The construction industry is on the verge of a significant transformation. I believe that it will go through a revolution, and with every industrial revolution, it will bring great prosperity to society.
Professor García de Soto is the director of the S.M.A.R.T. Construction Research Group at NYU Abu Dhabi. The core topics of the S.M.A.R.T. Construction Research Group are:
Sustainable and resilient construction
Modularization and lean construction
Robotic systems and automation
Technology integration and information modeling
The mission of this dynamic and interdisciplinary team is to conduct world-leading research that delivers innovative frameworks, methodologies, models, and tools to improve the management of the different phases in the lifecycle of construction projects, and move forward the automation and digitalization of the construction sector.
Our goal is to generate high-impact scholarly work while ensuring a pragmatic viewpoint to guarantee a successful integration in the way we manage the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance, inspection, retrofit, and repair of the infrastructure and communities of the future. We do that by having as a backbone the digitalization and automation of the construction industry coupled with the application of artificial intelligence and the integration of new technologies.