To prepare engineers and other professionals for the technology- and data-driven future of construction, the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering has launched a new master’s program in Advanced Design and Construction Technology (ADCT), one of a handful of schools offering graduate studies in the field, such as Arizona State University’s online master’s in construction management and technology.

The multi-disciplinary field of study will take an integrative approach to design, engineering and construction technology to develop expertise in topics such as sustainability, data analysis and visualization, computing, modeling, simulation, process engineering and manufacturing.

Students will learn how artificial intelligence and internet-of-things technologies can be employed to optimize energy usage and ventilation, for example. The program also will put emphasis on real-world opportunities and industry engagements.