IAC News No.45, July 2016
Japan Society of Civil Engineers International Activities Center July 1, 2016 IAC News No.45
JSCE Global Vision Seminar 2016
Global Strategy for Construction Industry "Learn from M&A in Construction Industry" by AECOM
Global Vision Seminar 2016 “Global Strategy for Construction Industry – Learn from M&A in Construction Industry –“ was held on 8th April, 2016 in ooperation between International Activities Center (IAC) and JSCE Committee on Construction Management.
In Japan, infrastructures have been developed under severe social, economic, and environmental conditions, which have contributed to the development of the country. In order to strengthen the sustainable economic growth of the country, it is vital for the country to develop its growth strategy while utilizing its experiences in the countries in which their construction markets will develop and their demands of infrastructure development will increase.
In the society in which that investment in construction will be declining in a near future, Japanese construction companies should switch gears and equally treat domestic and international projects as major parts of their businesses, and devise strategic approaches to survive in the global market without depending on Official Development Assistance (ODA).
Seeing current trends in the construction industry, the aforesaid IAC and committee organized the seminar to raise attention of the construction industries and discuss business strategies to gain competitive advantage in the global market with international construction companies.
The keynote speaker Dr. Toshio Okazumi (Director, Overseas Project Division, Policy Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism) delivered a speech about oversea development of infrastructure systems. His speech made the audience realize the importance of support to developing countries to improve their infrastructures with Japanese construction technologies in order to increase Japan’s presence in the global market.
Mr. Hideki Sakaeda (President, AECOM Japan) and Mr. Ian Chung (Vice President, Civil & Infrastructure, AECOM Asia) introduced AECOM’s growth strategies using an M&A approach, post M &A business operations and a newly developed business model.
The seminar, endorsed by MILT and The U.S. Commercial Service, attracted more than 70 participants, and involved them into discussions in a Q&A session. Many of the participants gave positive feedbacks and thanks such as “It was informative and useful to learn about M & A which was rarely discussed in seminars and like.”
Dr. Okazumi delivers a keynote speech.
A speaker and audience exchanges opinions in the Q & A session.
【Reported by Masaru Noda, Leader of Professional Development and Education Program Gr., IAC】
Outline of Activities of the Landscape and Design Committee
Prof. Shinichi KITAMURA
Chair of Landscape and Design Committee
The landscape and design committee was established in 1997 to conduct research studies concerning landscape/design, proposals of practice or specific methods for realizing excellent landscape formation, evaluation of realized landscapes, and others for constructing civil engineering structures and spaces composed of such high-quality structures. There are two major projects: “Civil Engineering Design Prize” and “Conference for Architecture of Infrastructure and Environment.”
Civil Engineering Design Prize is annual awards, which aim to produce a competitive situation in the design filed of civil engineering. The awards have been given to 137 works located in Japan over the past 15 years. The target works are general civil engineering structures or public spaces. The awards are given to the works that realize innovative landscape creation and conservation which are coupled with surroundings or community, the people who greatly contribute to the works, and the organizations that support those people because of uses of planning, design technology, systems, or organizational activities. The selection is conducted by an award selection committee comprising experts on civil engineering design, structural and bridge engineering, river engineering, urban planning, architecture, landscape architecture, industrial design, and others. It always creates a lively discussion. In 2014, the annual selected works and the website were redesigned, and we try to offer more clear information not only to civil engineers or designers, but also to the public.
As for Conference for Architecture of Infrastructure and Environment, there are about 50 to 60 presentations and papers annually since the first conference was held in 2005. One of the notable features of the conference is that it provides the following divisions: a design works division, a planning and management division and a criticism division in addition to the research study division corresponding to narrowly-defined academic papers. In the design works division and the planning and management one, authors discuss creative activities about projects in terms of specific ideas on design, techniques, system, or methods. The criticism division covers enunciations which survey the essence or the best form of landscape/design. Special sessions called as technical discussions have been set up since 2013 so that engineers or designers in the field could discuss skills and ideas in accordance with certain themes. We expect that this provides a place for extensive discussions and for especially sharing field jobs or experiences.
Civil Engineering Design Grand Prize 2015
The improvement of home river in Ichijodani heritage (Fukui pref.)
Kitasaito Asahikawa (Hokkaido pref.)
【Reported by Shinichi Kitamura (Yamanashi University) Chair of Landscape and Design Committee】
- The summary of feature articles in the JSCE Magazine is available on the JSCE website.
- JSCE2015 Awards winner names: Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award and others- are listed on the JSCE website.
- 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake (for your information in Japanese)
http://iresc.kumamoto-u.ac.jp/iresc_dobokureport.pdf (Seibu Branch)
http://committees.jsce.or.jp/report/node/117 (Seibu Branch)
http://committees.jsce.or.jp/eec2/ (The Earthquake Engineering Committee)
http://www.jsce-ip.com/events/symposium/finished.html?id=162 (Committee of Infrastructure Planning and Management) http://committees.jsce.or.jp/report/node/115 (Committee on Hydroscience and Hydraulic Engineering) http://committees.jsce.or.jp/report/system/files/%E4%BC%9A%E9%95%B7%E7%89%B9%E5%88%A5%E8%AA%BF%E6%9F%BB%E5%9B%A3%E8%AA%BF%E6%9F%BB%E5%A0%B1%E5%91%8A.pdf (Presidential special team)
- Journal of JSCE
The Journal of JSCE is the collection of research papers which can be viewed on the JSCE website.
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