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October 2004
2004 Annual CSVA Conference

The Canadian Society of Value Analysis (CSVA) conference was held in Toronto, October 25-26, 2004. The conference objective was to encourage public sector use of value engineering and risk analysis on infrastructure projects. The conference demonstrated public and private sector approaches to value engineering and risk analysis in two areas; 1) project portfolio management, and 2) the planning, design and construction of infrastructure. Speakers from the Ontario, Quebec and Alberta governments, the Washington State Department of Transportation, the manufacturing industry, provincial agencies, municipalities and the consulting industry contributed to the conference.

The Honourable David Caplan, Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal (PIR), delivered a keynote address that highlighted the challenges governments face to meet infrastructure demands. Minister Caplan referenced PIR’s new Infrastructure Planning Financing and Procurement Framework for Ontario’s Public Sector. This framework was developed by PIR to guide all Ontario Ministries in choosing the best options for planning, financing and procuring public infrastructure. On this topic, the minister noted
that, “Every investment must demonstrate value for money. This means that public infrastructure should be cost-effective and … should be completed on time and on budget.”

Value Solutions to meet various infrastructure challenges were presented in a number of themed tracks including:
• More Value in Water (Panel discussions and presentations from London, Niagara, Halton, Waterloo, Durham, and Peel)
• Healthier Health Care (Red Deer Hospital case study, application of VA to health care)
• Buildings with Value (University of Guelph, Harbourfront, VE team performance with Uniformat)
• Reducing Project Risk (Uncertainty based estimating, incorporating risk into VE, project portfolio management). The track concluded with a lively panel discussion on risk analysis featuring experts from Canada, the United States, and Europe.
• Horizontal Integration (Restructuring government, performance measurement, using functional performance specification with stakeholders (utility companies)).
• Constructability, Digging Value (Transportation VE studies, Construction Change Proposals)