My name is Frank Boukamp. I am a Senior Lecturer for Construction Management at the RMIT University.
I hold a diploma (Dipl.-Ing., Bauhaus Universität Weimar, Germany 2001) in "Bauinformatik" (civil engineering with an emphasis on computer sciences) and a Ph.D. (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA 2006) in civil engineering with an emphasis on information technology.
After completing my Ph.D., I joined the faculty of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as an Assistant Professor. In 2009, I then joined the academic staff of the School of Property, Construction and Project Management at RMIT University.
I teach construction management courses. During my time at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign I was placed on the "List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students".
In my research, I focus on knowledge-management, ontological engineering and information technology (e.g. BIM or Virtual Reality) for construction and education. It is my strong belief, that the usage of semantic links between construction project information items, e.g. in the form of an integrated project model or a building information model (BIM), combined with ontological approaches to knowledge-management, build an excellent basis for a broad range of applications, including, but not limited to, construction management, inspection planning, safety planning and monitoring of construction sites. My long term research goal is to employ semantic models and information technology to help improve efficiency, effectiveness, safety and quality on construction sites and to promote the benefits that a well designed deployment of information technology can bring for the construction industry.