Session 7 Eastman's Academic Legacy

Eastman's Academic Legacy session will be chaired by Dr. Lucio Soibelman


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Professor Soibelman obtained his bachelor and master’s degrees from UFRGS, Brazil. He worked as a construction manager for 10 years before obtaining his PhD in 1998 at MIT. He was a faculty in UIUC and CMU before he joined USC as the Chair of the CEE department in 2012. During the last 25 years he focused his research on advanced data acquisition, management, visualization, and mining for construction and operations of advanced infrastructure systems.

He published over 200 books, books chapters, journal papers, conference articles, and reports and performed research with funding from NSF, NASA, DOE, US Army, NIST, IBM, Bosch, IDOT, RedZone Robotics among many others funding agencies. He received the ASCE Computing in Civil Engineering Award, the FIATECH Outstanding Researcher Celebration of Engineering & Technology Innovation, or CETI, Award, the ASCE Richard R. Torrens Award, and the ASCE Construction Institute Construction Management award. He is an ASCE fellow, a member of the National Academy of Construction and a member of the Pan American Academy of Engineering. 


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Dr. Ramesh Krishnamurti will give the talk titled:

Chuck Eastman - His legacy at Carnegie Mellon.

Ramesh Krishnamurti is Professor of Computational Design in the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University. His principal area of research is in computational design with particular emphasis on the formal, semantic, and algorithmic aspects of generative construction and the development of design as computation via highly coupled parallel explorations of form and description.

He is perhaps best known for his work on the computational problems in shape grammar theory and for algorithms for spatial patterns. Much of his work has a multidisciplinary flavor. He has worked on object-agents in design environments, knowledge-based design systems, the integration of natural language and graphics, spatial algorithms, robotic construction, computer simulation, computer graphics and graphical programming environments, user-interfaces for a variety of design applications, machine learning and computer-supported collaborative work.

He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Madras, India and a degree with honors in Computer Science from the University of Canberra, Australia. Ramesh pursued postgraduate studies in Systems Design at the University of Waterloo, Canada earning a M.A.Sc in 1975 and Ph.D in 1980. His research has received support from major sponsors including the UK Science and Engineering Research Council, ESPRIT (European Strategic Programme on Information Technology), National Science Foundation (NSF), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), US Army Corp of Engineers Civil Engineering Research laboratory, Japan Research Institute, and Autodesk.

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Dr. David Jason Gerber will give the talk titled:

In Chuck's shadow

Dr. David Jason Gerber holds a joint appointment at USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering and the USC School of Architecture as an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Practice and of Architecture. Dr. Gerber is the program Director for the Civil Engineering Building Science undergraduate program and the program Director for the Masters in Advanced Design and Construction Technology Program. Dr. Gerber's professional experience includes working in architectural, engineering and technology practices in the United States, Europe, India and Asia for Zaha Hadid Architects in London; for Gehry Technologies in Los Angeles; for Moshe Safdie Architects in Massachusetts; The Steinberg Group Architects in California; and for Arup as the Global Research Manager. Dr. Gerber’s research has been industry, fellowship, and NSF funded and is focussed on the development of innovative systems, tools, methods for design of the built environment.

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Dr. Paul Teicholz's talk focuses on:

The Story of the BIM Handbook 

Dr. Paul Teicholz is professor emeritus of civil engineering at Stanford University.  He saw the potential for computers to revolutionize the construction industry as a graduate student at Stanford when programming was still done using punch cards.  In 1963 he became the first in the country to receive a Ph.D. in construction engineering and operations research from Stanford University, and has more than 40 years of experience applying information technology to the AEC industry. In 1988 Paul was invited back to Stanford as co-founder the Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE), a collaboration between the Civil Engineering and Computer Science Departments.  He became the center’s Director for the next decade, where CIFE scholars, working with our industrial partners, developed computerized tools to significantly improve the AEC industry. After his retirement from CIFE, he has lectured, written books, articles and consulted in areas related to construction labor productivity, BIM and BIM-FM integration.  His books include: BIM for Facility Managers, 2013 (edited and partially wrote), and 3 editions of the BIM Handbook (with Rafael Sacks, Chuck Eastman and Ghang Lee), last edition published in 2018.

Paul has received the following awards:
• 2006 Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction Technology, awarded by the National Building Museum. 
• Among the most significant Innovators to "Technology and Materials" In the Construction Industry over the past 125 years, awarded by Engineering News Record magazine in their August 30, 1999 Issue, page 44
• Peurifoy Construction Research Award awarded by the Construction Research Council of the American Society of Civil Engineers, 1999
• Construction Management "Man of the Year" awarded by the American Society of Civil Engineers, 1985