Davide Simeone

Data integration, models and simulations for virtual pre-construction


Dr Davide Simeone


Your Current Institutional Affiliation

Webuild SpA

Sapienza University of Rome


Biography of Presenter

Engineer, digital construction expert with more than 10 years’ experience in the AEC  industry, holds a PhD and MSc in Architectural Engineering at Sapienza University of Rome. Former post-doc at Sapienza, has been visiting research student at Technion Israel Institute of Technology and visiting scholar at Berkeley University of California. He is currently a member of the BIM Management Department of the international contractor Webuild. He is author of more than 50 international publications in the area of BIM and digital construction.


Presentation Topic

Data Analysis, Simulation and Resilience


Description of Recorded Lecture Presentation

The lecture will discuss different digital strategies to support the virtual pre-construction activities, focusing on the key aspect of data integration from different domains such as design, planning, costs. Some modeling and simulation strategies will be presented to improve construction and site planning and reduce risks and costs during the project phases.


Description of Workshop/Tutorial Presentation

In the workshop, students will be guided through the implementation of construction simulations in the game engine Unity3D, exploiting the opportunity of an open, flexible environment to integrate BIM and dynamic prediction of on-site activities, including people, equipment, materials flows.


Learning Objectives

At the end of the presentation students will be able to:

  • Understand the complexity of virtual pre-construction and the relevance of data integration strategies;
  • Compare different modeling and simulation approaches to predict different phenomena of construction activities; and
  • Implement a construction site simulation in a flexible, open environment such as the game engine Unity3D.

Software Requirements

Unity3D (free download at https://unity3d.com/get-unity/download)

Bolt visual scripting (free download at https://assetstore.unity.com/packages/tools/visual-scripting/bolt-163802)