Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Kaven Hall, 202A
Phone: +1-508-831-5262
Fax: +1-508-831-5808
salazar@wpi.edu

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Guillermo F. Salazar

My academic activity concentrates in the development of formal methods of analysis, computer-based methodologies, and cooperative agreements to evaluate the impact of process integration on the cost of civil engineering projects. Over the last 10 years, this work has been focused primarily on the academic and professional aspects of Building Information Modeling (BIM). This work has produced several computer-based tools. It has also contributed to improve the understanding on how cooperative behaviors and the effective use of information technology and intelligent systems promote efficient project integration. This activity has also lead to the creation of graduate courses, innovative undergraduate curricula integration, and the Master Builder Graduate Program.

I have been a faculty member in the Civil & Environmental Engineering department at WPI since 1983. I teach courses at the graduate and undergraduate level in the area of Construction Project Management. I also advise qualifying projects and theses in this area. During the last five years, I have been working closely with a group of colleagues to promote integration of design and construction emphasizing teamwork, life-cycle cost-benefit analysis, and effective use of information technology within the curricula.

Methods and techniques used in my research include: Building Information Modeling (BIM), multi-attribute decision analysis, computer simulation, knowledge-based expert systems, neural networks, CAD systems, probabilistic analysis, mathematical programming, and data management systems.

My professional and consulting activity spans more than 25 years at national and international levels. It includes professional practice in building and steel construction, statistical and simulation studies in tunneling and regional planning, information systems design, as well as development of computer models for diverse aspects of project management and Design-Construction Integration

Research Interests

  • Building Infrormation Modeling
  • Information Technology
  • Construction Project Management
  • Integration of Design and Construction
  • Collaborative Approaches

Education

  • BSc, Universidad La Salle, 1971
  • MEng, University of Toronto, 1977
  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1983
 
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