Arizona Chapter, Arnecia Williams (USACE Los Angeles District), AVS presents “Value Engineering for Ecosystem Restoration Projects Using Enhanced Methodologies.” This presentation is about using the value engineering process—managing the methodology objectives, study approaches and attributes, and barriers of ecosystem restoration projects. Additionally, it will discuss encouraging the VE team and owner to pursue tools that can enhance the traditional techniques. This includes the ability to enhance creative decision-making capability available in value engineering studies by explaining how environmental and new techniques can enhance the study results. This presentation will discuss water quality, habitat improvements and connectivity, sustainability, public acceptability, and team management. Also presenting on behalf of SAVE, Doug Williams (Flood Control District of Maricopa County) and Patrice Miller, CVS (SAVE International, Arizona Chapter Vice President)—“How the FCDMC Uses Value Management Tools in Early Project Planning.” There is insufficient recognition of the important role that value management has within projects. To be accountable to the communities we serve, we need to deliver high-functioning, cost-appropriate systems. A case study of the Rawhide Wash Project is presented to support the case for a better understanding of integrating value management within the early planning of projects. Tools from the value management process are presented which when used in the early stages of project development can result in good decision-making to best meet project requirements.
SAVE International Conference (Chicago, IL): RHA was well represented at the SAVE International Conference with two team members presenting, Laurie Dennis, P.E., CVS-Life, FSAVE and Patrice Miller. Laurie’s paper presentation demonstrated the merits of applying VE early to identify innovative alternatives with a case study of the Washington State Department of Transportation’s North Spokane Corridor project. At the conference’s innovation track, Patrice explored applying the value methodology to the proposal process as a useful tool in the consultant marketing toolbox.