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-based Multidisciplinary and Multi-user BIM Systems for Concurrent Engineering Design

Abstract: Building Information Modelling (BIM) and the associated BIM processes of creating a computable and sharable 3D dataset among various domains within a construction project are state-of-the-art technologies for building design. However, the current design paradigm of BIM technologies is a serial design practice, where design and development procedures are executed one after another, centering around a single domain of expertise at a time. As a result, building design projects often suffer from poor coordination, inconsistencies in design information, and abnormalities in the way that multidisciplinary professionals regulate and exchange development life-cycle information. The root cause of the problem is that the ways in which BIM information is captured and stored do not support real-time design information sharing and management. This is not only driven by technologies, but also by the current business model resulting from industry fragmentation. Therefore, in order to remove the root cause, this research intends to apply the concept of Concurrent Engineering to design in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction industry: to explore the requirements for, the features of, and the principle feasibility of a concurrent, multi-user, and multidisciplinary BIM-based building modeling solution. The method will involve problem identification, solution generation, use case explication, prototype design, implementation, experimentation, analysis, and conclusion. The expected outcome will contribute to the body of knowledge in the AEC area by identifying the requirements, features, and supports for BIM-based concurrent design, as well as by creating a new paradigm for it; the developments of a prototype(s) for an interactive experience of concurrent design in the new paradigm; and explore an alternative perspective to enhance BIM collaboration by adopting Concurrent Engineering.

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

Advisor: Rafael Sacks