The principal aim of Innovation & Research Focus is to promote the application of research in building and civil engineering.
Supported by many organisations in the British construction industry, its brief articles on current research are written for practising engineers, architects, surveyors and their clients with the objective of disseminating research news as widely as possible. Its sponsors wish to promote the benefits of research, improve contacts between industry and researchers, encourage investment by industry in research and the use of research in practice, and facilitate collaboration between all the parties involved.
Formally, Innovation & Research Focus is an unrestricted newsletter containing invited factual records or case studies of building or civil engineering research projects. Articles may be reproduced, provided the source is aknowledged.
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Experimenting with innovative research methods was one aim of a multi-country study comparing technological choice in community water supply in Ethiopia and Sudan.