March 14, 2008
by Canadian Architect
The CIB W70 International Conference in Facilities Management is being hosted at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh from June 16-18, 2008. Over the last ten years, this biennial three-day event has been held in Brisbane, Hong Kong, Trondheim, Helsinki and numerous other locations worldwide. It has now been on the road for over 20 years.
The subject matter includes a diverse range of topics of relevance to conservationists, environmental behaviourists, building services engineers, architects and planners. In fact, it is the diversity of participants that injects vitality to this event. Involvement by delegates is a key feature of CIB W70. Presentations are not simply sideshows they invariably involve participation and feedback from the floor, as the delegates are part of the event. Indeed, with over 80 speakers who are also delegates, from more than 20 different countries, there is every opportunity to engage.
The conference brings together international practitioners and academics, and provides an opportunity for reflection and debate where is this industry leading us? How does it connect with architecture, conservation, sustainability, corporate responsibility and many other issues? In an industry preconditioned to fire fighting, these three days provide an important respite. They also provide an insight into how other countries are meeting the operational and human needs through building design.
Keynote speakers include:
Dr Frank Duffy, co-founder of DEGW and visiting professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, past president of the RIBA (1993-1995)
Professor David Canter, renowned expert in environment-behaviour research at Liverpool University and leading criminologist
Professor Peter Barrett, President of the Conseil International du Btiment (CIB)
Professor John Swaffield, President-elect of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers
The main theme of the conference is “Achieving Healthy and Creative Facilities,” and particular streams include:
enabling creative and innovative environments
achieving healthy environments through FM
building intelligence and knowledge management
maintaining culture and heritage in built environments
exploring environment: behaviour as an FM tool
supporting accessible environments
asset maintenance and management
A special “corporate registration” is available, allowing three different people from a single company to attend each of the three days in turn for almost the same price as a single delegate registration. The conference includes a banquet, tours to the Highlands and a civic reception by Edinburgh’s Lord Provost.
For more information and to register online, please visit www.fmresearch.co.uk.