Lieyun Ding, PhD, is a professor, director of the BIM Research Laboratory and rector/president of Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan (Hubei), China. He has previously served as rector/president of Northeastern University in Shenyang (Liaoning), China. His research interests focus on applying information and automation technologies to construction engineering and management, and on safety and risk management for large-scale built infrastructure, including metro systems, bridges and tunnels. Professor Ding is the editor-in-chief of the Chinese Journal of Civil Engineering and Management. He also serves as deputy director of the Management Division of Science and Technology Committee of China’s Ministry of Education, chairman of the Architectural Society of China Construction Management Research Division, deputy chairman of the Chinese Society of Metals, and director of China’s National Accreditation Board for Construction Management.