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.
April 2017: The Construction Industry Institute (CII) and Fiatech are marking a new chapter in their organizations thanks to a recently launched collaboration effort between the two. Through the integration of these two organizations they hope to advance their research efforts in the area of R&D of technology for capital projects.
While Fiatech will continue to focus their development in technology research and adoption, through more closely combining their organizations, both CII and Fiatech will be able to further advance their efforts in the process for the delivery and operation of capital facilities.
As a part of this integration, Dr. William O’Brien has assumed the position of Transition Manager of Fiatech. His role at Fiatech will be an indispensable component of the transition process in ensuring both the continuation of Fiatech’s processes and the future success of the organization.
His long-standing participation in both CII and Fiatech activities makes him an ideal candidate for this role in fostering and strengthening the collaborative activities of these organizations.
The continued vision of this re-organization encompasses focusing on the people, processes, and technologies needed to deliver business results that will deliver a successful future to both groups.
For more information on Fiatech's transition, please visit the following website.
February 2017: A University of Texas at Austin research team led by Dr. William J. O’Brien, worked in conjunction with members of the University of Colorado Boulder to create a guidebook that sets a standard for State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) in Civil Integrated Management (CIM). This guidebook has gained national prominence for its innovation and has been funded by the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) in cooperation with the Transportation Research Board.
DOTs deliver projects in a complex environment that involve the participation of many stakeholders with different objectives. The collection and utilization of digital information for project delivery has increased with advancements in computational capabilities, design technology, and field positioning systems. CIM encompasses the tools and practices that facilitate the process of digital project delivery and asset management. CIM, as a lifecycle process, caters to the data requirements of various project stakeholders.
This project scoped the principal CIM technologies for highway sector and modeled the workflow for digital project delivery and asset management. The study developed and validated a Guidebook that included a three-stage hierarchical framework for agencies to evaluate and implement CIM. The three stages include planning from current capabilities (using a maturity model), assessment of future capabilities (using benefit-cost analysis), and implementation considerations (compilation of best practices and lessons learned).
The Guidebook serves as both an information resource and an implementation guide for practitioners at various key positions in the highway agencies. The DOTs can tailor the recommendations presented here to develop detailed guidelines matching their organizational needs.
To find more information on the project or to access the guidebook itself, please visit the following website.