Short Courses

(syllabus coming soon)

Session 1- Interoperability Introduction and Methods

Instructor: Aaron Costin, Ph.D

Session 2- Linked Data

Instructor: Pieter Pauwels, Ph.D

Session 3- Industry Foundation Classes (IFC)

Instructors: Dennis Shelden, Ph.D. and Jeffrey Ouellette

Session 4- Standards and Classifications

Instructor: Greg Ceton, CSI Director, Strategic Initiatives and Special Projects

Meet the Instructors

Aaron Costin, Ph.D.

Aaron Costin is an assistant professor at the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management at the University of Florida. He holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Master of Science (M.S.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Costin leads the Smart Construction Informatics (SCI) laboratory where they research emerging technologies and interoperability for the built environment. Topics include Building Information Modeling (BIM); the internet of things (IoT) and smart cities; design computing; linked data and ontologies; industrialized construction; construction safety and productivity; and facilities management. More information can be found at

Pieter Pauwels, Ph.D.

Pieter Pauwels works as an Associate Professor at the Department of the Built Environment at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His main research interests are Building Information Modelling (BIM), Linked Building Data (LBD), and Linked Data in Architecture and Construction (LDAC).  At the moment, his research is entirely focusing on a pragmatic usage of information technologies in the domain of architecture and construction, with a strong tendency to rely on semantic web technologies (ontologies, data representation, linking, querying, reasoning). He has a considerable experience and knowledge on the topics of information exchange, interoperability, BIM and semantic web technologies. He collaborates intensively with researchers throughout the world in the appropriate deployment of BIM and semantic web technologies.

Pieter Pauwels is very active in the research community. For example, he is the main founder of the International Workshop series on Linked Data in Architecture and Construction (LDAC), which has had its 7th edition in 2019 in Lisbon. Second, he has initiated and chaired the W3C Community Group on Linked Building Data ( And finally, he chairs the BuildingSMART Linked Data Working Group, which aims to standard, publish, and maintain the ifcOWL ontology. More information can be found at

Dennis Shelden, Ph.D.

Dr. Dennis Shelden is currently Director of the Digital Building Laboratory in the College of Design and Associate Professor at the School of Architecture at Georgia Tech. He was Associate Professor of Practice in MIT’s Design and Computation program from 2005 to 2015, and has held positions at UCLA’s IDEAS Laboratory and the Southern Institute of Architecture. He has served on industry standards bodies including working on the National Institute of Building Sciences’ data interoperability initiatives, and served as chair of the Building Information Modeling Standard Legal and Contracting Committee. He holds three degrees from MIT including an MS in Civil & Environmental Engineering and a PhD in Design & Computation, and is a licensed Architect in the State of California.

Dennis Shelden is an expert in applications of digital technology to building design, construction and operations. His experience spans across professional practice, technology development, research and academia, in multiple architecture, building engineering and computing disciplines. More information can be found at

Jeffrey Ouellette

Jeffrey W. Ouellette, Assoc. AIA, IES, is a technology and culture progress advocate for building industry. Leveraging his past 30 years in CAD, architectural practice, BIM, and software development and marketing, he now provides independent consulting services for companies and organizations that desire to utilize openBIM standards, adopt more proficient business practices, and evolve industry culture to execute projects more effectively.

Jeffrey also acts as a buildingSMART International ambassador to other organizations, such as the American Institute of Architects and the Illuminating Engineering Society. More information can be found at

Greg Ceton is Director of Strategic Initiatives and Special Projects at Construction Specifications Institute CSI. Since 2000, Ceton has been directly involved in the creation and maintenance of OmniClass®, MasterFormat®, UniFormat®, and the CSI Construction Information Exchange (CIE).
Ceton’s work has been recognized by awards from construction associations, including two CSI president’s awards and honorary membership in Construction Specifications Canada. He holds the Construction Documents Technologist (CDT) certification, a law degree from the University of Florida, and is a member of the Florida Bar.
Ceton lives in the suburbs of Washington, DC with his wife Kathy and their lovely cat.

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