September 4, 2015

In the week of August 31, CIFE and several members including GPLA and DPR hosted a group of construction industry professionals from Switzerland, including owners, architects, engineers, builders, and technology providers, to learn about BIM-based practices in the CIFE community and determine opportunities for improving the design, construction, and facility maintenance practices in Switzerland.
July 14, 2015

CIFE welcomed a group of construction professionals from Singapore for an introductory course to the VDC certificate program from July 9 to 14, 2015 to support the ambitious productivity improvement goals for design and construction practices in Singapore envisioned by the Building Construction Authority (BCA) of Singapore (a new CIFE member).

May 12, 2015

We received twelve proposals, with every one of them gaining the interest and support of members of the Technical Advisory Committee. Based on the input from the TAC, CIFE is pleased to announce that the following projects have been selected as the CIFE seed projects for the 2015-16 academic year:

  • Space-Mate: Computational Modeling for Building and Occupant Cooperative Sustainable performance - K. Law, R. Fruchter, V. Bazjanac, F. Grey
  • Parts-enabled Approaches for Software Developers, Project Engineers, and Construction Workers - M. Fischer, C. Kam, J. Lo, N. Zhao
  • Decision Support for Community and Infrastructure Planning through Coupled Analysis and Optimization - M. Lepech, F. Flager, R. Best
  • Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Structural Steel Design - M. Fischer, F. Flager, H. Hamamji, P. Havelia
  • Leveraging Virtual Design and Construction for Multi-physics Modeling and Multidisciplinary Design and Optimization of Sustainable Built Environments - M. Lepech, A. Kiremidjian, B. Shen
  • Formally Accounting for Variability in Look-ahead Planning - M. Fischer, N. Garcia-Lopez
  • Generating a simulation model from project data through DSM - M. Fischer, J Kujala, M. Ramsey
April 13, 2015

ENR published a brief article on the CIFE/Autodesk research project on Integrated steel design.

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