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Conference Archive > 2013 Conference - Do More with Less
Author : Joseph Otero
Description : The Value Methodology is employed to solve different kinds of problems of varying levels of difficulty, so the tools employed and the associated rigor should match the problem. The tools and rigor of the Value Methodology should fit the problem or opportunity. For example, a three-day VE event with cursory style tools may be perfect for conceptual design work whereas a set of multiple six-day VE events employing tools that demand rigor may be needed for addressing final design challenges. This presentation makes general recommendations about what tools in the value methodology to employ in specific circumstances.
Author : Tammy Dow
Description : Case study of a value study focusing on staging of a high level bridge, new technology, and working with local indigeneous stakeholders in the workshop.
Author : Gregory Brink
Description : This paper explores challenges associated with estimation of projects when limited scope definition exists and how costs evolve over a project’s lifecycle. As a solution this paper will discuss the use of risk-based cost estimating that incorporates facets of uncertainty that explain why a deterministic number can be evil in the sense that such estimates often deceive project owners and project development teams by setting false expectations. Alternatively, this paper integrates Value Engineering principles through the use of value-driven, function based estimating that improves Decision Analysis, Project Delivery, and provides innovative ways to incorporate risk-based range estimating into considerations of project costs throughout the delivery lifecycle. This particular estimating technique can also be applied directly to VE studies when developing alternative concepts and risk response strategies. The attendees of this presentation will learn benefits of risk-based range estimating and how such techniques can be used to effectively communicate with program and project stakeholders.
Author : Stuart Sokoloff
Description : A Forensic Evaluation of recent Construction Failures with a retrospective of how a Value/Risk review might have avoided the calamity which could result in property damage, injury or death. Numerous examples will be presented addressing: route cause of the event, how it might have been avoided, and liability for the occurrence.
Author : James Bolton
Description :

The integration of Value Engineering with Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DFMA) is a powerful combination which many manufacturing organizations are using today to ensure the best value proposition is offered to the customer.   In fact the leading company producing DFMA software, Boothroyd and Dewhurst Incorporated, has just recently released a new version of their software which allows the user to classify all of the components in a bill of material (BOM) for a product into functions for easy identification and sorting.  Value Engineering ensures that the right product to meet the customer needs is offered at the lowest possible cost with the performance or function that the customer demands.  It starts with understanding what your customer requirements are, knowing how to develop those requirements into function terms, assigning costs to those functions, and then ensuring that the product which is designed meets those customer requirements at the cost they are willing to pay for those required functions over the life cycle of the product.  Sounds easy, but without Value Engineering techniques to help manufacturing companies with this process, many organizations fail to deliver the right products to the customer.

After you are sure you know what the customer wants and have an initial concept in mind, DFMA helps manufacturing organizations optimize the design with respect to manufacturing capabilities to ensure that the customer is obtaining a product which truly brings them the best value. Delivering only those functions that the customer wants and minimizing those functions which the customer doesn’t care about, or is not willing to pay for.   

Author : Charles R McDuff, Ramesh Kalvakaalva
Description : Highlights successful use of VE in USA Transportation agencies including AASHTO, FHWA and GDOT and the use of VE as project assurance model. 
Author : Dr. Faisal M. Arain,
Description : The presentation briefly identifies the competencies for baccalaureate level construction education in Alberta, and goes further into the development of a Value Engineering course for proposed BTech Construction Management (BTech CM) program at NAIT, Alberta. For developing the Value Management course within BTech CM program, a very interactive and collaborative approached was adopted. Many professionals were directly involved in the development of curriculum project ranging from Chairs and members of Curriculum Committee to Subject Matter Experts, Learning Designer, Project Manager, Writer, the Copyright Officer as well as Multimedia Developers and technical support staff. At NAIT, curriculum development at the course level is divided into two major phases:  the Course Outline phase and the Course Development phase. As part of the curriculum development process, all subject matter experts attended a series of Curriculum Excellence Workshops. Each workshop had been designed as a working session with a group of peers. That equipped the subject matter experts with the tools to confidently complete a high quality NAIT standard learning design, working in a collaborative environment.

The presentation would be valuable for all academicians, professionals and researchers involved in the area of construction project management in general. 
Author : George Hunter, Geoff Millen
Description :

This presentation features Road Safety Analysis tools, techniques and benefits that can be applied and integrated into VE studies based on a pilot study at Caltrans and on the Ontario Ministry of Transportation Value Engineering Program’s experience including:

  •        Road Safety Analysis Activities within the VE Job Plan
  •        How to integrate diverse levels of road safety analysis into VE studies
  •        How to integrate road safety performance into project performance measurements


Author : Denis Dagenais
Description : Experience and lessons learned in risk analysis and risk workshops on projects ranging from 500 k to 5 Billion Capex in industry and manufacturing. Risk workshop facilitation tips are discussed. 

Author : SteVE Holmes
Description : The Ontario Ministry of Transportation is the leading government proponent for Value Analysis in Canada. The expanding use of and advocacy for Value Analysis by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation has occurred because Value Analysis meets 3 key business goals:
1.            Doing more with less
2.            Building a common understanding of business needs and an openness to change
3.            Stimulating Innovation

The presentation highlights how the use of value management at the Ontario Ministry of Transportation has lead to $1B in project cost avoidance, has improved the culture and openness to ideas and is an excellent process to get different stakeholder groups to agree upon project or product requirements.
Author : Chris Gauer
Description : Case study of the TransCanada Highway Alignment in the vicinity of Tower Road east of Regina.  The base case design involved a tight horizontal curve on the TransCanada Highway, a complex interchange geometry and extensive property acquisition and the adjacent property owners (the City, the Rural Municipality, landowners, developers and adjacent businesses) were not in favor of the project as planned due to property and access concerns.  The VA assignment was undertaken to address the cost, road geometry access, property and safety concerns associated with the base case design.

Author : Olaf de Hemmer
Description : 19 specialists of improvement methods in all corporate performance domains have published in April 2013 a collective book presenting their approaches : blue ocean, BSC, CSR- sustainability, lean, management by processes, business analysis, customer perceived value, solution focus, … and value analysis. These have common 'value' and 'system' underlying concepts and interesting specificities. Powerful synergies may be built between tem, contributing to a vision of a company 'creating value(s) for each of its stakeholders'. A new step for 'value(s) management' ?
Author : Istvan Tarjani
Description : Overview of Value Engineering in Central Europe, training, and certification.
Author : Michel Thiry
Description : The context of value in today's organization. Delivering value in a dynamic environment. Applications of strategic value management. Strategic value management as an organizational capability.
Author : Lucie Parrot
Description : A comparison of Canada's use of Value analysis, compared to other countries around the world and what to do to make sure Canadians benefit more from it.