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5 November 2001

European Commission Supports the Development of eBusiness for the Construction Industry

The European Commission is devoting considerable financial resources to supporting research into the development of eBusiness in the construction industry. This is evident from the attention paid to the topic during the recent eBusiness and eWork conference (e-2001), which was held in Venice, October 17-19.

The research and development work is being undertaken as part of the European Commission's IST Programme, within the domain Key Action II, New Methods of Work and Electronic Commerce.

During the conference a wide range of eBusiness topics focused on the construction industry were discussed. Knowledge management for inter-organisational activities, dynamic virtual enterprises and smart organisations, new workplace and teamwork concepts, novel solutions and practices for eCommerce and eBusiness, legal and policy issues, etc., were just some of the results and issues presented to the conference audience.

The eBusiness and eWork event is the conference for RTD projects in Key Action II of the IST Programme, who are also the primary sponsors of the eBusiness and eWork conference series.


Notes to Editors

The following are a selection of papers relevant to the construction industry that were presented at the e-2001 conference. These papers can be found in the published proceedings (see news release dated 29 October 2001).

ICT research and development for the construction industry
Alain Zarli, CSTB, France
OSMOS: Open specification and framework for the construction dynamic virtual organisations
Yacine Rezgui, University of Salford, United Kingdom
ICT support for Distributed Engineering in Construction: the GLOBEMEN project
Sami Kazi, VTT Automation, Finland
eBusiness in the Building-Construction industry: the eConstruct project
Reinout Van Rees, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Towards the next generation of civil engineering collaboration platforms: the ISTforCE project
Ziga Turk, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
DIVERCITY: A VR application for the Construction Industry
Souheil Soubra, CSTB, France
Information Services to Enable European Construction Industry: The I-SEEC Project
Raimar Scherer, Technische Universitat Dresden, Germany
Knowledge Management in the Construction Industry: the e-COGNOS Approach
Marc Bourdeau, CSTB, France
Electronic Contracting in the construction industry
Michael Merz, Ponton Software Technology, Germany
Conceptual Framework for Virtual Enterprise in Construction
Juha Hyvarinen, VTT Building and Transport, Finland
Communicating Knowledge in the Joint Sales Network of Construction Industry Suppliers
Friedemann Reim, Informationsmanagement, Germany
Internet Procurement for the Construction and Engineering Industry
Henriqueta Novoa, Universidade do Porto, Portugal
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