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Newsletter 2009 - 4

From the CIB Partners
CIB Partnership with UNEP SBCI Sustainable Buildings & Construction Initiative
As per the beginning of 2009 CIB engaged in an official partnership with the Sustainable Building and Construction Initiative of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP).
From the CIB Management
95th Board Meeting, Shanghai, 20-21 April 2009
This is a brief report from the 95th Board Meeting that was held in Shanghai, China PR in April 2009. Points of discussion included mid-term review strategy implementation, priority themes, marketing and communication, investment and growth (IfG) and the CIB World Building Congress 2010.
Introducing New Board Members
The CIB General Assembly at its meeting on 20 April 2009 in Shanghai, China elected two new Board Members for the remainder of the 2007-2010 term:Mr. Chris Kane, Strategy, Innovation and Quality Manager at BRANZ - Building Research Association of New Zealand and Mr. Nikolaj Th. Tolstoy, BOVERKET - National Board of Housing, Building and Planning.
Priority Themes
Portal for SB10/11 Conference News
The portal provides information on all SB10 and SB11 Conferences, their locations, dates, the contacts and their designated websites. The conference series is being coordinated by CIB on behalf of CIB, iiSBE and UNEP.
Forthcoming Meetings
W115 - Construction Materials Stewardship: CMS 2009 - International Conference and Annual Meeting, Enschede, The Netherlands, 12-15 June 2009
During the conference state of the art papers will be presented regarding life cycle design of buildings, systems and materials. An Industry day will be organized together with the Innovation Platform Twente and its subgroup IDF (Industrial Demountable and Flexible buildings).
W101 - Spatial Planning and Infrastructure Development: Urban Infrastructure and Land Use Control, Tokyo, Japan, 13 June 2009
The topics at this W101 Workshop are: Provision of Public Services and Land Use Control; Public Transport Revival and Development Control; Smart Management of Urban Infrastructure in Shrinking Era; and Regulation and Deregulation on Urban Land Use, Success and Failure.
W116 - Smart and Sustainable Built Environment: SASBE2009 - 3rd International Conference on Smart and Sustainable Built Environments, Delft, The Netherlands, 15-19 June 2009
On 16 June Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander will open the conference, which will bring great keynotes by Dirk Sijmons, Ken Yeang, Michael Braungart, Wubbo Ockels, Sir David King and Ronald Waterman plus invited speeches by, for example, Jon Kristinson, John Worthington and Sven-Erik Jorgensen.
W102 - Information and Knowledge Management in Building: 5th Conference, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, 17-19 June 2009
W102 has TIC 2009 as a parallel event, a Brazilian seminar that has been establishing itself as a reference for the discussion on IT applied to construction. Two joint sessions are planned; one as the opening session and the other dedicated to knowledge management systems in construction.
26th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction (ISARC2009), Austin, Texas, USA, 24-27 June 2009
This symposium is a gathering of researchers, academics and practitioners interested in the use of automation and robotic technologies for planning and executing construction projects. The Symposium will be co-located with the 2009 ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering.
Tsinghua Summer School for International Construction and Property 2009: Succeed in China - Institutions and Management Practices, Beijing, China, 13-24 July 2009
This summer school is a training program that targets audiences from around the globe who are keen to understand the institutional environment and best practices to implement architecture, engineering, construction, and development projects in China.
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” 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.
W055 - Building Economics/W065 - Organisation and Management of Construction: Construction Facing Worldwide Challenges, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 27 Sept.-1 Oct. 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.
W110 - Informal Settlements and Affordable Housing: Meeting in conjunction with the 10th International Conference on CONPAT2009, Valparaíso, Chile, 29 Sept.-2 Oct. 2009
This is a meeting in conjunction with the 10th International Conference on CONPAT 2009. The theme of the conference is "Rehabilitation of Structures and Construction". The topic for the meeting papers is: Informal Settlements and Affordable Housing.
W065 - Organisation and Management of Construction: Special Track CIB World Building Congress 2010, Salford Quays, United Kingdom, May 2010
This special track is about ideas, which encourage dialogue as to what are the necessary disruptive trends for research and practice in the organisation and management of construction over the next five to ten years. Papers are invited on new theory, research and methods.
TG65 - Small Firms in Construction: Special Track CIB World Building Congress 2010, Salford Quays, United Kingdom, May 2010
Papers are invited on, but not limited to: innovation clusters made up of small construction firms; networks and supply chains between small construction firms; entrepreneurship in small construction firms; and academia-industry engagement with small construction firms.
TG63 - Disasters and the Built Environment: Special Track CIB World Building Congress 2010, Salford Quays, United Kingdom, May 2010
Papers invited may include among others: Restoration and rehabilitation of major infrastructure; Construction project management for post-disaster reconstruction; Assessment of disaster-related damage; Building resilience auditing; and Disaster risk reduction activities.
CIB World Building Congress 2010 - Building a Better World, Salford Quays, United Kingdom, 10-13 May 2010
A series of joint challenges for the CIB Congress have been set with international partner organisations like WHO, OECD and ECTP. These focus on how we can maximise the positive role of the built environment on a number of significant issues.
W102 - Information and Knowledge Management: Special Track CIB World Building Congress 2010, Salford Quays, United Kingdom, May 2010
As part of the CIB World Congress there will be a Special Track on "Managing Information and Knowledge Management in Turbulent and Uncertain Environments". The primary focus of this track is to present research and practice, theories, and findings in this area.
W110 - Informal Settlements and Affordable Housing: Special Track CIB World Building Congress 2010, Salford Quays, United Kingdom, May 2010
CIB Working Commission W110 on Informal Settlements and Affordable Housing, is organising a special track, of which the topic is: Informal Settlements and Affordable Housing. All W110 members are invited to submit a paper.
New Publications
Proceedings of the third International Conference on Concrete and Development, Tehran
The conference included 123 papers, of which 17 in Persian and 106 in English. Topics included: Materials; Concrete Structures Analysis and Design; Construction Technology and Implementation Methods; Seismic Evaluation and Rehabilitation; and Durability and Evaluation.
W096 - Architectural Management: International Research and Practice
The book looks back at over a decade of research into architectural management, considers the present challenges and opportunities, and also looks to the future. It provides a review of earlier work and developments as well as setting the theme for new research areas.
W110 - Informal Settlements and Affordable Housing: Sustainable - Slum Upgrading in Urban Area
Papers in these free downloadable Proceedings cover among others: sustainable concept of planning, housing policy and approach for slum upgrading in urban area and stakeholders role in transfer of information, technology and empowerment to the community to improve lives in urban slum area.
Encouraged Journals
International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment
Coverage is international and includes (but is not limited to): disaster prevention, mitigation, response and reconstruction; restoration of major infrastructure and rehabilitation; and construction project management for post‐disaster reconstruction.
Student Chapters
Sebestyén Future Leaders Award - Call for Proposals 2008/2009
This replaces the Sebestyen Student Chapter Award. The new name emphasizes that the purpose of the Award is to expose future leaders of the building sector to the latest developments in building research, so that later they will understand the value of supporting good research.
Hungarian CIB Student Chapter Conference, Budapest, Hungary, 27 March 2009
The Hungarian CIB Student Chapter is a national Student Chapter, consisting of 5 Member Universities. It was established at the end of 2007. It will organise a 2-3 day international conference next year in Hungary with participation of Student Chapters in other universities.
Texas Student Chapter Research Competition
In order to foster research in the Built and Human Environment, the “Texas A&M University Post Graduate Built-Environment Research Chapter” (PGR-CIB) created a post-graduate journal quality, peer reviewed research competition. The article reports on the competition winners and future plans.
Members Section Full Member Profile
Shenzhen Institute of Building Research (IBR), Beijing, China PR
The Shenzhen Institute of Building Research (IBR) is the comprehensive science & technology research institute for buildings and urban development with provided services including: research & consultation, building design, project quality inspection etc.
Members Section New Members
Members Section New Members
Since the previous article on new CIB Members last April we have installed 8 new Members: 1 Full Member, 1 Associate Member and 6 Individual Members. Both the Full Member and Associate Member are Universities.