Embracing a New Future for Construction Innovation

Lecture / Panel
For NYU Community

Embracing a New Future for Construction Innovation

Daniel Hall
PhD Candidate
Stanford University
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. 

Several product and process innovations in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry demonstrate significant value, yet they are often not adopted due to a fragmented industry structure and decentralized project organization. In this talk, I propose two opportunities for the AEC industry to overcome barriers to innovation adoption and embrace a new future of construction innovation. Drawing from my current research, I construct and analyze a new theory that links sets of project integration strategies (such as BIM, colocation, and early involvement of stakeholders) with highly innovative projects. The result is a ‘recipe for systemic innovation’ with the potential to unlock innovation for large, complex projects. Looking forward, I present a research vision to investigate the technical, organizational, and market innovations for an emerging entrepreneurial strategy known as Industrialized Construction.

He works in the Global Projects Center under the advising of Dr. Raymond E. Levitt. The overarching theme of his research is to enhance construction project governance - and hence project outcomes - through a transformation from fragmented project delivery methods to new organizational models that integrate the supply chain of the vertically and horizontally fragmented construction industry. Daniel’s research topics include Integrated Project Delivery, construction innovation, industrialized construction, and lean construction. Previously he completed his MS in the Sustainable Design & Construction Program at Stanford University in 2014 and his BS in Architectural Engineering at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2008.