Title: Preface
Author(s): Jianzhuang XIAO
Paper category : conference
Book title: 2nd International Conference on Waste Engineering and Management - ICWEM 2010
Editor(s): J.Zh. Xiao, Y. Zhang, M.S. Cheung and Reuben P. K. Chu
Print-ISBN: 978-2-35158-102-5
e-ISBN: 978-2-35158-103-2
Publisher: RILEM Publications SARL
Publication year: 2010
Total Pages: 1
Language: English

Abstract: The International Conference on Waste Engineering and Management (ICWEM2010) is held in Shanghai, China, October 13-15, 2010. It is organized by the China Civil Engineering Society (CCES), the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE), the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) and Tongji University.

The proceedings contain 9 keynote papers, and 84 contributed papers presented at the conference. These papers cover a wide spectrum of topics and originated from 12 countries and regions around the world where research and development on the conference topics are considered to be put forward actively. They report the current state-of-the-art and point to future directions of research in this thematic field.

The amount of construction and demolition waste has increased dramatically worldwide. In addition new projects in urban planning and buildings reaching their life-span may lead to increased number of demolished structures. In the past recent years natural disasters such as the 2008 China Wenchuan earthquake and 2010 Haiti earthquake have all contributed drastically to the high volumes of waste. Meanwhile the importance of proper management of waste and environmental issues have become a concern not only by the building engineering field but also by the general public. Moreover, the dependency on natural resources and traditional way of dealing with waste such as landfills have showed that in the long run they are not sustainable. Waste water and air pollution have also seen an increase in recent years as a result of industrialization and increased urban population growth.

The objective of ICWEM2010 is to provide an international forum for researchers, specialists, professionals and public administrators and for all concerned with the promotion and exchange of information on innovation in materials, methodologies and technologies for the construction, safety and security, maintenance and management of buildings, water and air quality management. This conference is also aimed at presenting and publishing the most recent research & development on waste engineering and management.

On behalf of the organizers of ICWEM2010, we would like to express our sincere thanks to all the members of the International Advisory Abroad, the International Scientific Committee as well as the Organizing Committee, whose dedication is considered to be the key for this conference. Moreover, the sponsorship for the conference, received from all the organizations listed in the proceeding page, is also very much appreciated. Thanks are due to all the contributors for their careful preparation of the manuscript and all the keynote speakers for their special support.

Furthermore, we gratefully acknowledge Prof. Jie Li and all those involved in the day-to-day running of the conference work, especially the conference secretarial staffs Mr. X. Huang, Dr. Ch. Wang, Dr. Y. Huang, Ms. N. Zhang, Dr. M.M Tawana and others.

Online publication: 2011-01-25
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