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Academic background

Pieter Pauwels works as an Associate Professor at the Eindhoven University of Technology, the Department of the Built Environment. He previously worked at the Dept. of Architecture and Urban Planning at Ghent University (2008-2019). His work and interests are in information system support for the building life-cycle (architectural design, construction, building operation). With a lot of experience and knowledge in computer science and software development, he is involved in a number of industry-oriented research projects on topics affiliated to AI in construction, design thinking, Building Information Modelling (BIM), Linked Building Data (LBD), Linked Data in Architecture and Construction (LDAC), and Semantic Web technologies.

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We need distributed building data over the web in response to today's challenge in the construction industry

Experience

Pieter Pauwels has always been strongly involved in research. His PhD research position was a fully funded research position (2008-2012), after which he took on a 100% research oriented Postdoc position at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA; 2012-2014). In this period, he gained experience in an interdisciplinary institute for Humanities and Computer Science. After 2014, Pieter has been mainly involved in the architectural design and construction industry, aiming to bring building data to the web (linked data, semantic web). With a half-time IT consultancy position between 2017 and 2019, a lot of applied software engineering experience was gained.

Education and Teaching

Pieter Pauwels lectures several BIM courses and courses on Building Informatics, including expertise in all sorts of databases (relational, graph, and object-oriented DBs) and programming languages (Java, .NET, Javascript, Node, Python). Most prominent are the courses:

  • UGain BIM: information management for construction (post-academic course)
  • UGent BIM modelling course: 3rd Bachelor Engineering Architecture
  • TUe Fundamentals of BIM
  • Building Informatics guest lectures
  • Linked Data in Architecture and Construction hands-on course

Research profile

In his research, he investigates how and to what extent information system support may be provided for architecture and construction. This research explores the usage of information management techniques, particularly including semantic web technologies and linked data, for design decision support.

Major topics in his research interest are:

  • Linked Building Data
  • Semantic Web technologies
  • (Design) Decision Support
  • AI for Construction
  • Creativity and Cognition in Design and Engineering

Education/Academic qualification

Civil engineering, Master, Ghent University

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Research Output 2008 2020

63 Citations (Scopus)

Semantic web technologies in AEC industry: a literature review

Pauwels, P., Zhang, S. & Lee, Y-C., 2017, In : Automation in Construction. 73, C, p. 145-165 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Construction industry
Semantic Web
Computer programming
Interoperability
Geographic information systems
14 Citations (Scopus)
1 Downloads (Pure)

A performance benchmark over semantic rule checking approaches in construction industry

Pauwels, P., de Farias, T., Zhang, C., Roxin, A., Beetz, J., De Roo, J. & Nicolle, C., 1 Aug 2017, In : Advanced Engineering Informatics. 33, p. 68-88 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Construction industry
Semantics
Architectural design
Semantic Web
Data structures

Supporting decision-making in the building life-cycle using linked building data

Pauwels, P., 2014, In : Buildings. 4, 3, p. 549-579 31 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Life cycle
Decision making
Interoperability
104 Citations (Scopus)

EXPRESS to OWL for construction industry: towards a recommendable and usable ifcOWL ontology

Pauwels, P. & Terkaj, W., 2016, In : Automation in Construction. 63, p. 100-133 34 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Construction industry
Ontology
Semantic Web
Information management
Industry
117 Citations (Scopus)

A semantic rule checking environment for building performance checking

Pauwels, P., Van Deursen, D., Verstraeten, R., De Roo, J., De Meyer, R., Van De Walle, R. & Van Campenhout, J., 2011, In : Automation in Construction. 20, 5, p. 506-518 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Semantics
Semantic Web
Industry
Specification languages
Construction industry

Activities 2015 2019

  • 26 Publication peer-review
  • 3 Editorial activity
  • 1 Workshop, seminar, course or exhibition

Advanced Engineering Informatics (Journal)

Pieter Pauwels (Peer reviewer)
27 Dec 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-reviewScientific

Automation in Construction (Journal)

Pieter Pauwels (Peer reviewer)
15 Dec 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-reviewScientific

Automation in Construction (Journal)

Pieter Pauwels (Peer reviewer)
11 Dec 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-reviewScientific

Applied Ontology (Journal)

Pieter Pauwels (Peer reviewer)
5 Sep 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-reviewScientific

Advances in engineering software (Journal)

Pieter Pauwels (Peer reviewer)
4 Aug 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-reviewScientific

Courses

Parametric design

1/09/15 → …

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