Dr Vicente Gonzalez

ME, PhD Civil Engineering (Construction Engineering and Management), Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile BE(Hons), Construction Engineering, Universidad de Valparaiso, Chile

Biography

Vicente has been a staff member within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Auckland since 2010. He actively conducts research in construction management, civil engineering and computing applications, being the author of more than 100 publications including 3 conference proceedings edited, 48 papers in world-leading journals and 62 peer-reviewed conference papers to date. He is also a member of scientific boards, and an editor and reviewer of international journals and conferences. He has been a visiting scholar at Technion of Israel and at another two top Latin American universities. He is actively involved in research with academics in Australia, NZ, USA, Mexico, Chile, Finland, India, Israel, among others. He currently supervises eight PhD students. Vicente has secured US$2.7 million in research funds over his career in different research roles.

He is also director of the Engineering VR/AR Lab and the Advanced Computing and Virtual Technologies in Construction (ACVTC) Research Group.

 

 

Research | Current

  • Computer simulation modelling and/or artificial intelligence tools to construction, engineering and management problems
  • Lean construction (production planning and control, decision-making, social dynamics, construction supply chain)
  • Sustainability issues in civil engineering
  • Building Information Modelling
  • Serious games and virtual/augmented reality applications to quake/tsunami evacuation, civil engineering, construction management and other engineering problems.

Teaching | Current

  • CIVIL 704 – Advanced Project Management
  • CIVIL 707 - Construction Supply Chain
  • CIVIL 792 - Discrete-Event Simulation in Construction
  • CIVIL 743 - Special Topic: Building Information Modelling

Postgraduate supervision

Graduated

  1. Antunes, R. (2017). Dynamics of project-driven systems: A production model for repetitive processes in construction. PhD Student. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Auckland, New Zealand. (Main Supervisor).
  2. Golzarpoor, H. (2017). Improving Building Production and Environmental Metrics through Integration of Discrete-Event Simulation and Life Cycle Assessment. PhD Candidate. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Auckland, New Zealand. UoA PhD Scholarship, NZ. (Main Supervisor).
  3. Belayutham, S. (2016). Construction Planning Framework for Site Storm Water Runoff Management. PhD’s Thesis. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Auckland, New Zealand (Main Supervisor).
  4. Nesheli, M. (2016). Developing Optimal Tactics and Strategies for Public-Transport Operations. PhD Candidate. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Auckland, New Zealand (Co-Supervisor). Main Supervisor: Professor Avishai Ceder.
  5. Guo, H. (2016). A Study of System Dynamics Modelling in Construction Health and Safety. PhD Dissertation. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Auckland, New Zealand (Co-Supervisor). Main Supervisor: Dr Kenneth Yiu.
  6. Poshdar, M. (2015). An Advanced Framework to Manage Uncertainty and Buffers in Construction. PhD Dissertation. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Auckland, New Zealand (Main Supervisor).
  7. Jafarzadeh, R. (2010-2012). Seismic Retrofit Cost Modelling of Existing Structure. PhD Dissertation. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Auckland, New Zealand (co-supervisor). Main Supervisor: Associate Professor Suzanne Wilkinson.
  8. Forcael, E. (2008-2010). Buffering Strategies in Transportation Construction Projects. PhD Dissertation. Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Florida, USA (External Advisor).

Current Supervision

  1. Zhenan, F. (2017-Present). Immersive Virtual Reality Serious Game to Enhance Indoor Post-Earthquake Preparedness and Evacuation Processes. PhD Student. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Auckland, New Zealand. Self-funded.
  2. Gao, E. (2016-Present). A Virtual Reality-Enhanced Serious Game to Study Human Behaviour in Harzadous Environments in Construction. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Auckland, New Zealand (Main Supervisor – Joint Supervision).
  3. Naraghi, A. M. (2016-Present). Planning and Control Improvement of Production Systems in Construction Industry via a Generic Discrete-Event Simulation Modeling Framework. PhD Student. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Auckland, New Zealand. Self-funded.
  4. Abdelmegid, M. A. (2016-Present). Generic Simulation Model for Sustainable Construction Applications using Hierarchical Control Structures. PhD Student. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Auckland, New Zealand. Self-funded.
  5. Rahman, M. (2012-Present). Sustainable and Integrated Project Delivery using Lean Construction and BIM principles. PhD Candidate. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Auckland, New Zealand. UoA PhD Scholarship, NZ.
  6. Alazmi, S. (2012-Present). Application of a Value Stream-Based Approach for Promoting Sustainable Construction Projects. PhD Candidate. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Auckland, New Zealand. King Abdullah PhD Scholarships Program, Ministry of Higher Education, Saudi Arabia.
  7. Masood, R. (2015-Present). BIM and Supply Chain Integration to Achieve Affordable Housing. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Auckland, New Zealand (Main Supervisor – Joint Supervision). National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) Scholarship, Pakistan 

Postdoctoral Fellows

  1. Poshdar, M. (2015-2016). Project: Toward a Generic Discrete-Event Simulation Modelling Framework to Plan and Control Production Systems in Construction. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Auckland, New Zealand. UoA -Faculty Research Development Fund/ Personal FTE Buy-Out.
  2. Lovreglio, R. (2016-2017). Project: Building Quake & People – a serious game platform for informing life saving strategies. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Auckland, New Zealand. MBIE – Natural Hazard Research Platform (NHRP) Fund.

Distinctions/Honours

2015         MBIE funded Natural Hazard Research Platform (NHRP) grant of NZ$0.5 million over 2 years for

                the project "Building Quake & People – A Serious Game Platform for Informing Life Saving Strategies",

                NZ. 

2015         Best Paper Award, 6th International Conference on Construction Engineering and Project

                 Management, Busan, Korea, 11th – 14th October.

2013         Highly Commended Award, CIOB International Innovation & Research Awards 2013, Research    

                 Paper Award category http://iandrawards.ciob.org/node/43  

2013         Top Teacher Award, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Auckland

                 http://www.engineering.auckland.ac.nz/uoa/home/about/our-staff/top-teachers#s2c2

Responsibilities

  • Programme Coordinator – Master of Engineering Studies in Construction Management
  • Group Leader - Construction Management Group
  • Department and Faculty Practical Work (Deputy Chairman)
  • Department Social Committee

Areas of expertise

  • Lean Construction
  • Computer Simulation Modelling and ArtificiaI Intelligence
  • Serious Games and Virtual/Augmented Reality
  • Sustainability
  • BIM
  • Production Planning and Control
  • Construction Supply Chain
  • Social Dynamics in Construction Organisations

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Member of New Zealand BIM Acceleration Committee
  • Chair New Zealand BIM Education Working Group

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Guo, B. H. W., Yiu, T. W., Gonzalez, V. A., & Goh, Y. M. (2019). Developing a generic and aggregate model of system dynamics for construction safety. CIVIL ENGINEERING AND ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS, 1-16. 10.1080/10286608.2019.1595603
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tak Wing Yiu
  • Lindhard, S. M., Hamzeh, F., Gonzalez, V. A., Wandahl, S., & Ussing, L. F. (2019). Impact of Activity Sequencing on Reducing Variability. JOURNAL OF CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT, 145 (3)10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001618
  • Feng, Z., Gonzalez, V. A., Amor, R., Lovreglio, R., & Cabrera-Guerrero, G. (2018). Immersive virtual reality serious games for evacuation training and research: A systematic literature review. COMPUTERS & EDUCATION, 127, 252-266. 10.1016/j.compedu.2018.09.002
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Zhenan Feng, Robert Amor
  • Lovreglio, R., Gonzalez, V., Feng, Z., Amor, R., Spearpoint, M., Thomas, J., ... Sacks, R. (2018). Prototyping virtual reality serious games for building earthquake preparedness: The Auckland City Hospital case study. ADVANCED ENGINEERING INFORMATICS, 38, 670-682. 10.1016/j.aei.2018.08.018
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Zhenan Feng, Robert Amor
  • Poshdar, M., González VA, Raftery, G. M., Orozco, F., & Cabrera-Guerrero, G. G. (2018). A multi-objective probabilistic-based method to determine optimum allocation of time buffer in construction schedules. Automation in Construction, 92, 46-58. 10.1016/j.autcon.2018.03.025
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Gary Raftery
  • Antunes, R., González VA, Walsh, K., Rojas, O., O’Sullivan M, & Odeh, I. (2018). Benchmarking Project-Driven Production in Construction Using Productivity Function: Capacity and Cycle Time. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 144 (3), 04017118-04017118. 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001438
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Michael O'Sullivan
  • Guo, B. H. W., Yiu, T. W., & González VA (2018). Does company size matter? Validation of an integrative model of safety behavior across small and large construction companies. Journal of Safety Research, 64, 73-81. 10.1016/j.jsr.2017.12.003
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tak Wing Yiu
  • Abdelmegid, M. A., Naraghi, A. M., Gonzalez, V., O sullivan, M., Walker, C. G., Poshdar, M., & Ying, F. (2018). A simulation decision-making support tool to manage construction site operations: A piling case study. Proceedings of International Conference on Computers and Industrial Engineering, CIE.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cameron Walker, Michael O'Sullivan

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Primary office location

ENGINEERING BLOCK 1 - Bldg 401
Level 10, Room 1008
20 SYMONDS ST
AUCKLAND CENTRAL
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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