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CETI Awards Recognize Bold Steps in Technology Implementation and R&D

San Antonio, TX, March 26, 2013 — Fiatech, on the second day of its 2013 Technology Conference & Showcase, presented the CETI Awards at its gala here tonight. The CETI Awards honor those who have made significant strides in the engineering and technology fields. The J.W. Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort is the site of the three-day event.

Fiatech, an international community of global leadership organizations focused on innovation in the capital projects industry, established the Celebration of Engineering & Technology Innovation, or CETI, Awards in 2006 to recognize significant achievements in technology research, development, and implementation. The CETIs 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.

Seven Fiatech members served on the jury that made the final awards selections. The jury included Lisa Grayson, chair of the jury and project department program advisor for ExxonMobil; Tom Sawyer, senior editor at ENR; Dr. Allan Chasey, program chair of the Del E. Webb School of Construction at Arizona State University; Paul Donnelly, business line manager, natural resources, at Autodesk; Steve Makredes, director of construction for Target; Michael Pye, director of automation at Flour, and Matthew Willmott, global marketing manager for Honeywell Process Solutions

Ray Topping, Fiatech Director, said, “The pressure to complete capital projects on time and within budget is constantly increasing. Those we recognize with a CETI Award tonight prove that technology can help advance the industry in very meaningful ways. We’re grateful for their efforts because by implementing these ideas on real world projects, they’re proving that innovation and technology can make huge differences in our industry.”

The 2012 CETI recipients included nine honorees in five categories. The recipients, by category, are:

Intelligent and Automated Construction Job Site Category

McCarthy Building Companies, Kaiser Permanente, and BIManywhere
Location-based Information Management for Construction Operations and Facilities Management

To encourage workers in the field to access and use BIM at Kaiser Permanente’s Oakland Medical Center Replacement Project, Phase 2, McCarthy created a digital document dashboard, which connected all relevant project information using a 2D interface. McCarthy also teamed with BIManywhere to develop an augmented reality system that allowed field staff to view model information and access real-time project documents with an iPad™. Scanned as-builts, 2D plan sheets, and RFIs directly linked to 3D object geometries were automatically colored and labeled “hotspots,” which were placed and managed with the BIManywhere plug-in. Superintendents and field staff could more efficiently resolve field issues, and the system helped with logistics planning and installation coordination, which helped to avoid schedule impacts while mitigating risks.

New Materials, Methods, Products, and Equipment Category

Teslan® NanoCoatings, Inc. and U. S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center – Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (ERDC-CERL)
Teslan® Carbon NanoCoating

Teslan® Carbon Nanocoating is one of the toughest, most resilient, and most effective corrosion-resistant coating systems ever made. The special nature of fullerene carbon nanotubes endows them with exceptional strength, toughness, and electrical and thermal conductivity. Teslan® Carbon NanoCoating forms a high-quality barrier film reinforced by carbon nanotubes. This coating system was applied to a 200,000-gallon fuel tank at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. It advances the level of corrosion protection to new levels of knowledge and performance. Teslan® Carbon NanoCoating is a significant improvement over other coatings because it protects as well in two coats as a traditional three-coat zinc-rich epoxy coating system, is applied as easily as a conventional paint system, can be applied without training or special equipment, contains lower metal content, and is more environmentally friendly than plating operations since its use does not produce hazardous wastewater.

U. S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center – Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (ERDC-CERL)
Fully Integrated Structural Health Monitoring System for Steel Truss Bridges

The Structural Health Monitoring System for Steel Truss Bridges is the first system to successfully provide real-time, integrated detection and monitoring and dynamic assessment of steel truss bridges. Until the U. S. Army’s innovative R&D, modeling and analyzing steel truss bridges was extremely complex. The new system uses a network of smart sensors located at critical nodes. Recently, the system successfully provided real-time data and video that enabled a quick response to a barge crash into a pier on the I-20 Mississippi River Bridge near Vicksburg. The technology kept the bridge safely open, avoiding a $1 million economic impact per day for closure and rerouting traffic. Research data was used to develop overall structural health indices and to help bridge inspectors identify structural problems and develop more consistent bridge ratings.

McCarthy Building Companies and Kaiser Permanente
Oakland Medical Center Replacement Project Phase 2

The Oakland Medical Center Replacement Project, Phase 2, helped to validate the benefits of value-added change orders and as-built information for future renovations. The high level of transparency here was not typical. McCarthy and Kaiser Permanente, however, had access to a higher level of information to better plan work and identify and mitigate risks. With change management, streamlining the overall process required shifting to a shared risk, collaborative work flow. To achieve this, lean construction techniques and a common platform were used that ultimately provided the designer and contractor with data that enabled smooth incorporation of change orders. To ensure no disconnect from the coordinated fabrication model to what was installed, McCarthy led a training program for all sub-trades to a consistent level of using the fabrication models to determine exact layout locations.

Life Cycle Data Management and Information Integration Category

Southern Company
Asset Life Cycle Information Configuration Management and Deployment

Culture was Southern Company’s greatest obstacle for Plant Ratcliffe in Mississippi. In essence, it radically changed its design environment and culture through asset management system implementation. The cultural shift emphasized complete designs, including 2D/3D drawings and data. More than five years were spent deploying an asset life-cycle management system. Calculated ROI on the project is estimated to be over $4 million. A complete asset Reference Data Library was created that includes minimum data requirements for all capital projects. Iterative review processes and data streams are accounted for in the current configuration that manages data for an asset through an entire life cycle. Southern Company now is exploring configurations likely to include an RFID deployment and database that will merge design-generated information and procurement information with physical materials being received and constructed on site.

McCarthy Building Companies, Kaiser Permanente, EcoDomus & Tekla
Large Scale IFC-based Integration Using COBie

The Oakland Medical Center Replacement Project has featured several innovative techniques, including McCarthy’s use of Industry Foundation Classes (IFC)-based integration using the Construction-Operations Building information exchange (COBie) standard. The project team established strict quality control rules for IFC data generation and used specialized middleware software apps to check the quality of both geometry and data automatically. Field data were collected using iPad™ tablets. Kaiser Permanente’s required information was verified in EcoDomus PM using EcoDomus/Tekla integration and standardized COBie datasets. QC reports were thus available in EcoDomus. Operational life-cycle costs and interruptions were reduced through an enhanced data set of facility information utilizing the COBie format and IFC models. Improved quality of data was also achieved with the ability to support as-built BIM using vendor-neutral IFC/COBie formats. The ability to provide and maintain IFC files will result in long-term data archival.

U. S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center – Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (ERDC -CERL)
Construction-Operations Building information exchange (COBie)

The COBie standard is a breakthrough that allows building stakeholders to easily manage enormous quantities of facility and asset information during a building’s life. COBie allows facility data to be shared by using any proprietary software that is Industry Foundation Class (IFC)-compliant. The COBie standard was developed as the latest innovation in ERDC-CERL’s ProjNet™ suite of products. The COBie standard uses a spreadsheet and is based on an open-source data exchange standard (ISO 16739). COBie data can be continuously updated, providing timely and accurate as-built information. To further enhance its usability, COBie data can be loaded into BIM and exported in many different formats. COBie recently has been successfully deployed in projects for NASA, the U.S. Department of State Overseas Building Operation for new embassies, and Headquarters U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Outstanding Early Career Researcher Category

Dr. Fernanda Leite

Dr. Leite teaches project management, economics, and graduate-level courses on BIM and project controls in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. Since her start at UT Austin in 2010, she has served as co-principal investigator and principal investigator in approximately $1.5 million in externally funded research. Her contributions to BIM, collaboration and coordination technologies, and information technology-supported construction safety management stand as significant new research. Specifically, her research on knowledge discovery in design and construction collaboration and coordination processes has the goal to systematically formalize tacit building design and construction expert knowledge in an object-orientated, computer-interpretable manner and learn from past project coordination and constructability issues to support future projects’ design coordination. In pursuit of this goal, Dr. Leite has developed a prototype system called TagPlus, which captures design coordination information exchanges by recording annotations in objects in BIMs. She also is working on research projects from Fiatech, the Construction Industry Institute, and the Texas Department of Transportation.

Outstanding Researcher Category

Dr. E. William East

Dr. E. William East’s efforts during a 33-year career as a research civil engineer have resulted in methodologies and related software tools that solve long-standing, systemic design quality and project management challenges during a building’s life. He has blended his experiences and insights as a federal building inspector, his passion for incorporating computer technology, and an understanding of complex design and project management processes. He has provided numerous solutions for automating tasks that are now being adopted on national and international levels. Dr. East’s career achievement, collectively known as the ProjNet™ suite of information exchange software, has proven that the tools he developed can address the billions of dollars wasted in the construction industry through manual entry, re-entry, and retrieval of construction data. As part of this achievement, Dr. East was instrumental in defining the methodology used to create the industry’s first national, facility life-cycle information exchange standards as part of the inaugural National Building Information Modeling Standard Development Team.