Civil Engineering

Stanford CIFE Alliance

The Stanford University’s Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE) is the main research center in the world for virtual design and construction of projects related to the field of architecture, engineering and construction. In the same vein, the virtual design and construction (VDC) methodology was developed by this prestigious center, which intends to develop, learn and apply the VDC principles and methods with a view to helping projects provide an exceptional value, and helping member organizations achieve innovative objectives in their projects in terms of design, construction and administration.

As a result of the Third Virtual Design & Construction Program, and in the context of the BIM culture of the Civil Engineering Undergraduate Program, the University of Lima has an alliance with the CIFE. This has led the University to become the single institution of Latin America that is a member of this prestigious organization, together with companies and academic institutions leaders in the use and application of this technology, such as AutoDesk, Google, Project Production Institute, Hilti, among others.

This alliance is essential for the University of Lima given that it represents two opportunities: research and education. As for research, the CIFE works with member companies in order to document problems, and develop and test new innovative ways enabling to model, visualize, analyze and evaluate the multidisciplinary performance of design and construction projects, and validate results. As for education, the idea is to increase knowledge and competence to use methods, and understand the VDC value and costs that represent for professionals and students.

How is all this achieved? Through academic exchange agreements of students, professors and researches with the University of Stanford, the access to projects implemented by the CIFE itself under the VDC methodology, and the opportunity to offer a VDC program aimed at training the professionals in the construction industry by using new technological tools.


Ulima is a member of the Stanford University’s Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE) (February 25, 2019)