Thursday, August 19, 2021 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM PDT
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SEI of ASCE, San Francisco Chapter 
SEI of ASCE Webinar on Innovative Steel Structures in China – A Case Study on Prefabrication and Sustainability

In China, steel has gained increasingly popularity in construction, with more than 15% of new buildings presently utilizing structural steel.  In 2016, the Chinese central government approved their 13th Five-Year Plan, which set a requirement to increase prefabrication to 15% in cities with a perpetual population of more than 3 million. Both market and policy have shown a strong influence on prefabricated steel structures. During the past five years, numerous innovations have developed in the prefabrication industry. This presentation will introduce one such innovation developed for prefabrication steel members and systems, Light Steel Framing (LSF/LGS), and address the sustainability potentials of its application on a steel project.

Weili Xu, Ph.D. 

Chief Technology Officer | Tech Prefab Inc.


Dr. Xu is the Chief Technology Officer from Tech Prefab Inc., a prefabrication solution provider. Dr. Xu has more than ten years of experience in project management and building energy consultant. In the last three years, he has worked with Chinese steel prefab manufacturers and design-build firms on multiple small to medium projects in both China and United States.

Dr. Xu is a skilled professional in software development for the Integrated Design of Buildings, Data Analytics, Business Planning, Commercial Building HVAC design, Building Construction, Energy Modeling, and Technology Transfer. He is a trong product management professional with a Doctor of Philosophy in Building Performance and Diagnostics from Carnegie Mellon University.

Dr. Xu received his bachelor of science degree from the University of Nottingham in the U.K. in Architectural and Environmental Engineering. While earning his Master’s Degree at the University of Rochester, he developed his knowledge in building service systems, economic analysis, alternative energy, applications of green technology, solar energy, and systems modeling.