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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.

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Charles "Chuck" Eastman

1940 - 2020

On Monday, November 9, 2020, Charles Eastman, the “Father of Building Information Modeling” and beloved professor, passed away peacefully at his home.

He was known industry-wide as an originator of computer-aided design (CAD) and building information modeling (BIM). He joined Georgia Tech in 1996, and through professorships in the School of Architecture and the School of Interactive Computing, he put Georgia Tech at the forefront of computing-aided architecture and design. He founded the Georgia Tech Digital Building Lab and directed the Ph.D. in Architecture program from 2000-2008.

Professor Eastman’s legacy is seen in our Architecture programs and in his students who are now leaders in industry and universities around the world. As an influential professor, he mentored hundreds of students at Georgia Tech, UCLA, and Carnegie Mellon.

Our Research Programs

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

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Data Standards and Interoperability

The next generation of AEC digital workflows are dependent on strong information and data exchange capabilities.
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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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