Lidar Illuminated: Revolutionizing Engineering Design and Building Analysis

NSPE is collaborating with our partners at the National Academy of Building Inspection Engineers (NABIE) to support National Building Safety Month.

Experience Level: Any level of experience

LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology represents a transformative force in architectural design and building analysis. This presentation introduces participants to the fundamental concepts of LiDAR, elucidating its operational mechanics—how it uses laser beams to measure distances and create high-resolution, three-dimensional maps of environments and structures. As we explore LiDAR's capabilities, we focus on its precision in gathering hyper-accurate spatial data, which is pivotal for modern engineering and architectural endeavors.The precision of LiDAR data not only enhances the design and planning processes but also plays a critical role in problem identification and resolution during project lifecycles. Engineers and architects leverage this data to detect potential issues early in the construction phase, ranging from structural vulnerabilities to unforeseen environmental impacts, thereby mitigating risks and enhancing safety. The presentation will delve into specific case studies, such as the use of LiDAR in the reconstruction of Notre Dame, demonstrating how detailed data facilitates the preservation of cultural heritage while adhering to modern safety standards.This discussion aims to highlight how LiDAR is revolutionizing the field by providing architects and engineers with the tools necessary for more informed decision-making, ensuring precision and efficiency in both design and execution of architectural projects. 

Learning Outcomes:

1. Understand the Fundamental Concepts of LiDAR Technology: Participants will learn about the basic principles of LiDAR, including its mechanisms like Light Detection and Ranging and Time of Flight measurements, and how these principles allow for the creation of high-resolution 3D spatial data

2. Explore LiDAR Applications in Design and Building Analysis: Attendees will be able to identify how LiDAR technology is applied in various architectural processes such as Building Information Modeling (BIM), site analysis, and topographical mapping, enhancing accuracy, efficiency, and sustainability in design and construction.

3. Identify Structural and Safety Concerns in Engineering Projects: Learners will explore how LiDAR technology enhances engineering workflows by providing detailed and accurate 3D data, which is crucial for identifying potential structural weaknesses or safety issues early in the design and construction phases, thereby facilitating proactive risk management.

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Mark Waldman, PE, SE, LEED AP

Principal Engineer - Owner

Waldman Engineering Consultants

Mark is a 1982 and 1984 graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil and Structural Engineering, respectively. He is a registered Professional Engineer and a registered Structural Engineer in the State of Illinois with over 30 years of engineering, design and construction experience. Mark is also a LEED Accredited Professional (AP), as designated by the U.S. Green Building Council and administrated through the Green Building Certification Institute. LEED APs possess a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles as well as the LEED Rating System. He is formerly the President of the National Association of Building Inspector Engineers (NABIE) and is a member of the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Mark Waldman is the founder and President of Waldman Engineering Consultants, Inc., which celebrated its 13th year in business last year. As of 2021, the company employs four full-time engineers/architects experienced in structural, architectural, and mechanical engineering and is comprised of engineers, planners, drafters, and designers enabling us to handle a wide array of projects. Our expertise is in existing building condition assessment and repair specifications as well as moisture and leakage investigations.

Our engineers have provided condition assessments and moisture investigations on over 5,000 properties in the Chicagoland area, prescribing repairs and preparing plans and specifications on numerous projects related to moisture intrusion, structural deterioration, and loss of strength for foundations, floor systems, roofing, and walls.

Mark Waldman is a distinguished engineer with over three decades of experience, holding B.S. and M.S. degrees from The Pennsylvania State University in Civil and Structural Engineering. A registered Professional Engineer and Structural Engineer in Illinois, Mark's credentials extend to being a LEED Accredited Professional, showcasing his commitment to green building practices. He's formerly served as the President of the National Association of Building Inspector Engineers (NABIE) and is an active member of both the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

As the founder and President of Waldman Engineering Consultants, Inc., Mark has built a legacy over 15 years, leading a team specialized in building condition assessments, repair specifications, and moisture investigations. The company, equipped with engineers, architects, planners, and designers, has been pivotal in assessing and prescribing solutions for over 5,000 properties in the Chicagoland area, particularly addressing moisture intrusion, structural degradation, and strength issues in various structural elements.

Aaron Parks

Vice President of Architecture and Design

Waldman Engineering Consultants

Aaron Parks earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Kentucky in 1999.  He earned his Master of Science degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012.   

Mr. Parks joined Waldman Engineering Consultants in 2017. Prior to joining Waldman Engineering Consultants, he owned and managed his own architecture practice for 8 years. Mr. Parks’ early career was spent building knowledge and expertise at full-service design firms in Chicago, working on a variety of large-scale projects across the U.S. as well as overseas.  
Mr. Parks has been a licensed architect for 14 years and has been providing a wide range of professional architectural services for over 20 years.  His primary areas of focus have been residential design, healthcare, high-rise buildings and industrial building design.   

Mr. Parks is a licensed architect in the States of Illinois and Wisconsin, a member of the American Institute of Architects, certified by the National Council of Architecture Registration Boards, a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited professional, and a Professional Affiliate Member of NABIE (National Academy of Building Inspection Engineers). 

Rye Waldman

Director of Engineering and Building Research

Waldman Engineering Consultants

Rye Waldman joined Waldman Engineering Consultants, Inc in 2019. He is a 2007 graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.S. degree in Engineering Mechanics. In 2014 he earned a Ph.D. in Engineering Science from Brown University upon completing his dissertation “Vortex Wakes and the Mechanics of Membrane Wings---Problems Inspired by Bat Flight”. Rye also completed a postdoctoral appointment at Iowa State University working in the ISU Icing Research Tunnel laboratory. He has spent his career devising, building, and performing laboratory experiments using state-of-the-art automation and data acquisition systems, synchronous high-speed imaging systems, high-energy laser systems, computer vision systems, and custom electronics and embedded systems. Occasionally, he will supplement measurement data with theoretical analysis and numerical simulations ranging from simplified reduced-order models up to high-fidelity finite element calculations and multiphysics simulation. He has authored papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals published by The Royal Society, Springer, Elsevier, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and has authored and presented numerous technical papers at scientific conferences. As a lifelong professional student, Rye’s experience includes a myriad of multidisciplinary topics spanning hyperelastic materials to mammalian ecology, electrooptics to vortex dynamics, and aerodynamics to surface chemistry; hence, he has a fundamental background that ranges from incomprehensible fluid dynamics to unnecessarily large HVAC systems. 

Rye Waldman, brought his technical expertise to Waldman Engineering Consultants, Inc in 2019. A proud alumnus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he graduated in 2007 with a B.S. degree in Engineering Mechanics. He further added to his academic achievements at Brown University, where he secured a Ph.D. in Engineering Science in 2014. His dissertation, titled “Vortex Wakes and the Mechanics of Membrane Wings—Problems Inspired by Bat Flight,” reflects his innovative approach. Rye further honed his skills with a postdoctoral stint at Iowa State University, contributing in the ISU Icing Research Tunnel laboratory. 

His career encapsulates a blend of cutting-edge laboratory experiments, leveraging state-of-the-art technologies ranging from high-energy laser systems to custom electronics. Complementing his hands-on research, Rye adeptly ventures into theoretical analyses and simulations, navigating between simplified models to intricate multiphysics simulations. He's a recognized author with contributions in esteemed journals like The Royal Society and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and has marked his presence in numerous scientific conferences. A testament to his expansive knowledge, Rye has delved into myriad topics: from the complex world of fluid dynamics to the practicalities of large HVAC systems. 


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