BIM Leader Honored with Peurifoy Construction Research Award

April 28, 2017

ASCE has honored Martin A. Fischer, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE, with the 2017 Peurifoy Construction Research Award for his leadership of research, education, and industry outreach that have advanced the adoption and use of digital building information models to enhance the life-cycle sustainability of U.S. and international buildings and infrastructure.

For more than two decades, Fischer has spearheaded a program of outreach to develop and disseminate groundbreaking theory, methods, and tools for deploying virtual design and construction (VDC) techniques into civil engineering theory and practice, based on the advanced use of digital building information models.

He has not only devoted his career to developing and prototyping the first broadly usable tools to create 4D (three spatial dimensions plus time) models of the construction process, but he has also persuaded and assisted progressive owners, builders, and construction software developers – including Walt Disney Imagineering, the U.S. General Services Administration, DPR Construction, Mortensen, WSP|Parsons Brinkerhoff, Autodesk, and Bentley Systems in the United States; Skanska and NCC in Sweden; CCC in Greece; and YIT in Finland, along with innumerable other firms worldwide – to work with his students and alumni to test and refine 4D and 5D (adding the cost dimension) concepts and techniques over more than two decades.

The Peurifoy Construction Research Award is made to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of construction engineering through research and development of new technology, principles, or practice.

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