Rafael Sacks is a Professor of Construction Engineering and Management at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. He is the Vice-Dean for Graduate Studies and Research in the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and served as Head of Structural Engineering and Construction Management from 2012-2015.
Rafael's research focuses on the synergies of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Lean Construction.
Recent work at the Seskin Virtual Construction Lab at the Technion, which he leads, has included development of BIM-enabled lean production control systems; semantic enrichment of BIM models using machine-learning and rule-processing, with application to BIM interoperability, model acquisition from point-cloud data, and code-compliance checking; BIM systems for earthquake search, rescue and recovery; and design for safety.
He is a co-author of the "BIM Handbook", currently in its 3rd edition, and the lead author of a new book on Lean and BIM implementation in construction, "Building Lean, Building BIM: Changing Construction the Tidhar Way". He has a rich record of journal publications and was awarded the ASCE Thomas Fitch Rowland Prize for research in construction management in 2016.