CE 670: Data Sensing, and Analysis for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems, Graduate Level
The goal of this course is to introduce students to the concepts, approaches and implementation issues associated with data acquisition and analyses for buildings and infrastructure systems. Students will be introduced to the types of data that are collected about buildings and infrastructure systems, sensing technologies, data acquisition using sensors, processing techniques, and use of sensing in a variety of applications in construction and infrastructure management. Students will also gain experience with some of the data acquisition hardware and software. Applications range from environmental monitoring and seismic studies to mobile target tracking. This is a new and rapidly developing research area with many open problems of cross-disciplinary interest. This course also aims to train students in the craft of academic research. Students will have an opportunity to contribute to this area through the publication of results from the final research project for this class. Substantial emphasis will be placed on reading research papers in a critical and analytical manner. Students will be required to turn in regular written critiques of papers. The final project will be closely monitored through out-of-class meetings and emails, and will span the full research cycle -from problem formulation to obtaining & analyzing results to paper writing.
CE 570: Building Information Modeling for Collaborative Construction Management, Graduate Level
The course promotes project-based learning through cross-disciplinary, geographically distributed, virtual project team collaboration. It focuses on BIM specialty applications and investigates construction management technologies including construction simulations, model based estimating, energy analysis, clash detection and code compliance. Students work in multidisciplinary project teams to simulate design, engineering and construction processes for actual projects selected in collaboration with industry partners. In 15 weeks, students focus on collaboratively designing and engineering optimal solutions, by utilizing information technology and their individual strengths – problem solving from engineering students, design from architecture students, and schedule, cost, quality control and overall management from construction management students. By providing a cyber-learning platform, where students from multiple disciplines can work together, students are able to test ideas, principles, and practices in the way to become creative and innovative practitioners. In addition, students collaborate with their peers in another institution, exploring virtual project collaboration and role-based learning.
Current Collaborator: Dr. Fernanda Leite, CE 395Q1: Project Controls, (Fall 2012) at University of Texas, Austin.
CE 470: Building Information Modeling and Integrated Practice, Undergraduate Level
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a centralized data-rich virtual project model that facilitates documentation, design exploration, model-based quantity take off and estimating, interference checking, construction coordination and sequencing, digital fabrication and 3D building information capture and visualization. In this course, students learn BIM’s use in the industry (by different disciplines), examine geometry, spatial relationships, building information, quantities and properties of building components, and understand the benefit and improvement areas BIM offers. Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) is a project delivery approach that is almost a prerequisite for successful BIM projects. It integrates people, systems, business structures and practices into a process that helps optimization of project results, increases value to the owner and end user, reduces waste, and maximizes efficiency through all phases of design, fabrication, construction and life-cycle of the structure. This course focuses on the role of BIM in the AEC industry and it covers recent developments in the area of IPD, both of which have a great potential to better project outcomes and maximize efficiency. In addition, the course brings cutting edge and emerging technology solutions into the classroom and tries to link these solutions into the BIM environment.