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 Responsabilidad Social Corporativa de las empresas contribuye al desarrollo sostenible?
Opening: 08-01-2017 Closing: 09-30-2017

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) or Corporate Social Responsibility involves voluntary commitments and go beyond the minimum legal requirements, involvement of top management, etc. Among the areas covered by CSR is economic, social and environmental. However, if something characterizes CSR is its multi-dimensional nature that affects different areas of business management: human rights, work practices and employment, prevention of occupational risks and health protection, environmental management, fight against fraud And corruption, consumer interests and relations with communities, etc. All of this is within the parameters of sustainability.

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¿Los Planes de Manejo Ambiental, junto al cumplimiento de los EIAS son una herramienta para la sostenibilida...
Opening: 08-01-2017 Closing: 09-30-2017

Only with compliance with Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (E&SIA), is not enough guarantee for a project to be sustainable. Usually the E&SIAS are drafted and approved at the beginning of the projects. The periods of construction and / or exploitation of infrastructure projects tend to be long and may have unanticipated impacts (eg archeological remains, indigenous peoples, contamination of soils and water, noise-vibrations, waste, etc.), which must be addressed Through protocols of action. The Environmental Management Plans are a dynamic tool that allows adaptation to the evolution of the project and helps in decision making according to established protocols to minimize the environmental and social impacts and risks over the life of the infrastructure, ensuring thus their sustainability.

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¿La metodología BIM (Building Information Modeling) puede hacer la construcción más sostenible?
Opening: 06-05-2017 Closing: 08-31-2017

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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      TEMA GENERAL: Gestión de Materiales de Construcción. PONENTES: PhD. Lilliana Abarca-Guerrero y MScE. Ing. Ana Grettel Leandro-Hernández CONTENIDOS
    TEMA GENERAL: Sistemas De Rating De La Sostenibilidad De Los Proyectos De Infraestructuras PONENTE: Dr. Jose Manuel Diaz Sarachaga MRICS, PMP, LEED Green

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