One of our research projects aims to understand how BIM is changing the communication patterns in construction projects. In the past year, we managed to receive more than 50,000 email logs from cooperating construction/design companies! The gif animation below shows the social networks in 20 projects. Our preliminary result is very exciting. Stay tuned! (special credits to Nishith Singh, graduate student of COSC at TAMU).
The Integrated Computing In Construction (ICIC) Lab at Texas A&M University aims at understanding the role of human factors in the design, construction and management of built environments. Particularly, we strive to investigate how the decision making processes and behaviors affect quality, sustainability and safety in complex projects. To this end, we use computer simulation (Agent-Based Modeling, Discrete Event Simulation and System Dynamics), statistical and mathematical modeling (scenario analysis, topological data analysis), and visualization techniques (BIM game engine, virtual reality and augmented reality).