September 2017

We are very excited to announce the inauguration of the Construction Informatics and Built Environment Research (CIBER) Lab in the Department of Construction Science at Texas A&M University (TAMU). Check out our social media page for more news, announcements, and updates.

 

May 2017

We are happy to report that one of our research papers titled "an integrated data collection and analysis framework for remote monitoring and planning of construction operations" published in the Elsevier Journal of Advanced Engineering Informatics is named one of the "most cited articles" since 2012.

 

April 2017

Khandakar Rashid received an outstanding oral presentation award in MSU interdisciplinary graduate research forum. More than 90 graduate students competed in this year's event, and only 11 were ultimately selected to receive this recognition. Congratulations Khandakar on this great accomplishment!

 

We are happy to report that Nipun Nath and Khandakar Rashid successfully defended their M.S. theses. They are both en route to pursue their studies at the Ph.D. level upon graduation from MSU. Congratulations to you and best of luck in your academic endeavors.

 

We would like to welcome Lorena Moreira to our research group. Lorena is joining us as a visiting researcher. She is currently completing her doctoral studies at the University of Campinas in Brazil, and is also an assistant professor at the Federal University of Bahia. Lorena works on AR visualization for building operations and maintenance.

 

March 2017

Congratulations to Nipun and Khandakar on receiving competitive thesis funding awards from the Graduate College at MSU. Both are expected to defend their theses in April 2017. Best of luck!

 

February 2017

The latest issue of the Elsevier Journal of Applied Ergonomics features our research article titled "ergonomic analysis of construction worker's body postures using wearable mobile sensors". This work reports on a scientific method that enables capturing a worker's body postures using wearable devices for rapid ergonomic assessment.

 

January 2017

A new graduate student has joined the TCM Department to pursue her Master of Science in Project Management. Songjukta Datta will work with Dr. Behzadan on her thesis. Welcome aboard and best of luck with your studies at MSU!

 

December 2016

We are happy to report that one of our research papers titled "collaborative visualization of engineering processes using tabletop augmented reality" published in the Elsevier Journal of Advances in Engineering Software is named a top five "highly cited research" article for the period of 2014-16.

 

August 2016

A new graduate student has joined the TCM Department to pursue his Master of Science in Project Management. Prabhat Shrestha will work with Dr. Behzadan on his thesis. Welcome aboard and best of luck with your studies at MSU!

 

January 2016

Dr. Behzadan's ongoing work on two research projects is featured on MSU News. These projects are funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), and aim at advancing knowledge at both basic and applied levels within the construction information technology (CIT) domain.

 

Two new graduate students have joined the TCM Department to pursue their Master of Science in Project Management. Nipun Nath and Khandakar Rashid will work with Dr. Behzadan on their theses. Welcome aboard and best of luck with your studies at MSU!

 

August 2015

Dr. Behzadan has joined the Department of Technology and Construction Management (TCM) at Missouri State University (MSU) at the rank of Associate Professor. The TCM Department is part of the MSU College of Business and is housed in Glass Hall in the Springfield campus.

 

Dr. Akhavian has joined the School of Engineering at California State University East Bay (CSUEB) as Assistant Professor of Construction Engineering. Cal State East Bay is located in Hayward, on the eastern region of the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

July 2015

The second edition of "Fundamentals of Wearable Computers and Augmented Reality" is now available from Taylor and Francis CRC Press. Chapter 14 of this book is a comprehensvie report on AR advances in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC), and is co-authored by Dr. Behzadan and two collaborators from the University of Michigan.

 

We are very happy to report that the 1st Women in Construction Workshop (WCW) was a great success! This 3-day event was held in Orlando, FL and was sponsored by a competitive grant from the EiF with the participation of 10 students from Brazil and China, invited faculty keynote speakers, and local and industry speakers.

 

April 2015

Dr. Behzadan is one of the recipients of the 2014-15 UCF Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) Award. This competitive award is given to selected full-time faculty in recognition of their teaching quality and effectiveness, continuing commitment to instruction, and innovation and creativity in instruction.

 

DESIMAL researcher, Reza Akhavian successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation on data-driven simulation modeling of construction and infrastructure operations using process knowledge discovery. Congratulations and we wish him all the success as he enters the next phase of his professional career.

 

November 2014

DESIMAL is awarded a competetive grant from the Engineering Information Foundation (EiF) to host the first "Women in Construction" Camp in partnership with two universities from Brazil and China. The goal of this event will be to introduce talented female graduate students to opportunities, resources, and challenges of an independent career in academia, and to prepare them for mentoring next generations of STEM students in developing countries.

 

September 2014

DESIMAL researcher, Reza Akhavian has received a competitive travel grant from the Special Interest Group on Simulation and Modeling (SIGSIM) of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) to attend and present at the 2014 Winter Simulation Conference (WSC) in Savannah, GA. Congratulations Reza!

 

August 2014

The Project Management Institute (PMI) has awarded Reza Akhavian with the prestigious Harold Kerzner Scholarship. Reza is one of the only four recipients of this scholarship which was open to all students globally who are pursuing graduate or undergraduate degrees in Project Management or related fields of study from accredited, degree-granting colleges and universities. Congratulations Reza on this great achievement!

 

April 2014

DESIMAL researcher, Reza Akhavian successfully passed his Ph.D. candidacy exam. Reza's work is aimed at transforming the current state of construction simulation input modeling through the use of advanced machine learning, big data analysis, and forecasting methods. Congratulations Reza.

 

The ASCE Committee on Student Members has selected Dr. Behzadan to receive the 2014 Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award for Region 5, for his "outstanding work and dedication as a Faculty Advisor to the University of Central Florida ASCE Student Chapter". ASCE Region 5 consists of 29 branches from Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

 

March 2014

DESIMAL researcher, Arezoo Shirazi successfully defended her MSCE Thesis titled "Context-Aware Mobile Augmented Reality Visualization in Construction Engineering Education". Congratulations Arezoo. Way to go ...

 

Dr. Behzadan was selected as an Outstanding Reviewer of two ASCE Journals: Construction Engineering and Management, and Computing in Civil Engineering. He has been serving as a Specialty Editor and a technical reviewer for the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management since 2009, and a technical reviewer for the Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering since 2007.

 

DESIMAL researcher, Reza Akhavian received the 2014-15 DRMP Scholarship from the UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science. Congratulations Reza. Way to go ...

 

February 2014

The College of Engineering and Computer Science selected Dr. Behzadan to receive the 2014 College Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award for his "outstanding contributions in undergraduate teaching and commitment to excellence in teaching activities". The award will be formally presented at the UCF Founder's Day Honors Convocation in April 2014.

 

January 2014

Ph.D. Student, Reza Akhavian receives a travel grant from the ASCE Construction Institute (CI). This year, the ASCE CI awarded only 13 student travel grants for the 2014 Construction Engineering Conference (CEC) that will be held in Seattle, WA on March 27-29, 2014. Reza and 12 other doctoral students from Georgia Tech, Purdue, Arizona State, Virginia Tech, Texas Austin, North Carolina State, and Texas A&M will represent thier programs in this event. Congratulations Reza!

 

DESIMAL welcomes Ruiko Maharjan, our newest member. Ruiko is joining DESIMAL to pursue her Ph.D. studies in Construction Engineering. She received her Masters degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, and completed her undergraduate education in Civil Engineering at the Tribhuban University.

 

November 2013

The Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering recognized Reza Akhavian with the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. The award was presented during the 2013 Builders of the Realm ceremony. Congratulations Reza on this great achievement!

 

August 2013

We are very happy to announce the launch of our new YouTube video channel. This channel serves as the official online video repository of our latest research projects, experiments, and findings. All videos on this channel are publicly available to interested researchers, industry practitioners, and the general public.

 

DESIMAL researcher, Arezoo Shirazi was awarded the prestigious Graduate Research Excellence Fellowship by the UCF College of Graduate Studies. This Fellowship is awarded to outstanding graduate students who have excellent research backgrounds and proposals for the thesis or dissertation phase of their studies.

 

July 2013

The Construction Industry Institute (CII) has selected DESIMAL's work on knowledge-based construction simulation among the top 10 finalists to be presented during the Academic Poster Session in Orlando, FL on July 29-31, 2013. Ph.D. student Reza Akhavian will represent DESIMAL in this event.

 

The Florida Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) selected Dr. Behzadan to receive the Faculty Advisor of the Year Award for his "outstanding service and leadership to the engineering profession". The award was presented during the ASCE FL Section annual meeting in Sarasota, FL.

 

April 2013

DESIMAL is awarded a competetive research grant from the Engineering Information Foundation (EiF). This 1-year research project aims at assessing the benefits of mobile augmented reality (AR) in enhancing student communication and teamwork skills. Project details, results, and publications will be availalbe through this portal.

 

March 2013

Arezoo Shirazi represented DESIMAL in this year's FIATECH Technology Conference and Showcase that was held in San Antonio, TX. She presented her latest research findings in designing an augmented reality context-aware information delivery platform for engineering education.

 

DESIMAL researchers presented their latest research findings in augmented reality and data-driven simulation during the Florida Academic Virtual Reality Showcase (FLAVRS) as part of the 2013 IEEE Virtual Reality Conference in Orlando, FL.

 

Reza Akhavian received the 2013-14 David T. & Jane M. Donaldson Memorial Scholarship from the UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science. Congratulations Reza.

 

Februaury 2013

Arezoo Shirazi received a competetive student scholarship from FIATECH to attend the 2013 Annual Technology Conference and Showcase that will be held in San Antonio, TX in March 25-27, 2013. Congratulations Arezoo.

 

DESIMAL members will present their latest research in augmented reality and simulation-based visualization at the Florida Academic Virtual Reality Showcase (FLAVRS) which will be held during the 2013 IEEE Virtual Reality Conference in Orlando, FL. Please visit our booth on March 18, 2013.

 

January 2013

Dr. Behzadan will deliver a keynote speech in the VI Conference on Information Technology and Communication in Construction (TIC2013) which will be held on July 24-26, 2013 in University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil. He will discuss the state-of-the-art in knowledge-based simulation and augmented reality visualization in construction design and planning.

 

September 2012

Elsevier Journal of Automation in Construction named research paper "Ubiquitous Location Tracking for Context-Specific Information Delivery on Construction Sites" by A.H. Behzadan, Z. Aziz, C.J. Anumba, and V.R. Kamat as one of the 25 "Most Cited Automation in Construction Articles" since 2007.

 

August 2012

DESIMAL welcomes Arezoo Shirazi, our newest member. Arezoo is joining DESIMAL to pursue her Masters studies in Construction Engineering. She completed her undergraduate education in Civil Engineering at the University of Tehran.

 

April 2012

The UCF Faculty Focus (Volume 11, Issue 2, Pages 5-6) featured an article titled "Educating the Millennial Student Generation: Challenges and Ways Forward" by Dr. Behzadan.

 

Dr. Behzadan received the 2012 Distinguished New Faculty Award during the 23rd International Conference on College Teaching and Learning. The Award pays tribute to new educators who are guiding the millennial students into the future. This award is designed to recognize new faculty by celebrating their current contributions to advancing education, and to encourage their future contributions to the teaching profession.

 

Dr. Behzadan received the Outstanding New Teacher Award from the Southeastern Section of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). The Award recognizes a faculty member who has less than four years of teaching experience and has demonstrated excellence in the classroom.

 

March 2012

The ASCE-UCF Student Chapter received the overall 5th Place Award in the ASCE Southeast Student Competitions held in Tallahassee, FL. In total, 25 different schools attended the competitions and competed in several categories. ASCE-UCF also received the 3rd Place Award in Balsa Tower and the 2nd Place Award in Professional Paper competitions.

 

M.S.C.E. student Reza Akhavian successfully defended his Thesis titled "A Framework for Process Data Collection, Analysis, and Visualization in Construction Projects". Congratulations Reza!

 

M.S.C.E. student Reza Akhavian was awarded a $4,000 DRMP Scholarship by the College of Engineering and Computer Science at UCF for the 2012-13 academic year. Congratulations Reza!

 

February 2012

For the second year in a row, Dr. Behzadan was selected as an Outstanding Reviewer of the ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management for his outstanding service to the Journal. He has been serving as the Assistant Specialty Editor in the area of Quantitative Methods and a technical reviewer for the Journal since 2009.

 

December 2011

M.S.C.E. student Reza Akhavian was nominated by the College of Engineering and Computer Science to receive the UCF Order of Pegasus Award, which recognizes exemplary performance by students in the areas of academic achievement, outstanding university involvement, leadership, and community service. The Order of Pegasus is the most prestigious and significant student award that can be attained at the University.

 

Dr. Behzadan was nominated by the University of Central Florida (UCF) to receive the Distinguished New Faculty Award sponsored by the International Academy for the Scholarship of Learning Technology.

 

November 2011

Dr. Andrew Yun (Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering) was the guest speaker of "Civil Engineering Measurements" class. His talk was titled "State-of-the-Art Monitoring Technologies for Civil Infrastructure Systems". He discussed several techniques from interdisciplinary fields including structural dynamics, smart sensing, data communication, and advanced data processing algorithms. Examples of field and laboratory validation tests on full-scale nonlinear viscous dampers, suspension bridges, retaining walls, slopes, and tunnels subjected to different loading conditions and long-term environmental effects were also presented.

 

May 2011

UCF Chapter was selected by the ASCE Committee of Student Activities to receive a Letter of Honorable Mention for its "outstanding activities" as recorded in the 2010 Chapter annual report.

 

March 2011

M.S.C.E. student Reza Akhavian competed in the UCF Graduate Research Forum which featured poster displays representing research conducted by UCF graduate students from a variety of colleges and disciplines. His research poster titled "Dynamic Data Driven Simulation and Visualization of Construction Activities". Participating students were provided with an opportunity to showcase their research and creative projects and to receive valuable feedback from faculty judges.

 

February 2011

Dr. Behzadan was selected as an Outstanding Reviewer of the ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management for his outstanding service to the Journal. He has been serving as the Assistant Specialty Editor in the area of Quantitative Methods and a technical reviewer for the Journal since 2009.

 

March 2010

UCF Chapter ranked 11th in the 2010 ASCE/AISC Student Steel Bridge Competition at Purdue University: University of Central Florida's Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) was listed among top competitors in several categories. Competing against 45 teams from U.S., Canada, China, and Puerto Rico, UCF was placed at 25 in construction speed, 10 in lightness, 20 in display, 8 in stiffness, 21 in economy, 8 in efficiency, and 11 in overall performance.

 

UCF Chapter Wins Big in ASCE Southeastern Competitions: University of Central Florida's Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) sweeps prizes at the 2010 Southeastern Conference at Auburn University, AL. Among other prizes and recognitions, UCF wins the first prize in steel bridge competition, third prize in concrete canoe competition, and second prize for overall performance. With this win, the UCF steel bridge team advances to the ASCE national competitions which will take place at Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN) in May 2010.
 

October 2009

CGN3501 (Civil Engineering Materials) class visited the CEMEX local concrete production plant in Winter Park, FL. CEMEX is a global building materials company that provides products and service to customers and communities throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. CEMEX operations network produces, distributes, and markets cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregates, and related building materials in more than 50 countries. Founded in Mexico in 1906, CEMEX maintains trade relationships with more than 100 nations and has grown from a local player to one of the top global companies in the construction industry, with more than 50,000 employees worldwide.