March 27, 2015


CIFE taught a VDC Certificate Program introductory course to a group of construction professionals in Stavanger, Norway in the week of March 23, 2015. The course was hosted by CIFE member Kruse Smith and included participants from 11 companies (owner, developer, architecture, engineering, GC, and subcontractor firms). John Kunz, Mike Williams (PPI), and Martin Fischer taught the course. They were supported by Stanford alum Lars Christensen (multiBIM) and teaching assistant Christine Jun (a MS student in the SDC program at Stanford).

March 25, 2015

Martin Fischer, director of CIFE,  will speak at a VDC seminar hosted by new CIFE member Kruse Smith in Stavanger, Norway, on March 25, 2015.

March 23, 2015

CIFE is pleased to announce the 2015 Call for Seed Research Proposals.  For more details, see

March 19, 2015

The 3rd BIM Conference in the Middle East, February 25-26, was a success. Watch the video for impressions of the conference, which included active participation from CIFE members Autodesk, Bentley, CCC, DPR, and Plan B.

December 18, 2014

Martin Fischer with partner Mike Williams from PPI and the support from CIFE alums Atul Khanzode (DPR) and Timo Hartmann (Univ. of Twente) are teaching the Introductory Course for the 2nd VDC Certificate Program for Royal HaskoningDHV in the firm's iRoom in its Global Headquarters in Amersfoort, Netherlands from Dec. 15 to 19, 2014.Group photo of Intro session at Royal Haskoning

Group photo above and shot of group in action below.

December 9, 2014

A group of eight finished their VDC Certification on December 9th at CIFE.  Congratulations to all! Pictured below are Ryan Parrish, Francisco Cruz, Bill Poulin, Bill Argus, Jordan Matthews, Alyssa Bilot, Ramon Cruz, Tony Marhoefer, and instructor, John Kunz.

Photo of graduates

December 5, 2014

On Dec. 5, 2014, CIFE hosted a symposium on Industrialized Construction, lead by visiting researcher Jerker Lessing. Panelists included (from left to right) Kelly Lutrell, ConXtech; Eric Shen, Additazz; Martin Scheiber, Clark Pacific; Craig Severance, Intermodal Structure; Charles Bovet, Bone Structure; Jerker Lessing, Lund University; and Nelly Garcia-Lopez, Stanford University.

October 26, 2014

The CIFE Community was well represented at the Sino-US Symposium on Practices, Challenges and Opportunities of Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) at Tongji University in Shanghai, China on Oct. 26, 2014. CIFE community members included Atul Khanzode (DPR Construction), Howard Brown (Walt Disney Imagineering), Guangbin Wang (former CIFE visiting scholar from Tongji University), Martin Fischer, Ben Schwegler (Walt Disney Imagineering), Rolando Mendoza (Walt Disney Imagineering), Cheryl Chi (Stanford alumna), Calvin Kam (bimSCORE), Timo Hartmann (CIFE alumnus), and Forest Flager (CIFE).

August 26, 2014

After a successful initial program in Lima that certified several construction professional in the implementation and use of Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) methods, we are happy to announce a second certification program to be held in the city of Lima. In collaboration with CAPECO (Cámara Peruana de la Construcción) and its BIM Committee, the Introductory Course for this second program is scheduled for 23-27 March 2015. The program is offered for professionals who are local in Lima to foster a strong VDC community there. A dedicated website with specific information including registration process will be available soon. For information, please contact CAPECO at

July 24, 2014

We are pleased to congradulate Mei Ling "Zan" Chu for the best paper award for her paper published in the ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering for the year of 2013:

Computational Framework Incorporating Human Behaviors for Egress Simulations
Mei Ling Chu and Kincho Law
J. Comput. Civ. Eng. 27(6), 699-707 (2013)

This paper is related to the CIFE Seed Research project from 2011-12: A Computational Framework for Egress Analysis with Realistic Human Behaviors: K. Law, J. Latombe, M. Chu.