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CETI Awards 2013


  • Lisa Grayson, Project Department Program Advisor, ExxonMobil (Chair)
  • Dr. Allan Chasey, Program Chair, Arizona State University
  • Paul Donnelly, Business Line Manager - Natural Resources, Autodesk
  • Steve Makredes, Director of Construction, Target
  • Mike Pye, Director Automation, Fluor Corportation
  • Tom Sawyer, Senior Editor, Engineering News-Record

2013 Recipients

Automated Design

Mott MacDonald for Casement Park Stadium, Belfast

Mott MacDonald was the lead consultant for the delivery of the new 38,000 seat Gaelic athletics stadium in Belfast, with responsibility for project management, cost-consultancy, architecture and all engineering services. Considering the technical challenges imposed by a physically restricted site, the very low budget in comparison to an aspirational client brief, the onerous contractual requirements with unlimited liability, combined with a very fast track delivery programme and a fee 30% lower than previous stadium projects, this job required a different approach to bring it safely across the line.Through the use of a multi-disciplinary, highly developed BIM process from the outset, combined with innovative design practices, Mott MacDonald managed to meet all the programme, budgetary, performance and commercial criteria placed on the project team and in doing so developed a new methodology for the delivery of stadia that will become the blueprint for future projects within Mott MacDonald and assist others with open sharing of new processes and protocols. Mott MacDonald approached this project by looking at the key business and practical drivers and developed a strategy to deliver the project in the most efficient way to add value. Rather than being seduced by the bells and whistles of modern design technology, Mott MacDonald developed a project BIM Execution Plan to meet the client's key goals for the project. The key strength of Mott MacDonald's approach was in the integration of the technical processes including all disciplines through the Common Data Environment.


Technology & Knowledge-Based Workforce

Bentley Systems Incorporated for Bentley Crossrail Academy

As with many methodologies, BIM is a combination of process, technology, and people. It was recognised at Crossrail that both technology (through their partnership with Bentley) and process (through years of experience) were strongly represented in their BIM strategy but people were not. In August of 2012, Andrew Wolstenholme and Greg Bentley decided to act on this and resolved to create an academy that would deliver this last piece of the BIM puzzle.The academy delivers a full curriculum that fully explains Crossrail's BIM vision and how each of the attendees can play their part. It describes the processes that take information throughout the lifecycle of a project and puts them into real world context. The curriculum in the academy ranges from technology training, process coaching, and of course the all-important people workshops helping the industry participants understand why and how they are changing the way that they have worked for decades. For the first time, an academy has educated the complete supply chain from widget manufacturers, logistics teams, tier 3, 2 & 1 contractors and up to the owner/operators themselves, so everyone understands that the virtual asset is as important as the physical one.


Intelligent Self-Maintaining & Repairing Operational Facility

Costain Group for Self-Healing Material Research

Costain has a strong focus on research to accelerate innovation to market. Engineering Tomorrow is Costain's strategy for identifying, developing and implementing innovation to improve the performance of its customer business. Materials for Life is a research project lead by Cardiff University, with Costain as the lead industrial sponsor. The collaboration involves research work at Cardiff, Bath and Cambridge Universities and has attracted interest from industrial and academic partners both nationally and internationally. The aim of the programme is to develop smart materials with increased durability and lifespan. A current focus of the programme is the development of self-healing concrete. The self-healing properties of the material are expected to significantly reduce maintenance costs for concrete structures. Costain's role is to provide site trials for the material, expected to be ready for full-scale use by June 2015.


Intelligent & Automated Job Site

Bechtel Corporation for Intelligent & Automated Construction Job Site, Curtis Island

RFID technology has been available for many years, but it had yet to be proven valuable on a large scale construction project. Bechtel piloted the technology twice previously. The first pilot was a Construction Industry Institute (CII) project completed in 2008, as referenced in the published white paper "Leveraging Technology to Improve Construction Productivity", the second pilot was a power project where a limited deployment (20,000 active tags) took place in 2010. Knowing the technology was possible, the challenge was fully adapting and integrating the technology to make it work within existing business processes. This implementation took place where one of the world's highest concentrations of capital construction projects operates simultaneously and it required a massive amount of commitment and effort from all stakeholders to make it a success. Implementing RFID was deemed a significant approach the project team could potentially use to meet the schedule while keeping labor costs as planned. The projects referenced in this submittal prove that if Bechtel can successfully implement RFID for their Curtis Island LNG projects in Australia, then any construction company anywhere in the world could do the same for their projects. Bechtel plans to continuously improve this implementation on the Curtis Island projects as well as future capital projects. The benefit from using this technology has been found to be necessary to meet the ever more competitive demands of delivering construction projects on schedule and within budget. It has not only been adapted to material management software applications, but it has also helped improve work processes. Bechtel is currently moving work processes further upstream. Fabricators are beginning to tag and/or barcode items before they are shipped and they are beginning to provide necessary metadata in advance in order to better facilitate the downstream work processes as well. There are also plans to utilize the tagging and mobile computing further downstream on the construction side to ensure continuity of material tracking that will assist in recording progress and record quality inspections through plant startup.


Life Cycle Data Management & Information Integration

AREVA NP for AIRE Program - Industrial Application of 15926

AREVA's AIRE program is an industrial, commercially deployable solution to support interoperability. The AIRE Platform has been developed to support multiple interoperability standards beyond ISO15926, but with a focus on commercial, practical application and support. AIRE is capable of managing diverse and multi-level interoperability scenarios, enabling partners with many levels of "interoperability maturity" to collaborate seamlessly. Currently, AIRE has been used for numerous proof-of-concepts to simulate real-project based data-handover, including full P&ID to P&ID migration, EPC to Owner/Operator data exchange, and configuration management of data exchange between customers. Based on the positive results of these proof-of-concept projects, the platform has been applied to real-life projects within AREVA to support tool obsolence and tool migration programs with positive ROI and quality improvements. The platform and engineering program, presented world-wide at conferences and at request by companies, is the first commercially supportable product developed that can support any "maturity level" of data exchange, support collaborative mapping processes for developing common RDLs, and leverage the power of data quality checks in order to verify and validate the quality and completeness of data exchanges before and during data exchange. AIRE's capabilities are a major step forward in the "industrial" deployment of ISO15926.

New Materials, Methods, Projects, & Equipment

Mott MacDonald for Sustainable Treatment for ALWC, LATreat™

LATreat™ a new method to reduce the time and cost of marine structure repair and greatly extend facility performance through a sustainable approach.It is a highly innovative 'magic bullet' treatment with a new application approach that uses the components of seawater to sterilise and then deposit a protective coating to marine steel structures affected by accelerated low water corrosion (ALWC). Corrosion due to ALWC is typically 0.3mm to 2mm per year – far greater than the 0.08mm to 0.17mm caused by other forms of corrosion. ALWC can cause premature perforation of unprotected steel resulting in expensive remedial works. If untreated, thinning of steel can occur to such an extent that it leads to premature failure of a structure. One of the drivers for the development of LATreat™ was very stringent legislation regarding contamination of seawater and estuarine waters. Concerns exist over the leaching of zinc and aluminum into water where cathodic protection systems have been installed and the possible adverse effect that chemical coatings could have on the natural environment. LATreat™ is an environmentally friendly process where all the active agents are derived purely from seawater. The process also greatly reduces the requirements for new material resources to repair ALWC damage, thereby minimising waste and enhancing the sustainability of existing structures. LATreat™ is now commercially available after a decade of extensive development, investment and highly effective trialing. The process has recently been used at Shoreham Port in the UK to protect against accelerated corrosion and enhance the long-term performance, durability and safety of berths in a considerably more targeted, effective and environmentally friendly way than existing corrosion treatment methods.


Outstanding Student Research Project - Li Wang of the University of Texas at Austin

Li Wang, a PhD Candidate at the University of Texas at Austin (UT‐Austin), is developing an innovative approach for capturing, representing and formalizing experiential knowledge in design coordination to inform better design decisions, improve collaboration efficiency, and train novice designers and engineers. In addition to research, Li has been responsible for teaching lab sessions for a graduate‐level Building Information Modeling (BIM) class for Construction Management at UT‐Austin. Under the guidance of her academic advisor, Dr. Fernanda Leite, Li authored "An Overview of Existing BIM Guidelines and Standards" for the Fiatech AutoCodes Project.


 Outstanding Early Career Researcher - Dr. Mani Golparvar-Fard 

Building on advanced computer vision and machine learning techniques, Dr. Golparvar-Fard's, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering and of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, formalizes simple and effective monitoring and control techniques for construction teams. Particularly, he investigates how to streamline the utilization of images/videos with Building Information Models. Connecting these emerging sources of information, his research creates the theoretical foundationfor a project control system that monitors actual performance of a project and highlights deviations from expected performance in time to take corrective action. This system also enables learning from project to project so that the basis for design and/ or planning can be improved. Dr. Golparvar-Fard's research builds upon a number of key disciplines outside the traditional Construction Management domain, namely computer vision/graphics, and machine learning. Particularly he focuses on geometric and appearance-based computer vision to monitor construction progress and productivity, identify unsafe locations or practices, and assess the carbon footprint of a project. Dr. Golpavar-Fard's is an active participant in Fiatech's Mobile IT initiatives.


Outstanding Researcher with Career of 10+ Years - Dr. Theodore (Ted) Blackmon

A visionary and entrepreneur, Dr. Blackmon helped to pioneer the market for virtual construction simulation and automation tools for Advanced Work Packaging and 4D/5D/6D BIM. In the 1990's Dr. Blackmon was a team member of the highly successful Mars Pathfinder mission, where he developed and operated the MarMap software program in mission control to plan the daily activities for the Sojourner rover (the first robotic vehicle to reach the surface of another planet). With the support of NASA he commercialized the technology to launch Common Point in 1999. As their President and CTO, he invented the ConstructSim and OpSim platforms in the early 2000 timeframe, helping to pioneer the market for virtual construction simulation and 4D/5D/6D BIM. Following the acquisition of Common Point by Bentley Systems in 2008, Dr. Blackmon served as their VP of Construction Solutions for many of years. After leaving Bentley, Dr Blackmon served as President and CEO of Intelliwave, a Canadian leader in use of RFID / GPS solutions for tracking materials, equipment and personnel on large complex construction projects. He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University and graduated at the top of his class in 1992. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1998, where his research focused on human neurological control of movement and vision. He was honored as a Penn State Alumni Achievement Award recipient in 2005. Dr. Blackmon's thought leadership and domain expertise in construction automation make him a sought after speaker. He has provided keynotes in a number of leading construction related events around the globe. Dr. Blackmon is currently CEO of Construct-X and Director at the CIA (Construction Industry Academy) and serves as the Technical Lead and Facilitator for the Fiatech Advanced Work Packaging Information Mapping (AIM) Project. The AIM project goal is to fulfill a critical need to provide data specs and contract recommendations to truly enable the productivity, cost and safety benefits detailed in the CII RT 272 Advanced Work Packaging model and best practices.