A DBL student explains a building material project in the Digital Fabrication Lab.

The Digital Building Lab

The Digital Building Lab

Digital technologies are dramatically impacting the building industries, from the tools and processes used to design and build, to the technologies and systems delivered, to the ways people and organizations experience and interact with the built environment.

The Digital Building Laboratory (DBL) connects Georgia Tech researchers to professionals in the architecture, engineering, construction, and operations (AECO) industries. We bring practitioners working in the field together with cutting edge research in data science, robotics, 3D visualization, and materials science.

Valerie Thomas and Russell Gentry talk in front of mass timber components

Russell Gentry Chairs State Advisory Committee

Russell Gentry, director of the Digital Building Lab, has been appointed chair of the newly created Sustainable Building Material Technical Advisory Committee. The committee will work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by creating a method for calculating the net carbon held in existing wooden structures.

Aptitude Becomes Member of the Digital Building Lab

Aptitude: Intelligent Integration, a strategic trade partner of JE Dunn, has become a member of Georgia Tech’s Digital Building Lab. As part of their membership, Aptitude will present their work on designing and implementing complex IT systems in buildings in a graduate course called “Building Systems and Data.”

Our Research Programs

Explore Digital Building Lab research in several key areas of industry advancement.

A snippet of a data flow chart.

Data Standards and Interoperability

The next generation of AEC digital workflows are dependent on strong information and data exchange capabilities.
Students stand to the right of a large Kuka robot used for building prototypes.

Design, Fabrication, Construction Automation

Automated processes are key to integrated digital practice and efficiency of building information modeling.
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Project Delivery Systems

The DBL integrates process information and system design to undertake advanced building design and construction.
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Smart Buildings, Infrastructure, Environments

DBL expertise connects physical and digital assets to create intelligent built environments.


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