Rodrigo F. Herrera

Rodrigo F. Herrera
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso | PUCV · Institute of Civil Engineering

Doctor of Engineering

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Introduction
Assistant Professor of the School of Civil Engineering of the Ponticia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso. My research lines are Project Management, Lean Project Management, Virtual Design and Construction, BIM, Construction Management, and Engineering Education.
Additional affiliations
March 2014 - present
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
Position
  • Professor (Full)
Education
September 2019 - December 2020
University of Alcalá
Field of study
  • Higher Education
March 2017 - June 2020
Universitat Politècnica de València
Field of study
  • Civil Engineering and Construction Management
March 2016 - June 2020
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Field of study
  • Civil Engineering and Construction Management

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Publications (99)
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Downloaded 26 times Technical Papers Analyzing the Association between Lean Design Management Practices and BIM Uses in the Design of Construction Projects Rodrigo F. Herrera, Ph.D., S.M.ASCE; Claudio Mourgues, Ph.D.; Luis F. Alarcón, Ph.D., M.ASCE; and Eugenio Pellicer, Ph.D., M.ASCE Abstract There is a beneficial effect when integrating Building...
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The physical progress of a construction project is monitored by an inspector responsible for verifying and backing up progress information, usually through site photography. Progress monitoring has improved, thanks to advances in image acquisition, computer vision, and the development of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). However, no comprehensive an...
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Road infrastructure projects are essential for a country's economic and social development. Due to the magnitude, the projects are associated with considerable economic investments that in the case of failure can seriously affect regions' economies. Despite the importance, roads from different countries are affected by cost overruns, hence, it is e...
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Building Information Modeling (BIM) allows the integration of work teams, collaboration, and the generation of intelligent parametric digital models. Therefore, because BIM is a collaborative working methodology, it is not possible to effectively teach BIM without the use of collaborative teamwork. Traditionally, teaching at universities has promot...
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The traditional structural design produces elements that can be improved from the point of view of the use of the material. As a way of perfecting these processes, methodologies such as BIM have emerged, which, although they fulfill their mission of creating information models through collaborative work, their form of parameterization is still limi...
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Designing prequalified connections is a process of iterative calculation, in which certain dimensions are varied until the verifications and restrictions stipulated by the standard are met. This is a slow process that can be automated using various software and optimized using a new design method called generative design, which consists of establis...
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The use of building information modelling (BIM) in construction projects is expanding, and its usability throughout building lifecycles, from planning and construction to operation and maintenance, is gaining increasing proof. In the design of domestic drinking-water and sewerage systems (DDWSSs), BIM focuses on coordinating disciplines and their d...
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Construction projects require complex management of people, resources and goals. The Last Planner® System (LPS) provides a systematic framework based on short cycles of work preparation, commitment, and control to allow implementing corrective actions. Successful LPS implementations require the combination of homogeneous mature practices and effici...
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COVID-19 has severely impacted construction projects, not only by contagions and imposed restrictions but also by dynamically changing supply, work, and labor conditions. Management teams have had to adapt to these dynamically constrained conditions, mostly reacting through trial and error. Since decisions regarding planning, resource, and preventi...
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An efficient highway infrastructure network is a determining factor in promoting the socio-economic development of countries and regions. Highway planning activities are highly important because their results ensure that projects are delivered within budget, schedule, and scope. Therefore, academics and professionals have promoted various methodolo...
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Thermal comfort can impact the general behavior of the occupants, and considering that humans currently perform 90% of their daily work indoors, it is necessary to improve the accuracy of thermal comfort assessments, and a correct selection of variables could make this possible. However , no review integrates all the variables that could influence...
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Requests for information (RFIs) are frequently used by the architecture, engineering, construction, and operation (AECO) industry to resolve doubts and inaccuracies and to request complimentary information. However, they can be inefficient due to the lag between issuance and response, generating delays and cost overruns. The building information mo...
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Monitoring the progress on a construction site during the construction phase is crucial. An inadequate understanding of the project status can lead to mistakes and inappropriate actions, causing delays and increased costs. Monitoring and controlling projects via digital tools would reduce the risk of error and enable timely corrective actions. Alth...
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La pandemia del Covid-19 aceleró los procesos de transición hacia la enseñanza virtual. Rápidamente las universidades se adaptaron a estos cambios, con diversos resultados y métodos. Diversas plataformas se robustecieron para soportar clases virtuales, repositorios de material y herramientas para la interacción con los estudiantes, de forma de repl...
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There is no comprehensive understanding of the problems that may impact the performance of the different actors that participate in the design of construction projects. In the absence of clarity about the problems and challenges that may impact the interactions, it is not possible to propose action plans to optimize the performance of the design te...
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The maintenance of port infrastructures presents difficulties due to their location: an aggressive environment or the variability of the waves can cause progressive deterioration. Maritime condi-tions make inspections difficult and, added to the lack of use of efficient tools for the management of assets, planning maintenance, important to ensure o...
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There is qualitative evidence showing that design teams that use BIM-lean management have a higher level of interaction than design teams that do not use this management approach. However, there is no quantitative empirical evidence of this higher level of interaction. Therefore, the objective of this paper is to present quantitative empirical evid...
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Construction projects, both in developed and developing countries, are widely affected by cost deviations that arise at the completion of the construction process; these deviations manifest themselves as a difference between the executed cost and the planned cost. To mitigate cost deviation, the first step is to identify the causes that originate t...
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In the construction industry, project planning is commonly developed through the Critical Path Method (CPM); however, this technique is not adapted to repetitive projects such as pipeline installation, power line installations, roads, tunnels, among others. In view of this, the Balance Line Method or flow line is a technique that brings many benef...
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A sustainable approach in the construction industry requires civil engineering professionals with technical and soft skills. Those skills complement each other and facilitate the professional to work effectively in multidisciplinary groups during the development of construction projects. Uni-versities apply collaborative learning methods such as gr...
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A sustainable approach in the construction industry requires civil engineering professionalswith technical and soft skills. Those skills complement each other and facilitate the professionalto work effectively in multidisciplinary groups during the development of construction projects.Universities apply collaborative learning methods such as group...
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The construction companies have achieved different levels of BIM use and in some developed countries, it is very advanced. Traditionally, the use of BIM has been evaluated by maturity models; however, it does not provide an integral evaluation of BIM use. BIM Use Assessment (BUA) was proposed as a tool to satisfy this need, it is based on the evalu...
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Traffic analysis at road intersections is an important activity in the project design and planning phases because it allows selecting the most suitable traffic requirements and site characteristics. Therefore, traffic simulation models are indispensable and useful tools to support collaborative decision-making. The building information modeling (BI...
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The design of retaining walls follows a classic structure. The engineer proposes certain dimensions that will be modified until they comply with the regulatory and site restrictions presented by the project. This is an iterative process that can be optimized through a new method called generative design. The designer codes the characteristics and r...
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On January 30 of 2020, The World Health Organization declared the pandemic crisis as the first public emergency with international importance. Because of this, many building projects were paralyzed since then and the building industry experienced changes that have brought the inclusion of new tools to achieve the objectives of the projects. The pur...
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The Value Stream Mapping (VSM) as a management tool helps evaluate the waste within the workflow. However, it must be adapted to the construction since it was originated in manufacture. This adaptation is possible through appropriate process mapping. This study aims to map the process of the basement construction system in the execution of a buildi...
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The use of games in engineering teaching is common practice in classes with lecturers all over the world. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, undergraduate civil engineering education became virtual and remote. In this context, many games traditionally played in person among students have undergone adaptations to the digital environment. The gam...
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Pavement maintenance aims to provide optimal service conditions. To achieve this objective, it is necessary to efficiently carry out pavement monitoring and inspection activities. In this field, damage analysis of road infrastructure by means of image processing has emerged as a low-cost alternative to other, more sophisticated methods. In this res...
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Although the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry is highly relevant to national development, it suffers from significant productivity challenges. Beneath the design and documentation of structures, a dynamic, complex process is taking place, with constant modifications and feedback involving numerous professionals from differe...
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La industria de la construcción contribuye al crecimiento económico de un país, pero esta contribución se ve obstaculizada por los riesgos, los cuales pueden provocar aumento de los costos y retraso en los plazos del proyecto. Para determinar la incertidumbre que caracteriza a estos proyectos, es necesario el análisis cuantitativo, ya que generalme...
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Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry requires many interactions between professionals of different areas. Thus, project managers in the AEC industry should have a set of management-aligned skills. International agreements and accreditation boards states the expected skills for engineering graduates, but they usually overrate te...
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Road inspection and maintenance require a large amount of data collection, where the main limiting factor is the time required to cover long stretches of road, having a negative impact on the optimization of the work. This article aims to identify modern tools for road maintenance and analysis. To carry out the research, recent methodologies are us...
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Currently, there is a need for civil engineering programs to train their students in subjects associated with sustainability. Additionally, civil engineers in their work must constantly make decisions, so their training is necessary. Therefore, the goal of this research is to present a methodology for teaching multi-criteria decision-making methods...
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Nowadays, the need to the seismic assessment of the performance existing structures is well recognized, in order to find solutions that mitigate the destructive effects of earthquakes both on people and on structures and contents. One of the cases of greatest interest to carry out this type of evaluation is that corresponding to educational buildin...
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The monitoring of the physical progress on construction sites seeks to provide control over the work performed. Traditionally, this task is carried out by an inspector responsible for verifying and registering the progress through site photographs, whose inspection is limited to the registered information, and it is static regarding the requirement...
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The Lean Production system, with its principles of industry efficiency and production systems, proposes a new way of working, starting in the automotive sector, but later adapting to other sectors, such as the construction industry, through Lean Construction and its various application systems, among which Last Planner® System (LPS) stands out. Bas...
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The Lean Production system, with its principles of industry efficiency and production systems, proposes a new way of working, starting in the automotive sector, but later adapting to other sectors, such as the construction industry, through Lean Construction and its various application systems, among which Last Planner® System (LPS) stands out. Bas...
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Research has demonstrated the importance of information flow and workflow in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. Through the correct application of the Last Planner® System, the coordination of a project and therefore its workflow has been improved. However, there is still a productivity gap that must be addressed through...
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Social network analysis (SNA) has not been used to study design project teams in which the full interactions have become more complex (formal and informal) because the team members are from different companies and there is no colocation. This work proposes a method to understand the interactions in the design teams of construction projects using SN...
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The PMBOK® Guide identifies 49 processes of project management that are instrumental to project success. To find the level of real integration of processes, the relationship between the 49 processes that compose it is analysed through the technique of social network analysis (SNA). SNA focuses on the structure of links within a set of actors, e.g.,...
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The progress of the study of seismic vulnerability has allowed the formulation of new assessment methodologies, which take into account not only the behaviour of the structural and non-structural elements, but also the components that, due to their importance and cost, can represent an investment that in some cases becomes greater than the cost of...
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Evidence exists for the application of lean management practices in the design process. However, there is no systematic review of this type of practice that links the design management practices to the lean construction principles. There is no tool to assess the level of use of lean design management practices in construction projects either. There...
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The PMBOK® Guide identifies 49 processes of project management that are instrumental to project success. To find the level of real integration of processes, the relationship between the 49 processes that compose it is analysed through the technique of social network analysis (SNA). SNA focuses on the structure of links within a set of actors, e.g.,...
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Civil engineering projects contribute to progress and improve people life quality, but also generate nature and environmental destruction. Due to this, the use of factors and indicators to measure the entire lifecycle project sustainability has become necessary, considering that every stage of a project produces social, economic and environmental i...
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The main problems in the industry of architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) are the low indices of productivity and the high fragmentation and complexity, which directly affect the quality of the projects. To provide tools to mitigate and/or solve the current situation in the sector, a compilation of the problems in the area of quality m...
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Delay is a phenomenon that affects road infrastructure projects around the world with serious consequences. The study of methodologies that allow mitigate delay causes is a key issue. One option is Last Planner® System (LPS) that is a collaborative planning method that improves the fulfillment of construction activities in time. LPS has the charact...
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La industria de la arquitectura, ingeniería y construcción (AIC) se caracteriza por estar fragmentada en varias especialidades, generando un alto nivel de especialización y una interacción más compleja. Los directores de proyectos en la industria de la AIC deben tener un conjunto integral de competencias alineadas con management. En la formación de...
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Building information modelling (BIM) is a methodology that is increasingly gaining strength in the architecture, engineering and construction industry. Building information modelling is focused on the effective collaboration and interaction of teams. It is for this reason that many classrooms around the world have decided to teach BIM to engineerin...
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Lean philosophy introduces a new approach for maximizing value while minimizing waste, facilitating sustainable practices at the same time. Companies have become aware of these improvements and are demanding students well formed in Lean concepts. However, to meet this demand, universities must adapt their curricula to include courses that use alter...
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Para la planificación urbana de una ciudad es necesario considerar todas las características que la definen, identificar y organizar los múltiples parámetros que componen la red vial. Éstos se vinculan formando una estructura optimizable, facilitando los procesos futuros, técnicos y políticos, involucrados con el desarrollo y diseño del espacio y e...
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This paper seeks to identify improvements in the level of implementation of the Last Planner System (LPS) with the use of information technologies (IT) based on its methodology. In addition, we correlate the level of implementation of specific LPS components to the plan percent complete (PPC). The conjoint analysis of IT benefits in implementation...
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Construction projects are complex at every stage; however, the design phase requires primary attention since it is at this phase that the full project can be influenced to a greater extent and at lower cost. In the design phase of construction projects, several specialists from different disciplines participate, particularly in complex projects suc...
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The evaluation of BIM capabilities and repeatability enables a company or project to identify its current status and how to improve continuously; this evaluation can be performed with BIM maturity models. However, those maturity models can measure the BIM state but not specifically the BIM uses application. Likewise, in interorganizational project...
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El análisis, diseño y documentado de estructuras es un proceso complejo y dinámico, retroalimentado por diversos profesionales y desarrollado en distintos programas computacionales. Toda esta diversidad de factores confluye dentro de un proceso iterativo de ensayo-error, que no se detiene hasta lograr un modelo refinado (equilibrio entre normativa...