Mia Siyu Chen


Bachelor’s Degree
Hydraulic and Hydro-power Engineering
Yangzhou University

Master’s Degree
MEng Water Conservancy and Hydro-power Construction and Management

Hohai University, Nanjing

MSc Applied Computational Science & Engineering
Imperial College London

PhD Degree (Ongoing)
Civil Engineering, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology

siyu.chen@trimble.com ; siyu.chen@campus.technion.ac.il

Host institution: Trimble

Project Title: Cloud-enabled BIM

Objectives: To train an ESR to research web-enabling mechanisms for a cloud- and web-based real-time, multi-discipline and multiuser BIM editing solution. The ESR has to: a) exploit concepts popularised by cloud document authoring tools, such as Google Docs and Office Online to develop the strategy for real-time cloud BIM authoring; b) exploit concepts popularised by graphics-heavy multiplayer computer games to develop the strategy for synchronous cloud BIM visualisation and exploitation; c) develop a prototype implementation for validation and demonstration, and; d) lead a product unit towards the realisation of a commercial package.

Expected Results: The ESR is expected to realise and demonstrate a cloud BIM prototype able to integrate desktop BIM capabilities and research conducted by other ESRs into a server and web solution that allows for several users to do BIM modelling in the cloud over the web. Also, APIs for existing desktop and mobile solutions will be developed, as well as for allowing an open ecosystem around the cloud-based BIM. The main bulk of the training will be at LocLab Consulting for getting a deep understanding of the various web-enabled online authoring technologies and at University of Cambridge to improve his/her understanding of asset lifecycle data management. A final secondment to LocLab Consulting will explore collaboration on cloud BIM server implementations.

Enrolment in Doctoral degree: Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, PhD Civil Eng. 

Advisor: Rafael Sacks