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Dr Laura Florez Perez

Dr Laura Florez Perez

Lecturer in Construction Management

The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
14th Oct 2019

Research summary

Dr Florez-Perez's research interests are broadly in the areas of construction management and engineering with a focus on decision support systems, mathematical modelling applications and information technologies.

This includes: data analytics for productivity and process improvement; integration of project information into optimisation and simulation models for resource-efficient operations; project control systems for workforce management and intelligent automation for planning construction tasks; knowledge extraction and management for BIM optimisation; and decision making models for sustainable construction, materials selection, and development.

Teaching summary

I contribute to the following modules on our taught programmes:

BCPM0041 Managing Construction

BCPM0066 Project Management I

BCPM0071 Professional Skills for Project Management

Biography

Dr Laura Florez-Perez is a Lecturer in Construction Management in the Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction. She completed her PhD in Building Construction at the Georgia Institute of Technology, US, in 2015. She also received a MSc in Building Construction from Georgia Tech and dual degrees in Civil Engineering and Industrial Engineering from Universidad de los Andes, Colombia.


Dr Florez-Perez has published extensively in the fields of Construction and the Built Environment with a focus on decision support systems and IT tools, including numerous articles in journals such as Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, Journal of Management in Engineering, Building and Environment, Materials & Design, and Journal of the Operational Research Society. Her past experience also includes work for the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), British Council Institutional Links, EU Tempus, and collaborations with the International Masonry Institute (IMI).


She started as Senior Lecturer in Built Environment at Northumbria University in 2016 before moving to UCL in 2019. Dr Florez-Perez is the recipient of the 2014 Best Student Paper Award from the Construction Division of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IISE) and the 2013 Finalist of the Paper Award of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE).


Prior to moving to the UK, Dr Florez-Perez worked as project manager in Pyramid Masonry in the US and as an engineer in Proyectos & Diseños SAS in Colombia.

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