May 30, 2014

CIFE hosted a group of construction professionals (owners, architects, engineers, contractors, software providers, academics) from Switzerland for an introduction course on VDC in the week of May 26, 2014.

Swiss group at VDC program

May 14, 2014

CIFE congratulates the VDC Certificate Program graduates from NCC Construction from Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden who completed the program on May 14, 2014 with the Integration Experience in Stockholm. Bottom row from left to right: Mari Karttunen, Klaus Iversen, Mette Mikkelsen, Mona Nilsen Ervik, Anne Breinholt, Ani Parkinnen, Maria Lennox, Mira Haapalainen-Siro, Heini Kiviranta, Tero Lilja, Harri Savolainen (CEO of NCC Construction Finland), Klaus Kaae (CEO of NCC Construction Denmark); top row from left to right: Svante Hagman (CEO of NCC Construction Sweden), Terje Andersen, Oscar Månsson, Martin Fischer, Magne Ganz, Torbjørn Rastad, Øyvind Børstad, Magnus Osbäck, Maria Freeney, Michael Edwards Pedersen, Morten Lauritsen, Ari Törrönen, Carsten Willer Rasmussen, Per Öberg, Mads Hermann, Anders Langvatn. Not present for the photograph, but alo completing the certificate, was Minna Hurme.

May 7, 2014

CIFE is pleased to announce that the Technical Advisory Committee selected the following projects to be funded for the Academic Year 2014-15:

  • Methodology for Digital Design and Additive Manufacturing of High Performance Building Façade Segment Optimized to Environmental Constraints  AND Impact of Material Characteristics on Construction and Lifecycle Performance of Buildings  - M. Fischer, S. Billington, V. Bazjanac, N. Mrazovic
  • Enhancing Decision-Making on Sustainable Building Projects Using Influence Diagrams - M. Lepech, R. Shachter, K. Abraham
  • A Simulation-Based Approach to Accounting for Uncertainty and Variability in Look-Ahead Planning -  M. Fischer, J. Choo, N. Garcia-Lopez
  • Managing Construction Parts – From Manufacturing to Construction - M. Fischer, C. Kam, B. Schwegler, C. Chi, D. Hall, H. Chen,N. Zhao,S. Tao
April 1, 2014

We at CIFE are honored to receive the Fiatech Technology Leadership Award.  The award was presented at the annual Fiatech 2014 Techology Conference and Showcase on April 1.

March 19, 2014

ENR Futuretech: High Performance Teams Needed to Meet Construction Challenges by Scott Blair and Tom Sawyer quotes John Kunz, CIFE executive director, on performance metrics.

March 18, 2014

CIFE is pleased to recognize and congratulate 18 graduates of the VDC Certificate Program who completed the program today in Stockholm. They are pictured below.

Front row: Nima Assadi, Karoline Borgen, Gro Brathovde, Runar Berg, Signe M. Høie Olsen-Nauen, Sigrun Duaas, and Ole Morten Kvam.
Back row: Mike Wiliams (SPS), Filip Wulkan, Daniel Norberg, Malin Svensson, Sverre L. Flem, Fredrik Wincent, Christian Karlsson, Thomas Fluør, Rune Braa., Martin Furenes, and Martin Fischer (CIFE). 
Missing at the time of the photo are: Björn Samuelsson and Marianne Willie Haugen.

February 24, 2014


CIFE congratulates the VDC graduates from Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) who received their certificate on February 24, 2014, in Glendale, CA. Pictured from left to right: John Kunz (CIFE), Chase Roles (WDI), Laura Youngkin (WDI), Amy Melin (WDI), David van Wyk (WDI), Martin Fischer (CIFE), Tori Lucking-Webb (WDI), Robert Shmerling (WDI), Roberto Arbulu (SPS).

December 12, 2013
CIFE congratulates the following professionals who received their VDC Certificate on Dec. 11, 2013, at Stanford: (from left to right): Judd Fuoto (George Washington University), J. Daniel Jenkins (Walt Disney Imagineering), Martin Fischer (CIFE, Instructor), Ismael Ranzola (Walt Disney Imagineering), Ben Bowser (Walt Disney Imagineering), John Kunz (CIFE, Instructor), Roberto Arbulu (SPS, Instructor), José Antonio Taboada Garcia (Graña y Montero), Jorge Miranda Gamarra (Constructora AESA), Walter Gilberto Meléndez Bernardo (Graña y Montero), Marco Fabio Pineda Romero (Viva Graña y Montero), Danny Eduardo Murguia Sánchez (Marcan), Omar Cristian Alfaro Feliz (Graña y Montero).
October 7, 2013

Calvin Kam, director of industry programs at CIFE, was honored by the department of Civil and Environmentat Engineering at University of Southern Californiat (USC), where he did his undergraduate work, for his work in Building Information Modeling. The award was given ealier this year and written about in the Fall 2013 issue of the Engineering newsletter.