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To promote the use of the Value Methodologies in Canada, Value Analysis Canada offers the following publications regarding 2017 Conference:
2017 Conference
Author : Warren Knowles
Description :

It is sometimes thought that value analysis/value engineering (VA/VE) is (or should be) already a part of the traditional design process. Those who subscribe to this view believe that if performance is enhanced through a VA/VE study, or if cost savings are discovered, it is due to a defect or oversight by the design team.

VA/VE professionals contend that the value analysis process (or value engineering methodology) is a distinct process that is not a part of the traditional design process, and therefore will often result in project performance enhancements, cost savings or both; and, such results are not a defect or oversight by the design team. This is particularly true in the transportation construction industry where the traditional design process and design solutions are highly standardized.

The author’s experience supports the latter view. This presentation provides six specific, accepted value proposals that the author believes would never have been developed by the traditional design process. These value proposals help explain why VA/VE often discovers cost-saving, equivalent-function solutions that the traditional design process generally does not. Thus, VA/VE should not be considered redundant to the traditional design process, nor a threat. Rather, VA/VE should be considered a welcome partner.

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Author : Gil Goyette
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Public Works and Government Services Canada has undergone two changes recently. The first is a change of name: from PWGSC to Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC). The second is a major change in its office facilities. PSPC wished to adopt an ABW (Activity Based Workplace) model for the design of its new offices. In addition, supported by a latest-generation software, PSPC will operate on a "hoteling" principle, hence by reserving work areas, thus allocating no fixed work area for its employees. This presentation explains how the Functional Performance Specification process was used to define PSPC's planning needs and provide guidance for the design of the new workplace. The speaker will discuss how PSPC staff were actively involved in the construction of their FASTs and how characterization was produced to circumscribe planning and environmental requirements for the new work environment.

More information on Functional Performance Specification, also known as a Benefits Breakdown Structure can be found at http://www.valueanalysis.ca/fps.php

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Author : Tammy Dow & Scot McClintock
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A Value Focus (VF) Workshop, conducted among various Region of Peel personnel required to define and deliver the Peel Manor Seniors Service Hub and Long Term Care project, provided a much-needed consensus based focus to move the project forward. Key questions answered were "What is the project?" and "How do we deliver the project?". The 32-member, multi-disciplinary VF Team of Region personnel and consultant facilitators and specialists used the value methodology to identify a substantial number of issues, risks and needs, as well as the functional requirements of the project. The result of the VF Workshop was a consensus understanding of what the project is; how it is to be delivered; what phases can be undertaken in parallel; and who is responsible for what in the delivery of the project.

 

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Author : M Douglas
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A team of 2 people hold the role of Capital Projects Coordinators at Alcoa. This role consists in supporting 22 different facilities situated in Iceland, Norway, Spain, United States, South America and Australia. This team works with the management teams to facilitate the approval process for the projects. The annual capital budget is roughly 100 USD.

Every year there are over one hundred plus projects that attain the FEL2 stage. For Alcoa this is when the Value Analysis process begins. A criteria list exists to determine which projects the Value Analysis process must be followed. The activities must be held in the different plants and we must have the right people around the table, usually about 10 people are present. The activity may take 1.5 to 3 days depending on the complexity and cost of the project, which has to be very well prepared ahead of time to be able to meet objectives over a short period.

During the first 6 months of 2017, 25 Value Analysis activities have been held in the Alcoa plants, since 2014 around 60 activities. The initial project cost of these 60 projects was approximately 258 USD. From this amount there has been cost avoidance or cost deferral of about 45 USD which is about 17 %. The budget is not reduced when this happens, it permits the plants to add other projects to their list to improve each plant’s performance.

These activities clarify the Business Case and provides detailed Solution Analysis and facilitates communications between the Production, Maintenance and Engineering people. All standards and protocols are respected to ensure sustainability of each project. Everyone has a very clear understanding of the Scope of Work and the layout.

Value Analysis gives credibility to Management during the Project Approval process.

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Author : Istvan & Ariella Tarjani
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In the integrated economy, in a competitive marketplace, there are a lot of perspective fields for the application of Value Engineering. This presentation focuses on the use of Value Engineering/Value Analysis in manufacturing logistics for a large International manufacturer supplying cables for the automotive, telecommunications and health care industries. This case study demonstrates that the VE methodology is regularly applied in the European Union when developing the business case for capital investments.

The particular case study focuses on a logistics centre in Hungary that was inefficient and labour intensive in the handling of materials such as repeated handling of materials, unplanned trips, and time consuming searches. Hungary has a labour shortage. While a Lean approach would have resulted in some improvements to logistics, a fundamental rethink of the business operation required a Value Engineering approach.

During the functional analysis, the team completed the FAST model. At the same time, the team edited and developed flow diagrams of the logistics. The team identified the weak points and critical functions. The VE project was very successful  and was instrumental in the design of a new production area and the design of the logistical area. This case study demonstrates that significant value improvement can be reached in the field of logistics.

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Author : Guylaine Lebrun
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Author : David Wilson
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The Calgary Fire Department was faced with a critical decision: What needs to be done with Fire Stations 1 and 2 to maintain fire service readiness in the downtown core? The Department operates three fire stations in downtown core and two of the stations are approaching end of life. Should the stations be replaced? Should the stations be renovated, or combined? What about augmenting them with a new station on vacant land or integrated into other buildings? Lots of opportunities! Almost too many?

An innovative approach was used to address the fundamental question: value management. In doing so, the Department reset its perspective from just looking at the infrastructure needs of specific stations to a broader review of its overall fire service strategy in the downtown core. This also enabled consideration of a range of potential strategic and infrastructure opportunities, as well as other Citywide initiatives involving collaboration between and co-location of other City Departments.

This presentation provides an overview of the value process and presents several key strategies used by the City to explore the opportunities to maintain and enhance fire service in downtown Calgary.

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Author : Glenda Rivera
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En raison de sa nature d’optimisation, l’analyse de la valeur constitue un défi pour l’intégrité des projets architecturaux issus de concours. Les concepteurs peuvent exprimer une réticence à entreprendre un tel exercice de peur de voir les concepts fondamentaux de leur projet être remplacés par des solutions plus économiques. D’un autre côté, les clients sont parfois déchirés entre une solution plus économique et le désir de conserver le concept lauréat inchangé. Ainsi, cette présentation vise dans un premier temps à exposer les enjeux qui existent dans l’application du processus d’analyse de la valeur sur des projets issus de concours architecturaux. Dans un deuxième temps, elle vise à présenter des solutions pour assurer une application de l’analyse de la valeur réussie dans ce contexte. La présentation sera supportée par l’étude de cas du projet de rénovation majeure de l’Insectarium de Montréal. Cela du point de vue de la chargée de projet, représentant du client.

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Author : Azzeddine Oudjehane
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The presentation highlights disruption and change currently affecting the construction and building sectors, with a particular emphasis on drones and their full integration in construction projects.

Drones and Unmanned Aerial Systems have provided a new perspective to the construction sector: from construction site or land surveys or construction progress monitoring to quality control or compliance inspection, drones (UAS) are increasingly present in construction site. At the beginning of 2017, the global infrastructure drone market was estimated to be worth over $45 B. In fact the construction industry has emerged as the key driver of the drone technology development as increasing demand arises from the various construction applications. will top $5 billion by 2020. PwC estimates the current value of labor and services likely for replacement by drones to be $127.3 billion. More than one-third of that comes from the infrastructure and construction industries. Drones and UAVs in construction are slowly expanding from site operations like land surveying, visual monitoring of site safety or instruction progress, to value added management of projects for decision making inherent to data processing from captured information using drones.

This presentation introduces a framework for the integration of innovation technology such as Building Information Modeling with UAS application beyond project monitoring and into project value management. Showcasing a case study from a Calgary construction project, the presentation will emphasize the following Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the applications of UAVs in construction project management
  • Discuss the integration of Building Information Modeling in the value management process
  • Define a framework integrating UAS and BIM in the value management of construction projects

 

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Author : Andréanne Martin
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DL’utilisation de l’AV peut se faire autant en tout début de projet, à l’étape concept, que plus tard, à l’étape plans et devis, préférablement aux deux. Par contre, il faut comprendre que l’accent n’est pas mis à la même place et que le questionnement n’est pas orienté de la même façon selon la phase où est rendu le projet. La présentation démontrera à l’aide d’exemples que l’analyse de la valeur peut être utilisée à n’importe quelle étape, pourvu qu’elle soit bien orientée et que les bons participants soient identifiés.

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Author : Jeffrey Plant, Directeur technique | Technical Director
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Achieving “value-for-money” in P3 projects. The Public-Private Partnership (P3) procurement model is being used across North America to bring value to projects. Jeffrey Plant a former Vice President with Infrastructure Ontario and now Technical Director on one of the largest infrastructure projects in North America, the new Champlain Bridge project demonstrates why the P3 model is a reliable method of value creation and innovation in major public infrastructure projects. The presentation reviews:

  • P3 and Value-for-Money
  • Value Analysis Opportunities on P3 Projects
  • Lessons learned from the Champlain Bridge
  • Conclusions

Jeffrey Plant demonstrates that P3 proponents deliver significant value-for-money but generally don’t follow the formal Value Analysis job plan. Jeff offers suggestions on how to achieve even more value-for-money with the introduction of Value Management techniques and the use of a Value facilitator.

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Author : Jean-François Chénie​r
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The use of the VA Methodology led the multidisciplinary team of the LRT Pie-IX construction project, in Montreal, to review the prototype of the entrance building provided for in the project. The main challenge of this project is the large number of stakeholders with different interests and fields of expertise. First, the use of a functional model allowed the multidisciplinary team to see the project in a different way and to define in simple and concise language the objectives and needs to be met. This approach, which favored creativity, made it possible to separate essential needs from desires or desires.
 
The rigorous application of the method made it possible to question several of the needs of the project. It was at the heart of the discussions of the multidisciplinary team and made it possible to identify alternatives and avenues of savings totaling nearly 30% of the direct costs, of the thirty entrance buildings still to be built on the project for the Montreal portion of SRB Pie-IX.
 
The presentation will explain the value analysis, how it is done and when it can be used to identify alternatives in a project. The LRT Pie-IX project results give a good example of the power of the methodology.
 

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Author : Lucie Parrot
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Many enterprises, either public or private, face huge project portfolios. Prioritizing these projects is not always easy. But it is important to identify which project will get financing and resources and which ones will have to wait or even be completely eliminated. Most often, these projects are so diversified that it’s hard to find a common thread that will be used to make choices.
 
Value of these projects, for the enterprise, will be the criteria used to compare projects. The presentation shows how to identify and measure value of the projects and how to use it to prioritize them. A case study example is used to illustrate the process.

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Author : Tom Fletcher
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The VA/VE methodology has been used successfully for the past 70 years yet it is only being utilized in some business and government sectors, in North America. Traditionally VA/VE was used in the manufacturing sector but this methodology been proven to be successful in many environments including capital projects, business process and IT projects, in the public and private sectors.

It has always been a mystery to me that the VM methodology has remained largely a project-focused, problem-solving tool rather than an executive boardroom tool.

This presentation will discuss how the Value Management can be utilized more effectively at the corporate level to assist in the decision making process in:

  • Strategic planning
  • Capital planning
  • Human Resource planning
  • Client satisfaction
  • Risk Management
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Author : Gill Goyette
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Over the past few years, integrated design processes (IDP) have become increasingly popular with clients. Aware that this type of process will now be part of the real estate project landscape, Value Analysis Canada has created a research project to assess the potential co-existence and contribution of VA to such processes. This conference is a progress report of the research project in question which is due in 2018. The basic principles of IDP as set out by the US Green Building Council and the International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment (IISBE) are presented along with their respective methodologies. Based on this presentation, the author highlights the potential of Value Analysis to add value to the IDP and to benefit from Value Management. Finally, the conference deals with the human, legal and contractual provisions required for such a process.

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Author : Shamsi Shishevan
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Effective prognosis is not possible without effective diagnosis. The smooth running of a workshop can be confounded by the realization that critical assumptions and data are incorrect.
 
So often it transpires that data is provided to the VM team without the due diligence normally expected. To pre-empt such an occurrence, there should be some probing of the sources and reasonableness of a) assumptions, b) accuracy of data for developing simple models of cost, time, energy, production or losses, c) historical statistics and projections; along with information for dimensioning of the FAST diagram.
 
Depending on the stage of the program or project life-cycle, the diagnostic tools and techniques may differ. E.g. for optimization of existing operations, versus strategic / master planning, versus concept definition, versus program / project execution. Selection of the most appropriate analytical technique is vital.
 
The purpose of this presentation is to discuss increase preparedness for workshop deliberations and how this will influence the likelihood of successful study outcomes.

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Author : Michel Thiry
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Michel Thiry highlights how today's organizational context is rapidly becoming more complex and turbulent. He demonstrates that Strategic Value Management (VM) is ideally suited to support an organization's need to become more responsive to change and make informed business decisions.

VM is one of the most effective processes to help identify the needs and expectations of multiple stakeholders. Michel Thiry uses a Functional Performance Specification or Business Benefits Breakdown Structure technique to help business define their business needs in a systematic fashion. It is also an efficient group decision-making and problem-solving methodology that helps clarify a strategy and define the means to achieve it.

Michel expanded on his strategic value management overview with his keynote on Strategic Value Management which is available here:

A PMI paper on the business benefits of Strategic Value Management is available from PMI.

Information on the Functional Performance Specification Technique is available from VA Canada under VA in Depth.

 

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Author : J. Tan, F. Zhou and H. Al-Battaineh
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EPCOR Drainage Services (formerly "Drainage Design and Construction—City of Edmonton") acquired a new facility: the Edmiston Yard in 2015. This new shop & yard will provide the necessary space to deliver equipment services and support to the construction groups, and facilitate the in-house refurbishment of the tunnel boring machines.

A study to optimize the usage of the shop area was conducted in 2015. The deliverables of the study included:

1. An optimized shop space layout plan. This included analyses to determine the optimum location for each piece of equipment based on work flow and process needs, and to identify optimum requirements for each functional need and to minimize recycling and movement crossing points;

2. An equipment relocation plan from the old shop (Coronation Yard) to the new shop (Edmiston Yard). This included an optimized schedule of the equipment transfer with minimal disruption on the equipment services and supports to construction activities, and a staging plan.

Value analysis was employed in developing the study, integrated with other problem-solving techniques including Six-Sigma, lean concept, computer simulation and 3D-modelling. The presentation highlights how the team delivered the project and the integration between various tools.

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Author : Lucie Parrot
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The Strategyzer approach to identifying the value proposition differs from the value management approach to identifying the value proposition. This presentation compares both approaches and identifies how the Value Analysis methodology can be improved through techniques from the Strategyzer approach and how the Value Proposition in the Strategyzer approach can be improved with value management techniques. 

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