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R&D Investment and Impact in the Global Construction Industry

ISBN 9781138381360
Published August 23, 2018 by Routledge
364 Pages 46 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

R&D Investment and Impact in the Global Construction Industry brings together contributions from leading industry researchers in a diverse group of countries to investigate the role of research and development (R&D) in the construction industry. Investment in R&D is a proven factor in economic growth, and helps develop a more productive and innovative industry. This book explores how policy makers and industry leaders can better target future investment; and how industry and researchers can manage their efforts to improve productivity whilst addressing the environmental and social needs of their communities. Case studies present projects where R&D ideas funded by both the private and public sectors have been translated from research into practice or policy, and examine drivers, successes and barriers to the delivery of R&D in industry. Based on research from members of the CIB Task Group 85 (R&D Investment and Impact) and concluding with key insights for maximising the impact of R&D in the future, the book holds valuable lessons for practitioners, policy makers and researchers across the international construction industry.

Table of Contents

Foreword  1. Introduction (Keith Hampson, Judy Kraatz, Andriana Sanchez and Aminah Robinson)  2. Understanding the Construction Sector (Judy Kraatz, Keith Hampson and Adriana Sanchez)  3. Australia (Judy Kraatz and Keith Hampson)  4. Brazil (Francisco Cardoso, Mercia Barros and Lucia de Oliveira)  5. Canada (Aminah Robinson Fayek, Jeff Rankin, Saiedeh Razavi and Russell J. Thomas)  6. Denmark (Kim Haugbolle)  7. Finland (Suvi Nenonen, Miimu Airaksinen and Terttu Vainio)  8. France (Frederic Bougrain)  9. Germany (Alexandra Staub)  10. India  (Arun Kashikar)  11. New Zealand (Suzanne Wilkinson and Charles Ma)  12. Hong Kong (Geoffrey Shen and Jingke Hong)  13. Sweden (Anna Kadefors and Jan Brochner)  14. The Netherlands (Geert Dewulf and Emilia Van Egmond)  15. Norway (Marit Store Valen, Ole Jonny Klakegg, Anita Moum, Torill Meistad and Knut Samset)  16. USA (Sarah Slaughter, Robert Chapman and Doug Thomas)  17. Lessons Learned (Judy Kraatz, Keith Hampson, Rachel Parker, and Goran Roos)

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Keith Hampson Over the past 20 years Keith has made a notable contribution to building collaborative innovation networks between industry and research globally. He is committed to crafting a more effective construction industry by promoting better education, applied technology and innovative practices. Keith serves as CEO of the SBEnrc (and previously the Australian Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Construction Innovation) and Coordinator of the CIB Task Group 85.

Judy Kraatz Judy is an Architect with a Doctorate in urban development. Career highlights include being a design architect, leading multi-disciplinary teams delivering city-wide solutions, and integrating sustainability into curriculum and practice. Judy is currently a Senior Research Fellow with the SBEnrc, and Coordinator of the CIB Task Group 85.

Adriana Sanchez Adriana’s experience focuses mostly on sustainable water and transport infrastructure management. Special areas of interest include procurement, risk management and translating policy into tangible outcomes. She has a Masters in sustainable resource management, conducted research on four continents, and is currently the Commission Secretary for the CIB Task Group 85.