Dr. Liam Butler’s Collaborative Paper Wins Prestigious ASCE Award

A paper co-authored by Prof. Liam Butler and former University of Cambridge colleagues has been awarded the 2019 James Croes Medal from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).


Titled “Structural Performance Monitoring Using a Dynamic Data-Driven BIM Environment”, and published in the Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering in May 2018, the research paper explores the development of a data-driven and dynamic BIM approach to leverage integrated sensor data for decision making.

Authors include: Dr Manuel Davila Delgado (Big Data Enterprise and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the University of the West of England (UWE) Bristol); Prof Liam Butler (Lassonde School of Engineering, York University); Dr Ioannis Brilakis (Construction Information Technology Laboratory, University of Cambridge); Dr Mohammed Elshafie (Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction, University of Cambridge); Prof Campbell Middleton (Laing O’Rourke Centre for Construction Engineering, University of Cambridge).

The James Croes Medal was established by ASCE in 1912, and is named in honour of the first recipient of the Norman Medal, John James Robertson Croes, past President of ASCE, which is the Society’s most prestigious prize. The James Croes Medal is awarded to the paper considered second in merit to the Norman Medal and focuses on studies which have made a significant contribution to either practical or research aspects of civil engineering. The Medal will be awarded at the ASCE International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering, Atlanta, GA, June 17-19, 2019.

Dr. Butler is an assistant professor of structural and materials engineering in the Lassonde School of Engineering. His research expertise focuses on developing, investigating and implementing sustainable and intelligent structures and material systems.  Previously, Dr. Butler was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Cambridge in the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC).  During his time at Cambridge, he led research projects in the broad area of infrastructure sensing primarily related to bridges and prestressed concrete railway ties containing embedded fibre-optic sensor networks.  Dr. Butler also currently holds a cross-appointment as a Group Leader within the Alan Turing Institute’s program on Data-Centric Engineering.  In this role, he is collaborating with data scientists and statisticians to explore how advanced data analytics combined with physics-based models can be used to better understand critical structures, next-generation materials and the long-term resiliency of our built environment.