(Dated 1994).
  • To foster, encourage and promote research and development in the application of integrated IT throughout the life-cycle of the design, construction and occupancy of buildings and related facilities

  • To proactively encourage the use of IT in Construction through the demonstration of capabilities developed in collaborative research projects

  • To organise international cooperation in such activities and to promote the communication of these activities and their results The object of W78's work is broad in terms of the design, construction and occupation and occupancy of constructed facilities, but primarily it relates to the integration and communication of data, information and knowledge in the facility's life cycle.

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1983 - Terms of Reference. CIB W78

    After the 1983 meeting in Stockholm the following terms reference was agreed on. (Co-ordinator Ms. Janet Spoonamore, U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, Champaigne, Illinois, USA).


    • a. To foster, encourage and promote research and development in the area of integrated computer technologies and applications in design and to organize international cooperation in such activities;

    • b. I order to realize the objectives under a. to serve as a coordinating focal unit within CIB on computer applications;

    • c. To carry out work (beyond the functions under b.) on computer- aided architectural and engineering design.;

    Programme of work
    • a. To identify characteristics of CAD systems (existing and under development) on an international level with the objective to specify common terminology, guidelines for up-to-date systems and a catalogue of major integrated systems. The emphasis is not on computational algorithms for particular engineering/architectural disciplines, but rather on computer- based technologies that support all design disciplines and their integration.

    • b. To exchange information on computer applications in order to improve their efficiency.

    • c. To induce other CIB Working Commissions to carry out work in their relevant field on computer applications and to participate in these activities.

    Target dates
    • ad a.: 31st December 1984
    • ad b.: To be defined later
    • ad c.: Continuos task

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