Eric Forcael, PhD
General Director of Institutional Relations and International Affairs and Associate Professor at the Universidad del Bío-Bío, Chile
Dr. Forcael is the General Director of Institutional Relations and Associate Professor of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Universidad del Bío-Bío, one of the most prestigious public universities in Chile. In addition, he is working as part of the Chilean project Ingeniería 2030 on the creation of one of the first Technological Doctorates in Latin America, joint initiative between three major Chilean universities, which brings together more than 50 PhDs in the fields of Sustainable Energy, Data Engineering and Operations Research, Materials and Advanced Manufacturing.
Professor Forcael obtained his Bachelor’s in Engineering and his Civil Engineering degree (P.E.) from the Universidad del Bío-Bío in 2000. Then, in 2003, he obtained a Master in Construction and Real Estate Management from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain. Subsequently, in the United States, he held his Ph.D. in Engineering at the University of Florida in 2010, completing then his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2011. In 2015 he obtained a Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Stanford University.
His research interests have been focused on three areas: the construction industry’s issues, engineering education, and simulation of construction processes. Related to the last area, Dr. Forcael has been working on other ambits of the Industry 4.0, such as robotics and information technologies. In this context, he is the Director of the Project “Optimization of project delivery processes in public constructions, through the use of Discrete Event Simulation and Building Information Modeling, under an Extreme Collaboration environment”, from which the Laboratory of Integrated Project Design was implemented at the Universidad del Bío-Bío, Chile.
Today, along with a team of researchers, Dr. Forcael is working on the field of additive manufacturing, specifically through the 3D concrete printing by using robotics, whose designs are developed with BIM (building information modeling) technologies. The latter in the framework of the Chilean project CIPYCS, Interdisciplinary Center for Productivity and Sustainable Construction, the first technological entity for innovation and large-scale prototyping in South America, which brings together seven Chilean universities and public and private institutions, as well as strategic international partners, where Dr. Forcael is a member of the Board.