WCF2019 overall theme is “Buildings and Infrastructure Resilience from Climate Changes to Disaster Risk and Facility Management”
The World Construction Forum 2019 is dedicated to selected themes that will contribute to the promotion of key role of construction engineers and civil engineers in general in improving life quality and sustainable development. The WCF 2019 will by supporting exchange of knowledge, expertise, practices and visions in construction engineering contribute to achievement of several United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Construction is a key industry to tackle climate change (SDG #13 Climate Change). It can both mitigate the effects of changing climate, for example by installation of passive and active climate control in buildings, by preventing floods, improving water supply etc (SDG #6 Clear Water and Sanitation).
And, it can contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions by construction of sustainable energy generation plants (SDG #7 Affordable and Clean Energy), by building sustainable transportation infrastructure (SDG #9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure) and by energy retrofitting buildings tu support smart cities (SDG #11 Sustainable Cities and Communities).
Theme 1 – Energy in 21st Century
The section is intended to give the viewpoint of lecturers and conferrers on questions related to Wind Power, Nuclear Power, Water Energy, Solar Energy, Sustainable Energy, with special emphasis on technical and economic feasibility of energy issues of significance to society.
It aims at providing the engineer and decision-making officers with updated information regarding the resource potential, advantages and disadvantages of specific energy, state-of-the-art of different technologies that are being used or under consideration for the supply of energy, energy productivity & efficiency, examples of good and bad practice, commissioning and operation, maintenance, electrical system integration, infrastructure requirements, policy and regulatory framework, waste management, costs, influence on climate change, emissions, global trends, challenges.
Theme 2 – Engineering Capacity Building
The section is intended to give the viewpoint of lecturers and conferrers on questions related to a key role that engineering professionals play in the global economy of the 21st Century, in the overall economic development activities of countries and regions, but only when the role of the engineering professional is well understood and utilized.
Special focus will be given to strengthening of economies, governments, institutions and individuals through education, training, mentoring, orientation and the mobilization of resources by developing secure, stable, appropriate, affordable and sustainable structures, systems and organizations, with a particular emphasis on improving the quality of life. Improving the capacity and skills of engineering professionals to carry out effective action in the face of disasters is also a part of this topic.
Theme 3 – Construction 4.0
Construction 4.0 is construction industry’s version of Industry 4.0. Technically, industry 4.0 is about creating cyber-physical systems. In these systems the material world and the digital world merge and overlap into one – with the goal of creating not only high quality, inexpensive and sustainable, but also smart, interconnected and customized products for the end user. Construction 4.0 is achieved through internet of people and their social networks and internet of things where the material world is flooded with sensors and cameras; where machines are digitally controlled and include robots and 3D printing. Data (big data!) is collected and analysed using cognitive computing methods, artificial intelligence, high performance computing, and cloud computing for storage and processing. A key technological element is a digital twin of the real world where interaction of the digital with the real can be designed and simulated. In construction, this is called Building Information Model. For the end user all this results in smart products, smart materials, smart buildings, smart cities, smart infrastructure.
The section is intended to give the viewpoint of lecturers and conferrers on issues related to technologies underpinning construction 4.0, the emerging new business models, as well as new management and organizational methods. It will also address social issues that include the data divide and data privacy. It will address Construction 4.0 in the fields of buildings, transportation and civil infrastructures, as well as education and research policies.
Theme 4 – Cultural Heritage in Digital World
The section is intended to give the viewpoint of lecturers and conferrers on questions related to importance of digital technology in the integrated approach to cultural heritage. The key themes addressed in this theme are: development of methods and tools for data collection and processing needed to support policy development, inclusive heritage site management, intervention decision-making and decision impact analysis, furthermore increasing of heritage asset resilience based on application of digital technology, innovations in 3D modelling of cultural heritage through an inclusive approach for time-dynamic reconstruction of artefacts, built and social environments applying the Historic building information modelling (HBIM) and last but not least development of sustainable use of cultural heritage based on digital technology in order to increase economy development in cultural heritage areas.
Theme 5 – Disaster Risk Management & Governance for Resilient Communities
The quality of life of citizens and functionality of communities are primarily dependent on the service provided by the built environment which cannot be absolutely guaranteed due to geophysical, hydrological, metrological, climatological and technological hazards. These hazards threaten every day service of built environment in a form of earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, landslides, cyclones, extreme temperatures, droughts, frost, wildfires, chemical releases, nuclear accidents, NaTech events and by a series of such events. Each of these events can cause severe disasters and, as a consequence, huge economic losses and extremely long recovery time due to the complexity of built environment. In order to optimize the functionality of built environment and enhance community resilience by developing smart buildings, smart infrastructure and smart cities, it is necessary to understand disaster risk, adequately communicate the risk among all stakeholders and managing disaster risk by establishing effective partnership between national authorities, professional organizations, code-writing bodies, civil defence units, construction industry, insurance and reinsurance companies, owners and other stakeholders exposed to risk.
The objective of this section is to exchange the viewpoint of lecturers and conferrers on questions related to disaster risk management and governance aimed at enhancing community resilience by discussing on hazard identification, risk and resilience assessment of existing and new constructions including systems of built environment, risk reduction, prevention, preparedness and response procedures as well as strategies of recovery and reconstruction of the affected built environment caused by extreme events. The emphasis will be given on understanding the risks, developing and demonstrating cyber-physical systems for different stakeholders, addressing the role of construction industry and engineering practitioners, monitoring and reporting on emerging policies, strategies and practices at national and international levels and promoting high standards for engineering practitioners, research and higher education units.
Theme 6 – Facility & Asset Management, BIM Lifecycle
The section is intended to give the viewpoint of lecturers and conferrers on questions related to Facility and Asset Management with special emphasis on organising, controlling and coordinating the strategic, tactical and operational management throughout the lifetime of buildings and facilities – at all times of the day and every day of the year. The goal is to ensure proper and efficient operation of all physical aspects of built environment, creating and sustaining safe and productive (internal) environments for residents and users, while enhancing sustainability aspects and reducing impact on the natural (external) environment. These goals can be achieved by introducing advanced information management with new digital workflows – enabled by the BIM lifecycle – from project information model to asset information model.
Facility management encompasses access and egress, health and wellbeing, security, safety, energy, water services, heating, ventilation and air condition (HVAC), owner and resident services. Asset management plays a pivotal role as an enabler of sustainable development of infrastructure and other essential assets in built environment. The balance between limited capacity and regulatory compliance of existing assets one side, and new investments in infrastructure on the other side, will strongly depend on the level of digital (smart) asset management, which will build a new generation of cyber-physical asset systems.
The intention of the WCF2019 is to highlight the topics that are in focus of interest of society in the early decades of 21st century and that will influence development of construction sector in the decades to come. The global society is aware of challenges caused by climatic and societal changes that pose serious threats to further development, and construction sector should and can contribute to their mitigation. Selection of WCF2019 topics is based on the main idea of discussing different ways of engaging the construction sector knowledge and practice for upgrading of societal resilience.
Therefore, the Forum will focus on:
- Questions related to Wind Power, Nuclear Power, Water Energy, Solar Energy, Sustainable Energy, with special emphasis on technical and economic feasibility of energy issues of significance to society.
- Merging and overlapping of the material and digital world into one – with the goal of creating not only high quality, inexpensive and sustainable, but also smart, interconnected and customized products for the end user.
- Promoting the importance of the integrated approach to cultural heritage supported by the application of digital technology in order to it’s preservation and increase economy development in cultural heritage areas.
- Exchange the viewpoint on questions related to disaster risk management and governance aimed at enhancing community resilience addressing the role of construction industry and engineering practitioners.
- Engineering capacity building focusing strengthening of economies, governments, institutions and individuals through education, training, mentoring, orientation and mobilization of resources.
- Emphasizing the organization, control and coordination of the strategic, tactical and operational management throughout the lifetime of buildings and facilities – at all times of the day and every day of the year.
WCF2019 will attract different stakeholders such as:
- Practicing engineers and architects,
- Construction industry representatives,
- Policy makers from administration bodies of all levels,
- Researchers and scientists
- University professors, teachers and students,
WCF2019 will a step forward from the successful World Engineering Forum WEF2012 in Ljubljana, Slovenia with its theme Sustainable Construction for People.
For more information:
Report of the 4th World Landslide Forum 2017
WCF2019 first announcement
Slovenian Chamber of Engineers (IZS) website
Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering of the University of Ljubljana (UL FGG) website
Ljubljana Declaration on Sustainable Buildings and Infrastructure 2012
The World Engineering Forum 2012 Publication – Sustainable Construction for People