May 20, 2016

The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) met on May 10th and had the difficult task of selecting amongst thirteen interesting and diverse proposals.  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 2016-17 academic year:

  • Beyond the Building: Urban Information Modeling (UIM) - Jain, Lepech
  • Automated Spatiotemporal Semantic Understanding of Buildings in Construction and Use Phases - Fischer, Savarese
  • Creating High-Quality Work Instructions for Construction Workers - Fischer
  • Which Project Integration Strategies Deliver High Performance Projects? - Levitt, Ashcraft
  • Performance Dashboard for Innovative and Industrialized Construction - Fischer, Kam
  • Space-Mate: Computational Modeling for Building and Occupant Cooperative Sustainable Performance - Law, Fruchter, Bazjanac
  • Flow-based Construction Site Management - Fischer
March 29, 2016

Congratulations to 17 construction industry professionals for earning their VDC Certificate on March 29, 2016. Thank you to the Building Construction Authority Academy for hosting the Integration Experience in its BIM Studio.

Front (left to right): Cheng Tai Fatt (BCA), Dr. Calvin Kam (SBI), Ong See Ho (BCA), Dr. John Kueng (BCA), Prof. Martin Fischer (CIFE), William Tan (BCA), May Siu (BCA)
Middle (left to right): Matthew Yeo (LAUD), Lee Choon Keat (SBI), Kim Loh Fong (AVPL), Alvin Fong (SJ), Naw Sar Thwe Say (CJC), Jennifer Loh (LCBC), Pansy Peh (SJ), Adam Ubaidulla (Ho Lee), Chen Zhiwei (Kimly), Lin Shui Man (BCA), Lim Han Kwong (TSC)
Back (left to right): Chua Kok Seng (Kimly), Christopher Vitug (Chye Joo), Andell Matthew Tan (BCAA), Yuan Long Sheng (Kimly), Jeremy Lee (Ho Lee), Saifuladzhar (SJ), Lee Patrick (SJ)

March 23, 2016

CIFE is pleased to announce the 2016 Call of Seed Proposals.

February 3, 2016

Arne Becker, Chief Operating Officer, and Niels Falk, Vice President, of CIFE Member MT Højgaard presented the company’s VDC strategy and progress in deploying VDC methods on its projects.

November 13, 2015

CIFE conducted a Vitural Design and Construction Leadership Progam for the Building and Construction Authority of Singapore, November 11-14, 2015.

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).