Meeting Minutes June 8, 2015

SAVE Cascadia Chapter 2014/2015 Board Year: June 8, 2015
Chapter Meeting

Date: June 8, 2015
Location: Crowne Point Room at Hyatt Mission Bay, San Diego, CA
Chapter Meeting Attendees:

Blane Long (Board President) HDR
Steven W. Thompson (Board V.P.) The Boeing Company
Teresa Platin (Board Secretary) HDR
Thomasa W. Hume WSDOT
Paul Fuchs The Boeing Company
Erin Donnelly The Boeing Company
Mike Clare The Boeing Company
Randy Earlywine Seattle Public Utilities
Ann Jamison HNTB
Laurie Dennis RHA

Chapter Meeting (5:15 – 6:00 pm)


See list of attendees above.

Chapter Meetings Overview for New Participants

Steven brought along several new participants from the Boeing Company, so we took a few minutes to provide an overview of meeting logistics (when, where, format, etc.). We discussed the new audio/video capabilities and our goal starting this fall to have remote viewing options for members who can’t attend a meeting in person. We will be testing out the equipment during the September and October meetings and hope to make remote participation a standing option. It was noted that the Michigan Chapter often watches the Chicago Chapter on-line.
The group was reminded of the purpose of our Chapter, to promote the VE profession.

Treasurer’s Report

Treasurer John Langer was unable to attend the SAVE Summit and this short Chapter Meeting in San Diego, and the Board did not receive any financial information ahead of time. Therefore, there was no Treasurer’s Report given this month.

Potential Speakers for the 2015/2016 Program Year beginning in September

The first meeting of the new program year will be held on September 9th. Ideas for upcoming speakers included the following:

  • • Ann Jamison and Rahul Nagalkar – Sound Transit Award for VE Studies
  • • Ann Jamison and Rahul Nagalkar – Results of Sound Transit VE and Conceptual and Preliminary Studies
  • • Laurie Dennis – New Value Engineering Certification Standards
  • • Dr. Jay Mandelbaum (Research Staff Member at IDA in Alexandria, VA; Teresa met him at the SAVE Summit, and he mentioned that he would be in the Seattle area this fall. He offered to speak at one of our meetings. Topic unknown at this point – we’d have to ask).
  • • Boeing Company Representatives (could be members of group in this meeting’s attendee list) – Boeing Tear Down Team

Laurie Dennis expressed interest in being the speaker for the September 9th Cascadia Chapter Meeting, and sharing information about the new VE Certification standards. Teresa will get her information about times and possible locations over the summer.
It was noted that presenters get a free dinner, courtesy of the Chapter, and if possible, the meeting will be held close to the presenter’s home or work location.
The group was encouraged to continue thinking about other places to hold our Chapter Meetings and presentations. Rooms that are offered free of cost are preferred. In that case, members purchase dinner and drinks from the establishment.
The group was also encouraged to think about joint-meeting opportunities with other related organizations.

Miscellaneous Questions

Blane opened the floor to general questions, and there were two:
1) Are there dues for the Chapter Membership? The answer is “no”. When someone pays their membership dues to SAVE International, they automatically become a Chapter Member in their corresponding chapter. Chapters receive some money from SAVE International for each Chapter member that they have.
2) Do Field Trips and Tours have to be for VE Projects? The answer is “no”. They have to be of interest to our membership and be of a technical nature. For example, the Howard Hansen Dam Tour and the WSDOT Ferry tour didn’t occur because they were VE projects.