AUG 28, 2013: On July 31, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) hosted the first in a series of ongoing case study webinars focused on value engineering (VE.) Crawford, Murphy & Tilly’s (CMT) Warren Knoles was tapped to the be the inaugural guest presenter. Knoles presented, “Check the Box: The Story of the Rock River Bridge” (originally titled, “VE Surprises – Ya Gotta Love ‘Em”) to over 160 representatives from state and local transportation agencies throughout the U.S. and Canada. The webinar was met with overwhelmingly positive reviews from participants and is available for viewing on the FHWA website (http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/ve/webinar.cfm.)
“VE Surprises” is a VE case study on the Morgan Street Bridge replacement project in Rockford, IL. What was originally thought to be a fairly straightforward project went on to yield surprising and substantial benefits in terms of project performance, reduced costs and overall owner value after a VE workshop was held to apply the value methodology to the design and construction phases. Knoles, an Associate Value Specialist with SAVE International, led the workshop on behalf of CMT, the management firm for the project.
Knoles has presented “VE Surprises” at SAVE International and American Association of State Highways and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) value engineering conferences and via a SAVE webinar over the past several years. FHWA’s national VE program manager approached Knoles about producing presenting the Morgan Street VE case study as a webinar after attending his presentation at the 2013 AASHTO Value Engineering Conference in Minneapolis. FHWA has since released two additional webinars addressing value engineering concepts.