Big data is an inescapable concept in the 21st century, and the role it will play in the civil engineering profession is driven by how we as an industry decide to embrace or reject the attributes of this evolving technical landscape. Articles abound on the seemingly endless possibilities of a world driven forward through advanced computational thought. Obsolescence is an equally important fear - can the complexity of our job be broken down into an algorithm that can run at a fraction of our billable time; are we replaceable like that? In both scenarios there is a fault – where is the civil engineer in this process? Regrettably depicted as neither driver nor passenger, we are instead left on the side of the road as this metaphorical vehicle passes us by. The intent of this presentation is to establish a common operating picture of what big data and associated tools like machine learning and AI mean for our profession and how we can be in the driver’s seat of the growth we should encourage in our industry. We will dissect these modern tools through the lens of how they can enhance opportunity and market capitalization for the civil engineering industry. Mechanistic examples will be provided in an attempt to foster enhanced integration of these tools and processes into our workflow. The lens we will use for this presentation revolves around the interplay of three key words: data management, institutional knowledge, and insight.
Jonathan D Glassman, Ph.D., P.E.
Senior Engineer at Exponent
Dr. Glassman's expertise includes civil engineering, computer programming, technical project management for large-scale data analytics, and rapid prototyping. He has extensive technical field experience investigating structural damage due to issues such as adjacent construction, wind and seismic loadings, earth movement, construction defects, and fire. Dr. Glassman has worked within multi-disciplinary technical teams performing a wide range of work that includes probabilistic analyses of spatially-extant distribution networks, rapid prototyping, and evaluation of a variety of civil structures, consumer products, and client-side processes.
Dr. Glassman is a Visiting Scholar at Lehigh University, where he guides graduate level research, and a Lecturer in the Civil & Environmental Engineering department at UCLA, where he teaches Indeterminate Structural Analysis. His lectures at UCLA teach students a variety of skills including how to write structural analysis programs with Matlab and Python; the construction and performance of historic structures such as unreinforced masonry Gothic cathedrals; and the underpinnings of structural aesthetics. In recognition of his commitment to his students' advancement, Dr. Glassman was awarded Lecturer of the Year for the 2018/2019 academic year.
Dr. Glassman is a Structures Specialist with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Urban Search and Rescue, California Task Force 6. He has most recently been deployed to the 2018 Camp Fire in support of search and rescue operations in and around the town of Paradise, California.
Dr. Glassman earned his Ph.D. at Princeton University. His research focused primarily on the fire performance of steel plate girder bridges. He used nonlinear finite element analysis to study how elevated temperatures and thermal gradients affect the web shear buckling mechanism that is believed to be a key failure mechanism in steel plate girder bridges subject to fire. This understanding allowed him to develop a new theory for web shear buckling that has been shown to more accurately predict the post buckling shear strength of steel girder webs at ambient and elevated temperatures. He also designed and conducted large-scale physical experiments to test the fire performance of steel plate girders, as well as carried out material property testing of weathering steel at ambient and elevated temperatures to develop new guidelines for the fire performance of steel girders built with weathering steel.
Dr. Glassman’s Masters and undergraduate level research included the application of non-destructive testing methods to assess the protective integrity of military body armor, field seismic evaluation of a 16th-century, unreinforced masonry church in Almolonga, Mexico, and evaluation and testing of technical tools for integrated product delivery of building products through a combined architecture/engineering/construction management paradigm.
Monday, April 27, 2020
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