Fiatech is an international community
of passionate stakeholders working
together to lead global development
and adoption of innovative practices
and technologies to realize the highest business value throughout the life
cycle of capital assets.

Fiatech Honors Significant Advancements in Engineering and Technology

Miami, FL, April 3, 2012 — Some of the best and the brightest in the capital projects industry were recognized here tonight at the 2012 Fiatech Technology Conference & Showcase for their achievements in the engineering and technology fields. The Marriott Doral Golf Resort and Spa is the site of the three-day event.

Fiatech, an international community of global leadership organizations focused on innovation in the capital projects industry, handed out its 2011 Celebration of Engineering & Technology Innovation, or CETI, Awards to recognize significant achievements in technology research, development, and implementation. The CETIs, established in 2006, recognize both organizations and individuals: organizations for successfully implementing new and emerging technologies, and individuals for making significant strides in advancing innovation in research and development. Eight Fiatech members served on the jury that made the final awards selections.

Lisa Grayson, chair of the jury and project department program advisor for ExxonMobil, was impressed with all of the entries. "It's clear that the pace of technological innovation in the capital projects industry is gaining momentum. Fiatech serves both as a catalyst for new ideas and a platform for recognizing those whose achievements are outstanding," she said.

Awards jury member Jim Purvis, group director of engineering systems for WorleyParsons, also stressed innovation. "In a global industry like capital projects, innovation helps us use fewer resources while delivering the expectations of our clients," he said.

Jim Newman of AREVA, also a jury member, echoed Purvis' assessment. "The real-time ability in the field to see changes and next steps is vital to perform on time and budget. Those honored tonight prove that innovation can be deployed on real projects, not just on prototype applications," he said.

In addition to Grayson, Purvis, and Newman, the jury for the CETI awards consisted of John Fish, Ford, Bacon & Davis; Raju Hingorani, Jacobs Engineering; Harold Monk, Autodesk; Tom Sawyer, ENR; and Dr. Jochen Teizer, Georgia Institute of Technology.

The 2011 CETI recipients included 11 honorees in nine categories. They are:

Scenario-Based Project Planning

DPR Construction's UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay Project Team: At Mission Bay, California, DPR Construction is proving that integrated project delivery processes, tools, and technologies can be successfully applied to a public sector project. The University of California-San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center, when completed, will include children's, cancer, and women's specialty hospitals, a rooftop helipad, an outpatient building, and a central plant. Costs were reduced by more than $100 million without reducing scope through co-location of employees from 19 companies, the formation of cluster teams that represent all stakeholder entities in the project, integrated concurrent engineering sessions, virtual design and construction, and coordination before permitting.

Intelligent and Automated Construction Job Site

Skanska USA Building & Vela Systems' James B. Hunt Jr. Library: The Hunt Library project at North Carolina State University involved a curtain wall system comprised of over 800 units, each unique in size, color, and glass type; chilled beams and radiant panels for heating and cooling; and a fully automatic book delivery system for two million volumes. The Skanska team took a critical eye on technology: building information modeling, or BIM, in estimating and pre-construction, visualization and smart boards, logistics planning and 4D scheduling, field mobility, and mobile electronic resource stations (MERS).

Georgia Tech & Metalforming's Rapid, On-Site Digital Fabrication of Sheet Metal Roof Panels: Researchers from Georgia Tech and Metalforming invented a technology that automates the entire on-site sheet metal fabrication process. Recent advances in machine vision algorithms and high-res video cameras allowed researchers to develop a roof surveying technology. The captured video data, stored on a laptop, provided a 3D wire diagram of the roof. Detailed dimensions allowed a download of that data to a USB flash drive, where it was used to automatically roll, form, and cut the roof panels.

Intelligent Self-Maintaining and Repairing Operational Facility

U. S. Army ERDC-CERL's BUILDERTM Sustainment Management System: With over a half-million facilities valued at more than $720 billion, the U. S. Department of Defense is one of the world's largest facility owners. The Army developed the BUILDER™ Sustainment Management System, which integrates engineering, architectural, and management business rules into a computerized decision-support tool. It enables facility managers to match strategic objectives to inspection frequency and level of detail. The U. S. Navy recently adopted the tool for shore-side facilities. DOD plans to adopt BUILDER™ as its quality rating standard for facility assessment.

Real-Time Project and Facility Management, Coordination, and Control

Onuma & The California Community Colleges' FUSION+CCCGIS+ONUMA: Pasadena, California-based Onuma brought two separately operating database systems together to create the world's largest cloud computing building information modeling (BIM) and geographic information system (GIS) platform. California Community Colleges and the Foundation for California Community Colleges had Onuma combine 5,000 buildings (71 million square feet) and GIS data with building models to a centralized online platform. Information can now be visualized as two or three-dimensional building models. Real-time data are accessible on multiple devices, including iPhones and iPads. Several solution providers of classroom scheduling are evaluating how to link to the system.

New Materials, Methods, Products, and Equipment

Mortenson Construction's Fort Carson Warriors in Transition Barracks: The Warriors in Transition program provides a healing environment for wounded soldiers returning from combat. The technology and prefabrication concepts used at Ft. Carson, Colorado, had a direct and lasting impact on Mortenson's organizational philosophy with preconstruction services. Prefabricated components included load bearing precast wall panels, which helped the team avoid field-lay of masonry during the Colorado winter; preassembled roof truss and deck sections, which reduced schedule and enhanced safety, and modular bathrooms. The overall project was completed two and a half months early, allowing soldiers to move in sooner than expected.

Technology- and Knowledge-Enabled Workforce

The University of Texas at Austin's Advancing Workforce Learning Through Cognitive Analysis of Superintendent Work: Field construction personnel are often seen as resistant to technology. UT-Austin researchers used a technique known as applied cognitive work analysis (ACWA) methods to help develop an "IT-savvy" workforce, particularly IT savvy superintendents. An analyst, over several months, documented superintendents' information processing to support innovations in education and in software development. The research helped the contractor on the projects involved in the analysis to identify IT skills that superintendents need for day-to-day duties. The research concludes that technology (software and other programs) has not been well designed to support field management tasks.

Outstanding Student Research Project

Man-Woo Park: Georgia Tech student Man-Woo Park has made notable strides in the promising technique of vision tracking. Two or more cameras and a processor are the only equipment required. Each camera view is continuously searched for workers, equipment, and materials. Once a resource is detected, its image is represented by a 2D vision. Detection is possible by characterizing visual patterns and then matching those visual patterns. This fully automated on-site monitoring technique can track a large number of entities, covers a vast area, and is fast and economical.

Outstanding Early Career Researcher

Dr. Ioannis Brilakis: Dr. Brilakis teaches at Georgia Tech and is known for his groundbreaking research in infrastructure object recognition and reconstruction. The National Science Foundation recently awarded Brilakis a grant for research that may revolutionize the way infrastructure is mapped. Beyond research, however, Brilakis is known for advancing academia, developing curricula, and mentoring rising stars in the engineering and construction industry. In education, Brilakis has focused on creating research-based interdisciplinary courses and providing elementary, high school, and college students with the opportunity to engage in research.

John R. Haymaker also for Outstanding Early Career Researcher: John Haymaker, founder of Design Process Innovation, is a leading authority on performance-based design, where stakeholders and designers create multi-disciplinary objectives and systematically generate and analyze a wide array of alternatives. Haymaker's research draws on process modeling, lean manufacturing, and design theory. He proposes new social and technical tools and processes that can help teams more efficiently define objectives, generate alternatives, perform analyses, and synthesize valuable and sustainable decisions. Haymaker also is developing a visual platform of integrated tools that will help teams effectively analyze and decide on the best design.

Outstanding Researcher

Dr. Lucio Soibelman: Dr. Soibelman is a native of Brazil. His courses at USC, where he chairs the civil and environmental engineering department, relate to construction engineering, machine learning, and data mining. Soibelman developed frameworks and algorithms that support acquisition, modeling, management, and analysis of infrastructure-oriented data. By developing new Knowledge Discovery in Databases (KDD) and Data Mining (DM) technologies and by integrating and adapting existing ones, he has derived new principles and methodologies that have improved construction management efforts to extract concepts, causal relationships, and patterns of interest from complex infrastructure-oriented data.