Wednesday 6 February, 2013 at 5pm – Lecture Theatre T.0.03 (Wolfson Building)
Construction Informatics: From simple tools to smart buildings
Professor Tarek Hassan, School of Civil and Building Engineering
Professionals in the construction industry have been using computers for the early stages of the project life cycle since the early 1960’s.
Since then, an interdisciplinary practice that bridges the gap between computer science and construction has emerged.
This discipline has been known by different names over the past decades; Construction IT, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Construction, and Computer Integrated Construction CIC.
More recently, it has coined the term Construction Informatics, incorporating far more disciplines, including social, legal, economical and organisational elements.
In this lecture, Professor Tarek Hassan will share his research into Construction Informatics, which has evolved in parallel with the evolution and dynamic advancements of technologies.
He will explore how technology and Construction Informatics can vary in sophistication and can affect the different areas of each construction project life cycle.
This can range from simple modelling and simulation tools at the early stages of the design process, to collaborative working environments to assist and improve the collaboration on complex construction projects.
The lecture will include its use in more sophisticated Building Information Models, and more recently the application of smart / intelligent buildings technologies for a more sustainable built environment.