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COBRA at ARES 2020

14 – 18 April 2020,  Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort and Spa - Fort Myers, Florida, USA

COBRA is the RICS research conference dedicated to construction, building and infrastructure. Since its first edition in 1995, COBRA has been held in different countries in partnership with local organisations to act as a key event for presenting and discussing the latest research across the world. ARES 2020 is the latest edition of the annual conference held by the American Real Estate Society since 1985. For the 2020 edition of COBRA, ARES and RICS join forces to present a dedicated track at ARES 2020, covering six overarching themes:

  1. Project delivery: Construction management; Project management and project delivery systems; Site management; Risk management; Health and safety; Waste management
  2. Construction business: Financing; Procurement; Sustainable and socially-responsible procurement; Cost and value management; Contract management; Quantity surveying
  3. Professional advancement in construction: Leadership; Cooperation and interdisciplinarity; Knowledge sharing; Ethics and transparency; Professional education, skills and training
  4. Policy and regulation: Building regulation and control; Standardisation; Infrastructure planning and development; Legal aspects of construction; Public Private Partnerships (PPP) and Private Finance Initiatives (PFI)
  5. Construction technology: Modern and sustainable methods of construction; Low-carbon materials; Circular economy; Building renovation; Building performance evaluation
  6. Digitalisation: Building Information Modelling (BIM); Data standards; Built environment modelling; ConTech; AI for cost prediction; Blockchain for data validation and exchange

RICS is proud to announce the RICS COBRA Award 2020 of US$1,500 for the best research paper presented in the track. Notable papers will also be considered for the World Built Environment Forum (WBEF) Research Prize, worth US$5,000 comprising: US$2,500 in cash and participation at the 2021 WBEF Summit.

Papers accepted to the COBRA track will undergo a rigorous double-blind peer review process to be published (digitally) and disseminated through RICS channels. Researchers, students and industry professionals are invited to submit abstracts by 15 October 2019 (8pm GMT) by emailing Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit full paper on 18 October 2019. The deadline for submitting the full paper is set to 5 January 2020. For more information please visit  or email