ASCE has honored Charles M. Eastman, Aff.M.ASCE, with the 2017 Computing in Civil Engineering Award for his extraordinary leadership in the advancement of computing in civil engineering through academic research, project application, and Society service.
Eastman is known for his outstanding accomplishments in computer-aided design and construction and his contributions to promoting digital building-construction technologies with regard to AEC CAD, solid and parametric modeling, product modeling, and interoperability over a period of more than 40 years. He has long been considered a pioneer in computer-based building design and construction and a globally recognized leader in the development and application of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and other digital technologies related to the design, construction, and management of the built environment.
He founded the Digital Building Laboratory in 2009. Through the DBL’s research and service activities, Eastman has been an inspiration to many in terms of realizing the importance of cross-collaboration among academics and players in the AEC industry, including contractors, engineers, architects, fabricators, and software developers. From such collaboration, Eastman has demonstrated how to drive the AEC sector forward with technology by prioritizing research needs and developing digital tools that can be marketed.
The Computing in Civil Engineering Award recognizes outstanding achievement and contribution in the use of computers in the practice of civil engineering.