CIB International Conference on Smart Built Environment


Dubai Campus

The Centre of Excellence in Smart Construction, Heriot-Watt University and the CIB TG96 along with several CIB Commissions are organising an international conference on smart built environment. Developing and integrating the various aspects of the built environment and infrastructure in a smart approach is a great challenge for today’s cities and all stakeholders.

Some of the key encounters facing the world growing cities and urbanisation development include affordable housing, employment, transportation, energy, clean water, food supply, quality education and health services, pollution, waste management etc. This conference is aimed to address how smart built environment would respond to these challenges, and how the construction industry can accelerate the pace of innovation to deliver a smart built environment.

The conference theme, Accelerating Innovation to Deliver Smart Built Environment, addresses the desires and concerns of the built environment stakeholders of the ability of the construction industry to develop and adopt the culture, technology, and practices that would enable the realisation of smart buildings, infrastructure and cities.

Conference themes

All topics relevant to smart built environment are welcomed. The following is a representation of these themes:

  • Accelerated innovation process
  • Construction procurement approaches
  • The impact on culture of smart BE
  • Integration of data and information
  • Automation and robotics
  • Infrastructure developments
  • Economics and management of smart BE
  • Performance measurement
  • Asset maintenance and operation
  • Design for smart BE
  • Digital engineering and BIM
  • Smart/intelligent buildings and infrastructure
  • Sustainability and the environment
  • Climate change challenges
  • Internet of Things (IoT) applications
  • Cost-benefit analysis and value added
  • Legal implications of smart BE
  • Real-time monitoring and control
  • Resilience engineering
  • Agile and lean thinking
  • Business models for smart BE
  • Policies and regulations

Call for papers

Please submit your papers online at EasyChair.

Important dates

Abstract submission deadline: 16/03/20
Abstract acceptance notification: 13/04/20
Paper submission deadline: 31/05/20
Paper review notification: 20/07/20
Final paper submission deadline: 31/08/20

Contacts and further information

Chair: Dr Taha Elhag -
Co-Chair: Prof Mohammed Dulaimi -

About CIB

CIB was established in 1953 with the support of the United Nations. CIB has since developed into a world-wide network of over 5000 experts from about 500 member organisations active in the research community, in industry or in education, who cooperate and exchange information in over 50 CIB commissions covering all fields in building and construction-related research and innovation.

About Heriot-Watt University

With a history dating back to 1821, Heriot-Watt University has established a reputation for world-class teaching and leading-edge research, which has made us one of the top UK universities for business and industry.

We deliver degree programmes to 31,000 students globally and have campuses in Edinburgh, Dubai and Malaysia. Our focus is on responding to the changing needs of business, industry and society and finding solutions to the global challenges of the 21st century. We are leading the way in areas as varied as energy, the environment and climate change, risk and modelling, infrastructure and transport, and the interface between life and physical sciences.