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1C: Tech and Teams

In this session, we will discuss how teams collaborate using new technologies to promote innovative decision-making by managing tensions between new and old practices.

Design, construction, and operational practices are awash in new ways to develop and analyze building and infrastructure projects.Trends in 3D modeling, Virtual Reality, 2D visualizations and data are distributed across the project team, requiring teams to collaborate in new ways and develop new decision-making processes that rely upon complex and sophisticated understanding of multiple disciplines, tools, and the analysis they produce. In this session we address how teams can leverage visualization and analysis tools to develop shared technical understanding across project stakeholders.  We also explore challenges and impacts that ongoing technology changes have on industry routines and practices.

Panel Lead

Dr. Carrie Sturts Dossick is a Professor of Construction Management at the University of Washington, College of Built Environment and Executive Director, Center for Education and Research in Construction (CERC). Dr. Dossick has over a decade of research and teaching experience primarily focused on emerging collaboration methods and technologies such as Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and Building Information Modeling (BIM). She is an active member of both the National Institute of Building Sciences and buildingSMART Alliance. Current research projects include technology and collaboration strategies for green building design and construction; global team collaboration with Virtual Reality; operations applications of BIM and facilities data in maintenance management and life cycle planning; and rebaselining BIM and asset data for existing buildings.



Team Shared Understanding in Virtual Environment

Bita Astaneh Asl, University of Washington

Construction projects requires coordination of different disciplines which makes knowledge management and information exchange crucial in design and construction teams. The current method of collaboration with BIM limits participation of all team members since the model is presented on a shared screen while one person has the control over the viewpoint. Virtual environment enables participants to have their own point of view while collaborating with other team members in a more realistic representation of the building and simulated walk through of the project. This research project focuses on how design and construction professionals can use VR tools to interact with project information and collaborate together on shared project problems, resolve conflicts between disciplinary requirements, and develop design decisions. Team members have deep knowledge in their expertise, but a part of their knowledge understandable by other parties is shared to collaborate, find solutions, and make decisions. This shared knowledge is called the shared understanding. Design and construction teams need to achieve a certain level of shared understanding to be able to create design solutions that resolve disciplinary constraints and effectively achieve design intent. To evaluate team collaboration and decision making in virtual environment, a method for measuring the Shared Understanding is developed in this research study.

BIM Guidebook for Airports

Jack Ray, CCI Engineering Services

While Building Information Modeling (BIM) has become more widely accepted as a best practice for design and construction of complex facilities, owners have struggled with how to best utilize the models after construction to enhance the operations and maintenance portion of the facility life cycle.  The Transportation Research Board’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) has commissioned a study funded by the FAA to develop a guidebook for airports on best practices for BIM implementation, standards, process, measuring return-on-investment, quality control and contractual/legal standards.  While focused on providing guidance to airports the study will draw from best practices in alternative industries where BIM has been more fully implemented over the last decade. These include healthcare, universities, automotive, public utilities and oil & gas.  The study has also developed original case studies to demonstrate future BIM facilities management capabilities not yet adopted in the industry.  Guidebook is due for publication in late 2018.

Speaker Bios

Dr. Laura Osburn is a research scientist in the Center for Education and Research in Construction (CERC). Laura has over nine years of qualitative research experience with expertise in how storytelling impacts decision-making. She has brought her expertise to a broad range of social, cultural, and organizational contexts including architect, engineering, and construction (AEC) teams and online organizations. Laura currently works on several research grants, including an NSF funded project on energy modeling and project team collaboration and communication. In the 2016-2017 academic year, Laura will be working on the UW Innovation award project, “Engineering Communication in Data Rich Environments: How do we support innovation in interdisciplinary teams?” This research will study how engineers communicate with data and data visualizations for interdisciplinary innovation and generating solutions. As a research associate, Laura also helps support CERC research initiatives through research collaboration, grant development, data collection and analysis support, IRB consultation, and mentoring Construction Management graduate students in qualitative and interpretative research design and writing.

Bita Astaneh Asl is a Ph.D. candidate in construction engineering at the department of Civil Engineering, and works as a research assistant at the Construction Management department, University of Washington. Bita’s research interests are in 1. Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Construction Operations Building Information Exchange (COBie) implementation, 2. Utilization of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) in AEC industry, 3. Studying visualization impact on team collaboration and decision making. Bita graduated with a BSc. degree in civil engineering from K.N. Toosi University of Technology (KNTU), Iran. She has a MSc. degree in geotechnical engineering from KNTU, Iran and a MSc. degree in construction engineering from the University of Washington (UW), USA. During the past years, she has participated in research projects with different organizations such as UW Capital Projects Office, Sound Transit, and PEER, and worked in construction industry to gain practical skills and knowledge.

Jack Ray is VP/COO of CCI Engineering Services, a Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) consulting firm that provides technology services for design, construction and facilities management in the utilities, transportation and building industries.  He is currently the Principal Investigator for the Transportation Research Board BIM Beyond Design for Airports study. Experience includes Building Information Modeling (BIM), existing conditions capture and modeling, facilities management modeling and asset management, 3D design for site and civil engineering and geographic information systems.  Prior to joining CCI, Jack was Director of Engineering/R&D with Applied Innovation, a developer of next generation network management software and hardware for the telecommunications industry and Director of R&D for LuxPath Networks. He is also co-founder of the VirDeCon Business Accelerator, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit developed to provide workforce development for the VDC industry.  Jack graduated from the Ohio State University with B.S. in Mathematics, B.S. in Physics and is CM-BIM certified by the Association of General Contractors (AGC).  He is a member of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) and the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).