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CIRCLE Distinguished Lecture Series

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May 31, 2023   8:00 am  
Dr. Mani Golparvar-Fard
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CIRCLE Distinguished Lecture Series:

AI-powered Digital Twins for Spatio-Temporal Understanding of Physical Assets in Construction and Use Phases: 
 Where and When Computer Vision Meets BIM and Project Controls

Dr. Mani Golparvar
Professor of Civil Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology Entrepreneurship
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

May 31, 2023
 8:00 a.m. CDT - 9:00 p.m. Beijing Time
via Zoom

ABSTRACT: Understanding the state of a project in space and through time is the foundation of many construction and operation workflows in the built environment. To do so, contractors and owners have tapped into the use of reality capture and BIM-enabled workflows. The exponential growth in the availability of reality and semantic-rich design data, paired with ever more aggressive delivery schedules on recent projects, has called for introduction of solutions that transcend the current capabilities and venture into bleeding-edge AI territory with the goals of (1) automatically identifying design and plan-related risks to improve decision-making, and (2) achieving better control and higher level of predictability through the real-time analysis of production, resources and jobsite conditions. To address these needs, this talk will present the foundational and translational research efforts based on Computer Vision and Machine Learning that leverage this emerging data to automatically create spatio-temporal models that offer geometrical and semantic understanding of physical assets during construction and use phases. The talk will also describe how these semantic-rich reality models can be twinned against BIM and schedule data —in the form of AI-powered digital twins— such that actionable insights based on deviations between actual and expected performance can be generated so that project teams can take corrective actions. The theoretical foundation of these algorithms and systems will be presented during this talk. Lessons learned will be shared on how these solutions have scaled across 1000s of projects, and what their return on investment looks like, at both project and field personnel levels.

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