Global Summer/Winter School
S027 Digital Innovations and Smart Construction

Session A


Course Title: S027 Digital Innovations and Smart Construction

Duration: 2020.7.9-2020.7.24 (2 weeks)

Campus: Xuhui


Course Description

This course aims to provide students with an understanding of the development of digital and smart technologies and their applications in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. It encompasses the 3D printing, 3D/5D BIM, automation in construction and artificial intelligence. Through introducing the state-of-the-art technologies and showcasing several successful real engineering cases, this course intends to illustrate how AEC should respond to the challenges and opportunities those new technologies may bring to the sector.



  • This course is jointly run by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the oldest learned society in Civil Engineering in the world, who will offer excellent teaching resources. Participating students will have the opportunity to register as the Student Member and benefit from the wide-ranging learning resources.

  • First class delivery team comprising world class academics and industrialists rich in global experience in the subject area.

  • A well-mixed delivery methods including class-teaching, virtual reality simulation, site/office visits, group project, hand-on activities.

  • A visit to the world’s second highest building, Shanghai Tower located in Shanghai, and see how BIM has been used in the design, construction and maintenance phases.

  • A visit to the world’s first 3D printing building.

  • An experience of interviewing the project management team of Shanghai Disney Project, one of the world’s most complicated project.

  • Two site visits including one smart city exhibition center and a global company specialized in industry 4.0.

  • Tours of Shanghai city and its municipal construction together with a visit to the Shanghai Construction Museum.

  • An experience of working on a real life global project mentored with the practitioners from the most renowned consultancy companies in the world.

  • Have social network activities with the Students/Graduates/Chartered Members of ICE around the world.





Prof. Jian YANG


Prof. Jian Yang, Assistant Dean in the School of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Civil Engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, has nearly 20 years of experience of teaching, research and consultancy at various universities/companies, most of which were from the UK.  He is one of the youngest Fellow of Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) and a chartered member of the Institute of Structural Engineers (MIStructE). He serves on several international and national professional committees and sits on the editorial board for four peer-reviewed international journals. In his present role, he is leading a team mainly focusing on the research in the field of sustainable construction materials and novel structural systems including sustainable and smart construction. He has published more than 100 papers. In 2016, he was awarded as one of the ’10 Kaiyuan Lecturers’.



Attendance and professionism: 30%

Project presentation and Q&A: 30%

Report: 40%



Program Director: Prof. Jian YANG (

Program Coordinator: Dr. Bai LI (

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