Knowledge Exchange

A goal of the KPESIC is to support knowledge transfer, capacity building, innovation, and lesson learning in environmentally sustainable infrastructure construction and to become a forum for contributing ideas and solutions. Knowledge exchange involves sharing of information and experiences among specialists, and can be a powerful way to help improve the methods, approaches and results in environmental sustainability in infrastructure projects. Specialists want to learn from the practical experience of others who have faced or are facing similar problems. While published literature is a great source, often the most up-to-date information or ideas on specific new challenges has yet to be formally published; a real-time knowledge exchange is thus extremely useful. Specialists can benefit from being connected and having more immediate access to knowledge and solutions to their specific needs. This Knowledge Exchange component includes various virtual spaces for specialists to interact, including “Topics for Discussions”, “Ask your Questions”, “Work Groups”, “Webinars” and “Interviews”.

Topics for Discussion

¿La metodología BIM (Building Information Modeling) puede hacer la construcción más sostenible?
Opening: 06-05-2017 Closing: 07-31-2017

The BIM is a new methodology of work in the development of buildings and infrastructures from the first project to its demolition. The BIM is the centralization of all information concerning the building or infrastructure in a single file that tells us about structure, materials, budget, facilities calculations, etc. The information generated allows decisions on the sustainability of the work in all phases of the project. Also all the documentation generated in BIM could be used to obtain the different environmental accreditations.

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Los impactos indirectos ambientales y sociales de las infraestructuras
Opening: 04-12-2017 Closing: 05-31-2017

It is a priority that the direct impacts of infrastructures be identified at the project phase and that the most appropriate corrective measures be designed and implemented during the construction phase, as well as adequate monitoring. However, there are sometimes indirect medium- and long-term impacts that should also be included in the Environmental Impact Studies.

By way of example, infrastructures facilitate mobility by making the areas preserved both environmentally and socially more accessible, which, however, can be affected by new urban developments. For this reason, should environmental and social protection measures be planned to minimize indirect impacts before putting the infrastructure into operation?

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Construcción con impresoras 3D
Opening: 01-09-2017 Closing: 03-31-2017

3D printers are revolutionizing new technologies. Its applications cross the paper and reach the buildings. Some people consider that is the beginning of a new industrial era, although it is pioneer in the world. It seems that building a house with this technology is complicated, because the construction material is a bioplastic, based on a vegetable oil, wich the properties or effects on humans are not known. When a group of people live, or interact in a space done from this material, What effects will over time? Will be harmful to health? Unknowns arise about building entire houses with 3D printers, although for the moment it seems a good idea to manufacturing building components with this technology.

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La rehabilitación sostenible de edificaciones existentes: ¿un éxito?
Opening: 01-09-2017 Closing: 03-31-2017

Rehabilitation of buildings with sustainability criteria must lead energy, economic savings and promote environmental protection. The construction of a new building means higher costs facing the sustainable rehabilitation of a building already built, but how effective are these rehabilitations? A substantial savings are achieved in energy consumption?

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Ask Your Questions

Webinars

    TEMA GENERAL: Sistemas De Rating De La Sostenibilidad De Los Proyectos De Infraestructuras PONENTE: Dr. Jose Manuel Diaz Sarachaga MRICS, PMP, LEED Green
TEMA GENERAL: La construcción de proyectos hidroeléctricos conlleva un conjunto de impactos sociales, que de no ser considerados en las etapas previas a la ejecución pueden ocasionar severos

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