Research Laboratories

The following are some of the many research laboratories in the faculty:

Laboratories for Environmental, Water and Agriculture Engineering
Water & Energy Technologies laboratory
Water & Energy Technologies laboratory
Assoc. Prof. Guy Ramon

 

We are engaged in fundamental questions related to the sustainable production of energy and water. Research activity is focused on gaining insight into the micro- and nano-scale physical-chemical and biological processes that underlie many engineering applications. We employ theory, computation and experiments in order to probe the mechanisms at play and find explanations to complex phenomena. These insights then translate to knowledge that can help improve current engineering practice, making it more energy efficient, or develop new methods, approaches and materials for performing separation and energy conversion.

Current efforts involve membrane separation technologies, employed for water production from impaired sources, e.g. sea/brackish- and waste-water. Themes explored involve membrane formation and transport, fouling and deposition of colloidal material and bacteria. We study how these processes affect overall membrane performance and ways of making water production cheaper and more sustainable.

Another main theme is acoustic energy conversion – using sound waves to replace mechanical devices such as pistons or turbines. The acoustic technology is applied for cooling, separation, water pumping, desalination and electricity production from low-grade heat . We are developing new, exciting technology that can produce energy with no moving parts, opening exciting prospects for cheap and reliable construction.

In particular, we are looking towards leveraging the insight gained, and our technology, towards sustainability and implementation in developing nations.

 

Laboratories for Construction Engineering and Construction Management
Intelligent Structures Laboratory
Intelligent Structures Laboratory
Assoc. Prof. Yiska Goldfeld

The Laboratory focuses on developing intelligent civil structure and infrastructure systems with inherent sensing capabilities. The research focuses on developing smart-self-sensory thin walled structural element by using advanced construction materials. The smart sensory concept is based on using electrically conductive reinforcement systems with preferable strength, which simultaneously serve as the structural reinforcement and as the sensory system. Our studies investigate the feasibility of the concept for the structural (strain and damage) and functionality (wetting) monitoring purposes.

Laboratory of Alternative Binders
Laboratory of Alternative Binders
Dr. Semion Zhutovsky

Laboratory of alternative cementitious materials was founded at National Building Research Institute (NBRI) by Dr. Semion Zhutovsky at the Technion in 2017 to provide infrastructure and technical basis for the innovative research in the area of cementitious materials that continues over several decades in NBRI since its establishment. In addition to the existing proficiency of NBRI in studying mechanical and durability properties of cementitious materials, the laboratory provides capability and know-how in the research of cement production technology, optimization, and development.

 

The major topics of the current research conducted in the laboratory include recycling of concrete waste fines into new Portland cement clinker, producing traditional Portland cement from alternative materials to reduce CO2 emissions, self-healing cementitious materials, the study on optimization of supplementary cementitious materials by means of various activation techniques and their different combinations in ternary and quaternary blends, as well as producing alternative binders with reduced energy consumption and carbon footprints such as belite-rich cement, calcium-sulfate-aluminate cement, and belite-ye’elimite-ferrite cement.

 

Seskin Virtual Construction Laboratory (VClab)
Seskin Virtual Construction Laboratory (VClab)
Prof. Rafael Sacks

As part of the Technion’s National Building Research Institute, the Seskin Virtual Construction Laboratory (VClab) gathers excellent researchers around the globe that focus on areas of Building Information Modelling (BIM), Digital Building Twin (DBT), Lean Construction, and the synergies among them. Research carried out in the VClab includes (but not limited to) BIM-enabled lean construction control systems; innovative solutions to BIM interoperability; AI-enabled design automation of buildings; DBT system for construction site management.

The VClab is currently involved in two EU Projects funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme:

CBIM

CBIM is a European Training Network in the area of Cloud-based Building Information Modelling. The ambition is to educate researchers in the development of a set of novel and disruptive BIM technologies that will automate the generation and enrichment of digital twins, improve the management, security and resilience of BIM-enabled processes, and boost the industrial uptake of BIM across sectors and disciplines by training these researchers to valorise and exploit their work. This new generation of researchers can play a key role in the widespread implementation of BIM products and processes dedicated to digitizing our built infrastructure and managing our assets better to yield massive gains in sustainability, productivity and safety.

BIM2TWIN

BIM2TWIN aims to build a Digital Building Twin (DBT) platform for construction management that implements lean principles to reduce operational waste of all kinds, shortening schedules, reducing costs, enhancing quality & safety, and reducing carbon footprint. BIM2TWIN proposes a comprehensive, holistic approach. It consists of a (DBT) platform that provides full situational awareness and an extensible set of construction management applications. It supports a closed loop Plan-Do-Check-Act mode of construction.

 

Laboratories for Transportation and Geo-Information Engineering
Environmental Crowdsourcing Lab
Environmental Crowdsourcing Lab
Asst. Prof. Sagi Dalyot

The research work in the Environmental Crowdsourcing Lab (ECSL) focuses on topics and ideas dealing with the interpretation, mining, and integration of contributed spatio-temporal data (citizen science and participatory mapping), aimed at enriching and augmenting the existing environmental knowledge base and developing new location-based services. The research is mainly concerned with route optimization, environmental cognition, enrichment of environmental monitoring systems, location-based services and the identification of patterns and behavior of moving objects.

Crowdsourcing user-generated location data shows enormous potential to address sustainable problems and current social problems that traditional tools and technologies in the fields of mapping and geo-information do not provide. The research in the lab includes examining and using location data from various sources created by users, including social networks, in order to analyze, retrieve and extract information and knowledge related to human knowledge, and mobility patterns and behavior. These are used to develop new location-based services, to develop sustainable socio-technological tools for groups and communities in society, and to understand our behavior in the environment.

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