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

Baabak Ashuri

Baabak Ashuri

Associate Professor, School of Building Construction

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 and project management, infrastructure asset management, and quantitative and 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

Brian Bowen

Brian Bowen

Professor of the Practice, School of Building Construction

Phone: (404) 894-3880Office location: 500 Tenth Street NW

Professor Brian Bowen was appointed the College of Architecture’s first professor of practice in 2007. Prior to this since 2000, he supported the College’s Continuing Education Program with specific focus on courses in Managing A & E Practices and Contracting Companies. He retired in 2000 as president of Hanscomb Inc., an international construction consulting company active worldwide in managing construction projects and programs. He was trained in England as a quantity surveyor joining Hanscomb in 1960 in London, moving to Montreal in 1961 and then Atlanta in 1982.

Current research is directed in three main quarters:
1.    Knowing how the American construction industry evolved from colonial times for the purpose of understanding its current structures, organization, processes and methods used to deliver its projects.
2.    Studying the current industry in order to devise improvements in productivity and in value delivered to its clients.
3.    Examining methods used in other countries construction practices and processes as a potential source of ideas for improvements in the US.

Research Groups/Labs
Construction History Society of America

Recent Publications, etc.

  • “The Quantity Surveyor – MIA in the USA”, 3rd International Construction History Congress, Cottbus, Germany, May 2009
  • “Learning from Design and Construction Failures”, Moderator – Inaugural Event, Construction History Society of America, Georgia Tech, November 6th-8th 2008
  • “Construction in Florence 1400”, Dean’s Symposium – The Duomo of Santa Maria del Fiore: The Legacy of its Construction, Georgia Tech, February 9th 2008
  • “Teaching the History of Construction”, SE Chapter of Society of Architectural History, Nashville, TN, October 26th 2007
  • “Collaborative Struggles – Lessons from History”, Construction Management Association of America, Chicago, October 7th 2007
  • “The Emergence of General Contracting in 19th Century America”, National Building Museum, Washington D.C., September 27th 2007
  • “Could Big Change Happen Here”, Engineering News Record, Viewpoint, March 5th 2007 issue.
  • “Construction Cost Management”, Topic 14.4, The Architects Handbook of Professional Practice, 14th Edition, 2006.
  • “Project Management – its past, present & future”, Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, October 2006
  • “The American Construction Industry”, Department of Construction Management, University of Reading, England, March 2004
  • “Everything You Wanted to Know about the Construction Industry”, College of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology, Continuing Education Program – 2 day seminar delivered seven times from 2002 – 2005 in Atlanta, Chicago & Washington, DC.
  • “UNIFORMAT II - A Recommended Classification for Building Elements and Related Sitework”, co-author with Robert P. Charette and Howard Marshall, National Institute of Standards & Technology, August 1992.
  • “International Price Comparisons - Theory, Practice & Results”, Conseil International du Batiment, Montreal, Canada, May 1992.
  • Contributing Author “Construction Cost Control”, New Directions in Architectural & Engineering Practice, Howard S. Birnberg, Editor, McGraw-Hill, Inc., New York, NY, April 1992.
  • “Value for Money - The Elusive Search for Equilibrium in Design & Construction”, Association of Physical Plant Administrators, Orlando, FL, July 1991.
  • “Elemental Cost Classification Standard for Building Design”, American Association of Cost Engineers annual meeting, Seattle, WA, June 1991.
  • “Value Management in the North American Construction Industry”, 2nd European Value Management Conference, Paris, France, October 1990.
  • “Building a Better Bottom Line - Cost Estimating, Analysis & Control”, two-day workshop for American Institute of Architects, 1988 & 1989.
  • Cost Control Conference for Architects - Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania, October 1984.
  • “Have we Abdicated the Leadership Role?” - SMPS Conference, Washington D.C., August 1984.
  • “Cost Containment to Avoid Budget Cost Overruns”, Construction Failure Conference - New York, New York, March 1984.
  • “Cyclical Renewal or Deferred Maintenance - The Costs and Benefits”, Southern Region Association of Physical Plant Administrators of Universities & Colleges, Morgantown, WV, October 1983.
  • “Computers and the Search for an Accurate Estimate”, Computer/Graphics in the Building Process Conference, Washington D.C., April 1983.
  • “Life Cycle Costing & Value Engineering - New Frontiers for the Quantity Surveyor?” Commonwealth Association of Surveyors & Land Economics Conference, Ottawa, September 1981.
  • “Building Cost Data - A case for a national building cost information system”, Engineering Foundation Conference, Henniker, New Hampshire, August 1980.
  • “Energy Economics and Life Cycle Costing”, series of 15, one-day seminars presented in most major Canadian cities and sponsored by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada,1980-81.

Recent Courses
COA 4010 & COA 6010 – History of the Construction Industry 2006 -2011

Daniel Baerlecken

Daniel Baerlecken

Assistant Professor, School of Architecture

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

Daniel Baerlecken is visiting assistant professor at the 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.

Athanassios Economou

Athanassios Economou

Associate Professor, School of Architecture

Phone: (404) 894-2073Office location: 247 4th Street Mez 6

Athanassios Economou is associate professor in the College of Architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Economou's teaching and research is in the areas of shape grammars, parametric design, computer aided design and discrete mathematics and design (combinatorics, symmetry, proportion). Recent funded research projects include the shape grammar for Federal Courthouses (Federal Courthouse Typology; 2010-2015; $1,071,038) and a web-based database for the US Courthouses (CourtsWeb, 2007-2010; $531,000).  

Tristan Al-Haddad

Tristan Al-Haddad

Assistant Professor, School of Architecture

Phone: (404) 385-1830Office location: 247 4th Street Room 358e


<Research Groups/Labs>

Digital Building Laboratory

Digital Fabrication Laboratory / Advanced Wood Products Laboratory


<Selected Exhibitions & Works>


>“Cloud Cutting” – Flux Projects

Performance: Lasers, Optics + Clouds

2011  |  Atlanta, Georgia


>“Ruptures in running bond” – Boston Center for the Arts

Artadia Awardee Exhibition

Sculpture: MDF + Polymers

2010  |  Boston, Massachusetts


>“Liquid Wall” – AIA Center for Architecture

Architectural Installation: Ultra High-Performance Concrete, Stainless Steel + Glass

Collaboration w/ Peter Arbour, Coreslab Structures, and Lafarge

2010  |  New York, New York


>“Botterfold” – Universidad Technica Federico Santa Maria

Sculpture: Aluminium

Collaboration w/ Students

2009  |  Valparaiso, Chile


>“Body Park” – Universidad Technica Federico Santa Maria

Sculpture: Wood

Collaboration w/ Students

2009  |  Valparaiso, Chile


>‘iCAVE II’ - College of Architecture Centennial - Georgia Institute of Technology

Nylon, Spandex, Polypropylene, Aluminum + Steel

2009  |  Atlanta, Georgia


>‘Slippage I’ - Art Papers Art Auction                                                                                          Digital Scans + Inkjet Print

2009  |  Atlanta, Georgia


>‘MSIRP’ - AGA Exhibition

Sculpture: Wood, Rope, Polyester, Aluminium, + Fluorescent Light

Commissioned by:  Alan Avery Gallery

Collaboration w/ Spencer Hudson

2009  |  Atlanta, Georgia


>‘Virtual Doubling’ - Public Art Commission | Brownwood Park                              

Sculpture: Stainless Steel, Wood, Polycarbonate, + Fluorescent Light

City of Atlanta | Bureau of Cultural Affairs

2008  |  Atlanta, Georgia


>‘iCAVE’ - Breaking New Ground Exhibition @ Spruill Gallery

Sculpture: PETG, Bubble Wrap, Textiles, Nylon, + Fluorescent Light

2008  |  Atlanta, Georgia


>‘Patterns + Profiles’ – Objects of Architecture Exhibition

Architectural Fragment: Plastic and Stainless Steel

Collaboration w/ Monica Ponce de Leon, Marco Nicotera, and Maita Rivas

2008  |  Marietta, Georgia


>‘Concrete Tapestries’ – Art Papers Art Auction

Sculpture: Portland Cement, Water, and Steel

2008  |  Atlanta, Georgia


>‘ArchiTales’ – Interactive Art Installation @ Eyedrum Gallery                                       

Temporary Installation: Polycarbonate, PETG, Plywood, Aluminum, Computer + Projector

Collaboration w/ Ali Mazalek, Claudia Winegarden, and student team

2008  |  Atlanta, Georgia


>‘Space Index’ - Art Papers Art Auction                                                                                                                    

Sculpture: PETG and Steel

2007  |  Atlanta, Georgia


>‘ThickNest’ - Wandern Exhibition @ Solomon Project Gallery                                                                            

Sculpture: PETG, Steel, and Fluorescent Light

Collaboration w/ Timothy Frank

2007  |  Atlanta, Georgia


>‘Parametric Modulations in Masonry’ - International Contemporary Furniture Fair                                        

Variable Masonry System in Ultra-High Performance Concrete

2007  |  New York City, New York


>‘Mutations’ - Permanent Sculpture for the Kennedy-Krieger Institute [forth-coming]                                       

Sculpture: PETG and Stainless Steel

Collaboration w/ SBS Architects

2007  |  Baltimore, Maryland


>‘Space Index’ - High Museum of Art                                                                                                                        

Sculpture: PETG and Steel

2006  |  Atlanta, Georgia


>‘Topological Deformations’ - The Design of Digital Manufacturing Exhibition                                            

Sculpture: Polycarbonate, Aluminum, and Steel

Collaboration w/ Nader Tehrani and student team

2006  |  Atlanta, Georgia


>‘Profiles + Patterns’ - The Design of Digital Manufacturing Exhibition                                                            

Architectural Fragment: Plastic, Stainless Steel, and Cement

Collaboration w/ Monica Ponce de Leon, Marco Nicotera, and Maita Rivas

2005  |  Atlanta, Georgia


>‘The Calculated Force of Nonviolence Required to Manipulate The Fetish of Freedom’                 

Kinetic Sculpture: Wood, Steel, Cement, Granite, Paint, and Feathers

Collaboration w/ Curtis Ames

2005  |  Atlanta, Georgia


>‘Convergence’ - Video Presentation at The Southern California Institute of Architecture [SCI-Arc]          

Computer Animation and Digital Video

Collaboration w/ Erik Lewitt and Jordan Williams

2004  |  Los Angeles, California


>‘What a Fish Sees on His Heavenly Ascent to the Market’ - Fondation Des Etats-Unis                         

Photographic Montages: 36” X 36”

2001  |  Paris, France


>‘Intake Process’ - Sculpture Installed at the ‘Art of Recylcing’ Exhibition – Atlanta City Hall                                   

Sculpture: Steel and Iron

1998  |  Atlanta, Georgia









>‘Atmosfera Algoritmica’ - Municipalidad de Valpariaso w/ El Club Union Arabe                       First Place - Unbuilt

Collaboration w/ Pablo Silva

2009  |  Valparaiso, Chile


>‘City of The Future’ -  History Channel                                                                                          

Winner of The Infiniti Extraordinary Design Award

Collaboration w/ Georgia Tech Architecture Program Faculty

2008  |  Atlanta, Georgia - USA


>‘First Street Sculpture Exhibition’ - Allied Arts of Chattanooga                                                                                                                                                                               

Short-listed for ‘Space Index’ submission

2006  |  Chattanooga, Tennessee - USA


>‘Shuffled’ -  Art in Freedom Park                                                                                                                               

Collaboration w/ Curtis Aimes

2006  |  Atlanta, Georgia - USA


>‘Loops’ -  Percent for the Arts Sculpture Competition                                                                                          

Collaboration w/ Curtis Aimes

2005  |  Stapleton, Colorado - USA


>‘Exposure’ - Kiedler Observatory Competition                                                                                                                

Collaboration w/ Dan Nemec

2005  |  Kiedler, United Kingdom


>‘ya-We-taG Wall’ - Beale Street Ferry Terminal Gateway Competition                                                           

2005  |  Memphis, Tennessee - USA


>‘The Garden’ - Urban Reserve Housing ‘Competition                                                                Collaboration w/ Stiliani Kastritsos

2005  |  Dallas, Texas - USA


>‘Erosions’ - Auction Street Traffic Circle Sculpture Competition                                                                   

2005  |  Memphis, Tennessee - USA


>‘Conversations’ - McCormick Museum Sculpture Competition                                                                                

2005  |  Chicago, Illinios - USA


>‘Art Infrastructures’ - Chattanooga’s First Street Canopies Competition                                               

Collaboration w/ Daniel Nemec - Finalist

2004  |  Chattanooga, Tennessee - USA


>‘Terminal Video’ - Percent for the Arts Installation at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport                                             

Collaboration w/ Invited Participant Sara Hornbocker

2004  |  Atlanta, Georgia - USA


>‘Transfers’ - Percent for the Arts Bus Shelter                                                                              

2002  |  Bloomington, Indiana - USA


ARCH 6053:  Options III Design Studio

ARCH 6505:  Geometric Constructs in Digital Space

Kevin D. Shankwiler

Kevin D. Shankwiler

Assistant Professor, School of Industrial Design

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

Charles Eastman

Charles Eastman

Professor, School of Architecture

Director, Digital Building Laboratory

Phone: (404) 894-3477Office location: 247 Fourth Street NW

Professor Eastman's teaching and research is in the areas of Building Information Modeling, solids and parametric modeling, engineering databases, and product models and interoperability. He also is an active researcher in design cognition and cognitive science.

Educational Background

B. Arch, M. Arch, University of California, Berkeley

Building Information Modeling

The development of strong parametric modeling systems for design and fabrication in the construction industry are revolutionizing the methods, tools and practices throughout architecture and construction.

  • Eastman, C., Teicholz, P., Sacks, R. and Liston, K. (2008) BIM Handbook: A Guide to Building Information Modeling for Owners, Managers, Designers, Engineers and Contractors, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New Jersey.

Papers and Conferences

  • Sacks, R., Kaner, I., Eastman, C.M., and Jeong, Y-S., (2010). ‘The Rosewood Experiment – Building Information Modeling and Interoperability for Architectural Precast Facades’, Automation in Construction 19 (2010) 419–432.
  • Chuck Eastman, Jin-kook Lee, Hugo Sheward, Paola Sanguinetti, Yeon-suk Jeong, Jaemin Lee and Sherif Abdelmohsen  (2009) Automated Assessment of Early Concept Designs, Mar 6 2009 Architectural Design John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. (p 52-57)
  • Eastman Charles M. and Rafael Sacks. (2008) Relative Productivity in the AEC Industries in the United States for On-Site and Off-Site Activities, Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, Vol. 134, No. 7, July 1, 2008, 517-526.
  • Barak R, Jeong Y-K, Sacks R, and Eastman C, (2007) Unique Requirements of BIM for Cast-in-place Reinforced Concrete, ASCE Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering 2007, Pittsburgh, PA June 27.
  • C.M. Eastman, R. Sacks, Y.-S. Jeong, I. Kaner, Building Information Modeling (BIM) for Precast Concrete, National Institute of Building Sciences, Washington DC, USA, 2007, p. 212
  • Eastman, C.M. (2004) University and industry support of research in support of BIM, Report on Integrated Practice, M. Broshar, N. Strong, D. Friedman (eds.), American Institute of Architects, Washington D.C. (2006).
  • Eastman, C.M. (2004) Invited Keynote Presentation, New Methods of Architecture and Building, Fabrication: Proceedings ACADIA 2004 Conference, Toronto, CA


Building Product Models

Developing interoperability between various applications with emphasis on various building models, including IFC and CIS/2; developing "next generation" integration and data exchange technology; integration process coordination with data exchange.

  • Eastman C., Building Product Models: Computer Environments Supporting Design and Construction, CRC Press, Boca Raton FL, (1999).

Papers and Conferences:

  • Eastman, C. M.; Jeong, Y.-S.; Sacks, R.; Kaner, I.(2010) Exchange Model and Exchange Object Concepts for Implementation of National BIM Standards. Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, Jan/Feb 2010, Vol. 24 Issue 1, 25-34,
  • Barak R, Jeong Y-S, Sacks R, Eastman C, (2009) Unique Requirements of Building Information Modeling for Cast-in-Place Reinforced Concrete, Journal of Computing In Civil Engineering March/April 2009, pp. 64-74.
  • Jeong Y-S, Eastman C.M, Sacks R. and Kaner I. (2009) Benchmark tests for BIM data exchanges of precast concrete, Automation in Construction 18, 4, July 2009, pp 469-484
  • Lee, Ghang, Charles M. Eastman, and Rafael Sacks. (2007) Eliciting Information for Product Modeling using Process Modeling. Data & Knowledge Engineering 62 (2): 292-307.
  • Lee G, Eastman C, (2007) Twelve Design Patterns for Integrating and Normalizing Product Model Schemas, Comp-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engr. 22, pp. 153-171.
  • Yang D, and Eastman C, (2007) A Rule-based Subset Generation Method for Product Data Models”, Comp-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engr. 22, pp. 133-148.
  • Eastman C., F. Wang, S-J You, D. Yang (2005) Deployment of An AEC Industry Sector Product Model, Computer-Aided Design 37:11, pp. 1214–1228
  • Eastman, C., Lee, G., and Sacks, R., (2002) “Deriving a Product Model from Process Models”, Concurrent Engineering 2002, Cranfield U., July 27-29, 2002
  • Eastman, C.M., T.S. Jeng, [1999], “A database supporting evolutionary product model development for design”, Automation and Construction, 8:3, pp. 305-324.
  • Augenbroe, G. and C. Eastman [1998] "Product Modeling Strategies for Today and the Future", The Life-Cycle of Construction Innovations: CIB Working Conference, June 3-5, Stockholm Sweden.
  • R. Stouffs, R. Krishnamurty,and C. Eastman [1996],  "A Formal Structure for Nonequivalent Solid Representations", IFIP Knowledge Intensive CAD Workshop,  Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, September, (1996).
  • Eastman, C.[1994],"A Data Model for Design Knowledge, in Knowledge-Based Computer-Aided Architectural Design, G. Carrera and Y. Kalay (eds.), Elsevier Press pp. 95-122.
  • Eastman, C.M. [1993] "Conceptual Modeling in Design", in Fundamental Developments in Computer- Aided Geometric Modeling, L. Piegl (ed.), Academic Press, 185-202.
  • Eastman, C. S. Chase, and H. Assal, [1993], "System Architecture for Computer Integration of Design and Construction Knowledge", Automation in Construction, 2:2, pp. 95-107..
  • Eastman, C. M., A. Bond and S. Chase [1991] "A Data Model for Engineering Design Databases", 1st International Conf. on A.I. in Design, Edinburgh, Scotland, June 1991.


Product Model Repositories

Future architects and engineers will rely on product model repositories as their project database. There is much work to be done to make such repositories easy to use, intuitive and effective. This includes graphical interface development, query methods and transaction schemes, as examples.
Papers and Conferences

  • You S-J, Yang D, and Eastman C, (2004)  Relational DB Implementation of STEP based product model, CIB T6S7 Information technology in construction, CIB International Congress, Toronto, May 5-7, 2004.
  • Jeng, T.S., and C. Eastman, [1998] "Database Architecture for Design Collaboration", Automation and Construction, 7:6 ,pp. 475-484.
  • Jacobsen, K. , T.S. Jeng, C. Eastman, [1997], "Information management in Creative Engineering Design and Capabilities of Database Transaction", Automation and Construction, 7:1,pp. 55-69.
  • C. Eastman (1993) "A Data Model for Design Knowledge", in Knowledge-Based Computer-Aided Architectural Design, G. Carrera and Y. Kalay (eds.), Elsevier Press, N.Y., [1993], pp. 95-122, from CERC Conference on A.I. Techniques in Architectural Design, Rome Italy,  May, 1993.
  • C. Eastman and A. Kutay, "Transaction Management in Design Databases" in Sriram, D., R. Logcher and S. Fukada (eds.) Computer-Aided Cooperative Product Development, Springer-Verlag, N.Y., [1991].


Next Generation Design Tools

With a new generation of architectural and building industry design tools, especially based on parametric design and rule-based design, there is a need for critical assessment, improved specification, and the development of advanced prototypes.
Papers and Conferences

  • Lee G, Eastman C, Taunk T, Ho C-H, (2010) Usability Principles and Best Practices for the Interface of Complex 3D Architectural Design and Engineering Tools, Int. J. Human-Computer Studies 68 (2010) 90–104.
  • Eastman C, Lee J-M, Jeong Y-S, Lee J-K, (2009) Automatic rule-based checking of building designs, Automation in Construction 18, November, 2009, pp 1011-1033.
  • Sacks R., Eastman C.M. and Lee G. and Orndorff D, (2005) A Target Benchmark of the Impact of Three-Dimensional Parametric Modeling in Precast Construction, PCI Journal, July-August pp. 136-139.
  • Sacks R., Eastman C.M. and Lee G. (2004) “Parametric 3D Modeling in Building Construction with Examples from Precast Concrete”, Automation in Construction, 13:3 pp. 291-312
  • Eastman,C.M.  (2004) Invited Keynote Presentations, New Methods of Architecture and Building, Fabrication: ACADIA 2004 Conference, Toronto, CA
  • Lee, G., R. Sacks, and Eastman, C., Wessman, R,. (2004) Development of an Intelligent 3D Parametric Modeling System for the North American Precast Concrete Industry: Phase II, 21th International Association for Automation and Robotics in Construction, Sept 23-25, 2002, Jeju Korea, September, 2004.
  • Eastman, C.M.  R. Sacks and G. Lee, (2004) Functional modeling in parametric CAD systems, in: Generative-CAD Conference, Carnegie Mellon, PA, July 12-14,2004.
  • Sacks R., Eastman C.M. and Lee G. [2003] Process Improvements in Precast Concrete Construction Using Top-down Parametric 3-D Computer Modeling, PCI Journal, 48:3, pp. 46-55.
  • Sacks R., Eastman C.M. and Lee G. (2004) Parametric 3D Modeling in Building Construction with Examples from Precast Concrete, Automation in Construction, 13 (2004) 291-312
  • Eastman, C.M., Rafael Sacks , Ghang Lee, (2002) Strategies for Realizing the Benefits of 3D Integrated Modeling of Buildings for the AEC Industry 19th International Association for Automation and Robotics in Construction, Sept 23-25, 2002, Washington D.C.


Design Cognition and Collaboration

Cognitive models of design that support tool and interface development; studies and technological support for design collaboration.

  • C. Eastman, W. Newstetter, M. McCracken eds. Design Knowing and Learning: Cognition in Design Education, Elsevier Science Press, (2000).

Papers and Conferences

  • Lo Ping Wei, Ellen Yi-Luen Do, Charles M. Eastman, “On Context of Content: A Comparative Methodology Review of How HCI and Mass Communication Analyze Blogs and Social Media” for Work in Progress in CHI 2007, San Jose, April 28 – May 3
  • Ho,Chun-Heng Eastman, C. (2005)  How Representations and Strategies Influence Design Spatial Problem Solving, Symposium  on Reasoning with Mental and External Diagrams: Computational Modeling and Spatial Assistance, AAAI Spring Symposium, Technical Report SS-05-06, Stanford, March 21-13, 2005. pp. 114-120
  • Chun-Heng Ho CH, Eastman CM and Catrambone R, (2006) An investigation of 2D and 3D spatial and mathematical abilities, Design Studies, 27:4, (July) pp. 505-524
  • Lee, G., C. M. Eastman, and C. Zimring. (2003). Avoiding design errors: a case study of redesigning an architectural studio. Design Studies, 24, 411-435.
  • Eastman, C. “New Directions in Design Cognition: Studies of Representation and Recall”, in Design Knowing and Learning: Cognition in Design Education, C. Eastman, W. Newstetter, M. McCracken eds. Elsevier Science Press, (2001).
  • Eastman, C. Keynote address and paper: "Representation of Design Processes", Conference on Design Thinking, MIT April 23-25, (1999).


Design Processes

The benefits of product model repositories are that they support new more integrated design processes, integrating design with analysis, fabrication, erection and other downstream influences; processes also are the basis for supporting the definition of product data models.

  • Sanguinetti P, Eastman C, Augenbroe G, (2009) Courthouse energy evaluation: sensitivity analysis to support decision-making in concept design, Proc. Building Simulation 2009 Conference, Glasgow, pp. 1922-1929.
  • Eastman, C.M., Rafael Sacks , Ghang Lee, (2004) Strategies for Realizing the Benefits Implementing 3D Parametric Modeling  in Technical Areas of Construction – a Case Study, CIB International Conference, W78, Toronto, CA, May, 2004.
  • Sacks R., Eastman C.M. and Lee G. [2003] “Process Model Perspectives On Management and Engineering Procedures in the North American Precast/Prestressed Concrete Industry” ASCE Journal of Computing, March/April, 2004 (in press).
  • Eastman, C. Lee, G  Sacks, R (2003)  Development of a Knowledge-Rich CAD System for the North American Precast Concrete Industry, 2003 ACADIA Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Sacks, R., Eastman Building Modeling Enabled Workflow Changes in Precast Concrete and Structural Steel Construction, EIA-9, 9th EuropIA International Conference:  E-Activities and Intelligent Support in Design and the Built Environment, Istanbul, Turkey, August 2003
  • Eastman, C., Lee, G., and Sacks, R., (2002) “A formal and  analytical approach to modeling engineering project processes” CIB Conference W-78, Arhus Denmark, June 12-14.
  • Sacks, R., Eastman, C., Lee, G., and (2002) “Process and enterprise modeling, Information management & technologies” Concurrent Engineering in Construction 2002, Berkeley, CA, July 1-2.
  • Jeng, T.S., and C. Eastman, [1998], "Design Process Management", Computer-aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, 14, pp. 53-65.


Drawing Recognition

  • Developing a high level language and implementation for robust drawing recognition; drawing recognition algorithms.
  • Babalola, O. and Eastman, C.  “Semantic Modeling of Architectural Drawings”, Proc. 2Oth ACADIA Conference, Buffalo NY, Nov. (2001).

Design Management

Building Model Repositories, new processes, all allow and involve new approaches to the management of deisgn; I am interrsted in such issues as change management, review procedures, and design coordination.

  • C.Eastman and Sriram Dasu, editors, Management of Design: Engineering and Management Perspectives, Kluver Academic Pub., Boston, 1994, including the preface and chapter, “Management of Design Information Flows”, with G. Shirley.

Papers and Conferences

  • Eastman, C.M., D. S. Parker, T.S. Jeng, [1997] "Managing the Integrity of Design Data Generated by Multiple Applications: The Theory and Practice of Patching, Research in Engineering Design, 9, pp. 125-145.
  • Eastman, C. [1996] "Managing Integrity in Design Information Flows", Computer Aided Design, (May), 28:6/7, pp.551-565.


Other Books

  • Augenbroe, G. and Eastman, C eds.  Computers in Building: Proceedings of the CAADfutures'99 Conference, Kluver Academic Publishers, New York, (1999)].

Recent Courses

  • Building Information Modeling
  • Design Cognition (with Professor Craig Zimring)
  • Building Product Models and Interoperability
  • Research Seminar in Design Computing
  • Geometric and Solid Modeling Software Development
  • Databases for Engineering and Design
  • Design of Electronic Design Environments

Tripp Edwards

Tripp Edwards

Director, Design Shop

Academic Professional

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 in 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 working for 10 years building models and prototypes. He earned a B.F.A. in sculpture and photography from the State University of West Georgia and an M.S. in Industrial Design from Georgia Tech.

Manu Venugopal

Manu Venugopal

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, College of Architecture

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


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, School of Architecture

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

Jason Brown is originally from Arcadia, Florida.  He received his BS in Engineering from Baylor University and his MS in Mechanical Engineering and Ph.D. in Architecture degrees from Georgia Tech. Prior to working in architecture, he engaged in experimental fluid mechanics with applications in biological cell culture, the sensory ecology of marine plankton, and the carbon cycle in the oceans.

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