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Brazos Valley Project Managers: September Meeting

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Synopsis: Teaching robots additive manufacturing with geofoam, or How to revolutionize a construction industry in 6 weeks.

Robotics are poised to profoundly transform the landscape of the architecture, engineering, and construction professions.
In anticipation of this transition, a team of five faculty and two Texas A&M students tackled designing and executing a pioneering 6-week long robotics project at Autodesk-Boston this summer. In this talk the presenters will discuss the benefits and challenges that arise when managing an interdisciplinary team from multiple disciplines who come to the table to collaborate on a common project with differing priorities and definitions of success.

Speaker Bios:
Dr. Zofia K. Rybkowski finds ingenuity flourishing wherever she goes. So far she has called seven US states and three countries home, has earned graduate degrees in Biology, Civil Engineering, and Architecture, and is a top-rated professor at TAMU Construction Science. Zofia is deeply engaged in research on how to make people’s work more meaningful, our life as a society richer, and save the environment, while bringing the coolest technologies to the areas that appear mundane to less curious minds.

Dr. Amir Behzadan is an Associate Professor and Research Coordinator in the Department of Construction Science at Texas A&M University. He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering in 2008 and his Master’s degree in Construction Engineering and Management in 2005 both from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His current research interests include construction informatics and data analytics, autonomous construction systems, and data-driven simulation and visualization. His projects have been funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), and Engineering Information Foundation (EiF) among others. He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, as well as technical reports. A member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) since 2000, he also serves on the editorial board of the ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management

Dr. Julian Kang is an Associate Professor of Construction Science at Texas A&M University. He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering in 2001 from Texas A&M University, and his Master’s degree in Civil Engineering in 1988 from Yonsei University in South Korea. From 1989, he worked for KEPCO Engineering and Construction Company in South Korea for 9 years where he led the effort to develop a 3D CAD based project information management system, which is similar to Building Information Modeling (BIM). He has been teaching Building Information Modeling at Texas A&M University for last 10 years, and many of his students are leading the construction industry in terms of using BIM. With his graduate students, he also developed the BIM CAVE (Computer Aided Virtual Environment). In addition to BIM, he is also interested in using Drones, Virtual Reality, and 3D Printing technology to advance our decision making process in the course of construction and execute the project more creatively.

Additional Info:
The Brazos Valley Project Managers group (BVPM) is a venue of the Houston Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI). Our meetings are free and open to everyone. You do not need to be a member or a project manager.
Our meetings cover a wide range of topics from leadership
to communications to organization techniques; beneficial across all industries.

Pizza, refreshments, and networking begin at 5:30PM.

The presentation will begin at 6:00PM