What is IWEF
INTERNATIONAL WIND ENGINEERING FORUM
Wind engineering problems, including wind resistant design, wind response
and wind environment evaluations have been recently recognized as important
issues to be addressed by civil engineering community.
Information exchange in this field has been carried out through publications
in technical literature, during domestic and international meetings and
through personal contacts. Emergence of global economy and its impact on
engineering, including wind engineering, brought into attention the need for
an improved worldwide information and technology exchange.
Although in many respects the international technical information flow in
wind engineering has improved in recent years, several obstacles, including
language barrier, exist.
The International Wind Engineering Forum (IWEF), has been established to aid
and bring to a new level exchange of information and cooperation in the area
of wind engineering.
The idea for the IWEF was first proposed by representatives of the Japanese
wind engineering community.
As a result of number of meetings with the U.S. representatives, the present
concept and the organizational structure of the IWEF have been developed.
PURPOSE AND GOALS
The purpose of the IWEF is to promote and facilitate international exchange
of information, collaborative research, and joint education and service
activities in the area of wind engineering.
Specific goals of the IWEF include:
- (A) Exchange, disseminate and synthesize wind engineering technical
- (B) Organize, facilitate and promote educational activities focused on
selected topics of wind engineering;
- (C) Promote and aid wind engineering technology transfer;
- (D) Offer wind engineering technical expertise;
- (E) Promote beneficial to wind engineering activities in other areas of
engineering and science.
The IWEF is currently headed by two Co-Chairmen, Prof. T. Ohkuma (Kanagawa
University) and Prof. B. Bienkiewicz (Colorado State University),
representing the two founding sides, Japan and the U.S.
The Co-Chairmen are aided by the Advisory Board, proposed to consist of four
U.S. and four Japanese members.
The IWEF has presently two offices, one in the U.S., at Colorado State
University, and one in Tokyo, at the Japan Association for Building Research
A tentative plan of the IWEF activities includes:
- (1) Collection of publications and information on wind engineering
research facilities and activities in Japan.
A data base will be established in English language and it will be made
available to interested countries.
- (2) Establishment of data base on wind engineering publications,
facilities and activities in other countries.
- (3) Establishment of data base on wind disasters, damage and mitigation
and facilitation of surveys of damaged sites.
- (4) Organizing lecture meetings and seminars on wind resistant design of
buildings and structures, and new developments in wind engineering.
- (5) Planning and promotion of advanced wind engineering research projects.
- (6) Publishing the semi-annual newsletter describing current activities
of the IWEF, and providing updates on the IWEF data base and available
publications, as well as other relevant wind engineering information.
JAPAN ASSOCIATION FOR COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY
BUILDING RESEARCH PROMOTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH CENTER
5-26-20, Kenchiku-kaikan, Shiba Department of Civil Engineering
Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan Fort Collins, CO 80523, USA
Tel: (03) 3453-1281 Tel: (303) 491-2545
Fax: (03) 3453-0428 Fax: (303) 491-8200
CO-CHAIRMEN OF THE IWEF
Prof. Takeshi Ohkuma(KU) Prof. Bogusz Bienkiewicz(CSU)
ADVISORY BOARD OF THE IWEF
Prof. Arthur N.L. Chiu (UH) Prof. Hiromasa Kawai (TDU)
Dr. Kunio Fujii (WEI) Prof. Ahsan Kareem (UND)
Prof. James R. McDonald (TTU) Dr. Hisashi Okada (BRI)
Prof. Tetsuro Tamura (TIT) Prof. Yukio Tamura (TIP)
Dr. Hiroyuki Yamanouchi (BRI)
BRI: Building Research Institute, Japan CSU: Colorado State University, USA
CU : City University, Hong Kong KU : Kanagawa University, Japan
TDU: Tokyo Denki University, Japan TIT: Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
TIP: Tokyo Institute of Polytechnics, Japan TTU: Texas Tech University, USA
UH : University of Hawaii, USA UND: University of Notre Dame, USA
WEI: Wind Engineering Institute, Japan
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