The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation

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


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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 education component necessary to solve our industry's most complex problems. Follow the links below for a summary of each research project and its findings.

MCERF has announced the release of the CMT...a Revit add-in

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) has released the MCERF Complexity Measurement Tool (CMT) which analyzes and documents a building's mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) spaces for congestion and complexity. The CMT is an add-in for the Autodesk Revit platform.

Achieving Spatial Coordination Through BIM

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is the most important...and disruptive...project delivery system to impact the construction industry since animal and human effort were replaced by steam power.

Hololens research

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
  • 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.

The OPUS site was developed by the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) as an online, interactive replacement to the Guideline for Quality Piping Installation. The site was designed and developed by Trimble's MEP Division, with assistance from the OPUS Task Force and Ferris State University.