May 2017: This year’s Fiatech Technology Conference and Showcase, which took place in Orlando, Florida from April 10-12, was in full swing with members of the construction engineering industry from across the country coming together to explore “The Shape of Things to Come” in the industry.
Dr. William O’Brien, fellow professors, and students attended the conference to present a synthesized view of all of the research that CEPM has been taking part in at The University of Texas at Austin. The CEPM department had a booth at the conference, which allowed attendees from the department to interact with other industry professionals to discuss current research.
Doctoral student Thomas Czerniawski discussed a new strand of research which uses Pointcloud data and LIDAR technology to automatically update BIM models when building changes happen.
Jojo France-Mensah, also a doctoral student in CEPM, talked about research involving the integration of the technology and work processes of maintenance planning and capital planning groups. The research focused on the creation of a collaborative platform which would allow the two groups to work together more effectively.
The platform uses GIS, to bridge the gap in the planning stage between the maintenance planning and capital planning sides. GIS gives these groups a platform which allows them to see exactly what is happening on both sides at any given moment. This technology will prove to be incredibly beneficial because it can ultimately help eliminate potential flaws and redundancies in planning.