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Digital Design and Fabrication / Energy and Sustainability / Modeling and Visualization

the Digital Building Lab at Georgia Tech links researchers with forward-looking industry partners to champion
advancements in the designed and built environment

Daniel Baerlecken

Daniel Baerlecken

Assistant Professor

Phone: (404) 259-1501Office location: 247 4th Street Room 366 A

Daniel Baerlecken is Visiting Assistant Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology. He teaches digital design and fabrication. His research focuses on the exploration of the algorithmic potential of computing and of the resulting innovative architectural forms.

Kevin D. Shankwiler

Kevin D. Shankwiler

Assistant Professor

Phone: (404) 894-2100Office location: West Architecture Building Faculty Suite 254 247 Fourth St. NW

Kevin Shankwiler is an Assistant Professor in the School of Industrial Design. His research focuses on the use of parametric modeling and design with a particular interest in product customization. He holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Industrial Design from Georgia Tech.

Kevin Shankwiler's CV

Baabak Ashuri

Baabak Ashuri

Associate Professor

Director, Economics of the Sustainable Built Environment (ESBE) Lab

Phone: (404) 385-7608Fax: (404) 894-1641

Baabak Ashuri is Associate Professor in the School of Building Construction and the School of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech. His work focuses on Economic Decision Analysis of Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure Systems. This field is multidisciplinary and lies at the confluence of Construction Engineering & Project Management, Infrastructure Asset Management, and Quantitative & Computational Finance.

Areas of Expertise

  • Innovative Project Delivery Systems (Design-Build, CMGC, IPD, & Public-Private Partnership (P3))
  • Economic Decision Analysis of Resilient & Sustainable Infrastructure Systems
  • Investment Valuation of High-Performance Buildings
  • Energy Performance Benchmarking of Multifamily Properties (AUMScore®)
  • Financial Feasibility Analysis of Alternative Energy Technologies (e.g., Solar Energy Valuation)
  • Predictive Project Analytics
  • Data Mining of BIM Projects
  • Project Finance
  • Real Options Analysis for Infrastructure Asset Valuation
  • Cost Estimation & Forecasting
  • Budget-based Design
  • Risk Management
  • Portfolio Management

 

Summary of Sponsored Research Projects

Title: Valuation of Investments in Building Energy Improvements under Uncertainties

Role: Principal Investigator

Funding: $250,000

 

Source: Civil Infrastructure Systems Program, Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation, National Science Foundation

 

Title: Streamlining Project Delivery through Risk Analysis

Role: Principal Investigator (Co-Principal Investigators: Dr. Gordon Kingsley and Dr. Juan Rogers (School of Public Policy, Georgia Tech))

Funding: $499,994

Source: Georgia Department of Transportation

 

Title: Managing a Portfolio of Projects – Metrics for Improvement

Role: Co-Principal Investigator (Principal Investigator: Ali Touran (Northeastern University) and Co-Principal Investigator: Ed Minchin (University of Florida))

Funding: $250,000 – Funded ($60,273 is Georgia Tech’s budget)

Source: Construction Industry Institute (CII)

 

Title: Innovative Project Delivery Using Alternative Financing Mechanisms: Assessment of Benefits, Costs, and Risks

Role: Principal Investigator

Funding: $206,164

Source: Georgia Department of Transportation

 

Title: Solar, Installation, Mounting, Production, Labor, and Equipment Balance of System (SIMPLE BoS)

Role: Subcontractor to the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) in year 2 for conducting productivity and time and motion study (The project is led by the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.) in collaboration with Suniva (Norcross, Georgia, U.S.) and Radiance Solar (Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.).

Funding: $41,006

Source: Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) SunShot Initiative (The GTRI project is $2.87 Million Federal, $5.87Million Total Project Value)

 

Title: A Systematic Approach for the Assessment of Green Opportunities for Electrical Contractors

Role: Principal Investigator

Funding: $7,000

Source: ELECTRI International – The Foundation for Electrical Construction

 

Title: Best Practices for Determining Value of Research Results

Role: Principal Investigator

Funding: $30,000

Source: The Southeast Transportation Consortium (STC) and the Louisiana Transportation Research Center (LTRC)

 

Title: Development of Risk Management Strategies for State DOTs to Effectively Deal with Volatile Prices of Transportation Construction Materials

Role: Principal Investigator

Funding: $169,045 – Funded ($76,552 from NCTSPM; $92,493 from GDOT)

Source: Georgia Tech National Center for Transportation Systems Productivity and Management (NCTSPM) (The US Department of Transportation/Research & Innovative Technology Administration), with the matching fund provided by the Georgia Department of Transportation.

 

Title: How Can Innovative Project Delivery Systems Improve GDOT’s Overall Efficiency in Transportation Project Delivery?

Role: Principal Investigator

Funding: $199,976

Source: Georgia Department of Transportation

 

Title: Timing of Investments in Building Solar Energy Intervention: A Real Options Framework to Evaluate Investments in Solar Energy for Buildings

Role: Principal Investigator

Funding: $10,337

Source: The Education Trust of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), London, UK

 

Title: Recommended Guide for Next Generation of Transportation Design Build Procurement and Contracting in the State of Georgia

Recipient of 2013 High Value Research “Sweet Sixteen” Award by the Value of Research Task Force, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

Role: Principal Investigator

Funding: $172,242

Source: Georgia Department of Transportation

 

Title: AUMScore®, Multifamily Property Utility Benchmarking Program

Role: Principal Investigator

Funding: $37,977

Source: American Utility Management (AUM), Inc.

 

Title: A Time Series Model for Forecasting Construction Cost Index

Role: Principal Investigator

Funding: $7,600

Source: The Education Trust of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, London, UK

 

Title: DBL Community of Practice for Productivity Analysis of Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) Coordination

Role: Principal Investigator

Funding: $32,000

Source: Digital Building Laboratory (DBL)

 

Title: Determine the Impact and Effectiveness of BIM

Role: Principal Investigator

Funding: $32,000

Source: Digital Building Laboratory (DBL)

 

Title: Pricing Flexibility in Solar-Ready Homes

Role: Principal Investigator

Funding: $10,041

Source: Georgia Tech Foundation (GTF)

 

Title: Uncertainty Analysis Games for Teaching Construction Risk Management

Role: Principal Investigator

Funding: $1,000

Source: Class of 1969 Teaching Fellow

 

Selected Publications

1)      Castro-Lacouture, D., Irizarry, J., and Ashuri, B. (2014). Construction Research Congress: Construction in a Global Network, ASCE, 2405 pp.

2)      Shahandashti, S.M., and Ashuri, B. (2013). “Forecasting ENR Construction Cost Index using Multivariate Time Series Models.” ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 139(9), 1237–1243.

3)      Kim, D. Y., Han, S. H., and Ashuri, B. (2013). “Financial Valuation of Investments in International Construction Markets: A Real Options Approach for Market Entry Decision Making.” ASEC Journal of Management in Engineering, 29(4), 355–368.

4)      Ashuri, B., Kashani, H., Lu, J., and Shahandashti, S.M. (2013). “Investment in solar energy: An alternative approach.” Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Land Journal, September/October 2013, 20.

5)      Ashuri, B., Shahandashti, S.M., and Lu, J. (2012). “Empirical Tests for Identifying Leading Indicators of ENR Construction Cost Index.” Construction Management and Economics, 30(11), 917-927.

6)      Ashuri, B. and Tavakolan, M. (2012). “A Fuzzy Enabled Hybrid Genetic Algorithm‐Particle Swarm Optimization Approach to Solve Time‐Cost‐Resource Optimization (TCRO) Problems in Construction Project Planning.” ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 138(9), 1065–1074.

7)      Ashuri, B., Kashani, H, Molenaar, K.R., Lee, S. and Lu, J. (2012). “A Risk-neutral Pricing Approach for Evaluating BOT Highway Projects with Government Minimum Revenue Guarantee Options.” ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 138(4), 545-557.

8)      Ashuri, B., Lu, J., and Kashani, H. (2011). “A Real Options Framework to Evaluate Investments in Toll Road Projects Delivered under the Two-Phase Development Strategy.” Built Environment Project and Asset Management, 1(1), 14-31 (Highly Commended Award Winner at the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2012).

9)      Ashuri, B. and Lu, J. (2010). “Time Series Analysis of ENR Construction Cost Index.” ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 136(11), 1227-1237.

10)   Fard, J., Kangari, R., and Ashuri, B. (2010). “The Effects of Organizational Variables on Hospital Costs in Georgia.” International Journal of Facility Management, 1(2), 1-21.

11)   Ashuri, B. (2010). “Valuation of Flexible Leases for Corporate Tenants Facing Uncertainty in Their Required Workspace.” International Journal of Strategic Property Management, 14(1), 49-72.

12)   Durmus-pedini, A., and Ashuri, B. (2010). “An Overview of the Benefits and Risk Factors of Going Green in Existing Buildings.” International Journal of Facility Management, 1(1), 1-15.

13)   Ashuri, B., Rouse W.B., and Augenbroe G. (2007). “Different Models of Work in the Modern Services Enterprise.” Work, workflow, and information systems, IOS Press, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Courses Developed & Taught at Georgia Tech

  • BC 7200 Advanced Readings in Building Construction
  • BC 7100 Quantitative Methods for Construction Research
  • BC 6250 Value Management for Integrated Facility Design and Construction
  • BC 6550 Design & Construction Processes
  • BC 4610 Value Engineering & Building Economics
  • BC 3630 Project Management I
  • BC 8823 Advanced Cost and Financial Management in AEC
  • BC 8803/BC 4803 Productivity Analysis for Solar Contractors

Tripp Edwards

Tripp Edwards

Academic Professional

Director, Design Shop

Phone: (404) 894-4880Office location: 247 4th Street

Tripp Edwards is the Director of the College of Architecture Design Shop and is a faculty member of the School of Industrial Design. As shop director he maintains the shop and its safe use; and instructs students as they explore their designs. In addition, he teaches modelmaking courses in the School of Industrial Design. Edwards returned to Tech after a working for 10 years building models and prototypes. He earned a BFA in sculpture and photography from the State University of West Georgia and a M.S. in Industrial Design from Georgia Tech.

Manu Venugopal, PhD

Manu Venugopal, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Phone: (510) 579-8656

Research Ambitions

Digital models are becoming the basis for design, analysis, simulation, construction planning, construction execution, operation and maintenance. As various tools and technology for virtual design and construction mature, it is important to integrate them with existing processes and work flows in the industry. There is a need for addressing seamless data exchange between users and systems, in what is called interoperability. With the goal of an open-BIM framework catering to the entire lifecycle of building and infrastructure projects in mind, I envision a three-tiered approach, namely fundamental, applied and socio-economic, towards conducting my research.

At one end of the spectrum, I plan to direct future research in resolving this interoperability problem in design, engineering and construction at a fundamental level by specifying new methods and standards. An example for such fundamental research is an automated information exchange protocol using Industry Foundation Classes (IFC). In terms of applied research, I plan to focus on developing and integrating new technologies and solutions for virtual design and construction. Automated rapid prototyping of a rich and detailed information model from spatial data, for as-built control and facility management are examples of applied research I intend to pursue in the future. Improvements in interoperability research and better work flows in industry will lead to savings in the form of reduced wastage of resources and rework.

I envision an overall improvement in the quality of products for construction community with the help of new computer aided design tools, new special purpose applications, and innovative processes, which will transfer to new lines of education. The open-BIM framework, which is my long term interest, will lead to disseminating the benefits of research to the entire industry, for example, developing an integrated dashboard for building performance monitoring to achieve a better LEED rating, thereby, improving the socio-economic fabric of society leading to sustainable development.

Research Groups/Labs

Digital Building Laboratory -  The Georgia Tech Digital Building Laboratory purpose is to develop a strong research and development link between the building industry and the building research-related capabilities of Georgia Tech to improve the innovation cycle.

Rapids Laboratory -  The RAPIDS laboratory specializes on construction safety and technology research and education in the construction, mining, transportation, and infrastructure sectors.

Recent Publicaitons

Dissertation

1. Venugopal, M., (2011). Formal Specication of Industry Foundation Class Concepts using Engineering Ontologies. Ph.D. thesis, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, 2011.

Refereed Journal Publications

1. Venugopal, M., Eastman, C. M., and Teizer, J. (2012). "Ontology-based analysis of the IFC schema for product model exchanges in the AEC/FM industry." Advanced Engineering Informatics, (in review).

2. Venugopal, M., Eastman, C. M., and Sacks, R. (2012). "Semantic exchange modules: A new approach to support information exchanges in building information modeling." ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, (in review).

3. Venugopal, M., Eastman, C. M., Sacks, R., and Teizer, J. (2012). "Semantics of model views for information exchanges using the industry foundation class schema.Advanced Engineering Informatics, Vol 26(2), pp.411-428. doi:10.1016/j.aei.2012.01.005

4. Eastman, C. M., Venugopal, M., Aram, V., and Sacks, R. (2012). "Industry-wide National BIM Standard." Journal of Building Information Modeling, Spring 2012, pp-27-28.

5. Cheng, T., Venugopal, M., Teizer, J., and Vela, P. A. (2011). "Performance Evaluation of Ultra Wideband Technology for Construction Resource Location Tracking in Harsh Environments."Automation in Construction, Elsevier, 20(8), 1173-1184. doi:10.1016/j.autcon.2011.05.001

6. Teizer, J., Venugopal, M., Teizer, W., and Felkl, J. (2011). "Nanotechnology and Its Impact on Construction: Bridging the Gap Between Researchers and Industry Professionals." ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000467

7. Teizer, J., Venugopal, M., and Walia, A. (2008). "Ultra Wideband for Automated Real-time Three-Dimensional Location Sensing for Workforce, Equipment, and Material Positioning and Tracking."Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Washington D.C.,No. 2081, pp. 56-64. doi:10.3141/2081-06

Journal Publications in Preparation

8. Venugopal, M., and Eastman, C. M. (2013). "A Test Implementation of Interoperability Standards for Information Exchanges throughout the Life Cycle of a Precast Concrete Project."ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, (in preparation).

9. Zhang, S., Lee, J. K., Venugopal, M., Teizer, J., and Eastman, C. M. (2012). "Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Safety: Automatic Safety Checking of Construction Models and Schedules." Automation in Construction, Special Issue: Computing for Spatial Design Assistance (in preparation)


Conference Publications

1. Venugopal, M., Eastman, C. M., and Sacks, R. (2012). "Configurable Model Exchanges for the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Industry using Semantic Exchange Modules (SEM)," 2012 ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering, Clearwater Beach, FL, USA, July 17-20, 2012.

2. Venugopal, M., Eastman, C. M., and Teizer, J. (2012). "Formal Specication of the IFC Concept Structure for Precast Model Exchanges," 2012 ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering, Clearwater Beach, FL, USA, July 17-20, 2012.

3. Venugopal, M., Eastman, C. M., and Teizer, J. (2012). "An Ontological Approach to Building Information Model Exchanges," Construction Research Congress, West Lafayette, IN, USA, May 21-23, 2012.

4. Venugopal, M., Eastman, C. M., Sacks, R., and Teizer, J. (2011). "Improving the robustness of model exchanges using product modeling `concepts' for IFC schema.Proceedings of the 2011 ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering, pp. 611{618. doi:10.1061/41182(416)75

5. Zhang, S., Lee, J. K., Venugopal, M., Teizer, J., and Eastman, C. M. (2011). "Integrating BIM and Safety: An Automated Rule-Based Checking System for Safety Planning and Simulation."Proceedings of CIB W099, Washington D.C., August 24-26, 2011.

6. Venugopal, M., Eastman, C. M., Sacks, R., Panushev, I., and Aram, V. (2010). "Engineering semantics of IFC product model views." Proceedings of the CIB W78 2010: 27th International Conference, Cairo, Egypt, 16-18 November, 2010.

7. Venugopal, M., Cheng, T., and Teizer, J. (2010). "Real-time Spatial Location Tracking of Construction Resources in Lay Down Yards", Proceedings of the Construction Research Congress, Ban, Canada, May 8-11, 2010, pp.112{121. doi:10.1061/41109(373)12

8. Panushev, I., Eastman, C. M., Sacks, R., Venugopal, M., and Aram, V. (2010). "Development of the National BIM Standard (NBIMS) for Precast/ Pre-stressed Concrete". Proceedings of the CIB W78 2010: 27th International Conference, Cairo, Egypt, 16-18 November, 2010. 

9. Aram, V., Eastman, C. M., Sacks, R., Panushev, I., and Venugopal, M., (2010). "Introducing a new methodology to develop the Information Delivery Manual for AEC projects.Proceedings of the CIB W78 2010: 27th Inter-national Conference, Cairo, Egypt, 16-18 November, 2010. 

10. Cheng, T., Venugopal, M., Yang, J., Teizer, J., and Vela, P.A. (2010). "Leveraging Technology for Productivity, Safety, and Security Monitoring and Control." The Second International Conference on Engineering Systems Management and Applications, Solutions for Regional and Global Challenges, March 30 - April 1, American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, pp. 73-80.

11. Venugopal, M., Cheng, T., Allread, B., Fullerton, C., Teizer, J., Reynolds, M. S., Hinze, J. (2009). "Using Technology to Warn ConstructionWorkers of Danger". CIB W099 Conference 2009, Melbourne, Australia, October 21-23, 2009.

12. Venugopal, M., Teizer, J., and Teizer, W. (2009). "Nanotechnology: Benefits, Barriers, and Impact on Construction". Proceedings of the Construction Research Congress, Seattle, Washington, April 5-7, 2009, pp. 447{456. doi:10.1061/41020(339)46

13. Teizer, J., Mantripragada, U., Venugopal, M., Walia, A. (2008). "Analyzing the Travel Pattern of Construction Workers". Proceedings of the 25th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction, Vilnius, Lithuania, June 27-29, 2008.

14. Venugopal, M., and Teizer, J. (2008). "Emerging Pro-Active Work Zone Safety Technologies in Construction". Proceedings of CIB W99 International Conference, 14th Rinker International Conference on Evolution of and Directions in Construction Safety and Health, Gainesville, Florida, March 9-11, 2008, pp. 363-375.

Conference Publications in Preparation

15. Zhang, S., Lee, J. K., Venugopal, M., Eastman, C. M., and Teizer, J. (2012). "A Framework for Automatic Safety Checking of Building Information Model (BIM)," Construction Research Congress, West Lafayette, IN, USA, May 21-23, 2012. (in review).   (Top)

Other Publications

 

16. Eastman, C., Venugopal, M., and Aram, S. Industry-Wide National BIM Standard: A Progress Report. Building the Future-AECbytes, Nov. 30, 2011.

17. Venugopal, M., and Eastman, C. Formal Methods for Specifying Product Model Views. Tech. report National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), grant #60NANB9D9152, 2011.

18. Eastman, C., Panushev, I., Sacks, R., Venugopal, M., Aram, S., and See, R., A Guide for Development and Preparation of a National BIM Exchange Standard. Tech. report buildingSMART, 2011.

19. Eastman, C., Panushev, I., Sacks, R., Venugopal, M., and Aram, S. Development of a National BIM Standard for Precast Concrete. Tech. report Charles Pankow Foundation, 2011.

20. Teizer, J., Reynolds, M.S., Cheng, T., Venugopal, M., Thomas, S., Wheeler, E., Pradhananga, N., and Costin, A. (2011). "SmartHat: Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology for Hazard Avoidance and Training. Proceedings of 2011 NSF Engineering Research and Innovation Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, January 4-7, 2011.

21. Teizer, J., Reynolds, M.S., Venugopal, M., Cheng, T., Thomas, S., Allread, B., Fullerton, C., Sadeghpour, F. (2009). "SmartHat: Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology for Hazard Avoidance and Training. Proceedings of 2009 NSF Engineering Research and Innovation Conference,Honolulu, Hawaii, June 22-25, 2009.

22. Teizer, J., Teizer, W., Venugopal, M., Sandha, B. (2008). "Nanotechnology and Its Impact on Construction. Research Report 251-1 to the Construction Industry Institute, College of Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, August 2008.

23. Venugopal, M., Intelligent Track Information System for National Highways of South India. B.E Dissertation, National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal, India, 2005.

Poster Presentation

24. Zhang, S., Lee, J.K., Venugopal, M., Pradhananga, N., Costin, A., Teizer, J., Eastman, C., (2011), Automated Rule-Based Safety Checker for Building Information Models (BIM), 28th Annual Conference of the Construction Industry Institute (CII), Chicago, Illinois, July 26-27, 2011.

25. Cheng, T., Thomas, S., Venugopal, M., Wheeler, E., Teizer, J., and Reynolds, M.S., (2011). SmartHat: Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology for Hazard Avoidance and Training, 2011 NSF Engineering Research and Innovation Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, January 24-26, 2011.

26. Makhmalbaf, A., Allread, B.S., Venugopal, M., Teizer, J., Brilakis, I., Lourakis, M., Sacks, R., Christodoulou, S., and Savarese, S. (2009). Automated Generation of Parametric BIMs based on Hybrid Image and Laser Scanning Data, 26th Annual Conference of the Construction Industry Institute (CII), Reno, Nevada, August 5-6, 2009.

27. Teizer, J., Reynolds, M.S., Venugopal, M., Cheng, T., Thomas, S., Allread, B., Fullerton, C., and Sadeghpour, F. (2009). SmartHat: Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology for Hazard Avoidance and Training, 2009 NSF Engineering Research and Innovation Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, June 22-25, 2009.

28. Venugopal, M., Bohn, J., and Teizer, J. (2008),Work Pattern and Resource Flow Analysis in Building Information Modeling, 25th Anniversary Conference of the Construction Industry Institute (CII), Keystone, Colorado, August 5-7, 2008.  

 

Recent Funded Projects

  • Precast National BIM Standard Project
  • Interoperability standards for exchange of facility and infrastructure
  • data throughout the life-cycle of a project
  • Role: Lead Research Assistant
  • Funded by Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) and Charles Pankow Foundation grant #CPF06-08 and endorsed by buildingSMART as a National BIM Standard
  • Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Safety: Automatic SafetyChecking of Construction Models and Schedules
  • Automatic safety-rule checking platform to detect and solve safety hazards in a construction project
  • Role: Team Member
  • Funded by Skanska, Digital Building Laboratory and RAPIDS Lab

Recent Courses

  • CEE 4803 - Building Information Modeling in Construction
  • COA 8676 - Design and Engineering Databases (Guest Lecturer)
  • COA 8843 - Building Product Models (Guest Lecturer)
  • CEE 4100 - Construction Engineering and Management (Teaching Assistant)

Jason Brown

Jason Brown

Assistant Professor

Phone: (404) 385-2913Office location: Hinman Research Building, Rm. 358B 723 Cherry Street NW

Jason Brown is originally from Arcadia, Florida. Prior to working in the field of architecture, he engaged in experimental fluid mechanics with applications in biological cell culture, the sensory ecology of marine plankton, and the carbon cycle in oceans. His focus on engineering in architecture is motivated both by personal interest and the opportunity to integrate diverse topics.

Research Ambitions

To enable the design and analysis of innovative building systems solutions using multi-domain modeling and computation.

Recent Publications

  • Brown, J., Augenbroe, G., Paredis, C., and Choudhary, R. “Computational Fluid Dynamics in an Equation-Based Modeling Environment.” 11th International Building Performance Simulation Association Conference, Glasgow, Scotland, 27-30 July 2009.
  • Augenbroe, G., Brown, J., Heo, Y., Kim, S., Li, Z., McManus, S., and Zhao, F. “Lessons from an Advanced Building Simulation Course.” Third National Conference of IBPSA-USA, Berkeley, ca, 30 July - 1 August 2008.
  • Peponis, J., Allen, D., French, S., Scoppa, M., and Brown, J. "Street Connectivity and the Measurement of Urban Density." Sixth International Space Syntax Symposium, Istanbul, Turkey, 12-15 June 2007.
  • Brown, J., and Choudhary, R. “CFD Study of Natural Ventilation Between Multiple Spaces with Stratification.” Third International Building Physics Conference, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 27 - 31 August 2006.
  • Park, C.S., Augenbroe, G., Makarechi, S., and Brown, J.  “Normative Thermal Comfort Assessment." Third International Building Physics Conference, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 27--31 August 2006.

Recent Courses

  • ARCH 3231 – Environmental Systems I, Spring 2008-2010
  • ARCH 4231 – Environmental Systems II, Fall 2009-2010
  • COA 8833 – Building Simulation in Design Practice (with Godfreid Augenbroe), Spring 2010
  • ARCH 8833 - Fundamental Building Physics, Fall 2010

Matthew Swarts

Matthew Swarts

Research Scientist II

Research Faculty

Phone: (404) 894-6278Office location: 247 4th Street NW College of Architecture

Matthew Swarts is a member of the Research Faculty in the College of Architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. His formal education in the field of architecture provides him with the design sense needed for the development of custom hardware sensors, interactive systems, and software applications for capturing occupant behavior, testing human spatial perception in 3D virtual environments, running discrete-event and agent-based modeling and simulation, and performing spatial analysis within GIS and BIM.

Javier Irizarry

Javier Irizarry

Associate Professor

Director, CONECTech Lab

Phone: (404) 385-7609Fax: (404) 894-1641Office location: 500 Tenth Street NW

Dr. Javier Irizarry, P.E. is an Associate Professor in the School of Building Construction at Georgia Tech. He is the Director of the CONECTech Lab which mission is to establish the framework for developing next generation technology enhanced solutions to construction environment problems by incorporating the cognitive processes of the human component of construction operations. Dr.

Research Groups/Labs

CONECTech Lab

Digital Building Laboratory (DBL)


Recent Publications

  • Irizarry, J., *Gheisari, M., *Williams, G., and Roper, K. (2014) “Ambient Intelligence Environments for Accessing Building Information: A Healthcare Facility Management Scenario”, Facilities, Vol. 32 Iss: 3/4 120-138
  •  *Zhou, Z., Irizarry, J., and Li, Q. (2014) “Using Network Theory to Explore the Complexity of Subway Construction Accident Network (SCAN) for Promoting Safety Management” Journal Safety Science, (64) 127-136
  • *Parvaresh Karan, E., Sivakumar, R., Irizarry, J., and Guhathakurta, S. (2013) “Digital Modeling of Construction Site Terrain using Remotely Sensed Data and Geographic Information Systems Analyses”, ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management 10.1061/ (ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000822.
  • * Zhou, Z., Irizarry, J., Li, Q., and Wu, W. (2013). "Using Grounded Theory Methodology to Explore the Information of Precursors Based on Subway Construction Incidents." J. Manage. Eng., 10.1061/(ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0000226 (Jun. 3, 2013).
  • Irizarry, J., *Gheisari (2013) “Situation Awareness (SA), A Qualitative User-Centered Information Needs Assessment Approach”, International Journal of Construction Management, Vol. 13 No.3, 35-53
  • *Zhou, Z., Irizarry, J., and Li, Q. (2013) “Applying advanced technology to improve safety management in the construction industry: a literature review”, Construction Management and Economics, 1-17, 606-622
  • *Florez, L., Castro, D., and Irizarry, J. (2013) “Measuring Sustainability Perceptions of Construction Materials” Construction Innovation: Information, Process, Management, Volume 13, No. 2, pages 217-234
  • Irizarry, J., *Gheisari, M., Meadati, P., and *Solfagarian, S. (2013) “Human Computer Interaction Modes for Construction Education Applications: Experimenting with Small Format Interactive Displays”, International Journal of Construction Education and Research, Volume: 9, Issue: 02, pages 83 – 101.
  • Irizarry, J., *Parvaresh Karan, E., and Jalaei, F. (2013) “Integrating BIM and GIS to improve the visual monitoring of construction supply chain management”, Journal of Automation in Construction, 31, 241-254
  • Irizarry, J., *Gheisari, M., Williams, G., and Walker, B. (2012) “InfoSpot: A mobile Augmented Reality method for accessing building information through a situation awareness approach”, Journal of Automation in Construction, 33, 11-23
  • Irizarry, J., and *Parvaresh Karan, E. (2012) “Optimizing Location of Tower Cranes on Construction Sites Through GIS and BIM Integration” Journal of Information Technology in Construction Journal of Information Technology in Construction (ITcon), Vol. 17, pg. 351-366
  • Meadati, P., Liou, F.S., Irizarry, J., and Akhnoukh, A.K. (2012) “Enhancing Visual Learning in Construction Education using BIM” International Journal of Polytechnic Studies, Vol. 1, No. 2,
  • Irizarry, J., *Gheisari, M., and Walker, B. N. (2012) “Usability Assessment of Drone Technology as Safety Inspection Tools,” Journal of Information Technology in Construction, Vol. 17, pg. 194-212
  • *Zolfagharian, S., *Nourbakhsh, M., Hussein Mydin, S., Mohamad Zin, R., and Irizarry, J. (2012) “A Conceptual Method of Constructability Improvement”, IACSIT International Journal of Engineering and Technology, Vol. 4, No. 4, 456-459
  • *Nourbakhsh, M., *Zolfagharian, S., Zin, R.M., and Irizarry, J. (2012) “Affordable Software for Collaboration, Document Management, and on-site Information Management in Small- and Medium-sized Construction Companies”, IACSIT International Journal of Engineering and Technology, Vol. 4, No. 4, 460-463
  • *Florez, L., Irizarry, J., Castro-Lacouture, D., Abdollahipour, S., and Jeong, H., (2012) “Feasibility of Implementing a Computer-Assisted PCC Rehabilitation Decision Support System in Georgia and Oklahoma” International Journal of Construction Education and Research, Vol. 8, 281-300
  • Irizarry, J., *Gheisari, M., Meadati, P., and *Solfagarian, S. (2012) “Human Computer Interaction Modes for Construction Education Applications: Experimenting with Small Format Interactive Displays”, International Journal of Construction Education and Research,
  • Irizarry, J., *Zolfagharian, S., *Nourbakhsh, M., Mohamad Zin, R., Jusoff, K., and Zakaria, R. (2012) “Integrated Sustainable Management for Construction Industry” Journal of Information Technology in Construction, Vol. 17, 162-178.
  • *Nourbakhsh, M., Mohamad Zin, R., Irizarry, J., *Zolfagharian, S., and *Gheisari, M. (2012) “Mobile Application Prototype for On-site Information Management in Construction Industry.” Journal of Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 19 Issue: 5, 474-494
  • Irizarry, J., Meadati, P., Aknoukh, A., and Barham, W. (2012) “Exploring Applications of Building Information Models for Enhancing Visualization and Information Access in Engineering and Construction Education Environments.” International Journal of Construction Education and Research, Volume: 8, Issue: 02, pages 119 - 145
  • *Nourbakhsh, M., Mohamad Zin, R., Hussein Mydin, S., *Zolfagharian, S., Irizarry, J., and Golzarpoor, H., (2012) “Relative Importance of Key Performance Indicators of Construction Projects towards Buildability at Design Stage” Advanced Materials Research (ISSN: 1022-6680) Vol. 446-449 pp. 340-344, http://www.scientific.net/AMR.446-449.340

*denotes student/advisee

Recent Courses

  • BC 8833 Virtual Construction Operations Analysis
  • BC 8933 Sustainable Construction Technologies
  • BC 2610 Construction Technology 1
  • BC 2620 Construction Technology 2
  • BC 3630 Project Management 1
  • BC 4600 Project Management 2
  • BC 4630 Senior Capstone


Dissertations Supervised

  • Masoud Gheisari, Topic "An Ambient Intelligent Environment for Accessing Building Information in Facility Management Operations; A Healthcare Facility Scenario" December 2013
  • Samaneh Zolfagharian, Topic “A Model for Automated Safety Planning” Master Student, University Technology of Malaysia (UTM), May 2011
  • Angelica Ospina-Alvarado, “BIM Enabled Approach to Scheduling and Cost Automation: Impact to Project Integration,” Ph.D. student, College of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology, May 2011.
  • Mehdi Nourbakhsh,Topic “Development of Mobile Application for on-site information Management and Progress Monitoring”, Master Student, University Technology of Malaysia (UTM),December 2010
  • Laura Florez-Perez, “Measuring Sustainability Perceptions of Construction Materials, Master Student, College of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology, August 2010


Current PhD Advisees

Ebrahim P. Karan

Mehdi Nourbakhsh

Samaneh Zolfagharian


Daniel Castro

Daniel Castro

Associate Professor of Building Construction

Chair, School of Building Construction

Phone: (404) 385-6964Fax: (404) 894-1641Office location: 500 Tenth Street NW

Biosketch

Research Ambitions
My overall area of interest consists of defining and deploying evaluation protocols for technology innovations in the built environment. I intend to continue addressing relevant problems in the construction industry, such as the uncertainty of adopting innovative technologies which are intended to improve energy efficiency and construction processes. My focus will be on innovative technologies for sustainable construction, which concentrates on the feasibility of state-of-art fuel cells or net-zero bioenergy alternatives for residential construction, as well uses for material selection and energy system retrofitting.  

Research Groups/Labs
Affiliated to the Digital Building Laboratory.


Recent Publications
Journal Articles

  • Florez, L., Irizarry, J., Castro-Lacouture, D., Abdollahipour, S., and Jeong, H. (2012) “Feasibility of Implementing a Computer-Assisted PCC Rehabilitation Decision Support System in Georgia and Oklahoma,” International Journal of Construction Education and Research, Vol. 8, 281-300.
  • Zhou, H. and Castro-Lacouture, D. (2011). “Key Performance Indicators for Infrastructure Sustainability –A Comparative Study between China and the United States,” Advanced Building Materials,  Vols. 250-253 (2011), pp 2984-2992.
  • Ospina-Alvarado, A. and Castro-Lacouture, D. (2010). “Holistic Analysis of Fuel Cells for Residential Construction in the Rural United States,” Construction Innovation: Information, Process, Management, Vol. 10 No. 1, p. 60-74.
  • Juan, Y-K., Roper, K.O., Castro-Lacouture, D., and Kim. J.H. (2010). “Optimal Decision Making on Urban Renewal Projects,” Management Decision, Vol. 48 No. 2, p. 207-224.
  • Juan, Y-K., Castro-Lacouture, D., and Roper, K. (2010). “A Hybrid Decision Support Approach Based on Multiple Objectives and Resources for Assessing the Relocation Plan of Dangerous Hillside Aggregations,” European Journal of Operational Research, Vol. 202 No. 1, p. 265-272.
  • Castro-Lacouture, D., Süer, G.A., Gonzalez-Joaqui, J., and Yates, J.K. (2009). “Fuzzy Mathematical Models for Construction Project Scheduling with Time, Cost, and Material Restrictions,” Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE, Vol. 135 No. 10, p. 1096-1104.
  • Castro-Lacouture, D. and Roper K. (2009). “Renewable Energy in US Federal Buildings,” Facilities, Vol. 27 No. 5, p. 173-186.
  • Castro-Lacouture, D. Sefair, J.A., Florez, L., and Medaglia, A.L. (2009). “Optimization Model for the Selection of Materials Using a LEED-based Green Building Rating System in Colombia,” Building and Environment, Vol. 44 No. 6, p. 1162-1170.
  • Juan, Y-K., Perng, Y-H., Castro-Lacouture, D. and Lu, K-S. (2009). “Housing Refurbishment Contractors Selection Based on a Hybrid Fuzzy-QFD Approach,” Automation in Construction, Vol. 18 No. 1, p. 139-144.
  • Augenbroe, G., Castro-Lacouture, D., and Ramkrishnan, K. (2009). “Decision Model for Energy Performance Improvements in Existing Buildings,” Journal of Engineering Design and Technology, Special Issue on Green Construction, Vol. 7 No. 1, p. 21 – 36.
  • Juan, Y-K., Kim. J.H., Roper, K., and Castro-Lacouture, D. (2009). “Genetic Algorithm-Based Decision Support System for Housing Condition Assessment and Refurbishment Strategies,” Automation in Construction, Vol. 18 No. 1, p. 394-401.
  • Castro-Lacouture, D., Ospina-Alvarado, A.M., and Roper, K.O. (2008) “AEC+P+F Integration with Green Project Delivery and Lean Focus,” Journal of Green Building, Vol. 3 No. 4, p.  154-169.
  • Tatari, O., Castro-Lacouture, D., and Skibniewski, M.J. (2008). “Performance Evaluation of Construction Enterprise Resource Planning Systems,” Journal of Management in Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 24 No. 4, p. 198-206.
  • Garner, B., Richardson, K., and Castro-Lacouture, D. (2008). “Design-Build Project Delivery in Military Construction: Approach to Best Value Procurement,” Journal for the Advancement of Performance Information and Value, Vol. 1 No. 1, p. 33-47.
  • Castro-Lacouture, D. and Ramkrishnan, K. (2008). “Fuzzy Logic Method for Measuring Building Quality,” Journal of Quality, Vol. 15 No. 2, p. 117-129.
  • Tatari, O., Castro-Lacouture, D., and Skibniewski, M.J. (2007). “Current State of Construction Enterprise Information Systems: Survey Research,” Construction Innovation: Information, Process, Management, Vol. 7 No. 4, p. 310-319.
  • Bosscher, P., Williams II, R. L., Bryson, L. S., and Castro-Lacouture, D. (2007). "Cable-Suspended Robotic Contour Crafting System,” Automation in Construction, Vol.17 No. 1, p. 45-55.
  • Castro-Lacouture, D., Medaglia, A.L., and Skibniewski, M.J. (2007). “Supply Chain Optimization Tool for Purchasing Decisions in B2B Construction Marketplaces,” Automation in Construction, Vol. 16 No. 5, p. 569-575.
  • Medaglia, A.L., Cohen, M., and Castro-Lacouture, D. (2006). “Optimizing B2B Transactions Using the Marketplace Competitive Analyzer,” International Journal of Management Science and Engineering Management, Vol. 1 No. 1, p. 37-46.
  • Castro-Lacouture, D. and Skibniewski, M.J. (2006). “Implementing a B2B e-Work System to the Approval Process of Rebar Design and Estimation,” Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 20 No. 1, p. 28-37.

 

Book Chapters

  • Castro-Lacouture, D. (2009). “Construction Automation,” in Handbook of Automation, Shimon Nof (Ed.), Berlin: Springer.
  • Ospina-Alvarado, A.M., Castro-Lacouture, D., and Roper, K.O.  (2010). “Relationship Between AEC+P+F Integration and Sustainability,” in Industrialised, Integrated, Intelligent Sustainable Construction (I3CON), Ian Wallis, Lesya Bilan, Mike Smith and Abdul Samad Kazi (Eds.), London: BSRIA and I3CON.


Recent Funded Projects

  • September 2012 – August 2016, Co-Principal Investigator with Ben Stuart, Guy Riefler and Ariaster Chimeli, Principal Investigator on the Georgia Tech side with Charles Rudolph and Perry Yang -  National Science Foundation (SEP Program) - “Sustainable Housing through Holistic Waste Stream Management and Algal Cultivation”
  • May 2011- May 2013, Co-Principal Investigator with Javier Irizarry - Georgia Department of Transportation - “Evaluation of Data Requirements for Computerized Constructability Analysis of Pavement Rehabilitation Projects”
  • August 2008 - July 2011, Pricipal Investigator - Construction Sciences Research Foundation - “BIM Enabled Approach to Scheduling and Cost Automation”
  • August 2008 - July 2010, Co-Principal Investigator Hyung-Seok Jeong and Javier Irizarry - Oklahoma Transportation Center - “Evaluation of Construction Strategies for PCC Pavements”
  • August 2006 - August 2009, Co-Principal Investigator with G. Botte and S. Miller - National Science Foundation (PATH Program) - “Feasibility of Developing Self Sustainable-Ammonia Power Houses”
  • September 2007 - September 2008, Co-Principal Investigator with J. Irizarry and C. Arboleda - Georgia Department of Transportation - “Constructability and Scheduling of PCC Pavements”

 

Recent Courses

  • BC 8000 – Ph.D. Seminar, Spring 2011-2012.
  • COA 8833 – Special Topics: Zero Energy Housing: Design, Simulation and Feasibility, Fall 2008, Spring 2010-2012.
  • BC 3600 – Construction Cost Management, Fall 2006 – 2012.
  • BC 8823 – Special Topics: Advanced Cost Management, Spring 2010.
  • BC 6025 – Construction Management, Spring 2010, Fall 2009, Spring 2009.
  • BC8813 – Special Topics: Sustainable Energy in A/E/C, Fall 2009
  • BC8823/CEE8813 – Special Topics: Construction Best Practices, Fall 2008
  • BC 6650 – Advanced Project Management,  Spring 2008


Dissertations Supervised

  • Valerie Riecke-Smith, “Impact to Alternative Contracting Methods Using Multivariate Models in the Regulatory Environment,” Ph.D. Dissertation, College of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology, graduated August 2008.
  • Angelica Ospina-Alvarado, “Unified Framework for Construction Project Integration and its Association with Project Performance,” Ph.D. Dissertation, School of Building Construction, Georgia Institute of Technology, graduated Spring 2011.
  • Laura Florez-Perez, “Sustainable Workforce Scheduling in Construction Program Management,” Ph.D. student, School of Building Construction, Georgia Institute of Technology, expected to graduate 2013.

Current PhD Students

  • Laura Florez
  • Marcel Granier-Phelps
  • Laura Capps

Godfried Augenbroe

Godfried Augenbroe

Professor of Architecture

Phone: (404) 894-1686Office location: 247 4th Street Room 265

Professor Augenbroe received an MSc cum laude in Civil Engineering from TU Delft in the Netherlands in 1975. During the early part of his academic career in Europe he pioneered a commercial finite element toolbox for building simulation, and managed national and international projects on energy saving, technologies for engineering interoperability and semantic building product models. In the mid eighties, he was one of the lead contractors of the government funded Building Information Modeling (BIM) effort in the Netherlands.