Seminar: Mining of Design Log Data: Linking Building Design Process and Design Productivity

Event Date: December 1, 2017
Speaker: Baabak Ashuri, PhD
Speaker Affiliation: Georgia Institute of Technology
Time: 1:30 - 2:20 pm
Location: HAMP 2123
Contact Name: Kyu Kang
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School or Program: Construction Engineering and Management
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Baabak Ashuri — Associate Professor in the School of Building Construction and the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech—will speak at 1:30pm Dec. 1 in Hampton Hall Room 2123.

Seminar: Mining of Design Log Data: Linking Building Design Process and Design Productivity

Baabak Ashuri, PhD
Associate Professor, School of Building Construction
Associate Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Director, Construction Research Center
Georgia Tech

December 1, 2017
1:30 PM
HAMP 2123

For more information:  Kyu Kang,


Despite substantial investments in Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) technologies, the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry has not improved productivity as much as other industries, such as manufacturing. The ultimate goal of this research is to improve understanding of the design process for the AEC industry to enable improvements in design productivity. The research objective is to test the hypothesis that individual preferences of designers in the execution of design tasks combined with collaborative characteristics of design teams can explain the variability in design productivity.

The research capitalizes on large volumes of data available in the event logs of computer programs used by designers from numerous disciplines to create building information models. The research connects the disciplines of design management and data analytics to take advantage of the fine-grained, objective and cost-effective data provided in electronic design logs. Fundamental attributes describing individual designers’ preferences in the execution of design tasks are identified from rigorous process mining of a substantially large dataset of actual design log files. It is shown that the identified patterns in the execution of design commands along with the quantified characteristics of design collaboration network have significant effects on explaining and predicting the variability in design productivity.

This research is a significant step beyond existing design productivity assessment methods that rely heavily on manual collection of data, non-verifiable presumptions about design process and often a narrowed view to analyze productivity data. This is the first attempt to reveal the relationship between the productivity and execution patterns of an individual designer using fine-grained, objective and cost-effective data captured non-intrusively from the actual design process.

Dr. Baabak Ashuri is an Associate Professor in the School of Building Construction and School of Civil & Environmental Engineering, and a Fellow of the Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems (BBISS) at Georgia Tech. Dr. Ashuri ’s research focuses on developing the theoretical foundation along with practical methods and tools for systems modeling and decision making in construction engineering and management. Dr. Ashuri’s research has had success in the following areas:

· Construction Economics – Creating novel economic decision-making models for construction project management

· Project Finance & Innovative Project Delivery – Advancing investment valuation methods for civil infrastructure systems and streamlining project delivery through risk analysis

· Project Data Analytics – Improving our understanding about building design development process enabling improvements in design productivity

Dr. Ashuri’s research accomplishments have been recognized by several awards such as The 2017 ASCE Thomas Fitch Rowland Award for the paper entitled “Price Adjustment Clauses and Submitted Bid Prices for Major Asphalt Line Items in Highway Projects” published in the ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering & Management; The 2017 National Research Faculty Award from the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) for advancing construction education and research in the area of decision making and risk management; The 2015 Design-Build Institute of America’s (DBIA’s) Distinguished Leadership Award in the Faculty category for “his extensive works with state departments of transpirations to enhance their awareness and use of design-build, design-build-finance, and public-private partnerships”; and The 2013 High Value Research “Sweet Sixteen” Award from the Value of Research Task Force of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) for his research project “Recommended Guide for Next Generation of Transportation Design Build Procurement and Contracting in the State of Georgia.”

His most significant research achievements are 3 edited book, 2 book chapters, 27 journal articles, 38 research reports, and 66 refereed conference proceedings. Dr. Ashuri has been principal investigator of 26 research grants worth about $2.5M and co-principal investigator of 6 research projects worth about $3.3M. These research projects were sponsored by several public and private organizations, such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy (DOE), the Construction Industry Institute (CII), the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Digital Building Lab (DBL), American Utility Management, Inc. (AUM), Turner Construction, Perkins + Will, and the Georgia Intern Fellowships for Teachers (GIFT). He has been Principal Advisor of 13 Ph.D. students, 19 M.S. students, 17 undergraduate researchers, and 5 Post-docs and Co-Advisor of 4 Ph.D. students.

Dr. Ashuri has gained national and international recognitions as evidenced by his leadership roles as the Secretary, Vice Chair, Chair, currently, Past Chair of the ASCE Construction Research Congress (CRC) and Technical Committee Co-Chair of the 2014 Construction Research Congress (CRC 2014). Dr. Ashuri holds a Ph.D. in Industrial & Systems Engineering, a M.S. in Operations Research, a M.S. in Construction Management, all from Georgia Tech, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Sharif University of Technology.