Baabak Ashuri

199421
Associate Professor, School of Building Construction | School of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Ph.D. Advisor
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Baabak Ashuri

Baabak Ashuri's research and teaching occupy a distinctive position in the Georgia Tech landscape, bridging the fields of building construction, civil and environmental engineering, economics, and operations research. His work has focused on Quantitative Methods for Construction Engineering and Management with important contributions in the areas of construction analytics, investment evaluation methods, risk analysis, innovative project delivery, and valuation of green-energy investments. Ashuri has 159 publications in these fields, including 44 refereed journal articles, 74 peer-reviewed conference papers, 38 research reports and guidebooks, 1 co-edited book, and 2 referred book chapters. He secured a funding amount of over $6.77M ($3.05M as principal investigator (PI) and $3.72M as co-PI) from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Department of Energy (DOE), Construction Industry Institute (CII), Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT), Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), ELECTRI International, Perkins+Will, and Turner Construction, to name a few. Ashuri has successfully advised and mentored 10 Ph.D. students (6 as primary advisor and 4 as co-advisor), 12 M.S. students, 17 undergraduate researchers, and 6 postdoctoral researchers.

The impact of Ashuri’s work, and the esteem for which he is held by his peers, are reflected by the several awards and honors he has received, predominantly from the core professional organizations in his field. These include the Construction Industry Institute (CII) (Outstanding Early Career Researcher), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) (Thomas Fitch Rowland paper award), the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) (National Research Faculty Award), the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) (Distinguished Leadership – Faculty), and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) (High Value Research “Sweet Sixteen”). Ashuri has given keynotes and invited lectures in England, China, Chile, Croatia, Bolivia, and Scotland, as well as numerous places in the U.S. His international visibility is both a consequence of his existing stature in the field, and a major contributor to continued and growing respect for Georgia Tech’s eminence in this area.

Ashuri’s service record to his profession has been prolific. He has chaired the ASCE Construction Research Council (CRC) and currently serves on the ASCE Construction Institute (CI) Board of Governors. His record shows past service to ASCE and DBIA with a continuous stream of appointments with increasing importance. He is also a member of key technical committees in FHWA and Transportation Research Board (TRB). He recently co-chaired the 2019 ASCE Construction Institute (CI) Summit.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Tech
  • M.S., Operations Research, Georgia Tech
  • M.S., Building Construction and Facility Management, Georgia Tech
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Sharif University of Technology

Areas of Expertise

  • Quantitative Methods for Construction Engineering and Managemen
  • Construction Analytics
  • Construction Economics - Econometric Modeling for Construction Cost Analysis and Forecasting
  • Innovative Project Delivery Systems and Alternative Contracting Methods
  • Project Finance - Real Options Analysis for Infrastructure Asset Valuation  
  • Public-Private Partnership (P3)
  • Economic Decision Analysis and Investment Evaluation Methods
  • Valuation of Green-Energy Investments and Sustainable Buildings
  • Risk Analysis
  • BIM Log Mining: Data Mining of BIM Projects

Industry Awards and Recognition

  • The Construction Industry Institute (CII) 2018 Celebration of Engineering & Technology Innovation (CETI) Award in the category Outstanding Early Career Researcher for Project “Data Analytics – Improving Our Understanding About Design Development Process Enabling Improvements in Design Productivity the Project”, CII/FIATECH.
  • The 2017 ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) Thomas Fitch Rowland Award for the paper entitled “Price Adjustment Clauses and Submitted Bid Prices for Major Asphalt Line Items in Highway Projects” published in the ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering & Management (This paper was also nominated for the ASCE Arthur M. Wellington Award. The paper was coauthored by two Georgia Tech graduate students, Mohammad Ilbeigi and Soheil Shayegh).
  • The 2017 National Research Faculty Award from the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC)
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Service as Construction Research Council (CRC) Chair, ASCE Construction Institute (CI), June 2017 
  • The 2016 Rising Star in Civil Engineering, Civil + Structural Engineer
  • The 2015 Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) Distinguished Leadership Award in the Faculty category
  • The 2014 Engineering News-Record (ENR) Southeast’s “Top 20 Under 40” list
  • The 2013 High Value Research “Sweet Sixteen” Award from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) for research project “Recommended Guide for Next Generation of Transportation Design Build Procurement and Contracting in the State of Georgia” (Selected by the AASHTO’s Standing Committee on Highways (SCOH) as the top 5 of the 16 Research (Sweet 16) Projects of high quality across the nation presented on October 18, 2013 at the SCOH Technical Meeting)

Institute Awards

  • 2019 Service Award, Georgia Institute of Technology, April 18, 2019
  • Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems (BBISS) Fellow, June 2015-Present
  • Inaugural Class of Climate Change Fellow, The Georgia Tech Global Change Program, Spring 2018
  • Energy Systems for Sustainable Communities (ESSC) Fellow, The Georgia Tech Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain (SLS), Fall 2017
  • Food, Energy, Water Systems (FEWS) Fellow, The Georgia Tech Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain (SLS), Fall 2016
  • Public Service Pathway Award for the project “Sustainable Development of Construction Megaprojects through Community Engagement” incorporated in CEE 4150 Construction Management and Megaprojects, The Georgia Tech Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain (SLS), December 4, 2015

Professional Certifications

  • Decision & Risk Management Professional (DRMP) Designation, The Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE) International, The Authority for Total Cost Management, October 2014
  • Certified Cost Professional (CCP) Designation, The Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE) International, The Authority for Total Cost Management, January 2014
  • DBIA Designation, The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), December 2011
  • Certified DBIA Instructor, August 2013
Research: 

Publications

Books

  1. *Proceedings of ASCE Construction Research Congress 2014: Construction in a Global Network, Construction Institute (CI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Daniel Castro-Lacouture, Javier Irizarry, and Baabak Ashuri (Eds.), Atlanta, Georgia, May 19-21, 2014, 2405 pp

Refereed Book Chapters

  1. *Preface of the Proceedings of ASCE Construction Research Congress 2014: Construction in a Global Network, Construction Institute (CI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Daniel Castro-Lacouture, Javier Irizarry, and Baabak Ashuri (Eds.), Atlanta, Georgia, May 19-21, 2014.
  2. *Ashuri, B., Rouse W.B., and Augenbroe G. (2007). “Different Models of Work in the Modern Services Enterprise.” Work, workflow, and information systems, IOS Press, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Published and Accepted Journal Articles

  1. *Baek, M., and Ashuri, B. (2019). “Analysis of the Variability of Submitted Unit Price Bids for Asphalt Line Items in Highway Projects.” ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering & Management. Volume 145, Issue 4.
  2. *Lee, J.H., Jallan, Y., and Ashuri, B. (2019). “Key Issues and Differences in Practical Components of Quality Management in Design-Build Highway Projects.” ASCE Journal of Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction. Accepted. 
  3. *Ashuri, B., Wang, J., Shahandashti, M., and Baek, M. (2019). “A Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) Model for Building Energy Benchmarking.” Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology. Accepted. 
  4. *Jallan, Y., Brogan, E., Ashuri, B., and Clevenger C. (2019). “Application of Natural Language Processing and Text Mining to Identify Patterns in Construction Defect Litigation Cases.” ASCE Journal of Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction. Accepted. 
  5. *Zhang, L., Wu, X., Liu, M., Liu, W., and Ashuri, B. (2019). “Discovering Worst Fire Scenarios in Subway Stations: A Simulation Approach.” Automation in Construction. Volume 99, March 2019, Pages 183-196.
  6. *Ashuri, B., Amekudzi-Kennedy, Adjo, Amoaning-Yankson, S., Liang, Y., and Cao, Y. (2019). “Strategies and Resources for Utilizing Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in Design-Build Projects.” ASCE Journal of Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction. Accepted. 
  7. *Shahandashti, M., Ashuri, B., Masoumi, R., Touran A., and Minchin, E. (2018). “Construction Portfolio Performance Management Using Key Performance Indicators.” CIB Journal for the Advancement of Performance Information and Value. Volume 10, Issue 2, 87-103.
  8. *Kingsley, G., Rogers, J., Matisoff, J., An, Y., Mistur, E., and Ashuri, B. (2018). “The Influence of Task Complexity in Shaping Environmental Review and Engineering Design Durations.” ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering. Vol. 34, No. 6, November 2018.
  9. *Li, M., and Ashuri, B. (2018). “Neighborhood Racial Composition, Neighborhood Wealth, and the Surrounding Food Environment in Fulton County, GA.” Applied Geography. 97, 119-127.
  10. *Shirazi, A., and Ashuri, B. (2018). “Embodied Life Cycle Assessment Comparison of Single Family Residential Houses Considering The 1970s Transition in Construction Industry: Atlanta Case Study.” Elsevier Journal of Building and Environment. 140, 55-67.
  11. *Cao, Y., Ashuri, B., and Baek, M., (2018). “Prediction of Unit Price Bids of Resurfacing Highway Projects through Ensemble Machine Learning.” ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering. 32(5), September 2018, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CP.1943-5487.0000788.
  12. *Zhang, L., and Ashuri, B. (2018). “BIM Log Mining: Discovering Social Networks.” Automation in Construction. Volume 91, July 2018, Pages 31-43. 
  13. *Baek, M., and Ashuri, B. (2018). “Profile Monitoring for Examining Impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on Highway Construction Cost.” Transportation Research Record (TRR), Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 0361198118777619. https://doi.org/10.1177/0361198118777619.
  14. *Shahandashti, M., Ashuri, B., and Mostaan, K. (2018). “Automatic Fault Detection for Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) Systems Using Time Series Methods.” Built Environment Project and Asset Management. Vol. 8 Issue: 2, pp.160-170.
  15. *Zhang, R., Ashuri, B., Shyr, Y., and Deng, Y. (2018). “Forecasting Construction Cost Index Based on Visibility Graph: A Network Approach.” Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Volume 493, 1 March 2018, Pages 239-252.
  16. *Zhang, L., Li, Y., Stephenson, R., and Ashuri, B. (2018). “Valuation of Energy Efficient Certificates in Buildings.” Energy and Buildings. Volume 158, 1 January 2018, Pages 1226-1240.
  17. *Zhang, L., Wen, M., and Ashuri, B. (2018). “BIM Log Mining: Measuring Design Productivity.” ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, January 2018, Volume 32, Issue 1.
  18. *Ilbeigi, M., Ashuri, B., and Joukar, A. (2017). “Time-Series Analysis for Forecasting Asphalt-Cement Price.” ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering, 2017, Volume 33, Issue 1, 04016030.
  19. *Mostaan, K., and Ashuri, B. (2017). “Challenges and Enablers for Private Sector Involvement in Delivery of Highway Public-Private Partnerships in the United States.” ASEC Journal of Management in Engineering. Vol. 33, Issue 3 (May 2017). 04016047.
  20. *Abediniangerabi, B., Shahandashti, S.M., Ahmadi Esfahani, N., Ashuri, B. (2017). “Empirical Analysis of Temporal Relationship Between Architectural Billing Index (ABI) and Construction Spending Using Time Series Methods.” ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 143(10), October 2017.

Recent Funded Projects

Grants and Contracts ($3,051,585 as PI and $3,719,072 as co-PI)
As Principal Investigator 

Title of Project: Estimating ROW Acquisition Project Timelines based on Analyzing ROW Acquisition Processes: Phase I 
Agency/Company: Georgia Department of Transportation 
Total Dollar Amount: $100,000
Role: PI 
Period of Contract: 05/06/2019-06/05/2020

Title of Project: Workshop on Construction Data Analytics 
Agency/Company: Digital Building Laboratory (DBL) 
Total Dollar Amount: $5,000        
Role: PI 
Period of Contract: 04/01/2018-06/30/2018

Title of Project: Developing A New Cash Flow Expenditures Model Considering the Flexibilities Offered by the Design-Build-Finance (DBF) and Public-Private Partnership (P3) Project Delivery Methods 
Agency/Company: Georgia Department of Transportation
Total Dollar Amount: $197,000
Role: PI 
Period of Contract: 08/03/2018-09/02/2020

Title of Project: Best Management Practices (BMPs) of Design-Bid-Build Transportation Program-Project Delivery
Agency/Company: Georgia Department of Transportation 
Total Dollar Amount: $75,000
Role: PI 
Collaborator: Gordon Kingsley (co-PI)
Period of Contract: 08/03/2018-10/03/2019
Candidate’s Share: ~90% ($67,000) 

Title of Project: Integrating Data Analytics Technologies into Project Control to Enhance Productivity Assessment
Agency/Company: Digital Building Laboratory (DBL)
Total Dollar Amount: $30,000      
Role: PI 
Period of Contract: 09/01/2017-12/31/2018

Title of Project: Emerging Trends in Design Professional Liability Policies in Innovative Project Delivery 
Agency/Company: Georgia Department of Transportation 
Total Dollar Amount: $99,903
Role: PI 
Period of Contract: 03/16/2018-08/16/2019

Title of Project: Risk Mitigation Strategies to Enhance the Delivery of Highway Projects
Agency/Company: Georgia Department of Transportation 
Total Dollar Amount: $100,000
Role: PI 
Collaborator: Gordon Kingsley (co-PI)
Period of Contract: 01/01/2017-09/08/2018
Candidate’s Share: ~80% ($80,000) 

Title of Project: Project Analytics for Labor Productivity Analysis of Subcontractors
Agency/Company: Component Assembly Systems (CAS), Inc.  
Total Dollar Amount: $20,000      
Role: PI 
Period of Contract: 01/01/2017-12/31/2017

Title of Project: Enhancement of the Comprehensive Risk Assessment for Transportation 
Agency/Company: Georgia Department of Transportation 
Total Dollar Amount: $74,999
Role: PI 
Collaborator: Gordon Kingsley (co-PI)
Period of Contract: 07/27/2016-09/08/2018
Candidate’s Share: ~80% ($60,000) 

Title of Project: Materials Quality Management for Alternative Project Delivery
Agency/Company: Georgia Department of Transportation 
Total Dollar Amount: $177,022
Role: PI 
Period of Contract: 07/14/2016-05/15/2018

Teaching: 
  • BCP 6900              Economic Analysis, Risk Management, Risk Financing, & Insurance for Safety Professionals
  • CEE 4150              Construction Management & Megaprojects
  • BC 7100                Quantitative Methods for Construction Research
  • BC 7200                Advanced Readings in Building Construction
  • BC 6250                Value Management for Integrated Facility Design and Construction
  • BC 4610                Value Engineering & Building Economics
  • BC 3630                Project Management I: Planning & Scheduling 
  • BC 8803 / BC 4803            Productivity Analysis for Solar Contractors
  • BC 6550                Design & Construction Processes
  • BC 8823                Advanced Cost and Financial Management in AEC+FM