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Civil Engineering
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
200 Patton Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0105

Phone: (540) 231-5789
FAX: (540) 231-7532
Email: chema@vt.edu

B.S. Monterrey Tech, Mexico 1978
M.S. University of Illinois 1984
Ph.D. University of Illinois 1988

Picture of Jesus M. de la Garza
Jesus M. de la Garza

Description of Research
Professor de la Garza research thrusts comprise: Information Technology in Construction and Highway Infrastructure Management. For the last eight years he has developed models of Design Rationale for use in the Architecture-Engineering-Construction (AEC) industry. His work on Design Rationale modeling has been sponsored by three NSF grants. Professor de la Garza's research on Highway Infrastructure Management has been funded by the Virginia Department of Transportation and more recently by the Swedish National Road Administration. Dr. de la Garza has recently received two grants from the Construction Industry Institute to study Workers' Compensation issues in the Construction Industry and the potential of using Wireless Communications and Computing technology at the Jobsite. Dr. de la Garza's latest contributions in the Information Technology field include "schedule-updating" tools for the palm-held computers.
Recent Papers or Publications
de la Garza, J.M., and Alcantara, P.T., "Using a Parameter Dependency Network to Capture Design Rationale," Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, ASCE, April, 1997, Vol.2, No.2, pp. 102-112. This paper won the 1998 Best Paper Award from ASCE Technical Council on Computer Practices.

Vorster, M.C., and de la Garza, J.M., "Equipment Consequential Costs Associated with Lack of Availability and Downtime," Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE, Vol. 116, No. 4, December, 1990, pp. 656-669. This paper won the 1992 ASCE Thomas Fitch Rowland Prize.

de la Garza, J.M., and Howitt, I., "Wireless Communication and Computing at the Construction Jobsite," Automation in Construction, An International Journal for Construction Professionals, Elsevier Science, Vol. 7, No. 4, May, 1998, pp.327-347.

Special Honors or Awards
ASCE Best Paper Award, 1998, Technical Council on Computer Practices, Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering.

ASCE Thomas Fitch Rowland Prize, 1992.

Credit Research Foundation Award, Financial Management Association, 1986.

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