Daniel Castro-Lacouture

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Chair and Professor, School of Building Construction
(404) 385-6964

Daniel Castro giving presentation.

Daniel Castro-Lacouture, professor and the chair in the School of Building Construction at Georgia Tech. His current research centers on defining and implementing performance evaluation protocols for technology innovation in the built environment, such as sustainable construction materials and alternative sources of energy. He received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia, a Master of Science in Construction Management from The University of Reading, UK, and a Ph.D. in Construction Engineering and Management from Purdue University. He is a member of the International Green Builder Certification Board and the ACE Mentor Program of Atlanta Governing Board, a registered professional engineer, associate editor of Automation in Construction, and was chair of the 2014 ASCE Construction Research Congress. Castro-Lacouture has been co-recipient of the best paper award at two international conferences and has worked in project management in the public and private sectors.

Educational Background
2003 - Ph.D., Construction Engineering and Management, Purdue University
1999 - MSc., Construction Management, University of Reading
1994 - BSc., Civil Engineering, Universidad de Los Andes

Fields

  • Sustainability in engineering design and construction
  • Technology innovations in the built environment
Research: 

Research Ambitions
My overall area of interest consists of defining and deploying evaluation protocols for technology innovations in the built environment. I intend to continue addressing relevant problems in the construction industry, such as the feasibility of multi-scale applications of digital technologies for preconstruction and construction processes, and alternative sources of energy for buildings and communities. At the project level, my focus is on change management and clash detection, and the construction impact of exchanges using BIM. At the community level, I will continue studying alternative energy sources and building connectivity for smart cities.


Research Groups/Labs
Affiliated to the Digital Building Laboratory


Recent Publications
Journal Articles

  • Chang, S., Saha, N., Castro-Lacouture, D., and Yang, P. P. J. (2019). “Multivariate relationships between campus design parameters and energy performance using reinforcement learning and parametric modeling,” Applied Energy, Vol. 249, p. 253-264.
  • Hu, Y., Castro-Lacouture, D., and Eastman, C. M. (2019). “Holistic clash detection improvement using a component dependent network in BIM projects,” Automation in Construction, 105, 102832. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.autcon.2019.102832
  • Kim, S., Chang, S., and Castro-Lacouture, D., (2019). “Dynamic modeling for analyzing impacts of skilled labor shortage on construction project management,” Journal of Management in Engineering, ASCE, 36(1), 04019035.
  • Du, J., Jing, H., Choo, K. K. R., Sugumaran, V., and Castro-Lacouture, D. (2019). “An Ontology and Multi-Agent Based Decision Support Framework for Prefabricated Component Supply Chain,” Information Systems Frontiers, 1-19, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10796-019-09941-x
  • Du, J., Jing, H., Castro-Lacouture, D., and Sugumaran, V. (2019). “Multi-agent simulation for managing design changes in prefabricated construction projects,” Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, DOI 10.1108/ECAM-11-2018-0524‚Äč
  • Hu, Y., and Castro-Lacouture, D. (2018). “Clash Relevance Prediction Based on Machine Learning,” Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, ASCE, 33(2), 04018060.
  • Yang, P. P.-J., Quan, S.-J., Castro-Lacouture, D., and Stuart, B. (2018). "A Geodesign method for managing a closed-loop urban system through algae cultivation," Applied Energy, Vol. 231, No. 1, p. 1372–1382.
  • Yarmohammadi, S., and Castro-Lacouture, D. (2018). “Automated performance measurement for 3D building modeling decisions,” Automation in Construction, Vol. 93, p. 91-111.
  • Afsari, K., Eastman, C. M., and Castro-Lacouture, D. (2017). “JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) data serialization for IFC schema in web-based BIM data exchange,” Automation in Construction, 77, 24-51.
  • Ilbeigi, M., and Castro-Lacouture, D. (2017). “Effects of Price-Adjustment Clauses on Number of Bidders and Dispersion of Bid Prices in Highway Construction,” Journal of Management in Engineering, ASCE, 33(4), 04017013.
  • Ilbeigi, M., Castro-Lacouture, D., and Joukar, A. (2017). “Generalized Autoregressive Conditional Heteroscedasticity Model to Quantify and Forecast Uncertainty in the Price of Asphalt Cement,” Journal of Management in Engineering, ASCE, 33(5), 04017026.
  • Yarmohammadi, S., Pourabolghasem, R., and Castro-Lacouture, D. (2017). “Mining implicit 3D modeling patterns from unstructured temporal BIM log text data,” Automation in Construction, 81, 17-24.
  • Dutt, F., Quan, S. J., Woodworth, E., Castro-Lacouture, D., Stuart, B. J. and Yang, P. P.-J. (2017). “Modeling Algae Powered Neighborhood through GIS and BIM Integration.” Energy Procedia, Vol. 105, May 2017, p. 3830-3836.
  • Chang, S., Castro-Lacouture, D., Dutt, F., and Yang, P. P.-J. (2017). “Framework for evaluating and optimizing algae façades using closed-loop simulation analysis integrated with BIM.” Energy Procedia, 143, 237–244. DOI: 10.1016/j.egypro.2017.12.677
  • Quan, S. J., Igou, T. K., Chang, S., Dutt, F., Castro-Lacouture, D., Chen, Y., and Yang, P. (2017). “Decentralized algal energy system design at various urban densities and scales.” Energy Procedia, 143, 767–773. DOI: 10.1016/j.egypro.2017.12.760
  • Ospina-Alvarado, A., Castro-Lacouture, D., and Roberts, J.S. (2016). “Unified Framework for Construction Project Integration,” Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE, 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001131, 04016019.
  • Juan, Y.-K., Chen, Y.-C., Perng, Y.-H., and Castro-Lacouture, D. (2016). “Optimal Decision Model for Sustainable Hospital Building Renovation—A Case Study of a Vacant School Building Converting into a Community Public Hospital.” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(7):630.
  • Yang, P. P. J., Quan, S. J., Castro-Lacouture, D., Rudolph, C., and Stuart, B. (2014). “Performance metrics for designing an algae-powered eco urban district: A Geodesign perspective.” Energy Procedia, 61, 1487-1490.

Conference Proceedings

  • Hu, Y., Castro-Lacouture, D., and Eastman, C. M. (2019). “Holistic Clash Resolution Improvement Using Spatial Networks,” Proceedings of the ASCE 2019 International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering (i3CE), Atlanta, GA, June 17-19, DOI: 10.1061/9780784482445.027
  • Chang, S., Castro-Lacouture, D., Matsui, K., and Yamagata, Y. (2019). “Planning and Monitoring of Building Energy Demands under Uncertainties by Using IoT Data”. Proceedings of the ASCE 2019 International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering (i3CE). Atlanta, GA, June 17-19, DOI: 10.1061/9780784482445.027
  • Garcia, L., and Castro-Lacouture, D. (2019). “Cast-in-Place Reinforced Concrete Project Model Exchange Standards: Technology Challenges and Process Automation,” Proceedings of the ASCE 2019 International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering (i3CE). Atlanta, GA, June 17-19, DOI: 10.1061/9780784482445.027
  • Chang, S., Yoshida, T., Matsui, K., Castro-Lacouture, D., and Yamagata, Y. (2019). “An Ontology to Sustainability Provision System of Energy Demands and Indoor Thermal Comfort by Integrating Building Energy Models with IoT – Focusing on Residential Building in Kyojima, Tokyo”, Proceedings of the CIB World Building Congress, Hong Kong, June 17-21, 2019.
  • Hu, Y., and Castro-Lacouture, D. (2018). “Clash Relevance Prediction in BIM-based Design Coordination Using Bayesian Statistics,” Proceedings of the 2018 Construction Research Congress (CRC), ASCE, New Orleans, LA, April 2-4, 2018.
  • Chang, S., Saha, N., Castro-Lacouture, D., and Yang, P. P.-J. (2018). “Generative design and performance modeling for relationships between urban built forms, sky opening, solar radiation and energy,” Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Applied Energy (ICAE2018), 22-25 August 2018, Hong Kong, China.
  • Quan, S.J., Igou, T.S., Chang, S., Dutt, F., Castro-Lacouture, D., Chen, Y., and Yang, P. P.-J. (2017). “Decentralized algal energy system design at various urban densities and scales,” Proceedings of the World Engineers Summit – Applied Energy Symposium & Forum: Low Carbon Cities & Urban Energy Joint Conference, WES-CUE 2017, 19–21 July 2017, Singapore.
  • Chang, S., Castro-Lacouture, D., Dutt, F., and Yang, P. P.-J. (2017), “Framework for evaluating and optimizing algae façades using closed-loop simulation analysis integrated with BIM,” Proceedings of the World Engineers Summit – Applied Energy Symposium & Forum: Low Carbon Cities & Urban Energy Joint Conference, WES-CUE 2017, 19–21 July 2017, Singapore.
  • Tijo-Lopez, S., and Castro-Lacouture, D. (2016). “A System Dynamics Model for the Selection of Construction Parameters in Energy Efficient Housing,” Proceedings of ELAGEC 2016, November 15-18. p. 211-219.
  • Wasmi, H.A., and Castro-Lacouture, D. (2016). “Potential Impacts of BIM-Based Cost Estimating in Conceptual Building Design: A University Building Renovation Case Study.” Proceedings of the 2016 Construction Research Congress, ASCE, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/9780784479827.042
  • Tijo-Lopez, S., and Castro-Lacouture, D. (2016). “Selection of the Design and Construction Parameters for Energy Efficient Housing Using System Dynamics.” Proceedings of the 2016 Construction Research Congress, ASCE, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/9780784479827.125#sthash.bUNGO6us.dpuf
  • Fandino, J.F., Castro-Lacouture, D., and Arango, D. (2015). “Incorporation of LEED Criteria into Architectural Design Process: A Strategy to Increase Construction Quality.” Proceedings of the International Congress on Rehabilitation of Structures (CONPAT 2015), Lisbon, Portugal, September 8-10, 2015.
  • Florez, L., and Castro-Lacouture, D. (2015). “Modeling and Quantifying Crew Design Rules in Masonry Construction.” Proceedings of the 12th North American Masonry Conference, Denver, Colorado,  May 17-20, 2015.
  • Luo, S., and Castro-Lacouture, D. (2015). “Holistic Modeling of Microalgae for Powering Residential Communities.” Proceedings of the Applied Energy Symposium and Summit 2015: Low-Carbon and Urban Energy Systems (CUE 2015), Fuzhou, China, November 15-17, 2015.
  • Zhou, H., and Castro-Lacouture, D. (2015). Integrated Ecological Assessment of Engineering Projects Based on Emergy Analysis.” Proceedings of the Applied Energy Symposium and Summit 2015: Low-Carbon and Urban Energy Systems (CUE 2015), Fuzhou, China, November 15-17, 2015.
  • Castro-Lacouture, D., Quan, S.-J., and Yang, P. P.-J. (2014). “GIS-BIM Framework for Integrating Urban Systems, Waste Stream and Algal Cultivation in Residential Construction.” Proceedings of the 31st International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction, ISARC, Sydney, Australia, July 9-11, p. 576-583.
  • Florez, L., and Castro-Lacouture, D. (2014). “Decision Support System for Sustainable Labor Management in Masonry Construction,” Proceedings of the 31st International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction, ISARC, Sydney, Australia, July 9-11, p. 536-543.
  • Florez, L., Castro-Lacouture, D., and Gentry, R. (2014). “Workflows in Masonry Construction: Analysis of Labor Requirements,” Proceedings of the 9th International Masonry Conference, Guimarães, Portugal, July 7-9, 2014.
  • Florez, L., and Castro-Lacouture, D. (2014). “Decision Support System for Sustainable Labor Management in Masonry Construction,” Proceedings of the ISERC 2014 Conference, Construction Research Track, Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), Montreal, Canada, May 31st - June 3rd.
  • Thomas, A., Irizarry, J., Ryherd, E. E., Castro-Lacouture, D., and Porter, R. (2014). “Aircraft Sound Transmission in Homes Categorized by Typical Construction Type,” Proceedings of the 2014 ASCE Construction Research Congress, Atlanta, GA, USA, May 19-21, p. 1586-1595.
  • Florez, L. and Castro-Lacouture, D. (2014). “Optimal Crew Design for Masonry Construction Projects Considering Contractor’s Requirements and Workers’ Needs,” Proceedings of the 2014 ASCE Construction Research Congress, Atlanta, GA, USA, May 19-21, p. 1149-1158.
  • Yang, P. P., Quan, S. J., Castro-Lacouture, D., Rudolph, C., and Stuart, B. (2014). GIS-based Planning Support System for Waste Stream and Algal Cultivation in Residential Construction, Proceedings of the 2014 ASCE Construction Research Congress, Atlanta, GA, USA, May 19-21, p. 2385-2394.

Books and Book Chapters 

  • Yates, J.K., and Castro-Lacouture, D. (2016). Sustainability in Engineering Design and Construction, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, ISBN: 1498733913, 452 pages. 
  • Proceedings of the 2014 ASCE Construction Research Congress: Construction in a Global Network, Construction Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers,  Daniel Castro-Lacouture, Javier Irizarry, and Baabak Ashuri (Eds.), Atlanta, Georgia, May 19-21, 2014, 2405 pages.
  • Castro-Lacouture, D. (2014). “Resource Management and Closed-Loop Systems: Advancing Sustainable Performance Metrics,” in Measurement Science for Sustainable Construction and Manufacturing, Bilal M. Ayyub, Richard Wright, Gerald Galloway (Eds.), Reston, VA: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)/American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
  • Florez, L., and Castro-Lacouture, D. (2013). Materials Selection in Green Construction: Quantitative and Qualitative Considerations for Designers and Construction Managers, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, United States. ISBN 978-3-8454-4182-5.
  • Proceedings of the Fourth Pan American Conference on Construction Management and Economics (ELAGEC IV), Harrison Mesa and Daniel Castro-Lacouture (Eds.), Santiago, Chile, October 4-5, 2012

Recent Funded Projects

Title of Project: Sustainable Housing through Holistic Waste Stream Management and Algal Cultivation

  • Agency/Company: National Science Foundation (SEP Program)
  • Collaborators: Charles Rudolph, Perry Yang
  • Period of Contract: 9/1/2012 – 8/30/2016 

Title of Project: Zero Energy Housing Prototype

  • Agency/Company: Architecture for Humanity / San Francisco, CA
  • Collaborators: Michael Gamble, Godfried Augenbroe, Russell Gentry
  • Period of Contract: 08/05/13 – 01/31/2016

Title of Project: Solar Installation, Mounting, Production, Labor, and Equipment Balance of System (SIMPLE BoS)

  • Agency/Company: Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative via GTRI
  • Collaborators: Baabak Ashuri
  • Period of Contract: 01/01/13 – 12/31/2013

Title of Project: Evaluation of Data Requirements for Computerized Constructability Analysis of Pavement Rehabilitation Projects

  • Agency/Company: Georgia Department of Transportation
  • Collaborators: Javier Irizarry
  • Period of Contract: 5/1/2011 – 4/30/2013
Teaching: 

Recent Courses

  • Fall 2015                      CEE 4110                   Const. Plans and Estimates    
  • Spring, 2014                BC 8000                      Ph.D. Seminar                        
  • Fall, 2013                     BC 3600                      Construction Cost Mgmt       
  • Fall, 2013                     ARCH/BC 6731          Zero Energy Housing             
  • Fall, 2013                     CEE 4120                    Construction Operations
  • Spring, 2013                BC 8000                      Ph.D. Seminar                        
  • Spring, 2013                BC 8803                      Special Topics: Prod Solar Contr       
  • Spring, 2013                COA 8833                   Special Topics: Zero Energy Housing
  • Fall, 2012                     BC 3600                      Construction Cost Mgmt       
  • Spring, 2012                BC 4803                      Special Topics: Preconstr Workshop  
  • Spring, 2012                BC 8000                      Ph.D. Seminar                        
  • Spring, 2012                COA 8833                   Special Topics: Zero Energy Housing
  • Fall, 2011                     BC 3600                      Construction Cost Mgmt 26
  • Fall, 2011                     BC 4803                      Special Topics: Preconstr Workshop  
  • Fall, 2011                     BC 8813                      Special Topics: CII Best Practices     
  • Spring, 2011                BC 8000                      Ph.D. Seminar                        
  • Spring, 2011                COA 8833                   Special Topics: Zero Energy Housing

Dissertations Supervised

  • Silvia Tijo, “Constructability Perspective on Sustainable Housing through Holistic Waste Stream Management and Algal Cultivation,” Ph.D. student, School of Building Construction, Georgia Institute of Technology, supervised since Fall 2013.
  • Wayne Shannon, “Public Policy Perspective on Construction of Sustainable Housing through Holistic Waste Stream Management and Algal Cultivation,” Ph.D. student, School of Building Construction, Georgia Institute of Technology, supervised since Fall 2013.
  • Laura Florez, “Sustainable Workforce Scheduling in Construction Program Management,” Ph.D. Dissertation, School of Building Construction, Georgia Institute of Technology, graduated Fall 2015.
  • Angelica Ospina-Alvarado, “Unified Framework for Construction Project Integration and its Association with Project Performance,” Ph.D. Dissertation, School of Building Construction, Georgia Institute of Technology, graduated Spring 2011. Current position: Lecturer at Universidad de Los Andes and Chief Technical Officer at SETRI Sustentabilidad SAS (Colombia).
  • Chawin Ngoenchuklin, “Applicability of Prefabrication Technologies in the Thai Housing Market,” thesis option, School of Building Construction, Georgia Institute of Technology, graduated Summer 2014. Current position: Architect at Smallwood Reynolds Stewart Stewart.
  • Maria Quinones, “Decision Support System for Building Construction Product Selection Using Life-Cycle Management (LCM),” M.S. Thesis, School of Building Construction, Georgia Institute of Technology, graduated Summer 2011. Current position: Project Lead, New Market Initiatives, Elevate Energy.
  • Geetanjali Ningappa, “Use of Lean and Building Information Modeling (BIM) in the Construction Process; Does BIM Make it Leaner?” M.S. Thesis, School of Building Construction, Georgia Institute of Technology, graduated Spring 2011. Current position: Project Coordinator at Spaceworks Architecture.