Education Opportunities

Through a commitment to offering effective training, development, and networking programs, SAME is helping sustain the future of the profession. From a robust pipeline of webinar offerings to in-person technical presentations and content offered through partnerships with other organizations, SAME provides a variety of education opportunities for professionals, whether you are in uniform or a civilian, enlisted or officer, a new hire, mid-career manager, or senior executive. The Society's Communities of Interest also hold monthly and quarterly calls that often provide continuing education credits while local Posts host a variety of in-person and virtual meetings with professional development components.

Latest News, Notes & Reminders

  • Did you miss Virtual JETC? Don't worryyou can still access all the education and training content and earn over 45 PDHs! Purchase the recordings on the JETC website
  • Don't miss your chance to experience Virtual FM Workshop: Moving Facilities Management Forward. Earn more than 20 PDHs at SAME's second-ever virtual national conference, coming up July 29-31, 2020! Registration is now open.
  • Be a part of the year's biggest market research and networking event for the federal A/E/C industry. The 2020 SBC Call for Presentations is open until July 31. Share your expertise with government and industry leaders. Learn more at
  • Take advantage of on-demand options. SAME has a partnership with online education provider RedVector to offer educational offerings specific for the A/E/C profession at reduced rates. Visit the SAME/RedVector webpage to get started.

Upcoming Featured Webinars

July 29 - Free webinar: Forgiveness Calculations for PPP Loan

Presented by Kreischer Miller

Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2020 | 10 - 11 AM

Master Class: The SBA just released the forgiveness calculations for the Paycheck Protection Program. Many small businesses took advantage of this program and many of the rules for forgiveness got clarified in this release. This on-demand webinar is designed to assist businesses in the completion of the application and provide insight into the application’s mechanics.

This webinar will provide:

  • A look at key aspects of the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application and what information is needed to complete it
  • Implications of using an 8 week vs. a 24 week covered period
  • Illustrated examples of important calculations required for the Application
  • Debt forgiveness implications for government contractors
  • Answers to Frequently Asked Questions


David Shaffer, CPA and Thomas Yankanich, CPA

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August 6 - International COI Education Opportunities

Date: 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)

Abstract: Value 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)


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

Stephen's Bio

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.

Join our regular monthly program, typically the first Thursday of each month at Noon EDT

Please join the meeting on GoToMetting from your computer, tablet or smartphone

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Access Code: 615-248-749

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August 18 – COVID 19 COOP in the AE Community

Presented by the SAME Resilience Community of Interest

Date: Tuesday, August 18, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT

Location: Virtual, connection information will be provided upon registering

Credit: 1.0 PDH Credit

Cost: FREE to SAME Members; $25 for non-members

This webinar will be a discussion of best practices to enable continuity of operations in response to COVID19 from the
perspective of the architecture and engineering community. The goal of the webinar is to share best practices that
government and AE firms have used during the COVID restrictions to continue to operate successfully and transition
successfully as restrictions are relaxed.

Learning Objectives (4):

  1. Understand what actions public and private AE service providers have taken to enable continuity of operations during Covid

  2. Understand what actions public and private AE service providers have taken to successfully transition "back to business" after Covid 19 restrictions are lifted

  3. Understand how to apply these best practices to your organization to successfully operate during a pandemic

  4. Understand how to apply these best practices to your organization to successfully transition "back to business" after Covid 19 restrictions are lifted

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August 19 – Healthier Buildings & COVID-19 Design Strategies

Healthier Buildings & COVID-19 Design Strategies

Date: August 19, 2020 - 2:00  PM EST

Speaker:: Douglas C. Mass, PE, LEED AP, President, Cosentini

Webinar description:Currently, buildings are designed to protect structures and occupants from smoke, fire, wind, power outages, and flooding. As we navigate the new normal we are facing during the coronavirus pandemic, the expectations of building occupants will change in regards to health and safety.

It is clear that our future buildings need to facilitate wellness, but they will more critically need to safeguard public health. This comprehensive presentation addresses the sensible measures we can take in the design and operations of buildings to improve the current situation, as well as make healthy buildings a focus moving forward. This learning program is registered with AIA CES for continuing professional education.

Learning objectives:

  • Look at the awareness of the New Normal and how our raised awareness will impact how occupants view buildings and their role in our health and safety
  • Review physical environmental design concepts: what design enhancements we can make to the building systems and architecture to make buildings healthier
  • Reviews building operational changes: what the building owners can do to improve cleaning strategies and air quality
  • Overview of important social behavioral changes: What building occupants can do and how we can influence those behaviors to improve the health and safety of fellow occupants

Douglas Mass Bio

Doug is the President of Cosentini, internationally recognized in the design and construction industry because of his expertise as a mechanical engineer, his commitment to design innovation, and a long list of high-performance building projects designed by leading architects. His work in the area of LEED/sustainable design has involved design commissions from both corporate and government clients who have sought his assistance on the development of building systems that are energy efficient, ensure occupant comfort, and promote the preservation of the environment. Under his direction, Cosentini has engineered more than 100 projects that have received LEED certification.

Doug’s career spans more than 35 years and includes pioneering achievements such as the design of the first sustainable high-rise office building in Manhattan (4 Times Square), the first LEED Gold residential high-rise in the country (The Solaire in New York City’s Battery Park City) and the 2nd tallest building in the world (Shanghai Tower, which received LEED Platinum certification).

Mr. Mass’s dedication to the education of future engineers and architects is evident in his service at Columbia University’s School of Architecture, New York University (NYU), and at his alma mater, Brown University. He is also a committed lecturer who has spoken extensively on sustainable design and underfloor air system design at the US Department of State, the New York City Economic Development Corporation, and ASHRAE. He has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Brown University, is a registered engineer in 26 states and two Canadian provinces, and is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and serves on the board of the Salvadori Center. Doug is also a member of the ACEC-NY Safety Committee and has spearheaded Tetra Tech’s task force on COVID-19.

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September 10 – Cost Data: A Critical Tool for Disaster Recovery

Date: Thursday, September 10, 2020 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT

Location: Virtual via GoToWebinar

Fees: Free for SAME Member | $25 for Non-Member

In response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), moved quickly to help Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgins Island rebuild and recover by distributing aid to smaller local government agencies and nonprofits. But like all publicly-funded agencies, FEMA is expected to practice financial responsibility.

In accordance with section 428 of the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013, one alternative procedure FEMA adopted to expedite providing aid to the islands was a change in how they distributed grants. Rather than issuing grants for particular projects, FEMA granted organizations sums of money to use as they needed. This arrangement gives more freedom to the grantee, but along with that freedom comes increased risk. To help lower that risk, FEMA contacted Gordian about adding localized construction cost data for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to the RSMeans database.

This webinar delves into FEMA’s experience developing high-resolution cost data specifically for the post-disaster environments of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Attendees will learn how the data was gathered and cost databases were developed, and what projects contractors have completed using this special dataset.

Learning Objectives (4):

  1. Understand the challenges of volatile, post-disaster construction environments and apply lessons learned to other dynamic and complicated markets.

  2. Learn Gordian’s industry-leading process for cost research and engineering.

  3. Map FEMA’s estimating challenges and solutions to everyday DOD costing methods.

  4. Discover recovery projects FEMA has completed and is still completing.

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Past Event Presentations Archive

Presentations from past SAME national events are archived. Select the event to be taken to the specific year's event website, where session presentations (PDF) are accessible.

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“The mix of being able to get some continuing education, interact with other government folks and the private sector, and do so in formal, open and social settings: I know of very few (maybe no) other venues where you can get cross discipline interactions across the private and public sector in a variety of settings. No one else does this.”

–Lawrence Schorr, 787th Civil Engineer Squadron, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.