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.

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.