Session 5 BIM in Construction Engineering

BIM in Construction Engineering session will be chaired by Dr. Fernanda Leite


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Dr. Fernanda Leite, P.E., is an Associate Professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. She holds the John A. Focht Centennial Teaching Fellowship in Civil Engineering. She is the current Chair of a University-wide Bridging Barriers research initiative called Planet Texas 2050. Her built environment research program sits at the interface of engineering and computing. Most of her work has been in building and infrastructure systems information modeling, and collaboration and coordination technologies.

At UT-Austin, Dr. Leite teaches courses on Building Information Modeling, Project Management and Economics, Construction Safety, and Sustainable Systems Engineering.

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Dr. Thomas Bock will give the talk titled:

Robot Oriented Design (ROD) for Industrialization

Professor Thomas Bock’s research focuses on robotic construction as design, prefabrication, on-site robotics, robotic building maintenance and recycling. A further area of specialization includes life support systems, which are robotic environments inspired by space stations to empower elderly for independent life, work and mobility. He studied in Stuttgart, the IIT in Chicago, and in Tokyo. At the CNRS in France, he established the first European construction robotics commission. In 1989, he became professor for automation in construction management at Karlsruhe University, before being appointed to his chair at TUM in 1997. He is the co-founder and director of IAARC and the Asian Habitat Society and advises governments and academies worldwide. In 2017, he was awarded with the DFG Seibold award for 35 years of pioneering research in construction robotics. He has (co-)authored some 500 articles in various languages and holds several honorary and visiting professorships, professoral degrees, fellowships. He is also involved in editing several journals, and in publishing the world’s first book series on “Construction Robotics” at Cambridge University Press since 2015.

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Dr. Steven Ayer will give the talk titled:

Visualization Technologies for Construction - An Overview of Steven Ayer's Research Lab

Steven Ayer runs the Emerging Technologies Building Information Modeling Lab at Arizona State University. His research group explores new and emerging electronic technologies, including augmented reality, virtual reality, and other emerging tools. Ayer’s group aims to study how these tools may improve the way that building projects are delivered. This research group has an array of different projects and technologies that it explores, but all studies revolve around the single motivation that technology should empower human users. Therefore, most of the studies conducted by Ayer’s team aim to focus on human performance rather than technological innovation. His team has explored the use of technology for: students gaining “cyberlearning” experiences related to construction management and engineering; architects aiming to improve the quality of their design concepts; construction managers interested in improving field communication of BIM content; and facility managers interested in better leveraging model information to deliver more maintainable built spaces. Ayer’s work has been funded by federal, state, and industrial sources, which has enabled his team to collect data that offers both scientific and practical contributions. Up to date information about Dr. Ayer and his team can be found at

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Dr. Yelda Turkan will give the talk titled:

Implementation of BIM and remote sensing technologies in Construction Engineering

Dr. Yelda Turkan is an assistant professor in the School of Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State University. She holds a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Canada. She holds BS degrees (double major) in Civil Engineering and Geomatics Engineering, as well as a MS degree in Remote Sensing, all from Istanbul Technical University. Dr. Turkan’s research interests and experience are centered on the areas of remote sensing, and information technology (IT) applications for construction engineering and management, and resilient Built Environment. She leverages tools such as BIM, lidar, augmented and mixed reality (AR/MR) to innovate planning, monitoring and controlling construction operations, and improve decision making in the Built Environment. She leads a research team conducting research in automation and IT in construction domain, and has several ongoing funded research projects. Dr. Turkan is the vice president of the International Association for Automation and Robotics for Construction (IAARC). She also serves as the chair of the ASCE Computing Division Education Committee.

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Matt Jezyk will give the talk titled:

Automated Design and Construction Solutions

Matt Jezyk is an architect, engineer and software developer. He has been in the AEC industry for 25 years and has spent the most of that time developing Autodesk Revit and various other design tools. He has held senior roles at Tesla and Autodesk and now is the CEO of a computational fabrication company called Foldstar.

Matt worked as a Sr. Staff Software Engineer at Tesla in the group that designs and builds the ‘Gigafactories’. He developed software and new technologies to smooth out the design, fabrication and construction process. Matt’s group was responsible for developing smart factories in the United States and overseas.

At Autodesk, Matt was the Senior Engineering Manager for the AEC Generative Design group. Matt helped build Revit Architecture and Revit Structure and led the team at Autodesk responsible for developing Dynamo (computational design) and Project Refinery (optimization and generative design). Dynamo is now being used around the world and has an amazing community of users who now teach these techniques at many events and conferences.  

Matt’s group also has explored new ways of building by connecting design applications directly to digital fabrication tools and robots. Examples of this have been shown in the BUILD space in Boston and presented at conferences like ACADIA, SmartGeometry and Robots in Architecture.

Matt has presented broadly around the world. He has given workshops, lectures and keynotes at various conferences and in collaboration with universities and other organizations.