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This talk is organized into two parts- the first part will focus on the gap between the project delivery capability in India vs the demand for Infrastructure and discuss the attempts made on the use of digital technologies to narrow this gap.  The second part of the talk will focus on an ongoing research project to develop a framework to evaluate the value of design for a built environment product.  This research is centered around the current need in India to build several greenfield university campuses across the country.  Campus designs need to create value building experiences among users in addition to meeting the diverse objectives of various stakeholders involved throughout the life-cycle of the project. The research focuses on linking physical design attributes to human values through various levels of abstractions. Using the Means-Ends Chain Model, a Hierarchical Value Map (HVM) is derived based on the data from two case studies. The HVM serves as a framework for understanding how physical attributes lead to value generation for a built facility. Apart from providing motivational goals, the identified values are used as criteria in a generative design process to optimize design layouts.


Koshy Varghese is a Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras.  Prior to joining IIT Madras, he was at The University of Texas at Austin where he obtained his graduate degrees and worked with the Construction Industry Institute as a Research Fellow.  Koshy’s research focuses on Computer Integrated Construction. He has worked on a wide range of topics ranging in this area.  Koshy is a member of the Editorial Board of Automation in Construction (Elsevier) and a on the Board of Directors as well as the former President of the International Association for Automation and Robotics in Construction (IAARC). 

To register to attend please email csei@imperial.ac.uk