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  1. Benchmarking effective service delivery drivers in the South African civil construction industry / by Ernest Venter

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    Venter, Ernest Nordin

    2010-01-01

    Identifying and prioritising effective service delivery drivers' in selected civil construction companies are more than merely satisfying customers' need. By successfully identifying and prioritising effective service delivery drivers within the selected civil construction companies, the companies will be able to achieve competitive advantage above their competitors. This study, by using a questionnaire as a measurement instrument, established that a gap currently exist betw...

  2. Characterization studies for the reuse of phosphogypsum as a raw material in the civil construction industry of Brazil

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    NORM stands for 'naturally occurring radioactive material', which is a material that naturally contains one or more radionuclides, mainly, uranium, thorium and potassium-40, and their radioactive decay products, such as radium and radon. An example of this material is the Phosphogypsum (PG), which results from the processing of phosphate ore into phosphoric acid for fertilizer production. In order to support regulation of the reuse of phosphogypsum as a raw material of the Brazilian civil construction industry, a characterization study was performed. The physical and chemical properties of PG and natural gypsum were determinate by evaluating the results of thermal (DTA and TG), X-ray fluorescence (XRF), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and laser granulometric analyses. The radioactivity concentration of each sample was measured by gamma spectrometry analyses. The results of thermal analyses demonstrated that phosphogypsum must be treated (initially heated in an electrical oven at 60 deg. C for 24 hours, then sieved and heated again at 160 deg. C for one hour) to obtain the same mineralogical properties of the gypsum used in the civil construction industry. The X- ray fluorescence analysis showed that PG and natural gypsum are similar with both being composed mainly of S, O, Ca, P and small quantities of trace elements (Ce, Ti, La, Sr, Zr, and Pr). The main crystalline compounds found in PG samples were gypsita (CaSO4.2H2O) and in natural gypsum were bassanite (CaSO4.0.5H2O). The concentration of Ra-226, Ra-228 and Pb-210 present in PG samples was 467 Bq/kg, 224 Bq/kg and 395 Bq/kg, respectively. The levels of radioactivity in natural gypsum samples were much lower (around 3 Bq/kg). The same behavior was observed for the uranium and thorium content. The results of all the analyses showed that phosphogypsum can be a viable substitute for gypsum, after certain, beneficial processes. (authors)

  3. Civil works for NPPs construction

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    Christophe Portenseigne, Technical Director of Bouygues Travaux Publics, provided explanations on the main challenges of Civil work for the construction of the 3. generation of NPPs. He then provided an overview of the new Civil Work concepts for the 4. generation of NPPs

  4. Literacy and Numeracy on the Motorway: A Case Study of the Effects of the Inclusion of Literacy and Numeracy Competencies within the Civil Construction Industry Training Package.

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    Kelly, Ann; Searle, Jean

    The effects of the inclusion of literacy and numeracy competencies within Australia's civil construction industry training package were examined in a case study in Queensland. Data were collected through the following activities: interviews with trainers, workplace teachers, and workers; observations of training at an on-site training session on…

  5. Challenges in PFBR civil construction

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    Civil works of PFBR has posed numerous design and construction challenges. Eight safety related nuclear buildings of PFBR are founded on a single raft, first of its kind in Indian nuclear Reactors. Construction of eight interconnected buildings on the common raft has been challenge for construction material transportation. Thus Herculean task, require storage of massive quantities of raw materials and ice. The civil construction scope in PFBR expanded to critical steel fabricated structures integrated with civil works. This includes huge embedment erected to very close tolerances. Large size panels for upper lateral, lower lateral and bottom shields were to be fabricated to intricate contours with tight tolerances and were required to be transported to locations from far off distances; this was well accomplished without loss of tolerances of fabricated structures. Novel construction practices and stringent quality control procedures were implemented to accomplish this critical requirement. Integration of cooling coils inside the safety vessel flanges after completing the reactor vault and safety vessel erection, required special contour bending for numerous reinforcement and development of special construction methodology. The neutron detector box integration with bottom shield was also a construction challenge posed and well addressed by site. Many mock ups were to be carried out for demonstrating the construction procedures and methodology for critical construction activities. Maintaining the stringent requirements such as clean room conditions was a major challenge and was met effectively. Equipment erection in parallel to civil works too required innovative solutions for clean condition maintenance while civil works are in progress. it can be said that the civil construction of PFBR has emerged as a marvel of technology handled professionally by competent engineers deploying scientific construction techniques and stringent quality control procedures. (author)

  6. Challenges in PFBR civil construction

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    Civil works of PFBR has posed numerous design and construction challenges. Eight safety related nuclear buildings of PFBR are founded on a single raft, first of its kind in Indian nuclear Reactors. Construction of eight interconnected buildings on the common raft has been challenge for construction material transportation. The construction of Nuclear Island Connected Buildings (NICB) raft was completed in three and a half months. This massive 100mx100m raft for NICB, requiring 35000 cubic meter of concrete was undertaken in twelve pours. This Herculean task required storage of massive quantities of raw materials and ice. The construction of Turbo Generator (TG) building including TG mat and deck and interconnection with NICB posed enormous construction challenges that were well planned and executed. The intake and outfall structures too are exemplary construction handled effectively at PFBR. The excavation for the nuclear and power islands was large and deep. Rock out crops were found starting at various depths of excavation, requiring extensive planning controlled blasting and mechanization in excavation. This also required innovative dewatering procedures in sandy terrain often mixed with clay. Ground water table at PFBR site being high, water proofing for massive underground structure of PFBR was required to be carefully engineered and handled. This started with innovative grouting of excavated strata below the raft till required permeability was met and bone dry condition was achieved for laying of waterproofing membranes. Concurrent construction and regulatory reviews and stage wise clearance for civil construction required dynamic construction planning and sequencing. The scope of civil construction in PFBR expands to critical steel fabricated structures integrated with civil works. This includes huge embedment erected to very close tolerances. Large size panels for upper lateral, lower lateral and bottom shields were fabricated to intricate contours with

  7. Relacionamento interorganizacional na cadeia de suprimentos: um estudo de caso na indústria da construção civil The interorganizational relationship in the supply chain: a case study in the civil construction industry

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    Renata Albergaria de Mello Bandeira

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available O escopo deste trabalho consiste em promover uma discussão sobre os mecanismos de coordenação das relações interorganizacionais - poder e cooperação - na cadeia de suprimentos da indústria da construção civil. O poder, como um construto de relações interorganizacionais, tem recebido um tratamento irregular e conflitante por parte dos analistas. No entanto, esta abordagem ignora relações existentes que são muito apropriadas para certos contextos do relacionamento interfirmas. Logo, foi desenvolvido um estudo de caso em um elo da indústria da construção civil com o intuito de identificar suas relações como sendo baseadas em dominação ou cooperação. São analisadas, ainda, as implicações dos resultados da pesquisa na gestão da cadeia de suprimentos da construção civil.The article discusses the relationship in the supplier chain in the civil construction industry. The main objective is to define if it is a cooperative relation among the intervenients or if the most powerful dictates the rules. Power as an interorganizational construct has been observed by analysts with an irregular and conflictive point of view. However, these analysts ignore completely existing relationships that are very appropriate in some existing relationships among enterprises. Due to that, it was verified het type of relationship developed by two intervenients in one step of the supply chain of a civil construction company to determine if it is cooperative or if, otherwise, the main actor uses its power to lead the chain. The researchers also analyze what are the implications of this study in the civil construction industry's supply management.

  8. Study of reuse drill cuttings as aggregate in the civil construction industry; Estudo para reaproveitamento do cascalho de perfuracao como agregado na industria da construcao civil

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    Neder, L.T.C. [PETROBRAS, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Exploracao e Producao. Seguranca, Meio Ambiente e Saude; Santos, E.; Bezerra, M.T.A.; Farias, J.G.; Felizardo, A.; Santos, A.S.; Ribeiro, J.C. [PETROBRAS, Natal/Fortaleza, RN/CE (Brazil). Unidade de Negocio; Curti, R.; Suto, A.J. [Associacao Brasileira de Cimento Portland, Jaguare, SP (Brazil)

    2004-07-01

    This study was conducted to verify technical feasibility in reusing drill cuttings originated in oil and gas exploration and production to produce concrete or mortar elements. It consisted of physical and chemical characterization of all items used to build field-cured cement samples - drill cuttings, cement and used aggregates; evaluation of resistance; environmental behavior and classification of the resultant materials. The results had demonstrated the reuse of drill cuttings is possible from both technical and environmental perspective and the ratio of concrete or mortar can be customized according to physical and mechanical needs of end products. In the civil construction elements can be built and used as road basis, ground-cement base, blocks and bricks and other non-structural elements. The application of these elements in E and P operations include containment walls for onshore wells, collecting stations, pipeline brackets, supports and hold-down anchors as well as road pavement and access. From the standpoint of chemical safety, the resultant elements made-up from drill cuttings had demonstrated no potential risk for hydrocarbon leaching (TPH), Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH's), Volatile Organic Compounds (BTEX), Phenols nor Metals. From these results many improvements in the E and P waste management can be established, bringing both economy and greater environment protection measures for the Oil and Gas Exploration and Production operations. (author)

  9. Civil Engineering Construction of Underground Works

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    Rammer, H

    1999-01-01

    For the first time at CERN, new shafts and caverns will be excavated inside a surface building. The LHC civil engineering construction for the ATLAS experiment has been designed such that the experimental hall will be completed to the extent that it can provide a secure, weatherproof and sound insulated covering to the shaft excavation area. The construction of the two access shafts and the experimental cavern will follow and will be carried out inside the building. This unconventional method of working allows the excavation of the Molasse rock in the dry, which is essential for this type of rock, and ensures reduced environmental pollution by noise and dust. The paper will present the technical infrastructure required for this particular construction method, explain its advantages and disadvantages, and compare it with a conventional method of underground excavations to be used on the same work site for the construction of the service cavern.

  10. Management for Construction Materials and Control of Construction Waste in Construction Industry: A Review

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    A. A. Gulghane; Prof P. V. Khandve

    2015-01-01

    In recent treads a wide range of building materials is available for the construction of civil engineering structures. The total cost of materials may be up to 60% or more of the total cost incurred in construction project dependent upon the type of project. Effective construction materials management is a key to success for a construction project. Construction waste is another serious problem in construction industry. A large and various types of construction waste with different...

  11. Management for Construction Materials and Control of Construction Waste in Construction Industry: A Review

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    A. A. Gulghane

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available In recent treads a wide range of building materials is available for the construction of civil engineering structures. The total cost of materials may be up to 60% or more of the total cost incurred in construction project dependent upon the type of project. Effective construction materials management is a key to success for a construction project. Construction waste is another serious problem in construction industry. A large and various types of construction waste with different characteristics are created at all the stages of construction. Construction industries have a larger part in contributing environmental problems. The economic and environmental benefits must be gained from construction waste minimization. This paper presents a review on systematically investigation of the management of construction materials and construction waste, material management techniques, control of construction waste and existing situation of construction management and construction waste in the industry.

  12. ACCELERATING CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT

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    Mohan M. Kumaraswamy

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available The needs for construction industry development are initially viewed from the broader perspectives of imperatives for infrastructure development and national development. All these are clearly more critical in developing countries. A non-exhaustive set of potential drivers and common barriers to construction industry development is identified from previous research. These suggest the usefulness of consolidating a cluster of recent proposals and exercises aiming at (a construction organization development in terms of an over-arching management support system model, as well as improved information and knowledge management; and (b project team development in the context of relationally integrated teams and supply chains, joint risk management and ‘technology and knowledge exchange’ in joint ventures, as well as longer term public private partnerships. These apparently disparate research thrusts are threaded together into a pattern that may inspire, if not feed, specific research and development (R & D agendas for construction industry development in different countries according to their own priorities, constraints and stages of infrastructure and national development.

  13. Application of the Energy Saving Construction Technology in Architectural Engineering of Industrial and Civil Building%工民建建筑工程中节能施工技术的应用

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    刘艳

    2014-01-01

    The rapid development of the construction industry has brought the huge consumption of energy for our country, serious impact on the development of our economical society. China is stil in the exploration stage in the industrial and civil construction energy saving technology field, so in reinforcing the application of energy saving construction technology at the same time also should actively learn from foreign advanced energy-saving construction techniques, to promote the develo-pment of China's economy society.%建筑业的高速发展给我国的能源带来了巨大的消耗,严重影响了我国节约型社会的发展理念。我国在工民建筑节能施工技术领域还处于探索的阶段,所以在加强节能施工技术应用的同时还要积极的借鉴国外先进的节能施工技术,促进我国节约型社会的发展。

  14. Evaluation of Karst Hazards for Civil and Industrial Buildings

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    2001-01-01

    The European part of Russia exhibits highly developed sulphate and carbonate karst. It mostly occurs within fiver valleys with relatively thin coveting deposits. These conditions may induce karst collapses, which appear to be the main danger for civil and industrial buildings. Evolution of karst rocks includes several epochs of karst development,which causes complicated distribution of karst caves in karst rocks and, as the result, irregular distribution of karst caves on the surface. Karst hazards prediction is mostly reliable within the geotechnical system "Karst-Construction", using probability methods. This approach allows creating 3 types of antikarst protection (alternative design of construction arrangement on a plan, structural protection of a construction and plugging of karst caves beneath construction foundation) and selecting the optimum or the most effective version or their rational combination.``

  15. Identification & Control of Special Processes in Civil Engineering Construction

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    张怡

    2009-01-01

    @@ A lot ot special processes exist in operation of construction enterprises. Construction enterprises are categorized as of high risks in certification under the quality management system. Taking civil engineering construction of building projects as an example, the writer analyzes how construction enterprises shall identify and control the special processes.

  16. Materials for construction and civil engineering science, processing, and design

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    Margarido, Fernanda

    2015-01-01

    This expansive volume presents the essential topics related to construction materials composition and their practical application in structures and civil installations. The book's diverse slate of expert authors assemble invaluable case examples and performance data on the most important groups of materials used in construction, highlighting aspects such as nomenclature, the properties, the manufacturing processes, the selection criteria, the products/applications, the life cycle and recyclability, and the normalization. Civil Engineering Materials: Science, Processing, and Design is ideal for practicing architects; civil, construction, and structural engineers, and serves as a comprehensive reference for students of these disciplines. This book also: ·       Provides a substantial and detailed overview of traditional materials used in structures and civil infrastructure ·       Discusses properties of natural and synthetic materials in construction and materials' manufacturing processes ·  �...

  17. 2014: Moderate Upswing in the European Construction Industry

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    Andrea Kunnert; Michael Weingärtler

    2014-01-01

    Throughout 2013, the construction industry suffered from the heavy pressure exerted by imbalances in the real estate markets. Civil engineering was affected in particular by restricted public budgets. Altogether, overall construction volumes declined by 3.0 percent. For 2014, demand in general is expected to recover and thus fuel growth in the European construction industry (+0.9 percent). Austrian construction output will grow disproportionately well in 2014, chiefly due to a strong drive to...

  18. Relacionamento interorganizacional na cadeia de suprimentos: um estudo de caso na indústria da construção civil The interorganizational relationship in the supply chain: a case study in the civil construction industry

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    Renata Albergaria de Mello Bandeira; Luiz Carlos Brasil de Brito Mello; Antonio Carlos Gastaud Maçada

    2009-01-01

    O escopo deste trabalho consiste em promover uma discussão sobre os mecanismos de coordenação das relações interorganizacionais - poder e cooperação - na cadeia de suprimentos da indústria da construção civil. O poder, como um construto de relações interorganizacionais, tem recebido um tratamento irregular e conflitante por parte dos analistas. No entanto, esta abordagem ignora relações existentes que são muito apropriadas para certos contextos do relacionamento interfirmas. Logo, foi desenvo...

  19. Construction Site Environmental Impact in Civil Engineering Education

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    Teixeira, Jose M. Cardoso

    2005-01-01

    The environmental impact of construction activity has gained increasing importance in the last few years and become a key subject for civil engineering education. A survey of Portuguese higher education institutions shows that concern with this topic is mostly directed at the impact of large construction projects and especially focused on their…

  20. Construction site environmental impact in civil engineering education

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    Teixeira, José M. Cardoso

    2005-01-01

    The environmental impact of construction activity has gained increasing importance in the last few years and become a key subject for civil engineering education. A survey of Portuguese higher education institutions shows that concern with this topic is mostly directed at the impact of large construction projects and especially focused on their operational stage. The impact of construction sites of smaller projects in urban areas tends to merit less attention, despite their importance for cit...

  1. Occupational radioactive contamination of cement handlers of the civil construction

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    Due to their occupational activities, several classes of workers are exposed to radioactive contamination by materials they handle and that contain traces of uranium and its descendants. This is the case of people that work in the civil construction and that currently handle Portland cement. Among other radioactive elements, cement contains the highly radiotoxic polonium-210 which may promote skin cancer because of its high specific activity and high LET α-particle it emits. Concentrations of polonium-210 are reported for urine, hair and skin smear of workers of the civil construction that usually handle cement. The results are compared to a control group. (author)

  2. Evolutionary algorithms and metaheuristics in civil engineering and Construction management

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    Greiner, David

    2015-01-01

    This book focuses on civil and structural engineering and construction management applications. The contributions constitute modified, extended and improved versions of research presented at the  minisymposium organized by the editors at the ECCOMAS conference on this topic in Barcelona 2014.

  3. Application of the EKD Process Model to Support the Coordination of Collaborative Networks in the Civil Construction Sector

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    Neves, Flávia Vancim Frachone; Guerrini, Fábio Müller

    2010-01-01

    The civil construction industry has an operation way similar to virtual organizations, but in not structuralized form, leaving to provide competitive advantages. For in such a way, the paper will propose, through analytical research and case studies and based on EKD (Enterprise Knowledge Development) methodology, the Process Model to support the coordination of collaborative networks in the civil construction sector. This model will analyze each process and information flow contained in the b...

  4. The role of CERN in the large construction contracts for LHC civil works

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    D'Aça-Castel-Branco, P

    1998-01-01

    The contracts for the civil engineering construction of the LHC are based upon the standard FIDIC (Fédération Internationale des Ingénieurs Conseils) document entitled "Conditions of Contract for Works of Civil Engineering Construction". FIDIC is a reputable supra-national and world-wide Federation of Consulting Engineers focused on the definition and regulation of the role of many parties involved with the International Construction Industry. An overview of FIDIC's and other Organizations', such as the World Bank, standard documents is presented. The difference between standard Contract documents and standard Bidding documents is pointed out. In view of CERN's status as an intergovernmental Organization, the original FIDIC standard documents needed to be adapted. The modifications are identified and explained. A concise definition of the role of each party concerned by the LHC construction Contracts, i.e. the Contractor, the Engineer and the Client (CERN), is made. Finally, a brief cost-benefit analysis o...

  5. D.H.Lawrence's Views On European Industrial Civilization

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    冯建明

    2001-01-01

    In Women in Love (1921)the reader can easily perceive the author's abhorrence to European industrial civilization T Lawrence, the inescapable fate of this sort of social deveolpment is destruction And he takes it for granted that"Rananim"--the Lawrencian utopia, is a social outlet for human salvation.

  6. LHC Civil Engineering Construction Contracts Cost Monitoring and Budget Forecasting

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    Skelton, K

    2000-01-01

    The Civil Engineering project for the LHC is estimated at 350 MCHF, of which about 316 MCHF is for the construction contracts. These contracts are based on a system of remeasurement whereby the consultant estimates the quantities required for the construction of each structure and the contractor commits himself to the unit price, which define the initial tender price. There are many factors that affect the final price for these contracts, from increases or decreases in quantities of the estimated amounts in the original bill of quantities to variations to the contract. This paper will look at how these factors change costs at the individual level of a structure to the overall costs of the contract. It will look at how the Civil Engineering Group monitors these changes to calculate cash flows and final costs and how this information is used as a basis for budget forecasts.

  7. Partnering in the Construction Industry

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    Ditlev Bohnstedt, Kristian; Haugbølle, Kim; Bejder, Erik

    2013-01-01

    publications change across this period. It is concluded that trends such as research on developing trust among construction partners to facilitate project success, feasibility of and the barriers to adopting a partnering approach and strategic propositions for overcoming barriers are highly emerging. Finally......Huge efforts have been made in order to stimulate thorough improvements in the construction industry in terms of value for money, feasibility and consistency when facilitating a partnering approach. Despite this attention there is limited documentation on the development of research trends, thus...... gaps in existing body of knowledge. The objective of this literature-based paper is to explore the current literature by systematically reviewing and summarizing research trends in leading top-tier construction management journals between 2002 and 2012, addressing how the themes in partnering related...

  8. Assessment and Countermeasures of Ecological Civilization Construction in Changsha,Zhuzhou and Xiangtan

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    2011-01-01

    [Objective] The aim was to assess the ecological civilization construction in urban agglomeration composed of Changsha,Zhuzhou and Xiangtan synthetically.[Method] By means of analytic hierarchy process,the assessment system of ecological civilization in Changsha,Zhuzhou and Xiangtan was established firstly,and then the ecological civilization construction in Changsha,Zhuzhou and Xiangtan was evaluated comprehensively,and the existing problems and causes of ecological civilization construction were analyzed,...

  9. Civil servant unions and social construction of the European civil service :
    sociological perspectives on eurocrats identity”

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    Georgakakis, Didier

    2007-01-01

    In the case of State, Scholars have demontrasted that senior officials' ability to embody general interest is the result of long-term social processes marked by the concomitant construction of the State and civil servants as a social group. Though the European civil servants' situation is different from that of State civil servants, their ability to maintain their central role and defend the European interest invites us to turn our enquiry to processes that realize them (in the double sens of...

  10. Constructing futures : industry leaders and future thinking in construction.

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    Chan, Paul; Cooper, Rachel

    2010-01-01

    There is growing interest in future scenario planning of the construction industry but a disconnect between thinking about the future at the policy-making level and implementing real change. Constructing Futures: industry leaders and futures thinking in construction takes a thematic approach to the future of the UK construction industry by presenting the results of a series of in-depth interviews conducted with leading construction figures and structuring this material into chapters addressin...

  11. INNOVATION IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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    David Arditi

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper%2C existing innovation models are reviewed. The influence of technology and market-driven schools of thought on the creation and diffusion of innovation is examined. Incremental vs. radical models and autonomous vs. systemic models are considered in the context of the construction industry. The concept of %93technology adoption life cycle%94 is investigated to understand better the acceptance of new technology by key parties. A new model of innovation is proposed. In this model%2C the transformation process of invention into adoption flows through a cyclical mechanism encompassing six phases%3A 1%29 need%2C 2%29 creation%2C 3%29 invention%2C 4%29 innovation%2C 5%29 diffusion%2C and 6%29 adoption. This model clearly shows the interaction of the three most influential domains%3A users%2C changes%2C and the environment. The model also takes into consideration the influence of technology and market-driven forces on the creation and diffusion of innovation. As a consequence of their particular function in the construction activity%2C construction management firms should perform as catalysts in the generation and diffusion of technological advances in the Abstract in Bahasa Indonesia : Innovation%2C+invention%2C+innovation+models%2C+technology+adoption+life+cycle%2C+construction+management.+

  12. Professor Jesus de la Garza honored as distinguished professor by Construction Industry Institute

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    Mackay, Steven D.

    2009-01-01

    Jesus M. de la Garza, the Vecellio Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech, will be honored with a Distinguished Professor award by the Construction Industry Institute (CII).

  13. The Brazilian experience in the civil construction of nuclear power plants

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    The processes and phases of technology absorption, together with the resultant Experience-Factor Model for civil Works, considering philosophy of operation of the civil contractor, design aspects and some structural influences for constructing nuclear power plants are presented. (Author)

  14. Quality assurance during construction of civil engineering structures important to safety of nuclear facilities

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    The present manual is developed to deal with quality assurance aspect of civil engineering structures in a greater detail. This manual gives detail to develop QA plans specific to multifarious activities of civil engineering construction

  15. New eco-friendly gypsum materials for civil construction

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    Eires, R.; Camões, Aires; Jalali, Said

    2007-01-01

    The sustainable world’s economic growth and people’s life improvement greatly depend on the use of alternative products in the architecture and construction, such as industrial wastes conventionally called “green materials”. This paper concerns the main results of an experimental work carried out with the objective of developing new composite materials based on gypsum and incorporating waste material as granulated cork, a by-product of cork industry, and cellulose fibres, a waste of pap...

  16. Innovation in civil construction system of nuclear power plant

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    Nowadays, the computer-aided production systems have been already introduced to almost all kinds of industries. The construction industry, which has been said to be conservative for the modernization of production system, now expects the CIC (Computer Integrated Construction) as the means to innovate the construction production process. Shimizu Corporation has developed the new computer-aided production system, 'SIPS: Shimizu Integrated Production System', and has used it in the actual construction projects. In the system, the computer supports every phase of construction projects like market researching, design, material purchase, construction work, and maintenance. The project of Kashiwazaki-kariwa Nuclear Power Station Unit No.7 is one of the model cases. Here we applied following three concepts, (1) the full use and integration of 3D-CAD data-base through all phases of construction, (2) the setting-up of the information network system among the site office, the head office, and the mechanical and electrical manufacturer, (3) the introduction of advanced construction technologies such as large block prefabrication method. (author)

  17. Strategy implementation in the construction industry

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    Karlsson, Gabriel; Nilsson, Pontus

    2007-01-01

    Background: After immense criticism, the Swedish government requested an investigation concerning the construction industry. The report concludes that the inactive competition within the construction industry entail that the industry continuously delivers the same products, in the same way. Gabrielsson & Lutz (2002), states that the market condition and the long history of static competition within the construction industry has led to low productivity, high consumption of resources, large...

  18. Construction of Evaluation System of Provincial Ecological Civilization - A Case of Shangong Province, China

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    Liu, Yanjun; Zhang, Baohua; Cao, Jianrong; Chen, Wei

    2009-01-01

    According to the connotation of ecological civilization, construction principle of ecological civilization index system is expatiated, including integrity principle, applicability and feasibility principle, quantification principle and purposefulness principle. Based on this, a total of 23 single factors are selected from four aspects of ecological environmental protection, economic development, social progress and environmental protection consciousness. Ecological civilization index system i...

  19. The Application of Prestressed Concrete Technology in Industrial and Civil Engineering Construction%预应力混凝土技术在工民建施工中的应用

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    郝玉通

    2014-01-01

    随着大跨度的需求越来越大,普通混凝土已经不能满足要求,预应力混凝土应运而生。预应力混凝土构件抗裂度及刚度大大提高、耐久性增加、节约混凝土、自重较轻等优点,让大跨度跨江大桥,高强度、超高层建筑成为可能。本文主要阐述预应力混凝土在工民建中的广泛应用。%Along with the demand of large span is more and more big, the ordinary concrete has been unable to meet the requirements prestressed concrete emerged as the times require. Advantages of prestressed concrete structure crack and stif ne-ss greatly increased, increased durability, concrete saving, ligh-ter weight, let the big span bridge across the river, high streng-th and super high-rise buildings become possible. This paper mainly discusses applications of prestressed concrete in indus-trial and civil engineering.

  20. Sustainability in the UK construction minerals industry

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    Mitchell, Clive

    2015-01-01

    Sustainability in the UK construction minerals industry Clive Mitchell, Industrial Minerals Specialist, British Geological Survey, Nottingham, UK Email: Sustainability is not just about environmental protection it also concerns biodiversity, community relations, competence, employment, geodiversity, health and safety, resource efficiency, restoration and stakeholder accountability. The UK construction minerals industry aims to supply essential materials in a sustainabl...

  1. New eco-friendly hybrid composite materials for civil construction

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    Eires, R.; Nunes, J. P.; Fangueiro, Raúl; Jalali, Said; Camões, Aires

    2006-01-01

    This paper concerns the development of new hybrid composite materials using granulated cork, a by-product of cork industry, cellulose pulp, from recycling of paper residues, and hemp fibres. The binder used is either cellulose pulp or lime-pozzolan mixture. Such materials may be used as composite boards and mortars for non structural elements of construction, such as dry walls and ceiling or floor levelling and filling. The possibility of using these composites in conjugation with light st...

  2. Proposal for the increase of the contract amounts for LHC civil engineering construction and civil engineering consultancy contracts

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    2001-01-01

    This document concerns the increase of the contract amounts for LHC civil engineering construction contracts and civil engineering consultancy contracts. The Finance Committee is invited to agree to the increase of the contract amounts with: - the joint venture TEERAG-ASDAG (AT), C. BARESEL (DE) and LOCHER (CH) for civil engineering construction, package 1, for a revised total amount of 91 500 000 Swiss francs, subject to revision; - the joint venture EDF (FR) and KNIGHT&PIESOLD (GB) for the provision of civil engineering consultancy services, package 1, for a revised total amount of 14 400 000 Swiss francs, subject to revision; - the joint venture TAYLOR WOODROW (GB), AMEC (GB) and SPIE BATIGNOLLES (FR) for civil engineering construction, package 3a, for a revised total amount of 118 000 000 Swiss francs, subject to revision; - the joint venture BROWN&ROOT (GB), INTECSA (ES) and HIDROTECNICA (PT) for the provision of civil engineering consultancy services, package 3, for a revised total amount of 14 ...

  3. 29 CFR 2200.2 - Scope of rules; applicability of Federal Rules of Civil Procedure; construction.

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    2010-07-01

    ...; applicability of Federal Rules of Civil Procedure; construction. (a) Scope. These rules shall govern all... 29 Labor 9 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Scope of rules; applicability of Federal Rules of Civil Procedure; construction. 2200.2 Section 2200.2 Labor Regulations Relating to Labor (Continued)...

  4. Quality control of Ling'ao nuclear power station civil construction

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    Based on the quality control model adopted during Ling'ao Nuclear Power Station construction, the author briefly introduces quality control process of some main civil construction activities (reinforced concrete, steel liner, steel works and prestressing force) of nuclear power station, and makes some descriptions on non-conformance control of civil works. These quality control processes described come from the concrete practice during civil construction of Ling'ao Nuclear Power Station, and are based on Daya Bay Nuclear Power Station construction experience

  5. COMPETITIVENESS OF THE INDONESIAN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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    Agung Budiwibowo

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Indonesia’s construction industry is important to the national economy. However, its competitiveness is considered low due to the lack of success of its development strategy and policy. A new approach known as the cluster approach is being used to make strategy and policy in order to develop a stronger more competitive industry . This paper discusses the layout of the Indonesian construction cluster and its competitiveness. The archival analysis research approach was used to identify the construction cluster. The analysis was based on the I/O tables of the years 1995 and 2000, which were published by the Indonesian Central Bureau of Statistics. The results suggest that the Indonesian construction cluster consists of the industries directly involved in construction as the core, with the other related and supporting industries as the balance. The anatomy of the Indonesian construction cluster permits structural changes to happen within it. These changes depend on policies that regulate the cluster’s constituents.

  6. Corporate social responsibility in the construction industry

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    Barvínková, Zuzana

    2014-01-01

    Barvínková, Z. Corporate Social Responsibility in construction industry. Diploma thesis. Brno: Mendel University, 2014. This thesis deals with the issue of corporate social responsibility. Corporate social responsibility is the responsibility of companies for their impacts on society and is based on voluntary commitment. The thesis analyzes current state of CSR in small and medium-sized companies in construction industry of Czech Republic as an industry which has great impacts on environment,...

  7. Innovation in the Construction Industry. Determinants of Innovation Activities by the Austrian Construction Industry

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    Fabian Unterlass

    2010-01-01

    An investigation of the determinants of innovation activities by the Austrian construction industry delivers heterogeneous results, indicating that the determinants in the construction industry deviate from those found for manufacturing and services. Innovation determinants also vary considerably depending on the specific sector within the construction industry and the type of innovation (product innovation, technical or commercial process innovation).

  8. Safety Management Analysis In Construction Industry

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    T. Subramani; R. Lordsonmillar

    2014-01-01

    The Indian society and economy have suffered human and financial losses as a result of the poor safety record in the construction industry. The purpose of this study is to examine safety management in the construction industry. The study will collects data from general contractors, who are involved in major types of construction. Collected data include information regarding organizational safety policy, safety training, safety meetings, safety equipment, safety inspections, sa...

  9. SPECIFICITY IN DEVELOPMENT OF CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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    O. Golubova

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Specificity in development of construction industry of the Republic of Belarus determines  character of competition on the construction market, forms a pricing, marketing and product policy of building companies. Construction represents itself as a highly developed complex where interaction of business entities is of rather complicated multilateral character.

  10. Utilizing platforms in industrialized construction

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    Bonev, Martin; Wörösch, Michael; Hvam, Lars

    2015-01-01

    Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore the development of a platform-based project execution in the industrialised construction sector, with a focus on systematically balancing cost and value. Offering custom-tailored buildings at reasonable costs has been a growing concern for many...... construction companies. A promising approach adapted by operations management and design theory regards individual building projects as the adjustment and recombination of components and processes from a set of predefined platforms, while configuration systems assure feasible building solutions. Design...... platform strategies, this research highlights key aspects of adapting platform-based developed theory to industrialised construction. Building projects use different layers of product, process and logistics platforms to form the right cost – value ratio for the target market application, while modelling...

  11. Sustainable development and construction industry in Malaysia

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    Suliman L. Kh. M.; Abdelnaser Omran

    2009-01-01

    Sustainable construction is a way for the building and infrastructure industry to move towards achieving sustainable development, taking into account environmental, socioeconomic and cultural issues. Differing approaches and differing economic markets lead to different priorities. This paper presents the construction scenario of Malaysia and the developments in sustainable construction taking place in this country. Barriers to the implementation of sustainable construction are discussed. A li...

  12. 31 CFR 501.703 - Overview of civil penalty process and construction of rules.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 31 Money and Finance: Treasury 3 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Overview of civil penalty process and construction of rules. 501.703 Section 501.703 Money and Finance: Treasury Regulations Relating to Money and... PENALTIES REGULATIONS Trading With the Enemy Act (TWEA) Penalties § 501.703 Overview of civil...

  13. Innovation, Procurement and Construction Industry Development

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    Geard de Valence

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available The implications for analysis of innovation in construction of theoretical developments in industrial organisation are considered in this research, as an attempt to outline a new approach to construction innovation incorporating the ideas found in knowledge based, technology centred models. The paper firstly summarises characteristics of the construction industry, focusing on their effects on innovation, before surveying some of the ideas about the sources of innovation and the expansion and application of knowledge. Construction can be seen as an industry with limited scope for knowledge externalities, where the procurement methods used by the industry’s clients do not pay for innovation. The following discussion uses recent developments in the research on the economics of innovation and industrial organization theory, such as research intensity and the endogenous sunk costs in competitive, fragmented, low research intensity industries. The effects on R&D of procurement methods and on industry structure are discussed, with a focus on the appropriability of innovations and the role of the client on the Heathrow Terminal 5 project. The paper concludes that the procurement methods used for building and construction projects appears to be a determining factor in the level of innovation in the construction industry

  14. Cooperating internationally. US/Japan Civil Industrial Technologies (CIT) Arrangement

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    1998-12-01

    The Civil Industrial Technologies (CIT) Arrangement was signed in July 1994 between governments of the US and Japan. Areas of research range from scientific and technical databases and bioprocessing to precompetitive processing of functionally-gradient materials and ceramics. Papers presented in this symposium include studies on thin polymer films generated by vapor deposition polymerization, development of manufacturing technique of fusing 3D C/C composite materials, measurement and analysis for high performance computing systems, low-cost fabrication of ceramic components, bioprocessing, data exchange for mass spectral databases, development of high performance aluminum nitride ceramics, precompetitive processing of functionally-gradient materials, purity determination of organic reference materials, definitive methods traceable to SI unit, development of biocompatible artificial hard tissue materials, development of photoassisted catalysis technologies, surface analysis for catalysts by electron spectroscopy, development of ultra-solid lubricant with cluster diamond, precise determination of impurities in high-purity rare-earth metals, and highly accurate acceleration measurement system. 22 refs., 86 figs., 3 tabs.

  15. Construction of Circular Economy Industrial System

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    Cao Man; Ye Wenhu

    2007-01-01

    It is difficult to realize the transformation from traditional economy industrial system to circular economy industrial system.Regarding primary raw materials as the indicators,the industrial system has been specified according to the divergence among the indicators and the circular utilization modes.In comparison with the association among industrial systems,the relationship among industrial sub-systems is named as industrial cross-linking in this paper.The industrial system which could completely utilize and recycle the indicators should be increased and strengthened,and the circular economy industrial system with complete industrial association and industrial cross-linking should also be constructed.Taking the development of circular agricultural system basing on the traditional agricultural system as an example,the traditional agricultural products are regarded as the indicators which have been divided into foodstuff and crop straws which are used to produce food and articlesfor use,like fertilizer,energy and papers etc.The way to construct the circular agricultural industrial system is to increase the industrial systems that could utilize the products generated from crop straws,feces and other castoffs and transform the wastewater and other trucks into environmental friendly products.It has also been pointed out that the construction of circular economy industrial system is conducive to the foundation of circular industrial economics and the establishment of the construction layout of circular economy and the application schemes.Suggestions to the theoretical and practical work of the next step have also been brought forward in this paper.

  16. Risk management in Nigerian construction industry

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    Aminu, Aliyu Bashir

    2013-01-01

    ABSTRACT: The major requirement of every construction project is meeting client’s need of cost, quality and time. However, the construction industry is overwhelmed with risks more than any other industry due to the fact that they are present in every activity from design to completion. These risks need to be controlled early or face the possibility of cost overruns, time delays and poor quality work leading to displeasure of client and public. This study assesses the ways of managing the most...

  17. COMPETITIVENESS OF THE INDONESIAN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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    Agung Budiwibowo; Bambang Trigunarsyah; Ismeth S Abidin; Hari G Soeparto

    2009-01-01

    Indonesia’s construction industry is important to the national economy. However, its competitiveness is considered low due to the lack of success of its development strategy and policy. A new approach known as the cluster approach is being used to make strategy and policy in order to develop a stronger more competitive industry . This paper discusses the layout of the Indonesian construction cluster and its competitiveness. The archival analysis research approach was used to identify the cons...

  18. Sustainable development and construction industry in Malaysia

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    Suliman L. Kh. M.

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Sustainable construction is a way for the building and infrastructure industry to move towards achieving sustainable development, taking into account environmental, socioeconomic and cultural issues. Differing approaches and differing economic markets lead to different priorities. This paper presents the construction scenario of Malaysia and the developments in sustainable construction taking place in this country. Barriers to the implementation of sustainable construction are discussed. A list of recommendation was proposed to drive sustainable construction in this country. In conclusion, the status of sustainable construction in Malaysia is still in its infancy. The lack of awareness, training and education, ineffective procurement systems, existing public policies and regulatory frameworks are among the major barriers for sustainable construction in Malaysia. Besides the needs for capacities, technologies and tools, total and ardent commitment by all players in the construction sectors including the governments and the public atlarge are required in order to achieve sustainable construction in Malaysia.

  19. Increase of the contract amounts for LHC civil-engineering construction and civil-engineering consultancy contracts

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    2005-01-01

    This document concerns the increase of the contract amounts for LHC civil-engineering construction and civil-engineering consultancy, Package 2. The Finance Committee is invited to take note of the increase of the contract amounts with: - the joint venture DRAGADOS (ES) and SELI (IT) for civil-engineering construction, LHC Package 2, for an amount of 28 087 000 Swiss francs, subject to revision, in the amount previously announced to Finance Committee (CERN/FC/4516) of 132 200 000 Swiss francs, subject to revision, bringing the total to a maximum amount of 160 287 000 Swiss francs, subject to revision. - the joint venture GIBB (GB), GEOCONSULT (AT) and SGI (CH) for the provision of civil-engineering consultancy services, LHC Package 2, for an amount of 900 000 Swiss francs, subject to revision, in the amount previously announced to Finance Committee of 13 800 000 Swiss francs, subject to revision, bringing the total to a maximum amount of 14 700 000 Swiss francs, subject to revision

  20. Materials of construction for civil engineering structures important to safety of nuclear facilities

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    The objective of this document is to provide guidance on specification of major materials to be used in construction work of civil engineering structures important to safety of nuclear facilities and to furnish approaches for their implementation

  1. Role of civil engineers in design and construction of nuclear power plants

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    Nuclear energy remains an important element in India's energy mix for sustaining rapid economic growth. In the Indian energy scenario projections for the future, nuclear power through fast reactors has been considered as an important component. Fast reactors are also planned to be built in the medium term to burn minor actinides as means of reducing the burden of radioactive waste management. Nuclear power in India provides 3% of the electricity generated in the country now; it is estimated to go up to 25% by 2050. India has a special interest in developing fast breeder reactors and use of thorium as a source of energy as it has one of the largest reserves of thorium. Nuclear industry always provides challenging works to civil engineers. From geotechnical investigation, structural analysis, design, construction and to material developments and provides unique opportunity for excellence

  2. Environment, the earth, ocean, energy resource, nuclear, city, construction and civil engineering

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    This book deals with Korean future technology like environment, the earth, ocean, energy, resource, nuclear, city, construction and civil engineering, which mentions the purpose of investigation, system of investigation, summary of investigation, object of research, important research and development field, prediction on realizable period, propel method of research and development, policy, characteristic of respondent, future technology table for major projects, result of the investigation by field : Environment, the earth, ocean, energy resource, nuclear, city, construction and civil engineering.

  3. Prefabrication in Building Construction: A Perspective of Pakistan Construction Industry

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    Nafees Ahmed Memon

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Construction industry is facing many problems in terms of construction waste, quality, environment, durability, safety and higher construction cost. Adoption of prefabrication is a possible solution to such problems. Accordingly, there is a need to study the prospects that would stimulate the appropriate discussion of the suitability of prefabrication and other construction methods for concrete buildings. Therefore, this study investigates the significance of advantages in adopting prefabrication along with hindrances through questionnaire survey. The data has been analyzed using RIW (Relative Importance Weight method as a MCDM approach. The results depict that main advantages of prefabrication are ?Shorter construction time? and ?Less construction site waste?. The top hindrances in adopting prefabrication as identified in this study are: ?Higher initial construction cost? and ?Inflexible for design changes?. Based on the survey results and apparent progress in the adoption of prefabrication around the world, it is concluded that the use of prefabrication is likely to increase in developing countries like Pakistan

  4. Prefabrication in building construction: a perspective of pakistan construction industry

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    Construction industry is facing many problems in terms of construction waste, quality, environment, durability, safety and higher construction cost. Adoption of prefabrication is a possible solution to such problems. Accordingly, there is a need to study the prospects that would stimulate the appropriate discussion of the suitability of prefabrication and other construction methods for concrete buildings. Therefore, this study investigates the significance of advantages in adopting prefabrication along with hindrances through questionnaire survey. The data has been analyzed using RIW (Relative Importance Weight) method as a MCDM approach. The results depict that main advantages of prefabrication are Shorter construction time and Less construction site waste. The top hindrances in adopting prefabrication as identified in this study are: Higher initial construction cost and Inflexible for design changes. Based on the survey results and apparent progress in the adoption of prefabrication around the world, it is concluded that the use of prefabrication is likely to increase in developing countries like Pakistan. (author)

  5. Achieving Supply Chain Integration within Construction Industry

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    Peter McDermotti; Malik Khalfan

    2012-01-01

    The main driver behind the adoption of supply chain management (SCM) philosophy into the construction industry was the successes within other industry sectors. SCM can be defined as network of different organisations, linked upstream and downstream in a chain, aiming to produce quality and value in the services and products for the end consumers through integrated processes and activities. In order to achieve the optimised level of integration of the whole supply chain, the industry has respo...

  6. Implementing efficient and effective learnerships in the construction industry

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    Claudia Mummenthey

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Orientation: Overcoming skills deficits has been a major concern in South Africa since the advent of democracy in 1994.Research purpose: This study investigated the current state of the learnership system in the construction sector and identified the major obstacles.Motivation for the study: The study was an attempt to illustrate why it is necessary to implement efficient and effective learnerships in the construction industry.Research design, approach and method: A learnership evaluation framework was developed and indicated the critical factors for efficient and effective learnership implementation as well as the roles of the various key stakeholders. The sample included respondents from building and civil companies (n = 90, learners (n = 135, accredited training providers (n = 14 and Construction Education and Training Authority and industry-related bodies (n = 10.Main findings: It was found that descriptive statistics, non-parametric tests and a content analysis of the Western Cape data indicated that, despite low satisfaction with the system in the workplace and among institutional providers, the learnership system was nevertheless regarded as an appropriate means to develop artisans.Practical/managerial implications: Companies were motivated to offer learnerships but felt inadequately prepared for actual implementation. Learnerships were felt to demonstrate effectiveness in terms of employability and skills enhancement.Contribution/value-add: This research provides a theoretical framework to understand, describe and assess the implementation of efficient and effective learnerships in the construction industry.

  7. IMPACT OF ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRISIS IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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    Cristina PLOSCARU

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The current financial and economic crisis has affected many sectors, and also the construction sector. The construction market has been and will be an important source of income for the entire Europe, totaling about 1.650 thousand billion euro, which is more than the GDP of Italy. Building no doubt brings significant percentage in the GDP of any European country, which of course is different from country to country. In Western European countries, the residential market is almost 50% from the construction market, while in Eastern European countries the majority is held by the civil and non-residential constructions. In addition, in the West the medium budget per capita spent on construction is 3-4 times higher than that spent in Eastern countries. But, according to previsions in the coming years the countries that will witness a growth, albeit small, will be the Eastern ones. The paper highlights the impact of the economic and financial crisis in the construction industry on a European and national level, as the sustainable constructions that may represent the sector’s future.

  8. The industrial attitudes of active white collar civil service trade unionists.

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    Achike, B. C.

    1991-01-01

    This thesis describes and explains a recent industrial relations phenomenon, the "Industrial attitudes of active white-collar civil service trade unionists." It begins by tracing the problem facing the civil service trade unions back to the institutionalized low pay of their members and the apparently autocratic character of their employer. Evidence was gathered which showed that the Government, in its role as employer, had over the years gradually disarmed the representatives of its emplo...

  9. Analysis on optimization of the critical path for civil construction period of Fangjiashan nuclear island constructed under EPC mode

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    Based on the actual situation of nuclear island civil construction in Fangjiashan nuclear power plant and combined with the arrangement of the construction schedule, the analysis on optimization of the critical path for civil construction period is conducted. The result shows that on the premise of not increasing the contract price and the total engineering cost based on the original 57-month construction period, the construction period can be shorten to 21 month through strengthening the schedule control, keeping the critical work in a reasonable duration and rearranging the link between programmers. In addition, in view of the economic analysis, if we increase the mechanical engagement and adopt special method, the 2-month construction period can be even shortened to 20 months. (authors)

  10. Industrial Disputes in the Construction Sector

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    L.J Perry

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available The Cole Royal Commission enquiry into the building and construction (abbreviated to ‘construction’ sector recommended controversial workplace-relation reforms for that sector. The recommended changes are likely to be enshrined in legislation within the year. The Commission drew on analyses of industrial disputes that focused, in the main, on quite recent experience. This paper attempts to give a broader historical perspective on disputes in that sector by considering the pattern of disputes for the entire post-World War II period. Accordingly, data on disputes and employees during the entire period are gathered from Australian Bureau of Statistics current and archived sources. These data are classified according to sector (construction versus non-construction and analysed. It is found that the strike rate has, on average, been greater in the construction sector than in the non-construction sector. However, there have been periods during which disputes in the construction sector have been relatively low. The most recent period was during the period of the Accord (1983-96, during which the strike rate in the construction sector fell relatively strongly. The analysis of this relatively broad historical period draws attention, among other things, to the possibility that the sort of strategies employed during the Accord years – strategies of cooperation and consensus building – may provide a more effective means of bringing industrial peace to the workplace relations scene of the construction sector than policies that are relatively confrontational.

  11. Quality control of three main materials for civil construction of nuclear power plant

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    The construction and operation of nuclear power plant is a systematic engineering. To ensure quality and safety of nuclear power plants, each work from design to operation can have certain impact on the quality and safety of the project. The quality of each related work shall be controlled. Starting from the quality control over raw materials for the civil construction of nuclear power plant, this article mainly analyzes how to control the quality and manage the three main materials of steel, concrete and modular parts in the civil construction. (author)

  12. PRICING STRATEGY IN THE INDONESIAN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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    Krishna Mochtar

    2002-01-01

    Issues related to pricing strategy in the Indonesian construction industry are covered%2C including problems of current pricing strategy in construction%2C exploration of pricing strategies with a market-based approach%2C and survey findings of the top Indonesian contractors regarding their current pricing practices and the applicability of market-based pricing strategy models developed by Mochtar and Arditi. Comparisons with similar survey findings of the top U.S. contractors are conducted w...

  13. Stakeholder Analysis in Libyan Construction Industry

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    Hraisha, Ahmed A. Ali

    2015-01-01

    Scholars in the construction management field have highlighted the importance of analyzing and managing the project stakeholders effectively, since the project success or failure is related to their perceptions of the value created by the project, and the nature of their relationship with the project team. This study intended to facilitate the analysis of the construction industry stakeholders by providing an original framework model. This framework displays a clear process for stakeholders’ ...

  14. Ideology and Poetics in Public Issue Construction: Thatcherism, Civil Liberties, and "Terrorism" in Northern Ireland.

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    Parry-Giles, Trevor

    1995-01-01

    Examines the rhetoric of Margaret Thatcher, indicating how Thatcherism intensified existing ideological tensions within the British context; how Thatcherism constructed the public issue of "terrorism" in Northern Ireland as an "epic tragedy"; and how such a construction materially shifted and ensnared commitments to "freedom" and civil liberties.…

  15. Reverse logistics in the construction industry.

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    Hosseini, M Reza; Rameezdeen, Raufdeen; Chileshe, Nicholas; Lehmann, Steffen

    2015-06-01

    Reverse logistics in construction refers to the movement of products and materials from salvaged buildings to a new construction site. While there is a plethora of studies looking at various aspects of the reverse logistics chain, there is no systematic review of literature on this important subject as applied to the construction industry. Therefore, the objective of this study is to integrate the fragmented body of knowledge on reverse logistics in construction, with the aim of promoting the concept among industry stakeholders and the wider construction community. Through a qualitative meta-analysis, the study synthesises the findings of previous studies and presents some actions needed by industry stakeholders to promote this concept within the real-life context. First, the trend of research and terminology related with reverse logistics is introduced. Second, it unearths the main advantages and barriers of reverse logistics in construction while providing some suggestions to harness the advantages and mitigate these barriers. Finally, it provides a future research direction based on the review. PMID:26018543

  16. Efforts to Manage Disputes in the Construction Industry: A Comparison of the New Engineering Contract and the Dispute Review Board

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    Thompson, Roxene Marie II

    1998-01-01

    The construction industry has been plagued with an increasing number of claims and high litigation costs. How do we reduce conflict and litigation in the construction process? On one hand, leaders of the construction industry in the United States (US) focused their efforts on improving alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. For instance, the American Society of Civil Engineers has introduced the Dispute Review Board (DRB) as a complementary provision to standard US construction practic...

  17. Safety Behaviour in the Construction Industry

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    MacDonald, Nick; Hrymak, Victor

    2002-01-01

    The influences on safety standards and employee safety behaviour was analysed on 18 large construction sites on the island of Ireland. The safety management and documentation of these sites was also analysed. The results are discussed at length together with comprehensive recommendations for the industry.

  18. 29 CFR 776.23 - Employment in the construction industry.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 29 Labor 3 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Employment in the construction industry. 776.23 Section 776... Construction Industry Individual Employee Coverage in the Construction Industry § 776.23 Employment in the construction industry. (a) In general. The same principles for determining coverage under the Fair...

  19. Work Stress among Professionals in Building Construction Industry in Nigeria

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    Eziyi Offia Ibem

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available This study was undertaken to identify key stress factors among professionals in building construction industry in Nigeria. This is in view of the fact that to date, very little is known about work stress among professionals in building construction industry in this country. The study involved the administration of questionnaire to 107 professionals including architects, builders, civil/structural engineers and quantity surveyors randomly selected from 60 ongoing building projects in Anambra, Ogun and Kaduna States, Nigeria. The data was analysed using descriptive statistics, and findings show that the principal sources of stress were high volume of work, uncomfortable site office environment, lack of feedback on previous and ongoing building projects, and variations in the scope of work in ongoing building projects. The paper suggests that taking responsibility for work which one has adequate capacity to handle, establishing realistic budgets and time frame for project delivery, provision of spatially adequate, visually and thermally comfortable site offices, adoption of appropriate job design practice and education of professionals on stress management strategies will reduce the incidence of stress among professionals in building industry in Nigeria.

  20. Social identity in the construction industry

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    Andersen, L. P.; Karlsen, I. L.; Kines, P.;

    2015-01-01

    The construction industry has one of the highest frequency levels and rates of work-related injuries, yet the evidence for successful attempts to reduce injuries is generally lacking. The motivational and (safety) behavioural implications of social identification and social categorization among...... construction sites should take into account the dynamics of social identification and categorization in the implementation of safety measures, e.g. by creating an alternative organization of work, thus making it easier for a work crew to identify themselves with the site management. Site/crew managers should...... construction labourer work crews were investigated to ascertain how their interactions are affected by the social structure and organization of work. Semi-structured group interviews and mini interviews during work were carried out with 13 concrete work crews (totalling 53 persons) at five large construction...

  1. Ethics and responsibility within the construction industry

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    Amin, Hamad; Al-Haddad, Hussein

    2014-01-01

    All people face moral choices, it can be in private life, work, school or daily life. There are often rules and laws that guide us and declare how we should act in a specific situation. But how should we act in the "gray zone”, where there are no clear guidelines and rules, where the boundaries between right and wrong are not so clear. Like other industries, the construction industry is subjected to moral problems, and it is not always obvious what is right and wrong. Ethics and responsibili...

  2. Prefabricated Construction using Digitally Integrated Industrial Manufacturing

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    Harry Giles

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available The paper describes research being carried out in relation to prefabricated high density affordablehousing under a grant from the Partnership for the Advancement of Technology in Housing(PATH and the National Science Foundation (NSF in the USA. The objective is to demonstratehow a new paradigm for the conceptualization and construction of buildings can be conceivedof as an entirely factory based process that creates advantages for construction through industrialsystems technology transfer. Our approach is intended to transform design methodologythrough demonstrating how alternative construction concepts, using entirely pre-manufacturedvolumetric units, can be adopted. This involves digital modeling that facilitates parametric variationsfor creating customized prefabricated products from design conceptualization through tofinal product delivery. The paper discusses key areas under investigation in relation to a manufacturingparadigm used in the automotive industry that integrates virtual prototyping and industrialmanufacturing systems. Our research explores a type of monocoque volumetric unit prefabricatedin steel, which will be pre-finished as part of a modular factory-built approach usingindustrialized methodologies that will facilitate customized manufacture of a high quality energyefficient product for affordable housing.The paper addresses the automotive industry methods of manufacture that have served increasedautomobile performance and economics through mass production for over a century. In starkcontrast, the building industry and in particular the housing industry is still a century behind. It issuggested that a move away from tradition will require an industry wide initiative, just like HenryFord led the way with mass production. By embracing the increasing sophistication and capabilitythat digital technology offers, it is shown how digital tools are implemented towards masscustomization in house design using virtual modeling in the

  3. Design of a System for Monitoring Reliability of Structures and Constructions in Civil Engineering

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    Tomislav S. Igić

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Monitoring of civil engineering structures and constructions requires techniques which can produce high precision and accuracy, reliable measurements and fast processing speed. The development of information and communication systems as well as of microprocessor controllers has enabled a creation of monitoring systems that can be used for tracking reliability of structures and constructions in civil engineering, with described key features. This paper describes in detail the architecture of the Civil Engineering Structures Reliability Monitoring (CERM system. The system has been designed for the purposes of the Technical Mechanics and Theory of Constructions Department at the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture, University of Nis. Unlike general commercial monitoring systems, the CERM system has been specially designed for the purpose of reliability monitoring, and its potential will be further exploited in this paper. It is based on usage of universal microprocessor controllers Integraf of series 10X, along with specially designed software package. This system provides real time acquisition of measurements for observed civil engineering structures and analysis of received values based on developed mathematical models.

  4. Incorporating civil-defense shelter space in new underground construction

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    At the present time, the population of the US is approximately ten times more vulnerable to nuclear weapons than the Soviet population. This vulnerability can be reduced rapidly by urban evacuation in a crisis. However, the need to keep the essential economy running in a crisis, as well as coping with attacks on short warning, makes the construction of shelter space where people live very desirable. This can be done most economically by slightly modifying underground construction intended for peacetime use. The designer must consider all elements of the emergency environment when designing the space. Provisions must be made for emergency egress, light and ventilation (without elecric power), blast closures, water, sanitation, and food. The option of upgrading the space in a crisis should be considered. An example is given

  5. Conceptual Design Report. Footprint Gallery Upgrade - Civil Construction, May 1988

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    1988-05-01

    The Footprint Gallery Complex will be enlarged and modified. The basic outline of the project will be to add 68,100 square feet of new construction, remodel 20,600 square feet of existing space, and retire by removal 17 ,500 square feet. The principal items to be addressed are: the creation of larger Main Control Rooms and Central Control Computer Rooms, the replacement of several temporary structures with permanent facilities, the provision for a growth in population of 132 people, and the creation of an intermediate sized meeting/lecture room facility. Disjointed second floor areas will be connected and made accessible to the handicapped, secure and informative viewing for visitors will be provided, and parking will be increased to match the expected growth. The new construction will provide for a more centralized concentration of systems and support personnel of the Fermilab Accelerator Division, reflecting the growth of these organizations during the last 15 years. Experiments, such as the D-Zero detector and antiproton deceleration (E760), have been assigned to the Accelerator Division for support. The associated physicists and experimenters make up the most significant component of the growth in population for which this construction will provide additional space.

  6. Supply Chain Management in the Construction Industry

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    Olsson, Fredrik

    2000-01-01

    In this licentiate thesis the implications of a deliberate use of logistics knowledge have been investigated by describing and analyzing the use of a supply chain management approach in the construction industry.
    A five-step approach is used in the thesis. First, theoretical models are developed from the supply chain management literature. Two models are elaborated; One model identifying supply chain criteria and the other comparing traditional to supply chain-based.

  7. Civil engineering terminology

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    Kuhta, Milan; Brunčič, Ana

    2015-01-01

    Among all crises, which have struck Slovenian construction industry, the crisis of civil engineering terminology is perhaps less noticeable, but still as important as all the others. The lack of fundamental characteristics of proper terminology causes a reasonable doubt whether Slovenian civil engineering terminology actually exists. After three editions of Splošni tehniški slovar (A General Technical Dictionary), a preparation of the new civil engineering dictionary represents one step towar...

  8. PRICING STRATEGY IN THE INDONESIAN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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    Krishna Mochtar

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Issues related to pricing strategy in the Indonesian construction industry are covered%2C including problems of current pricing strategy in construction%2C exploration of pricing strategies with a market-based approach%2C and survey findings of the top Indonesian contractors regarding their current pricing practices and the applicability of market-based pricing strategy models developed by Mochtar and Arditi. Comparisons with similar survey findings of the top U.S. contractors are conducted whenever possible. In conclusion%2C the belief that current pricing strategy in construction is predominantly cost-based is confirmed by the survey findings%3B indeed%2C in setting the markup%2C most contractors rely on subjective assessment of the competition. Using simulated bidding scenarios%2C it is discovered that Indonesian contractors tend to be more market-based as they know more about the owner%5C%27s characteristics%2C competitors%5C%27 characteristics%2C and market demand. Consequently%2C the implementation of bidding procedure proposed by Mochtar and Arditi is supported. To maximize the benefits of market-based pricing strategies%2C the bidding procedure change should be explored by all parties involved in the Indonesian construction industry. Abstract in Bahasa Indonesia : Cost-based+pricing%2C+market-based+pricing%2C+pricing+variables%2C+bidding+procedure.

  9. Linking Civil Engineering Education And Research With Industry (Session Keynote)

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    Virdi, Kuldeep

    Linking engineering education with industry has been a basic aim of educators almost from the beginning of modern degree programmes. In the USA, reference is often made to ‘co-operative education’, where students spend periods in industry within the duration of their stay in a university. Indeed...

  10. Enablers of Innovation in the Construction Material Industry

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    Wandahl, Søren; Lassen, Astrid Heidemann; Jacobsen, Alexia;

    2014-01-01

    The construction material industry is often acknowledged as slightly more innovative than the overall construction industry and could hence serve as a valuable learning place for how innovation could flourish in the construction industry. Construction is viewed as network or supply chain based...

  11. ASSESSING STRATEGIC TYPOLOGY AND BUSINESS PERFORMANCE: EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE IN SMALL CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY IN MALAYSIA

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    Shafie Sidek

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available The research investigates Miles and Snow (1978 strategic typology as the strategic choice and business performance among Class F entrepreneurs in civil construction industry in Malaysia. The result concluded thatProspector strategy is the most effective strategic typology in the small construction industry in Malaysia whereas reactors are the lowest achievers. Analyzer and defender are the moderate class F performers. The most competitive and the destructive strategic typology have been revealed from this study. This is important to serve as a guide to those who involved or intend to be involved in the small construction industry in Malaysia. It is useful for strategist and businessman, especially in the small construction industry in Malaysia to take it as a normative theory which they might practice throughout the daily activities especially during the formation of the business strategy.

  12. Sustainable Entrepreneurship in the Dutch Construction Industry

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    Rosalinde J.A. Klein Woolthuis

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available This article discusses the strategies that sustainable entrepreneurs use to interact with their environment in the Dutch construction industry. The Dutch construction industry is under great pressure to move towards sustainability, and entrepreneurs are believed to be able to play a large role in this transition by introducing new products and new business practices. But how can entrepreneurs prosper in an environment that is not geared up towards such a change? And which strategies do they use to bend conditions in their favor? In this article we make use of the Market and System Failure Framework to analyze the pressures that entrepreneurs are confronted with when introducing sustainable innovations. We recognize that these pressures can be seen as bottlenecks, but that market and system failures can also create entrepreneurial opportunities. We interviewed 16 entrepreneurs in the Dutch construction industry to determine the influences they experienced from their environment and the strategies they use to deal with these. We conclude that we can distinguish between system building and following entrepreneurs, where the former aims to build a new system to challenge the old one, whereas the latter rather makes use of existing structures to build a business. We find that both strategies can be successful and that overall, the entrepreneurs confirm the belief that sustainability on people, planet and transparency aspects, can contribute very well to the long term profitability of the businesses the entrepreneurs are running. These in-depth insights into the influences from the context on the one hand, and the entrepreneurs’ strategic reactions on the other hand, contribute to our understanding of the interactions between entrepreneurs and the system context. This can help us to more effectively stimulate and support innovating entrepreneurs to contribute to the transition towards sustainability.

  13. Leadership styles of women managers in the UK construction industry

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    Thayaparan, M; Amaratunga, Dilanthi; Haigh, Richard

    2009-01-01

    This paper is part of an ongoing doctoral study about exploring the contribution of women managers towards the construction industry. UK construction is typically portrayed as a male dominated industry. Women are highly under-represented particularly at the managerial and technical sectors of the construction industry. This research intends to explore the contribution women managers could bring to the construction industry. Exploring the benefits women could bring to constructi...

  14. Safety Management Practices in the Bhutanese Construction Industry

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    Kin Dorji; Bonaventura H.W. Hadikusumo

    2006-01-01

    The construction industry is considered as one of the most hazardous industrial sectors wherein the construction workers are more prone to accidents. In developed countries such as United Kingdom and United States of America, there is strict legal enforcement of safety in the construction industry and also in the implementation of safety management systems which are designed to minimize or eliminate accidents at work places. However, occupational safety in construction industry is very poor i...

  15. OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY ISSUES IN VICTORIAN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY, AUSTRALIA

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    M. Asad, Abdurrahman

    2010-01-01

    The construction industry has one of the highest injury ratios of all Australian industries. Individuals employed on the construction industries find themselves confronted with dangerous and life-threatening work conditions. However, it appears that the trend in Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) performance of construction industry has improved consistently compared with the other industries. The enforcement of OHS law and regulation, and the outcome of authority function to assist and pro...

  16. Decision support model for selecting and evaluating suppliers in the construction industry

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    Fernando Schramm

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available A structured evaluation of the construction industry's suppliers, considering aspects which make their quality and credibility evident, can be a strategic tool to manage this specific supply chain. This study proposes a multi-criteria decision model for suppliers' selection from the construction industry, as well as an efficient evaluation procedure for the selected suppliers. The model is based on SMARTER (Simple Multi-Attribute Rating Technique Exploiting Ranking method and its main contribution is a new approach to structure the process of suppliers' selection, establishing explicit strategic policies on which the company management system relied to make the suppliers selection. This model was applied to a Civil Construction Company in Brazil and the main results demonstrate the efficiency of the proposed model. This study allowed the development of an approach to Construction Industry which was able to provide a better relationship among its managers, suppliers and partners.

  17. MARKETING EXPENDITURES IN THE INDONESIAN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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    Krishna Mochtar

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available In the 1960s, a “new” marketing concept known as "four Ps marketing mix" appeared and shifted the focus from the product to the customer. The objective of the new concept was not only profit, and the means of achieving the objective expanded to include the entire “marketing mix”: product, price, promotion, and place (channels and distribution. Expenditures of marketing in a company should be explored from these mixes, because each mix would have an impact on the total marketing expenditures. These four mixes are the main aspects of marketing and thus, should represent almost all expenditures in marketing in a company. From this research it is discovered that the responding contractors have only average efforts to improve or innovate their service, mostly using the latest construction methods and management approach. Correlated to their policy in the fourth mix (Place, they are still national oriented and not international oriented in marketing their services, this may lead to the big question of their survival; their motivation to innovate is only average while their target market is only national market. Their attitude to use more intensive “fees” policy rather than both product innovation and promotion is also interesting. Big percentage of the responding contractors assumes these “fees” are regular marketing practices. This attitude may better be stopped to make the construction industry practices healthier. Attitude to use more product innovation and true promotion approach in marketing in construction must be encouraged systematically in the future, to improve competitiveness in the long term.

  18. PERFORMANCE OF PROJECTN MANAGEMENT IN CIVIL CONSTRUCTION AT SUGAR AND ALCOHOL PLANTS

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    Leandro Parras Meleiro

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available This article reports a study case on performance of project management in civil construction at sugarcane and alcohol plants. The survey was conducted in sugarcane and alcohol plant in Barra Bonita, São Paulo state, Brazil, which is a joint venture formed by the world´s largest sugar cane processor as well as one of the largest world´s fuel distributors. Brazil is the world's largest sugarcane producer and the second one of bioethanol. São Paulo state is the biggest national producer with approximately 60% of production. This fact boosted the investment of foreign groups in this sector. Historically, civil projects were managed by employees themselves sometimes with no experience in project management and without the use of adequate criteria, tools and methods. With the arrival of investors, improvement projects have become indispensable, teams sought for improvement and project managers have gained strength. This paper aims at showing the performance of a management at sugarcane and alcohol plant in civil construction projects, demonstrating the relationship between involved parties and the benefits achieved with the implementation of established management methods for the conducting these projects.

  19. Carbon Emission Management in the Construction Industry – Case Studies Of Nigerian Construction Industry

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    Edeoja, Joy Acheyini

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Climate change is a global concern. The effect is seen all over the globe and man’s anthropogenic activities is a major contributor. This study evaluates the management of carbon emissions in the Nigerian construction industry by measuring the amount of carbon being emitted from constructional activities within selected organizations. At present, there is no standard of measuring greenhouse gas emissions that is acceptable internationally for all countries so the UK Department for Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA methodology of emission monitoring and measurement was used to evaluate the extent of carbon dioxide emissions in these organizations. This methodology was adopted for this study because there was no known national methodology for emission measurement and monitoring within Nigeria. Case studies were undertaken and questionnaires were applied in some construction organizations within Nigeria and the responses from these questionnaires were evaluated and it was found that though there was significant emissions from the Nigerian construction industry, the provision for emissions monitoring and management was lacking, the general awareness regarding carbon emissions and environmental issues across the various organizations evaluated was poor and the construction organizations had no singular person directly in charge of carbon or environmental issues.

  20. Germany's Construction Industry: Strong Growth Followed by Stagnation

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    Gornig, Martin; Hagedorn, Hendrik

    2012-01-01

    2011 was one of the construction industry's strongest years of growth since German reunification. For the year as a whole, a nominal increase in construction volume of almost eight percent is expected. The price increase is forecast at over 2.5 percent. Real construction volume in 2011 will be over five percent higher than in 2010. However, according to current information, we can expect the construction industry to experience a break in growth in 2012. Real construction volumes will barely b...

  1. Reuse of harbour sediments in the Greenlandic construction industry

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    Belmonte, Louise Josefine; Kirkelund, Gunvor Marie; Ottosen, Lisbeth M.; Villumsen, Arne

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to investigate possibilities of using harbour sediments from the Greenlandic harbours as substitutes in the Greenlandic construction industry, mainly for concrete production and road construction. Materials for use in the Greenlandic construction industry are shipped to...

  2. THE LEVERAGE EFFECT OF SOCIAL MEDIA: HOW TURKISH CIVIL AVIATION INDUSTRY USE SOCIAL MEDIA POWER?

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    Tolga KARA

    2016-01-01

    After the advent of the internet, communication methods have sharply changed and interactivity become more important for customers. Especially customer activities such as information search for company or product details, using online services such as purchase or engaging in social networks in online communities are continue to rise. Aim of this study is to demonstrate how Turkish Civil Aviation Industry use social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Blogs and others, while th...

  3. Finding Political Opportunities: Civil Society, Industrial Power, and the Governance of Nanotechnology in the European Union

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    Anna Lamprou; David J. Hess

    2016-01-01

    The European Union encourages and institutionalizes participation by environmental, consumer, and labor organizations in the governance of nanotechnology. Interviews with leaders of the civil society organizations (CSOs) show that they identified multiple problems with nanotechnology policy but had only limited success in gaining the changes that they sought. CSO leaders explain their lack of success as due to the overwhelming power of industry and the support of the European Commission for n...

  4. Sustainable technologies for the building construction industry

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    Vanegas, J.A.; DuBose, J.R.; Pearce, A.R. [Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA (United States)

    1995-12-31

    As the dawn of the twenty-first century approaches, the current pattern of unsustainable, inequitable and unstable asymmetric demographic and economic growth has forced many segments of society to come together in facing a critical challenge: how can societies across the world meet their current basic human needs, aspirations and desires, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs? At the core of this challenge is the question: how can the human race maintain in perpetuity a healthy, physically attractive and biologically productive environment. The development path that we have been taking, in the past few centuries, has been ultimately detrimental to the health of our surrounding ecological context. We are consuming an increasing share of the natural resources available to use on this planet, and we are creating sufficiently large amounts of waste and pollution such that the earth can no longer assimilate our wastes and recover from the negative impacts. This is a result of a growing population as well as new technologies which make it easier for use to access natural resources and also require the consumption of more resources. Unsustainable technology has been the result of linear rather than cyclic thinking. The paradigm shift from linear to cyclic thinking in technological design is the crux of the shift from unsustainability to sustainability. This paper discusses the implications for the building design and construction industries. Strategies, technologies, and opportunities are presented to improve the sustainability of the built environment.

  5. 78 FR 9396 - Draft Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff; Civil Money Penalties for...

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    2013-02-08

    ... Tobacco to Protect Children and Adolescents'' (75 FR 13225, March 19, 2010, codified at 21 CFR part 1140... Staff; Civil Money Penalties for Tobacco Retailers: Responses to Frequently Asked Questions... Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability of a draft guidance for industry entitled ``Civil...

  6. Including the people with disabilities at work: a case study of the job of bricklayer in civil construction in Brazil.

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    Martins, L B; Barkokébas Junior, B; Guimarães, B M

    2012-01-01

    The aim of this paper is to present the results of the evaluation of the job of bricklayer in the construction industry to determine the profile of workers with disabilities who could perform this function and what adjustments are needed. The methods and techniques used in the field study were: direct observation of the activities and the environment, interviews with bricklayers on building sites, a video and photographic record of tasks being carried out to analyze the job of bricklayer, software resources were used. This study set out the disabilities most commonly caused by work accidents in the civil construction industry and simulated the conditions of the individuals to determine whether they could perform the activities of this function and what adaptations are needed. It was observed that workers with hearing impairments could perform activities without any change in the workplace and individuals who had had a leg or foot amputated need to use appropriate prostheses to perform the activities of the function. Thus, it was shown that the activity of professionals with experience in Ergonomics is essential since, by the activity of gathering data and analysing the physical, cognitive and organizational requirements of jobs and by collecting data on and analysing the functional capabilities of the worker with a disability, adaptations to jobs can be adequately defined. PMID:22317447

  7. Propaganda and the construction of a war culture in Spain during the Civil War

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    Francisco SEVILLANO CALERO

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available This article analyses the war propaganda during the Civil War and the first years of the Francoist “New State». Recent work has addressed the construction of the image of the enemy on the basis of the prevailing stereotypes, and how General Franco’s persona was transfigured symbolically through the development of a charismatic image within the rhetoric, rites and liturgies of the ‘New State». This propaganda helped spread a culture of war from 1936 to 1939 and beyond.

  8. Radiation control aspects of the civil construction for a high power free electron laser (FEL) facility

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    The paper discusses some of the assumptions and methods employed for the control of ionizing radiation in the specifications for the civil construction of a planned free electron laser facility based on a 200 MeV, 5 mA superconducting recirculation electron accelerator. Consideration is given firstly to the way in which the underlying building configuration and siting aspects were optimized on the basis of the early assumptions of beam loss and radiation goals. The various design requirements for radiation protection are then considered, and how they were folded into an aesthetically pleasing and functional building. copyright 1997 American Institute of Physics

  9. PRIORITISING LEAN CONSTRUCTION BARRIERS IN UGANDA'S CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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    Henry Mwanaki Alinaitwe, , and

    2009-01-01

    Engaging in lean construction efforts could prove to be highly rewarding for building firms in Uganda. However, lean construction is risky and can be disastrous if not properly managed. Lean production efforts in some other countries have not been successful due to the many barriers to its successful implementation. To enable sound lean construction efforts and to increase the chances of success in eliminating waste, a thorough investigation of the barriers is essential. This study presents 3...

  10. State of the art on construction automation and robotic system in domestic and foreign construction industry

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    In this report, we review the existing concept of construction automation and also survey the state of the art on construction automation and robotic system in domestic and foreign construction industry. On the basis of the result of review and survey, we want to suggest an applicable robotic technology to construction industry and points to be duly considered for activating construction automation. We investigate the state of the art on construction automation and robotic system in domestic and foreign construction industry and also applicable area and direction of domestic construction automation and robotic system. We hope that construction automation and robotic technology, which are improved rapidly nowadays, can contribute to the growth of construction industry

  11. Lean construction: Prospects for the German construction industry

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    Johansen, Eric; Walter, Lorenz

    2007-01-01

    There is little, if any, information available about the range and dissemination of lean concepts among construction companies in Germany. Building on the methodologies and conceptual frameworks used in earlier work in the UK (Common et al., 2000) and the Netherlands (Johansen et al., 2002) this study carried out a similar survey among German construction companies to discover the current understanding of lean principles, perceptions of lean and trends in lean development. Qualitative and qua...

  12. IT-investigation in the building construction industry

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    Sørensen, Lars Schiøtt

    1995-01-01

    An investigation of the level of computing in the Danish construction industry. A quantitative and qualitative level was stated among architects, engineers, building owners, contractors a.o. use of computing......An investigation of the level of computing in the Danish construction industry. A quantitative and qualitative level was stated among architects, engineers, building owners, contractors a.o. use of computing...

  13. “It is Chaotic but not Chaos” Civil society, local participation and the construction of political and economic order in Somalia

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    Pijovic, Nikola

    2012-01-01

    The project examines how local communities in south Somalia construct political and economic order, and what role civil society initiatives play in this. It offers an examination of what constitutes civil society in a collapsed state environment, and what actors can be considered as civil society. The project then examines civil initiatives in constructing order in local communities and how this was achieved on an almost national level by the Union of Islamic Courts in 2006. Then the project ...

  14. Handling Low-Density LiDAR Data: Calculating the Heights of Civil Constructions and the Accuracy Expected

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    Rubén Martínez Marín; Elena Lianes Revilla; Juan Carlos Ojeda Manrique; Miguel Marchamalo Sacristán

    2013-01-01

    During the last years, in many developed countries, administrations and private companies have devoted considerable amounts of money to obtain mapping data using airborne LiDAR. For many civil activities, we can take advantage of it, since those data are available with no cost. Some important questions arise: Are those data good enough to be used for determining the heights of the civil constructions with the accuracy we need in some civil work? What accuracy can we expect when using low-dens...

  15. Contribution of women managers towards the construction industry: Preliminary findings

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    Thayaparan, M; Amaratunga, Dilanthi; Haigh, Richard

    2010-01-01

    UK construction industry faces many challenges such as low performance, high dissatisfaction among clients, low productivity, poor image, high fragmentation etc. Recruiting employees, particularly for senior/ middle level management, to fulfil the skills and labour shortages has also been a challenge faced by the industry for many years. The gender segregation pattern of the construction industry seems to be highly according to the societal expectations of the traditional gender roles. In evi...

  16. Quality and safety in the palestinian construction industry

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    Enshassi, Adnan; Choudhry, Rafiq; Abualqumboz, Moheeb

    2009-01-01

    Construction industry is one of the largest and most important industries in Palestine. Quality and safety in the industry still suffers from ignorance and lack of supervision and accident rate on construction projects is very high. The objective of this paper is to identify the quality and safety factors that relate to safety, and determine their relative importance as perceived by contractors to help reduction of accidents. A survey was conducted by using a 55 item questionnaire which was g...

  17. Business Structure of Indigenous Firms in the Nigerian Construction Industry

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    Sunday Julius ODEDIRAN; Busayo Funmilola ADEYINKA; Oladele Ayinde OPATUNJI; Kolawole Opeyemi MORAKINYO

    2012-01-01

    The roles of contracting firms in construction industry cannot be overemphasized and their structure is a function of performance and output in the industry. Sets of questionnaire were administered on construction professionals working within the contracting firms. Data obtained was analyzed using descriptive statistic (mean ranking). The study found out that the firms are medium-size firms, engaged in building construction and cannot finance projects independently prior to client financial c...

  18. Project Time Planning in Norwegian Construction Industry - An Empirical Study

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    Hoseini, Erfan

    2015-01-01

    Literatures investigation reveal that poor project planning is cited by many authors as a delay factor in the construction projects. Project planning have many different aspects and this research only addresses time aspect of project planning in the Norwegian construction industry. To capture the real word experience of experts in Norwegian construction industry and to find out the factors influencing project time planning, a survey questionnaire was conducted. The survey was distribute...

  19. GENERALIZED LANDSCAPE THEORY: AGENT-BASED APPROACH TO ALLIANCE FORMATIONS IN CIVIL AVIATION INDUSTRY

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    Kyoichi Kijima

    2001-01-01

    The purpose of this paper is to generalize Landscape theory proposed by R.Axelrod and, then, to apply it to the civil aviation industry for simulating alliance formations in it. Landscape theory provides a well-known agent-based simulation model for analyzing alliance (or coalition) formation process. When a set N of agents or autonomous decision makers is given, the theory assumes that each agent tries to make a coalition in such a way that the resulting alliance minimizes its frustration. The theory is essentially based on two premises. One is that a propensity is symmetric,i.e., the propensity of agent i toward j is exactly the same as that of j toward i for anyagents i and j in N. The other is that the number of alliances is restricted to two, i.e., at any moment N is partitioned into two parties. Though the two basic premises underpin the theory and make the model simple and operational, they do not always reflect alliance formation processes in a realistic way. A generalized Landscape theory that this paper proposes removes them and allows asymmetric propensity and existence of alliances of any number. Since the premises are essential for the model, the generalization requires a drastic reconstruction of the whole idea of the theory. Finally, we analyze a real alliance formation process in the civil aviation industry.This analysis provides interesting insights about the industry as well as some validation of our generalized Landscape theory.

  20. Structural use of aluminium in the construction industry

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    Nethercot, D.A. [Imperial Coll., London (United Kingdom)

    2002-07-01

    Examples are given of the structural use of aluminium in the Civil Engineering and Building Industries. These are taken from various periods within the past 50 years. The contrast between relatively widespread use for quite major structures in the 50' and 60's with the niche markets of today is striking. Paradoxically, availability of technical guidance, linked to professionally prepared educational material, has never been better. (orig.)

  1. QUALITY OF HUMAN RESOURCES IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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    Sofronov Daniil Sergeevich

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Human resources serve as the basis for development of the national economy, as a whole, and the construction industry, as its constituent part. The problem of inferior labor productivity within the framework of the national economy and its construction industry is considered in the paper. The author has identified the reasons why the productivity of the national economy and its construction industry is low. Low quality manpower is one of the reasons. Analysis of the statistical information has proven that the quality of the manpower in the construction industry is unsatisfactory. The author has also analyzed the relation between the construction industry development pattern and the quality of the manpower. Low manpower quality is a consequence of low personnel training and development expenditures assumed by local construction companies, if compared to the same assumed in the developed economies. Russian businesses do not invest any proceeds into their employees, as any employee may leave the company at any moment, and the employer will lose the investment. Therefore, the performance rate of the Russian construction industry cannot catch up with its western counterpart. The author also provides the analysis of the western personnel development concept. The author also makes his suggestions designated to reverse the unfavourable trend of the construction industry.

  2. PRIORITISING LEAN CONSTRUCTION BARRIERS IN UGANDA'S CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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    Henry Mwanaki Alinaitwe

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Engaging in lean construction efforts could prove to be highly rewarding for building firms in Uganda. However, lean construction is risky and can be disastrous if not properly managed. Lean production efforts in some other countries have not been successful due to the many barriers to its successful implementation. To enable sound lean construction efforts and to increase the chances of success in eliminating waste, a thorough investigation of the barriers is essential. This study presents 31 barriers and investigates their influence (strength on the success of lean construction initiatives. Structured interviews were carried out with technical managers of building firms to assess their perception of the barriers to lean production based on their experience at their firms. The strongest barrier is the provision of inputs exactly when required. Additionally, the barriers were ranked according to the ease of overcoming each. The easiest barrier to overcome is keeping the required items in the right place. Finally, a graphical aid is provided to enable decision makers to concentrate their efforts on the influential (strong, yet easy to overcome barriers. A lack of buildable designs and a participative management style for the workforce are the most important barriers to successful waste reduction in terms of strength and ease of overcoming. On the other hand, a lack of an organisational culture that supports teamwork, a lack of prefabrication and a lack of knowledgeable and skilled workers are regarded as low in strength, and at the same time difficult to overcome.

  3. METHODOLOGICAL SUBSTANTIATION OF PATTERNS OF DEVELOPMENT OF THE SYSTEM OF MANAGEMENT OF THE INVESTMENT AND CIVIL ENGINEERING INDUSTRY WITH ACCOUNT FOR ITS SYSTEMIC CHARACTERISTICS

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    Uvarova Svetlana Sergeevna

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available The methodology of research of organizational and economic drivers of development of the civil engineering industry represents a cluster of interrelated methods, techniques, procedures, algorithms and models that shape up the basis for the development and implementation of effective management actions impacted by intrinsic fluctuations of the civil engineering industry, the local legislation, national and global economies. The proposed method contributes to the improvement of sustainability of construction companies and the construction industry. It also facilitates an inflow of capital into the investment sector of the construction industry and accelerates the economic growth of Russia. The proposed methodology is based on a synthesis of several scientific theories, such as the evolutionary theory, the theory of self-organization (the synergetic theory, the theory of changes and the catastrophe theory, the theory of cyclical development, the systems theory, the organizational theory, the institutional theory, and the pricing theory. There are many potential patterns of the system development; however, the awareness of the resonant excitation, feedback and the cumulative effect make it possible to predict the most probable changes. Random fluctuations are also exposed to these effects. Implementation of the proposed methodology makes it possible to generate science-based management solutions that ensure the development and implementation of effective management procedures.

  4. Extraterrestrial materials processing and construction. [space industrialization

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    Criswell, D. R.; Waldron, R. D.; Mckenzie, J. D.

    1980-01-01

    Three different chemical processing schemes were identified for separating lunar soils into the major oxides and elements. Feedstock production for space industry; an HF acid leach process; electrorefining processes for lunar free metal and metal derived from chemical processing of lunar soils; production and use of silanes and spectrally selective materials; glass, ceramics, and electrochemistry workshops; and an econometric model of bootstrapping space industry are discussed.

  5. Prefabricated Construction using Digitally Integrated Industrial Manufacturing

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    Harry Giles

    2012-01-01

    The paper describes research being carried out in relation to prefabricated high density affordablehousing under a grant from the Partnership for the Advancement of Technology in Housing(PATH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the USA. The objective is to demonstratehow a new paradigm for the conceptualization and construction of buildings can be conceivedof as an entirely factory based process that creates advantages for construction through industrialsystems technology transfer. ...

  6. Surveys of IT in the construction industry

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    Howard, Rob; Samuelson, Olle; Kiviniemi, Arto

    1998-01-01

    Comparison of data on the use of IT in construction in Denmark, Sweden and Finland. Views on the need for such surveys and the intention to carry out a Europe wide survey in 2000-1......Comparison of data on the use of IT in construction in Denmark, Sweden and Finland. Views on the need for such surveys and the intention to carry out a Europe wide survey in 2000-1...

  7. Interactive Simulator Training in Civil Construction: Evaluation from the Trainer's Perspective

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    Tichon, Jennifer; Diver, Phil

    2012-01-01

    The popularity of simulators to augment training programs for operators of heavy machinery has been growing across several industries including mining, rail and more recently construction. High-fidelity, interactive simulation is typically achieved through complete immersion in brief, stressful and complex VR scenarios. The use of simulation…

  8. Constructing Global Production Activity Indices: The Chemical Industry

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    Saswati Mahapatra; Thomas K Swift

    2012-01-01

    This article first presents the challenges involved in constructing consistent, timely, and reliable short-term measures of national, regional, and global industry activity. The chemical industry is used as a case study. Second, this article presents the comparison of the movement or fluctuations in industrial production indices and chemical production indices that aid in determining if production in the chemical industry can be used as a proxy for total production in an economy. The American...

  9. Approaching safety in the Swedish and Danish construction industry

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    Grill, Martin; Grytnes, Regine; Törner, Marianne

    2015-01-01

    Background: Persistent high accident rates in the construction industry motivate research to improve the understanding of underlying factors affecting safety behaviour and safety outcomes. The Scandinavian countries of Sweden and Denmark are culturally similar but with a considerable difference in...... accidents rates, especially in construction, and as such offer an opportunity to explore organizational and managerial issues related to safety outcomes. Methods: Semi-structured interviews were carried out with five construction managers and four construction workers in Danish and Swedish construction...... industry. The transcripts were analysed using semantic thematic analysis. Results: Seven safety related themes were distinguished, conveying safety culture differences between Swedish and Danish construction industry concerning: participatory or directive management; challenge or obey; compliance or non...

  10. Evaluation of IT in the Danish Construction Industry

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    Andresen, Jan Lambrecht

    1999-01-01

    IT evaluation practice.The analysis of the survey indicates in general that the evaluation of IT is unsophisticated and insufficient in the Danish construction industry. Several companies in the survey conduct evaluation of some IT investments, but often using informal procedures. However very few......This report presents data on how companies from the Danish construction industry evaluate new IT investments and their existing IT systems.A questionnaire has therefore been sent to 648 Danish companies in the construction industry in order collect and analyse data on the current sophistication of...

  11. The construction industry takes up the gauntlet

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    Pedersen, Elsebet Frydendal

    2005-01-01

    focus on health and safety, including attempts to reduce the high risks of accidents in the industry has also been adressed. This paper questions whether these activities are enough and presents an ongoing reseach project that illustrates the need for innovation from a more holistic, normative...

  12. LEGISLATIVE CHANGES NEEDED TO MAKE TO GUARANTEE SOCIAL VALUE OF THE CIVIL RIGHT OF AN INVESTOR IN HOUSING CONSTRUCTION UNDER THE FUND FOR BUILDING FINANCING IN UKRAINE

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    Zagorniak, Natalia

    2014-01-01

    Substantive structural elements of the civil legal status of the fund for building financing under the housing capital construction contract are examining. Proposed developments in civil legal safeguards of supervising and procedure and on-site construction supervision function using the escrow account mechanism aims to provide a social value of the civil right of an investor in housing construction under the fund for building financing in Ukraine.

  13. Impact of Fragmentation Issue in Construction Industry: An Overview

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    Mohd Nawi Mohd Nasrun

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In general, fragmentation within the construction industry arises from two areas within the traditional construction process; the construction work process where the most significant division is in the separation of the design and construction phase, and the construction structure itself. The fragmentation process in traditional contracting practice further hinders the integration of construction knowledge among contractors, diminishing the opportunity for them to influence design decisions. When design professionals fail to consider as to how a contractor would construct the designed project results in scheduling problems, delays, and disputes during the construction process. Moving towards team integration is considered a significant strategy for overcoming the issue. Accordingly, this paper discusses the fragmentation issue in more detail including its definition, and causes and effects to the construction projects. It also explores that the team integration strategy alleviates scheduling problems, and helps avoid delays and disputes during the construction process, preventing harm to overall project performance.

  14. Occupational Accidents: A Perspective of Pakistan Construction Industry

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    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available It has been observed that the construction industry is one of the notorious industry having higher rate of fatalities and injuries. Resulting in higher financial losses and work hour losses, which are normally faced by this industry due to occuptional accidents. Construction industry has the highest occupational accidents rate recorded throughout the world after agriculture industry. The construction work site is often a busy place having an incredibly high account of activities taking place, where everyone is moving in frenzy having particular task assigned. In such an environment, occupational accidents do occur. This paper gives information about different types of occupational accidents & their causes in the construction industry of Pakistan. A survey has been carried out to identify the types of occupational accidents often occur at construction site. The impact of each occupational accident has also been identified. The input from the different stakeholders involved on the work site was analyzed using RIW (Relative Importance Weight method. The findings of this research show that ?fall from elevation, electrocution from building power and snake bite? are the frequent occupational accidents occur within the work site where as ?fall from elevation, struck by, snake bite and electrocution from faulty tool? are the occupational accident with high impact within the construction industry of Pakistan. The results also shows the final ranking of the accidents based on higher frequency and higher impact. Poor Management, Human Element and Poor Site Condition are found as the root causes leading to such occupational accidents. Hence, this paper

  15. Evaluation of IT in the Danish Construction Industry

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    Andresen, Jan Lambrecht

    presented in this paper. The findings are compared with other related surveys and some comparisons will be made between these.The analysis of the survey indicates in general that the evaluation of IT is unsophisticated and insufficient in the construction industry. These indications are, however, found to......How are companies in the Danish construction industry identifying the value achieved by investing in and using information technology (IT)? This question has become more important and is the subject of this paper.The construction industry has characteristics which may have some influence on how...... companies manage (and evaluate) their IT systems and what their requirements are. With the aim of identifying the sophistication of IT evaluation a questionnaire has been sent to 648 Danish companies in the construction industry. Primarily findings in the area of IT strategy and evaluation of IT systems are...

  16. Investigation of Risk Management in Iranian Construction Industry

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    Tabanfar, Sina

    2014-01-01

    ABSTRACT: In recent years, managing risk in construction projects has been extremely examined in the field of project management. Many industries established their risk management approaches in order to enhance performance and benefit from advantages. But still structured approaches and methods are not commonly used and also absence of knowledge is another issue, which must be considered to managing risk. In this thesis, Iranian construction industry was selected as the case study in order...

  17. Collaboration Initiative on Green Construction and Sustainability through Industrialized Buildings Systems (IBS in the Malaysian Construction Industry

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    Kamarul Anuar Mohamad Kamar

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Malaysian Construction Industry has been urged to use innovative construction technique and to shift from traditional practice of brick and mortar to Industrialized Building System (IBS construction. IBS is defined as a construction technique in which components are manufactured in a controlled environment (on or off site, transported, positioned and assembled into a structure with minimal additional site works. On the other hand, the issues of sustainability and green construction have been duly highlighted in the Construction Industry Master Plan (2005 – 2015 as being of significant importance for the Malaysian construction industry. The Malaysian government is also committed to addressing sustainability issues and meeting its target and obligations in this regard. This paper highlights several aspects of IBS that has the potential of contributing to green construction and sustainability. IBS promotes sustainability from controlled production environment, minimization of waste generation, extensive usage of energy efficient building material, effective logistics and long term economic stability which can contribute to better investment in environment technologies. The Construction Research Institute of Malaysia (CREAM, University of Salford and other research institutes in Malaysia will conduct a collaboration Research and Development (R&D initiative on green construction and sustainability trough IBS implementation. From this paper, the authors hope to receive feedbacks, comments and recommendations to improve research aims, objectives, expected deliverables and research methodology.

  18. Study on the Construction of Eco-security System in China under the Ecological Civilization Concept——Based on the Ecological Civilization Construction in Qingzhen City of Guizhou Province

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    The construction of eco-security system was a complicated systematic project, included the comprehensive construction and collaborative propulsion of eco-environment system, eco-economy system, eco-culture system, eco-society system and eco-law system. The comprehensive, coordinated and sustainable development of ecology, economy and society only could be achieved under the guidance of ecological civilization concept by the integrated consideration, comprehensive planning and multi-coordination.

  19. Developing a strategic perspective for construction industry of Botswana

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    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available The paper discusses the outcome of a study conducted to formulate the strategic perspective of the construction industry in Botswana. The study was sanctioned by the two influential entities namely the Ministry of Infrastructure and BOCCIM Construction Sector. The two entities not only represent the demand and supply side of the construction industry but also represent key professions, trades and interests of the industry. A focus group approach was used based on workshops to formulate the strategic perspective. Workshop participants were drawn from various organisations that play a role in the delivery of construction projects. Individually they also represented the various professions, trades, occupations and interests relating to the construction processes in Botswana. Specific statements for industry’s vision, mission, values and goals were formulated through constructive discussions and debates to describe the future desired state of the construction industry. These are to serve as guiding tools for the industry’s reform process. The paper provides a step by step approach that integrates several scholastic frameworks for developing a strategic perspective for the industry.

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    Full Text Available 800x600 The paper discusses the outcome of a study conducted to formulate the strategic perspective of the construction industry in Botswana. The study was sanctioned by the two influential entities namely the Ministry of Infrastructure and BOCCIM Construction Sector. The two entities not only represent the demand and supply side of the construction industry but also represent key professions, trades and interests of the industry. A focus group approach was used based on workshops to formulate the strategic perspective. Workshop participants were drawn from various organisations that play a role in the delivery of construction projects. Individually they also represented the various professions, trades, occupations and interests relating to the construction processes in Botswana. Specific statements for industry’s vision, mission, values and goals were formulated through constructive discussions and debates to describe the future desired state of the construction industry. These are to serve as guiding tools for the industry’s reform process. The paper provides a step by step approach that integrates several scholastic frameworks for developing a strategic perspective for the industry. Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE

  1. Accelerating nano-technological innovation in the Danish construction industry

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    Koch, Christian; Stissing Jensen, Jens

    2007-01-01

    concludes that opportunities are generally poorly appreciated by the industry and research communities alike. It is found that the construction industry is characterised by low-tech trajectories where dedicated innovation networks are often too fragile for innovations to stabilize and diffuse...

  2. An analysis on ecological civilization construction in Gansu based on a quantified SWOT framework

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    LiLi Li; HongLang Xiao; SongBing Zou; Juan Ren

    2014-01-01

    Ecological civilization (EC) construction has become one of the key elements of China’s reform and development process, since it was put forward at the 17th National People’s Congress (NPC) in 2007 and improved at the 18th NPC in 2012, and stressed at the third plenary session of the 18th NPC. The provincial areas are the most important pilot units of EC strategy. Therefore, research on EC at the provincial level can meet the practical demand for EC in China. Based on the existing provincial circumstances in Gansu and its significant position as an ecological barrier in northwestern China, and aiming at the core issue of why and how to build EC in Gansu, this paper employs SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis, the Delphi method, and a combined quantitative analysis and coordinate method, and then calculates the relevant strategic orientation angle (θ=1.4605) and strength coefficient (ρ=0.53). The results show that Gansu should take an opportunities-dominated strategy, and choose opportunity-strength measures, so the province can increase its in-ternal strengths and decrease its weaknesses with external opportunities. Specific measures are recommended to actively promote an EC construction strategy.

  3. Efficient Safety Culture as Sustainable Development in Construction Industry

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    Otti. V. I; Nwolum F. C

    2015-01-01

    The paper focuses on precaution necessary to prevent avoidable accidents in the construction industries, important water development, building and roads construction in Nigeria. Moreover, appreciate the need for a safe working environment but also precaution necessary for hitch-free operation.

  4. 生态文明建设的科学内涵与基本路径%Ecological Civilization Construction:Scientific Connotation and Basic Paths

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    谷树忠; 胡咏君; 周洪

    2013-01-01

    生态文明建设是我国今后发展的重要方向、重大领域和重大任务.在十八大报告提出“大力推进生态文明建设”的基础上,从人与自然的关系、生态文明与现代文明的关系、生态文明与时代发展的关系三个方面系统阐释了生态文明建设的科学内涵,并从建设主体、建设地域、建设内容、建设手段四个方面,构建生态文明建设的分类体系.对生态文明建设的基本路径进行设计,明确生态文明建设的目标和依据,提出生态文明建设的四条基本路径,其中资源保护与节约是生态文明建设的重中之重,环境保护与治理是生态文明建设的关键所在,生态保护与修复为生态文明建设提供重要载体,国土开发与保护是生态文明建设的空间规制.最后从全民参与、科学规划和制度创新三个方面针对基本路径提出生态文明建设的具体政策建议.%Ecological civilization construction is a major direction, a key field and an important mission of Chinese future development. Some academics studied on the concept, feature and status of ecological civilization, which are mainly surrounded the theory but provide few values for the practices. Under the background of the 18th (the Communist Party of China) CPC national Congress proposing "Promote the construction of ecological civilization", this paper systematically expounds the scientific connotation of ecological civilization from three kinds of relations: man and nature, ecological civilization and modern civilization, ecological civilization and development. Then it constructs the classification system of ecological civilization construction from four aspects: body, area, content and means. The body of ecological civilization construction includes the governments, the entrepreneurs, the families, NGOs and mixed bodies. The area of ecological civilization construction is divided into five levels: global scale, national scale, district

  5. A review of crane safety in the construction industry.

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    Neitzel, R L; Seixas, N S; Ren, K K

    2001-12-01

    The complex, dynamic, and continually changing nature of construction work has been recognized as an important contributor to the high rates of injuries and fatalities in the industry. Cranes are a central component of many construction operations and are associated with a large fraction of construction deaths; in fact, estimates suggest that cranes are involved in up to one-third of all construction and maintenance fatalities. Safety and health professionals serving the construction industry need adequate training and knowledge regarding available crane safety devices and procedures so that they may insure these techniques are effectively utilized during construction operations. This paper reviews available information on crane-related injuries, currently available safety devices, and commonly used crane safety procedures. Recommendations for improved crane injury prevention and future crane safety research are given. PMID:11783872

  6. Occupational accidents: a perspective of pakistan construction industry

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    It has been observed that the construction industry is one of the notorious industry having higher rate of facilities and injuries. Resulting in higher financial losses and work hour losses, which are normally faced by this industry due to occupational accidents. Construction industry has the highest occupational accidents rate recorded throughout the world after agriculture industry. The construction work site is often a busy place having an incredibly high account of activities taking place, where everyone is moving in frenzy having particular task assigned. In such an environment, occupational accidents do occur. This paper gives information about different types of occupational accidents and their causes in the construction industry of Pakistan. A survey has been carried out to identify the types of occupational accidents often occur at construction site. The impact of each occupational accident has also been identified. The input from the different stakeholders involved on the work site was analyzed using RIW (Relative Importance Weight) method. The findings of this research show that fall from elevation, electrocution from building power and snake bite are the frequent occupational accidents occur within the work site where as fall from elevation, struck by, snake bite and electrocution from faulty tool are the occupational accident with high impact within the construction industry of Pakistan. The results also shows the final ranking of the accidents based on higher frequency and higher impact. Poor Management, Human Element and Poor Site Condition are found as the root causes leading to such occupational accidents. Hence, this paper identify that what type of occupational accidents occur at the work place in construction industry of pakistan, in order to develop the corrective actions which should be adequate enough to prevent the re-occurrence of such accidents at work site. (author)

  7. New Technological Charts for Concreting Operations on Site for Civil Constructions

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    René Antonio Puig Martínez

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The on site concreting of constructions, require some regulations to guide the construction companiesto execute the concreting operations according to the status and potential of existing technologies.In Cuba were used for a long time many regulations and construction technical standards issued bythe Ministry of Construction and relating companies, and was published in 1990 the only one versionof Technological Charts for concreting operations on site, about the existing constructions in Cuba,that are in obsolescence in this moment. During more than two decades, the country has experimentedvery rapidly develop of on site concreting technologies according with the development achieved bythe construction industry, importing or producing new efficient and productive equipments. The newtechnological charts are the result of the authors research project. They have proposed the suitableprocedures for the preparation, transportation, pouring, compaction and curing of the concrete mix incorrespondence with the country "state of the art", and the consumption normative of workers,equipments, time and costs of these activities, using the "concreting flow" as a regulator of theconcreting system.

  8. Acting Smart: An Investigation of Assumptions and Principles Which Underpin Training and Assessment Within One Civil Construction Company.

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    Searle, Jean; Kelly, Ann

    This report focuses on an investigation of assumptions and principles underpinning training and assessment programs offered by a civil construction company in Australia. Section 1 is an introduction. To conceptualize the new workplace and consider the role of literacy and numeracy in it, Section 2 addresses changing work conditions, features of a…

  9. Textual complexity of standard conditions used in the construction industry

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    Raufdeen Rameezdeen; Anushi Rodrigo

    2013-01-01

    Clearly written communication aids the understanding of construction contracts, resulting in less disputation. Past research, using opinion surveys rather than objective criteria, shows that construction contracts lack clarity and standard forms have become complex over time. The study outlined in this paper uses three objective measures of clarity developed by linguists to establish the readability of construction contracts. In addition, thirty industry professionals participated in a Cloze ...

  10. Upflow Constructed Wetland for On-site Industrial Wastewater Treatment

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    Yamagiwa, Kazuaki; Ong, Soon-An

    2007-01-01

    Constructed wetlands are cost-effective wastewater treatment technology highly applicable to Asia region. Combination of anaerobic and aerobic processes can upgrade constructed wetlands to treat industrial wastewater containing less-degradable organic pollutants. Controllability of anaerobic and aerobic activities in a vertical constructed wetland was investigated with and without supplementary aeration. The ORP profile along the wetland bed showed clear distinguishes between the anaerobic an...

  11. Business Structure of Indigenous Firms in the Nigerian Construction Industry

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    Sunday Julius ODEDIRAN

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available The roles of contracting firms in construction industry cannot be overemphasized and their structure is a function of performance and output in the industry. Sets of questionnaire were administered on construction professionals working within the contracting firms. Data obtained was analyzed using descriptive statistic (mean ranking. The study found out that the firms are medium-size firms, engaged in building construction and cannot finance projects independently prior to client financial contribution (mobilization fee. Their activities are limited to their locality and rarely get bank loans. They do not have share capital and therefore could not fund project from company capital base.

  12. The Relation between Lean Construction and Performance in the Korean Construction Industry

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    Cho, Seongkyun

    2011-01-01

    The construction industry of South Korea takes a relatively big portion of the nation's economy. A common sense is that, if there are systematic problems hindering project performance in the industry, the overall economy of the nation might be harmed to a high degree. This concern has already been raised by some industrial researchers' and in some public sectors research projects. If we can diagnose the industry in terms of the appropriate causal factors improving performance, we can make rec...

  13. Optimization and control methods in industrial engineering and construction

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    Wang, Xiangyu

    2014-01-01

    This book presents recent advances in optimization and control methods with applications to industrial engineering and construction management. It consists of 15 chapters authored by recognized experts in a variety of fields including control and operation research, industrial engineering, and project management. Topics include numerical methods in unconstrained optimization, robust optimal control problems, set splitting problems, optimum confidence interval analysis, a monitoring networks optimization survey, distributed fault detection, nonferrous industrial optimization approaches, neural networks in traffic flows, economic scheduling of CCHP systems, a project scheduling optimization survey, lean and agile construction project management, practical construction projects in Hong Kong, dynamic project management, production control in PC4P, and target contracts optimization.   The book offers a valuable reference work for scientists, engineers, researchers and practitioners in industrial engineering and c...

  14. Corruption and internal fraud in the Turkish construction industry.

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    Gunduz, Murat; Önder, Oytun

    2013-06-01

    The purpose of this paper is to develop an understanding about the internal fraud and corruption problem in the Turkish construction industry. The reasons behind the internal fraud and corruption problem as well as the types of prevention methods were investigated; and as a result various recommendations were made. To this end, a risk awareness questionnaire was used to understand the behavioral patterns of the construction industry, and to clarify possible proactive and reactive measures against internal fraud and corruption. The type of fraud experienced by Turkish construction companies was also surveyed in the questionnaire. The questionnaire was sent to 89 firms; and depending on the collected data, certain recommendations for construction industry professionals were provided. PMID:22371033

  15. The Urban Sustainability From the Perspective of Civil Construction: A Study in the Construction Companies in Campina Grande, in the State of Paraíba

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    Arlan Teodódio Macêdo; Maria de Fatima Martins

    2015-01-01

    The present urban sustainability issues involve urban aspects that show the actual conditions of these spaces, from the quest for harmony between the natural and built environments. The civil construction as an active agent in an active way in urban areas, whose activity is focused on building projects, is a driver of impacts that may affect the quality of cities. This paper aims to analyze the aspects of urban sustainability considered by the construction companies in Campina Grande, in the ...

  16. 生态文明视域下公民的生态责任建设%Civil Construction of Ecological Responsibility from the View of Ecological Civilization

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    李玉明

    2014-01-01

    Since the 18th party congress of the communist party of China proposed strategic conception of“beautiful chi-na”,the central government has actively developed the construction of ecological civilization,which got height response and support from the whole society.Of course,we will face a question that is how to implement the central government's policy of ecological construction and realize rational utilization and protection of the ecological environment and natural re-sources.One of the keys is to promote ecological civilization construction of citizen consciousness and increase it as the bounden duty.However,based on the analysis of the current Chinese citizen ecological civilization construction practice situation,the paper points out that China’s citizens are lack of responsibility,such as responsibility cognition deficien-cy,responsibility behavior disorder and so on.To a certain extent,those are not conducive for promoting the construction of ecological civilization in China.Therefore,the paper comes up with four dimensions,including conceptual level,be-havior level,the legislative level and system level,in order to strengthen civil construction of ecological responsibility and have the important practical significance for constructing ecological “beautiful Chinese”.%自党的十八大提出建设“美丽中国”战略构想以来,中央积极部署推进生态文明建设,得到了全社会的高度拥护和响应。对于如何贯彻落实中央的生态建设方针,实现生态环境和自然资源的合理保护和利用,一个关键性的要素就是要提升社会公民的生态文明建设自觉,并上升为义不容辞的责任。然而,通过对当下中国公民生态文明建设践行情况的分析,得出我国公民存在着责任认知不足、履责能力不强以及生态行为失序等诸多责任缺失问题的结论,这些问题在一定程度上不利于我国生态文明建设的全面推进。为此,提出

  17. "Terrorism and its impact on the construction industry"

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    2005-01-01

    This paper focuses on the impact that the 9/11 terrorist attacks have had on the U.S. construction industry. The paper breaks the construction project life cycle down into three phases -- Initiation, Design, and Procurement/Construction -- and examines the impact the attacks have had on each one. In terms of the Initiation Phase of construction, the attacks have had an impact on the kinds of projects that are being funded today. For example, the workloads of certain sectors of the constructi...

  18. An industrial strategy to master the construction of an EPR fleet from Flamanville 3

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    Full text of publication follows. EDF's industrial strategy to master the construction of an EPR fleet from Flamanville 3 (FA3) rests on 3 base ideas. First, an organisation based on Architect engineer approach: As for the construction of the french NPP under operation, EDF approach for the construction of Flamanville 3 is to act as architect engineer that means EDF manages the project of construction in terms of quality, schedule and cost from the detailed design to manufacturing and site activities. EDF is also in interface with the french safety authority for the licensing and in charge to coordinate all the suppliers involved in the project. Secondly, a strong feed back organisation from FA3 experience: the construction of FA3 NPP is in line with the objective given by EDF for a connection to the grid in 2014: the civil phase is now in good progress and several buildings are already achieved. The electro-mechanical erected has started in all the buildings and the first commissioning tests occurred for the electrical distribution. From all these activities, EDF get the lessons learnt and has organised the feedback experience for the future EPR plants to be built. And thirdly, an EPR family organisation involving all EPR utilities partners of EDF: in order to share the experience gained on EPR under construction, EDF has created the EPR Family which gathers all the utilities involved in construction of EPR NPP in partnership with EDF. (author)

  19. An ANALYSIS of FACTS and FIGURES of THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY ACCIDENTS in VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA

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    M. Asad, Abdurrahman; Chandra, Bhuta

    2007-01-01

    This report reviews the occupational health and safety (OHS) issues in the Victorian construction industry. The key findings of the report are that the construction industry is one of the major industries with significant injury risk; moreover, the OHS performance of the construction industry is unacceptable. Since the last decade, the construction industry remains among the five most hazardous industries in Victoria. Construction industry contributes about 10% fatalities in all Victorian ...

  20. CONSIDERATIONS ABOUT THE STRATEGIC ALLIANCES BETWEEN SMEs IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY AND TOURISM

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    LUDMILA PĂUNESCU (RAILEAN

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The SMEs who are looking the way to success and sustainable development are beginning to seek strategic alliances with one or more players on the market, just to gain fast and inexpensive acces to: technology, expertise, marketing, production, distribution and other benefits.Tourism development both as a way to spend a pleasant and instructive leisure, even as a service activity required at various stages of a tourist trip, is a necessity of today civilization, with broad prospects for development, is at once a consequence and cause of mutations economic, social, cultural and environmental. Thus, this paper approaches the advantages and disadvantages of strategic alliance between SMEs in the construction industry and tourism, and the elements necessary to achieve its objectives, in view to stimulate touristic activities and development of constructions sector.

  1. FacilitatingIndustrial Placement in the Construction Engineering Curriculum

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    Wandahl, Søren; Ussing, Lene Faber

    2016-01-01

    There is often a claim that there is a disconnection between theory and practice, which raises questions on student’s readiness for employment and the extent that higher education responds effectively to the evolving needs of the construction industry. Industrial placements schemes can facilitate...... student learning from construction practice whereby students can reflect on their learning experience at the university. The interplay between traditional engineering curriculum and the context-based learning is important for securing the right skills and competencies among the graduates. This paper takes...... outset in the hypothesis that external effectiveness (industry readiness) is better in those modes of education that, at least in part, are based on the world of work itself, and several sources highlight the necessity of strong links between engineering education and industry. Hence, it becomes central...

  2. The Unidentified Value of IT in the Construction Industry

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    Andresen, Jan Lambrecht

    2000-01-01

    A questionnaire survey was completed in spring1999 about the evaluation of IT in the Danish construction industry. This paper presents some of the results found in the analysis of the survey. It is found that few companies have a written IT strategy and in those who have, the practicality of their...... IT strategy is generally low. Most IT evaluation is done before the investment is made using primarily oral guidelines and subjective arguments. CAD systems are the most evaluated. In general it is found that the IT evaluations completed by companies in the construction industry are unsophisticated...

  3. Evaluation of IT in the Danish Construction Industry

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    Andresen, Jan Lambrecht

    1999-01-01

    How are companies in the Danish construction industry identifying the value achieved by investing in and using information technology (IT)? This question has become more important and is the subject of this paper.The construction industry has characteristics which may have some influence on how...... be in some degree dependent on company size. Several companies in the survey conduct evaluation of some IT investments, but often using informal procedures. However very few companies do post-implementation evaluation of IT, and this fact may make them unable to identify the success of their IT...

  4. The Construction Industry in India: Market Study and Strategy

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    Pande, Gaurav

    2010-01-01

    The total size of the construction industry in India is USD 125 billion, with the infrastructure sector contributing nearly 60 percent to the total market. However, the major growth is expected to be experienced in the real estate sector, with an estimated compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30 percent till 2015. The main growth drivers of the industry are the booming economy, rising urbanisation, leading to increase in housing and commercial space, and favourable government initiatives ...

  5. Implementation of Risk Management in Malaysian Construction Industry: Case Studies

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    Hamzah Abdul-Rahman; Chen Wang,; Farhanim Sheik Mohamad

    2015-01-01

    Construction industries are exposed to wide array of risks, such as financial, design, and contractual ones, which might have a direct impact on their performance toward achieving the desired objectives. Risk Management is a proactive decision-making process used to minimize and manage the risks in the most efficient and appropriate manner. However, most construction firms in Malaysia do not apply formal risk management in their projects. Thus, this study aims to identify the actual process o...

  6. CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND THE UK CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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    Jones, Peter; Daphne COMFORT; Hillier, David

    2006-01-01

    This paper offers a preliminary exploration of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) issues being addressed and reported by some of the UK’s leading construction companies. The paper begins with a short discussion of the characteristics and origins of CSR and this is followed by brief outline of the construction industry and some of the challenges it is currently facing. The empirical information for the paper is drawn from the CSR reports and information posted on the World Wide Web by s...

  7. SAFETY PERFORMANCE OF SUBCONTRACTORS IN THE PALESTINIAN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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    Adnan Enshassi; Rafiq M. Choudhry; Peter E. Mayer; Younis Shoman

    2008-01-01

    Subcontractors perform most of the construction works and their effect on industry are apparent in different activities of construction. Therefore, subcontractors need more attention from government and contractors union. The aim of this paper is to identify, evaluate, and rank factors that influence safety performance of subcontractors in the Gaza Strip (Palestine) according to their relative importance. The study concluded that reported accident rates will decrease among subcontractors and ...

  8. Potential uses of Waste Sludge in Construction Industry: A Review

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    O.A. Johnson

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Waste generation and management is becoming a global challenge resulting into increased environmental concern. Waste management and recycle into a sustainable construction materials as proved to be an alternative for waste disposal helping out in the area of environmental pollution and economic. In recent years various type of waste has been used/reused in the development of sustainable construction materials. This study reviews various attempts that have been made to use sludge from different plants in construction industry. The mechanical and physical properties of the products, the environmental effect of the products and possible recommendations for future research was presented in the review.

  9. Masonry Curriculum Guide. Construction Trades. Michigan Trade and Industrial Education.

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    Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Coll. of Agriculture and Natural Resources Education Inst.

    This task-based curriculum guide is intended to help secondary teachers provide relevant training for an entry-level job in masonry. Introductory materials include background information on trade and industrial education and program goals and safety information. Descriptions follow of the construction trades program, vocational cooperative…

  10. The construction industry has to focus on the Internet

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    Sørensen, Lars Schiøtt; Balogh, Andre

    1997-01-01

    The construction industries needs to follow the developments on the computing scene is discussed. A proposal to separate information relevant for the building sector into three areas are described. Further it is described how this information can be accessed during new technology, especially...... the Internet. An "extra-net" on the Internet combined with an user friendly GUI is described as a possibility....

  11. Analysis on Construction Technologies of Concrete Structure in Civil Engineering Buildings%土木工程建筑中混凝土结构的施工技术分析

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    段富振

    2015-01-01

    随着我国社会和经济的不断发展,土木工程建筑业也得到了飞速的发展与进步,土木工程建筑施工中最常采用的材料就是混凝土,为了保证土木工程施工质量,在对土木工程混凝土结构进行施工时对混凝土所具有的性能有了更高的要求.本文针对工程施工中混凝土产生裂缝的原因,对土木工程建筑混凝土结构的相关施工技术进行分析探究,提出笔者的思考和建议,仅供参考.%With the continuous development of society and economy in our country, civil engineering construction indus?try has also achievedrapid development and progress, and the material that is most commonly used in civil engineering construction is concrete, in order to ensure the quality of civil engineering construction, in the construction of concretes?tructure in civil engineering, there arehigher requirementson the performance of concrete. According to the cause of con?crete cracks in the construction, the construction technologies related to civil engineering construction concrete struc?tureareanalyzedandinvestigated, and the author's thinking and suggestions are put forward for your reference.

  12. Structural modeling of safety performance in construction industry.

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    Yahya Khosravi

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available With rapid economic development and industrialization, the construction industry continues to rank among the most hazardous industries in the world. Therefore, construction safety is always a significant concern for both practitioners and researchers. The objective of this study was to create a structural modeling of components that influence the safety performance in construction projects.We followed a two-stage Structural Equation Model based on a questionnaire study (n=230. In the first stage, we applied the Structural Equation Model to the proposed model to test the validity of the observed variables of each latent variable. In the next stage, we modified the proposed model. The LISREL 8.8 software was used to conduct the analysis of the structural model.A good-fit structural model (Goodness of Fit Index=0.92; Root Mean Square Residual=0.04; Root Mean Square Error of Approximation=0.04; Comparative Fit Index=0.98; Normalized Fit Index=0.96 indicated that social and organizational constructs influence safety performance via the general component of the safety climate.The new structural model can be used to provide better understanding of the links between safety performance indicators and contributing components, and make stronger recommendations for effective intervention in construction projects.

  13. Selection of procurement systems in the South African construction industry: An exploratory study

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    W. D. Thwala

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose of this paper: Procurement systems are vital in ensuring the successful implementation of construction projects precisely in all the phases of any particular project. Therefore, this paper aims to investigate in a systematic manner the factors that influence the selection of a procurement system in the South African construction industry. Research methodology: An extensive theory and literature review of procurement systems was conducted. The literature reviewed included a sample of case studies of procurement systems successfully implemented in completed building and civil engineering projects in South Africa. A questionnaire using a four-round Delphi survey method was used to conduct the empirical study in order to obtain participants' opinions about factors influencing the selection of procurement systems as well as the utility value of various procurement systems on each factor as identified. Finally, data analysis of both qualitative and quantitative techniques was performed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS. Findings: After qualitative analysis, findings of the literature reviewed suggest that factors that influence the selection of procurement systems cut across all the phases of the project as identified in this paper. Therefore, these factors are categorically classified into internal and external factors. Factors from the internal environment were further classified into client characteristics and project characteristics, with client characteristics comprising of variables such as clients' level of knowledge and control, political and social consideration, familiarity of procurement systems, competition, funding arrangement, government public/private sector projects and risk allocation whereas project characteristics comprise of factors (variables such as size and technical complexity of the project, influence of the project life cycle, expedited project delivery, time, quality and price certainty. Factors

  14. Sustainable Industrialization in the Building Industry: On the Road to Energy Efficient Construction Management

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    Wandahl, Søren; Ussing, Lene Faber

    2013-01-01

    discussion paper. The main method is a review to track past merits in the two domains and to detect knowledge gaps that have research potential. A strategic research agenda focusing on energy-efficient construction management is outlined showing the need for future focus on combining industrialization in......Since the Brundtland report in 1987, sustainability has been an issue in all parts of the world, and the focus is increasing in these years. In the same period, the building industry has in the same period also been under heavy pressure to increase productivity in the same pace as other...... construction management with sustainability and energy concerns in construction management....

  15. Quality improving and construction industrialization of thermal and nuclear power plants

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    Problems on quality increasing and labour requirement decreasing as well as the reduction of the construction period of thermal and nuclear power plants are discussed. Specific factors, characterizing volumes and labour requirements for civil engineering and installation works at modern NPPs with WWER-1000 and RBMK-1000 reactors, are shown to be consderably higher than at thermal power stations with 800 MW power units: concrete and reinforced concrete volume is higher by 1.7-3.0 times, the mass of structural metalwork is 1.5-2.5 times bigger; the pipeline mass - by 2.4-3.7 times, the volume of engineering and installation works - by 1.4-1.5 times, labour expenditure - by 2.1-2.6 times. Main trends for acceleration and increase of object quality are further complex industrialization of construction, creation of more developed methods of installation works, introduction of new forms of labour and production organization, transition to unified typical quantity projects permitting to use in-line methods of construction. Experience in the Zaporozhe NPP construction shows that the construction period is reduced by 20-30%, and labour expenditure is decreased by 15-20%, when the in-line method is used

  16. Clients' perspectives of professional ethics for civil engineers

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    H Abdul-Rahman; Wang, C.; M A Saimon

    2011-01-01

    Many parties in the construction industry claim that codes of professional ethics can help mitigate the unethical conduct of civil engineers and improve the ethical level amongst construction players. However, the fact is, even though most organisations have their own codes of ethics, there still are many instances of unethical conduct in the construction industry. For this reason, this research attempted to study clients' perceptions of the impact on civil engineering works that codes of pro...

  17. Implementation of building information modeling in Malaysian construction industry

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    Memon, Aftab Hameed; Rahman, Ismail Abdul; Harman, Nur Melly Edora

    2014-10-01

    This study has assessed the implementation level of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in the construction industry of Malaysia. It also investigated several computer software packages facilitating BIM and challenges affecting its implementation. Data collection for this study was carried out using questionnaire survey among the construction practitioners. 95 completed forms of questionnaire received against 150 distributed questionnaire sets from consultant, contractor and client organizations were analyzed statistically. Analysis findings indicated that the level of implementation of BIM in the construction industry of Malaysia is very low. Average index method employed to assess the effectiveness of various software packages of BIM highlighted that Bentley construction, AutoCAD and ArchiCAD are three most popular and effective software packages. Major challenges to BIM implementation are it requires enhanced collaboration, add work to a designer, interoperability and needs enhanced collaboration. For improving the level of implementing BIM in Malaysian industry, it is recommended that a flexible training program of BIM for all practitioners must be created.

  18. Quality Cost in the Construction Industry ' Preliminary Findings in Malaysia

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    Mukhtar Che Ali

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available One of the key areas being emphasis in ISO 9001 Quality Management System (QMS is performance measurement towards continual improvement. Among the primary measuring tools is quality cost approach. Quality cost has been well practice in manufacturing sector but slowly gain its importance in construction industry. In fact Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK has reckoned quality cost as one of the tool and technique in few of its management processes. In view of such circumstances that has prompted an effort to undertake a study to ascertain the level of knowledge and practice on quality cost in Malaysian construction landscape. The targeted group of respondents was the personnel in the project management team. Capitalizing Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB National Electronic Tendering Initiatives (NETI road shows which were held in year 2007 throughout the country, the author was able to garner 263 respondents representing the project management team. Subsequently the data gathered from the completed forms were analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS software. General findings indicated that the level of knowledge and practice on quality cost among the project management team were relatively low. One of the main contributing factors was poor knowledge in the area related to quality cost. Despite of such scenario most of the respondents showed their interest in acquiring knowledge in the field of quality cost. Hence quality cost approach is at the infancy stage in Malaysian construction industry.

  19. Accidents in Malaysian construction industry: statistical data and court cases.

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    Chong, Heap Yih; Low, Thuan Siang

    2014-01-01

    Safety and health issues remain critical to the construction industry due to its working environment and the complexity of working practises. This research attempts to adopt 2 research approaches using statistical data and court cases to address and identify the causes and behavior underlying construction safety and health issues in Malaysia. Factual data on the period of 2000-2009 were retrieved to identify the causes and agents that contributed to health issues. Moreover, court cases were tabulated and analyzed to identify legal patterns of parties involved in construction site accidents. Approaches of this research produced consistent results and highlighted a significant reduction in the rate of accidents per construction project in Malaysia. PMID:25189753

  20. Urban BIPV in the new residential construction industry

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    Elzinga, D.

    2008-03-15

    This report for the International Energy Agency (IEA) made by Task 10 of the Photovoltaic Power Systems (PVPS) programme takes a look at urban building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) in the new residential construction industry. The mission of the Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme is to enhance the international collaboration efforts which accelerate the development and deployment of photovoltaic solar energy. The aim of Task 10 is stated as being to enhance the opportunities for wide-scale, solution-oriented application of photovoltaics in the urban environment. The report states that different types of building require different approaches to BIPV due to their associated varying dimensions and geometry. Several solutions are proposed to encourage the adoption and diffusion of BIPV by the new home residential building industry. These are divided into PV industry-based approaches and policy-based solutions. The former include end-customer focused policies, the identification of early adopters, the creation of product solutions that meet the needs of the building industry and standards and that the construction industry must be engaged in the design and planning stage of residential developments. Policy questions discussed include the provision of incentives, a planned approach to the demonstration of BIPV and the development of BIPV-specific policy.

  1. Facilitating Industrial Placement in the Construction Engineering Curriculum

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    Wandahl, Søren; Faber, Lene

    2016-01-01

    student learning from construction practice whereby students can reflect on their learning experience at the university. The interplay between traditional engineering curriculum and the context based learning is important for securing the right skills and competencies among the graduates. This paper takes...... outset in the hypothesis that external effectiveness (industry readiness) is better in those modes of education that, at least in part, are based on the world of work itself, and several sources highlight the necessity of strong links between engineering education and industry. Hence, it becomes central...

  2. Safety Climates in Construction Industry: Understanding the Role of Construction Sites and Workgroups

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    Sílvia Silva; Adriana Araújo; Dário Costa; J. L. Meliá

    2013-01-01

    Studies of safety climate in construction revealed a significant positive association between safety climate and various aspects of occupational health and safety. The mechanisms through which this impact operates are still unclear and safety climate is usually studied without considering the complexity of this industry (companies, worksites and groups). The aim of this research is to analyze to what extend there are differences between construction sites and to explore...

  3. In the Ruins of Civilizations: Narrative Structures, World Constructions, and Physical Realities in the Post-Apocalyptic Novel [Reseña de libro

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    Weidner, Chad

    2014-01-01

    Reseña de libro: Sibylle Machat, In the Ruins of Civilizations: Narrative Structures, World Constructions, and Physical Realities in the Post-Apocalyptic Novel (Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2013), 330pp.

  4. The Development and Use of Economic Value concerning Urban Landscape Plants in Shijiazhuang City in the Context of Ecological Civilization Construction

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    Chenxia; HAN

    2015-01-01

    Many landscape plants have edible,medicinal,forage,industrial and other economic value,which has not been fully exploited.Effective development and utilization of the economic value of city landscape plant,conforms to the need of sustainable development and economical society,which is of great significance to the development of urban ecological civilization construction. In this paper,the landscape plant species in Shijiazhuang City and their economic value are investigated and analyzed,the principle and scheme of economic development and utilization of landscape plants in Shijiazhuang city value are put forward,which provides the reference for full and sustainable utilization of landscape plant resources in Shijiazhuang City.

  5. Identifying program critical success factors in construction industry

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    Sarmad Kiani; Vahidreza Yousefi; Siamak Haji Yakhchali; Aghil Mellatdust

    2014-01-01

    In project management literature, the concept of program is a group of related projects managed in a coordinated way to obtain benefits not available from managing them individually. This paper attempts to identify program critical success factors focusing on Iran’s construction industry so that the level of relative importance of various factors could be determined for key stakeholders. Furthermore, since a program includes a set of projects, another objective of this study is to find out wh...

  6. Revaluering benchmarking - A topical theme for the construction industry

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    Rasmussen, Grane Mikael Gregaard

    2011-01-01

    Over the past decade, benchmarking has increasingly gained foothold in the construction industry. The predominant research, perceptions and uses of benchmarking are valued so strongly and uniformly, that what may seem valuable, is actually abstaining researchers and practitioners from studying and questioning the concept objectively. This paper addresses the underlying nature of benchmarking, and accounts for the importance of focusing attention on the sociological impacts benchmarking has in...

  7. BENCHMARKING THE PERFORMANCE OF MALAYSIA’S CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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    Ismail SYUHAIDA; Md. Yusof AMINAH

    2009-01-01

    Malaysia’s construction industry particularly the provision of public infrastructure projects faces various debatable issues of the government’s belt-tightening budget, abandoned public projects, shoddy workmanship, over-budgeted project procurement and unresolved debts in public project provision. The current global economic downturns as well as the fluctuation in the oil prices worldwide have exacerbated the situation. Thus, in materialising the efficiency, accountability for performance, p...

  8. Various Forms of Project Delay in the Construction Industry

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    Nurbasirah Mohamed Alias; Md Azree Othuman Mydin

    2013-01-01

    Project delay can be defined as an incident that causes extended time in order to complete all or part of a particular project successfully. In other words, delay is the time overrun, either ahead of the date for project completion specified by the contract or further than the extensive contract period where an addition of time has been granted. It should be pointed out that the project delay in the construction industry is a universal or large-scale observable fact affectin...

  9. MAPPING INNOVATION:FACILITATING INNOVATION IN THE DANISH CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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    Thuesen, Christian Langhoff; Koch, Christian

    2011-01-01

    By adopting a theoretical framework from strategic niche management research (SNM) this paper presents an analysis of the innovation system of the Danish Construction industry. Theories within SNM look upon innovation in a sector as a socio-technical phenomenon and identifies three levels of socio-technical interaction within which sectorial innovation can be explained. The analysis shows a multifaceted landscape of innovation around an existing regime, built in the existing ways of working a...

  10. Revaluering benchmarking - A topical theme for the construction industry

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    Rasmussen, Grane Mikael Gregaard

    2011-01-01

    Over the past decade, benchmarking has increasingly gained foothold in the construction industry. The predominant research, perceptions and uses of benchmarking are valued so strongly and uniformly, that what may seem valuable, is actually abstaining researchers and practitioners from studying and...... questioning the concept objectively. This paper addresses the underlying nature of benchmarking, and accounts for the importance of focusing attention on the sociological impacts benchmarking has in organizations. To understand these sociological impacts, benchmarking research needs to transcend the...

  11. Convergence, Creative Industries and Civil Society Towards a New Agenda for Cultural Policy and Cultural Studies

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    Colin Mercer

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available In this article I start with a personal experience "cameo" from 1996 in Australia and extrapolate from that some issues that remain relevant in the sometimes trou-bled relationship between cultural studies and cultural policy. These are encapsu-lated in the three "cs" of convergence, creative industries and civil society which provide a new context for both new research and new policy settings. The argu-ment is developed and situated in historical terms by examining the "cultural technologies", especially the newspaper, and subsequently print media in the 19th century, electronic media in the 20th century and digital media in the 21st century which provide the content, the technologies and the rituals for "imagining" our sense of place and belonging. This is then linked to ways of understanding culture and cultural technologies in the context of governmentality and the emergence of culture as a strategic object of policy with the aim of citizen- and population for-mation and management. This argument is then linked to four contemporary "testbeds" - cultural mapping and planning, cultural statistics and indicators, cul-tural citizenship and identity, and research of and for cultural policy - and priori-ties for cultural policy where cultural studies work has been extremely enabling and productive. The article concludes with an argument, derived from the early 20th century work of Patrick Geddes of the necessity of linking, researching, un-derstanding and operationalising the three key elements and disciplines of Folk (anthropology, Work (economics, and Place (geography in order to properly situate cultural policy, mapping and planning and their relationship to cultural studies and other disciplines.

  12. Project Culture in the Chinese Construction Industry: Perceptions of Contractors

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    Jian Zou

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available In recent years culture has become one of the most studied topicsin project management research. Some studies have investigatedthe infl uence of culture at different levels – such as nationalculture, industry culture, organisational culture and professionalculture. As a project-based industry, the construction industryneeds to have more insight concerning cultural issues at theproject level and their infl uence on the performance of constructionprojects. Few studies, however, have focused on culture at theproject level. This paper uses a questionnaire survey to determinethe perceptions of Chinese contractors about the impact of projectculture on the performance of local construction projects. This isaugmented by a series of in-depth interviews with senior executivemanagers in the industry. The fi ndings indicate that specifi c projectculture does contribute signifi cantly towards project outcomes.In particular, goal orientation and fl exibility, as two dimensionsof project culture, have a negative statistical correlation withperceived satisfaction of the process, commercial success, futurebusiness opportunities, lessons learnt from the project, satisfactionwith the relationships, and overall performance. This paper alsoindicates that the affordability of developing an appropriate projectculture is a major concern for industry practitioners.

  13. Strategies for Minimizing Corruption in the Construction Industry in China

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    Patrick X.W. Zou

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Corruption is a social phenomenon deep rooted in the history of mankind. It is similar to other kinds of crime which are likely to occur in procurement of works by governments and local authorities, due to the large amount of money involved in a single transaction and the difficulty in monitoring project expenditure. Therefore, it is necessary to develop strategies to minimize any corruption risks and corrupt behaviour in procurement of construction projects. The aim of this paper is to review the current corruption prevention practices in China’s construction industry and suggest ways for improvement. To collect useful and insightful information, desktop studies, focus-group workshops and face-to-face interviews were conducted with supervisory and construction officers at different levels – state, province and municipal in China, who have direct responsibilities and experience in cracking down construction corruption. It was found that corruption happens in different forms during any stage of construction project procurement, and the current anti-corrupt practices are reactive rather than proactive. It was also found that improvements on the legal system, inspection strategies and processes, and promotion of ethical culture are all required. Based on the research findings, corruption prevention strategies were developed. The paper concludes that institution of random and regular checks, severe punishment and prosecution to corrupt personnel, and promotion of a healthy and clean construction culture are all necessary to mitigate the scourge.

  14. Driving Innovative Thinking in the New Zealand Construction Industry

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    Mohammadali Noktehdan

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper examines the relationship between innovation and productivity improvement in the construction industry. It is argued that this relationship is not well understood due to lack of in-depth understanding of innovation in construction. To overcome this obstacle, the authors present a multi-dimensional innovation classification system which aims at better defining and classifying what is meant by innovation in construction. The use of this classification system is demonstrated by applying it to a database of 500 innovations reported by the construction alliance, the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team. The results clearly demonstrate the diversity of types, degree of novelty and performance improvement benefits among construction innovations. Such diversity means that the impact of the reported innovations on productivity and performance are of different levels of significance. The classification system developed in this study can be used by construction organisations and alliances in the future to develop more detailed methods of calculating innovation performance indicators, based on the innovation type, novelty and benefits factors. By using this system, they can also put in place mechanisms to influence the types of innovation developed in their projects with the aim of maximising their productivity performance.

  15. Textual complexity of standard conditions used in the construction industry

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    Raufdeen Rameezdeen

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Clearly written communication aids the understanding of construction contracts, resulting in less disputation. Past research, using opinion surveys rather than objective criteria, shows that construction contracts lack clarity and standard forms have become complex over time. The study outlined in this paper uses three objective measures of clarity developed by linguists to establish the readability of construction contracts. In addition, thirty industry professionals participated in a Cloze Test which measured the level of comprehension of clauses concerning disputes. The study verifies that contract conditions are very difficult to read, with college level reading skills needed to comprehend half of the clauses. However, the hypothesis that standard forms have become complex over time was not supported by the study. The study establishes a linear relationship between readability and comprehension, proving the hypothesis that improved readability increases the comprehension of a contract clause. 

  16. Job Prospects for Civil Engineers.

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    Basta, Nicholas

    1985-01-01

    Government programs and renewed industrial activity have combined with stable enrollments to create bright job prospects for civil engineers. Areas with good opportunities include highway reconstruction and rehabilitation, water-resource management, and new factory construction. The subspecialty of structural engineering has a growing need in…

  17. The development of public and private construction procurement systems in the Malaysian construction industry

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    Mastura Jaafar

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available As demand on building construction projects rises, various procurement methods have been adapted to suit with unique project requirements. However, poor industry performance and rapid developments within it indicate the need for a research on the procurement systems in the industry. In order to explore the development of procurement systems in Malaysia, a discussion on different economic phases which influence the routes of procurement systems and its evolution in Malaysia's construction industry is initiated. Subsequently, based on a questionnaire survey collected from 73 public and 68 private parties, the significant and dominant role of traditional procurement system used by both the public and private sectors in Malaysia can be confirmed. Further, compared to the public sector, the private sector is observed to be more aggressive in adapting alternative systems such as design and build (D&B and Turnkey. Further elaboration on the research findings is covered in the discussion section.

  18. Shortening of construction period of nuclear power plant. Activities of construction industry on construction period shortening

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    Total construction period could be shorten by prefabricating structures efficiently in another yard and reducing working hours on site, which would reduce work at height or congestion work and also upgrade safety at work. Construction period shortening would surely reduce expenses during work and advance operation start of electric utilities. Construction of reactor building, turbine building, water intake and drainage canal was performed on a relatively large scale and a big share of whole schedule. This article summarized basic technologies to shorten construction period for reactor building/turbine building and water intake and drainage canal. Advanced methods of reactor building/turbine building; (1) modularization of equipment and skeleton, (2) utilization of concrete mold, reinforcing bar and steel frame, (3) precedent steel frame method and (4) steel plate reinforced concrete (SC) method, were outlined and their application examples were shown to reduce work on site and improve work efficiency. As for water intake and drainage canal construction, (1) precast concrete method, (2) SC method and (3) steel plate shell method were described with application examples. Construction procedures and problems using mega block method for water intake and drainage canal were also introduced. (T. Tanaka)

  19. Development of Agricultural Industrialization under the Background of Socialist New Countryside Construction

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    Zheng, Zewen; Zhang, Chenghua

    2009-01-01

    Relationship between socialist new countryside construction and agricultural industrialization development in China is analyzed. On the one hand, socialist new countryside construction is the era background of agricultural industrialization development, offering a strong support for the development of agricultural industrialization. On the other hand, agricultural industrialization management is an important content of new countryside construction, offering basic economic guarantee for the co...

  20. New Technological Charts for Concreting Operations on Site for Civil Constructions

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    René Antonio Puig Martínez; Juan José Howland Albear

    2014-01-01

    The on site concreting of constructions, require some regulations to guide the construction companiesto execute the concreting operations according to the status and potential of existing technologies.In Cuba were used for a long time many regulations and construction technical standards issued bythe Ministry of Construction and relating companies, and was published in 1990 the only one versionof Technological Charts for concreting operations on site, about the existing constructions in Cuba,...

  1. SAFETY PERFORMANCE OF SUBCONTRACTORS IN THE PALESTINIAN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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    Adnan Enshassi

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Subcontractors perform most of the construction works and their effect on industry are apparent in different activities of construction. Therefore, subcontractors need more attention from government and contractors union. The aim of this paper is to identify, evaluate, and rank factors that influence safety performance of subcontractors in the Gaza Strip (Palestine according to their relative importance. The study concluded that reported accident rates will decrease among subcontractors and their workers if new workers are trained well in the work site and they are informed about dangerous places, and if a workable safety plan is well preplanned. The results also showed that reported accident rates increased among subcontractors when using old, unsafe equipment and due to the complexity or difficulty in the construction sites features. Owners and general contractors need to stipulate strict clauses for safety in the contract for improving safety record of subcontractors. Construction workers must receive proper job related safety and health training with a safety logbook. It is recommended that the subcontractors and workers should attend continuing safety programs on regular basis as part of their perquisite to work in construction sites.

  2. Modelo de requisitos e componentes técnicos para a formação e gerência de redes de cooperação entre empresas da construção civil Technician components and requirements model for the formation and management of cooperation networks among civil construction companies

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    Flávia Vancim Frachone Neves

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available A indústria da Construção Civil possui um modo de operação semelhante ao das organizações virtuais, mas de forma não estruturada, deixando de proporcionar vantagens competitivas. Para tanto, o artigo propõe um Modelo de Requisitos e Componentes Técnicos, baseado na metodologia EKD (Enterprise Knwoledge Development, para auxiliar a formação e gerência de redes entre empresas da construção civil. Para a elaboração do modelo proposto, foi conduzida uma análise dos projetos internacionais mais relevantes no setor da construção além de estudo de casos contendo sete obras a fim de detectar seus objetivos e pontos falhos a serem reestruturados e adaptados para a indústria da construção civil brasileira. Não obstante, o modelo proposto baseou-se em uma adaptação das melhores práticas de uma arquitetura de referência para redes. Como resultado, a proposição viabiliza uma visão clara dos requisitos necessários, explora a necessidade de intensa comunicação e troca de informações, além de contribuir com pesquisas futuras no que tange a um futuro desenvolvimento de sistema de informação direcionado para este segmento econômico.The operational method of civil construction can be analyzed by the outlook of virtual organizations, however not yet structuralized, hence not providing competitive advantages. Thus, this article considers a Technical Components and Requirements Model, based on EKD methodology (Enterprise Knowledge Development, to assist in the formation and management of networks in civil construction companies. For the elaboration of the considered model, an analysis of the most important international construction projects was conducted, in addition to a case study from seven construction projects in order to detect their goals and defective points, to then be reorganized and adapted to the Brazilian civil construction industry. Moreover, the considered model was also based on an adaptation of reference

  3. Analysis of Project Success Criteria in the Nigerian Construction Industry

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    Oluwaseun Sunday Dosumu

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available This paper examined the relative importance of the project success criteria in the Nigerian construction industry. It also determined the correlation among the project success criteria. Based on the literatures reviewed, the study proposed a framework for measuring project success in the construction industry. The respondents for the study were the government, private clients, consultants and contractors. Three hundred copies of questionnaires were distributed to capture data on the subject, but only 86 were returned and used for the study. The paper captured respondents that are resident in Lagos state, Nigeria and chosen by convenience from selected organizations used for the study. The data were analysed with SPSS 16 through the use of frequencies, mean scores, factor analysis and correlation. Factor analysis was employed because the mean scores showed that all the project success criteria were at least important. Nine principal components were finally merged into 4 through the factor analysis using the Varimax rotation with Keiser normalization. The study found out that all the project success criteria were important but their level of importance differs according to the factor analysis carried out. Therefore, it was concluded that there are four major components of construction project success in Nigeria- user-related factors, professionals’ factors, organisational factors and other minor factors. The minor factors were found to be related to both organizations and projects but were not highly rated by respondents for determining construction project success. The study also concludes that project success criteria goes beyond meeting cost, time and quality target, it includes users’ satisfaction, professionals’ fulfilment and achievement of organizational goals. The recommendation of the study was that for construction projects to be successful, attention must be paid to users’ related factors, professionals’ factors and

  4. 我国生态文明建设中政府的职能%Research of Government Functions in the Construction of Ecological Civilization in China

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    崔小杰; 鲁敏

    2014-01-01

    s:Ecological civilization is a new stage in the development of civilization .Ecological civilization is a social mode of production and lifestyle revolutionary change .The ecological functions of our government are arising with the development of ecological civilization .This paper analyzes the important role of government in ecological civiliza-tion construction .Clarify the functions of government in the process of building ecological civilization and responsi -bilities.Explore an effective way for the government to build an ecological civilization ,and promote ecological civili-zation construction decision-making reference for the government .%生态文明是人类文明发展的一个新阶段,生态文明建设是社会生产方式、生活方式的革命性变革。我国政府的生态职能是随着我国生态文明建设的发展而产生的。分析了政府在生态文明建设中的重要作用,明确了政府在生态文明建设过程中的职能与责任,探索了政府建设生态文明的有效途径,为政府推进生态文明建设的决策提供参考。

  5. Sustainability of construction industry : quality control of fly ash for its application into construction materials

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    Nawa, T. [Hokkaido Univ., Sapporo, Hokkaido (Japan). Laboratory of Eco-Materials and Resources; Nishi, H. [FLOWRIC Co. Ltd., Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo (Japan). Concrete Laboratory

    2010-07-01

    A major driver for future innovations and prospects for development of the construction industry is the realization of a sustainable society through green infrastructures that are more energy and resource-efficient. However, until the materials used for construction are also green, greening of the construction industry cannot be complete. Therefore, the use of industrial by-products and recycling material in construction are a favourable option to ensure sustainable development. This paper discussed the quality control of concrete with fly ash, which is a by-product from a coal-fired electrical power plant. The paper examined the effect of the quality of fly ash on fluidity of concrete in order to establish effective quality control of fly ash concrete. The paper discussed the experimental materials, sample preparation and experimental methods. Topics that were discussed included the influence of unburnt carbon in fly ash on the content of entrained air bubbles; the influence of the type of fly ash on fluidity of concrete; prediction of fluidity of fly ash concrete from fluidity test of mortar; and prediction of concrete fluidity from quality of fly ash. It was concluded that both fluidity of concrete and required dosage of superplasticizer to obtain the same fluidity varies significantly depending on the type of fly ash. It was concluded that the required dosage of superplasticizer and air entrained agents to obtain the same fluidity of concrete and air contents, respectively, is closely related to the methylene blue adsorption of fly ash. 4 refs., 2 tabs., 9 figs.

  6. Protective system for civil buildings and industrial structures subjected to the seismic risk

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    Ghica, D.; Grigore, A.; Ionescu, C.

    2009-04-01

    Romania is a European country with significant seismicity. The most active seismic zone is represented by the Vrancea area, located within the arch of the Carpathians Mountains. Vrancea seismicity is characterized by intermediate depth earthquakes which occur in a narrow epicentral and hypocentral region. During the last 70 years, Romania experienced four strong Vrancea earthquakes: 10 November 1940 (Mw =7.7, 160 km depth), 4 March 1977 (Mw =7.5, 100 km depth), 30 August 1986 (Mw =7.2, 140 km depth), 30 May 30 1990 (Mw =6.9, 80 km depth). The 1977 event was characterized by catastrophic consequences: 1500 casualties and collapsing of 35 high-risk buildings, mostly occurring in Bucharest. The purpose of this paper is to present a protective system designed to be installed in the civil buildings and industrial structures placed in the high seismic regions, and therefore to contribute to the mitigation of the strong earthquake effects on human society. This system proposes an efficient antiseismic protection, respectively shutting down the installations and equipments mounted in the building's infrastructure, which can become extremely dangerous in case of a major earthquake by appearing the possibility of explosions, deflagration, fires, toxic and polluting fluids leakage. The damages are strongly amplified by the fact that, simultaneously, water and electric energy lines distributions are damaged too, making impossible an efficient firemen intervention, for localizing the fire sources. Moreover, the installations of the individual heating stations which operate with open flame increase the risk of explosions inside the buildings during an earthquake. The protective system consists of a seismic switch used for activating through weak-electric-currents of the building's safety systems in case of strong earthquake, especially designed for building's elevators, as well as for moving parts of installations, which require positioning in safety place areas. The originality

  7. Mapping Innovation: Facilitating Innovation in the Danish Construction Industry

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    Thuesen, Christian Langhoff; Koch, Christian

    2011-01-01

    regime, built in the existing ways of working and developing over generations. The regime is challenged from various niches and the socio-technical landscape through trends as globalization. Three niches (Lean Construction, Building Information Modelling (BIM) and System Deliveries) are subject......By adopting a theoretical framework from strategic niche management research (SNM) this paper presents an analysis of the innovation system of the Danish Construction industry. Theories within SNM look upon innovation in a sector as a socio-technical phenomenon and identifies three levels of socio......-technical interaction within which sectorial innovation can be explained. Niches form the micro-level where radical novelties emerge. The socio-technical regime forms the meso-level, which accounts for the dominating stabilized socio-technical pattern of interaction which are reproduced by institutionalised learning...

  8. Zero carbon homes: Perceptions from the UK construction industry

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    The take-up of the many voluntary energy efficiency standards which exist in the UK and internationally has been limited. As a result, governments have recognised the need to introduce mandatory schemes through legislation, e.g. from 2016 all new build homes in the UK will be required to achieve zero carbon in regulated energy consumption. However, as 2016 approaches, very few zero carbon homes are being delivered. This paper explores the drivers and barriers for zero carbon homebuilding. The perceptions of the wider construction industry were gathered through a series of semi-structured interviews with professionals involved in commissioning, designing, constructing and regulating housing. The results show that, whilst drivers for zero carbon homebuilding exist, the barriers are currently perceived to be greater than the drivers. The barriers are categorised into five groups: economic, skills and knowledge, industry, legislative and cultural. Mechanisms for policy and industry support for the delivery of zero carbon homes are identified to address these barriers. The research findings highlight the need for a clear and robust policy framework for the forthcoming standard. The Government and industry must prioritise raising public awareness of the need for and benefits of zero carbon homes to help develop market demand. - Highlights: • The strongest drivers were perceived to be in the legislative and economic themes. • More barriers were identified than drivers or potential support mechanisms. • Economic and skills and knowledge barriers were perceived as the most significant. • Uncertainty in zero carbon homes policy is a barrier to zero carbon homebuilding. • Proposed support mechanisms include zero carbon champions and self-build homes

  9. Le Code civil français survivra-t-il a la construction europeenne?

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    GJIDARA, Marc

    2006-01-01

    Le Code civil français, aujourd’hui deux fois centenaire, longtemps cité en exemple en matière de codification, est confronté aux nouvelles sources du droit d’origine européenne et doit tenir compte de l’importance croissante donnée aux juges européens et nationaux par rapport au primat traditionnel reconnu au législateur national. Les idées d’unification juridique et de codification européenne globale ou sectorielle dans le domaine des rapports privés, ainsi que les processus suivis , suscit...

  10. REUSE OF RICE HUSK ASH IN BUILDING CONSTRUCTIONS = REAPROVEITAMENTO DA CINZA DE CASCA DE ARROZ NA CONSTRUÇÃO CIVIL

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    Jorge Luis Akasaki

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The world population growth, coupled with technological advances achieved in recent years, generates high environmental contamination, both as associated with the greenhouse gas emission, as the high waste production without an appropriate place for its final disposal. Among the agricultural wastes, it can highlight the high amount of rice husk ash that is produced by the rice industry. One solution to avoid these problems is the reuse of rice husk ash in other sectors, such as building construction. This paper presents a brief review of the research that has being carried out in terms of reuse of rice husk ash in construction, more specifically, in concrete and mortar preparation. = O crescimento da população mundial, associado ao avanço tecnológico alcançado nos últimos anos, gera como consequência uma enorme contaminação meio ambiental, tanto no que se refere à emissão de gases tóxicos, quanto na produção de enormes quantidades de resíduos, sem um local apropriado para a sua disposição final. Entre os resíduos agrícolas, pode-se destacar a imensa quantidade de cinza de casca de arroz, produzida pela indústria do arroz. Uma das soluções para evitar esses problemas é a reutilização da cinza de casca do arroz em outros setores produtivos, por exemplo, construção civil. O presente trabalho apresenta uma breve revisão sobre as pesquisas que vêm sendo desenvolvidas em termos de reaproveitamento da cinza de casca de arroz na construção civil, mais especificamente, em concretos e argamassas.

  11. A Review of Meditation in the Irish Construction Industry: Critical Success Factors in Competencies and Processes

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    Spillane, John; Oyedele, Lukumon; Von Meding, Jason; Konanahalli, Ashwini; Hande, Evelyn

    2011-01-01

    The construction industry notoriously excels at dispute creation – both in Ireland and world wide. This paper exams mediation in the Irish construction industry based around critical success factors in the competencies and processes required by mediators operating in the construction industry. Through conducting the relevant analysis, it was possible to extract and outline the resulting critical success factors in process and competencies of mediators in the Irish construction industry. This ...

  12. Resource-Driven Scheduling Implementation in Malaysian Construction Industry

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    Aftab Hameed Memon

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Resource-driven scheduling techniques focus on resource. Their objective is to schedule activities so that a project dead line is met using predefined resource availability limits. This paper reports about the status of resource-driven scheduling implementation in Malaysian construction industry. An investigation Survey was conducted to determine the level of resource-driven scheduling and factors affecting the concerned implementation. Construction Firm registered under G7 (A Class, G6 (B class and G5 (C class were used in investigation. Data was analyzed by Statistical package SPSS to find the means and rank. Average index method was adapted to for the level of features of resource scheduling implementation and barrier to resource-driven scheduling. It is significant 59.65% firms are implementing resource-driven scheduling as partial. Also methods of project scheduling and resource options adopted were investigated. A Significant majority of construction firms (approximately 65% adopt Microsoft project for scheduling. Study showed that the features of resource scheduling are being implemented at Medium Level. Lack of understanding / awareness of concepts, lack of genuine commitment, lack of coordination of key personnel and Lack of coordination of constructors consultants were found major factors that affect resource-driven scheduling. While, expensive to prepare is most contributing factor, no enforcement on schedules from authority, difficult to prepare and hurdles by personnel/authorities were found as major constraints in implementing resource driven scheduling.

  13. The research of constructing harmonious mining community in ecological civilization%生态文明视野下的和谐矿区建设研究

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    姚华军; 朱清

    2014-01-01

    Constructing harmonious mining community is not only the requirements of ecological civilization to mining industry ,but also the connotations to building a harmonious society .Interpersonal harmony in mine community depends the harmony between man and nature ,interpersonal conflict is due to unreasonable allocation of resources and the environment property rights .If we promote the harmonious mine construction from ecological civilization ,we should coordinate harmonious policy between man and nature ,to constructing interpersonal harmonious mechanisms in mining .It should mobilize the power of local government , relevant ministries and industry associations , using voluntary agreements , mining corporate social responsibility reporting system ,mineral resource development projects of social risk assessment that based on tools from Ministry of Land and Resource .%和谐矿区建设不仅是矿业走向生态文明的时代要求,也是我国构建和谐社会的重要内涵。本文从生态文明的视角分析指出,矿区人与自然的和谐是人与人和谐的基础,矿区人与人不和谐是由于矿区资源环境产权配置的不合理,因此,人与自然的和谐需要人与人和谐政策机制的调整来实现。从生态文明的角度推进和谐矿区建设,就要统筹完善人与自然和谐的政策,探索构建矿产资源开发人与人和谐的政策机制,并提出了统筹国土资源部内部政策,调动地方政府、相关部委、行业协会的积极性,使用自愿性协议、矿业企业社会责任报告制度和新开矿产资源开发项目社会风险评估,深入推进和谐矿区建设。

  14. The institutionalization of benchmarking in the Danish construction industry

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    Rasmussen, Grane Mikael Gregaard; Gottlieb, Stefan Christoffer

    how to institutionalize new structures in the Danish construction industry? In the methodology chapter, I outline how institutional theory facilitates new and important inquiries into understanding institutionalization of benchmarking. I account for how the choice of theory is influencing my...... analytical approach to conduct this study and how institutional theory is providing important insight in this study of benchmarking. In the methodology chapter, I present three analytical models that are applied in the study; “Three Pillars of Institutions,” “contradictions,” and “framings.” Further, the...... chapter accounts for the data collection methods used to conduct the empirical data collection and the appertaining choices that are made, based on the account for analyzing institutionalization processes. The analysis unfolds over seven chapters, starting with an exposition of the political foundation...

  15. Is construction of fast power reactors more expensive than for thermal reactors in the present day Russian nuclear power industry?r

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    Estimates obtained both in Russia and abroad show tat fast reactors can be re-oriented from breeding to address new global problems - accumulated civil and weapons-grade plutonium stocks management and minor actinide transmutation. Construction cost still is one primary development challenge for fast reactors. This paper points that capital cost of last reactors within the Russian nuclear power industry could be very similar to the cost of new generation medium size VVER type improved safety reactors. (authors)

  16. Construction of Industrial Electron Beam Plant for Wastewater Treatment

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    A pilot plant for treating 1,000 m3/day of dyeing wastewater with e-beam has been constructed and operated since 1998 in Daegu, Korea together with the biological treatment facility. The wastewater from various stages of the existing purification process has been treated with electron beam in this plant, and it gave rise to elaborate the optimal technology of the electron beam treatment of wastewater with increased reliability at instant changes in the composition of wastewater. Installation of the e-beam pilot plant resulted in decolorizing and destructive oxidation of organic impurities in wastewater, appreciable to reduction of chemical reagent consumption, in reduction of the treatment time, and in increase in flow rate limit of existing facilities by 30-40%. Industrial plant for treating 10,000 m3/day, based upon the pilot experimental result, is under construction and will be finished by 2005. This project is supported by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Korean Government

  17. Mediation within Irish Construction Industry: Identifying Success Factors for Appropriate Competencies and Processes

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    Spillane, John; Oyedele, Lukumon; Hande, Evelyn; Von Meding, Jason; Konanahalli, Ashwini; Jaiyeoba, Babatunde E; Tijani, Iyabo K.

    2011-01-01

    The construction industry notoriously excels at dispute creation both in Ireland and abroad. This paper examines mediation in the Irish construction industry as a means of conflict and dispute resolution. It aims to identify success factors for appropriate competencies and processes required by mediators and other parties operating in the construction industry. Methodology includes a thorough review of the literature, followed by detailed interviews from industry experts to elicit and highlig...

  18. PROBLEMS AND PROSPECTS OF CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT IN RUSSIA IN THE CONDITIONS OF ECONOMIC CRISIS

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    Nidziy Elena Nikolaevna

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    The construction industry is one of the key fund-creating industries, the formation of the Russian economy greatly depends on it. The construction sector is cyclic, that’s why it has always been sensitive to the tendencies of the national economy. In the contemporary conditions of weak economical climate the construction industry is in a state of sluggish recession. The key indicators exercising restraining influence on the construction complex are analyzed. The author carried out calculation...

  19. 论马克思的生态观与生态文明建设%Analyzing the ecological view of Marx and the construction of ecological civilization

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    高爽

    2013-01-01

    After the 18 times the national congress of the communist in China, the importance of construction of ecological civilization is highlighted, the construction of ecological civilization is people's well-being, concerns national future long term relationship. Faced with resource constraints tightening, the serious situation of serious environmental pollution, ecosystem degradation, must set up the respect for nature, comply with the nature, protect the natural ecological civilization concept, the ecological civilization construction in a prominent position, blend in economic construction, political construction, cultural construction, social construction and the whole process, all aspects in this article, through a review of the ecological view in marxist classic textbook, introduces the core content of marxist ecological view and the eighteenth big report related to the construction of ecological civilization of spirit, and analyzes the Marx's ecological view and ecological civilization construction of the internal relations, illustrates the ecological civilization construction thought is the inheritance and development of marxist ecological view.%  在党的十八大胜利召开之后,建设生态文明的重要性被重点提及,生态文明建设是关系人民福祉、关乎民族未来的长远大计。面对资源约束趋紧、环境污染严重、生态系统退化的严峻形势,必须树立尊重自然、顺应自然、保护自然的生态文明理念,把生态文明建设放在突出地位,融入经济建设、政治建设、文化建设、社会建设各方面和全过程,文章通过对马克思经典巨著中生态观的回顾,介绍了马克思生态观的核心内容和十八大报告中关于生态文明建设的相关精神,并分析了马克思生态观与生态文明建设的内在关系,说明了生态文明建设思想是马克思生态观的继承和发展。

  20. Pétrole et industries extractives, la société civile africaine se mobilise

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    Morand, Catherine

    2009-01-01

    La société civile d’un nombre croissant de pays africains riches en pétrole, mais aussi en minerais, se mobilise avec un courage exemplaire pour exiger une véritable transparence aussi bien de leurs gouvernements que des compagnies actives dans ce secteur, afin que les populations des pays concernés puissent voir leurs conditions de vie s’améliorer. C’est ce qu’a pu constater l’auteure en mars 2007 au Cameroun, lors d’un meeting réunissant des représentants de l’ensemble des pays producteurs ...

  1. Career advancement of the professional women in the UK construction industry: Career success factors

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    Fernando, G.; Amaratunga, Dilanthi; Haigh, Richard

    2010-01-01

    The issue regarding the lack of women in the UK construction industry has become more prominent for some time, attracting government and industry wide attention due to this potential skill shortage facing the industry. In order to meet these future demands the industry cannot rely on recruiting only from the male workforce. Therefore women?s participation for the construction industry especially for professional level is important. This paper explores the importance of career success factors ...

  2. Overview of Researches on Rural Industrial Development in China’s New Socialist Countryside Construction

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    PENG Jie-wu

    2012-01-01

    From the perspective of rural industrial development, this paper summed up representative research results of China’s new countryside construction, including approval of criteria for classification of rural industrial structure, definition and scope of rural industrial development, introduction and application of industrial development theory, existing problems, causes and countermeasures of three times of industrial development in rural areas, and experience of foreign rural industrial development model. Among these researches, most researches are general and narrow about achievements in rural industrial development, while the causes are little touched upon. In future, it is expected that the research on rural industrial development in new socialist countryside construction will be deepened and specified.

  3. Economic assessment of the construction industry: A construction-economics nexus

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    Barber, Herbert Marion, Jr.

    The purpose of this study was to conduct an economic assessment of the construction industry. More specifically, this study addresses ambiguities within the literature that are associated with the construction-economics nexus. The researcher 1) investigated the relationships between economic indicators and stock prices of U.S. construction equipment manufacturers, 2) investigated the relationships between energy production, consumption, and corruption, and 3) determined the economic effect electricity generation and electricity consumption has on economies of scale. The researcher used descriptive and inferential statistics in this study and determined that economists, researchers, policy-makers, and others should have predicted the 2007-08 world economic collapse 5-6 years prior to realization of the event given that construction indices and GDP grossly regressed from statistically acceptable trends as early as 2002 and perhaps 2000. Substantiating this claim, the effect of the cost of construction materials and labor, i.e. construction index, on GDP was significant for years leading up to the collapse (1970-2007). Additionally, it was determined that energy production and consumption are predictors of governmental corruption in some countries. In the Republic of Botswana, for example, the researcher determined that energy production and consumption statistically jointly effected governmental corruption. In addition to determining statistical effect, a model for predicting governmental corruption was developed based on energy production and consumption volumes. Also, the researcher found that electricity generation in the 25 largest world economies had a statistically significant effect on GDP. Electricity consumption also had an effect on GDP, as well, but not on other economic indicators. More importantly than the quantitative findings, the researcher concluded that the construction-economics nexus is far more complex than most policy-makers realize. As such

  4. Radiological impact of the application of phosphogypsum in civil construction: an overview of Brazilian studies

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    Campos, Marcia P.; Nisti, Marcelo B.; Maduar, Marcelo F.; Mazzilli, Barbara P., E-mail: mpcampos@ipen.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (lPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

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    In the last decades considerable attention has been given to naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM). Within this frame, of particular concern is the phosphate fertilizer industry. In Brazil, four main industries (Ultrafertil, Copebras, Fosfertil and Bunge Fertilizantes) are responsible for the production of 1.2 x 10{sup 6} tons per year of P{sub 2}O{sub 5}. Phosphogypsum is the byproduct of the phosphoric acid industry, obtained by reacting phosphate rock with sulphuric acid. This waste is stockpiled in the surrounding environment of the facilities at a rate of 5.5 x 10{sup 6} tons per year. The level of radioactivity present in the phosphogypsum, among other impurities, prevents its reuse for a variety of purposes. All the countries that produce phosphate fertilizer by acid wet processing of phosphate rock are facing the same problem of finding solutions for the safe application of phosphogypsum, in order to minimize the impact caused by its disposal. This paper aims to present a review of the research carried out at Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN), Sao Paulo, Brazil, focusing in the radiological implications of using Brazilian phosphogypsum as building material: bricks and plaster. The results and conclusions achieved can contribute to the development or national standards and guidelines concerning the safe use and management or phosphogypsum as a building material. (author)

  5. The World Bank's procurement competition and the Italian construction industry

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    Michele Benvenuti; Luca Casolaro; Tindaro Paganini; Umberto Viviani

    2014-01-01

    The World Bank's procurement sector performs yearly operations ranging from $20 to $40 billion, half of which financing civil works. The share of contracts assigned to Italian firms peaked at 4 per cent in 2007-2012 (6 per cent in the civil works sector), significantly improving the level of the previous 2001-2006 period; Italy ranked as the fourth country in overall value. These projects are carried out by a small number of firms, are large in size, situated in relatively close markets (East...

  6. INVESTIGATION ON USE OF CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TO COUNTERMEASURES OF NATURAL DISASTERS

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    Takahashi, Kazuo

    The construction industry makes effective social contributions during disaster recovery efforts. The present study investigated the possibility of the construction industry also contributing to disaster prevention efforts and the formulation of emergency policy. The administrative divisions of the construction industry society were surveyed regarding the possibility of the industry contributing to disaster prevention measures, emergency response efforts, and emergency policy. A questionnaire given to municipal disaster prevention sections in Kyushu and the Yamaguchi Prefecture showed that the construction industry could contribute to these efforts.

  7. A Study of the potency of construction service industries to support the first nuclear power plant construction in Indonesia

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    The study was conducted to identify the potency of construction service industries to participate in nuclear power plant program in Indonesia. The potency is identified by evaluation results of national industries potency in some multinational construction service industries. The research methodology chosen was the survey method by sending questionnaires, visits to National industries, interview, and literature study. The data collection technique was sampling purposive. Data can be obtained from both primary and secondary data. The study results showed that the performance of construction service industries to support the NPP program must be increased through the selection of competent human resources, reliable equipment and an effective and efficient project management system, so that they can be expected to play necessary role in the nuclear power plant construction in Indonesia. (author)

  8. 企业文化要素如何影响绩效?——来自国内建筑企业的实证分析%How do the Factors of Corporate Culture Affect the Performance? -Empirical Analysis of Civil Construction Industry

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    刘明明; 肖洪钧; 张健东

    2012-01-01

    The relationship between corporate culture and corporate performance has been a hot point in academic research field for a long time and this paper makes a research into this relationship based on an empirical standpoint between some key factors of corporate culture and corporate performance. The empirical method is questionnaire. Some analysis including descriptive analysis, reliability analysis, validity analysis and structural equation modeling analysis are made by statistic software SPSS16.7 and LISREL 8.7. The research result shows that to the construction corporation team spirit has positive influence at 0.01 level to corporate performance and social responsibility has positive influence at 0.001 level to corporate performance. On the contrary, we can find science technology, customer orientation and organizational learning have no conspicuously positive influence to corporate performance.%企业文化和企业绩效的关系一直是学术界关注的热点问题。本文采用了实证研究方法中的问卷调查法研究了不同的企业文化要素与企业绩效的关系。利用了统计分析软件SPSS16.0和LISREL8.7对问卷数据进行描述性统计分析、信度分析、效度分析和结构方程模型分析。通过研究发现,对于建筑类企业来说,团队精神对企业绩效在0.01水平上有显著正相关关系.社会责任对企业绩效在0.001水平上有显著正相关关系,而科技创新、顾客导向、组织学习对企业绩效并没有显著的正相关关系。

  9. Construction of Chaihu Selenium Industrial Demonstration Area in Zhongxiang City of Hubei Province

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    Guangzhong; DAI

    2014-01-01

    In order to develop selenium industry in Jianghan Basin,Hubei Provincial Party Committee decided to build Chaihu selenium industrial demonstration area in Zhongxiang City.This paper introduced general situation of Chaihu Town,analyzed countermeasures for construction of selenium industrial demonstration area in depth,and finally came up with 12 constructive and pertinent recommendations.

  10. Evaluation of environmental management resources (ISO 14001) at civil engineering construction worksites: a case study of the community of Madrid.

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    Rodríguez, Gracia; Alegre, Francisco Javier; Martínez, Germán

    2011-07-01

    In recent years, significant advances have been made in business organization and management. The growing demands of clients as well as the globalization of world markets are among the many factors that have led to the establishment of systems of quality control and environmental management as a competitive strategy for businesses. When compared to other professional sectors, the construction sector has been slower to respond to environmental problems and to adopt Environmental Management Systems (EMS). In the world today the ISO 14001 standard is currently the main frame of reference used by construction companies to implement this type of management system. This article presents the results of a general study regarding the evaluation of the application of the ISO 14001 standard at civil engineering construction worksites in the Community of Madrid (Spain), specifically pertaining to requirement 4.4.1, Resources, roles, responsibilities, and authority. According to requirement 4.4.1, company executives should appoint people responsible for implementing the EMS and also specify their responsibilities and functions. The personnel designated for supervising environmental work should also have sufficient authority to establish and maintain the EMS. The results obtained were the following: - EMS supervisors did not generally possess adequate training and solid experience in construction work and in the environment. Furthermore, supervisors were usually forced to combine their environmental work with other tasks, which made their job even more difficult. - Generally speaking, supervisors were not given sufficient authority and autonomy because productivity at the construction site had priority over environmental management. This was due to the fact that the company management did not have a respectful attitude toward the environment, nor was the management actively involved in the establishment of the EMS. - Insufficient resources were allocated to the Environmental

  11. Climate Change and Construction of Ecological Civilization%气候变化与生态文明建设

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    王典; 范广洲

    2015-01-01

    全球气候变化是当今世界的焦点问题。全球变暖导致极端天气和气候事件频发,威胁着人类生存发展。中国作为最大的发展中国家,国家与国民安全受到气候变化的严重影响。为了应对严峻的形势,需要社会和民众大力推进生态文明建设,树立生态文明理念,提高科学技术水平,科学应对气候变化,积极完成节能减排、环境保护等重要任务,使中华民族更加繁荣昌盛。%Nowadays, global climate change as a serious issue causes a lot of attention, bring a significant impact on society and people around the world.Global warming causes frequent extreme weather and climate events, threatening human survival and development.As the biggest developing country, China and its national security are seriously affected by the climate change.To face such a tense situation, Chinese society and people need to greatly promote the construction of ecological civilization, set up the concept of ecological civilization, improve the levels of science and technology, scientifically response to the climate change, positively complete the important tasks, such as, energy conservation, emissions reduction and protection for the environment etc., so as to make China more thriving and prosperous.

  12. 气候变化与生态文明建设%Climate Change and Construction of Ecological Civilization

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    王典; 范广洲

    2015-01-01

    全球气候变化是当今世界的焦点问题。全球变暖导致极端天气和气候事件频发,威胁着人类生存发展。中国作为最大的发展中国家,国家与国民安全受到气候变化的严重影响。为了应对严峻的形势,需要社会和民众大力推进生态文明建设,树立生态文明理念,提高科学技术水平,科学应对气候变化,积极完成节能减排、环境保护等重要任务,使中华民族更加繁荣昌盛。%Nowadays, global climate change as a serious issue causes a lot of attention, bring a significant impact on society and people around the world.Global warming causes frequent extreme weather and climate events, threatening human survival and development.As the biggest developing country, China and its national security are seriously affected by the climate change.To face such a tense situation, Chinese society and people need to greatly promote the construction of ecological civilization, set up the concept of ecological civilization, improve the levels of science and technology, scientifically response to the climate change, positively complete the important tasks, such as, energy conservation, emissions reduction and protection for the environment etc., so as to make China more thriving and prosperous.

  13. Fuzzy-VIKOR analysis for customer performance index of civil domestic airline industry in India

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    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available This paper considers the factor influencing on an airline carrier based on operations of an airport on the routes flown out of that airport. This study deals with evaluation of the Customer Performance index (CPI of distinct domestic civil airlines in India. CPI consists of various parameters; among them many disembodied parameters, which are difficult to measure. In this context, initially we identified the prime factors that are crucial for evaluation of performances provided by various airlines in India. Thereafter, in order to determine the hierarchy among these factors; modified digital logic (MDL approach is employed and cost is found to be the most important criteria. Furthermore, CPI is calculated using fuzzy-VIKOR approach. Such approaches can help the airlines in re-evaluating their current policies and then formulate comparatively more efficient market strategies to improve performance quality and to gain customers’ loyalty.

  14. HiLumi prepares its construction phase with industry

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    Agnes Szeberenyi

    2015-01-01

    The High-Luminosity LHC project is now seeking industrial suppliers and collaborations to start the construction phase and make the high-luminosity upgrade happen. The “HiLumi LHC goes to Industry” event held on 26 June aimed to foster R&D collaborations and knowledge exchange between CERN and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) - the perfect opportunity for them to match their capacity with the requirements of HiLumi.   Isabel Bejar-Alonso (High-Luminosity LHC Technical Coordinator) addresses the participants of the “HiLumi LHC goes to Industry” event held at IdeaSquare on 26 June. To reach the 14 TeV and 3000 fb-1 goal of the High-Luminosity LHC, more than 1.2 km of the current LHC machine will need to be replaced with high-technology components that require cutting-edge technologies. HiLumi experts have already identified more than 65 technology areas and even more challenging components that need to be manufactured, assembled and tested bef...

  15. Foreign awakenings: rig work in war-torn Sudan convinces Canadians their civilized version of industry is needed

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    Lorenz, A.

    2000-05-01

    Experiences of some Canadian geologists working in Sudan are described. Glad to be back in Canada after several years of exploration work for various international exploration companies, they have fond memories of the people, who for the most part live under very primitive conditions, and constant exposure to the ravages of tribal wars. They characterize the attitude of Canadians working in Sudan towards the native population as one that puts high values on human rights, safety, work ethics, and individual responsibility. They defend Canadian presence in these far-off regions as beneficial to the native population, by bringing Canadian standards and a civilized version of industry to an area that has seen very little of that in the past. In contrast to the situation on Canadian rigs, on Chinese oil rigs favoritism and racism are the rule; the Chinese do not see that humanitarian issues are any of their concerns.

  16. Foreign awakenings: rig work in war-torn Sudan convinces Canadians their civilized version of industry is needed

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    Experiences of some Canadian geologists working in Sudan are described. Glad to be back in Canada after several years of exploration work for various international exploration companies, they have fond memories of the people, who for the most part live under very primitive conditions, and constant exposure to the ravages of tribal wars. They characterize the attitude of Canadians working in Sudan towards the native population as one that puts high values on human rights, safety, work ethics, and individual responsibility. They defend Canadian presence in these far-off regions as beneficial to the native population, by bringing Canadian standards and a civilized version of industry to an area that has seen very little of that in the past. In contrast to the situation on Canadian rigs, on Chinese oil rigs favoritism and racism are the rule; the Chinese do not see that humanitarian issues are any of their concerns

  17. 以制度创新推动生态文明建设%Promote Ecological Civilization Construction by System Innovation

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    孙忠英

    2016-01-01

    生态文明制度建设涉及到文化理念、价值观念、生活方式和生产方式等方面的深刻变革。从近几年的实践看,生态文明建设“硬件”投入较大,效果比较明显;而生态文明建设“软件”相对不足,主要表现为生态文明制度不完善,生态文明价值观不够强烈,决策程序不够科学民主,考核方法和制度滞后,生态文明制度体系不健全,环境执法监管不到位。建立和完善生态文明制度,应该从文化制度、决策制度、评价制度、考核制度、协调制度和监管制度等方面着手,以制度建设和创新发展推进生态文明建设。%The construction of ecological civilization system relates to the profound changes in the aspects of cultural idea, value idea, life style and production mode. From the practice in recent years, the "hardware" investment in ecological civilization construction was larger, the effect was more obvious, and the "software" investment in ecological civilization construction was relatively insufficient, the main ecological civilization system was not perfect. The values of ecological civilization was not strong enough, the decision-making process was not scientific and democratic, the assessment methods and system lagged, the system of ecological civilization was not perfect, environmental law enforcement supervision was not in place. Establishing and improving the system of ecological civilization should start from the cultural system, decision-making system, evaluation system, evaluation system, coordination system and regulatory system, to promote ecological civilization construction by system construction and innovating development.

  18. 谈土建工程项目现场施工管理%On the On-site Construction Management of Civil Engineering

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    郭宜旭

    2014-01-01

    The on-site construction management of civil engineering is an important content of the construction of building engineering. This paper describes several aspects of on-site construction management, and puts forward strategies to improve and strengthen on-site construction management.%土建工程项目的现场施工管理是建筑工程建设的重要内容。文章主要阐述了施工现场管理的几个方面,并在此基础上提出改进和加强施工现场管理的策略。

  19. Industrial relations, migration, and neoliberal politics : The case of the European construction sector

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    Lillie, Nathan; Greer, Ian

    2007-01-01

    Transnational politics and labor markets are undermining national industrial relations systems in Europe. This article examines the construction industry, where the internationalization of the labor market has gone especially far. To test hypotheses about differences between '' national systems,'' t

  20. 生态文明建设中的企业责任%Enterprise Responsibility in Ecological Civilization Construction

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    周菡潇

    2014-01-01

    Enterprise responsibility in ecological civilization construction is an important part of enterprise social responsibility, which refers to the ecological obligations of environmental protection, social care a nd dialectical unity of man and nature in the construction of ecological civilization affordably undertaken by the enterprise. In recent years, the growth of pollutant emissions has basically been contained in China. However, due to the defect of administrative system and law enforcement as well as the lack of enterprise self-discipline, the pollution control situation is still grim. This article put forwa rd some reasonable suggestions respectively from three aspects of government, enterprise and public through learning from the advanced experience of the US and Japan, such as improving ecological environment protection laws and regulations system, building enterprise responsibility performance evaluation index system, strengthening enterprise's ecological responsibility training, developing new public responsibility and consumption concept, etc.%生态文明建设中的企业责任是企业社会责任的重要组成部分,是指企业力所能及地承担起环境保护、社会关爱、人与自然辩证统一的生态义务。近年来我国污染物排放增长态势基本得到遏制,但因行政体制与执法存在缺陷、企业自律性不足,污染治理形势依然严峻。通过借鉴美国、日本两国的先进经验,分别从政府、企业、公众层面提出完善生态环境保护法律法规体系,构建企业责任绩效评价指标体系,强化企业生态责任培训,树立公众新的责任感和消费观念等合理建议。

  1. Discussion on the construction and industrialization of space-breeding land

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    This paper discusses the current situation and problems that exist in the construction of Space-Breeding Land, and gives some suggestions on the construction and industrialization of Space-Breeding Land

  2. Construction Safety And Health Factors At The Industry Level: The Case Of Singapore

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    Charles Y.J. Cheah

    2007-01-01

    The construction industry is one of the most hazardous industries due to the unique nature of its products and the processes involved. Recent occurrences of highly publicized construction site accidents in Singapore have highlighted the immediate needs for the local industry to address safety and attention at the industry level. The objective of this paper is to examine issues and critical factors affecting S&H standards in Singapore. Clearly, collective efforts should be pursued at the indus...

  3. Safety analysis report for the Cold Vacuum Drying Facility, phase 1, supporting civil/structural construction

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    The US Department of Energy established the K Basins Spent Nuclear Fuel Project to address safety and environmental concerns associated with deteriorating spent nuclear fuel presently stored under water in the Hanford Site's K Basins, which are located near the Columbia River. Recommendations for a series of aggressive projects to construct and operate systems and facilities to manage the safe removal of K Basins fuel were made in WHC-EP-0830, Hanford Spent Nuclear Fuel Recommended Path Forward,' and its subsequent update, WHC-SD-SNF-SP-005, Hanford Spent Nuclear Fuel Project Integrated Process Strategy for K Basins Fuel. The integrated process strategy recommendations include the following process steps: fuel preparation activities at the K Basins, including removing the fuel elements from their K Basin canisters, separating fuel particulate from fuel elements and fuel fragments greater than 0.6 cm (0.25 in.) in any dimension, removing excess sludge from the fuel and fuel fragments by means of flushing, as necessary, and packaging the fuel into multicanister overpacks; removal of free water by draining and vacuum drying at the Cold Vacuum Drying Facility (CVDF), a new facility in the 100 K Area of the Hanford Site. This report is contains the safety analysis for the Cold Vacuum Drying Facility, Phase 1

  4. Conceptual Design Report: Fermilab Upgrade. Main Injector. Technical Components and Civil Construction, January, 1989

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    1989-01-12

    This report contains a description of the design and cost estimate of a new 150 GeV accelerator, designated the Main Injector, which will be required to support the upgrade of the Fermilab Collider. The construction of this accelerator will simultaneously result in significant enhancements to the Fermilab fixed target program. The Main Injector (MI) is to be located south of the Antiproton Source and tangent to the Tevatron ring at the FO straight section as shown in Figure 1-1. The MI will perform all duties currently required of the existing Main Ring. Thus, operation of the Main Ring will cease following commissioning of the MI, with a concurrent reduction in background rates as seen in the colliding beam detectors. The performance of the MI, as measured in terms of protons per second delivered to the antiproton production target or total protons delivered to the Tevatron, is expected to exceed that of the Main Ring by a factor of two to three. In addition the MI will provide high duty factor 120 GeV beam to the experimental areas during collider operation, a capability which does not presently exist in the Main Ring.

  5. Conceptual Design Report: Fermilab Upgrade: Main Injector - Technical Components and Civil Construction, January 1990 (Rev. 2)

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    1990-01-10

    This report contains a description of the design and cost estimate of a new 150 GeV accelerator, designated the Main Injector, which will be required to support the upgrade of the Fermilab Accelerator Complex. The construction of this accelerator will simultaneously result in significant enhancements to both the Fermilab collider and fixed target programs. The Main Injector (MI) is to be located south of the Antiproton Source and tangent to the Tevatron ring at the FO straight section as shown in Figure 1-1. The MI will perform all duties currently required of the existing Main Ring. Thus, operation of the Main Ring will cease following commissioning of the MI, with a concurrent reduction in background rates as seen in the colliding beam detectors. The performance of the MI, as measured in terms of protons per second delivered to the antiproton production target or total protons delivered to the Tevatron, is expected to exceed that of the Main Ring by a factor of two to three. In addition the MI will provide high duty factor 120 GeV beam to the experimental areas during collider operation, a capability which does not presently exist in the Main Ring.

  6. High-strength fiber concrete for industrial and civil construction (rus

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    Klyuyev S.V.

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The issue of using steelfiber for dispersed reinforce of fine-grained concrete is considered in the article. Research of steelfiber concrete patterns based on cement and compositional astringent material was held. The fine-grained cement and the binder with low water demand were used as the main binder. It is established that the application of composite binder and high density packing of the grains raises much the durability indicators. Algorithm and program for composition calculation of fine-grained steel fiber concrete based on technogenic sands enriched with Tavolzhan sands, that allow to get more compact packing of elongated pieces are developed. Optimal selection of filling material allowed to receive fiber concrete based on technogenic sand of Kursk Magnetic Anomaly with ultimate compressive strength equalled to 104,8 MPa, and with ultimate flexural strength 23,2 MPa for flexible structures.

  7. Concerns for Skills Shortages in the 21st Century: A Review into the Construction Industry, Australia

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    Michelle Watson

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available The Australian Construction Industry is now facing skills shortages in all trades. As an industry focused on the skill of its workforce, there is now concern the Australian standard in quality, workmanship, and productivity will inhibit both at national and international level.This research paper addresses the underlying, influential factors concerning skills shortages in the Australian construction industry. The influential factors addressed include funding, training statistics, employer expectations, financial limitations, Industrial Relations and immigration. Given the reference to skills shortages within the industry, and documented in related literature, if skills shortages are to continue to exist, their effect will impact upon the overall performance of construction companies throughout Australia.

  8. Design, Construction and Testing of Annular Diffusers for High Speed Civil Transportation Combustor Applications

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    Okhio, Cyril B.

    1996-01-01

    A theoretical and an experimental design study of subsonic flow through curved-wall annular diffusers has been initiated under this award in order to establish the most pertinent design parameters and hence performance characteristics for such devices, an the implications of their application in the design of engine components in the aerospace industries. The diffusers under this study are expected to contain appreciable regions of stall and the effects of swirl on their performance are being studied. The experimental work involves the application of Computer Aided Design software tool to the development of a suitable annular diffuse geometry and the subsequent downloading of such data to a CNC machine at Central State University (CSU). Two experimental run segments have been completed so far during FY-95 involving flow visualization and diffuser performance evaluation based on Kinetic Energy Dissipation. The method of calculation of the performance of diffusers based on pressure recovery coefficient has been shown to have some shortcomings and so the kinetic energy dissipation approach has been introduced in the run segment two with some success. The application of the discretized, full Navier Stokes and Continuity equations to the numerical study of the problem described above for the time-mean flow is expected to follow. Various models of turbulence are being evaluated for adoption throughout the study and comparisons would be made with experimental data where they exist. Assessment of diffuser performance based on the dissipated mechanical energy would also be made. The result of the investigations are expected to indicate that more cost effective component design of such devices as diffusers which normally contain complex flows can still be achieved.

  9. THE REAL ESTATE RECESSION AND THE PERFORMANCES OF FIRMS IN ROMANIAN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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    Mihaela Diana Oancea-Negescu; Adrian Anica-Popa

    2009-01-01

    In the last years, the real estate developers, the firms that offer construction materials and the construction firms have experienced a spectacular development with considerable profits. The present study aims to identify the correlations between the economic conjecture identified at national and international level and the performances of the companies in construction industry. The unfavorable effects of the economic crisis on the construction industry, on the main indicators that reflect t...

  10. Review and Conceptualization of Value Congruence toward Construction Industry in Malaysia

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    Babak Panahi; Christopher Nigel Preece; Wan Normeza Wan Zakaria; John Rogers; Elena Moezzi

    2014-01-01

    This paper looks at the issue of value congruence as being a key driver of fit among persons and the organizations they work for in the context of construction industry in Malaysia. In construction industry many parties have been identified as stakeholders and these abundant and diverse stakeholders do need to be managed based on this fact that, success in construction projects is significantly dependent on meeting the needs of project stakeholders. According to this issue in the construction...

  11. Proposal to negotiate, without competitive tendering, a contract for the provision of architectural and civil engineering services for the construction of the Globe of Innovation

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    2003-01-01

    This document concerns the award of a contract for the provision of architectural and civil engineering services for the construction of the Globe of Innovation. For the reasons explained in this document, the Finance Committee is invited to agree to the negotiation of a contract, without competitive tendering, with the consortium GROUPE H (CH) - CHARPENTE CONCEPT (CH), for the provision of architectural and civil engineering services related to the re-erection of the Globe of Innovation, for a total amount not exceeding 850 000 Swiss francs, not subject to revision. The consortium has indicated the following distribution by country of the contract value covered by this adjudication proposal: CH-100 %.

  12. ENABLING KNOWLEDGE FLOW: RETAINING GRADUATE WOMEN IN THE SINGAPORE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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    Florence Yean Yng Ling

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available As extensive resources are expanded in transferring knowledge from universities to undergraduates, it is important for them to enter the workforce upon graduation to enable the knowledge to flow to the industry. The aim of this study is to investigate the extent to which knowledge flow is disrupted because graduate women are not entering the Singapore construction industry to ensure its sustainable growth. This study used a structured questionnaire, with data collected from 116 construction-trained graduate women via postal survey. Results show that 58% of them chose not to enter or are considering leaving the construction industry. The disruption in knowledge flow is due to better prospects in other industries (pull factor and poor job conditions within the construction industry (push factor. To retain graduate women in the construction industry, it is recommended that employers: introduce flexible work schedule; allow graduate women to work from home; and give them the same opportunities as their male counterparts.

  13. THE APPLICATION OF THE JUST-IN-TIME PHILOSOPHY IN THE CHINESE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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    Low Sui Pheng

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available The Just-in-Time (JIT philosophy originated from the Toyota Production System (TPS and has been used in the manufacturing industry for many decades. It has helped to increase the productivity of the industry and has also increased the quality of its products. In recent years, numerous studies in developed countries have endeavoured to introduce JIT in the construction industry to reap similar benefits. This study focused on applying JIT to the Chinese construction industry with the goal of improving its performance and thus its competitiveness. This paper discusses the current state of the Chinese construction industry; presents the potential impediments to implementing JIT; and proposes a framework for JIT implementation in the areas of design, procurement, construction and inspection. The results of this study suggest that government and educational institutions should play a key role in spearheading the application of JIT in the construction industry in China.

  14. Achievements of Capital Construction of Onshore Petroleum Industry

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    Jia Jinhui

    1994-01-01

    @@ In 40 years since the founding of new China,the capital construction of onshore petroleum was greatly developed, a capital construction system with rational structure and complete specialities was formed, and a capital construction battalion for petroleum with high technical quality was established.

  15. "At the Head of the Aboriginal Remnant": Cherokee Construction of a "Civilized" Indian Identity during the Lakota Crisis of 1876

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    Kelton, Paul

    2003-01-01

    In 1876 the bilingual Cherokee diplomat and lawyer William Penn Adair expressed great pride in the level of "civilization" that his nation had achieved. Defining civilization as commercial agriculture, literacy, Christianity, and republican government, Adair believed that his society has reached a sophistication that equaled and in certain areas…

  16. Fostering of Innovative Talents Based on Disciplinary Construction: HRD Strategy of Chinese Nuclear Power Industry

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    Workforce challenge to nuclear power industry: • We are facing the aging workforce and talent loss since the tough time of nuclear power industry. • Professional workforce fostering in nuclear power industry always needs a long period of time. • Professional workforce fostering in nuclear power industry is a systematic and interdisciplinary work. Talents fostering in nuclear power industry: Major measures → national overall planning; engineering practice; knowledge management; disciplinary construction; cooperation and communication

  17. Potential Implementation of Green Prefab System in Malaysian Construction Industry

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    Md Azree Othuman Mydin

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Prefab system can be defined as a building process in which sections of modules of the structure are assembled at a remote location, and then transported to the construction site. This type of construction technique is very lucrative and often makes it possible to complete a building project in as much as half the time required for more traditional methods. Prefab construction is frequently employed with the construction of new houses; the strategy can also be used with other buildings. The outstanding ability behind prefab construction is based on the idea that by using standard components that are partly assembled on a manufacturing floor, there is less time involved in the actual construction process. The modules are transported to the site, using freight transportation. At the site, the modules are unloaded, moved into position with the aid of heavy machinery, and connected to form a single building. Along with the fast assembly, prefab construction could often save a great deal of money on the building construction. By using standard patterns, the building materials are pre-cut at the manufacturing site. This eliminates an enormous deal of the waste in timber and other components that can crop up during the process of building. Consequently, a prefabricated house with three bedrooms is likely to cost significantly less than a three bedroom dwelling that is constructed from scratch at the building site. This paper will discuss the potential of green prefab construction in Malaysia.

  18. Biotechnologies and biomimetics for civil engineering

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    Labrincha, J; Diamanti, M; Yu, C-P; Lee, H

    2015-01-01

    Putting forward an innovative approach to solving current technological problems faced by human society, this book encompasses a holistic way of perceiving the potential of natural systems. Nature has developed several materials and processes which both maintain an optimal performance and are also totally biodegradable, properties which can be used in civil engineering. Delivering the latest research findings to building industry professionals and other practitioners, as well as containing information useful to the public, ‘Biotechnologies and Biomimetics for Civil Engineering’ serves as an important tool to tackle the challenges of a more sustainable construction industry and the future of buildings.

  19. Research on Ecological Civilization Evaluation Index System

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    2009-01-01

    Ecological civilization, which refers to the harmonious development of man and the nature, has the connotation of the ecological material civilization, ecological consciousness civilization, ecological institutional civilization and ecological behavior civilization. The research on ecological civilization evaluation index system is important in that it can provide the guidance for the construction of ecological civilization, and besides it can improve public recognition of the importance of ecological civil...

  20. Perspectives on artificial intelligence in the construction industry

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    Andersen, Tom; Gaarslev, Axel

    1996-01-01

    This paper outlines 14 research projects conducted since 1988. The value for industry for each project is listed, and its concluded that despite a high industrial rating, no projects have been implemented in the real world. Reason to the lack of AI-penetration is discussed, and guidelines to over...

  1. Dynamic Innovation strategies and stable networks in the construction industry

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    Andersen, Poul Houman; Cook, Nicole; Marceau, Jane

    2004-01-01

    This paper investigate the role of interorganisational networking for technology diffusion in an industry characterized by very limited R&D activity. Udgivelsesdato: APR......This paper investigate the role of interorganisational networking for technology diffusion in an industry characterized by very limited R&D activity. Udgivelsesdato: APR...

  2. Individual protection equipment for use in the construction civil sector - case study in the city of Medianeira in Brazil

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    Fernando Roberto Rockenbach

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Safety at work is defined as a set of measures that are based on technical standards and aimed at accident prevention, in Brazil it is governed by Decree-Law No. 5,452 of May 1, 1943, approving the Consolidation of Labor Laws - CLT. The construction is the sector that suffers most from industrial accidents and is labeled as the champion as the rates of work accidents. This study aimed to carry out a survey of the works of the construction industry situation in the city of Medianeira in Brazil about using Security Personal Protective Equipment (PPE and relate to the use of such equipment with the occurrence of accidents. To carry out the research were used 40 works, and for the data used in the survey, a questionnaire was applied to each work, which was answered by the foreman. With this research found up those 50% of employers in this sector in the city are not complying with the legislation as the provision of PPE and only 10% of employees are using all PPE required for their safety.

  3. A case study on the feasibility and performance of an UWB-AoA real time location system for resources management of civil construction projects

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    Mok, Esmond; Xia, Linyuan; Retscher, Guenther; Tian, Hui

    2010-06-01

    The application of integrated satellite and modern wireless positioning technologies for ubiquitous real-time resources management in large scale civil engineering projects can greatly optimize the time and cost in the construction process, and is now the trend for modern construction project management. As the outdoor conditions of most civil construction sites are open to sky, satellite positioning with the popularly used Global Positioning System (GPS) has been proved to be very efficient and effective. However, the condition in indoor and underground construction site is very complicated due to the fact that different construction activities would be carried out in different congested areas, involving heavy construction plant, equipment, professionals and technical personnel. Nowadays different emerging technologies such as Wi-Fi and ZigBee can be adopted for position and tracking in indoor environments. Nevertheless, under the very complicated construction site conditions these technologies may fail due to movement of human resources and construction plant, variation of metrological conditions, and serious multipath effects of signals. It is considered that Ultra Wide Band (UWB) technology is more suitable for indoor construction site environments. In this paper, a case study on the attempt of integrating GPS with Ubisense Real-time Location System (RTLS) for resources management in an underground railway construction site is discussed. Laboratory and field tests have shown that the RTLS can provide better resources management capability in terms of positioning accuracy and stability than Wi-Fi and ZigBee technologies under complicated construction environments. The test results show that the system can normally achieve better than 15 cm accuracy, and better than 1 m under adverse geometrical site condition. However, the high instrumental set up cost and the requirement for high quality data transmission cable for high precision time synchronization between

  4. Relationship Embeddedness in the Construction Industry : A Case Study of Peab AB

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    Ekberg Tamminen, Sari; Saarinen, Maarit

    2013-01-01

    Problem description: This study of relationship embeddedness in the construction industry is conducted within the network of the case company Peab AB and limited to their project operations in Finland. The industrial marketing theories, sociological embeddedness theories and construction industry characteristics are forming the foundation of the theoretical framework. The current academic literature has revealed two contradictive approaches of favorable level of relationship embeddedness in t...

  5. CITAX: a Collaborative ICT Standards Model for the Irish Construction Industry

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    Hore, Alan V; West, Roger

    2008-01-01

    The Irish construction industry is facing a series of fundamental challenges that is affecting every player in the AEC lifecycle, from architects to engineers to quantity surveyors to owners to tenants. Despite technological advances in recent years, the Irish construction industry lags behind other industries in respect to ICT investments. Although there is a pressing need for innovation, existing procurement and tendering procedures in Ireland largely discourage new ideas and put further pr...

  6. Barriers to the Uptake of Concurrent Engineering in the Nigerian Construction Industry

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    Nathaniel Anny Aniekwu; Igboanugo, Anthony C.

    2012-01-01

    It is the consensus of scholars that the productivity of the construction industry is very low when compared with other industries. Concurrent Engineering (CE), which has a primary goal of reducing the total time from designing a product to releasing it into the market, while creating better designs as well, has been identified as one of the concepts that has yielded effective adaptation in the construction industry. An exploratory survey was used to identify 63 variables with the capacity to...

  7. Cost estimate classification and accuracy for Major Industrial Plant Projects (MIPP) versus building construction in Germany

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    Erbe, Anita

    2014-01-01

    Ongoing pressure on prices for construction projects adds to the significance of cost estimation accuracy in building construction. Due to competition from Asian entrants, main contractors in the plant engineering industry are starting to face a similar situation. In the present paper, the cost estimation standards for Major Industrial Plant Projects (MIPP) are analyzed and compared with the cost estimation standards for Building Construction (BC). The research method uses a literature and st...

  8. Promoting sustainability as a strategy to mitigate the effects of economic downturn on the construction industry

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    Ashour, Ahmed; Bragança, L.; Almeida, Manuela Guedes de

    2015-01-01

    During the recent years followed by the Global Financial Crisis (GFC), most of business and industries around the globe have been hardly hit to the limit that it still struggling to survive, suffering from the crisis financial consequences. For instance, in the construction industry; many construction projects have been suspended or totally cancelled. Nevertheless, among this dilemma, a call has been raised to use the sustainable practices to mitigate the effects of the GFC on construction in...

  9. Waste and labor productivity in production planning case Finnish construction industry

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    Koskenvesa, Anssi; Koskela, Lauri

    2010-01-01

    The main objective of this paper is to examine labor productivity and waste and their role in production planning and control in Finnish construction industry. Three hypothesis are tested: (1) the assumption that labor productivity concerning different construction work disciplines has developed very little in the last 30 years; (2) the amount of waste has stayed on a constant high level on sites in the Finnish construction industry; and (3) labor productivity does not develop because the ini...

  10. Dynamic Comparison and Trend analysis of Southeast Guizhou's Experimental Area of Eco-civilization Construction and the National Eco-efficiency

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    Yang, Ting-feng; Zhao, Yong-Xu; Xu, Xiao-Chao

    2012-01-01

    In order to better understand the development level of eco-efficiency in Southeast Guizhou's experimental area of eco-civilization construction, we conduct dynamic comparison research of its eco-efficiency and the national eco-efficiency, using single ratio method based on the ecological footprint model, to grasp the gap between its eco-efficiency and the national eco-efficiency, so that we can take appropriate countermeasures to improve eco-efficiency. The results show that in the period 197...

  11. Dynamic Comparison and Trend analysis of Southeast Guizhou’s Experimental Area of Eco-civilization Construction and the National Eco-efficiency

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    2012-01-01

    In order to better understand the development level of eco-efficiency in Southeast Guizhou’s experimental area of eco-civilization construction,we conduct dynamic comparison research of its eco-efficiency and the national eco-efficiency,using single ratio method based on the ecological footprint model,to grasp the gap between its eco-efficiency and the national eco-efficiency,so that we can take appropriate countermeasures to improve eco-efficiency. The results show that in the period 1978-2010,the eco-efficiency in Southeast Guizhou’s experimental area of eco-civilization construction was always lower than the national eco-efficiency; the long-time average annual value of its eco-efficiency was less than one half of that of the national eco-efficiency,with the absolute gap of 1 630. 095 yuan /hm 2 ,and the gap tended to widen year by year in the period 1978-2002 ( the gap increased from 276. 551 yuan /hm 2 in 1978 to peak of 3 227. 713 yuan /hm 2 in 2002,with an average annual increase of 118. 047 yuan /hm 2 ,and especially after 1992,the gap was particularly evident,with an average annual increase of 194.771 yuan/hm 2 ) ,but from 2003,the gap between the two tended to decrease. Based on the prediction results of grey system,in the period 2011-2025,the gap between the eco-efficiency in Southeast Guizhou’s experimental area of eco-civilization construction and the national eco-efficiency will gradually narrow,and from 2019, the eco-efficiency in Southeast Guizhou’s experimental area of eco-civilization construction will be higher than the national eco-efficiency.

  12. Evaluating financial health of real estate & construction industry in India

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    C. Batra

    2015-01-01

    Real Estate & Construction sector plays an important role in the development of a country’s base. Understanding its performance would be crucial as, in India, it is one of the largest contributors to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and one of the largest generators of economic activity. Real estate & construction sector in general, is perceived to be financially more risky compared to other sectors of the economy. The current research extends and adds to the extant literature by investigatin...

  13. Exploring the attributes of collaborative working in construction industry

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    Wu, Shuwei; Greenwood, David; Steel, Glenn

    2008-01-01

    Due to the increased level of uncertainty of construction market and the variety of building functions, the practitioners in construction need work together more closely, which means a higher degree of collaborative working is often necessary. There is evidence that higher degree of collaborative working can produce more successful projects, but there has been only limited research to examine the definition of collaborative working. The lack of understanding of collaborative working resulted ...

  14. The assessment of human health impact caused by industrial and civil activities in the Pace Valley of Messina.

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    Morra, P; Lisi, R; Spadoni, G; Maschio, G

    2009-06-01

    The impact of industrial and civil activities on an agricultural and residential area is presented in a detailed and global analysis. The examined area is the Pace river valley situated in the northern zone of Messina (Italy). The sources of pollution present in the area are: a Municipal Solid Waste Incinerator operating since 1979, a disused urban solid waste landfill which was used for 30 years, an urban solid waste treatment facility with heavy vehicles traffic, and two open pits for the production of bitumen. Large quantities of toxic, carcinogenic substances and criteria pollutants are released into the environment and represent potential hazards to human health. The analysis is performed using the EHHRA-GIS tool which employs an integrated, multimedia, multi-exposure pathways and multi-receptor risk assessment model that is able to manage all the steps which constitute the human health risk analysis in a georeferenced structure. The transport of pollutants in different environmental media is assessed applying models (AERMOD, GMS, CALINE) that take into account the particular three-dimensional morphology of the terrain. The results obtained, combined with a probabilistic risk assessment and a sensitivity analysis of calculation parameters, are a comprehensive assessment of the total human health risk in the area. Finally human health risks caused by toxic and carcinogenic substances are compared with acceptable legal limits in order to support environmental managers' decisions. PMID:19344932

  15. Evaluation of natural radioactivity in some granitic rocks in the state of Parana, Brazil and its use in civil construction

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    Primordial, or terrestrial natural radionuclides, are found in different amounts in the environment. In dwellings, an important dose increment is due to building materials, which contribute for both the external gamma dose from the radionuclides of the 238U, 235U and 232Th series and the natural 40K and the internal dose, due mainly to 222Rn inhalation. Once granitic rocks are widely used both as construction materials or structural flooring, those rocks can become an important dose source, depending on the content of concentrations of radioactivity, and the construction application. In this work, a database for granitic rocks of the crystalline shield of Parana (mainly in the Metropolitan Region of Curitiba, RMC), used in civil construction, was generated, evaluating in terms of radiological protection the external and internal dose increments, caused by the use of these materials. Also, possible correlations between the 226Ra activity concentration, the 222Rn exhalation rate, density, porosity and chemical composition (oxide content) in these samples had been studied. The external dose was assessed by gamma-ray spectrometry with High-Purity Germanium detectors, where the activity concentration of the radionuclides 232Th, 226Ra and 40K are the parameters used in dosimetric models (Dosimetric Indexes), which established limits in accordance with the form, amount and application of material of construction. For the calculation of the annual effective external dose it was assumed a room model with dimensions of 4 m x 5 m x 2:8 m and all walls internally covered with 2 cm thickness of granite and an annual exposure time of 7000 h as suggested by the European Commission of Radiological Protection for internal superficial coating materials. The internal exposure was assessed from the radon concentration in the air of the room model, simulated from the superficial exhalation rate of 222Rn. The exhalation rate was determined by the passive detection technique with the

  16. Formulação de estratégias competitivas por meio de análise de cenários na construção civil Formulation of competitive strategies through analysis of scenarios for civil construction

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    Andriele Rodrigues

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available A presente pesquisa consistiu em formular estratégias competitivas por meio de análise de cenários simulados no setor de construção civil. Trata-se de um estudo exploratório, onde o instrumento de coleta de dados foi o questionário de avaliação qualitativa, com representantes das construtoras. A técnica adotada no trabalho foi a amostragem nãoprobabilística realizada por conveniência. O método utilizado foi o modelo de simulação de cenários de Rojo (2006. Com o desenvolvimento de cenários simulados pôde-se obter condições para que as empresas da construção civil possam preparar-se antecipadamente para eventuais mudanças futuras, reduzindo suas incertezas organizacionais. Pôde-se concluir que a ferramenta de simulação de cenários utilizada é apropriada para auxiliar de forma estratégica o setor da construção civil, a simulação de cenários pode ser uma das alternativas a serem utilizadas, tanto pelo governo como pelas próprias empresas do setor. O modelo de Rojo diferencia-se dos demais roteiros de diagnóstico estratégico por buscar as variáveis diretamente com os players do setor. O setor delimitado na pesquisa teve, como resultado para a empresa em questão, formatado o planejamento estratégico de forma lógica não linear, ampliando a análise de variáveis na linha do tempo. Tal procedimento característico do modelo colabora com a precisão do processo decisório, com as devidas análises de possíveis caminhos cognitivos para a formulação de estratégia competitiva especificamente no caso da concorrência entre empresas da construção civil atuantes na mesma região.The purpose of this research was to formulate competitive strategies through simulated analysis of scenarios for the civil construction industry. The data for this explanatory study was collected by means of qualitative assessment questionnaires applied to construction company representatives. The non-probabilistic sampling technique

  17. Formulação de estratégias competitivas por meio de análise de cenários na construção civil Formulation of competitive strategies through analysis of scenarios for civil construction

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    Andriele Rodrigues

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available A presente pesquisa consistiu em formular estratégias competitivas por meio de análise de cenários simulados no setor de construção civil. Trata-se de um estudo exploratório, onde o instrumento de coleta de dados foi o questionário de avaliação qualitativa, com representantes das construtoras. A técnica adotada no trabalho foi a amostragem nãoprobabilística realizada por conveniência. O método utilizado foi o modelo de simulação de cenários de Rojo (2006. Com o desenvolvimento de cenários simulados pôde-se obter condições para que as empresas da construção civil possam preparar-se antecipadamente para eventuais mudanças futuras, reduzindo suas incertezas organizacionais. Pôde-se concluir que a ferramenta de simulação de cenários utilizada é apropriada para auxiliar de forma estratégica o setor da construção civil, a simulação de cenários pode ser uma das alternativas a serem utilizadas, tanto pelo governo como pelas próprias empresas do setor. O modelo de Rojo diferencia-se dos demais roteiros de diagnóstico estratégico por buscar as variáveis diretamente com os players do setor. O setor delimitado na pesquisa teve, como resultado para a empresa em questão, formatado o planejamento estratégico de forma lógica não linear, ampliando a análise de variáveis na linha do tempo. Tal procedimento característico do modelo colabora com a precisão do processo decisório, com as devidas análises de possíveis caminhos cognitivos para a formulação de estratégia competitiva especificamente no caso da concorrência entre empresas da construção civil atuantes na mesma região.The purpose of this research was to formulate competitive strategies through simulated analysis of scenarios for the civil construction industry. The data for this explanatory study was collected by means of qualitative assessment questionnaires applied to construction company representatives. The non-probabilistic sampling technique

  18. The Rural Information-based Construction under the Perspective of Expanding Agricultural Industrial Chain

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    2012-01-01

    On the basis of expounding connotation and significance of expansion of agricultural industrial chain, coupled with the connotation of rural informatization connotation, this article analyses the role of rural informatization in expanding agricultural industrial chain: it can enhance market competitiveness of industry chain, improve the operational efficiency of industry chain, and promote the income and quality of farmers in industry chain. Under the perspective of expanding agricultural industrial chain, this article puts forwards thinking about the construction of rural informatization as follows: first, give full play to the leading role of the government; second, strengthen the construction of information-based network facility; third, integrate information resources in rural areas, and improve the quality of information; fourth, build comprehensive information service platform in rural areas; fifth, improve organizational level of production and management of individual farmers; sixth, strengthen the construction of information-based personnel in rural areas; seventh, strengthen publicity and training, promote overall cultural quality and information awareness of farmers.

  19. Construction Industry Products Diversification by Implementation of BIM

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    Sergey Kalinichuk

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available One way to increase the effectiveness and economic stability of a construction company is product diversification. Intention to diversify construction products can be initiated for such reasons as necessity of capital injection, reducing of risks and costs of production, desire for optimization of delivery system, increasing economic competitiveness, etc. BIM can help to solve assigned tasks by diversification and optimize system operation as a whole. It becomes an actuality especially under conditions of severe competition when the possibility of attaining a work contract is reduced by increased focus.

  20. 78 FR 72900 - Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff; Civil Money Penalties for Tobacco...

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    2013-12-04

    ... 8, 2013 (78 FR 9396), FDA announced the availability of the draft guidance of the same title. FDA...; Civil Money Penalties for Tobacco Retailers: Responses to Frequently Asked Questions; Availability... (FDA) is announcing the availability of the guidance entitled ``Civil Money Penalties for...

  1. Decision-making on reverse logistics in the construction industry

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    Thanwadee Chinda

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available With the growing competition, many construction organizations attempt to improve their productivity, quality, and efficiency. Construction waste management, by means of reverse logistics, becomes a key issue to improve the productivity, and raise the company’s green image. In this study, four reverse logistics methods-direct reuse, remanufacturing, recycling, and landfill-are considered to manage construction and demolition (C&D waste. Two factors (economic and site-specific with their 15 sub-factors affecting the decisions to implement the reverse logistics are examined. The hierarchy model of reverse logistics decisions, developed through the analytic hierarchy process, reveal the importance of the economic factor over the site-specific factor. It is suggested that the transportation cost, the processing cost, the specific sorting technology, and the limited project time must be first considered before making decisions on reverse logistics plans. The construction company can utilize the developed hierarchy model to decide on the most appropriate reverse logistics plan to achieve the best benefits.

  2. Indication of Curricular Guide Lines for the Civil Engineering Graduation Course

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    Gilson Morales

    2001-01-01

    The present work has as objective to present a profile of the graduation course in Civil Engineering compatible with the regional socioeconomic reality, assisting the market expectations and in agreement with the current development of the industry of the civil construction.

  3. Biotechnologies and bioinspired materials for the construction industry : an overview

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    Torgal, Fernando Pacheco; J. A. Labrincha

    2014-01-01

    Published online: 16 Oct 2013 Looking back to less than three centuries of industrialization, responsible for alarming levels of pollution and consumption of non-renewable resources that has led to the exhaustion of the earth’s capacity, the humankind only now begins to grasp the overwhelming potential of natural systems. During almost 40 million centuries, Nature has developed materials and processes with optimal performance which are totally biodegradable. Analysis of bioinspire...

  4. Safety Leadership Defined within the Australian Construction Industry

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    Luke Daniel

    2015-01-01

    This research explores the tenets of safety leadership within the Australian construction environment. The scope of this research aims to establish a universal definition of safety leadership and how it differs from other leadership disciplines. The literature review into this topic was governed by the parent disciplines of Safety and Leadership.  Gaps were identified in the literature that indicated safety leadership is not a well-defined concept and much of the work into safety leadership h...

  5. Strategic analysis of the construction industry in Spain .

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    Rodrigo Martín García; Julio González Arias

    2011-01-01

    The construction sector has, in Spain, a remarkable importance, due to the contribution to GDP, around 10%, and employment (10%) and the wide business network it includes. The present economic situation and the residential market saturation have led to a sharp contraction in building activity, after a long period of growth. This is, therefore, a good time to perform a structural analysis to identify the determinants of profitability and assess the projection of the companies operating therein...

  6. Safety Leadership Defined within the Australian Construction Industry

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    Luke Daniel

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available This research explores the tenets of safety leadership within the Australian construction environment. The scope of this research aims to establish a universal definition of safety leadership and how it differs from other leadership disciplines. The literature review into this topic was governed by the parent disciplines of Safety and Leadership.  Gaps were identified in the literature that indicated safety leadership is not a well-defined concept and much of the work into safety leadership has been borrowed from other schools of leadership. An exploratory research methodology was utilised which rooted the research into the post-positivist methodology. There were twenty interviews conducted for this research, with participants coming from various leadership positions across multiple construction projects around Australia. Findings detailed a saturation of data that allowed for an empirical definition towards safety leadership to be established. As a person’s scope of responsibility increases, their view of safety leadership becomes synonymous with leadership; although differences do exist. These differences were attributed to the importance of demonstrating safety and working within the legal framework of Australian construction projects. It is proposed that this research offers a substantial contribution to knowledge, based upon a well-defined definition into safety leadership.

  7. A STRATEGIC APPROACH OF SMES ACTIVITY IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY IN DOLI COUNTY

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    Prof. Tudor Nistorescu Ph. D; Assist. Ludmila Paunescu(Railean) Ph. D Student

    2011-01-01

    Faced with rapid changes of conditions in management, economic, social and even political, the construction activity, like all other industries is in a time, when, by taking a proper strategic directions depends its future development. Only a realistic strategic approach, coherent and implicit for SMEs in the construction industry will lead to minimize the risk of making mistakes and to generate a coherent response to situations and problems wich this sector of national economy are confrontin...

  8. Constructed wetlands in the treatment of agro-industrial wastewater: A review

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    Sultana Mar-Yam; Akratos Christos S.; Vayenas Dimitrios V.; Pavlou Stavros

    2015-01-01

    Due to their simplicity and low operation cost, constructed wetlands are becoming more prevalent in wastewater treatment all over the world. Their range of applications is no longer limited to municipal wastewater but has expanded to the treatment of heavily polluted wastewaters such as agro-industrial effluents. This paper provides a comprehensive literature review of the application of constructed wetlands in treating a variety of agro-industrial wastewat...

  9. Causes of Fatal Accidents Involving Cranes in the Australian Construction Industry

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    Ehsan Gharaie; Helen Lingard; Tracy Cooke

    2015-01-01

    In ten years from 2004 to 2013, 359 workers died in the Australian construction industry because of work related causes. This paper investigates crane-related fatalities in order to find the upstream causation of such accidents. The National Coroners’ Information System (NCIS) database was searched to identify fatal accidents in the construction industry involving the use of a crane.  The narrative description of the cases provided in the coroners’ findings and associated documents were conte...

  10. Lean Principles: An Innovative Approach for Achieving Sustainability in the Egyptian Construction Industry

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    Othman, Ayman A. E.; Ghaly, Mayar A.

    2014-01-01

    In spite of the economic and social contributions of the Construction Industry (CI) in terms of achieving national and international development plans, offering employment opportunities, increasing Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as well as providing community members with buildings and infrastructure projects that meet their needs and fulfil their requirements, it has a major impact on the environment. The construction industry is a very large consumer of non-renewable resources. In addition, i...

  11. The influence of the leading firms on the exploitation of IT in the Irish construction industry

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    Thomas, Ken

    1999-01-01

    The problem of how construction industries around the world can exploit the potential of Information Technology (IT) for the benefit of participants has been the focus of attention for various individuals, enterprises, institutions and governments in recent years. Consideration of how the Irish construction industry should approach this problem has been limited to date. Although it is recognised that there are a number of existing and potential influences, this paper considers the role t...

  12. ENABLING KNOWLEDGE FLOW: RETAINING GRADUATE WOMEN IN THE SINGAPORE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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    Florence Yean Yng Ling; Lena Leow

    2008-01-01

    As extensive resources are expanded in transferring knowledge from universities to undergraduates, it is important for them to enter the workforce upon graduation to enable the knowledge to flow to the industry. The aim of this study is to investigate the extent to which knowledge flow is disrupted because graduate women are not entering the Singapore construction industry to ensure its sustainable growth. This study used a structured questionnaire, with data collected from 116 construction-t...

  13. Exploring factors associated with workers' safety rule violations in the Chinese construction industry: a multimethod investigation

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    Wang, Dandan

    2013-01-01

    The Chinese construction industry is China's third biggest industrial killer. Accidents causation analysis revealed that more than 80% of accidents are caused by unsafe human behaviour. The current research was focused on exploring and examining the factors affecting safety rule violations among Chinese construction workers through four main studies in which a combination of qualitative and quantitative methodologies were used. In the first study, on-site observation and organisational docume...

  14. End-to-end requirements management for multiprojects in the construction industry

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    industries. The research gives at the same time managers of construction projects a tool with which to manage their requirements end-to-end. In order to investigate how construction companies handle requirements, a case project – a Danish construction syndicate producing sandwich elements made from High...... regards to requirements management. As the literature study gives little new information, a series of interviews are initiated with experts from industry and universities. Those interviews reveal major shortcomings in the way requirements are handled in Danish construction companies today. In order to...... requirements structure and the Conceptual requirements management framework mean that, for the first time structured requirements management and elements of systems engineering have been used in the construction industry. It is expected that this approach counteracts some of the major challenges that are...

  15. The impact of training and development on career advancement of professional women in the UK construction industry

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    Fernando, G.; Amaratunga, Dilanthi

    2012-01-01

    The redressing the gender imbalance in the UK construction industry has been emphasised on numerous occasions and many researchers have identified that women can contribute in an immense way towards the construction industry development. However, construction industry has failed to attract and retain women who are interested in a construction career. Participation of women is still very low in some parts of the industry, in particular, at a time when skilled people at all levels of the indust...

  16. ROLE OF LAW IN CONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT OF SMALL SCALE INDUSTRIES THROUGH NORMATIVE PERSPECTIVE

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    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The presence of law has become an absolute prerequisite that must exist in the dynamics of civil society. It is to achieve justice, certainty, and expediency, so the works of it will not be separated from such a noble mission. On the other side, the law is likely inseparable from the fields of meta-juridical, including economics. The expectations of the interference of law into economy, makes the existence of justice for the business players can be realized through the enacted product legislation. Regulations concerning investments and partnerships have the intent to build self-reliance and empowerment for small industry players so as to compete in the era of economic globalization. Laws employed as the instrument of social change to strengthen the capitalization of small industry and business empowerment through the training and development of small industries, as normatively mandated by law.

  17. Effects of sea water environment on glass fiber reinforced plastic materials used for marine civil engineering constructions

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    Highlights: • Seawater environment over composite material that are suitable for civil applications. • Seawater intake is linked to tensile and flexural strength degradation in GFC. • Fatigue performance of glass composites is similar in seawater environment than in air. - Abstract: Glass fiber composites (GFRP) are common in civil engineering projects, but not in marine structures. One reason is that seawater effects degrade GFRP composites mechanical properties and interlaminar shear strength (ILSS). Here, influence of seawater environment is studied to determine the best composite materials for marine civil engineer applications, studying the influence of several factors in their mechanical properties. This is to determine safety factors to use in the design of structural calculations for marine applications. Glass/epoxy composites are the safest materials to use in marine civil structures as mechanical properties degradation becomes stabilized after moisture saturation level. UV and water cyclic analysis must be done to determine affection to transversal strength. Only vinylester GFRP has problems with biodegradation. GFRP fatigue performance is not influenced by seawater environment

  18. Combined Industrial Wastewater Treatment in Anaerobic Bioreactor Posttreated in Constructed Wetland

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    Bibi Saima Zeb; Qaisar Mahmood; Saima Jadoon; Arshid Pervez; Muhammad Irshad; Muhammad Bilal; Zulfiqar Ahmad Bhatti

    2013-01-01

    Constructed wetland (CW) with monoculture of Arundo donax L. was investigated for the posttreatment of anaerobic bioreactor (ABR) treating combined industrial wastewater. Different dilutions of combined industrial wastewater (20, 40, 60, and 80) and original wastewater were fed into the ABR and then posttreated by the laboratory scale CW. The respective removal efficiencies of COD, BOD, TSS, nitrates, and ammonia were 80%, 78–82%, 91.7%, 88–92%, and 100% for original industrial wastewater tre...

  19. The Sectorial Code - an inquiry into the contemporary sector development activities in the Danish construction industry

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    Jensen, Jens Stissing; Bonke, Sten

    2011-01-01

    Since the early 1990'ties the Danish construction industry has been exposed to organised activities aiming to develop the industry from a sectorial point of view. It has however been difficult for these activities to establish a coherent and attractive sectorial development agenda which has been able to generate detectable and widespread effects in the industry as a whole. The objective of this thesis is to develop a vocabulary which is able to penetrate and explain the experiences of these c...

  20. Engineering, Support, and Management Services: Construction Industry Series: Preparation Level: Student Manual and Instructor's Guide.

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    Texas Education Agency, Austin. Dept. of Occupational Education and Technology.

    The guide is an outline of training experiences designed to lead a student to at least entry-level proficiency in engineering, support, and management service jobs within the construction industry. Teaching units cover construction drafting, architectural drawing, engineering drafting, estimating, expediting and scheduling, surveying, testing and…

  1. A product modelling approach to competitive tendering in the building and construction industries

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    Tolman, F.P.; Oszariyildiz, S.

    1998-01-01

    Competitive tendering is the activity of turnkey vendors and construction consortia in the Building and Construction industries that, to a large extend, determines the company's competitiveness. From the tender price it follows if a contract will be won or not, and, if the bid has been successful, t

  2. A Study of Potential Load Bearing Masonry (LBM System in Malaysia Construction Industry

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    Ramli N.A.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available To overcome the problems in increasing of material prices, land prices, shortage of skilled workers, equipping low cost housing demands and maintained the cost of the constructing at an affordable price, there is a need to find the alternative solution for constructing method. The use of the load bearing masonry system (LBM has been identified as a sustainable and an effective alternative method for the construction industry. The system offers several advantages in term of cost and speed of the construction, durability, strength, environmentally friendly practices and aesthetic qualities. Despite these advantages, unfortunately, this system has not been widely used in Malaysia compared to reinforced concrete (RC frame construction. Therefore, this paper aims to discuss the advantages and potential of the system implementation to Malaysia construction industry in the future.

  3. Influence of chemical composition of civil construction waste in the cement paste; Influencia da composicao quimica dos residuos da construcao civil a pasta de cimento

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    Cunha, G.A.; Andrade, A.C.D.; Souza, J.M.M.; Evangelista, A.C.J.; Almeida, V.C., E-mail: valeria@eq.ufrj.b [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (EQ/UFRJ), RJ (Brazil). Escola de Quimica

    2009-07-01

    The construction and demolition waste when disposed inappropriately might cause serious public health problems. Its reutilization focusing on the development of new products using simple production techniques, assuring a new product life cycle and not damaging the environment is inserted in sustainable concept. The aim of this work was identifying the characteristics of types of waste generated in a residential reform (glassy ceramic and fill dirt leftovers) verifying separately its influence on cement pastes mechanical behavior. Cement pastes + wastes were prepared in 25% and 50% proportions with an approximately 0,35 water/cement relation and, glue time determination, water absorption, resistance to compression and X-ray fluorescence assays were taken. The results indicate that the chemical composition of the waste causes changes in the behavior of cement pastes, reflecting on their resistance to compression. (author)

  4. Energy cogeneration contributions in the wood quality as civil construction material; Contribuicoes da cogeracao de energia na qualidade da madeira como material de construcao civil

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    Lima, Carlos Roberto de

    1993-07-01

    This work presents the practicable technical alternative for the improvement of solid wood quality used in the building construction. Through the reality of the solid wood Amazon Region's production and actual generation conception; cogeneration, economy and efficiency on the energy application; the alternative displayed proposes the modification on the lay-out production and production process seeking the best quality obtention of the solid wood; the replace of the petroleum derived energetics by biomass (residues) and the introduction on the production site, the solid wood drying process. The production alternatives proposed can contribute for the solid wood production cost reduction, through the fuel economy, the imperfect number piece reduction and transportation cost production reduction. Contributing significantly for the cost/benefit/quality wood relations, enabling its placement of the consuming market on the Northeast, Southeast, South and Middle west Regions and so on the international market with competitive costs. (author)

  5. Strategic analysis of the construction industry in Spain

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    Rodrigo Martín García

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available The construction sector has, in Spain, a remarkable importance, due to the contribution to GDP, around 10%, and employment (10% and the wide business network it includes. The present economic situation and the residential market saturation have led to a sharp contraction in building activity, after a long period of growth.This is, therefore, a good time to perform a structural analysis to identify the determinants of profitability and assess the projection of the companies operating therein.This paper identifies the rules of competition and reasonable business expectations for coming years, using the Model of Five Competitive Forces. This analysis will show opportunities and difficulties for constructors as a tool in making decisions. The success of the strategy will depend on the management of strengths and capabilities, especially in times of change in the competitive environment.

  6. Labour Productivity in the New Zealand Construction Industry: A Thorough Investigation

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    John E Tookey

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Productivity growth is strongly correlated to economic growth and increases in welfare. This fact also holds true at the industry level and is particularly true in the NZ construction industry, since productivity growth in this sector may have significant effects on the affordability of housing in the country. In recent years construction in NZ has been subjected to a series of reports that have either highlighted ‘failure’ to grow productivity or have exhorted the industry to improve its ‘poor performance’.  However thus far little by way of analysis has gone into the productivity figures that have been quoted, nor has much been done to explain and justify if or why these figures are correct or incorrect.This research seeks to deconstruct construction productivity figures in NZ and explain the patterns over recent years of ‘poor performance’ in comparison with other industries.  As such it will examine the nature of the NZ construction industry and analyse the historic statistics related to its labour productivity. This will provide an overall understanding of the sector as well as those extraneous factors that may have significant influences on the NZ construction sector.The research found that while factors influencing inputs of labour productivity measure such as labour and material costs remained stable, factors impacting the corresponding outputs such as house and land prices, value of work in Non-residential and Infrastructure construction grew significantly between 1997 and 2007. Given the positive skewing effect of standard economic indicators (inflation etc on construction labour productivity figures, the relatively poor performance of construction is worrying for the industry. The paper concludes by demonstrating labour productivity in construction is significantly worse performing than previously suspected.

  7. Analysis of implementation of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards in Slovenian construction industry

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    Pakiž, Nina

    2016-01-01

    The presented research focuses to the implementation of quality and environmental management standards, that comply to the standards ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004, into construction contracting companies and client organisations. It is limited to Slovenia that can be considered as a typical representative of construction industry in countries that joined European Union after 2004. In order to carry out the analysis of EMS implementation for a casy study - selected construction ...

  8. Nano in the Construction Industry (NanoTrust Dossier No. 032en – August 2012)

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    Gazsó, André; Greßler, Sabine

    2012-01-01

    In the construction industry and in architecture, nanotechnology and nanomaterials provide new opportunities. “Nano-products” for construction purposes are currently found in four main sectors: cement-bound construction materials, noise reduction and thermal insulation or temperature regulation, surface coatings to improve the functionalities of various materials, and fire protection. At the present time, nanomaterials – and therefore “nano-products” – remain considerably more expensive than ...

  9. Safety Benchmarking of Industrial Construction Projects Based on Zero Accidents Techniques

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    Rogers, Jennifer Kathleen

    2012-01-01

    Safety is a continually significant issue in the construction industry. The Occupation Safety and Health Administration as well as individual construction companies are constantly working on verifying that their selected safety plans have a positive effect on reduction of workplace injuries. Worker safety is a large concern for both the workers and employers in construction and the government also attempts to impose effective regulations concerning minimum safety requirements. There are ...

  10. PROBLEMS OF PROJECTS AND EFFECTS OF DELAYS IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY OF PAKISTAN

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    M. Haseeb; Xinhai-Lu; Aneesa Bibi; Maloof-ud-Dyian; Wahab Rabbani

    2011-01-01

    The problem of project delays is a fact that occurs mostly in construction industry of Pakistan. Delays are always measured as expensive to all parties concerned in the projects and very often it will result in clash, claims, total desertion and much difficult for the feasibility and it slows the growth of construction sector. For analyzing the causes of delay, an appraisal on construction project’s time performance was conducted. The main objective of this study is the identification of fact...

  11. A System Design Framework for Project Cost Control in the Irish Construction Industry

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    Kelly, Thomas

    2001-01-01

    The construction industry is a major contributor to the Irish economy. The common denominator of the of the industry’s business is the “construction project”. Construction projects by their very nature are unique being influenced by many variables such as weather, location, design and personnel. This situation demands strong management to fulfil the cost control function. The primary aim of this project has been the illustration of a system design framework for project cost control in the Iri...

  12. The Declining Status of Minorities in the New York City Construction Industry

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    Timothy Bates; David Howell

    1998-01-01

    Does the employment status of minorities suffer when government downplays affirmative action efforts? This study analyzes the relative status of minority businesses and construction employees in New York City's construction industry. Ed Koch, New York City mayor from 1978 to 1990, chose to downplay the active affirmative action efforts of his predecessors. We find that Black employees lost ground relative to Whites, particularly in the construction-skilled trades. Furthermore, minority-owned ...

  13. PROBLEMS AND PROSPECTS OF CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT IN RUSSIA IN THE CONDITIONS OF ECONOMIC CRISIS

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    Nidziy Elena Nikolaevna

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available The construction industry is one of the key fund-creating industries, the formation of the Russian economy greatly depends on it. The construction sector is cyclic, that’s why it has always been sensitive to the tendencies of the national economy. In the contemporary conditions of weak economical climate the construction industry is in a state of sluggish recession. The key indicators exercising restraining influence on the construction complex are analyzed. The author carried out calculations of the prices for residential real estate in the past years. The author’s view on the near-term prospects on the exit from recession state is formulated. From the view of the today’s state and the nearest development prospects, it can be stated that the construction industry is one of the most problematic among the basic economic sectors. Retrieval of the expansion rate of the construction industry is possible in case of the positive changes of general economic state.

  14. The Construction and Competitiveness of Operation Model of Agricultural Industrial Cluster

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    2011-01-01

    Through reviewing the viewpoints of former scholars, the connotation and features of supply chain of agricultural industrial cluster are introduced. The agricultural industrial cluster model constituted by core network and supporting network is constructed. Three operation models of this kind of supply chain is described: the model takes wholesale market of agricultural products as the core; the model take pillar industries of agricultural industrialization as core; model takes the chains of retail enterprises as core. The competitiveness of agricultural industrial cluster is researched. The research assumes that the competiveness of supply chain of agricultural industrial cluster is mainly represented to make the agricultural industrial cluster to acquire more capabilities in terms of innovation and knowledge sharing capability, resource allocation capability, agile market adaptability and distinct value creation capability.

  15. Treatment of industrial and agro-industrial wastewater using constructed wetlands

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    Sultana, Mar-Yam

    2014-01-01

    Environmental pollution from untreated wastewater disposal is one of the most serious environmental issues. Hexavalent chromium, Cr(VI), is known to be a very toxic compound, frequently found in polluted industrial wastewaters, and causes major environmental problems. On the other hand, among the agro-industrial wastewaters, dairy wastewaters can also cause serious environmental pollution due to their high organic loads. Specifically, when untreated dairy wastewater is deposited into surface ...

  16. Exploring Civilizations with 'Seven Wolves'

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    Yang Jie

    2007-01-01

    @@ Beijing - A farewell party for the CCTV (China Central Television) crew 'Road to Civilizations-Global Exploration Tour of World Major Civilizations' - the world's first TV series documenting the journey of exploring the 12 civilizations in the human world, was sponsored by Fujian Septwolves Industry Co., Ltd and held at the Beijing Landmark hotel on 16 January.

  17. Sustainable material selection for construction industry - A hybrid multi criteria decision making approach

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    Govindan, Kannan; Shankar, Madan; Kannan, Devika

    2016-01-01

    Urbanization and globalization has led to a rapid development in the construction industry. Many strategies have been proposed to improve cost effectiveness in this sector. Over the last decade, cost concerns have been balanced with a growing debate on the necessity for sustainable construction...... practices. Because of depleting resources and environmental concerns, researchers and practitioners have begun to explore sustainable construction strategies. Among these strategies is the selection of sustainable materials which play a vital role in a building's environmental footprint. In the UAE in...... particular, there is an ongoing demand to select the best sustainable construction materials because the industry is growing so rapidly in this nation. Thus, the main intent of this paper is to propose a model to evaluate the best sustainable construction material based on sustainable indicators through a...

  18. Exploring the Barriers and the Level of TQM Implementation in Malaysian Construction Industry

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    Tey, Lian Seng

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available More and More construction firms are engaging in Total Quality Management (TQM to improve the quality of their products which, in hope of, ultimately lead to higher level of customer satisfaction. However, there are still a number of players in Malaysian construction industry refused to implement TQM. This study aimed at identifying the barriers for construction firms to engage in TQM and tested its relationship with the level of implementation of TQM. Based on data collected from 138 engineers from Malaysian construction firms, the results showed that there were six barriers of implementation of TQM in Malaysian construction industry, which were lack of knowledgeable personnel, low bid mindset, lack of effective communication, extra cost and time consuming, lack of top management support and difficulties in measurement. The results also showed that only lack of effective communication and lack of top management support were not significantly associated with the level of implementation of TQM.

  19. Prevención y reparación de los daños civiles por contaminación industrial

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    Aviñó Belenguer, David

    2014-01-01

    Este trabajo tiene por objeto analizar el régimen jurídico-privado aplicable a los daños civiles por contaminación industrial (DCC), en lo referente a su clasificación (inmisiones u otros daños), régimen jurídico (arts. 590, 1908.2, 1902 y 7.2 C.c. fundamentalmente), tutela del particular (preventiva ex art. 590 C.c, inhibitoria a través de la acción negatoria de inmisiones, y resarcitoria a través de la acción de responsabilidad civil) y su posible aseguramiento. La tesis se estructura e...

  20. Performance measurement in the UK construction industry and its role in supporting the application of lean construction concepts

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    Saad Sarhan

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Performance measurement has received substantial attention from researchers and the construction industry over the past two decades. This study sought to assess UK practitioners’ awareness of the importance of the use of appropriate performance measures and its role in supporting the application of Lean Construction (LC concepts. To enable the study to achieve its objectives, a review of a range of measurements developed to evaluate project performance including those devoted to support LC efforts was conducted. Consequently a questionnaire survey was developed and sent to 198 professionals in the UK construction industry as well as a small sample of academics with an interest in LC. Results indicated that although practitioners recognise the importance of the selection of non-financial performance measures, it has not been properly and widely implemented. The study identified the most common techniques used by UK construction organisations for performance measurement, and ranked a number of non-financial key performance indicators as significant. Some professed to have embraced the Last Planner System methodology as a means for performance measurement and organisational learning, while further questioning suggested otherwise. It was also suggested that substance thinking amongst professionals could be a significant hidden barrier that militates against the successful implementation of LC.

  1. Internationalization of Finnish construction companies: An interview-based study in the Swedish construction industry

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    Saloranta, Juuso

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of this thesis is to discover what aspects affect the internationalization success of Finnish construction companies and how that success could be improved. According to the exist- ing business network literature, internationalization can be seen as a company's entry to a new international business network rather than a new country. Therefore the internationalization pro- cess can be described through the process of network development. In network development the elements of trust...

  2. 人民群众是生态文明建设的主体--习近平关于生态文明建设的重要论述之启示%The People are the Main Body of Ecological Civilization Construction:Inspired by Xi Jinping’s Important Speech of Construction of Ecological Civilization

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    韩风春

    2015-01-01

    党的十八大以来,习近平总书记就生态文明建设发表了一系列重要讲话,强调人民群众是社会实践的主体,是生态文明建设的驱动力和监督者;在生态文明建设的过程中,需要人民群众的智慧、力量和积极参与;充分发挥人民群众在生态文明建设中的主体作用,必须推动生态民主与生态法治建设,必须运用党的群众路线理论与方法及建立健全人民群众参与生态文明建设的机制,才能加快我国生态文明建设的步伐。%Xi Jinping has delivered series of important speech on ecological civilization since the 18th Na-tional Congress of CPC,which emphasizes the people are the main body of social practice,driving force and supervisors of ecological civilization construction.The ecological civilization construction calls for their intelligence,energy and participation.It is requested to exercise the role of main body,promote construc-tion of ecological democracy and rule of law,carry out the theories and practice of mass line and establish a sound mechanism of the people involvement so as to speed up the ecological civilization construction in China.

  3. Ecological Civilization Construction of Beautiful China Dream%美丽中国的生态文明建设探析

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    张硕; 高九江

    2014-01-01

    现实中国的环境生态状况面临较大挑战,而美丽中国的建设给中国人民以极大的动力和希望。美丽中国梦是建设中国特色社会主义的重要组成部分,是马克思主义中国化的最新成果的主要内容;生态马克思主义是一种以马克思主义自然观为基础探索生态危机形成的社会制度根源,探求既能解决生态危机又能走向社会主义道路的社会思潮。要实现“美丽中国”目标,首先须建设社会主义生态文明。马克思主义中国化应当关注马克思恩格斯生态文明思想的中国化问题,他们的生态文明思想博大精深,对中国的生态文明建设很有指导意义,另外中国传统文化中的自然生态意识对现代社会的生态文明建设也有启迪作用。%China's ecological state of the environment faces great challenges ,and building a beautiful China gives the Chinese people great power and hope .Beautiful China dream is an important part of constructing socialism with Chinese characteristics , and it's the main content of the latest achievements of the Sinicism of Marxism ;Ecological Marxism is the essence of social sys-tem based on Marxist natural view ,searching for ecological crisis and the way to solve the crisis and at the same time sticking to the socialist road .To build the "beautiful China",we must first build a socialist ecological civilization .Sinicism of Marxism must focus on Marx and Engels ecological civilization thought ,which is broad and profound ,and instructive to the construction of ecological civilization in China .In addition ,the natural ecological consciousness in China traditional culture also is inspiring to modern society's ecological civilization construction .

  4. BIM in Malaysian Construction Industry: Status, Advantages, Barriers and Strategies to Enhance the Implementation Level

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    Aftab Hameed Memon

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Building Information Modeling (BIM is a new approach of construction design. It does not only facilitate the digital representation for designs but also provides all the necessary information for any project before it is constructed. Despite this advantage, the adoption of BIM in Malaysian construction is very low. Motivated by this, current study has focused on assessing current status of BIM implementation in Malaysian construction industry. It has also investigated advantages and disadvantages together with barriers to implementations of BIM and proposing effective strategies for enhancing the BIM implementation in construction industry. Investigation was done through survey where 150 questionnaire forms were distributed and 95 completed forms received back were analyzed with Average Index (AI and Relative Importance Index (RII method. Findings of the study revealed that the rate of BIM implementation in construction industry is very low. Major advantages of BIM are improved scheduling, improved drawing coordinated, controlling time and cost and singe detailed model. Enhanced collaboration, requires coordinated drawing, interoperability are the major disadvantages and limitations of BIM. Major barriers to low level of BIM implementation are lack of competent staff to operate the software, unawareness of the technology and non availability of parametric library. Provision of trial software, training of construction staff and introducing of BIM in university curriculum are very effective strategies in enhancing the implementation of BIM.

  5. Smart composites. 6. Smart composite application technology (related to civil engineering and building constructions); Smart composite. 6. Smart composite oyo gijutsu (doboku kenchiku kanren)

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    Sugita, M. [Shimizu Corp., Tokyo (Japan)

    1997-09-15

    This paper summarizes the current status of developing smart composite materials in the building construction and civil engineering fields. Introducing intelligent structure systems into major structural members in civil engineering and building constructions contributes very highly to improving preservation of lives and properties and safety against unexpected disasters caused by such natural accidents as earthquakes and typhoons. Social needs for health monitoring functions may include (1) improvement in safety by predicting destruction of such infrastructures as expressways, railways, drinking water and sewage systems, electric power and gas plants, (2) improvement in safety of such structures as underground and undersea structures whose safety cannot be verified directly by visual checks, (3) prediction of breakdown of structures to which human being cannot make an access, such as atomic reactors, and (4) prediction of dribbling, avalanches, and sand and soil falls. Other needs may include economic effects, multi-functional materials, and improvement in living comfort. What could be said a development of materials having a sensor function and a self-restoring function has just started in Japan and the United States. 7 refs., 12 figs.

  6. On Civility and Civilizations

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    2010-01-01

    @@ At a time when misunderstand-ings between cultures run rampant, when walls of fear, prejudice and hatred divide the members of the human family, it is urgent to intensify the dialogue between civilizations. Under the new leadership of its Director General lrina Bokova, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared 2010 as the "Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures." In this context, the concerted reflections and actions of Europe and China can be highly meaningful.

  7. Construction of overseas nuclear power plants for first time by Japanese industry

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    In response to the worldwide demand for stable energy supplies and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, nuclear power plant construction projects have been expanding on a global scale. Even in the United States, where no nuclear power plants have been constructed over the past 30 years, there are plans for the construction of more than 30 plants. Toshiba has been awarded a contract for a nuclear power plant construction project in the U.S., the first case of overseas nuclear power plant construction by Japanese industry. Toshiba America Nuclear Energy Corporation (TANE), the first U.S. subsidiary in our nuclear business, located in Charlotte, North Carolina, is engaged in this globally prominent project, applying various technologies and know-how that we have cultivated over many years of experience in developing and constructing nuclear power plants in Japan and adapting them to U.S. business practices, laws, and regulations. (author)

  8. Stepwise modularization in the construction industry using a bottom-up approach

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    Kudsk, Anders; Grønvold, Martin O'Brien; Olsen, Magnus Holo;

    2013-01-01

    than a hundred years. Based on principles of mass customization applied in the manufacturing industry, two cases of successful implementation of mass customization and modularization have been investigated as a means of showcasing the possibility to incorporate standardization in parts of the...... achieved. This led to a standardization of the shafts. Three types of shafts that make up 95 percent of the investigated market were defined. Based on the findings and experiences gathered through the standardization, it is concluded that the principles of mass customization of a sub-part can be successful...... construction industry. The investigation examined two different companies that have standardized parts of a construction. One, Altan.dk, standardized the method for constructing balconies; and NCC Skakt standardized the construction of shafts. Altan.dk standardized their balconies by studying the balconies...

  9. Creating a Software Marketplace for the SME Community in the Irish Construction Industry

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    Hore, Alan V; West, Roger; Redmond, Alan

    2009-01-01

    The Construction Industry is a sector where Information Communication Technology (ICT) and e-Business are used to a lesser extent than in most other sectors. The high concentration of Small to Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the industry and the typical nature of the service provided, being an on-site and often highly customised service are generally identified as the reason for the low ICT uptake. The majority of Irish companies in the construction sector are SMEs. E-Business has provided...

  10. INNOVATION MANAGEMENT AS A FIRM-LEVEL STRATEGY FOR INNOVATION DIFFUSION IN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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    Emiliya V. Suprun

    2014-01-01

    Nowadays, conscious management of innovation in construction firms is becoming increasingly necessary. The research investigates the role of innovation management as an element of firm-level strategies of innovation diffusion. As a part of larger study of Russia's construction industry, a survey was conducted and data was collected via mailed questionnaires. The questionnaire requested respondents to provide specific data about the type of innovations adopted, the barriers to innovation diffu...

  11. Exploring Safe Work Method Statements In The Australian Construction Industry: A Prospective Study In Resilience Engineering

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    Pillay, Manikam; Borys, David; Else, Dennis

    2013-01-01

    Construction worksites are not only one of the most hazardous for workers but are also complex, posing significant challenges for safety managers intending to achieve higher levels of safety in the industry. In Australia legislation requires that health and safety risks associated with high risk construction activities be controlled through safe work method statements. These are essentially safety rules, and one of the commonly held beliefs surrounding their use as a risk control strategy is ...

  12. Mapping the e-business profile and trends in cost management in the UK construction industry

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    Perera, Srinath; Park, Rachael; Udeaja, Chika; Zhou, Lei; Rodrigo, Anushi

    2012-01-01

    The advancement of e-business applications and IT infrastructure has had massive impact on construction business processes over the last decade. The added effects of globalisation coupled with global economic recession have forced businesses to implement e-business applications within their organisations. It is clear in all industries, that e-business technologies have become a key strategic vehicle in improving performance. In Construction, e-business applications complement most of the busi...

  13. A study of forms of project organisation and matrix management: case studies from the construction industry

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    Bresnen, Michael J.

    1986-01-01

    This study investigates the forms and processes of interaction that occur in the organisation and management of projects. It takes as its empirical focus of enquiry the situation in the UK construction industry; and uses, as its database, five case studies of medium to large-scale, 'one-off' construction projects. The literature on project organisation and management is reviewed, with attention directed towards the phenomenon of matrix forms of organisation and related processes of manage...

  14. The Future Scenario of Creating a Digital SME Community in the Irish Construction Industry

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    Hore, Alan V; West, Roger; Redmond, Alan

    2009-01-01

    The problems associated with the Construction Industry not being able to manage and com-municate electronically product and project data between collaborating firms and within individual companies is compounded by the large number of small companies that have not adopted advanced Information Com-munication Technology (ICT). The typical nature of the service provided in construction, being an on-site and often highly customised service are generally identified as the reason for the low ICT upt...

  15. Development of a fuzzy qualitative risk assessment model applied to construction industry

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    Pinto, Abel Fernando do Nascimento

    2012-01-01

    The construction industry is plagued by occupational risky situations and poor working conditions. Risk Assessment for Occupational Safety (RAOS) is the first and key step to achieve adequate safety levels, particularly to support decision-making in safety programs. Most construction safety efforts are applied informally under the premise that simply allocating more resources to safety management will improve safety on site. Moreover, there are many traditional methods to address RAOS, but...

  16. Construction Safety And Health Factors At The Industry Level: The Case Of Singapore

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    Charles Y.J. Cheah

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available The construction industry is one of the most hazardous industries due to the unique nature of its products and the processes involved. Recent occurrences of highly publicized construction site accidents in Singapore have highlighted the immediate needs for the local industry to address safety and attention at the industry level. The objective of this paper is to examine issues and critical factors affecting S&H standards in Singapore. Clearly, collective efforts should be pursued at the industry level as the country moves towards the ultimate safety management strategy of self-regulation. The findings also indicate that the challenge of making worksites safe should not be placed solely on the contractors but should be shared by all parties affecting the value chain of construction, including the developers, the consultants and the government. The factors identified through factor analysis may inform legislators and industry practitioners in terms of the sources of problems and help develop effective strategies for improvement. Some of the experiences mentioned in the paper could also be relevant to other countries facing similar circumstances.

  17. The implementation of clean development mechanism (CDM) in the construction and built environment industry

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    Greenhouse gas emissions due to human activities are the main contributors to global climate change, a problem that should not be ignored. Through the clean development mechanism (CDM) introduced under the Kyoto Protocol, developing countries are able to earn certified emission reduction (CER) credits through a myriad of emission reduction projects. This study aims to explore the potential of implementing CDM projects in the construction and built environment (C and BE) industry, which has been criticized for not only consuming an enormous amount of resources, but also for contributing to adverse environmental health. In this research, we limit the boundary of the C and BE industry to include the planning, procurement, construction, occupation and refurbishment/demolition phases of a project's life cycle. Surveys and in-depth follow-up interviews with experts have generated useful insights pertaining to CDM potential and its adaptation into the C and BE industry. From this foundation, this paper evaluates the current obstacles to CDM and presents feasible suggestions to increase CDM projects related to the C and BE industry. - Highlights: • We review the development and limitation of CDM relates to the construction and built environment (C and BE) industry. • We obtain experts' opinions on the feasibility of CDM in the C and BE industry. • Validation, monitoring, verification and additionality of CDM projects are crucial. • Experts agreed that most of our suggestions are feasible in principle

  18. Constructed wetlands in the treatment of agro-industrial wastewater: A review

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    Sultana Mar-Yam

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Due to their simplicity and low operation cost, constructed wetlands are becoming more prevalent in wastewater treatment all over the world. Their range of applications is no longer limited to municipal wastewater but has expanded to the treatment of heavily polluted wastewaters such as agro-industrial effluents. This paper provides a comprehensive literature review of the application of constructed wetlands in treating a variety of agro-industrial wastewaters, and discusses pollutant surface loads and the role of constructed wetland type, prior-treatment stages and plant species in pollutant removal efficiency. Results indicate that constructed wetlands can tolerate high pollutant loads and toxic substances without losing their removal ability, thus these systems are very effective bio-reactors even in hostile environments. Additionally, the review outlines issues that could improve pollutant treatment efficiency and proposes design and operation suggestions such as suitable vegetation, porous media and constructed wetland plain view. Finally, a decision tree for designing constructed wetlands treating agro-industrial wastewaters provides an initial design tool for scientists and engineers.

  19. 论我国生态文明建设的政治制度优势%On the Advantage of Political System for the Ecological Civilization Construction of Our Country

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    胡长生; 王雄青

    2012-01-01

    The Marxist theory of ecological repudiation against capitalism discloses that socialism has an advantage in political system for promoting ecological civilization construction,and this advantage is systematic and all-around.The political advantage of our country in ecological civilization construction is mainly embodied in the following aspects:the socialist system provides the institutional precondition for ecological civilization construction,the governance of the CPC provides the political guarantee for ecological civilization construction,and the socialist moral system provides the moral basis for ecological civilization construction.%马克思主义的生态资本主义制度批判理论昭示了社会主义对于推进生态文明建设的政治制度优势,且这种制度优势是系统而全面的。我国生态文明建设的政治制度优势主要体现在,社会主义制度为生态文明建设提供了制度前提,中国共产党执政为生态文明建设提供了政治保障,社会主义道德体系为生态文明建设提供了道德基础。

  20. A revisit on the current practice of dispute resolution and ADR in the Malaysian construction industry

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    Mohd Suhaimi Mohd Danuri

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The current dispute resolution procedures available in the Malaysian construction industry are mainly litigation and arbitration. In addition, the alternative dispute resolutions (ADR, namely mediation and adjudication, have also been introduced as the other methods for resolving disputes. The objective of this study is to examine the current practice of dispute resolution and ADR available in the Malaysian construction industry. The aim of this paper is two-fold: to report the current practice of dispute resolution and ADR, and identify the attributes of successful implementation of both mechanisms based on the perceptions of the Malaysian construction industry players. From the jurisprudence point of view, this study looks into the law as it is, in relation to the current practice of dispute resolution and ADR, by showing how those findings can be used to explain why improvement is needed to promote a successful and well received dispute resolution and ADR, and what lessons can be learnt, towards the formulation of a more viable methods for the Malaysian construction industry. NVivo software has been used to manage and organise the complete interview transcripts and facilitate the data analysis process for this study. Literature review reveals a continuous development of dispute resolution and ADR in the Malaysian construction industry, while, globally the industry has not only embraced ADR but also spearheaded the development of innovative forms of dispute avoidance mechanism. The findings of interviews show that locally, apart from litigation, the common types of ADR are arbitration, mediation and ad hoc mechanism. The findings also lead to the discovery of the following attributes: faster, less procedural, cost effective and enforceable; regulation and government's support; professionalism and ethic; training; and facility, that may promote a successful implementation of dispute resolution and ADR in Malaysia.

  1. Occupational Health Hazards of Women Working in Brick Kiln and Construction Industry

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    V. G Vaidya

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: In brick kiln and construction industry the exposure to carbon monoxide and silica dust is the most common occupational hazard to the workers in these industries. A study on occupational health hazards of working women in these two unorganized sectors was undertaken by Lokmanya Medical Research Centre. Objectives: To study the effect of work site environment on the health of the women working in brick kiln and construction industry. An attempt was also made to study the seasonal changes in the concentration of carbon monoxide and dust at the worksite. Material and Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among the working women (age 18-40 years at brick kilns and construction sites during summer and winter season. They were examined primarily to assess the effect of working environment on health. Gasteck Detector Pump of model 800 and air sampling instrument (SKC Air Check–52 were used to measure concentration of carbon monoxide and dust in the air respectively. Results: There were 66% of women who were in the age group of 18-40 years and most of them (94% were married. At brick kiln sites, average CO exposure was 62.8 ppm and 55.5 ppm and average dust exposure was 3 3 146.1 mg/m and 91.4 mg/m in summer and winter season respectively.At construction sites, average dust exposure was 41.5 ppm and 90.8 ppm in summer and winter. Conclusion: Both exposure to CO and dust were more in summer than in winter in brick kiln industry whereas in construction industry the exposure to dust was more in winter season. A high level of morbidity in the form of headache, bodyache, problems with vision, cough and breathlessness were observed in both industries. It is strongly recommended to take pollution control measures.

  2. Measures to Enhance the Applications of Eco Labels in Malaysian Construction Industry

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    Yong Iffah Zawana

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available As Malaysia is forecasted to be confronted with energy scarcity and variety of resource consumption for growing population and development, green urban planning and practices of energy use and consumption are the keys components for sustainable future. Hence, in the context of sustainable development, Malaysia’s construction industry is now calling for green practices and procurement in their industry. The international community had adopted measures to reduce environmental damage by establishing eco labelling schemes and also promoting the sustainable design and concepts. It started with the Malaysian government also has responded very positively to this matter. In 1996, Standards and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia (SIRIM launched the national eco-labelling program verifying products according to environmental criteria as tools and initiatives to express concern and support to sustainable development. Taking into consideration the infancy stage of the Malaysia green marketing initiative, this study therefore conducted with the aim to propose measures to enhance the applications of Eco Labels in Malaysian construction industry.  The objectives of the research are to investigate the existing policies pertaining the eco labelling, to determine the factors in implementing the eco labelling scheme as well as to identify the barriers and possible measures to further enhance the use of eco labelling in construction industry. Survey were conducted via variables from the literature review regarding the policies pertaining the eco labelling in Malaysia and questionnaire method for factors and barriers to implement the eco labels and the measures to enhance the application of eco labels with respondents from various construction companies among construction players that have involved and experienced with green project.  Data obtained were analysed using Average Index and Correlation method via the SPSS.  The result shown that, the

  3. INNOVATION MANAGEMENT AS A FIRM-LEVEL STRATEGY FOR INNOVATION DIFFUSION IN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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    Emiliya V. Suprun

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Nowadays, conscious management of innovation in construction firms is becoming increasingly necessary. The research investigates the role of innovation management as an element of firm-level strategies of innovation diffusion. As a part of larger study of Russia's construction industry, a survey was conducted and data was collected via mailed questionnaires. The questionnaire requested respondents to provide specific data about the type of innovations adopted, the barriers to innovation diffusion and strategies to innovation promotion. The main objective of the paper is to find which management methods and practices are used by construction companies to become innovative.

  4. MATES in Construction: Impact of a Multimodal, Community-Based Program for Suicide Prevention in the Construction Industry

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    Graham Martin

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available A large-scale workplace-based suicide prevention and early intervention program was delivered to over 9,000 construction workers on building sites across Queensland. Intervention components included universal General Awareness Training (GAT; general mental health with a focus on suicide prevention; gatekeeper training provided to construction worker volunteer ‘Connectors’; Suicide First Aid (ASIST training offered to key workers; outreach support provided by trained and supervised MIC staff; state-wide suicide prevention hotline; case management service; and postvention support provided in the event of a suicide. Findings from over 7,000 workers (April 2008 to November 2010 are reported, indicating strong construction industry support, with 67% building sites and employers approached agreeing to participate in MIC. GAT participants demonstrated significantly increased suicide prevention awareness compared with a comparison group. Connector training participants rated MIC as helpful and effective, felt prepared to intervene with a suicidal person, and knew where to seek help for a suicidal individual following the training. Workers engaged positively with the after-hours crisis support phone line and case management. MIC provided postvention support to 10 non-MIC sites and sites engaged with MIC, but not yet MIC-compliant. Current findings support the potential effectiveness and social validity of MIC for preventing suicide in construction workers.

  5. Finishing: Construction Industry Series: Preparation Level: Student Manual and Instructor's Guide.

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    The guide is an outline of training experiences designed to lead a student to at least entry-level job proficiency in the finishing trades within the construction industry. Teaching units cover insulating, drywall, painting and wall covering, glass and glazing, floor covering, and landscaping. Each unit has several overall objectives which are…

  6. Stimulating The Use Of Secondary Materials In The Construction Industry: The Role Of Certification

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    Eijk, van R.J.; Brouwers, H.J.H.

    2002-01-01

    Introduction of secondary materials in the construction industry is quite difficult and has not always been successful, even when they satisfy all necessary product demands and environmental (leaching) conditions. Besides the financial and commercial aspects the main problem is convincing the user o

  7. Women in the Construction Industry in the U.K.: a Cultural Discord?

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    Bagilhole, Barbara M.; Dainty, Andrew R. J.; Neale, Richard H.

    The construction industry is the most male dominated of all industrial sectors in the United Kingdom. This article reports on a study that explored women's and men's experiences of working in the industry, focusing on how the cultural aspects of the workplace environment impinged upon women's career development. We interviewed more than 80 male and female construction professionals from large construction organizations, and compared their career accounts in order to establish the aspects of the workplace culture that had a gender-differentiated impact on progression. We found that construction organizations formed competitive "power" cultures where women's contributions were marginalized and their careers impeded through a combination of inflexible work practices and discriminatory behavior. These barriers to women's careers were maintained in small project teams by autonomous male operational managers. Their locus of control embraced recruitment, promotion, and staff development, which allowed them to sustain a workplace culture intolerant of nontraditional entrants. We conclude that this cultural environment is likely to remain problematic for women unless it can be changed in a way that values their contribution. This requires a radical shift in middle management attitudes, a departure from current organizational human resource management systems, and a wider acceptance of the need for cultural change within the industry.

  8. Design and construction of the Portable Industrial X-Ray Equipment

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    The main purposes of the project are the supporting to design and construction of the Portable Industrial X-Ray Equipment; with the accuracy ±2% of Output High Voltage 200 kV and Tube current 5 mA. The Equipment is composed of control unit, X-ray generator, and power cable, connection cable. X-ray generator is assembling construction X-ray tube, H.V transformer together with gas insulation (SF6) are sealed up in aluminum bucked cabinet, fan and heat-sink are mounted in the end of X-ray generator as cooling, SF6 is a gas electrical performance to H.V. Alarm lamp is used to warn, flashing, show generating X-ray. Control unit is box construction. Four printed circuit boards (PCB) and electronic device are mounted in it. All operating buttons switches and displays are equipped on the panel. We have completed to design and construct the Portable Industrial X-Ray Equipment; and have tested the electronic parameters of all test points and the main parameters of equipment (the accuracy ±2% of Output High Voltage 200 kV and Tube current 5 mA). We also have successful used the Portable Industrial X-Ray Equipment to evaluate the welds in industry. (author)

  9. Design and Construction of the Portable Industrial X-Ray Equipment

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    The main purposes of the project are the supporting to design and construction of the Portable Industrial X-Ray Equipment; with the accuracy ±2% of Output High Voltage 200 kV and Tube current 5 mA. The Equipment is composed of control unit, X-ray generator, and power cable, connection cable. X-ray generator is assembling construction X-ray tube, H.V transformer together with gas insulation (SF6) are sealed up in aluminum bucked cabinet, fan and heat-sink are mounted in the end of X-ray generator as cooling, SF6 is a gas electrical performance to H.V. Alarm lamp is used to warn, flashing, show generating X-ray. Control unit is box construction. Four printed circuit boards (PCB) and electronic device are mounted in it. All operating buttons switches and displays are equipped on the panel. We have completed to design and construct the Portable Industrial X-Ray Equipment; and have tested the electronic parameters of all test points and the main parameters of equipment (the accuracy ±2% of Output High Voltage 200 kV and Tube current 5 mA). We also have successful used the Portable Industrial X-Ray Equipment to evaluate the welds in industry. (author)

  10. 76 FR 70166 - Electrical Standards for Construction and General Industry; Extension of the Office of Management...

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    2011-11-10

    ... Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3506 et seq.) and Secretary of Labor's Order No. 5-2010 (75 FR 55355). Signed... Occupational Safety and Health Administration Electrical Standards for Construction and General Industry; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of the Information Collection...

  11. Evolutionary, Unconscious Design Support for the Architectural, Engineering and Construction Industry

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    Van de Ruitenbeek, H.K.M.

    2012-01-01

    The Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry is a complex system in which carpenters, structural designers, architects, modellers, cost estimators, planners, politicians and many others act apart together in project-specific virtual enterprises. There is a large amount of actors, an

  12. Relationship between time management in construction industry and project management performance

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    Nasir, Najuwa; Nawi, Mohd Nasrun Mohd; Radzuan, Kamaruddin

    2016-08-01

    Nowadays, construction industry particularly in Malaysia struggle in achieving status of eminent time management for construction project. Project managers have a great responsibility to keep the project success under time of project completion. However, studies shows that delays especially in Malaysian construction industry still unresolved due to weakness in managing the project. In addition, quality of time management on construction projects is generally poor. Due to the progressively extended delays issue, time performance becomes an important subject to be explored to investigate delay factors. The method of this study is review of literature towards issues in construction industry which affecting time performance of project in general by focusing towards process involved for project management. Based on study, it was found that knowledge, commitment, cooperation are the main criteria as an overall to manage the project into a smooth process during project execution until completion. It can be concluded that, the strength between project manager and team members in these main criteria while conducting the project towards good time performance is highly needed. However, there is lack of establishment towards factors of poor time performance which strongly related with project management. Hence, this study has been conducted to establish factors of poor time performance and its relations with project management.

  13. Market in Germany. Renewable energy and energy conservation in the German construction industry

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    This market survey for Germany is on the subject of renewable energy and energy efficient constructing and housing improvement. In order to meet sectoral or thematic information needs of Dutch exporting industries and investing companies, the EVD facilitates the realisation of up-to-date market surveys on promising markets in selected countries. The requested study is very relevant for the Dutch exporting industry, as the German building and construction market is of increasing importance to the Dutch building, installation and equipment building sector. Moreover the German market is a European innovator on renewable energy (RE) and energy efficient (EE) homes or even so-called 'passive' houses. The developments in the German market can guide the Dutch industry in the development of their export strategies. The main target groups for the market surveys are small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Netherlands. Interesting groups among these SMEs are those enterprises that start their business on a foreign market

  14. Fatal injuries in the United States construction industry involving cranes 1984-1994.

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    Suruda, A; Liu, D; Egger, M; Lillquist, D

    1999-12-01

    There is little published information concerning the epidemiology of injuries in the construction industry involving cranes other than for electrical injury from power line contact. For the 11-year period of 1984 through 1994, the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigated 502 deaths in 479 incidents involving cranes in the construction industry. Electrocution was the largest category, with 198 deaths (39%) reported. Other major categories were assembly/dismantling (58 deaths, 12%), boom buckling (41 deaths, 8%), crane upset/overturn (37 deaths, 7%), and rigging failure (36 deaths, 7%). The majority of the deaths during assembly/dismantling involved removal of the boom pins from lattice boom cranes. Only 34% of the construction firms employing the fatally injured workers had ever been inspected by OSHA. OSHA cited the employer for safety violations in 436 deaths (83%). Additional worker training, increased OSHA inspections, and crane inspection programs could prevent many crane-related deaths. PMID:10609224

  15. Structuring Requirements in a Multi-Project Environment in the Construction Industry

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    Wörösch, Michael

    2012-01-01

    Being in control of requirements in building projects is vital, since it helps securing the often small profit margins and the reputation of the responsible company. Hence this research aims to introduce requirements management to the construction industry. By means of case study and action...... research conducted at a Danish construction syndicate producing sandwich elements made from High Performance Concrete and insulation materials it is demonstrated that requirements management successfully can be used in construction. Since requirements management as of today has not found its use in this...... industry, yet, success is here defined as an accomplished and accepted implementation of requirements management processes that are used by the relevant project members in their daily work and where the benefits of implementing requirements management outweighs the cost of invested resources. Furthermore...

  16. BIM Promotion Plan in Civil Engineering through the Analysis of the User Recognition Changes

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    Ki Beom Ju; Myoung Bae Seo

    2013-01-01

    BIM, which recently emerged as a hot issue in the construction industry, is being recognized as a new breakthrough for the industry. However it is now in crisis due to the stagnant construction business and the decrease in the amount of orders. Already, various studies are being conducted to introduce BIM to architecture both domestically and abroad, but in civil engineering projects, unlike in construction projects, the work system is non-repetitive, horizontal, and atyp...

  17. Technology transfer by industry for the construction of nuclear power plants

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    The construction of nuclear power plants call for a wide sphere of industrial activities, nuclear as well as conventional. For a specific country the ways and methods of developing an industrial nuclear power program and reaching the target of independence, will widely differ, depending on the size of the country, the economic situation, the already existing industrial manufacturing and engineering capacities, the time schedule of the program and the type of contracting. The experience in effective technology transfer for the strengthening and setting up the national industry, and the engineering capacities, needed for the construction of nuclear power plants up to the largest size existing today are considered. The German nuclear power industry gained this experience in connection with the turn-key supply of the first units in various countries. The prerequisites and national nuclear power programs were different. Based on a successful technological development, including standardization, the German nuclear power industry could meet the demand and different approaches in these countries. The main features and practices followed for the transfer of technology is described for three different cases, namely Argentina, Brazil and Iran. (author)

  18. Application of mathematical model techniques to the planning and control of overhead costs in the construction industry

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    Kamanda-Kabague, B.M.

    1981-01-01

    For the purposes of cost-planning and'control and efficient execution of construction projects, overhead costs - head office overhead costs of construction companies and site overhead costs of, construction projects - are-important-to companies in the industry as these costs sometimes amount-to-ten to twenty per cent of project , costs. ';. The aim of this research-. has been to study methods. of overhead costs planning and control that are in use in the construction industry, the limitations...

  19. Civil justice reform II

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    2002-01-01

    In the column last month our regular contributor Dr Arthur McInnis took our first look at Hong Kong's Civil Justice Reform Interim Report and Consultative Paper. Those reforms as noted and if enacted, would bring the most far-reaching changes to civil - including construction -litigation in more than 100 years. This month, in the second of the two-part series, we look at the key concepts underlying and the details in the specific proposals.

  20. UTILIZATION OF INDUSTRIAL BYPRODUCT AS RAW MATERIAL IN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY- A REVIEW

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    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available A large quantity of sludge rich in nutrients and microorganisms is generated every year from water and wastewater treatment plants, the final destination of which affects the environment. Generally, dewatered sludge is disposed of by spreading on the land or by land filling. However, space limitations on existing landfill sites and problems of waste stabilization have prompted investigation into alternative reuse techniques and disposal routes for sludge. A more reasonable approach is to view the sludge as a resource that can be recycled or reused. Many researchers have exploited the reuse of lime sludge from water treatment plant and sewage sludge ash as an inexpensive source of soil stabilizer in sub grade stabilization and soft cohesive soil respectively. Sewage sludge pellets (SSP has replaced sand in concrete manufacturing for pavements. The use of SSP as substituting material in raw mix formulation in Portland cement manufacturing has been studied by many researchers. Experimental results showed the feasibility of the partial replacement (15 and 30% of cement by sewage sludge ash (SSA in mortars. This paper highlights the potential of dried sludge, sludge pellets and sludge ash in various building materials for construction.

  1. 生态文明建设主体因素分析--基于公共选择视角%Analysis on the main factors of ecological civilization construction from the perspective of public choice theory

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    刘芳

    2015-01-01

    公共选择理论使用分析经济活动的方法来分析政治过程为分析生态文明建设主体因素提供了新的视角。政府、企业、个人是生态文明的建设中最主要三个主体。文章以公共选择理论相关观点为理论支柱,认为在生态文明建设中,政府应充分发挥其主导作用,完善政府生态职能,避免“政府失灵”;企业应提高生态文明意识,落实文明生态责任,履行生态文明义务;公众应提高主人翁意识,积极参与生态文明建设,避免“搭便车”行为。%The theory of public choice uses the way of analyzing economic activities to analysis of the political process, which provide a new perspective for the analysis of main bodys of ecological civilization construction. Government, enterprise, individual are the most important body of the construction of ecological civilization. This article chooses the public choice as its theory, and think that the government should play its leading role in ecological civilization construction in order to avoid “government failure”; The enterprises should improve the consciousness of ecological civilization, carry out the responsibility of civilization ecological, fulfill the obligations of ecological civilization; The public should enhance the sense of ownership, participate in the the construction of ecological civilization, avoid the "free rider" behavior.

  2. Civil Engineering Projects Gain in Importance in Europe

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    Over the last two years the construction industry in Western Europe was an integral part of the economic upswing. The construction volume rose by 5.8 percent in 1988 and by 4.6 percent in 1989. The upswing in construction activity will continue, though slightly weakened, into 1990 with a rate of 2½percent. In 1989, the fastest growing market category was non-residential construction and civil engineering; residential construction and renovation and modernization follow in second place. New ho...

  3. Quality assurance of civil works during the construction of a nuclear power plant in Germany, F.R

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    During the construction of Nuclear Power Plants in Germany extended system-oriented steps will have to be mentioned, which the 'Kerntechnischer Ausschuss' has gathered up in his KTA-rules. The lecture outlines the organization and the performance of QA-requirements which are the common and lawful basis for the construction in Germany. The organizational structure and the functional responsability assignments at HOCHTIEF, one of the leading European contractors, will be represented. At last the QA-procedures will be described for a Nuclear Power Plant under erection. (orig.)

  4. Industrial experience with the construction of pressurized-water reactors in France

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    Since 1969, the switch to light-water reactors as the basis of the French nuclear programme has led to the development of an industrial infrastructure for the manufacture of pressurized-water reactor equipment. Since the massive power plant construction programme was approved in 1974, an integrated PWR industry has been built up around and in conjunction with Framatome. The experience gathered relates to the series production of thirty-four 900 MW(e) units and eighteen 1300 MW(e) units, and it is unique. From the industrial point of view, the high rate of construction of identical equipment items has made it possible to streamline production and establish a fully integrated and complete team of constructors and sub-contractors supervised by a likewise highly integrated and comprehensive organization responsible for regulating quality. At the research and development level, the effort to improve knowledge of the product has gradually led to mastery of a French technology and to further developments proceeding therefrom. Standardized, repeated production has given rise to consistent quality, better component reliability and safer plant operation as well as reduced construction time and lower manufacturing costs. However, difficulties have inevitably had to be overcome with respect to the setting up of teams maintaining schedules and mastering the techniques used, and this has required time and money. The remarkable quality, reliability and safety of the products has led to export orders and to good co-operation with local industry in the importing countries. (author)

  5. Innovation Performance and Its Impact on Profitability Among Different Sectors in the Australian Construction Industry

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    Mary Hardie

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available The BRITE (Building Research Information Technology and Environment project was established by the Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Construction Innovation to encourage innovation in the construction industry. While innovation is generally perceived to be broadly beneficial, there has been little formal study of its occurrence or impact in Australian construction or of the factors which foster an innovative atmosphere within an enterprise. In order to benchmark innovation performance, the BRITE project conducted a survey in 2004 into the nature, incidence and variety of technological and organisational innovations in various sectors of the industry. With some exceptions, the survey found that clients and consultants engaged in significantly higher levels of innovation than did suppliers, main contractors or trade contractors. Within the industry sectors those organisations classified as high innovators favoured the adoption of advanced management practices and had formal evaluation systems in place to judge their progress. They reported significant positive impacts on their profitability from innovation and can therefore provide instructive examples for the rest of the industry to follow.

  6. The Attitude of Civil Engineering Students towards Health and Safety Risk Management: A Case Study

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    Petersen, A. K.; Reynolds, J. H.; Ng, L. W. T.

    2008-01-01

    The highest rate of accidents and injuries in British industries has been reported by the construction industry during the past decade. Since then stakeholders have recognised that a possible solution would be to inculcate a good attitude towards health and safety risk management in undergraduate civil engineering students and construction…

  7. PROBLEMS OF PROJECTS AND EFFECTS OF DELAYS IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY OF PAKISTAN

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    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available The problem of project delays is a fact that occurs mostly in construction industry of Pakistan. Delays are always measured as expensive to all parties concerned in the projects and very often it will result in clash, claims, total desertion and much difficult for the feasibility and it slows the growth of construction sector. For analyzing the causes of delay, an appraisal on construction project’s time performance was conducted. The main objective of this study is the identification of factors of delay and their effects on the success and completion of project. The most common factor of delay are natural disaster in Pakistan like flood and earthquake and some others like financial and payment problems, improper planning, poor site management, insufficient experience, shortage of materials and equipment etc. This paper covers the delay factors and causes of delay and some suggestion for reducing these delays in large construction projects in Pakistan.

  8. Dutch safety guidelines concerning the design and construction of the civil technical part of nuclear power plants

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    This contribution deals with the foundations and guidelines according to which assessment criteria are defined with regard to the safety and employability of building constructions or parts of these, which belong to the nuclear part of a nuclear power plant. (H.W.). 2 figs.; 5 tabs

  9. Organisation, ‘anchoring’ of knowledge, and innovation in the construction industry

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    Drejer, Ina; Vinding, Anker Lund

    2004-01-01

    other interorganisational features, combined with internal product and process evaluation and knowledge diffusion, are more likely to engage in innovative activities than firms that make less use of what we label ?knowledge anchoring mechanisms?. This indicates that there are ways for firms to......explanation for the relatively poor innovation performance of the industry. Using survey data from the Danish construction industry the paper investigates the importance of learning and ?anchoring? of project specific knowledge within the firms for facilitating engagement in innovative activities...

  10. Vigorously Develop Satellite Application Industry to Serve National Socio-economic Construction

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    Bian Ji

    2010-01-01

    @@ China International Aviation and Aerospace Forum 2010 was held on November 15 in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province.Vice President of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC)Rui Xiaowu delivered a speech at the forum with the theme of "vigorously developing satellite application industry to serve national socio-economic construction".He stated in his speech that as an important method for information transmission, navigation and position and obtaining geographic information satellite applications have been integrated into all industries in the national economy in China and have become one of the indispensable information infrastructures for national security, the economy and society.

  11. Construct a procedure to verify radiation protection for apparatus of industrial gamma radiography

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    Apparatus for industrial gamma radiography include an exposure container, source guide tube, remote control hand crank assembly and other attached equipment. It is used a lot in inspection and evaluation of projects. In Vietnam, there are now more than 50 companies in radiography field and more than 100 apparatus are being used on the site. Therefore, the verification and evaluation is very necessary and important. This project constructs a procedure to verify a radiation protection for apparatus in the industrial gamma radiography for its application in Vietnam. (author)

  12. Impact of Plants and Equipment Management in Construction Industry of Iran

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    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available During the recent years different people in charge have been considered about different costs of the plants in the construction industry. Usually it seems to be a big challenge for different people in charge and mainly contractors to decrease the costs of the projects through the optimum use of construction plants in order to increase the quality of the project and decrease time and cost. During the current study, researchers have been investigated about the construction plant use in the construction sites and also its effect on the quality and also time of the project. Forty three people in charge with the construction projects have been participated in the current survey. After analyzing the required data through SPSS software and based on the mean index of the scores five items have been identified as the most important issues in the construction management regarding the use if plants namely: The effect of spare parts availability to decrease downtime, the effect of employing expert mechanics to increase the repair quality, impact of gasoline and petrol availability to decrease wasting the time, impact of periodic control and serviceability of plants and equipment to increase productivity, impact of training persons who are involved plants and equipment to increase productivity. It goes without saying that extracted factors have significant role in the construction projects and different contractors should consider them in their projects.

  13. Construction and operation of an industrial solid waste landfill at Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant, Piketon, Ohio

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    The US Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Waste Management, proposes to construct and operate a solid waste landfill within the boundary of the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PORTS), Piketon, Ohio. The purpose of the proposed action is to provide PORTS with additional landfill capacity for non-hazardous and asbestos wastes. The proposed action is needed to support continued operation of PORTS, which generates non-hazardous wastes on a daily basis and asbestos wastes intermittently. Three alternatives are evaluated in this environmental assessment (EA): the proposed action (construction and operation of the X-737 landfill), no-action, and offsite shipment of industrial solid wastes for disposal.

  14. Modularization in the construction industry using a top-down approach

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    Kudsk, Anders; Hvam, Lars; Thuesen, Christian;

    2013-01-01

    with the construction of buildings; and if so, what they are. The main technical solutions used for residential and office buildings were analyzed using a top-down approach. These solutions were identified and their relations mapped using a Product Variant Master (PVM). When a satisfactory overview was...... findings and experiences gathered throughout the process, the conclusion is that the principles of mass customization are best used in the construction industry if used with a top-down perspective. © Kudsk et al.; Licensee Bentham Open....

  15. Construction and operation of an industrial solid waste landfill at Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant, Piketon, Ohio

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    The US Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Waste Management, proposes to construct and operate a solid waste landfill within the boundary of the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PORTS), Piketon, Ohio. The purpose of the proposed action is to provide PORTS with additional landfill capacity for non-hazardous and asbestos wastes. The proposed action is needed to support continued operation of PORTS, which generates non-hazardous wastes on a daily basis and asbestos wastes intermittently. Three alternatives are evaluated in this environmental assessment (EA): the proposed action (construction and operation of the X-737 landfill), no-action, and offsite shipment of industrial solid wastes for disposal

  16. The AMS-01 silicon tracker assembly and the industrial approach to detector construction

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    The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-01) has successfully performed in a precursor flight in June 1998. The experiment is scheduled for a 3-year operation on the International Space Station (ISS) in the year 2003. For the ISS flight, the completion of the tracker as well as a major upgrade of the detector (AMS-02) is in progress. In this contribution, we present results from the AMS-01 silicon tracker construction and describe the organization of the assembly for phase 2. Given the large scale of this silicon detector, the involvement of private industries in the construction is addressed.

  17. Performance of Higher National Diploma of Building Technology Graduates in the Construction Industry: A Tracer Study in Kumasi Metropolis, Ghana

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    Awere, E.; Edu-Buandoh, K. B. M.; Dadzie, D. K.; Aboagye, J. A.

    2016-01-01

    Building Technology graduates from Ghanaian Polytechnics seek employment in the construction industry, yet little information is known as to whether their tertiary education is really related to and meeting the actual needs of their prospective employers in the construction industry. The tracer study was conducted to ascertain the performance of…

  18. EVALUATION OF PRODUCTION IN SEASONALITY PERIODS: ANALYSIS OF THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY IN BRAZIL

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    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available The present work has as an objective to evaluate the impacts of production seasonality in seasonality periods in the Brazilian construction industry. The adopted methodology was based on the qualitative and quantitative approaches of the aspects inherent to the seasonality factors in the construction industry and its possible causes. Besides that, literature data were collected in year report books and devices provided by institutions of the sector. The results demonstrated the importance of production management mechanisms to optimize the use of productive factors through cost analysis, which are fundamental to understand the operational flux of resources used in the operational media. Obtaining this information, connected to market indicators helped in the decision making process related to the development of prospective scenarios which will give support to the decision making strategy aiming to stabilize the production levels.

  19. Accidents in the construction industry in the Netherlands: An analysis of accident reports using Storybuilder

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    As part of an ongoing effort by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment of the Netherlands, a research project is being undertaken to construct a causal model for occupational risk. This model should provide quantitative insight into the causes and consequences of occupational accidents. One of the components of the model is a tool to systematically classify and analyse reports of past accidents. This tool 'Storybuilder' was described in earlier papers. In this paper, Storybuilder is used to analyse the causes of accidents reported in the database of the Dutch Labour Inspectorate involving people working in the construction industry. Conclusions are drawn on measures to reduce the accident probability. Some of these conclusions are contrary to common beliefs in the industry

  20. Temporary foreign workers in British Columbia's construction industry: friends or rivals

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    Kim, Ahna

    2009-01-01

    This study assesses the extent to which opposition to temporary foreign workers exists in British Columbia’s construction industry and uses the findings to suggest policies designed to address the concerns of resident workers. Using a survey of resident workers, the study examines the economic rationale behind their opposition to the employment of temporary foreign workers and determines whether skill levels affect the degree of opposition. The survey finds that resident workers are most conc...

  1. Constructing Agri-food Industry Input-Output Data: A Value Chain Modelling Approach

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    Xayavong, Xila; Islam, Nazrul

    2009-01-01

    Various methods can be used to construct input-output data for sectoral modelling. These methods are broadly classified in the literature as commodity based survey, non-survey and hybrid approaches. Each approach has its own strengths and weaknesses. This paper presents an alternative approach to map the flows of goods and services. The case study of generating inputoutput data for agricultural industries in Western Australia is used to show how value chain modelling can accurately and reliab...

  2. Construction waste management based on industrial management models: a Swedish case study

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    2005-01-01

    This paper describes a methodology for estimating the true internal costs of construction waste, aimed at promoting environmentally friendly waste management. The study employs cost-benefit analysis, contribution margin analysis, the polluter-pays principle and a mathematical model: the model for Efficient Use of Resources for Optimal Production Economy (EUROPE), which has been introduced previously by the author for assigning industrial costs to waste. The calculations are performed on const...

  3. The role of effective communication in the construction Industry: a guide for education and health clients

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    Terry Aulich

    2013-01-01

    The construction industry operates primarily as a system of sub-contracting and purpose built alliances. There is a wide spread of stakeholders involved in conceiving a building project through typical stages such as design, finance, build,  manage, upgrade and, ultimately, replacement and a corresponding need for communication and cooperation. Specialists who can prevent bridges falling down or who build 20 storey buildings are seen as the hard-nosed, action people who have helped bring us i...

  4. Exploring the Legitimacy Construction of the Pharmaceutical Industry from a Communication View on Corporate Social Responsibility

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    Mariana Arellano, Mariana

    2015-01-01

    The current dissertation adopts the recently developed communication view on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), which frames the exploration of legitimacy construction of the pharmaceutical industry in the network society. In line with this view, polyphony of CSR and communicative dynamics within social media networks are necessary for the legitimation process (Schultz et al., 2013; Castelló et al., 2013). These two elements were studied through the content analysis of corporate webs...

  5. A comparative study of Japan and United States nuclear enterprise: Industry structure and construction experience

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    Both Japan and the United States have undertaken major programs to utilize nuclear power for central station electricity generation. Over the past 20 years, the Japanese have developed their own construction and government regulatory institutions and now have an essentially independent domestic nuclear power program. Nuclear construction and government oversight of nuclear power have developed somewhat differently in Japan and the United States, reflecting to some extent the two countries' different business and social cultures. In the United States the vendor and utility industries are much more fragmented than those in Japan, and construction projects are carried out on a more competitive basis. The Japanese industry operates through a few well-established consortia while the U.S. industry does not. Relations among the national government, the vendors, and the electric utilities tend to be cooperative in Japan while they are more adversarial in the Untied States. This paper discusses these topics in a framework of a comparative study of the countries' nuclear industries. Whether because of the factors mentioned above or for other reasons the success of nuclear power in Japan and the United States has differed dramatically in recent years. This paper compares the performance of the nuclear enterprise in these two countries in terms of the physical attributes of the plants themselves, the labor required to build them, and the construction times required. It also discusses the relationship between initial estimates of costs and schedules and actual results achieved. On all counts, recent Japanese performance has been better than in the United States

  6. Efficiency Wage and Labor Discipline Models: Matched-Panel Evidence from Brazilian Construction Industry

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    Luiz A. Esteves

    2007-01-01

    The aim of this paper is to test the relationship between wage and workers’ labor effort for the Brazilian construction industry. This relationship is stated by both the shirking and the labor discipline versions of efficiency wage models. Actually workers’ labor effort is neither verifiable nor available for empirical tests, so the most of the empirical tests for this theory are performed by testing the trade-off between wages and supervision, and the trade-off between wages and the workers’...

  7. Corporate Social Responsibility within the Northern Ireland Construction Industry: A Regional Review

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    Spillane, J. P.; Rafferty, S.; Oyedele, L. O.; von Meding, J. K; Bruen, J.; McGrath, R.

    2013-01-01

    As the construction industry continues to struggle with a poor societal image, many organizations have adopted a positive corporate social responsibility (CSR) towards their surrounding environment, with the objective of improving their persona within social circles. The aim of this research is to identify and document the various approaches adopted by UK contractors in relation to their international counterparts to aid in the identification of possible future benefits which may be exploitab...

  8. Evolutionary, Unconscious Design Support for the Architectural, Engineering and Construction Industry

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    Van de Ruitenbeek, H.K.M.

    2012-01-01

    The Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry is a complex system in which carpenters, structural designers, architects, modellers, cost estimators, planners, politicians and many others act apart together in project-specific virtual enterprises. There is a large amount of actors, an overwhelming number of ongoing processes, distributed, decentralised organisations and a variety of projects. This complicates efficient communication and supply chain integration which, according...

  9. Barriers to the Development of SME's in the Australian Construction Industry

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    Anthony Mills; Jim Smith; Peter Love

    2012-01-01

    Small and medium sized companies (SMEs) operating in the construction industry in regionalareas of Australia often struggle to compete against city-based companies for constructionwork. This paper identifies the barriers that confront SMEs in areas outsidemajor cities, specifically in regional areas of Victoria (Australia) where local firms oftencompete unsuccessfully against large Melbourne-based organisations. The authors alsolook at the possibility of using e-commerce solutions to give reg...

  10. Environmental Strategy and Competitiveness : An examination of the Swedish construction industry

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    Isaksson, David; Laskin, Joshua

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of this thesis is to study how the process of introducing an environmental strategy has led to competitiveness in the Swedish construction industry. Previous research in the area indicated that there was insufficient empirical evidence in the field and this study hopes to increase the empirical understanding for the relation between the concepts.Research conducted was of qualitative nature and the semi-structured interview was used to gather information from Sweden's three largest...

  11. Improved SWOT approach for conducting strategic planning in the construction industry

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    Lu, W.

    2010-01-01

    Strength, weakness, opportunity, and threat (SWOT) analysis has been in use since the 1960s as a tool to assist strategic planning in various types of enterprises including those in the construction industry. While still widely used, the approach has called for improvements to make it more helpful in strategic management. The project described in this paper aimed to study whether the process to convert a SWOT analysis into a strategic plan could be assisted with some simple rationally quantit...

  12. Water Quality Assessment of A Constructed Wetland Treating Landfill Leachate and Industrial Park Runoff

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    C. Galbrand; I. G. Lemieux; Abdel E. Ghaly; Cote, R.; Verma, M.

    2008-01-01

    A surface flow constructed wetland was used for the treatment of landfill leachate and industrial park runoff. The wetland consisted of seven cells and was designed as a kidney shape to facilitate high retention time. The water quality was assessed for iron, manganese, phosphorus (orthophosphate), pH, dissolved oxygen (DO), nitrogen (ammonia, nitrate, nitrite and TKN), chemical oxygen demand (COD), total suspended solids (TSS) and total dissolved solids (TDS). The water quality parameters wer...

  13. Barriers to the Uptake of Concurrent Engineering in the Nigerian Construction Industry

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    2012-12-01

    engineering and also to compute the Kendall’s coefficient of concordance, which assess the levels of agreement among the judges on the consistency of the rankings. A Kendall’s coefficient of concordance of W=0.57365 was recorded. A lack of awareness emerged as the most important barrier against the integration of this concept into the Nigerian construction industry. The top five variables are all human factors that can be ameliorated by proper education.

  14. Treatment of industrial effluents in constructed wetlands: Challenges, operational strategies and overall performance

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    The application of constructed wetlands (CWs) has significantly expanded to treatment of various industrial effluents, but knowledge in this field is still insufficiently summarized. This review is accordingly necessary to better understand this state-of-the-art technology for further design development and new ideas. Full-scale cases of CWs for treating various industrial effluents are summarized, and challenges including high organic loading, salinity, extreme pH, and low biodegradability and color are evaluated. Even horizontal flow CWs are widely used because of their passive operation, tolerance to high organic loading, and decolorization capacity, free water surface flow CWs are effective for treating oil field/refinery and milking parlor/cheese making wastewater for settlement of total suspended solids, oil, and grease. Proper pretreatment, inflow dilutions through re-circulated effluent, pH adjustment, plant selection and intensifications in the wetland bed, such as aeration and bioaugmentation, are recommended according to the specific characteristics of industrial effluents. - Highlights: • Knowledge on use of wetlands treating various industrial effluents is insufficient. • Updated concept and functional mechanisms in wetlands were summarized. • Benefits and limitations of wetlands treating industrial effluents were evaluated. • Effluent recirculation and intensifications in the wetlands are recommended. - A comprehensive knowledge on application of CWs for treatment of various industrial effluents is reviewed in aspects of challenges, operational strategies and overall performance

  15. A review on the occupational health and social security of unorganized workers in the construction industry

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Construction is one of the important industries employing a large number of people on its workforce. A wide range of activities are involved in it. Due to the advent of industrialization and recent developments, this industry is taking a pivotal role for construction of buildings, roads, bridges, and so forth. The workers engaged in this industry are victims of different occupational disorders and psychosocial stresses. In India, they belong to the organized and unorganized sectors. However, data in respect to occupational health and psychosocial stress are scanty in our country. It is true that a sizable number of the workforce is from the unorganized sectors − the working hours are more than the stipulated hours of work - the work place is not proper − the working conditions are non-congenial in most of the cases and involve risk factors. Their wages are also not adequate, making it difficult for them to run their families. The hazards include handling of different materials required for construction, and exposure to harsh environmental conditions like sun, rain, and so on. On account of this, in adverse conditions, it results in accidents and adverse health conditions cause psychosocial strain and the like. They are victims of headache, backache, joint pains, skin diseases, lung disorders like silicosis, other muscular skeletal disorders, and so on. The repetitive nature of the work causes boredom and the disproportionate earning compared to the requirements puts them under psychological stress and strain and other abnormal behavioral disorders. The Government of India has realized the importance of this industry and has promulgated an Act in 1996. The state government are being asked to adhere to this, although only a few states have partially enforced it. In this article, attempts have been made to review some of the important available articles for giving a broad idea of the problem and for furtherance of research in this field.

  16. Construction and Characterization of Mini-ruthenium-Carbon Eutectic Cells for Industrial Use

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    Diril, A.; Bourson, F.; Parga, C.; Sadli, M.

    2015-12-01

    High-temperature eutectic fixed points have proved to be convenient tools for temperature scale dissemination and thermometer calibrations/checks at temperatures above 1100°C. In order to investigate the feasibility of metal-carbon eutectic cells in industrial applications as a means for assessing the traceability of non-contact thermometers, a batch of cells was constructed at LNE-Cnam, NPL, and TUBITAK UME. Compared to the usual dimensions of high-temperature fixed point cells (45 mm in length × 24 mm in diameter), a new cell design was created to fit with industrial applications. TUBITAK UME constructed and characterized five ruthenium-carbon (Ru-C) eutectic cells of dimensions 24 mm in length × 24 mm in diameter. One of these cells has been selected and characterized at CEA premises. Ru-C eutectic cells have been evaluated in terms of short-term repeatability, reproducibility, furnace effect, sharp temperature ramps, and the effect of cell location. Measurements at TÜBİTAK UME have been performed with a transfer standard pyrometer calibrated at the copper point and a BB3500pg high-temperature blackbody furnace was used for construction and measurement. For the measurements at CEA, a Land Standard—HIMERT S1 radiation thermometer and a VITI induction furnace were used. In this article results of the measurements at TÜBİTAK UME and CEA will be presented. The possible use of these mini-eutectic cells as industrial temperature standards will be discussed.

  17. An Index to Measure Sustainability of a Business Project in the Construction Industry: Lithuanian Case

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    Full Text Available The continuous growth of the world population, resource scarcity and the threat of climate change pose numerous environmental and social problems to the world. Therefore, much hope is put in the concept of sustainability. Companies are increasingly coming under strong global pressure to incorporate sustainability considerations into their project decision-making process. Business projects in the construction industry are among the most important, as this sector is one of the largest sectors and of major importance for the national economy and therefore has a huge impact on the environment and society. Thus, we have to explore ways to integrate sustainability into the management of those projects. This paper presents a composite sustainability index of a project (CSIP which has been created following a review of existing literature and a pilot research study. A pilot research study was conducted in the Lithuanian construction industry between January 2015 and June 2015. Sustainability criteria were chosen and grouped on the basis of the analysis of the literature and different standards relating to sustainability applicable in the construction industry. A survey was used to select and rank the most important sustainability criteria. The index was constructed using multi-criteria decision-making methods. The results of the pilot study revealed that practitioners in the Lithuanian construction sector attach most importance to 15 sustainability criteria. A composite sustainability index of a project combining all these criteria may be useful in assessing the sustainability of a business project and making decisions regarding project portfolio selection and financial resource allocation. When addressing the issue of financial resource allocation in a project portfolio, the decision-maker could take into account not only the project’s return and risk, but also its sustainability. The understanding of this study should enable companies to execute

  18. 生态文明背景下的生态社区建设模式研究%The Research of Construction Model in Ecological Community under the Background of Ecological Civilization

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    2015-01-01

    Ecological civilization is the trend of the construction of ecological community,and it creates a powerful external environment and historic opportunity for ecological community construction.Ecological community construction is an impor-tant foundation for the construction of ecological civilization,which provides a solid foundation in the micro level for the re-alization of the ambitious goals of ecological civilization.The ecological civilization theory research and practice mode of western countries have a big gap with the situation of our country,which should be corrected and improved based on the ac-tual situation of our country.At the same time,the construction mode of ecological community in the present stage in our country still has a larger gap with the requirements of the ecological civilization,because the ecological community construc-tion is still not really integrated into the category of the era of ecological civilization construction in our country,which inter-feres the scale and depth of the construction of ecological community development.In the new period of ecological commu-nity construction,guided by the concept of ecological civilization,we should set up the coordination mechanism of ecologi-cal civilization construction and the development of the ecological community construction,develop the evaluation model suitable to China's national conditions of ecological community construction,combine the process of ecological community construction and the organic combination of China's urbanization,realize the high degree of sharing ecological resources dur-ing the process of community construction,and create effective ecological community building model,which can meet the requirements of the ecological civilization.%生态文明是我国生态社区建设的时代背景,生态社区建设是生态文明建设的重要基石。我国新时期的生态社区建设必须以生态文明的理念为指导,构建生态文明建

  19. Feasibility Studies of Palm Oil Mill Waste Aggregates for the Construction Industry

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    Full Text Available The agricultural industry in Malaysia has grown rapidly over the years. Palm oil clinker (POC is a byproduct obtained from the palm oil industry. Its lightweight properties allows for its utilization as an aggregate, while in powder form as a filler material in concrete. POC specimens obtained throughout each state in Malaysia were investigated to evaluate the physical, chemical, and microstructure characteristics. Variations between each state were determined and their possible contributory factors were assessed. POC were incorporated as a replacement material for aggregates and their engineering characteristics were ascertained. Almost 7% of density was reduced with the introduction of POC as aggregates. A sustainability assessment was made through greenhouse gas emission (GHG and cost factor analyses to determine the contribution of the addition of POC to the construction industry. Addition of POC helps to lower the GHG emission by 9.6% compared to control specimens. By channeling this waste into the construction industry, an efficient waste-management system can be promoted; thus, creating a cleaner environment. This study is also expected to offer some guides and directions for upcoming research works on the incorporation of POC.

  20. Constructing Relationships between Science and Practice in the Written Science Communication of the Washington State Wine Industry

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    Szymanski, Erika Amethyst

    2016-01-01

    Even as deficit model science communication falls out of favor, few studies question how written science communication constructs relationships between science and industry. Here, I investigate how textual microprocesses relate scientific research to industry practice in the Washington State wine industry, helping (or hindering) winemakers and…

  1. System for Sewing Machine Industry Standard Innovation——Constructive Research for a Technical Standards System for Sewing Machines

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    2007-01-01

    Constructive research of a market-oriented industry's system of technical standardization by redefining those technical standards is the basis of innovation. Through considering and implementing innovation of the industry's standards,rapid development and standardization of the industry can be achieved.

  2. M&A in the Construction Industry -Wealth Effects of Diversification into Real Estate Life Cycle Related Services

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    Nico Rottke; Dirk Schiereck; Stephan Pauser

    2011-01-01

    Since the late 1990s, the construction industry has undergone a change in business model, as contractors vertically expand their operations to other parts of the real estate life cycle. The question arises on whether construction companies have superior abilities as real estate service providers. We have examined the value implications of 106 large merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions in the construction industry worldwide from 1986 to 2006. We inquire if a vertical expansion of the cons...

  3. Skilled labour supply in the South African construction industry: The nexus between certification, quality of work output and shortages

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    Abimbola O. Windapo

    2016-01-01

    Orientation: Construction human resource management.Research purpose: The study examines the skilled labour supply in the South African construction industry and determines whether there is a relationship between trade certification, quality of work output and scarce labour skills.Motivation for the study: The rationale for the investigation is based on the view of scholars that a skilled labour shortage is preponderant in the South African construction industry even though there is a high le...

  4. Systematic impact of institutional pressures on safety climate in the construction industry.

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    He, Qinghua; Dong, Shuang; Rose, Timothy; Li, Heng; Yin, Qin; Cao, Dongping

    2016-08-01

    This paper explores how three types of institutional pressure (i.e., coercive, mimetic and normative pressures) systematically impact on the safety climate of construction projects. These impacts are empirically tested by survey data collected from 186 questionnaires of construction companies operating in Shanghai, China. The results, obtained by partial least squares analysis, show that organizational management commitment to safety and employee involvement is positively related to all three institutional pressures, while the perception of responsibility for safety and health is significantly influenced by coercive and mimetic pressure. However, coercive and normative pressures have no significant effect on the applicability of safety rules and work practices, revealing the importance of external organizational pressures in improving project safety climate from a systematic view. The findings also provide insights into the use of institutional forces to facilitate the improvement of safety climate in the construction industry. PMID:26706434

  5. Key factors contributing to accident severity rate in construction industry in Iran: a regression modelling approach.

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    Soltanzadeh, Ahmad; Mohammadfam, Iraj; Moghimbeigi, Abbas; Ghiasvand, Reza

    2016-03-01

    Construction industry involves the highest risk of occupational accidents and bodily injuries, which range from mild to very severe. The aim of this cross-sectional study was to identify the factors associated with accident severity rate (ASR) in the largest Iranian construction companies based on data about 500 occupational accidents recorded from 2009 to 2013. We also gathered data on safety and health risk management and training systems. Data were analysed using Pearson's chi-squared coefficient and multiple regression analysis. Median ASR (and the interquartile range) was 107.50 (57.24- 381.25). Fourteen of the 24 studied factors stood out as most affecting construction accident severity (psafety and health risk management system to reduce ASR. PMID:27092639

  6. 生态文明建设中不同行为主体的目标指标体系构建%Index systems of the different actors in eco-civilization construction

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    倪珊; 何佳; 牛冬杰; 包存宽; 王娟

    2013-01-01

    建立生态文明建设目标指标体系是量化生态文明建设水平最有效的手段,是保证生态文明各领域建设活动有效开展和落实的重要途径.以生态文明建设的基本内涵为基础,提出生态文明建设中的“利益相关方”概念,并指出政府、企业、公众是主要利益相关方.分析了各主要利益相关方的定位、驱动力、利益关注点、权利、义务、沟通机制以及3者之间形成的复杂关系网.最后,结合各自在生态文明建设中应有的表现行为,分别设计了包含生态意识文明、生态行为文明、生态制度文明3层内涵的生态文明建设目标指标体系,旨在促进各利益相关方之间的自查或评比,将生态文明建设落实到各主要利益相关方的具体行为上.%The establishment of the index system of eco-civilization construction is the most effective means to quantify eco-civilization construction. Besides,it is an important way to ensure the effective implementation of the various fields of eco-civilization construction activities. Based on the basic connotation of ecological civilization,the paper puts forward the concept of "stakeholders in eco-civilization construction" and analyzes multiple stakeholders,in which government,enterprise and the public are the main power sources to ensure the healthy development of the districts or cities. Then the paper makes a comprehensive explanation of position, interest, the driving force, the rights, obligations, and communication mechanisms of three major stakeholders, and describes the linkages and synergies among them. At last,different index systems of eco-civilization construction are designed according to stakeholders' different behavior, which reflects ecological awareness civilization,ecological behavior civilization,and ecological system civilization three connotations. The purpose is to organize the self-examination or competitions among the various actors, guide the behavior of

  7. THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MOTIVES AND BENEFITS ON ADOPTING QLASSIC – CIS 7: 2006 IN MALAYSIA CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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    Kenn Jhun Kam

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper reviews on the building contractors motivating factors on adopting the newly imposed quality assurance initiative in Malaysia's construction industry. The quality assurance initiative named Quality Assessment System in Construction (QLASSIC - The Construction Industry Standard (CIS - CIS 7:2006. It is introduced by the Construction Industry Development Board of Malaysia (CIDB. This QLASSIC system consists of a building construction standard where all the contractors must follow the specification, if adopting this system in their construction project. Literature commonly categorized motivation factor into two types, which are internally and externally. Both types of motivation factors are put into study in related to the benefits on adopting the QLASSIC system. Further analysis will be done to determine the motives and benefits relationship behind the adoption of the QLASSIC system in the construction projects.

  8. The role of effective communication in the construction Industry: a guide for education and health clients

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    Terry Aulich

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The construction industry operates primarily as a system of sub-contracting and purpose built alliances. There is a wide spread of stakeholders involved in conceiving a building project through typical stages such as design, finance, build,  manage, upgrade and, ultimately, replacement and a corresponding need for communication and cooperation. Specialists who can prevent bridges falling down or who build 20 storey buildings are seen as the hard-nosed, action people who have helped bring us into the modern era. However, there are intuitive activities and disciplines which help us to achieve the type of construction achievements that have been the hallmarks of the 19th, 20th and now the 21st centuries. Most of these so called soft disciplines are about how one helps people, often highly skilled, achieve those construction and engineering goals. The key components are consultation and communication. Communication strategies should be based on a thorough understanding of the ways that humans co-operate in joint undertakings, the key principles of social dynamics and learning theory plus the ways in which people deliver, accept and understand words and pictures. The disciplines of organisational and environmental psychology have become a basic fundamental of modern business activities from management and organisational strategy to marketing and customer relations and to the improvement of working, recreational and living environments. However it is rare for a mature industry such as construction to adopt or examine those disciplines for guidance about either strategies or operations. This is despite the fact that the construction industry is almost entirely based on the principle of sub-contracting, business and professional alliances, all of which require understanding of environmental psychology and social dynamics in order to build trust, reputation, teamwork and client satisfaction. There is therefore a major need for communications to be

  9. Recent advances of pore system construction in zeolite-catalyzed chemical industry processes.

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    Shi, Jing; Wang, Yangdong; Yang, Weimin; Tang, Yi; Xie, Zaiku

    2015-12-21

    The kaleidoscopic applications of zeolite catalysts (zeo-catalysts) in petrochemical processes has been considered as one of the major accomplishments in recent decades. About twenty types of zeolite have been industrially applied so far, and their versatile porous architectures have contributed their most essential features to affect the catalytic efficiency. This review depicts the evolution of pore models in zeolite catalysts accompanied by the increase in industrial and environmental demands. The indispensable roles of modulating pore models are outlined for zeo-catalysts for the enhancement of their catalytic performances in various industrial processes. The zeolites and related industrial processes discussed range from the uni-modal micropore system of zeolite Y (12-ring micropore, 12-R) in fluid catalytic cracking (FCC), zeolite ZSM-5 (10-R) in xylene isomerization and SAPO-34 (8-R) in olefin production to the multi-modal micropore system of MCM-22 (10-R and 12-R pocket) in aromatic alkylation and the hierarchical pores in FCC and catalytic cracking of C4 olefins. The rational construction of pore models, especially hierarchical features, is highlighted with a careful classification from an industrial perspective accompanied by a detailed analysis of the theoretical mechanisms. PMID:26567526

  10. Evaluation of natural radioactivity in some granitic rocks in the state of Parana, Brazil and its use in civil construction; Avaliacao da radioatividade natural em algumas rochas graniticas do estado do Parana e sua utilizacao na construcao civil

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    Ferreira, Ademar de Oliveira

    2013-07-01

    Primordial, or terrestrial natural radionuclides, are found in different amounts in the environment. In dwellings, an important dose increment is due to building materials, which contribute for both the external gamma dose from the radionuclides of the {sup 238}U, {sup 235}U and {sup 232}Th series and the natural {sup 40}K and the internal dose, due mainly to {sup 222}Rn inhalation. Once granitic rocks are widely used both as construction materials or structural flooring, those rocks can become an important dose source, depending on the content of concentrations of radioactivity, and the construction application. In this work, a database for granitic rocks of the crystalline shield of Parana (mainly in the Metropolitan Region of Curitiba, RMC), used in civil construction, was generated, evaluating in terms of radiological protection the external and internal dose increments, caused by the use of these materials. Also, possible correlations between the {sup 226}Ra activity concentration, the {sup 222}Rn exhalation rate, density, porosity and chemical composition (oxide content) in these samples had been studied. The external dose was assessed by gamma-ray spectrometry with High-Purity Germanium detectors, where the activity concentration of the radionuclides {sup 232}Th, {sup 226}Ra and {sup 40}K are the parameters used in dosimetric models (Dosimetric Indexes), which established limits in accordance with the form, amount and application of material of construction. For the calculation of the annual effective external dose it was assumed a room model with dimensions of 4 m x 5 m x 2:8 m and all walls internally covered with 2 cm thickness of granite and an annual exposure time of 7000 h as suggested by the European Commission of Radiological Protection for internal superficial coating materials. The internal exposure was assessed from the radon concentration in the air of the room model, simulated from the superficial exhalation rate of {sup 222}Rn. The exhalation

  11. Influence of the civil construction debris layer in heavy metals removal of the leachate submitted to recirculation in landfill

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    Maike Rossmann

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Little is known about the ability of stabilized organic matter (old MSW and construction waste (RCC to retain heavy metals from leachate generated in landfills. The objective of this study was to assess the potential of MSW to remove old heavy metals in MSW leachate produced by freshly collected, and the effect of RCC in the concentration of heavy metals in effluents from MSW old. In three columns (CR, put a layer of RCC and then MSW old and, on the other three (SR, only MSW old. Analyzed in the leachate and effluent pH, EC, BOD and metals Zn, Cd, Cu and Pb. There were similar and efficient removal of BOD and heavy metals in both treatments. The presence of the layer of RCC was considered important to the overall improvement in effluent quality, but did not influence the concentration of metals in the effluent. The order of retention of metals in the columns was: Cu ~ Pb> Cd> Zn. With the exception of Cd and Zn, all other variables assessed in the effluent were below the maximum standards set in DN 01.08 COPAM / CERH for release effluent into water bodies.

  12. Conceptual Design Report: Fermilab Main Injector - Technical Components and Civil Construction, April 1992 (Rev. 3.1)

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    This report contains a description of the design and cost estimate of a new 150 GeV accelerator, designated the Fermilab Main Injector (FMI). The construction of this accelerator will simultaneously result in significant enhancements to both the Fermilab collider and fixed target programs. The FMI is to be located south of the Antiproton Source and tangent to the Tevatron ring at the FO straight section as shown in Figure 1-1. The FMI will perform all duties currently required of the existing Main Ring. Thus, operation of the Main Ring will cease following commissioning of the FMI, with a concurrent reduction in background rates as seen in the colliding beam detectors. The performance of the FMI, as measured in terms of protons per second delivered to the antiproton production target or total protons delivered to the Tevatron, is expected to exceed that of the Main Ring by a factor of two-tothree. In addition the FMI will provide high duty factor 120 GeV beam to the experimental areas during collider operation, a capability which does not presently exist in the Main Ring.

  13. Civil Engineering Technology Needs Assessment.

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    Oakland Community Coll., Farmington, MI. Office of Institutional Planning and Analysis.

    In 1991, a study was conducted by Oakland Community College (OCC) to evaluate the need for a proposed Civil Engineering Technology program. An initial examination of the literature focused on industry needs and the job market for civil engineering technicians. In order to gather information on local area employers' hiring practices and needs, a…

  14. Cross-cultural comparison of concrete recycling decision-making and implementation in construction industry.

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    Tam, Vivian W Y; Tam, Leona; Le, Khoa N

    2010-02-01

    Waste management is pressing very hard with alarming signals in construction industry. Concrete waste constituents major proportions of construction and demolition waste of 81% in Australia. To minimize concrete waste generated from construction activities, recycling concrete waste is one of the best methods to conserve the environment. This paper investigates concrete recycling implementation in construction. Japan is a leading country in recycling concrete waste, which has been implementing 98% recycling and using it for structural concrete applications. Hong Kong is developing concrete recycling programs for high-grade applications. Australia is making relatively slow progress in implementing concrete recycling in construction. Therefore, empirical studies in Australia, Hong Kong, and Japan were selected in this paper. A questionnaire survey and structured interviews were conducted. Power spectrum was used for analysis. It was found that "increasing overall business competitiveness and strategic business opportunities" was considered as the major benefit for concrete recycling from Hong Kong and Japanese respondents, while "rising concrete recycling awareness such as selecting suitable resources, techniques and training and compliance with regulations" was considered as the major benefit from Australian respondents. However, "lack of clients' support", "increase in management cost" and "increase in documentation workload, such as working documents, procedures and tools" were the major difficulties encountered from Australian, Hong Kong, and Japanese respondents, respectively. To improve the existing implementation, "inclusion of concrete recycling evaluation in tender appraisal" and "defining clear legal evaluation of concrete recycling" were major recommendations for Australian and Hong Kong, and Japanese respondents, respectively. PMID:19854634

  15. Cross-cultural comparison of concrete recycling decision-making and implementation in construction industry

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    Waste management is pressing very hard with alarming signals in construction industry. Concrete waste constituents major proportions of construction and demolition waste of 81% in Australia. To minimize concrete waste generated from construction activities, recycling concrete waste is one of the best methods to conserve the environment. This paper investigates concrete recycling implementation in construction. Japan is a leading country in recycling concrete waste, which has been implementing 98% recycling and using it for structural concrete applications. Hong Kong is developing concrete recycling programs for high-grade applications. Australia is making relatively slow progress in implementing concrete recycling in construction. Therefore, empirical studies in Australia, Hong Kong, and Japan were selected in this paper. A questionnaire survey and structured interviews were conducted. Power spectrum was used for analysis. It was found that 'increasing overall business competitiveness and strategic business opportunities' was considered as the major benefit for concrete recycling from Hong Kong and Japanese respondents, while 'rising concrete recycling awareness such as selecting suitable resources, techniques and training and compliance with regulations' was considered as the major benefit from Australian respondents. However, 'lack of clients' support', 'increase in management cost' and 'increase in documentation workload, such as working documents, procedures and tools' were the major difficulties encountered from Australian, Hong Kong, and Japanese respondents, respectively. To improve the existing implementation, 'inclusion of concrete recycling evaluation in tender appraisal' and 'defining clear legal evaluation of concrete recycling' were major recommendations for Australian and Hong Kong, and Japanese respondents, respectively.

  16. The Role of E-Commerce Systems for the Construction Industry

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    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available The use of e-commerce systems has increased substantially in the past five years, and now a number of companies in the construction industry have joined consortiums to develop e-commerce portals. These new systems encourage companies to review the way in which existing processes are undertaken, and often re-engineered process are introduced. It is important to understand the difference between the terms e-commerce and e-business, e-commerce refers to buying and seeling transactions which use some24The Australian Journal of Construction Economics & Building Page (iiiform of electronic media, while e-business suggests a review and redefinition of business models linked to the greater use of IT. It is argued that the greater use of the internet and e-commerce, and the move towards the integration of applications will compel construction companies to re-engineer processes and introduce e-commerce systems. A series of business drivers and business designs are discussed in later sections of this paper.There are many benefits associated with the introduction of e-commerce systems, and these include increases in GDP, real wages and employment together with reduced transaction costs. It has been forecast that there will be more than 400,000 companies in Australia using e-commerce systems by 2005 (NOIE 2000. For the construction industry, the benefits will include increased project efficiencies, communications, control, and reduced design and construction times as well as reduced costs (BuildOnline 2000. In the past year, two local consortiums have been formed to develop and offer e-commerce applications, and this heightens the need for all companies to reflect on how they might engage with these new technologies.

  17. Quickening development of nuclear industry and promoting nuclear power construction in China

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    The development of China's nuclear industry is presented. For the sake of meeting energy needs, adjusting energy mix and protecting environment, the Chinese government has adjusted the principle for nuclear power development from the previous moderate development to the present activity pushed forward. The nuclear power scale in China is targeted to reach 40 GW by 2020, accounting for about 4% of the total installed capacity of electric power nationwide. The China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) shoulders the glorious mission and important task of nuclear power development and nuclear fuel supply in China. The CNNC is in possession of a comprehensive nuclear scientific and industrial fleet. It is the main body for R and D of nuclear power technologies and the exclusive nuclear power design supplier in China. Furthermore, the CNNC is the only nuclear fuel supplier in China with a complete nuclear fuel industrial system ranging from uranium geologic survey, mining and milling, conversion, enrichment, fuel element manufacturing through spent fuel reprocessing. In addition, the CNNC is also a major investor of nuclear power in China, holding most of the exiting nuclear power plants in the mainland of China or as a major shareholder. Through years of efforts, the CNNC had made great achievement in nuclear power construction. The 65 MWe China Experimental Fast Reactor under construction now enters the installation phase. China's prototype fast reactor is expected to build up by around 2020. The FBR will become China's leading reactor type for nuclear power development in the mild of this century

  18. Law no. 10.308 of 20th November, 2001 on radioactive waste repositories siting, construction, licensing, operation, inspection, costs, indemnity, civil liability and guarantees concerning to the radioactive wastes repositories and other provisions

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    This Act was published on November 20, 2001 and set forth regulations on the final disposal of radioactive wastes produced in Brazil, including siting, construction, licensing, operation, inspection, costs, indemnities, civil liability and guarantees concerning to the radioactive wastes repositories. This act allows for installation and operation of initial, intermediary and final repositories in accordance with the criteria established by the Brazilian Nuclear Energy National Commission - CNEN. The person or organization granted with CNEN authorization for operation of the initial repositories shall be liable for personal, patrimony and environmental radiological damages. The civil liability of CNEN is concerned to the radioactive waste intermediary and final disposals and transportation

  19. Use of nanomaterials in the European construction industry and some occupational health aspects thereof

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    In the European construction industry in 2009, the use of engineered nanoparticles appears to be confined to a limited number of products, predominantly coatings, cement and concrete. A survey among representatives of workers and employers from 14 EU countries suggests a high level of ignorance about the availability and use of nanomaterials for the construction industry and the safety aspects thereof. Barriers for a large-scale acceptance of products containing engineered nanoparticles (nanoproducts) are high costs, uncertainties about long-term technical material performance, as well as uncertainties about health risks of nanoproducts. Workplace measurements suggest a modest exposure of construction workers to nanoparticles (NPs) associated with the use of nanoproducts. The measured particles were within a size range of 20–300 nm, with the median diameter below 53 nm. Positive assignment of this exposure to the nanoproduct or to additional sources of ultrafine particles, like the electrical equipment used was not possible within the scope of this study and requires further research. Exposures were below the nano reference values proposed on the basis of a precautionary approach.

  20. Causes of Fatal Accidents Involving Cranes in the Australian Construction Industry

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    Ehsan Gharaie

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available In ten years from 2004 to 2013, 359 workers died in the Australian construction industry because of work related causes. This paper investigates crane-related fatalities in order to find the upstream causation of such accidents. The National Coroners’ Information System (NCIS database was searched to identify fatal accidents in the construction industry involving the use of a crane.  The narrative description of the cases provided in the coroners’ findings and associated documents were content analysed to identify the contributing causal factors within the context of each case. The findings show that the most frequent crane-related accident types were those that were struck by load, and electrocution. The most prevalent immediate circumstance causes were layout of the site and restricted space. The two most commonly identified shaping factors were physical site constraints and design of construction process. Inadequate risk management system was identified as the main originating influence on the accidents. This paper demonstrates that a systemic causation model can provide considerable insight into how originating influences, shaping factors, and immediate circumstances combine to produce accidents. This information is extremely useful in informing the development of prevention strategies, particularly in the case of commonly occurring accident types.

  1. An Analysis of the Use of Information Technology for Project Management in the New Zealand Construction Industry

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    Suzanne Wilkinson

    2012-01-01

    Effective information technology use can be a key cause of the success of a construction project. Technology used for project management in the New Zealand construction industry is discussed in this paper. The results reveal on many levels a lack of understanding of current available information technology to assist with overall management and control of the construction projects in New Zealand. This paper discusses the results of a survey to construction companies in the New Zealand which pr...

  2. An Analysis of the Use of Information Technology for Project Management in the New Zealand Construction Industry

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    Suzanne Wilkinson

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Effective information technology use can be a key cause of the success of a construction project. Technology used for project management in the New Zealand construction industry is discussed in this paper. The results reveal on many levels a lack of understanding of current available information technology to assist with overall management and control of the construction projects in New Zealand. This paper discusses the results of a survey to construction companies in the New Zealand which profess to offer project management as one of their main services. Amongst others, the findings suggest an awareness of the technology available, but a reluctance to invest time and money in it. The paper will assess the reasons for this reservation and provide advice for use of alternative methods for project management planning and control for the New Zealand construction industry. Valuable lessons from this research are translated to the international construction industry.

  3. Nuclear energy and civilization

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    The role of energy is indeed very important since without it there will be no living-things in this world. A country's ability to cultivate energy determines the levels of her civilization and wealth. Sufficient energy supply is needed for economic growth, industrialization, and modernization. In a modern civilization, the prosperity and security of a country depends more on the capability of her people rather than the wealth of her natural resources. Energy supplies the wealth, prosperity and security, and sufficient reliable continuous supply of energy secures the sustainable development. The energy supply to sustain the development has to improve the quality of life covering also the quality of environment to support the ever increasing demand of human race civilization. Energy has a closer relationship with civilization in a modern society and will have to become even closer in the future more civilized and more modern society. The utilization of nuclear energy has, however, some problems and challenges, e.g. misleading information and understanding which need serious efforts for public information, public relation, and public acceptance, and possible deviation of nuclear materials for non-peaceful uses which needs serious efforts for technological and administrative barriers, precaution, prevention, safety, physical protection, safeguard, and transparency. These require cooperation among nuclear community. The cooperation should be more pronounced by heterogeneous growing Asian countries to reach harmony for mutual benefits toward better civilization. (J.P.N.)

  4. Discussion on construction of scientific and technological digital library in nuclear industry

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    With the rapid development of digital and network technology, traditional libraries have been unable to meet the needs of the times. Digital libraries will gradually take the place of traditional libraries. Under the circumstances, how will the libraries of the enterprises in nuclear industry face this transformation? This paper gives the brief descriptions and comparative analyses in the four aspects: the definition of the digital library, the meaning of nuclear scientific and technological digital library, the characteristics of the digital library, and major problems in the construction of nuclear scientific and technological digital library that should be solved. Therefore, setting up the digital library is very important. At the same time, it's very necessary and urgent for the libraries of the enterprises in nuclear industry to establish nuclear scientific and technological digital library. (author)

  5. Study on the Key Factor Parameters to Increase Productivity in Construction and Manufacturing Industries.

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    Almazyed, K.; Alaswad, A.; Olabi, A. G.

    2016-02-01

    Proper management of human and non-human resources in construction and manufacturing projects can give-in considerable savings in time and cost. Construction and Manufacturing industry faces issues in connection with problems related with productivity and the problems are usually connected with performance of employees. The performance of employees is affected by many factors. In this paper a survey was made on respondents who are employed various projects of Saudi Arabia. The researcher developed a theoretical framework from the existing research which was used as a Model to collect and analyze the field data to test the hypothesis. In this research activity three predictors (commitment, job satisfaction and job performance) for determining the change in productivity. The results highlight that commitment and job performance (respectively) are the two predictors which are explaining 37% of variation in the productivity of the companies. The results also show that Job Satisfaction has no role in the prediction of productivity.

  6. Design and construction of a batch oven for investigation of industrial continuous baking processes

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    Stenby Andresen, Mette; Risum, Jørgen; Adler-Nissen, Jens

    2013-01-01

    A new batch oven has been constructed to mimic industrial convection tunnel ovens for research and development of continuous baking processes. The process parameters (air flow, air temperature, air humidity, height of baking area and the baking band velocity) are therefore highly controllable...... oven, with a butter cookie as the test product. The investigated quality parameters for the butter cookies were mass loss and surface browning, where the uniformity of browning was evaluated subjectively against a scale of standards and objectively by L* value measurements. Good reproducibility...... of the baking was documented over a range of temperatures (160C to 190C). Practical Applications The purpose of this paper is to describe a new specially designed pilot scale batch oven. The batch oven is designed and constructed to imitate the baking processes in continuous tunnel ovens with forced convection...

  7. Studying in a ‘classy’ school. Energy efficiency to save schools construction industry

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    Paola Gallo

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available The paper aims to investigate the emergency of estate management the scholastic buildings. It examines the economic and legal resources problems, necessary to start an effective redevelopment of the public school buildings in Italy. In detail, the paper analyse the European researches field, which funded renovation and the new construction actions of energy efficient school buildings, and presents same results of research Teenergy School. The Teenergy research, has involved the University of Florence and a Tuscany Public Administration in a benchmarking activities and in a pilot projects development. The paper aims to demonstrate the effectiveness of instruments and financial resources in promoting technological innovation, in this specific construction industry, as a vehicle to transform obsolete schools buildings in Nzeb, as indicated from the latest European legislation on energy performance of the buildings.

  8. APPLICATION OF CONSTRUCTED WETLANDS FOR TREATMENT OF WASTEWATER FROM FRUIT AND VEGETABLE INDUSTRY

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    Full Text Available About 2000 plants are involved in fruit and vegetable processing in Poland, they are mostly located in non-urbanized areas and without any access to sewerage and sewage treatment facilities. In 2014, they produced more than 10 hm3 of wastewater requiring treatment, which was discharged directly into surface waters or into the ground. The aim of the study was to evaluate the efficiency of the constructed wetland for treating the sewage from fruit and vegetable industry. The analyzed constructed wetland with vertical flow reveled a reduction in the value of BOD5 to 68.2%, and CODCr to 79.3%. The model was characterized by 60.2% efficiency of total phosphorus removal.

  9. Use of industrial isotopes in the construction of an integrated steel plant

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    The applications of radioisotopes by industrial radiography methods in the control of quality of welding of steel structures and equipment during the construction of a steel plant are highlighted. Some of the main units that are controlled in a steel plant by the radiography methods are boilers, pressure vessels, blast furnace shells and stoves, L.D. convertors, technological pipelines etc. After briefly describing the different radioisotopes (sources) and the accessories required for radiography work, the different techniques adopted for determining the defects in the welded joints are mentioned. A mention is also made of the different types of image quality indicators (penetrameters) and their relative advantages. The norms for control and acceptance of the defects for different structures are also covered. Finally, the safety requirements that are to be followed during radiography work at the site of erection, where different agencies of construction work simultaneously are dealt with. (author)

  10. Civil Identity

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    Petersen, Lars Axel

    In this paper I will go through a catalogue of examples of contexts in which the term civil identity is currently used, ranging from the formal and technical process of linking a set of administrative and other events to an individual biological person by means of identity cards, fingerprints, iris...... of Israel to Luce Irigaray's Feminist agenda of elaborating gender specific civil identities. My intention is to investigate whether these different employments of 'civil identity' point towards a common, and fairly well defined object field asking questions of contemporary relevance to the...

  11. The Role of E-Commerce Systems for the Construction Industry

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    2012-01-01

    The use of e-commerce systems has increased substantially in the past five years, and now a number of companies in the construction industry have joined consortiums to develop e-commerce portals. These new systems encourage companies to review the way in which existing processes are undertaken, and often re-engineered process are introduced. It is important to understand the difference between the terms e-commerce and e-business, e-commerce refers to buying and seeling transactions which use ...

  12. Barriers to the Development of SME's in the Australian Construction Industry

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    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Small and medium sized companies (SMEs operating in the construction industry in regionalareas of Australia often struggle to compete against city-based companies for constructionwork. This paper identifies the barriers that confront SMEs in areas outsidemajor cities, specifically in regional areas of Victoria (Australia where local firms oftencompete unsuccessfully against large Melbourne-based organisations. The authors alsolook at the possibility of using e-commerce solutions to give regional SMEs greater competitivenessas well as considering possible policy initiatives that may assist these companiesto be more successful in tendering against city-based competition.

  13. The relevance of the ISO26000 social responsibility issues to the Hong Kong construction industry

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    CorporateSocial Responsibility (CSR), the responsibility of a corporation for theimpacts of its decisions on society and the environment, originated as a termin the 1950’s (Carroll 1999). However, ISO 26000 (ISO 2010)“Guidance on Social Responsibility” published in November 2010, redefines “SocialResponsibility” (“SR”) broadly, by reference to SR principles, core subjectsand issues. The Hong Kong Construction Industry (“HKCI”) sector is critical to Hong Kong’s economy, accounting for5.6% of t...

  14. Gás natural: a construção de uma nova civilização Natural gas: the construction of a new civilization

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    Full Text Available Este trabalho discute o papel do gás natural no Brasil e no mundo, sugerindo que a humanidade está no caminho de construir o que se pode chamar de "Civilização do gás". Parte-se de um breve panorama da realidade energética internacional, comparando-se vários cenários, de instituições de reconhecida competência, que procuram descrever possibilidades para o futuro energético do planeta. Uma análise comparada desses cenários permite identificar o consumo crescente do gás natural como uma das tendências fortes para os próximos vinte a cinqüenta anos. Em seguida, introduz-se o conceito de "Civilização do gás", apresentando alguns elementos que o justificam. Oferece-se, então, uma perspectiva brasileira do problema. A partir de antecedentes históricos da indústria do gás no Brasil, apresenta-se uma visão crítica sobre o futuro dos gases combustíveis na matriz energética nacional.This work discusses the role of natural gas in Brazil and in the world, suggesting that the humanity is building up a kind of Gas Civilization. The text starts with a brief panorama of the international energy reality comparing several scenarios proposed by recognized institutions, and which try to describe possibilities for the future of energy in the planet. Such comparative analysis allows identifying the growing consumption of natural gas as a strong energy trend for the next 20 to 50 years. Then, the concept of Gas Civilization is introduced, presenting some elements justifying it. Following, the article offers a Brazilian perspective of the problem, starting from the historical antecedents of the gas industry in Brazil, and developing a critical vision regarding the future role of the combustible gases in the Brazilian energy mix.

  15. The Case for Family-Friendly Work Practices in the Australian Construction Industry

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    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Although significant changes at the social, demographic, technological and workforce levelshave transformed the relationship between family and work, these changes have notbeen reflected in the employment practices of many construction companies. Many of thejob and organisational factors found to be negatively associated with family functioning arepertinent to construction professionals. Staff are expected to work long hours in demandingroles and this, combined with job insecurity and frequent relocation, means that familylife and individual well-being can be compromised. A growing body of research has foundthat the implementation of family-friendly work policies and practices can lead to greaterproductivity, lower attrition rates and higher morale in the workplace. In addition providinga work environment that is supportive of workers' family roles can help to alleviate workrelatedmental health problems.This paper outlines the changing demographic trends and societal attitudes that are makingindividuals and organisations question current work cultures and structures. Optionsfor making the construction industry a more family-friendly work environment are considered.All professionals, regardless of their age, gender and family responsibilities, canbenefit from these initiatives. The paper concludes by discussing the implications of theseissues for construction companies and future research work.

  16. Identifying critical success factors (CSFs) of implementing building information modeling (BIM) in Malaysian construction industry

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    Yaakob, Mazri; Ali, Wan Nur Athirah Wan; Radzuan, Kamaruddin

    2016-08-01

    Building Information Modeling (BIM) is defined as existing from the earliest concept to demolition and it involves creating and using an intelligent 3D model to inform and communicate project decisions. This research aims to identify the critical success factors (CSFs) of BIM implementation in Malaysian construction industry. A literature review was done to explore previous BIM studies on definitions and history of BIM, construction issues, application of BIM in construction projects as well as benefits of BIM. A series of interviews with multidisciplinary Malaysian construction experts will be conducted purposely for data collection process guided by the research design and methodology approach of this study. The analysis of qualitative data from the process will be combined with criteria identified in the literature review in order to identify the CSFs. Finally, the CSFs of BIM implementation will be validated by further Malaysian industrialists during a workshop. The validated CSFs can be used as a term of reference for both Malaysian practitioners and academics towards measuring BIM effectiveness level in their organizations.

  17. Segurança no trabalho e desenvolvimento de produto: diretrizes para integração na construção civil Safety and product development: guidelines for integration in construction

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    Tarcisio Abreu Saurin

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho apresenta diretrizes para a integração de requisitos de segurança no trabalho à etapa de desenvolvimento de produto (DP na construção civil. As diretrizes foram desenvolvidas a partir de entrevistas com um grupo de sete projetistas da construção civil, uma entrevista com a projetista de ar condicionado e um estudo exploratório de integração da segurança ao processo de DP. Embora as entrevistas tenham indicado que a integração ainda é uma prática pouco disseminada na construção, a preocupação com a segurança do usuário final, assim como a boa receptividade a uma futura lei que obrigue a integração da segurança aos projetos (como já existe na União Européia, são indícios da viabilidade da mudança desta realidade. Em termos operacionais, propõe-se que a integração esteja fundamentada na adoção do ciclo de gerenciamento de riscos em cada etapa do projeto, assim como em bancos de dados de medidas práticas de integração adequadas à realidade nacional. Além disso, há amplas oportunidades para que a segurança seja considerada como mais uma dimensão nas técnicas e modelos existentes de desenvolvimento de produto.This paper presents guidelines for integrating safety into the product development process in construction industry. As a basis for developing the guidelines the following data were collected: interviews with seven designers from construction industry; an interview with a designer of air conditioners; an exploratory study of integration of safety into product development. Even though the interviews have pointed out that the integration is still adopted to a minor extent in construction, there were evidences that this reality might be changed. Designers both usually took into account safety of end users and were likely to welcome a regulation that established safety into design as a mandatory requirement, similarly to what occurs in the European Union. For practical purposes, it is

  18. Civilizing Processes

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    Dolan, Paddy

    2011-01-01

    The theory of “civilizing processes” was developed by Norbert Elias in the 1930s to describe and explain the generation of higher standards of various forms of conduct in the context of unplanned but structured changes in state formation and lengthening chains of social interdependencies (Elias 2000). The idea of civilized conduct may seem a strange companion to popular understandings of consumer culture, when the latter phrase is often associated with hedonism, individualism and excess. But ...

  19. Execution of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (1994) in the Construction Industry from Contractors’ Point of View

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    Awang H.; Kamil I.M.

    2014-01-01

    Construction is one of the highest contributing industries to occupational accidents by sector in Malaysia. Statistics have been drawn from year to year that show an increasing number of cases of accidents by industry sector. While it is impossible to completely eliminate all accidents, with a proper and effective safety and health policy or rules set by top management, especially contractors, the rate of accidents on construction sites can be reduced. The main objective of this study is to a...

  20. CIVIL ENGINEERS' ROLES IN PUBLIC WORKS

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    Murata, Teruaki

    Recently, the public interests are becoming high in the way of executing public works and the future direction of infrastructure development, which raises nation-wide discussion on these issues. How should we make our country's growth strategy for sustainable development? How should we realize the grand design of infrastructure needed for the implementation of such a strategy? It is obvious that further discussions are needed for these challenging questions. With an aim to promote such discussions, this paper reviews the history of public works and the professional practices (or accomplishments) of our great civil engineers, and discusses the future of public works and the roles of civil engineers based on their origin. Further, in this paper, the author, as the chairman of the Public Works Committee of Japan Civil Engineering Contractors Association, introduces the Association's proposal of "realization of an attractive construction industry." However, for its realization, sustainable institutional arrangements under social consensus are indispensable. Also, individual engineer must establish his/her own identity based on sense of social ethics. It is the author's hope that, through these journals, the professional practices of civil engineers will be widely known to the public with objective logics and discussed to achieve social consensus.

  1. Civil engineering projects realization management

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    Mirković Slobodan

    2006-01-01

    The paper treats the management of the realization of civil engineering projects or civil engineering buildings construction management, as a complex dynamic process, which entails a large number of strategic and operative decisions which are important for an efficient, cost effective, and economic construction. The management process execution is not possible without the functions such as planning, organizing, coordination and control. Planning as the initial function, important for the fore...

  2. On-site Labour Productivity of New Zealand Construction Industry: Key Constraints and Improvement Measures

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    Serdar Durdyev

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Productivity is key to the survival and growth of any organisation, industry or nation. Some factors constrain the achievement of the set project objectives in the New Zealand building and construction industry and are responsible for the reported steady decline of productivity and performance. This study aims to identify the key constraints to on-site labour productivity and improvement measures. Using the descriptive survey method, views of some project managers, contractors and subcontractors in New Zealand were canvassed via pilot interviews and questionnaire surveys at the qualitative and quantity data gathering stages, respectively. Multi-attribute technique was used to analyse the quantitative data. Results showed that the key external constraints to on-site labour productivity comprise, in order of decreasing impact, statutory compliance, unforeseen events and wider external dynamics. The internal constraints, which contribute 67 percent of the onsite productivity issues, comprise reworks, level of skill and experience of the workforce, adequacy of method of construction, buildability issues, and inadequate supervision and coordination. . The factors underlying each broad category of external and internal constraints are reported. The relative levels of impact of the identified constraints are expected to guide the project team in addressing the constraints in a cost-effective manner.

  3. Civil justice reform

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    McInnis, A

    2001-01-01

    Last month a high-level Working Party on Civil Justice Reform in Hong Kong released a widely anticipated Interim Report and Consultative Paper. The reforms, if enacted, would bring the most far-reaching changes to civil - including construction - litigation in the territory in more than 100 years. This month, in the first of a two-part series, our regular contributor Dr Arthur McInnis, looks at the context for the reforms and the reasons underlying them while next month the recommendations th...

  4. Research on the Focal Point and Feature Risk Judgment of Safety Evaluative in Civil Explosive Industry%民爆安评重点与特征风险评判研究

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    王艳平

    2014-01-01

    本文结合民爆行业重特大生产安全事故教训和开展安全评价工作的实际,系统分析了当前民爆安全评价存在的问题与不足,研究了当前民爆安全评价应加强的重点内容,并从强化民爆生产线安全风险管控的角度,探讨了民爆安全评价过程中亟需突出的特征风险评判要点。%According to the lessons from the safety production accidents and the actuality of safety evaluation in civil explosive industry, the problems and disadvantages of civil explosive safety assessment were analyzed, and the things safety evaluation should focus on were researched. Aim to improving the security risk control of production line in civil explosive industry, the key point of feature risk judgment urgent needed during the safety evaluation in civil explosive industry were discussed.

  5. Laboratory studies of Miocene limestone for the use of construction industry in Sri Lanka

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    de Silva Jayawardena, Upali

    2016-04-01

    Geologically ten percent of Sri Lanka is made up of Miocene limestone which covers northern and north-western coastal belt of the Island. It is used as a raw material for various industries but only cement and lime are being used for the construction industry. Except its chemical composition there is no available literature to study about other properties. Therefore the author carried out a series of laboratory tests to find out the mechanical properties of limestone in Sri Lanka. The objective of this paper is to make a note on the various properties of Miocene limestone and describe its suitability to use as an aggregate for the construction industry in Sri Lanka. Borehole samples (NX size) of limestone were obtained from various drilling sites in Northern Province of Sri Lanka and selected samples were prepared for different laboratory tests after visual observations. The tests were carried out according to ASTM Standards at the geotechnical and materials testing laboratories. The number of samples per each test was different. The range (and average result) for each property can be mentioned here as bulk density 2213-2643 (2452) kg/m3, water absorption 2.2-4.5 (1.91)%, porosity 1-15 (6.5)%, specific gravity 2.58-2.68(2.62), ultrasonic pulse velocity P wave 4480-6338 (5668) m/s and S wave 2688-3802 (3400) m/s, uniaxial compressive strength 11-92 (35)MPa, point load strength 1.2-7.1 (3.7)MPa, aggregate impact value, AIV 25-30 (28)%, LAAV 35-38 (36)%, and Brazilian tensile strength 2.1-4.4 (3.2)MPa. Poisson's ratio 0.12-0.68 (0.22) and modulus of elasticity 42-85 (62) GPa were obtained by using P and S ultrasonic wave velocity values. According to LAAV and AIV this limestone may be suitable as the base course material for road construction but may not be suitable for surface material of highways and rail road ballasts. Ultrasonic velocity waves indicate that limestone is highly compacted and solid. According to the compressive strength of solid limestone rock a few

  6. Application of a constructed wetland for industrial wastewater treatment: a pilot-scale study.

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    Chen, T Y; Kao, C M; Yeh, T Y; Chien, H Y; Chao, A C

    2006-06-01

    The main objective of this study was to examine the efficacy and capacity of using constructed wetlands on industrial pollutant removal. Four parallel pilot-scale modified free water surface (FWS) constructed wetland systems [dimension for each system: 4-m (L)x1-m (W)x1-m (D)] were installed inside an industrial park for conducting the proposed treatability study. The averaged influent contains approximately 170 mg l(-1) chemical oxygen demand (COD), 80 mg l(-1) biochemical oxygen demand (BOD), 90 mg l(-1) suspend solid (SS), and 32 mg l(-1) NH(3)-N. In the plant-selection study, four different wetland plant species including floating plants [Pistia stratiotes L. (P. stratiotes) and Ipomoea aquatica (I. aquatica)] and emergent plants [Phragmites communis L. (P. communis) and Typha orientalis Presl. (T. orientalis)] were evaluated. Results show that only the emergent plant (P. communis) could survive and reproduce with a continuous feed of 0.4m(3)d(-1) of the raw wastewater. Thus, P. communis was used in the subsequent treatment study. Two different control parameters including hydraulic retention time (HRT) (3, 5, and 7d) and media [vesicles ceramic bioballs and small gravels, 1cm in diameter] were examined in the treatment study. Results indicate that the system with a 5-d HRT (feed rate of 0.4m(3)d(-1)) and vesicles ceramic bioballs as the media had the acceptable and optimal pollutant removal efficiency. If operated under conditions of the above parameters, the pilot-plant wetland system can achieve removal of 61% COD, 89% BOD, 81% SS, 35% TP, and 56% NH(3)-N. The treated wastewater meets the current industrial wastewater discharge standards in Taiwan. PMID:16413595

  7. An Empirical Analysis of the Integration-Responsiveness Framework: U.S. Construction Equipment Industry Firms in Global Competition

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    Julius H Johnson

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    In this study, businesses competing as part of the global U.S. construction equipment industry were categorized into three subgroups according to the integration-responsiveness framework (I-R) in an attempt to further understand industry pressures confronting businesses that compete internationally. The results show that three generic strategies suggested by the I-R framework do appear in a single industry context: globally integrated, locally responsive and multifocal. Beyond providing addit...

  8. Launching Avant Compact Multi-functional Loaders in Southeast Asia : Golf, Construction, Landscaping and Property Maintenance Industries

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    Mattila, Jaakko

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of the thesis was to research target-industry environments within Southeast Asia and to provide Jebsen & Jessen Technology, Turf & Irrigation branches with means of introducing Avant compact multi-functional loaders to prospective customers in the region. The emphasis of the research was on the golf industries of Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand, but research was also conducted on the construction, landscaping and property maintenance industries of the aforementioned ...

  9. Construction Started for the Specialty Paper & Coated Paper Industrial Base Project of Guanhao High-tech

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    2012-01-01

    On November 18,2011,construction started for the specialty paper & coated paper industrial base project of Guanhao High-tech Co.,Ltd.in Zhanjiang Development Zone.The total investment planned for the project is RMB 7.6 billion.After completing the construction and putting into production,

  10. Outsourcing as a Factor in the Effectiveness of the Construction Industry

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    Tischenko Aleksandr N.; Khaustova Viktoriya Ye.

    2012-01-01

    The article reflects the diversity of opportunities to increase the efficiency of construction enterprises by outsourcing services. The overall development of outsourcing in the country and the construction industry was described. Risks of domestic construction reflected from unreasonable use of outsourcings were shown.В статье отражено разнообразие возможностей повышения эффективности предприятий строительной отрасли с помощью аутсорсинговых услуг. Охарактеризован общий уровень развития видо...

  11. Establishment and Evaluation of the Vegetative Community in A Surface Flow Constructed Wetland Treating Industrial Park Contaminants

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    C. C. Galbrand; A. M. Snow; Abdel E. Ghaly; Cote, R.

    2008-01-01

    A surface flow constructed wetland, designed to curve in a kidney shape in order to increase the length to width ratio to 5:1 was used to treat runoff from an industrial park. A natural wetland system located approximately 200 m downstream of the constructed wetland was selected to act as the vegetative community model for the constructed wetland. The selected model was a riparian, open water marsh dominated by emergent macrophytes. Baseline plant species surveying was conducted. In total, 21...

  12. Determinants of joint venture performance in the construction industry: cases from the mass rapid transit project of Singapore

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    Sridharan, G.

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    International Construction firms have extensively used joint ventures as a vehicle to enter new construction markets in South East Asia since the early seventies. Despite its immense popularity, the failure rate of such ventures has been quite alarming. While extensive research has been carried out in the manufacturing and service industries in determining the factors that influence the performance of joint ventures, similar work has not been carried out in the construction ind...

  13. A new vision of the post-NIST civil infrastructure program: the challenges of next-generation construction materials and processes

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    Wu, H. Felix; Wan, Yan

    2014-03-01

    , security, and safety of elements of critical infrastructure for the Nation's already deteriorating civil infrastructure. It is envisioned that the Nation should look far beyond: not only should we efficiently and effectively address current problems of the aging infrastructure, but we must also further develop next-generation construction materials and processes for new construction. To accomplish this ambitious goal, we must include process efficiency that will help select the most reliable and cost-effective materials in construction processes; performance and cost will be the prime consideration for selections construction materials based on life-cycle cost and materials performance; energy efficiency will drive reduced energy consumption from current levels by 50 % per unit of output; and environmental responsiveness will achieve net-zero waste from construction materials and its constituents. Should it be successfully implemented, we will transform the current 21st century infrastructure systems to enable the vital functioning of society and improve competitiveness of the economy to ensure that our quality of life remains high.

  14. The capacity limitations of power transmission cable lines in the structure of civil and industry engineering networks

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    V.V. Titkov

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available The present study analyses heat modes of high voltage cable lines typical for laying in the area of communications, different obstacles and engineering networks, such as, for instance, hot water supply lines. It is well-known that the load capacity of modern high voltage cable lines with a plastic insulation is limited by the maximum permissible heating temperature of 90 °C. This study focuses on two typical cases of heating mains influence on heat exchange of a power cable line with surrounding ground: 1 the rapprochement of a power cable line with a heating main – the segment of a parallel disposal of a cable line and a heating pipe; 2 the intersection of a cable line and a heating main – the area where the cable line going above the heating main crosses it at the angle of 90 degrees. We have proposed the model of a prolonged cylinder with inhomogeneous thermophysical and heat exchange parameters distribution along this cable for the temperature distribution along a power cable in terms of non-regular laying. The finite-element method has been used to solve the problem of cable line heating fields near heating main calculation. A quantitative analysis of the cases described above has revealed that the local cable temperature excess up to several tenths of degrees is typical for them. It leads to the transmission capacity decrease by 20–30 % and limits the cable line ability to cover peak loads occurring in industrial, natural or other disasters. Besides, cable line segment spillover out of permissible temperature mode leads to emergency, power shortage and further repairing efforts. While engineering and calculations of the cable lines modes, our proposed techniques allow avoiding critical temperature conditions which may lead to the consequences described above.

  15. Empirical Study and Construction of Civil Ai rport Passenger Satisfaction Model%民用机场旅客满意度模型建构与实证研究

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    张君; 胡荣; 李天睿

    2014-01-01

    为了对国内民用机场旅客满意度研究提供理论支撑和实践指导,结合国内机场行业的自身特点,针对机场旅客,依据机场旅客满意度的企业形象、服务质量、安全因素等影响因子,构建了机场旅客满意度结构方程模型,形成了机场旅客满意度量表,并开展了实证研究。研究结果表明:服务质量和安全因素对旅客满意度有直接积极的影响,且旅客满意度对旅客忠诚度有直接显著的影响。%In order to provide theoretical support and practical guidance for the study of domestic civil air -port passenger satisfaction ,the paper combined with the domestic airport industry characteristics ,aimed at airport passengers ,and researched that the impact factor of airport passenger satisfaction was the corporate image ,service quality ,safety factors and so on .The paper constructed the structure equation model of air-port passenger satisfaction , formed airport passenger satisfaction scale , and carried on the empirical re-search .The results showed that the service quality and safety factors have a direct positive impact on pas-senger satisfaction ,and passenger satisfaction has a significant direct impact on passenger loyalty .

  16. Perspective on the personal and professional needs of the project leader in construction industry in Libya: a case study

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    Abdul Hamid kadir Pakir

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available The quality of leadership is one of the most important factors in determining the success and survival of groups and organizations. The purpose of this paper is to examine the leadership needs of the project manger in the Libyan construction companies. The objective was identified the most important and crucial personal and professional needs of the project manager. This study attempted to identify the needs of the project managers in the construction industry in Libya. The finding has shown that all managers surveyed basically agreed that adherence to law/legality, specific, concise and rational, followed by intuitive and open minded are ranked as the most crucial personal needs that should be acquired to become an effective project manager in the construction industry. On the other hand, attention to details, project focus, adherence to construction industries/ professional codes, time concious / constraints, problem solving were ranked as the crucial professional needs that required the respondents.

  17. Project on standards on good behaviour for the civilian nuclear industry; Projet de normes de bonne counduite pour l`industrie nculeaire civile

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    1995-12-31

    Nuclear energy has provoked complex and sometimes heated debates involving politic, economic, scientific and moral issues, objective data alongside irrational feelings, short-term calculations as well as concerns touching on the far-reaching of humanity and the earth. These debates go beyond national borders as it is obvious that even though each country may hold divergent positions regarding the development of nuclear energy, their effects have an international scope, and, therefore, must be taken into account by all nations, even those who do not operate nuclear installations. Whatever conclusion may be drawn from these debates, decisions on nuclear energy are always taken by the political authorities, almost always at the highest level, be it national or international. These political decisions then become the body of legal standards, particularly the regulations which govern how nuclear energy is used. The main standards are for technical and scientific quality, applying to energy resource needs, to the reasons why the nuclear industry should be developed, to radioprotection and nuclear security, to protection of the environment, to radioactive waste management, to information and consulting to the public, to international cooperation, to non-proliferation of atomic weapons and to physical protection of nuclear materials. (author).

  18. Using project performance to measure effectiveness of quality management system maintenance and practices in construction industry.

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    Leong, Tiong Kung; Zakuan, Norhayati; Mat Saman, Muhamad Zameri; Ariff, Mohd Shoki Md; Tan, Choy Soon

    2014-01-01

    This paper proposed seven existing and new performance indicators to measure the effectiveness of quality management system (QMS) maintenance and practices in construction industry. This research is carried out with a questionnaire based on QMS variables which are extracted from literature review and project performance indicators which are established from project management's theory. Data collected was analyzed using correlation and regression analysis. The findings indicate that client satisfaction and time variance have positive and significant relationship with QMS while other project performance indicators do not show significant results. Further studies can use the same project performance indicators to study the effectiveness of QMS in different sampling area to improve the generalizability of the findings. PMID:24701182

  19. THE COST CONTROL BY APPLYING THE TARGET COSTING METHOD IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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    Radu MĂRGINEAN

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The Romanian economic spectrum considered on a slightly increasing trend in the general aspects of the national economy, feels increasingly the need for a development in the cost management issue. One of the modern methods of cost calculation that can fill this gap in the Romanian business practice in management accounting is the target costing method. The overall objective of this case study is to demonstrate the applicability and usefulness of this method in the cost controlling activity, widely used in the field of managerial accounting practice in the developed economies. The financial accounting and the managerial accounting converge in terms of ultimate interest for the company, i.e. value creation and performance increase in a sustainable way. After performing the case study with real financial data, we conclude that the target costing method is applicable and particularly useful in the construction industry and the results may provide support for decision-makers.

  20. Development of lightweight concrete mixes for construction industry at the state of Arkansas

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    Almansouri, Mohammed Abdulwahab

    As the construction industry evolved, the need for more durable, long lasting infrastructure increased. Therefore, more efforts have been put to find new methods to improve the properties of the concrete to prolong the service life of the structural elements. One of these methods is the use of lightweight aggregate as an internal curing agent to help reducing self-desiccation and shrinkage. This research studied the effects of using locally available lightweight aggregate (expanded clay), as a partial replacement of normal weight aggregate in the concrete matrix. The concrete mixtures contained lightweight aggregate with a replacement percentage of 12.5, 25, 37.5, and 50 percent by volume. Fresh properties as well as compressive strength, modulus of rupture, and drying shrinkage were measured. While was effective in reducing drying shrinkage, the use of lightweight aggregate resulted in slightly reducing both the compressive strength and modulus of rupture.

  1. Mastering the political Process of Building Innovation Networks - A Case from the Danish Construction Industry

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    Stissing Jensen, Jens; Koch, Christian; Thomassen, Mikkel

    2008-01-01

    Drawing on network of innovation and organizational politics perspectives this paper analyzes the role of an innovation broker organization in developing and supporting an inter-organizational innovation process in the Danish construction industry. The aim is to implement an ICT-based product...... synchronization. These minimal structures were both conceptual and processual. In the development phase these structures facilitated a processes of experimentation in which the utilization of the configurator were utilized to organize the development of several aspects and activities such as branding, product...... structure, production- and communication processes, and client approach into a coherent vision of change. This rendered the idea political strong in the implementation phase where former core business activities, such as exterior refurbishment, which did not fit into the new practices, were excluded from...

  2. Time for a real shift to relations: appraisal of Social Network Analysis applications in the UK construction industry

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    Ximing Ruan

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available The Social Network Analysis (SNA has been adopted in the UK construction management research and generated meaningful insights in analysing project management organisations from network perspectives. As an effective tool, social network analysis has been used to analyse information and knowledge flow between construction project teams which is considered as foundation for collaborative working and subsequently improving overall performance. Social network analysis is based on an assumption of the importance of relationships among interacting units. The social network perspective encompasses theories, models and applications that are expressed in terms of relational concepts or processes. Many believe, moreover, that the success or failure of organisations often depends on the patterning of their internal structure. This paper reviewed existing literatures on SNA applications in construction industry from three leading construction management journals.  From the review, the research proposed some advance in the application of SNA in the construction industry.

  3. Time for a real shift to relations: appraisal of Social Network Analysis applications in the UK construction industry

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    Ximing Ruan

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available The Social Network Analysis (SNA has been adopted in the UK construction management research and generated meaningful insights in analysing project management organisations from network perspectives. As an effective tool, social network analysis has been used to analyse information and knowledge flow between construction project teams which is considered as foundation for collaborative working and subsequently improving overall performance. Social network analysis is based on an assumption of the importance of relationships among interacting units. The social network perspective encompasses theories, models and applications that are expressed in terms of relational concepts or processes. Many believe, moreover, that the success or failure of organisations often depends on the patterning of their internal structure. This paper reviewed existing literatures on SNA applications in construction industry from three leading construction management journals.  From the review, the research proposed some advance in the application of SNA in the construction industry

  4. Valuing the contribution of knowledge-oriented workers to projects: a merit based approach in the construction industry

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    Mehrdad Arashpour

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Evidence points to the fact that frequent resignation of project engineers from construction companies is primarily the result of dissatisfaction with the factors that shape the salary scale. This research aims to identify the major influencing factors in merit based salary calculation systems for knowledge-oriented engineers so as to more accurately reflect their contribution to construction projects. Results from a questionnaire sent to managers, engineers and HR professionals throughout the Iranian construction industry revealed that while there was overall agreement on principles to a merit-based approach, engineers in particular identified ‘professional skills’, ‘experience’ and ‘creativity’. Management-oriented parties should take into account engineer perspectives in order to more accurately value the knowledge-oriented contribution of these workers to construction projects. This research provides a basis for understanding the key factors in the merit based salary scale formulation through the construction industry.

  5. Oral health of building construction workers: an epidemiological approach Saúde bucal de trabalhadores da construção civil: abordagem epidemiológica

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    Nilce Emy Tomita

    2005-03-01

    Full Text Available This cross-sectional study aimed at evaluating the oral health conditions of building construction workers from a city in the mid-west region of São Paulo, Brazil. This study involved 219 male subjects, aged 17 to 72. The definition of a random sample utilized the functional number of each worker as a criterion to the raffle, which took into account all 450 subjects registered in the Working Accidents Prevention Program. The examination of oral health conditions by DMFT index and need of treatment were carried out according to WHO criteria (1997. This paper reports the prevalence of caries according to age, occupation, and educational level. Among the 219 workers examined, the mean DMFT was 16.9. Amongst the younger workers (Este estudo transversal foi delineado para avaliar as condições de saúde bucal de trabalhadores da construção civil em município da região centro-oeste do Estado de São Paulo. Foram examinados 219 indivíduos do sexo masculino, com idades entre 17 e 72 anos. O levantamento das condições bucais foi realizado em processo de amostragem aleatória simples, a partir do total de 450 inscritos na MEGA-SIPAT 2000 (Semana Interna de Prevenção de Acidentes do Trabalho. Foi utilizado o índice CPOD (cárie dentária e necessidade de tratamento odontológico, segundo metodologia proposta pela Organização Mundial da Saúde (1997. Neste estudo, são descritas a prevalência de cárie segundo a idade, ocupação e escolaridade. Entre os 219 trabalhadores examinados, o valor CPOD apurado foi 16,9. Os trabalhadores mais jovens (<25 anos de idade apresentaram média de 21,3 dentes sem necessidade de tratamento, enquanto os mais velhos mostraram necessidades progressivas de tratamento restaurador e reabilitador (p<0,001. Verificou-se índice CPOD de 15,6 para os trabalhadores de áreas administrativas e 21,7 para os mestres-de-obras, sem significância estatística. Houve aumento do índice CPOD segundo a idade, para todos os

  6. Role of Target Indicators in Determination of Prognostic Estimates for the Construction Industry

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    Zalunina Olha M.

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The article considers interrelation of planning and forecasting in the construction industry. It justifies a need of determining key indicators for specific conditions of formation of the market model of development of economy, inconstant volumes of production in industry, absence of required volumes of investments for technical re-equipment of the branch, absence of sufficient volumes of own primary energy carriers, sharp growth of prices on imported energy carriers, absence of the modern system of tariffs on electric energy, and inefficiency of energy saving measures. The article offers to form key indicators on the basis of a factor analysis, which envisages stage-by-stage transformation of the matrix of original data with the result of “compression” of information. This allows identification of the most significant properties that influence economic state of the region under conditions of use of minimum of original information. The article forms key target indicators of the energy sector for the Poltava oblast. It calculates, using the proposed method, prognostic values of key indicators of territorial functioning for the Poltava oblast.

  7. Prospects of use of radiation technology in industrial construction complex of Republic of Kazakhstan

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    In Kazakhstan there is favorable background for breakthrough of radiation technology (RT) and electron-beam technology (EBT) in most important production fields. Namely, the highest scientific potential is formed for realization of RT and EBT in industrial constructive and mining metallurgical complexes. In particular: 1. Experimental results approving high efficiency RT and EBT application for natural raw materials processing are obtained by research institutes of the Academy of Science and educational establishments, f.i., at obtaining of a number of polymer materials trough radiation joint of various monomers, at vulcanization of products made of synthetic and natural rubber and resin; at sterilization and disinfection of various substances, materials and different industrial waste and their recovery. 2. There are enough reasons for obtaining of high-quality composite building materials for various purposes when foam concentrates and foam concrete, wollastonite and waste of mining metallurgical complex are applied. 3. The whole number of developed RT and EBT are ready for replication already today. 4. ELV-4 technological accelerator (where production of soft roof was organized) was set at Institute of Nuclear Physics of Academy of Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan; that was done under assistance of builders and for implementation of the Degree of the Cabinet of 1992, March 19, No. 264 On extension of application of radiation technologies in processing of mineral raw materials

  8. Application of Project Time Management Tools and Techniques to the Construction Industry in the Gaza Strip

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    Nabil Sawalhi

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this paper is to investigate the level of applying theproject time management tools and techniques by public ownersand construction contractors in the Gaza Strip. This study hasbeen conducted by means of a survey questionnaire. Seventythreequestionnaires were distributed to target constructioncontractors and twenty-five questionnaires to public owners. Sixtycompleted questionnaires from contractors and twenty-threequestionnaires from public owners were received and analysed.The survey results indicated that contemporary project timemanagement tools and techniques are not widely used amonglocal contractors and owners. Lack of subcontractor’s knowledgeand awareness of the importance of project time managementtools and techniques are still major obstacles toward the efficientutilisation of such tools. This study recommended that there is anurgent need to establish a professional industry body such as anInstitute of Building to review and evaluate existing local projectmanagement practices. This professional body may be establishedby the government through the Ministry of Housing and PublicWorks or by the local university in cooperation with a similarinternational professional industry body. Current training effortshould be tailored to encourage owners and contractors to usework breakdown structures, resource optimisation, and networkscheduling.

  9. Tissue microarray design and construction for scientific, industrial and diagnostic use

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    Daniela Pilla

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Context: In 2013 the high throughput technology known as Tissue Micro Array (TMA will be fifteen years old. Its elements (design, construction and analysis are intuitive and the core histopathology technique is unsophisticated, which may be a reason why has eluded a rigorous scientific scrutiny. The source of errors, particularly in specimen identification and how to control for it is unreported. Formal validation of the accuracy of segmenting (also known as de-arraying hundreds of samples, pairing with the sample data is lacking. Aims: We wanted to address these issues in order to bring the technique to recognized standards of quality in TMA use for research, diagnostics and industrial purposes. Results: We systematically addressed the sources of error and used barcode-driven data input throughout the whole process including matching the design with a TMA virtual image and segmenting that image back to individual cases, together with the associated data. In addition we demonstrate on mathematical grounds that a TMA design, when superimposed onto the corresponding whole slide image, validates on each and every sample the correspondence between the image and patient′s data. Conclusions: High throughput use of the TMA technology is a safe and efficient method for research, diagnosis and industrial use if all sources of errors are identified and addressed.

  10. Pattern extraction for high-risk accidents in the construction industry: a data-mining approach.

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    Amiri, Mehran; Ardeshir, Abdollah; Fazel Zarandi, Mohammad Hossein; Soltanaghaei, Elahe

    2016-09-01

    Accidents involving falls and falling objects (group I) are highly frequent accidents in the construction industry. While being hit by a vehicle, electric shock, collapse in the excavation and fire or explosion accidents (group II) are much less frequent, they make up a considerable proportion of severe accidents. In this study, multiple-correspondence analysis, decision tree, ensembles of decision tree and association rules methods are employed to analyse a database of construction accidents throughout Iran between 2007 and 2011. The findings indicate that in group I, there is a significant correspondence among these variables: time of accident, place of accident, body part affected, final consequence of accident and lost workdays. Moreover, the frequency of accidents in the night shift is less than others, and the frequency of injury to the head, back, spine and limbs are more. In group II, the variables time of accident and body part affected are mostly related and the frequency of accidents among married and older workers is more than single and young workers. There was a higher frequency in the evening, night shifts and weekends. The results of this study are totally in line with the previous research. PMID:25997167

  11. The relevance of the ISO26000 social responsibility issues to the Hong Kong construction industry

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    Lisa Robyn Barnes

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available CorporateSocial Responsibility (CSR, the responsibility of a corporation for theimpacts of its decisions on society and the environment, originated as a termin the 1950’s (Carroll 1999. However, ISO 26000 (ISO 2010“Guidance on Social Responsibility” published in November 2010, redefines “SocialResponsibility” (“SR” broadly, by reference to SR principles, core subjectsand issues. The Hong Kong Construction Industry (“HKCI” sector is critical to Hong Kong’s economy, accounting for5.6% of the GDP and 9.2% of employment in 1999 (Tang 2001. In 2011, the gross value of constructionwork by main contractors amounted to HK$128.53 billion and contributed HK$65.4 billion (HKGov 2013to the total GDP of HK$1,823.2 billion (3.6% (HKTDC 2013.The aim of this research is toinvestigate which ISO 26000 CSR issues are relevantto HKCI firms. Theprinciple findings are that: the reported level of HKCI CSR activity relativeto the 7 core subject of ISO 26000 is a function of company size; many SME’sconsider that many of the ISO 26000 SR issues are irrelevant to them; but forthe large construction contractors, reputation, legislation and or regulation andcorporate culture are drivers of improvements in CSR in the HKCI.

  12. Evaluating Levels of Project Planning and their Effects on Performance in the Nigerian Construction Industry

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    Godwin Idoro

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available This study compares the level of project planning on public andprivate sectors projects and its impact on performance. Thepurpose is to create awareness of the level and effectivenessof the planning done by public and private clients in the deliveryof construction projects. A questionnaire survey administeredto a sample of 130 client representatives selected by stratifi edrandom sampling from the population of public and private clientsin the Nigerian construction industry is used and analysed usingdescriptive statistics, the t-test and Spearman correlation test. Theresults show that the level of preconstruction planning on privatesector projects is higher than that of public sector projects whilethe level of contract planning done by the latter is higher thanthat of the former. Furthermore, the performance of private sectorprojects is higher than that of public sector projects in many of theparameters used. However, the level of preparation of life-cyclecharts that concern project delivery time in both public and privatesectors projects is low and the level of project planning in the twocategories of projects has a limited impact on project performance.The understanding of how public and private sectors projectsperform in planning and its impact are expected to assist publicand private clients to know the challenges ahead of them in theireffort to improve the planning and performance of their projects.

  13. Quantitative and Qualitative Parameters of Awards in Architecture and Construction Industries of Latvia

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    Ilze Mikelsone

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available While evaluating the built environment, predominant agreement on what aspects constitute an achievement or failure in architecture is changing in the course of time. The subject of the research is value set agreements in regional comprehension, followed by the generic tree of award in architecture and construction industries of Latvia. Recently, besides the original task of promoting quality, the judgment typology can be considered a significant evidence of what the contemporary questions, problems and challenges consist of in the regional architecture. Based on the method of analytic comparison, this research paper lists regional awards as established public forms of judgment, reflected in professional editions and mass media during the last two decades. By sorting them by responsible initiatives, aim formulations, establishment data, criterion and target audience, the paper focuses on the general examination of affiliation segments and quantitative and qualitative indicators in the awards assigned since 1990. Conclusions include the data on widespread generalizations in the terms of criteria, segmentation and fragmentation, reputation of subjectivity, commercialization and expansive development in awarding, and at the same time raise the lack of constructive criticism culture in Latvia.

  14. THE PERFORMANCE OF THE PROJECT COALITION IN THE UK CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY A CONCEPTUAL OPTIMISATION MODEL

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    Full Text Available The UK construction industry has long been criticised for engendering adversarial relationships among project participants. The nature of interrelationships ultimately determines overall project performance%2C in terms of finished product%2C and levels of performance and satisfaction for the participants. To investigate these interrelationships%2C the performance and satisfaction of each individual participant must be considered. Better understanding of the interrelationships should help reduce adversarialsm and improve the performance and satisfaction of each participant. The possible interrelationships that may exist are discussed based on %91soft knowledge%92 approaches%2C i.e. psychology%2C organisational behaviour and sociology. It is concluded that the performance of each participant is interdependent and essential towards project performance. Two levels of satisfaction%2C which determine the quality of working relationships between participants%2C are postulated. The first level of satisfaction %28i.e. satisfaction on achieving organisational objectives%29 is%2C to some extent%2C dependent on the second level of satisfaction %28i.e. satisfaction on the performance of the other participants%29. Therefore%2C within the construction project coalition%2C each participant has to be satisfied with the performance of the other participants if harmonious working relationships are to be sustained. Based on these%2C a conceptual model for optimising the relationships between main participants of the project coalition is presented. Abstract in Bahasa Indonesia : Coalition+participants%2C+Interrelationships%2C+Performance%2C+Satisfaction+

  15. A Principal Component Analysis of Project Management Construction Industry Competencies for the Ghanaian

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    Kamil Omoteso

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available The study adopts a data reduction technique to examine the presence of any complex structure among a set of project management competency variables. A structured survey questionnaire was administered to 100 project managers to elicit relevant data, and this achieved a relatively high response rate of 54%. After satisfying all the necessary tests of reliability of the survey instrument, sample size adequacy and population matrix, the data was subjected to principal component analysis, resulting in the identification of six new thematic project management competency areas ; and were explained in terms of human resource management and project control; construction innovation and communication; project financial resources management; project risk and quality management; business ethics and; physical resources and procurement management. These knowledge areas now form the basis for lateral project management training requirements in the context of the Ghanaian construction industry. Key contribution of the paper is manifested in the use of the principal component analysis, which has rigorously provided understanding into the complex structure and the relationship between the various knowledge areas. The originality and value of the paper is embedded in the use of contextual-task conceptual knowledge to expound the six uncorrelated empirical utility of the project management competencies.

  16. Electron beam treatment of textile dyeing wastewater: Operation of pilot plant and industrial plant construction

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    A pilot plant for treating 1,000m3/day of dyeing wastewater with e-beam has been constructed and operated since 1998 in Daegu, Korea together with the biological treatment facility. The wastewater from various stages of the existing purification process has been treated with electron beam in this plant. Installation of the EB pilot plant resulted in decolorizing and destructive oxidation of organic impurities in wastewater, in reduction of the treatment time, and in increase in flow rate limit of existing facilities by 30-40%. Industrial plant for treating 10,000m3/day each, based upon the pilot experimental result, is under construction and will be finished by 2005. This project is supported by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Korean Government. A commercial plant for re-circulation of wastewater from Papermill Company is also designed for Pan Asia Paper Co. Cheongwon Mill, and after the successful installation, up to 80% of wastewater could be reused in paper producing process. The method for the removal of heavy metals from wastewater and other technologies are developed with the joint works with Institute of Physical Chemistry (IPC) of Russian Academy of Sciences. (author)

  17. A framework for measuring the supply chain's agility of mass construction industry in Iran

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    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Impotent planning system in house providing process is the result of inadequate housing management system in theoretical, empirical, and operational fields. In addition, Mass Construction industry in Iran confronts with other problems such as instability in raw material prices, unsteadiness in production and investment laws and regulations, frailty of transportation infrastructure, international sanctions and etc. Furthermore, customers’ needs, lower costs, and greater customizations lead mass producing to search for new solutions and novel producing system. Agility is offered as a strategy to enable Mass Construction associations to be maintained in the competition of constantly changing market in Iran. In such a market, previous approaches lose their capabilities in supply chain. Thus to achieve agility by Mass Construction association is the chief aim of this study. This study is descriptive-analytic and can be identified as developmental –functional considering its target. After surveying previous research literature and using experts’ opinions, we investigated final agile sub criteria of supply chain and then we used interpretive- structural modeling approach to determine the relation among sub criteria and to offer an agile supply chain model. Surveying research literature and experts’ opinions lead us to identify 8 criteria (society, government, financial, information technology, market, partnership, quality and technology and also 22 sub criteria for supply chain’s agility. Then the results were analyzed through interpretive-structural approach and relation of criteria and sub criteria and their consequence were achieved. These relations showed that government and infrastructure investment, culture, regulations and responses to social and environmental issues are the basis of agility in mass housing productions’ supply chain. This model helps supply chain managers to have strategic planning to enhance agility in supply chain

  18. Technical change in US industry: A cross-industry analysis

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    1981-01-01

    The nature of the public policies which have influenced the pace and pattern of technical progress in a number of American industries is studied with the view of assessing the broad effects of these policies. The industries studied are agriculture, pharmaceuticals, semiconductors, computers, civil aircraft, automobiles and residential construction. The policies considered include research and development funding as well as government procurement, education, information dissemination, patent protection, licensing, regulations, and anti-trust policies.

  19. Civil Engineering Dispute Resolution

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    2001-01-01

    Construction work on the civil engineering contract started at Point 5 in August 1998. The new surface buildings and underground structures are necessary to accommodate the CMS detector for the LHC Project. The principal underground works consist of two new shafts, two parallel caverns separated by a supporting pillar, and a number of small connection tunnels and service galleries. A dispute resolution procedure has been included in the contract, whereby a Panel of Adjudicators may be called upon to make a decision in the case of a difference or dispute between the parties. The aim of this paper is to present CERN's first experience of civil engineering Adjudication arising from problems encountered with the ground freezing technique employed to allow construction of two new shafts.

  20. The Twelfth Five-Year Plan of China's Paper Industry

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    2012-01-01

    Paper industry is closely related to the national economic development and social civilization, paper & board consumption level is one of the important indicators of modernization and civilization degree of a country. Since the implement of the Tenth Five-Year Plan and the 2010Special Plan for National Forestry-Paper Integration Project Construction,

  1. 关于中国建筑业实施精益建造的思考%Consideration on Lean Construction Applied in China Construction Industry

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    黄宇; 高尚

    2011-01-01

    精益建造是当今建筑管理领域里一个较为热门的话题.通过比较建筑业和制造业的差异,以及讨论日式企业文化和管理与“精益”的渊源,并结合中国建筑业的现状,指出这些因素都将对推行精益建造提出一系列的挑战.对此,就如何在中国建筑业实施精益建造提出建议,即引入“改变/干预措施”,改变精益建造的重心,以及在高校开展精益建造的继续教育.%Lean construction has been a popular word in recent years in the construction management domain. The relationship between the Japanese management and lean are discussed by comparing the differences between construction and manufacturing. Based on the status of China' s construction industry, a series of challenges for implementing the lean construction in China are put forward. Therefore, authors give some advices for lean construction practices in China, namely by introducing the change approach, changing the focus of lean construction, and conducting lean construction education within the universities and colleges.

  2. 29 CFR 530.302 - Amounts of civil money penalties.

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    ... 29 Labor 3 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Amounts of civil money penalties. 530.302 Section 530.302... EMPLOYMENT OF HOMEWORKERS IN CERTAIN INDUSTRIES Civil Money Penalties § 530.302 Amounts of civil money penalties. (a) A civil money penalty, not to exceed $500 per affected homeworker for any one violation,...

  3. Representações do trabalho entre trabalhadores informais da construção civil Representaciones del trabajo en trabajadores informales en la construcción civil The representation of work among irregular construction workers

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    Roberval Passos de Oliveira; Jorge Alberto Bernstein Iriart

    2008-01-01

    O presente estudo buscou compreender as representações do trabalho entre trabalhadores informais da construção civil. Foi adotada como referencial teórico a Teoria das Representações Sociais. Diante da complexidade do problema de pesquisa abordado, fez-se uso de múltiplas técnicas de coleta de dados: entrevistas em profundidade com oito trabalhadores e observação participante. Os resultados revelaram que o trabalho é representado como uma dimensão central na vida dos trabalhadores, subsidiand...

  4. Fatores de sucesso no gerenciamento de múltiplos projetos na construção civil em Recife Success factors in multiple project management in the civil construction in Recife

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    Tatiana Asfora Frej; Luciana Hazin Alencar

    2010-01-01

    A indústria da construção civil tem um papel fundamental no desenvolvimento da economia do país. Muitas empresas do setor, entretanto, vêm enfrentando diversas dificuldades, muitas vezes devido a uma gestão de projetos deficiente. Este artigo ressalta a importância de um eficiente gerenciamento de múltiplos projetos nessas empresas, focando- se em analisar os fatores responsáveis pelo sucesso desse gerenciamento. Para isso, foi realizada uma pesquisa exploratória com 30 empresas de construção...

  5. The American South: From Civil Rights Struggle to Civil Rights Tourism

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    Dorit Wagner

    2012-01-01

    In recent years the American South has become the platform for an authenticity seeking tourism industry. Former sites of civil rights action have been revived and transformed into tourist attractions. The following paper introduces the notion of so-called civil rights tourism and presents a critical analysis of current sites of civil rights commemoration throughout the American South.

  6. 33 CFR 148.722 - Should the construction plan incorporate best available technology and recommended industry...

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    2010-07-01

    ... incorporate best available technology and recommended industry practices? 148.722 Section 148.722 Navigation... plan incorporate best available technology and recommended industry practices? Each applicant must... industry practices as directed in § 148.730....

  7. Analysis of the use of e-procurement in the public and private sectors of the UK construction industry

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    Eadie, Robert; Perera, Srinath; Heaney, George

    2011-01-01

    Summary: Eadie et.al (2010a, 2010b) identified 20 advantages in the adoption of e-procurement within a construction organisation. The Glover report (2008) indicated that by the end of 2010 all public sector procurement should be electronic. The use of e-procurement within the construction industry has been inadequately researched. Martin (2009) examined quantity surveying organisations perspectives on the use of e procurement across the United Kingdom. This paper seeks to address the knowledg...

  8. Structuring Requirements in a Multi-Project Environment in the Construction Industry:A Life Cycle Perspective

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    2012-01-01

    Being in control of requirements in building projects is vital, since it helps securing the often small profit margins and the reputation of the responsible company. Hence this research aims to introduce requirements management to the construction industry. By means of case study and action research conducted at a Danish construction syndicate producing sandwich elements made from High Performance Concrete and insulation materials it is demonstrated that requirements management successfully c...

  9. Assessment of The Biological Integrity of The Native Vegetative Community In A Surface Flow Constructed Wetland Treating Industrial Park Contaminants

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    C. C. Galbrand; A. M. Snow; Abdel E. Ghaly; Côté, R.

    2007-01-01

    A study was conducted to evaluate the biological integrity of a constructed wetland receiving landfill leachate and stormwater runoff from the Burnside Industrial Park, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The biological integrity of the constructed wetland was tested in the second growing season using vegetative community monitoring. The metrics analyzed were species diversity, species heterogeneity (dominance) and exotic/invasive species abundance. There was no significant difference in the plant specie...

  10. Extend of Organisational Learning in Respect to Effective Implementation of Industrialised Building System (IBS) in the Construction Industry in Malaysia

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    Willibrord, Evangelyn

    2007-01-01

    Since Malaysia’s independence 50 years ago, the construction industry in this country was at its infancy stage. Today, it is one of the contributors to the country's Gross Domestic Product. In construction, project experts hardly share knowledge in a structured manner; rather word of mouth is a common medium of disseminating information. Therefore, when the good people leaves the organisation or move to another project they bring with them the knowledge, experience and expertise. How do we in...

  11. Perspective on the personal and professional needs of the project leader in construction industry in Libya :a case study

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    Abdul Hamid kadir Pakir; Abdelnaser Omran; Salahaldein Alsadey

    2011-01-01

    The quality of leadership is one of the most important factors in determining the success and survival of groups and organizations. The purpose of this paper is to examine the leadership needs of the project manger in the Libyan construction companies. The objective was identified the most important and crucial personal and professional needs of the project manager. This study attempted to identify the needs of the project managers in the construction industry in Libya. The finding has shown ...

  12. Fair competition: How to apply the ‘Economically Most Advantageous Tender’ (EMAT) award mechanism in the Dutch construction industry

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    Dreschler, M.

    2009-01-01

    The research presented in the thesis contains a part of the ongoing effort to improve the situation of the Dutch construction sector. For at least the last decade, a number of measures known as integrated contracting has been heralded as the solution for many problems in the Dutch construction industry. One of the main reasons for integrated contracting is to stimulate suppliers adopting innovative solutions. The innovative solutions can lead to bids with a lower price, more value or both. Ho...

  13. Execution of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (1994 in the Construction Industry from Contractors’ Point of View

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Construction is one of the highest contributing industries to occupational accidents by sector in Malaysia. Statistics have been drawn from year to year that show an increasing number of cases of accidents by industry sector. While it is impossible to completely eliminate all accidents, with a proper and effective safety and health policy or rules set by top management, especially contractors, the rate of accidents on construction sites can be reduced. The main objective of this study is to analyse the degree of application of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994 (OSHA 1994 in the construction industry and to identify the contributing factors leading to a lack of execution of OSHA 1994 on construction sites with a primary focus on contractors’ point of view. Five on-going construction projects in Perak were selected as case studies and site inspections were conducted. The results showed that none of the contractors have fully implemented the rules and regulations provided by the government. Within this report, some recommendations are made towards enhancing the safety and health issues on construction sites.

  14. The Social Construction of the Microfinance Industry: a comparison of donor and recipient perspectives

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    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Microfinance has been one of the fastest growing “industries” of the new millennium, with the sector now containing over 10,000 microfinance institutions (MFIs worth an estimated USD with over $60 billion in assets (Microfinance Information Exchange 2011. This expansion has stimulated interest from both scholars and the mainstream media. There is a growing volume of academic research which broadly centres on two approaches: an “institutionalist perspective” that highlights microfinance as an innovation in applying market solutions to social problems; and the other approach, often described as welfarist, that questions the capacity of an increasingly commericalised sector to realize a mission of poverty reduction. But do these themes and concerns permeate academic boundaries? Specifically, does media coverage in key donor and recipient countries confirm or challenge or even engage with these debates? To date much of this academic literature has overlooked how “microfinance” has been socially constructed in the public sphere through the mass media. Through its interpretation of events, the media can influence the way an issue is discussed and evaluated and in this way influence individual perceptions (Gamson 1988. In this article we present an analysis of recent media coverage of microfinance in one key donor country, the United States and one major recipient country, India. By conducting a media content analysis of 100 newspaper articles (sorted by level of relevance that appeared in the top 10 highest circulating English language newspapers in India and the US over a 12 month period January-December 2008 we discuss how media coverage in these two countries differed in significant ways. The Indian media sample tended to focus on operational issues and report on specific business activity within the microfinance industry, in general treating it as a ‘regular’ part of the financial and banking system. While the US media sample made

  15. 关于再生资源产业软环境建设的思考%Thinking on soft environment construction for recycling industry

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    王振英; 王岩

    2012-01-01

    The first requirement to realize leapfrog development for regional recycling industry is that the investment and talent attraction policy should be practical and available. The hard environment means the location of the region and available material conditions which the region could provide to investors, such as natural resource, infrastructure, etc. The soft environment construction includes 5 aspects: to form safe and civilized legal environment, honest and trustworthy cultural environment, stable policy environment, efficient and quick service and comfortable dwelling environment.%区域性再生资源产业跨越式发展的首要条件是鼓励项目招商、引资、引智的政策措施必须切实可行。硬环境主要是指该地区的地理位置以及可能提供给外商所需要的物质条件,如自然资源、基础设施等;软环境建设包括5个方面:营造安全文明的法制环境,诚实守信的人文环境,相对稳定的政策环境,高效快捷的办事环境,安逸舒适的人居环境。

  16. Fire protection requirements of the insurance industry and their impact on nuclear power plant design and construction

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    The insurance industry, with its wealth of knowledge and experience in the fire protection area and with preservation of its funds at stake, has always been heavily involved in the fire protection programs of nuclear power plants. Since it was concerned with property preservation in addition to nuclear safety, the insurance industry placed more detailed emphasis on fire protection requirements than did the nuclear regulatory bodies. Since the Browns Ferry fire, however, the insurance industry, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards and the utilities themselves have re-examined their approaches to fire protection. A more coordinated approach seems to have emerged, which is based largely upon insurance industry specifications and guidelines. The paper briefly summarizes the fire protection requirements of the insurance industry as they apply to nuclear power plants. Some of the ways these requirements affect project planning, plant design, and construction timing are reviewed, as well as some of the more controversial fire protection areas

  17. Water Quality Assessment of A Constructed Wetland Treating Landfill Leachate and Industrial Park Runoff

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    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available A surface flow constructed wetland was used for the treatment of landfill leachate and industrial park runoff. The wetland consisted of seven cells and was designed as a kidney shape to facilitate high retention time. The water quality was assessed for iron, manganese, phosphorus (orthophosphate, pH, dissolved oxygen (DO, nitrogen (ammonia, nitrate, nitrite and TKN, chemical oxygen demand (COD, total suspended solids (TSS and total dissolved solids (TDS. The water quality parameters were measured at inlet, cell 1 (unvegetated area, cell 2, cell 3 and outlet to determine progress in treatment efficiency as water flow through the wetland. The reductions in iron, manganese, ammonia and TKN were 24.2 %, 6.7 %, 37 % and 5.9 %, respectively. The concentrations of nitrite, nitrate and DO were within the Canadian guidelines for the protection of aquatic animals. Increases in COD, TSS and TDS concentrations of 11.8 %, 5.2 % and 7.5 %, were observed at outlet mainly due to immature vegetation and underdeveloped biodiversity.

  18. An Appraisal of Project Procurement Methods in the Nigerian Construction Industry

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of every client at the beginning of any project is to have at the end of the day a quality structure delivered on time and within budget. However, researches have shown that in most cases this aim is not met. The aim of the study that formed the basis for this paper was to identify and assess procurement methods in use in the Nigerian construction industry and identify the factors that affect the choice of the variants under the traditional and the non-conventional procurement methods. Data were collected using well-structured questionnaires administered to professionals in Lagos metropolis. Data collected were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. The study reveals that the variants of traditional method of contract procurement are the most adopted in project execution in Nigeria. In making choice of procurement method, the study reveals that project completion at estimated time ranks as the highest factor considered for traditional method, while quality assurance ranks highest with non-conventional method.

  19. Research onthe Construction of Campus-based Innovative Practice Base for Civil Engineering Majors---Taking Civil Engineering Majors of Beijing City University as an Example%城建类专业校内创新实践基地建设初探--以北京城市学院城建类专业为例

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    2015-01-01

    城建类专业学生的创新精神和实践能力必须通过一系列高质量的实践性教育教学环节的训练,才能够得到有效的培养。本文以北京城市学院城建类校内创新实践基地建设为例,阐述了基地“三平台”功能定位,从基地的组织管理、基地资源的配置完善、“三平台”的建设成效等方面,对基地建设情况进行了分析总结。%Only by taking part in a series of practice can the civil engineering majors’innovative spirit and practical ability be effectively trained.Taking the construction of campus-based innovative practice base for civil engineering majors of Beijing City University as an example,this paper describes “three platforms”function of innovative practice base and analyzes the base construction situation through the organization management of innovative practice base,the improvement of resources allocation and the construction of“three platforms”.

  20. 作为生态文明界标的徽州村镇人居环境建设%Construction of Human Habitat Environment in the Towns of Huizhou as a Landmark of Ecological Civilization

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    贺为才

    2012-01-01

    This essay initially investigates the process and experience of long harmonious development between ecological civilization and human habitat environment construction in the towns of Huizhou through literature research and field investigation. By using relevant theories such as science of historical da- ta, ecology and science of human habitat environment as well as sample analysis, it puts forward that the ecological civilization is the essential core of the culture of Huizhou and the construction of human habitat environment in the towns o{ Huizhou conforms to ecological rules, protects the ecological environment and adapts to ecological changes. The construction has made remarkable achievements and posed influence till now. It can be regarded as the landmark of the ecological civilization in the development of the time, accumulation of ecological experience and upgrade of ecological perceptions, and is thus of great referential significance.%通过文献梳理与田野考察初步探讨了徽州生态文明与人居环境建设长期和谐发展的历程和经验,运用史料学、生态学、人居环境科学等相关理论,结合实例分析,认为:生态文明是徽州文化的基本内核,徽州村镇人居环境建设自觉遵从生态规律,保护生态环境,适应生态变迁,成效卓著,传承至今,在时代发展机遇、生态经验积淀与生态观念更新诸方面堪称生态文明的界标,具有独特的借鉴价值。