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Borja Garcia de Soto, Ph.D., PE

Borja Garcia de Soto, Ph.D., PE

Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering NYUAD
Global Network Assistant Professor NYU

Civil and Urban Engineering

Biography

With over ten years of professional experience in the construction industry and Professional Engineer (PE) licenses in California and Florida, Borja has international experience in multiple aspects of project management, including project cost estimating, risk management and control, delay analysis and forensic engineering.

Borja received his PhD from ETH Zurich. He also holds an MSc in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Engineering and Project Management from the University of California at Berkeley, an MSc in Civil Engineering with a concentration in structural design from Florida International University (FIU), and a BSc in Civil Engineering (graduated cum laude) also from FIU.

Journal Articles

García de Soto, Borja, Isolda Agustí Juan, Jens Hunhevicz, Samuel Joss, Konrad Graser, Guillaume Habert, Bryan Adey "Productivity of digital fabrication in construction: cost and time analysis of a robotically built wall." Automation in Construction (2018) (in production, DOI: 10.1016/j.autcon.2018.04.004)

García de Soto, Borja, Andreas Bumbacher, Markus Deublein, and Bryan T. Adey . "Predicting Road Traffic Accidents using Artificial Neural Network Models." Infrastructure Asset Management (2018) (accepted, DOI: 10.1680/jinam.17.00028).

García de Soto, Borja, Bryan T. Adey, and Dilum Fernando. "A hybrid methodology to estimate construction material quantities at an early project phase." International Journal of Construction Management 17, no. 3 (2017): 165-196.

Adey, Bryan T., Borja García de Soto, and Christian Senn. "Evaluating the operation and routine maintenance of municipal roads in Switzerland." Infrastructure Asset Management 4, no. 3 (2017): 96-108.

Ioannidou, Dimitra, Stefano Zerbi, Borja García de Soto, and Guillaume Habert. "Where does the money go? Economic flow analysis of construction projects." Building Research & Information (2017): 1-19.

Nguyen, Long D., Ying-Yi Chih, and Borja García de Soto. "Knowledge Areas Delivered in Project Management Programs: Exploratory Study." Journal of Management in Engineering 33, no. 1 (2016): 04016025.

Deublein, Markus, Matthias Schubert, Bryan T. Adey, and Borja García de Soto. "A Bayesian network model to predict accidents on Swiss highways." Infrastructure Asset Management 2, no. 4 (2015): 145-158.

García de Soto, Borja, Bryan T. Adey, and Dilum Fernando. "A process for the development and evaluation of preliminary construction material quantity estimation models using backward elimination regression and neural networks." Journal of Cost Analysis and Parametrics 7, no. 3 (2014): 180-218.

Nguyen, Long D., Jax Kneppers, Borja García de Soto, and William Ibbs. "Analysis of adverse weather for excusable delays." Journal of Construction Engineering and Management 136, no. 12 (2010): 1258-1267.

Nguyen, Long D., Jax Kneppers, and Borja García de Soto. "Unusually Severe Weather and Time Extensions." Cost Engineering Journal 51, no. 12 (2009): 14-17.

Other Publications

Wu, Keyi, Borja García de Soto, Feilian Zhang, and Bryan T. Adey. "Automatic Generation of the Consumption for Temporary Construction Structures Using BIM: Applications to Formwork." In proceedings to the 35th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction (ISARC) and International AEC/FM Hackathon, 20-25 July, Berlin, Germany (2018).

García de Soto, B., Isolda Agustí Juan, Samuel Joss, Jens Hunhevicz, Guillaume Habert, and Bryant T. Adey. "Rethinking the roles in the AEC industry to accommodate digital fabrication." Sixth Creative Construction Conference 2018, CCC 2018, 30 June - 3 July 2018, Ljubljana, Slovenia (accepted).

Susset, R., Borja García de Soto, Claus Maier. "Determination of a classification tool for IFC data models based on a predefined classification system." Sixth Creative Construction Conference 2018, CCC 2018, 30 June - 3 July 2018, Ljubljana, Slovenia (accepted).

Kerwin, Sean, Borja García de Soto, and Bryan T. Adey. "Comparison of the predictive performance of artificial neural network models for water main failures." In proceedings to the Sixth International Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering (IALCCE2018),  28-31 October 2018, Ghent, Belgium (2018).

Amiri, Roya, Javad Majrouhi Sardroud, and Borja García de Soto. "BIM-based Applications of Metaheuristic Algorithms to Support the Decision-making Process: Uses in the Planning of Construction Site Layout." Procedia Engineering 196 (2017): 558-564.

García de Soto, Borja, Anton Rosarius, Jochen Rieger, Qian Chen, and Bryan T. Adey. "Using a Tabu-search Algorithm and 4D Models to Improve Construction Project Schedules." Procedia Engineering 196 (2017): 698-705.

Kneppers, Jax, and Borja García de Soto. "Workflow Improvements and Project Success Driven by Mobile Technology." In 2017 AACE Annual Meeting. AACE, 2017.

Chen, Qian, Yunus Emre Harmanci, Yaowen Ou, and Borja García de Soto. "Robust IFC Files to Improve Information Exchange: An Application for Thermal Energy Simulation." Resilient Structures and Sustainable Construction (2017): AAE-4.

Ou, Yaowen, Yunus Emre Harmanci, Qian Chen, Borja García de Soto, Vasileios Ntertimanis, and Eleni Chatzi. "A Finite Element Analysis Approach to Improve Interoperability for Thermal Energy Simulations." Resilient Structures and Sustainable Construction (2017): AAE-5.

Streule, Thomas, Nino Miserini, Olin Bartlomé, Michael Klippel, and Borja García de Soto. "Implementation of Scrum in the Construction Industry." Procedia Engineering 164 (2016): 269-276.

García de Soto, Borja, and Bryan T. Adey. "Preliminary Resource-based Estimates Combining Artificial Intelligence Approaches and Traditional Techniques." Procedia Engineering 164 (2016): 261-268.

Kneppers, Jax, and Borja García de Soto. "Mobile Collection Technology to Develop Accurate Cost Reports." In 2016 AACE International Annual Meeting. 2016.

Senn, Christian, Borja García de Soto, Bryan T. Adey, Simon Caspar, and Reto Camenzind. Effizienter Betrieb und Unterhalt der technischen Infrastruktur (EFFIN): Schlussbericht. ETH Zurich, 2016.

Nguyen, Long D., Ying-Yi Chih, and Borja García de Soto. "Exploring knowledge areas offered in project management programs in construction." In ICSC15: The Canadian Society for Civil Engineering 5th International/11th Construction Specialty Conference (2015).

García de Soto, Borja, and Bryan T. Adey. "Regression-Based Estimation of Material Quantities Using Case-Based Reasoning." In 2015 AACE International Annual Meeting. AACEI, 2015.

Chih, Ying-Yi, Long D. Nguyen, and Borja García de Soto. "Knowledge Areas Taught in Project Management Programs in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States." In 12th Bi-Annual IRNOP Conference, IRNOP 2015. The Bartlett, UCL Faculty of the Built Environment, 2015.

García de Soto, Borja, and Bryan T. Adey. "Investigation of the case-based reasoning retrieval process to estimate resources in construction projects." Procedia Engineering 123 (2015): 169-181.

García de Soto, Borja. "A methodology to make accurate preliminary estimates of construction material quantities for construction projects." PhD diss., ETH Zurich, 2014. https://doi.org/10.3929/ethz-a-010361720

García de Soto, Borja, D. Fernando, and B. T. Adey. "Methodology to accurately estimate the quantities of construction materials used in cement plant construction projects." MIP Project. Internal HGRS Report. Holderbank, Switzerland (2013).

García de Soto, Borja, D. Fernando, and Bryan T. Adey. "Evaluation of models to predict the construction material quantities of cylindrical storage structures." In proceedings to the ISPA (International Society of Parametric Analysts) / SCEA (Society of Cost Estimating and Analysis) Joint International Conference. Brussels, Belgium. May 14-17, 2012.

Education

ETH Zurich, 2015

Doctor of Science, Civil Engineering

University of California, Berkeley, 2004

Master of Science, Engineering and Project Management

Awards + Distinctions

  • ASCE Smart Brief (Publication featured in the March 2017 ASCE Smart Brief)
  • ICE Publishing Awards 2016 (best work published in the Infrastructure Asset Management journal)
  • Construction and Infrastructure Award, ETH Zurich 2015 (Dissertation)
  • Dean's List (BSc/MSc)
  • 2000 Florida-Georgia Alliance Competition Award

Affiliations

  • Licensed Civil Engineer at the California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists - CA PE License No: 75841
  • Licensed Civil Engineer at the Florida Board of Professional Engineers - FL PE License No: 68753
  • Member of the Scientific Committee, Creative Construction Conference
  • Certified Engineer Intern from the US National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying - Certificate No. 1100007275
  • Founder and Past President of the ASCE Switzerland International Group (2015-2017)
  • Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers

Research Interests

  • Information technology and information models to improve the management of projects
  • Artificial intelligence and automation in construction processes
  • Optimization of construction schedules and cost estimates (n-D models)
  • Information flow (interoperability) during different project phases and stakeholders
  • Agile and lean construction