Industry-Government Engagement

As the cornerstone on which the Society was founded in 1920, industry-government engagement (IGE) remains “mission-essential” for the organization a century later, as the first goal of the 2025 SAME Strategic Plan.

With members representing diverse technical and socio-demographic backgrounds, SAME is a multi-disciplined organization that is uniquely positioned to address the engineering-related challenges our nation faces. Moreover, with institutional stakeholders representing all corners of the A/E/C industry, including large and small businesses, and federal, state and local agencies, the Society is able to see challenges across the board that directly affect delivery of national security projects and products.

Finally, through our focus on collaboration, our unique Post structure, and relationships at the local, national, and even international levels that go back decades, SAME provides an inclusive forum within which government and industry can come together to identify and resolve challenges.

Resources

Addressing Critical Issues

In recent years, SAME’s IGE projects have successfully addressed issues such as SDVOSB certification, partnering, and alternative delivery methods. These have enabled members to apply their technical expertise and thought leadership and to collaborate with others across complementary fields of discipline. Earlier IGE efforts such as public-private partnerships and alternative financing also were summarized in SAME Perspectives—informative reports that shared lessons learned, outcomes, and progress to the broader military engineering community, a practice national leadership intends to restart as the “capstone” to each project as they conclude.

Project Selection Process

In September 2021, the SAME Executive Committee approved a new selection process for national-level IGE projects that will provide deliberateness, consistency, repeatability, transparency, and legitimacy. This formalized evaluation will ensure we deliver impact and maximize the use of available resources to achieve the goals of the 2025 SAME Strategic Plan.

Submissions will be collected from several sources, including the Executive Advisory Group (Engineering Service Chiefs and senior federal leaders), CEO Roundtables, Communities of Interest, Posts, strategic partners, and others. Submissions will be presented to the Executive Committee for scoring, approval, and action by member volunteers (subject matter experts). Currently, there are 10 IGE projects underway, three of which were recently approved by the Executive Committee following the adoption of the new selection process.

Making A Measurable Impact

Throughout SAME’s first century, the Society was instrumental in creating opportunities for individuals and organizations to become familiar with each other, allowing each party to prosper and build lasting relationships. It is now time to apply that trust in redoubling our support of national security. Now in SAME’s second century, in addition to our enduring legacy of bringing people together, the Society has the opportunity to impact some of the pressing issues of the day through IGE. Strengthened by the technical expertise of our membership; a diversity of thought, perspectives and experience; and a shared commitment to service, we are embracing that responsibility.

IGE Project Summaries

Cost Engineering

Project Manager: Miro Kurka, Mead & Hunt Inc.

Project Start: January 2018

Planned Finish: January 2021

Current Status: Nearing Completion

Key Stakeholders:

A/E/C Firms, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Air Force Civil Engineer Center, Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command, Office of the Secretary of Defense (Construction)

Background:

Cost engineering for construction is a major challenge to Department of Defense agencies including the U.S. Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC), the Navy Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Independent cost estimates, acceptable construction pricing, and the authorized amount for projects often vary to such an extent that projects are not awardable without significant delay or re-work, and these delays or cancellation of projects put our Nation at risk. In late March, the Tulsa Post of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) held a workshop on cost engineering, primarily for military construction projects. This SAME post-level workshop brought together private sector members from the architecture-engineering and construction industries, and government members from USACE and AFCEC to collaborate and resolve issues at the grass roots level. The intent is to implement solutions locally, and to identify additional solutions that require higher level action.

Impacts:

  • Best Practices for AEs and Construction Contractors
  • Recommendations for SWT-Supported Installations to Implement
  • Recommendations for SWT to Implement
  • HQ USACE Recommended Actions
  • Coordinate with the American Council of Engineer Companies to Engage Congress

Additional Resources:

Shorten procurement timeline | Empower people at lower levels | Learn lessons from other agencies - block grants | Air Force at Tyndall AFB, FL. | Engage in the development of Area Cost Factors

Upcoming Webinars or Meetings:

  • CEO Roundtable at 2022 JETC, May 10-12, Aurora, Colo.
  • Webinar on Cost Engineering, February 8 / 2:00 pm ET

IGE Resources/Information

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