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Rafael Sacks holds the Ashtrom Engineering Company Chair in Civil Engineering at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. His research interests are focused on the synergies of BIM and Lean Construction, two related areas that are revolutionizing the tools and practices used in Construction, Civil Engineering and Architecture. He established the BIM and Virtual Construction Laboratories at the Technion’s National Building Research Institute, whose research includes development of BIM-enabled lean production control systems, semantic enrichment of BIM models using AI methods, with application to automated code-checking and interoperability. In the area of Lean Construction, Prof. Sacks has undertaken several projects for industry and government. In the course of his work, he and his students devised the ‘LEAPCON’ management simulation game, widely recognised by academics and practitioners and used at 65 universities and 38 companies in 37 countries worldwide.

Prof. Sacks earned his bachelor’s degree in 1983 from the University of the Witwatersrand, his master’s in 1985 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his doctorate in 1998 from the Technion – all in Civil Engineering. He has worked as a structural engineer, CAD software developer, and construction project manager, and was a consultant to major industry and government clients. He joined the Technion as a member of faculty in 2000 and served as Head of Structural Engineering and Construction Management in the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering from 2012-2015

He has received numerous awards for research and teaching, most recently the Thomas Fitch Rowland prize of the ASCE’s Construction Institute. He is the lead author of the "BIM Handbook", currently in its 3rd edition, and of a new book on Lean and BIM implementation in construction, "Building Lean, Building BIM: Changing Construction the Tidhar Way". He has received numerous awards for research and teaching, most recently the Thomas Fitch Rowland prize of the ASCE’s Construction Institute, in 2016. Prof. Sacks is the author or co-author of 77 papers in international peer-reviewed academic journals, 95 peer-reviewed conference papers, and numerous research reports.

He is currently a Visiting Professor at the CDBB and the Division of Civil Engineering, University of Cambridge


Key publications: 

Zomer T., Neely A., Sacks R., Parlikad A. (2021) A Practice-Based Conceptual Model on Building Information Modelling (BIM) Benefits Realisation. In: Toledo Santos E., Scheer S. (eds) Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering. ICCCBE 2020. Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering, vol 98. Springer, Cham.

Visiting Professor at CDBB and the Division of Civil Engineering