Burcu Akinci is  Paul Christiano Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Associate Dean for Research at the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.  She also co-directs Smart Infrastructure Institute.  Her research interests modeling and reasoning about information rich histories of buildings and infrastructure systems, to streamline construction and infrastructure operations and management.  She specifically focuses on investigating utilization and integration of building information models with data capture technologies, such as 3D imaging and embedded sensors to capture semantically-rich as-built histories of construction projects and infrastructure operations and to support proactive operations and management.

Presentation Title: Sensors and Information Models for Construction and Infrastructure Management


Sue Mmcneil_sue-006cNeil is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Urban Planning and Public Affairs at University of Delaware. She is also a Core faculty member in the Disaster Research Center at University of Delaware and Director of the Disaster Science and Management graduate program. Her research and teaching interests focus on transportation infrastructure management.  Her most recent research includes the impact of natural hazards and climate change on physical infrastructure and asset management and the resilience of infrastructure systems to climate change and natural hazards.  She serves as the Editor in Chief of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Journal of Infrastructure Systems, she is an Emeritus member and former chair of the Transportation Research Board Asset Management Committee, and a distinguished member of ASCE.

Presentation Title: Asset Management, Sustainability and Resilience: Connecting the Concepts to Maintenance and Inspection Decisions for Infrastructure Systems

Abstract: As a strategic and systematic process for operating, maintaining and improving physical assets, asset management integrates data, and decision making tools with the overall objectives for delivering infrastructure services. Such objectives include the delivery of sustainable and resilient infrastructure systems. The challenge comes in connecting these concepts to decisions, particularly maintenance and inspection decisions. Drawing on a series of case studies that apply measures of resilience and indicators of sustainability to specific investment scenarios, we illustrate the challenges experienced in interpreting the impacts of maintenance and inspection decisions and demonstrate how the asset management framework can connect these concepts.  The results show that different measures and indicators are applicable for different types of decisions.


kelvin-wang-new-photoKelvin C.P. Wang is professor and Gilbert, Cooper, W&W Steel Chair of Civil Engineering at Oklahoma State University, and also holds an adjunct chair professor position at the Southwest Jiaotong University in Chengdu China. He is the President of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)’s Transportation and Development Institute (T&DI). Dr. Wang’s research interests focus on automated technologies for pavement survey and pavement data systems for design and management for highways and airport runways. In particular, automated cracking survey has been a main thrust of his research in the past 20 years, including developing 3D laser based imaging sensors, algorithms and computer implementations of database management and imaging processing of transportation assets with complete IP sets. Dr. Wang recently started working on developing new technologies for automated surveys of tunnels, high-speed rails, and other transportation infrastructure elements.

Presentation Title: Recent Advances of Automated Survey of Transportation Infrastructures: Highway, Airport, Tunnel, and Rail


steve-mulvaStephen Mulva is the Director of the Construction Industry Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. He earned his master’s at The University of Texas (UT) at Austin and his doctorate from Georgia Tech. At UT Austin, he participated in the Civil Engineering Project Management program and helped CII’s founding Director, Dr. Richard L. Tucker, in a CII-funded study that led to the development of the CII Best Practices. Dr. Mulva was a project management consultant with Austin-based ePM, where he was involved in modeling and simulating industrial and offshore projects. He also has project management experience at Fluor, Bechtel, and Phillips Petroleum.

Presentation Title: A Blueprint for the Capital Projects Industry

For many sectors of the economy, certain types of capital projects are simply not viable anymore from a financial perspective. Construction Industry Institute (CII) has observed this trend for many years and is working to enact fundamental, sweeping, and holistic change for the Capital Projects Industry.  Not unlike open-system architectures in mobile computing, CII’s Operating System 2.0 is poised to rewrite how capital projects are initiated, planned, designed, constructed, and operated. Successful research and development of this new operating system will deliver marked improvements in capital project performance. Moreover, Operating System 2.0 will deliver revolutionary increases in shareholder value for the companies who create projects by using this new approach.