Dr. Messner specializes in the use of advanced visualization technologies to improve project design and construction education through the use of virtual facility prototypes (VFP). He serves as the director of the Computer Integrated Construction (CIC) Research Program at Penn State. His research in the use of virtual facility prototyping is currently supported through a three-year Collaborative Engineering Education grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). This funding is being used to build a new immersive display system laboratory to develop a virtual construction simulator for interactive educational case studies in full-scale VFPs. He was also recently awarded a five-year NSF CAREER Award for investigating the value of VFPs for fostering innovation and knowledge management in the design and construction planning process in both industry and academia.
In addition to his construction visualization research and education initiatives, Dr. Messner is also continuing to expand research efforts in the areas of construction globalization and strategic management in construction procurement methods. He has been a facilitator for a Risk Management Summit hosted jointly by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) and the Association of Specialty Contractors (ASC), and has spoken about these topics at several industry conferences. He also led a research project with the Construction Industry Institute (CII) to investigate the appropriate use of the global engineering workforce in the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) Industry. Dr. Messner has also completed a procurement method study for the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA).
Dr. Messner is the Chair of the 7th International Conference on Virtual Reality Applications in Construction (CONVR 2007), and he is the Secretary for the ASCE Intelligent Computing Committee within the TCCIT.
If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Messner's research efforts, please visit the Computer Integrated Construction Research Program website which includes more details related to some of the ongoing and recently completed research efforts.