World Trade Centre, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2005/06/15 - 2005/06/17
The need for innovative approaches to design and construction is now recognised by most sectors of the construction industry all over the world. As a main push for innovation in the design and construction the Internet is among the most significant ones. It is a change no less significant than the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries. Over the last two decades, information technologies and the Internet have been transforming the way companies do business, the way students learn, the way scientists carry out research and the way in which governments provide services to their citizens.
As a result, at the Lisbon Summit in March 2000, European heads of state and government recognised that Europe too must become a much more digital economy. Indeed, they set a new goal for the European Union — to become the most competitive knowledge-based society in the world by 2010. Further more at the global scale organizations such as CIB and CICE are also addressing aspects of innovation in the AEC sector.
In addition to the above, there is a considerable body of ongoing research work that is geared towards innovation in the design and construction processes in the building sector. The scope of these projects encompasses the use of innovative materials, innovative design concepts, innovative construction methods, novel procurement methods, innovative deployment of IT tools, etc. The aim of this conference, therefore, is to act as a focal point for the dissemination of the results from ongoing studies, applications and demonstration projects, both from scientific institutions, universities and the building industry, throughout the world. It is intended that the conference will bring together practitioners and researchers interested in innovative approaches to design and construction in the building sector.