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UFC professor develops innovative project management during international exchange in Chile

Prof. Clarissa Notariano Biotto, a technology professor on the Architecture and Urban Planning course at the Federal University of Ceará, was at the Escuela de Ingeniería Civil (EIC) of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV), in Chile, between July 31 and August 4. The exchange took place thanks to Fondecyt Iniciación 2023 Research Project No. 11230455. This collaborative project, entitled Propuesta de un Sistema de Gestión Colaborativa para el Diseño de Proyectos de Edificación, utilizando las Metodologías Lean, BIM y Agile, was carried out in partnership between the UFC professor, a researcher at the Digital Experience Lab (LED) of the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning and Design (DAUD), and Rodrigo Herrera, a researcher at the Technology, Innovation, Management and Sustainability in Civil Engineering (TIMS) of the EIC PUCV.

The central aim of this research was to develop an effective lean project management model, applicable in different contexts and scales, from individual to collaborative and multidisciplinary projects. Lean project management seeks to improve the quality, efficiency and sustainability of processes, reducing waste and optimizing resources. It also aims to promote innovation by eliminating barriers and increasing collaboration.

Prof. Clarissa also gave a workshop on design science research (DSR) methodology for PUCV teachers and students. This methodology is widely used in the information sciences and aims to improve research in the areas of engineering, architecture and design. DSR combines theoretical rigor and practical relevance, solving real challenges through the development and evaluation of innovative artifacts, such as models, methods, systems or products.

The mission abroad established new international partnerships with PUCV's Escuela de Arquitectura y Diseño (EAD). The professor says the experience enriched both her personal and professional life, providing an immersion in a new culture and approach to the design process. Clarissa Notariano Biotto plans to continue her research and academic collaboration with her Chilean colleagues, as well as expanding the opportunities for cooperation between the institutions involved.

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