Professor Mirosław J. Skibniewski
Impact of 3-D Printing and Related Technologies on Construction Engineering and Related Supply Chains
3-D printing technologies are on their way to revolutionize manufacturing and other industries. Among the recent achievements are successful applications of 3-D printing to the construction of various civil engineering structures and low-rise buildings in the United States, The Netherlands, U.K., China and elsewhere. This presentation focuses on the potential impact of these technologies on the delivery systems of large construction projects, on engineering-construction coordination, and on related supply chains involving multiple manufacturers, suppliers, and service providers. Additionally, the presentation will address new applications of Systems Dynamics concepts for the design and analysis of the improved supply chains of products and services related to 3-D printing, for mass customization of manufactured or 3-D printed sub-components for use on construction sites, for remodeling and retrofit of existing facilities with 3-D printers, and for the impact of 3-D printing on construction productivity, profitability and work safety.
Brief biography of the Speaker
Mirosław J. Skibniewski is currently a Professor of Project Management in the A.J. Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA, where he heads the e-Construction Group. He holds his M.Eng. degree from Warsaw University of Technology, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, all in Civil Engineering. Additionally, Prof. Skibniewski serves as Editor-in-Chief of Automation in Construction, an international research journal published by Elsevier, and as North American Editor of the Journal of Civil Engineering and Management published by Taylor & Francis. He is an author/coauthor of over 300 publications on topics ranging from automation and robotics for the construction industry to the Internet-of-Things and Web-based applications to the management of challenging built infrastructure projects. Prof. Skibniewski's honors include the U.S. National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, American Society of Civil Engineers' W.L. Huber Research Prize, Fulbright Foundation awards, International Association for Automation and Robotics in Construction Tucker-Hasegawa Award, U.K. Royal Academy of Engineering Distinguished Visiting Fellowship, memberships in national academies of engineering in Poland and Russia, an honorary doctorate from Vilnius Gediminas Technical University in Lithuania, and similar awards from academic and government institutions or foundations in Germany, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea and Singapore.
Smart Buildings — Long-Awaited Revolution or Lean Evolution?
It is expected that popularization of smart building technology will redefine the way we work and live in the future. Energy used in buildings represents significant part of global energy consumption and humans spend most of the time indoors. Even now, using proven and commercially available technology, it is possible to achieve significant reduction in building maintenance costs and energy consumption providing more comfortable living environment at the same time. Nevertheless, the promise of intelligent buildings extends far beyond energy efficiency or housing comfort. Together with concept of Internet of Things it may change the world more than the internet did. Will it be so? How this process will look like? What are potential threats? This presentation will briefly cover current trends in building automation systems and try to answer all those questions. It will focus both on currently implemented solutions as well as on potential disruptive technologies that will shape the future of intelligent buildings.
Brief biography of the Speaker
Marcin Bajer holds currently the position of Principal IT Specialist at ABB Corporate Research Center Krakow. He graduated from University of Science and Technology in Kraków, Poland, in field of Computer Control Systems. Since 2008 he has been working at ABB Corporate Research in Kraków, where he was responsible for research and development in field of industrial embedded devices. In 2014 he joined the team developing smart home automation devices where he is responsible for exploration and implementation of latest technology advances in area of building automation systems. His research interests also cover industrial communication protocols, web based information systems and mobile technology. During his time in ABB Corporate Research Center he has participated both as presenter and reviewer in international conferences, and has authored series of scientific papers and patents.