IAC News No.37, November 2015
Society of Civil Engineers International Activities Center Nov. 2, 2015 IAC News No.37
Brief Summary on 2015 JSCE Annual Meeting - International Program
2015 JSCE Annual Meeting was held at Okayama University Tsushima Campus from September 16th to 18th, 2015. During which, the international program hosted by IAC was held for the first two days. Its details are will be reported on another issue of IAC News.
|◆IAC Special Discussion (September 16, 10:20-12:20)
Prof. Masahiro Ouchi, Kochi University of Technology organized and moderated the discussion. Ten participants from young to senior who have studied in Japan discussed their experiences and made frank and straightforward requests for the civil engineering industry in Japan. They emphasized that Japanese young engineers, who should be aware of their responsibilities as professional engineers, need to go overseas more actively.
Participants at the discussion
◆International Roundtable Meeting (September 16, 13:30-17:00)
International Roundtable Meeting was held under the theme “Leveraging Big Data for Infrastructure Management and Sustainable Development” proposed by Mr. Noriaki Hirose, the JSCE President. Prof. Toshio Koike (Director, ICHARM) served as a moderator and Prof. Masaru Kitsuregawa (Director General, National Institute of Informatics) delivered a keynote speech titled “How IT（Big Data) can transform our society?” Following the speech, participants from JSCE International Sections and JSCE’s Agreement of Cooperation (AOC) societies discussed the current status of Big Data utilization and future challenges.
International Roundtable Meeting
|◆The Seventeenth International Summer Symposium (September 16, 17, 9:00-12:00)
56 papers were presented by young engineers and international students, including 5 papers by the participants on a Study Tour Grant, which was carried out by the support from International Scientific Exchange Fund. There were many international students in the hall. We hope more Japanese students will participate in the future.
|◆Workshop for Young Engineers (September 16, 13:30-17:00)
Workshop for Young Engineers, which has started as one of the commemorative events for JSCE’s 100th Anniversary, was held this year, too. On the theme of “Why did you come to Japan? –expectation, reality and future.” 24 current international students in Japan made a group discussion and delivered presentations.
Participants at the workshop
◆Technical Tour (September 17, 11:00-16:30)
International guests listening to
In addition, the IAC had International Section Meeting with International Sections and exchanged opinions. Separately from the banquet offered by the JSCE Annual Meeting steering committee, we held the welcome reception for international guests and international students at the tower of Okayama Castle with the cooperation of Okayama Visitors and Convention Association, and participants deepened their friendship with each other.
【Written by International Activities Center】
JSCE-UK SectionVisit Report
On 28 August 2015 I visited Prof. Kenichi Soga (University of Cambridge), President of the UK Section, and exchanged information. At present the UK Section has about 10 Japanese members.
1) Report on the Status of Japan Society of Civil Engineers
I reported on the success of the JSCE 100th anniversary project, and on recent matters using relevant documents. The society has 35,000 members, and 5,000 student members. Membership is stable and financial administration has improved, but income from publications has declined. With the establishment of the JSCE International Activities Center, International Sections are being strengthened, overseas students are being organized, and efforts have been made to activate the Asian Civil Engineering Coordinating Council (ACECC).The next policies of JSCE will have an emphasis on the national stock of infrastructure, and will also focus on maintenance and sustainability.
|2) Status of the UK Construction Industry (by Prof. Soga, President of the Section)
The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills has stated that the domestic construction industry has shrunk by 33%, and has established a policy that half of its turnover should come from overseas.
Also, the trend for young people in the UK to be uninterested in engineering continues. In contrast the UK, Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has initiated efforts towards a new target.
Information on Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction
The Department of Civil Engineering of University of Cambridge has founded the “Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction” (CSIC), dealing with information technology in infrastructure, and improving productivity by cooperation among each field, and integration.
Here “smart” is a concept with a broad meaning, and the UK has a culture of setting abstract targets such as this and working towards them. Note that Professor Yozo Fujino of Yokohama National University, Japan has been appointed as a member of CSIC’s International Advisory Group.
3) Author’s Comments
The turnover of the Japanese construction industry is also about half that during the peak of 1998, and although it has recovered somewhat due to reconstruction of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, recurring profit margins are only 5% or less. The Government’s “Basic Policy on National Budget” calls for improvement in productivity of industry, but does not touch on enhancement of infrastructure which is its basis.
【Yumio Ishii, Former President of JSCE】
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