June 13, 2017

CIFE is pleased to announce the Seed Research Awards for 2017:

  • Community Investment: Improving Feedback Loops in Project Delivery with Participatory Technology - R. Levitt
  • Generating Bills of Materials for Daily Work Orders Consisting of Made-to-Stock Materials - M. Fischer
  • Early-phase Rapid Evaluation of Prefabrication Alternatives for Building Structures - M. Fischer, F. Flager
  • Using UAVs for Automated BIM-based Construction Progress Monitoring and Quality Control - S. Savarese, M. Fischer, F. Flager
  • DUES: Data-driven Urban Energy Simulation - R. Jain
  • Robust Design of Natural Ventilation Systems - C. Gorlé
  • Automated Facility Modeling for Simplified Energy Performance Simulation - S. Savarese, M. Fischer
  • Dynamically Extending Look-Ahead Windows with a Particular Focus on Value-Adding Activities - M. Fischer

Congratulations to the research teams!

June 3, 2017

On June 3, Martin Fischer received the ASCE Peurifoy Construction Research Award and delivered this award lecture as part of the annual ASCE Construction Research Council meeting in Vancouver, Canada.

June 1, 2017

On June 1, Ph.D. Candidate Nelly Garcia-Lopez and Martin Fischer presented the CIFE research on Managing Activities and Flows on Site at the ENR FutureTech 2017 conference  in San Francisco. 

May 26, 2017

On May 26, Martin Fischer delivered a keynote lecture at the European BIM Summit in Barcelona

May 26, 2017

Martin Fischer and Maximilian Schuetz have created a short video to communicate their vision of a feedback loop system for construction planning. At its core is a data-driven approach of dynamically adapting look-ahead windows based on project performance feedback loops.

Dynamically adapting Look-Ahead Windows based on Project Performance Feedback Loops 

May 23, 2017

 Martin Fischer delivered the opening keynote presentation at the 5th BIM Conference in the Middle East in Dubai ( The conference is co-organized with CIFE member CCC and Projacs. Gunnar Skeie (Kruse Smith), Greg Luth (GPLA), Trey McCann (HOK), Mark Hamilton (Louis Berger), Leonardo Rischmoller (DPR), and Zuhair Haddad and Issam El-Absi (CCC) are speakers at the conference from the CIFE community. Danielle Dy Buncio (VIATechnik), Maximilian Schütz (Max Bögl), and Rick Khan (Mortenson) are CIFE members who provided input to Martin’s presentation.

May 23, 2017

Together with CIFE member CCC and Projacs, CIFE is co-organizing and co-hosting the 5th BIM Conference in the Middle East in Dubai, May 23-24, 2017. The theme is “BIM everywhere all the time”.

April 24, 2017

Representatives of CIFE members gathered at CIFE on Monday afternoon, April 24, to review progress on CIFE research and share updates from their projects and companies.

April 20, 2017

CIFE congratulates the 26 construction industry professionals from Singapore who earned their VDC Certificate on April 20, 2017 at BCA Academy in Singapore!

April 13, 2017

A team of Stanford University School of Engineering graduate students served as judges at the Santa Clara County Construction Careers Association (S4CA) annual Student Project Exhibition in Construction, Architecture, and Engineering. S4CA is a non-profit organization that supports career pathways in the construction industry and has members from industry, education, government, and labor organizations that represent the construction workforce.

Following the theme, “The Built Environment:  Smart, Safe, Resilient,” each project included some aspect of resilient design, technology, safety, and environmental responsibility. The Stanford Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE) award went to a team from Yerba Buena High School and their aquaponics entry. The aquaponics project exemplified creative design solutions, project scope ambition, innovative functionality, and environmental stewardship, earning itself Stanford’s CIFE award. The project team and the Stanford judges are pictured below:Winning team and judges

From left to right: Mark Oropeza, Kevin Keene (Stanford), Kate Gasparro (Stanford), Ricardo Alvarez, Forest Peterson (Stanford)