OPPORTUNITIES IN ASIA: AN ASSESSMENT OF CONSTRUCTION TRENDS, NEEDS, AND POTENTIAL COLLABORATIONS1

1998

Teresa M. Adams
Alan Balfour
Richard A. Belle
Harvey M. Bernstein
Ken P. Chong
Michael J. DeHaemer
John W. Fisher
Toshiaki Fujimori
Neil M. Hawkins
Paul J. Herer
Anne S. Kiremidjian
Andrew C. Lemer
Henry L. Michel
Lawrence N. Nelson
Priscilla Nelson
Boyd C. Paulson, Jr.
William E. Roper
Benedict R. Schwegler, Jr.
George Seaden
Paul H. Shipp
Dean E. Stephan
Leslie J. Struble
K. Thirumalai
David C. Wang
Raymond Yep

Abstract

This report reviews the status of research and development (R&D), current construction technology, technology transfer, and policy practices in China, Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, and Taiwan with respect to civil infrastructure. The assessment team found efforts to develop new construction technology in the six countries to be highly directed toward solving specific problems. Team members were particularly impressed with construction material substitution, use of fly bridge design, and intelligent buildings. Some public policy initiatives (e.g., Singapore environmental regulations) also appear to be at least as effective, if not more effective, than comparable public policies in the United States, Japan, or Europe. The panel concluded that the transfer of innovative technologies, construction services, business practices, and government policies will increasingly become a two-way flow between Asian countries, the United States, and other nations.


1 Published by the Civil Engineering Research Foundation (CERF).
Published: Summer 1998; WTEC Hyper-Librarian