The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation

provides a solid foundation for the growth and success of the mechanical contracting industry.

Research Programs

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MCERF underwrites industry-critical research conducted by leading researchers and consultants. Such research provides our best chance to address our industry's biggest challenges.

Examples of MCERF-funded research projects are:

  • the MCERF Complexity Measurement Tool (CMT)
  • Achieving Spatial Coordination Through BIM – A Guide for Specialty Contractors to help MEP contractors reconcile and incorporate leading edge technologies and processes into their projects’ spatial coordination efforts. 
  • Hololens Project - MCERF underwrote a project wherein Iowas State intern Joe Hines who was hired by Waldinger Corporation of Omaha, NE to develop ideas and uses for Mircrosoft's Hololens product to aid the mechanical contracting industry. Hines demonstrated his findings and the use of Hololens at MCAA 2017 in San Diego, CA and made his finding available in a white paper.
  • Building a Successful Internship Program. Developed and contributed by Dr. Mostafa Khattab, Department Head, Construction Managment Department at Colorado State University. Internships are an opportunity to identify and evaluate potential full-time hires for your organization. Dr. Khattab shows how building a structured internship program will provide the opportunity for MEP firms to recruit talented students and provide a flexible, cost-effective labor force without a long-term commitment.
  • MCERF's Online Piping and Useage Specification product, or OPUS, was the result of a Foundation research project to see if its venerable core body of knowledge publication, the Guideline for Quality Piping Installation, could be converted to and formatted for a more modern online delivery. That was 2005...and the rest is history!
  • MCERF has underwritten numerous other reserach projects ranging from green building, to value chain enhancement, and future trends of the mechanical contracting industry.


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MCERF-funded research projects.

The variety and breadth of issues addressed by Foundation research may surprise some, but there is a consistency of purpose throughout all our research projects, which is to provide the valuable...

Student chapter members investigate new technologies.

Please complete the following form to request MCERF funding of a research project. Please make sure to keep your submission simple as your request will be read by a number of busy, working...