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Georgia Tech & Metalforming's Rapid, On-Site Digital Fabrication of Sheet Metal Roof Panels: Researchers from Georgia Tech and Metalforming invented a technology that automates the entire on-site sheet metal fabrication process. Recent advances in machine vision algorithms and high-res video cameras allowed researchers to develop a roof surveying technology. The captured video data, stored on a laptop, provided a 3D wire diagram of the roof. Detailed dimensions allowed a download of that data to a USB flash drive, where it was used to automatically roll, form, and cut the roof panels.

Lisa Grayson, chair of the jury and project department program advisor for ExxonMobil, was impressed with all of the entries. "It's clear that the pace of technological innovation in the capital projects industry is gaining momentum. Fiatech serves both as a catalyst for new ideas and a platform for recognizing those whose achievements are outstanding" she said.

Awards jury member Jim Purvis, group director of engineering systems for WorleyParsons, also stressed innovation. "In a global industry like capital projects, innovation helps us use fewer resources while delivering the expectations of our clients" he said.

Jim Newman of AREVA, also a jury member, echoed Purvis' assessment. "The real-time ability in the field to see changes and next steps is vital to perform on time and budget. Those honored tonight prove that innovation can be deployed on real projects, not just on prototype applications" he said.

In addition to Grayson, Purvis, and Newman, the jury for the CETI awards consisted of John Fish, Ford, Bacon & Davis; Raju Hingorani, Jacobs Engineering; Harold Monk, Autodesk; Tom Sawyer, ENR; and Dr. Jochen Teizer, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Congratulations to Dr. Brilakis, Man-Woo Park, and the entire research team!