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Author : J. Tan, F. Zhou and H. Al-Battaineh
Description :

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.

Author : Azzeddine Oudjehane
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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


Author : Tanya Cross, Ontario Ministry of Transportation; Lucie Parrot, Quebec
Description : Presentation describes what a Functional Performance Specification (FPS) is and how a FPS helps characterize business needs, product needs, and stakeholder needs. A case study for determining the functional requirements for a truck inspection station building is highlighted. The use of FPS in determining and clarifying stakeholder requirements is demonstrated.
Author : Stuart Sokoloff
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Author : Tim Smith, EllisDon Construction
Description : Highlights of a presentation from a contractor on the benefits of using Value Analysis and Risk Analysis on design build hospital projects. Contractor compared two hospital projects and noted that the hospital project that including Value Engineering was a more successful project.
Author : Maureen Moore
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Author : George Tribe
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Author : Steve Taylor, P.Eng., P.E., M.Eng., CVS:Life.
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A VE study was undertaken in 2014 for the Parliament Hill West Block project which showcased VE to the federal government as a successful management tool. The project dealt with an over budget project that required Treasury Board approval to proceed if it could not be delivered on budget. The VE methodology was used to refocus the design team, contractor and client user groups on their performance requirements. The success of the study resulted in a project that could meet the current budget and avoided schedule extensions to request additional funding. Mr. Taylor will describe the success story and the continued efforts to engage Treasury Board to adopt VE in their update of policies.

Author : Dr. Avi Habinski
Description : During the past four and a half years, Alberta’s departments of Education and Infrastructure have jointly undertaken 25 Value Analysis studies to gain insight into the nature of proposed school capital projects, reach consensus on their scope, and more accurately estimate the required funding. With the participation of a broad range of stakeholders, these studies have enabled the assessment and prioritization of needs, exploration of creative solutions, estimation of costs, identification of risks, and analysis of investment vs. value. In addition, the collaborative approach to exploring options and reaching consensus has resulted in “buy-in” from the school jurisdiction, parents and community and avoided cost escalation during the planning, design and construction stages. The presentation will focus on the processes and outcomes associated with the use of Value Analysis in Alberta school jurisdictions. Case studies and examples will be used to illustrate the type of projects and circumstances which may benefit most from Value Analysis and are most likely to yield successful outcomes.
Author : Dean Lindquist, Executive Director, Alberta Education, Michael Ediger
Description : Presentation highlights how a Value Management study helped bridge the competing needs of the school authority and the ministry of education funding the project. Project had competing needs and values and a school had to be constructed by 2 school authorities and take into consideration Parks Canada and municipal concerns in Jasper Alberta.The reconciliation of needs between the school for the deaf and the school board led to a best solution model.
Title : Adding Value & Security to Embassies (Adobe Acrobat - | 2009 | #328)
Author : Kathy Bethany, US State Department
Description : Presention outlines how the US State Department overseas building department applies Value Engineering to projects to:
  • Ensure realistic budgets.
  • Identify and remove nonessential capital and operating costs.
  • Improve and maintain optimum quality of the project.
  • Provide a greater knowledge of the project costs and the resulting economic impact of various planning/design decisions.
  • Perform a “step-back” review of the project to ensure plan is in line with performance requirements.
  • Promote greater project team interaction.
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

Author : David Wilson, NCE
Description : Presentation outlines how Value Management improved the emergency room of the Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in New York City. The primary motivation for the VE study was constructability concerns and phasing of the construction while keeping a very busy hospital functional. An augmented VE job plan with business process modelling was used at 90% design involving subject matter experts, hospital staff, and a patient. Presentation outlines how the modified job plan delivered results and resulted in much more satisfying project that met everyone's objectives. VE study brought everyone together to a level of listening, communicating, analyzing, absorbing and complimenting that enabled the development of a better solution.
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 expose, dans un premier temps, 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 présente des solutions pour assurer une application de l’analyse de la valeur réussie dans ce contexte. La présentation est 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.

Title : Adding Value to the Vauxhall Schools Through VA (Adobe Acrobat - ".pdf" | 2009 | #268)
Author : John Rakai
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A rural Alberta public school jurisdiction's experience of Value Scoping for the Redevelopment of Schools. A partnering process to focus the Project Team in a creative environment on defining project requirements, while balancing goals and objectives within available resources for the entire project scope.

Programme: Adding Value to the Vauxhall Schools Through VA

Author : Norm Lux, PQS, Alberta Infrastructure
Description : Highlights of a Value Management workshop for a hospital in Red Deer. VM assisted hospital with cost management, team building, and involvement of physicians in the project.
Author : Jean-François Chénier
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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 wishes 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 explains the value analysis methodology, 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.

Author : Dr. Avi Habinski, Director, Capital Planning, Alberta Education
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 Alberta's departments of Education and Infrastructure have undertaken 20 Value Analysis processes in order to gain insight into the nature of the needs and challenges as well as reach a consensus on the scope of the project to be submitted for provincial funding. The work with a broad range of stakeholders enabled the establishment of the priority order for the needs, identification of creative solutions, cost estimates of options, risk analysis and determination of value for the public investment. In addition, the local involvement resulted in a “buy-in” into the scope of the project and avoided cost escalation during the planning design and construction stages.

The presentation focuses on processes and outcomes associated with the implementation of Value Analysis in Alberta Schools. It also uses examples to illustrate the type of projects and circumstances under which such process may be successful.

Author : Katherine Bethany, US State Department
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Presentation highlighting strong growth in the State Department Overseas Building Operations VE program, growth in the program, VE program performance indicators, typical VE job plan, program results.
Author : Rock J. Antonios
Description : Presentation outlines how why Cx (Customer Experience Process) and VM lead to efficient asset management for mechanical building systems. The commissioning of mechanical systems for buildings can be enhanced through integration with the Value Management process to improve asset management. Shows how the use of VM helps set the Owners Project Requirements and ensure the Basis of Design meets these requirement in accordance with the Cx. A case study of a HVAC system is used showing how all the steps of the job plan were used during various phases of design and commissioning. Notes that Commissioning and Value Methodology applied to a project or a system improve quality, enable savings and lead to comprehensive, innovative and sustainable Asset Management.
Author : Azzeddine Oudjehane, SAIT Polytechnic, School of Construction : BSc Construction Project Management
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Value analysis has been applied to numerous construction projects over the past years and often considered as a cost-cutting or quality reducing exercise that imposes limits on the design team and the owner of any given construction projects. Value analysis is beyond just a process of identifying and solving problems. In construction it can be used as tool or process to optimize the functions of a project, and for example achieve a better built environment aligned with sustainable standards and principles.

Implementing and combining value analysis and value management for green building integrated design process is not a new concept. Indeed, in the early 2000s, BC has adapted for some pilot green building projects the Value analysis process adopted for provincially funded facilities projects.
Author : Alberta Infrastructure
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This publication relfects the advice of an expert panel  to the Minister of Alberta Infrastructure on sustainable school buildings. The report discusses holistic design including life cycle costing, green building design, leed, and value management. The report recommends that the Alberta government establish a systematic process for ensuring appropriate value of school building projects through the use of the value management, value analysis, value engineering process on school buildings.

Author : Jeffrey Weatherill, EHE International Inc.
Description : Value management in the health care system.
Author : Robert Charette, Montreal QC
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Discusses using Uniformat II to develop cost esimates for the information phase and using Uniformat in a VE study at any building project phase. Uniformat is an elemental cost summary system.