Zhigang Shen

Zhigang Shen 

Zhigang Shen
Contact Information:
113 NH
Lincoln: City Campus
(402) 472-9470

Associate Professor of Construction Engineering
  • Ph.D., Construction Management, University of Florida, 2007
  • M.S., Computer Engineering, University of Florida, 2003
  • M. Architecture, Tongji University, China, 1997
  • B. Engr., Architecture, Zhengzhou Institute of Technology, China, 1992

Areas of Research and Professional Interest
  • Building/Construction Visualization
  • 3D Games
  • Sustainable Built Environment
  • Innovative Engineering Education
Courses Taught

About Zhigang Shen

Dr. Shen’s research focuses on building/construction visualization, sustainable built environment, and innovative engineering education. As PI/Co-PIs, he was awarded more than $4M (self-portion $688k) grants from research agencies such as NSF, EPA, DOE, DOL and NDOR. Up to December 2012, he published 15 peer-reviewed journal articles and 21 peer-reviewed conference papers. He had 6 years industry experience in the areas of design and construction of large-scale commercial buildings and high-end residential buildings. He taught courses in Building Construction Cost Estimating and Building Information Modeling since 2007 at UNL.


Past employers include the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Catalfumo Construction and Development, Eccostone Homes, the Weitz Company, John Portman & Associates, and Tianchen Chemical Engineering Corporation.

Professional Licenses and Certifications:
  • Certified Professional Constructor (CPC) of American Institute of Constructors

Honors and Awards

  • 2011 Best Feature Article Award of ASCE journal of Leadership and Management in Engineering
  • 2011 College of Engineering Faculty Service Award
  • 1999-2003 Alumni Pre-doctoral Fellow, University of Florida,


Grants and Contracts:
  • "3D Bridge Condition Rating System", NDOR, (PI), 2013-2015
  • "Collaborative Research: A Case-Based Multidimensional Virtual Environment (CMVE)", NSF (PI), 2011-2013
  • "IMPACT-Trade Adjustment Assistance", US DOL (Co-PI), 2013-2015
  • "Veterans Commissioning Training Program for Commercial-Healthcare Facilities", US DOE (PI), 2010-2013
  • "Advanced Decentralized Water/Energy Design for Sustainable Infrastructure", US EPA (Co-PI), 2009-2014
  • "Building Energy Efficient Homes for America (BEEHA)", US DOE (Co-PI), 2011-2012
  • "Home Building Education Leadership Program (HELP)", NAHB (Co-PI), 2009-2012
  • "Assessing Impacts of Mixed Reality Jobsite (MRJ)", DSAEC Seed Grant (PI), 2011-2013
  • "Impact of Attic Design on Energy Performance of Residential Buildings", UNL Faculty Seed Grant (PI), 2009-2010
  • "Building and Construction Virtual Simulation." UCARE (PI), 2010
  • "Virtual Simulations of Medical Facility Renovation using BIM" UCARE (PI), 2010

Selected Publications

Selected Journal Articles (*Corresponding Author):
  • Wang, E. and Shen, Z.*, Neal, J., Shi, J., Berryman, C., and Schwer, A. (2012). "An AHP-weighted Aggregated Data Quality Indicator (AWADQI) Approach for Estimating Embodied Energy of Building Materials". Journal of Life Cycle Assessment. 17(6), 764-77. (2011 Impact Factor: 2.4)
  • Wang, S., Shen, Z.*;, and Gu, L. (2012). "Numerical simulation of buoyancy-driven turbulent ventilation in attic space under winter conditions" Journal of Energy and Buildings. 47, 360–368. (2011 Impact Factor: 2.4)
  • Shen, Z.*, Jensen, W., Berryman, C., and Zhu Y. (2011). "A Comparative Study of Activity-based Construction Labor Productivity in the US and China." ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering, 27(2), 116-124. (2011 SJR 2-year citations/journal document: 0.5)
  • Shen, Z.*, Issa, R. (2010) "Quantitative evaluation of the BIM-assisted construction detailed cost Estimates." Journal of Information Technology in Construction, 15(), 234-257. (2011 SJR 2-year citations/journal document: 0.5)
  • Shen, Z.* and Jensen, W. (2011). "Civil Engineers as Master Builders and the Professionalization of Construction." ASCE Leadership and Management in Engineering, 11(2), 169-181
Selected Conference Papers:
  • Shen, Z. and Jiang L. (2012) "An augmented 3D mobile application for communication, collaboration and learning (CCL) of building systems". 2012 ASCE International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering, June 17-20, Clearwater, FL
  • Wang, E., and Shen, Z. (2011). "A Building LCA Case Study Using EcoTech and BIM Model". ASC 47th Annual International Conference, April 6-9, Omaha, NE
  • Shen, Z., Issa, R., O'Brien, W., and Flood, I. (2005), "A Trade Construction Knowledge Module to Enable use of Design Component Data in Project Management", Proceedings of ASCE the 2005 International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering, Cancun, Mexico, July. 
  • Shen, Z., Issa, R., O'Brien, W., and Flood, I. (2003). "A Model for Integrating Construction Design and Schedule Data", ASCE Proceedings of the 4th Joint International Symposium on Information Technology In Civil Engineering, November 15-16, Nashville, Tennessee.
Book Chapter:
  • O'Brien, W., Issa R., Shen, Z., and Xie, H. (2004), "Configurable environments: a vision for future project information technologies" in Kazi, S. (ed.) Knowledge Management in the Construction Industry: A Socio-technical Perspective, Idea Group Publishing, Hershey, PA 17033, USA, 339-358.

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