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CETI Award 2010


  • John McQuary, Vice President, Knowledge Management and Technology Strategies, Fluor (Chair)
  • Mani Golparvar-Fard, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech
  • Lisa Grayson, Program Advisor, ExxonMobil
  • Kevin Hart, Vice President and Business Information Officer, Kaiser Permanente Information Technology
  • John Fish, Director of Project Support Services, Ford, Bacon & Davis
  • Tom Sawyer, Information Technology Editor, ENR
  • S. Shyam Sunder, Ph.D., Director, Building Fire Research Laboratory, NIST
  • Duane Toavs, Director, Human Centered Design Institute, Emerson Process Management

2010 Recipients

Scenario-Based Project Planning Category

Patient Care Pavilion IPD Team
Next Level Hospital Planning

This project used an integrated project delivery approach with scenario-based planning on the patient care pavilion at the Alta Bates Summit Medical Campus in Oakland, California. The team identified key elements to be included in a live model. By keeping the model live, changes were streamlined. The team also modeled the exterior wall system, a scope historically not modeled. More than 4,000 clashes were identified and resolved. A cost study of the top 17 clashes resulted in an estimated cost savings of more than $1.8 million in problems resolved prior to construction starting. Construction drawings were adjusted during permitting, saving an estimated $500,000 in change orders.

Automated Design Category

CIFE (Center for Integrated Facility Engineering)
Structural Design Optimization, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed National Stadium

Before CIFE researchers were involved with the project, Arup had completed 39 design cycles on this stadium roof project. The project team implemented the computational design optimization (CDO) method. As a result, Arup was able to reduce the total steel weight of the roof structure from 2,828 tons to 2,292 tons, resulting in a cost savings of about $2 million. The CDO method represents a significant advancement in the area of design automation on the Fiatech Capital Projects Technology Roadmap. By reducing design cycle latency by orders of magnitude compared to traditional design processes, CDO radically alters how project teams collaborate. As a result, engineers and contractors can provide accurate performance feedback earlier in the design, helping teams develop innovative solutions.

GSA BIM Program
Circulation and Security Analysis Modeling Application

GSA developed and implemented automated BIM-based circulation validation to evaluate the design of Federal courthouses with respect to security and occupant movement requirements. Automated circulation validation analyzes human movement under various spatial configurations and conditions. It allows for highly efficient and accurate assessments and enhanced quality design. GSA has successfully implemented the analysis on three new courthouse projects, ranging from 33,000 to more than 390,000 gross square feet. The analysis has provided early and valuable design feedback to project teams. The results have reduced potential design problems later in the project life cycle.

Intelligent and Automated Construction Job Site Category

Consolidated Contractors Company
Optimization of Resources for Optimum Construction Timing

A consortium led by the CCC is building a maritime gateway on Oman's southern coast. This project includes two breakwaters. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers CORELOC units will build the single-layer breakwater armoring. POSIBLOC is a topographical 3D real-time system for multi-layer breakwater armoring unit placement. CCC used the system to place the CORELOC units on the two breakwaters and managed to triple planned production rates. The project was ahead of schedule as of May 2010. This was the result of effective project management and use of the latest technologies in terms of submarine unit placement aid systems.

LATISTA Technologies, Inc.
LATISTA Automates Construction Quality Management for Eli Lilly & Co.

Eli Lilly determined that commissioning should not be the first step of quality control for construction. Instead, a solution was needed to allow project teams to control quality on projects under construction. LATISTA Field web-based and mobile construction automation software was a central part of the solution for a new manufacturing plant in Kinsale, Ireland. Lilly recognized several benefits from implementing a strong, automated continuous quality management (CQM) process, including rework savings of $4.3 million. Lilly kept detailed issue information in LATISTA, including severity information and the expected impact of the issue on commissioning and qualification.

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

ProStar Online

The challenge here was to develop a platform that uses state-of-the-art technologies to provide a solution that will support all facets of the utility asset data management network. The system needed to leverage global technologies and development standards, including cloud computing and XML, as well as integrate with current hardware and software systems. Guardian ProStar created a solution to accurately capture, compare, value, and distribute asset data in an acceptable format across all required disciplines and address all of the serious ramifications associated with poor quality of data. The system improved the data life cycle. Companies may now leverage improved data for other operations, such as planning and design, tax assessment, and emergency disaster planning.

Technology and Knowledge Enabled Workforce Category

Zachry Construction Corporation
123 PUNCH List Process

The project team developed an electronic punch-list system that significantly improved a hotel construction project. Project team members could access the system from the field on a tablet PC, iPad or iPhone. The IT department provided a clear 4G spot router for field WiFi connectivity. The punch list files were synched between the users and their devices via Dropbox. As the documents were updated, the group were notified of the updated files. This allowed home office employees also to remain updated. During implementation, Bluebeam PDF Revu had a product update that added a free service, Bluebeam Studio, allowing the firm to collaborate on the punch list with all project stakeholders in real time.

Stanford University
CE 226 Life Cycle Assessment Methods for Complex Systems

Each summer, a Stanford professor and graduate students solicit corporate partners with compelling, sustainability-focused decisions. Over the course of the three-month academic quarter, five-member student groups partner with industry sponsors and mentors to formulate a project scope, collect primary data on social, environmental, and economic factors of the project, analyze the findings, and present the results at an annual symposium on campus. The program has trained Stanford graduate engineers in the tools and technologies of quantitative sustainability assessment, engaging and educating firms interested in sustainability metrics and decision-making, and enabling long-term partnerships between academia and industry focused on new technologies to support sustainability assessment and enable a workforce fluent in sustainability science.

Life Cycle Data Management and Information Integration Category

Life Cycle Building Data Management

The Texas A&M University Health Sciences Center project consisted of a $68 million health professions education building, a $60 million medical research and education building, and a central utility plant. The university wanted to use open standards, such as COBie and Omni Class, to collect data during design and construction. This project was the first large project in the world to use COBie. The savings from using the process, managed by Broaddus & Associates and EcoDomus software, reached 45 percent of the standard handover costs. In addition, EcoDomus software enabled connection of the 3D CAD model to the collect COBie dataset, enabling creation of an intelligent BIM model from the 3D CAD. Element 9 of the Fiatech Roadmap, Life Cycle Data Management and Information Integration, focuses on the problems solved within this project.

Outstanding Early Career Researcher Category

Jochen Teizer, Matthew S. Reynolds
SmartHat: Self-Monitoring Alert and Reporting Technology for Hazard Avoidance and Training

The primary goal of the research was to demonstrate how technology can be used to proactively warn and alert construction personnel of the presence of hazards in real time. The researchers first designed and built a novel UHF passive RFID SmartHat device that is intrinsically safe, can be calibrated for distance, and has a low to zero worker nuisance alert ratio. The SmartHat device is battery free, can read distances up to 19.5m, is reliable to use, and maintenance free. The "learning curve" of a worker can be automatically calculated through the SmartHat devices and the proximity to an overhanging load can be visualized in a real-time 3D immersive tool.

Dr. Mario Bergés
Instrumenting Civil Infrastructure to Increase Its Resilience, Adaptiveness, and Self-Monitoring Capabilities

Dr. Bergés is interested in making use of cost-effective sensor systems to automatically create models and generate insights that can be used to improve the behavior of infrastructure systems, prevent failures, and better plan for the future. He has been working on three different approaches related to this: appliance-level energy feedback through minimally intrusive strategies, sharing sensing and actuation resources at Internet scales, and unsupervised sensor fusion for proactive energy management.

Outstanding Researcher Category

Dean Feniosky Peña-Mora
Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

To assist the A/E/C industry, Peña-Mora's research focuses on crucial elements that define and defy collaboration in global A/E/C projects: the collaboration, management of change during a project, automated and visual progress monitoring, integrated and intelligent sustainable construction, and the handling of conflicts. His findings have been tested in several important large-scale infrastructure projects throughout the U.S. and elsewhere. He envisions his methodology becoming an industry standard for the management of global projects with constraints associated with protection of natural, social, and political ecosystems.