews, Canada
11 topics are covered in the list of contents with a new topic on sustainability: Structural Design Codes; Sustainability; Test Methods; Fire; Structural Stability; Laminated Members; Timber Beams; Timber Joint and Fasteners; Stresses for Solid Timber; Stress Grading; and Limit State Design.
W062 - Water Supply and Drainage: Proceedings of the 34th International Symposium, September 2008
The conference Proceedings collected forty-three technical papers on water demands and consumptions, hot water system designs, water quality, water system planning and standardization, testing and evaluations for drainage systems, modelling, sustainable designs and planning.
Education for Open Architecture
These are the proceedings from the conference on teaching methods for an open architecture. There were lectures and in-depth discussion of peer-reviewed papers from W104 on Open Building Implementation and W110 on Informal Settlements and Affordable Housing.
W112 - Culture in Construction: Securing High Performance through Cultural Awareness and Dispute Avoidance
These proceedings from the conference in Shanghai, 2008 examine the subject areas of Culture, and dispute avoidance with a view to integrate the concept and procedures to enable improvement in performance. An important aspect of context for the conference is multi-national construction projects.
W056 - Sandwich Panels: Preliminary European Recommendations for the Testing and Design of Fastenings for Sandwich Panels
The European standard for sandwich panels covers requirements and verification methods for factory made sandwich panel products. These new and free downloadable recommendations update procedures for fastenings and extend the concept to include fastenings fixed in a face layer.
W051 - Acoustics, Meeting Report, 26 May 2008, Borås, Sweden
This is the free downloadable Report of the meeting of W051 - Acoustics. It contains amongst others copies of the presentations as given at the meeting on the following 4 topics: 1) Measurement Methods, 2) Requirements, 3) The Estimation of Acoustic Performance and 4) Building Guidelines.
Encouraged Journals
Facilities: Special issue on "Performance Measurement and Management" Call for Papers
The Facilities journal offers serious discussion of key issues to help managers, architects and others maximise building space resources. The focus of this special issue is to create a debate on the use and applicability of performance measurement and management and to assert its way forward.
Student Chapters
CIB-SASBE Student Competition Guidelines
The challenge contains the concept of an energy-producing urban environment or solitary house and all its features; a vision of the different energy sources; energy supply, demand, exchange and storage in time and space; and integration of latest available technology and ideas on sustainability.
Bulletin of the Student Chapter at the Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia
This Student Chapter has published its first Bulletin. It contains information on past activities, future activities, published papers and PhD and MSc research related to the Built Environment.
Members Section Personal News
Order of Australia Award for CIB Board Member John McCarthy
CIB Board Member John McCarthy became an Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of his outstanding achievement and service to the property and construction industry. John is the appointed Chair of the CIB MCC - Marketing and Communications Committee.
Members Section New Members
Welcome to New Members
Since the previous article on new CIB Members last December we have installed 8 new Members: 1 Full Member, 2 Associate Members and 5 Individual Members. Of the Full and Associate Members one is a Governmental Agency and the other two are Universities.