The International Community of Interest's mission is threefold:

    • Connect:  Provide a virtual Post for Members to network and remain active in the Society while working overseas
    • Inform:  Facilitate delivery of information and interchange on A/E/C issues of concern to project professionals working at OCONUS locations
    • Collaborate:  Assist Combatant Commands and Regions with Industry-Government Engagement to solve military engineering challenges

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Community Chair

Lt Col Chris Knutson, CEng, PE, PgMP, PMP, F.SAME
USAF (Ret.)

2020 Goals

  • Re-tool monthly Virtual Post Meetings to support International Member continuing professional development and information needs
  • Synchronize the CoI’s activities with Europe and Pacific Region VP’s to support OCONUS Posts and Field Chapters
  • Actively develop GE plan of action in collaboration with USACE, NAVFAC, and Regional VPs

Organization Structure

ChairChris Knutson, CEng, P.E., F.SAME

Communications/Marketing: Vacant

Indo-Pacific Vice Chair: Brian Duffy
(907) 250-5068

Europe Vice Chair: Charysse Knotts  +49 (611) 94912323

Programs/Interagency NGO: Lauri Ruch
(321) 507-2219

Field Chapter Liaison: Andra Clapsaddle, PMP, F.SAME

Young Professionals Liaison: CPT Matt Scrivner, P.E.

Grants & Sustaining Member Outreach: Blair Schantz
(406) 924-1722


Stay Engaged - Next Meeting

International Community of Interest August 2020 Virtual Post Meeting (Webinar)

 6 August  2020 at 1200 Washington, DC / 1700 London / 1800 Berlin / 0600 Honolulu / 0900 San Diego / 2000 Doha / (7 Aug) 0200 Tokyo 

Master Class: Value Engineering - Methodology, Tools, and Applications (1 PDH)


International Education Opportunities

When: 6 August 2020 -  1200 Washington, DC / 1700 London / 1800 Berlin / 0600 Honolulu / 0900 San Diego / 2000 Doha / (6 Aug) 0200 Tokyo

Master Class:  Value Engineering - Methodology, Tools, and Applications (1 PDH) 

AbstractValue Engineering (VE) is a creative, function-oriented, organized, team approach whose objective is to optimize the life cycle cost and performance (quality) of a facility or system.  VE leverages the Value Methodology that is a systematic process used by a multidisciplinary team to make good projects better.  These steps include information, function analysis, creativity, evaluation, development, and presentation.
This one hour briefing offers an introduction to Value Engineering geared toward professionals in the construction industry that want to more thoroughly understand the VE methodology, its application, and the benefits of its use on military projects.

Learning Objectives:|
Participants will become familiar with:

    • Benefits of VE applied to their military projects including life cycle cost savings and performance improvements
    • VE methodology, when it is applied, and the six phases of the process
    • Case study examples that illustrate application of VE
    • Next steps in becoming a certified value specialist (CVS)

SpeakerStephen J. Kirk PhD, CVS-Life, FSAVE, FAIA, LEED AP

Stephen J. Kirk, President of Kirk Associates, has a diversified background in value engineering and life cycle costing. He has conducted VE studies for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, US Corps of Engineers, and the US Air Force for over 35 years. He established and ran the VE program for the General Directorate of Military Works (GDMW) in Saudi Arabia for 3 years.

He is a Certified Value Specialist, a Fellow of SAVE International (VE Society), and has a doctorate degree from the University of Michigan focusing on VE.  He is a Fellow of the AIA.

Stephen is the author/co-author of ten books on value engineering and life cycle costing.

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