The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) Recognition Award 2011 has been won by Dr Abbas Elmualim for his research excellence and leadership on the Sustainability in Facilities Management (FM) project.
The need for sustainable FM is growing alongside the need to develop new ways of working to meet sustainability criteria. The research seeks to provide tools and guidance to help develop facilities managers skilled in sustainable FM. There is already a centralised web-based knowledge portal for the FM community: Sustainability in FM.
Dr Elmualim said: "This has been a challenging and tremendously rewarding project which we would hold up as an exemplar in the arena of sustainability within the FM industry. The success of the project is greatly attributed to the group of enthusiastic researchers who have worked with me over the past five years. Of special mention here are Mr Marious Pastou, Mr Roberto Valle and Dr Wisdom Kwawu. Indeed my gratitude also goes to colleagues at the University's KTC and colleagues at the ICRC.
Over 60 University of Reading alumni gathered in London recently to hear from John Armitt CBE, Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA).
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Professor Will Hughes, a member of the Innovative Construction Research Centre, is one of a number of industry experts who have spent the past year working to answer the burning question: Is the construction industry fit for purpose for the transition to a low carbon economy? The final findings of this review were published on 29 November 2010.
Professor Hughes says, "This report may prompt the kind of decisive action that is needed to enable the construction sector to reduce its carbon footprint. Climate change is a long-term issue that requires serious and urgent responses from all those involved in the construction sector, from funders to suppliers. We await the government's response with keen interest".
Visit the Low Carbon Construction Innovation and Growth Team website to learn more about the review, and to download the final report.
We are pleased to be participating in this award once again this year and wish all our entries the best of luck. We look forward to January when the results will be announced.
Peter Mandelson announced a review of the construction industry to ensure it was 'fit for purpose' for delivering a low carbon future.
Professor Will Hughes is a member of the Major Projects Group involved. Follow this link to BIS website where you can access the report http://www.bis.gov.uk/constructionIGT
Reading Festival 2009 and School of Construction Management and Engineering.
We have just visited the Reading Festival 2009 as we were invited to work with Festival Republic and Baker Associates on a unique project.
research paper in collaboration with Dr Peter Raisbeck from the University of Melbourne won the 'Rob Howes' Commemorative Award in the Association of Researchers for Construction Management (ARCOM 2009). The paper entitled 'Humanistic and Scientific Knowledge Management: A Comparison of Design Practice between Architects and Engineers' compares knowledge management and design practice between architects and engineers in both Australia and the UK. Dr was invited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) to give a seminar entitled 'Information Evaluation Practice; Learning across Aerospace and Construction Sectors' to the main contractors and consultants in Hong Kong, 28 August 2009, Hong Kong.
Dr Abbas Ali Elmualim of the School of Construction Management and Engineering, University of Reading, recently worked on editing a special issue of the peer reviewed journal Facilities on intelligent building and their operation.
Emeritus Professor Tony Atkins (Construction Management and Engineering), with colleagues from Portugal and Denmark, has been awarded the Donald Julius Groen prize of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, for their paper entitled
"Single-point Incremental Forming and Formability-Failure Diagrams"
Athena Swan Silver Award, we are pleased to tell you that the Athena SWAN judges agreed to award the School of Construction Management and Engineering a Silver SWAN award.
"Athena SWAN congratulate the School of Construction Management and Engineering at the University of Reading on an impressive submission and we look forward to working with you in the future."
Dr Jennifer Whyte, a Reader in Innovation and Design in the School, has been awarded a £1 million grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council's (EPSRC) Challenging Engineering Programme. Her vision is of a new mode of design in the digital economy and, through the new Design Innovation Research Centre (DIRC), she will lead research to develop the tools and processes needed by engineers and designers in the 21st century.
Dr Runming Yao has been awarded a grant from the Royal Academic of Engineering to fund two- way research exchange visits between the University of Reading and Chongqing University in China. This will enhance the link between Reading and Chongqing University, and help research in the field of built environment, which tackles global climate change issues. There were received around 140 applications and made 22 awards in total, with only a handful being successful.
We are pleased to announce that Professor Rafael Sacks has been selected to receive the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management Best Paper Award for 2008 for his paper "Relative Productivity in the AEC Industries in the United States for On-Site and Off-Site Activities," Charles M. Eastman and Rafael Sacks, J. Constr. Engrg. and Mgmt. 134, 517 (2008), DOI:10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9364(2008)134:7(517)
For the first issue of Reading Construction Review, click the link below
Reading Construction Review Issue1(pdf720)
The School was invited by the Trustees of BSCET to participate in the BSCET - Education Awards.
Women in Property (WIP) Awards - as part of their 20th birthday celebrations Women in Property have joined forces with The Youth Construction Trust to develop a Women in Property Birthday Student Awards Scheme.
Professor Will Hughes is a collaborating partner in a major international research project concerned with Target-Cost Contracting in the construction sectors of UK, Hong Kong and Australia.This is a 30 month project due to commence in January 2008.
Professor Will Hughes was interviewed for a Radio 4 programme, File on 4, that was first broadcast on Tuesday 10th July. The programme was about bid-rigging and collusion in tendering in the UK construction sector, and Will was providing expert opinions on the way that the market for construction work operates.