Prospective Focus

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WHO: Lauren Taylor White is a specialist in environmental performance 3D modeling with an emphasis on Digital Project, 3D modeling methods and building tools to increase interoperability and performance for complex buildings.

WHERE: She would like to do apply to do a PhD at CIFE, a program at Stanford in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department

WHERE: Prompted by lead designers at firms to produce as many fast options of complex building forms, she would like to develop a tool to produce many form investigations that are driven by LEED compliance, cost and performance design.

WHY: Since graduating from her Masters program in 03′, all Lauren has done is focus on getting on the 3D modeling teams building the most complex buildings she could find. She is driven by a passion for 3D modeling that rivals her love for music and food. She loves to seek out complex build problems, find solutions and then build tools to make the process easier. The larger goal of why she is on this planet…  “I am here to help reduce building emission and help do my part in saving our beautiful planet by improving environmental modeling processes and I can best do this by focusing my life on researching tools.”

WHEN: Fall, 2011

The Program I would like to do a PhD at:

The PhD Program is part of CIFE at Stanford in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department

(Three others there studying a very similar processes (Digital Project related) to the one I would like to pursue. Their work would be an invaluable foundation to the research I would like to do.)

The below information is from the CIFE website: (Listed so one can see how perfect the program is for my research interests)

The CIFE mission is to be the world’s premier academic research center for Virtual Design and Construction of Architecture – Engineering – Construction (AEC) industry projects.

Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) is the use of multi-disciplinary performance models of design-construction projects, including the Product (i.e., facilities), Work Processes and Organization of the design – construction – operation team in order to support business objectives.

The theoretical basis of VDC includes:

  • Engineering modeling methods: product, organization, process
  • Analysis methods (model-based): including schedule, cost, 4D interactions and process risks
  • Visualization methods
  • Business metrics and focus on strategic management
  • Economic Impact analysis (i.e., models of both the cost and value of capital investments)

Specifically, CIFE objectives include:

· Research – to develop and test innovative new ways to model, visualize, analyze and evaluate the multidisciplinary performance of design-construction projects, and
· Education – to increase awareness of the value and costs of Virtual Design and Construction for practitioners and Stanford students.

CIFE Measurable Breakthrough 2015 Objectives

  • Schedule performance, Cost Conformance, Sustainability, Globalization

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