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Join us in congratulating our scholarship recipients

Parul Dubey on September 17, 2020 - in News, People

Join us in celebrating the hard work put in this summer by our CDX researchers! The final presentations were phenomenal, putting on display their investigative findings using the CDX framework and terminology. Each came up with unique solution prototypes to a different AEC interoperability ‘shared pain’. 

Andrew Foley, senior civil engineering student at Purdue University, researched the digital supply chain of trade production tracking. Andrew’s CDX investigation began with his internship responsibility of tracking process piping installation in the field, and ended with use cases for Walsh’s estimating department to leverage historical quantities and forecast future project production rates. 

Jenna Levi, senior mechanical engineering student at The Ohio State University, investigated Document Control & Submittal Review standards. A Walsh Intern alumni, Jenna’s CDX investigation began by surveying Interns, PEs, & PMs to identify Document Control as an opportunity for improvement. Her presentation concluded with a prototype for standardizing training and scaling best practices across the organization. 

While each student researcher is walking away with a $2,500 scholarship courtesy of Bluebeam, there were two researchers that really stood out.

Congratulations to Trina Cook, senior civil engineering student at Purdue University Northwest, on winning the Intern Excellence Award for her presentation of the #sharedpains facing the GC, Owners Rep, and Designer across each stage of the RFI. The CDX scenario below identifies the interoperability breakdowns across the RFI workflow on the infrastructure project where she interned.

According to Dan Smolilo, CDX mentor and director of process & innovation for the Walsh Group, Trina really dove into understanding the root causes of each breakdown in the RFI process. Trina is taking home a grand total $5,000 scholarship courtesy of Bluebeam.

Last, but not least, let’s congratulate the winner of the overall innovation award – Abdullah Al Suhaibani! 

Adbullah is a civil engineering graduate student at the University of Texas – Austin. His research focused on the quality assurance and non-conformance report exchanges on Design-Build projects between Zachry Construction, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), and third party inspectors.

Abdullah’s presentation was unanimously voted the winner by our CDX Advisory Panel. According to Joe Williams, VP of global industry insights for Bluebeam, Abdullah’s prototype solution was the most viable because he took a more project and owner-centric view of the problem and how to solve it.

Once again – congratulations to our innagural class of Bluebeam CDX Scholarship Researchers! A special thanks to Bluebeam for making this possible. A quick word from Bluebeam Sr. Community Development Manager Kellie Ward, 

“Congratulations to each of the winners of the Bluebeam CDX Scholarship! We have been so honored to be a part of these students’ journeys as they dedicated their time to solving real industry problems. Thanks to the CPC for partnering with us to provide a platform that recognizes these students as true industry heroes!”

View the recordings from each CDX research presentation on our YouTube channel.


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