Academic SIG

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  • 1.  For the Charter

    Posted 11-15-2017 11:04
    Need some ideas, thank you in advance.

    The Academic SIG:

    -Vision
    -Mission
    -High Level Directives

    Anything helps. A few sentences, a paragraph.

    Goals and Objectives are outlined, but please don't hesitate to include long range planning ideas.

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    Michael Bensussen
    Project Controls Engineer
    mbensussen@gmail.com
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  • 2.  RE: For the Charter

    Posted 11-16-2017 10:36
    As Chair of the Technical Board, I want to say that I am pleased to see activity in the Academic SIG. It has been somewhat of a struggle to get the Communities going after the forums went down. So, thanks to all of you for re-energizing the SIG.

    Just a reminder that this a special interest group and not a sub-committee and, therefore, no charter is required. A SIG is merely a discussion forum where ideas and thoughts can be shared. It is only necessary to have a description of the topics covered in the SIG (which there currently is but may need revision). At some point in the future it may be necessary to upgrade the SIG to sub-committee status, which will require a charter, but that has not been discussed to date.

    Having said that, it is important to note this SIG is not an arm of the Education Board. In that respect, you are more than welcome to promote the Ed Board products and activities within the discussion threads but it is not appropriate to solicit on their behalf. That is within the purview of the Education Board alone. Any mention of Ed Board products and activities (including fund-raising) will not be allowed in the SIG description.

    Although the current SIG description appears to be adequate, I understand that it may need to be revisited from time to time. And, the fact is, any time there is a change like this it seems to generate a fair amount of activity. So, by all means, I encourage you to do some tweaking to the current description. 

    Thanks again for your continued interest in the Academic SIG!

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    Todd Pickett CCP CEP FAACE
    Principal
    Conquest Consulting Group
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  • 3.  RE: For the Charter

    Posted 11-16-2017 12:50
    Thank you for the input, and excellent discussion points. 

    Would you be able to provide the current description for the Academic SIG?

    Your points regarding charter vs. no charter are well taken, despite the similar trails blazed by both this SIG and the Education Board.

    However you would like to describe it, the point is to codify what the group stands for (i.e. vision, mission, goals and objectives) in some kind of document. Call it a manifesto, doctrine, declaration or memo...whatever suits it best.

    As having been charged with the authoring of this document, I am soliciting input rather than contriving a collection of words in a vacuum. Although much of this has been described in the recent months via email conversation, by your own admittance, involvement and participation have waned significantly. It would be good to have a broader contribution from those with historical knowledge of this group.

    If that "tribal knowledge" exists out there, please share and contribute. The website is not forthcoming with this kind of information.

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    Michael Bensussen
    Project Controls Engineer
    mbensussen@gmail.com
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  • 4.  RE: For the Charter

    Posted 11-18-2017 09:06
    The current description for the Academic SIG is as follows:

    This group enhances interaction among academics with interest in the cost engineering and project controls disciplines to achieve two goals:

    1. Increase the dissemination of AACE International reference and certification documentation within academia.
    2. Investigate and analyze advances in the cost engineering and project controls disciplines from research, industry, and new technologies in order to identify and report relevant future trends.

    All of the SIG descriptions can be found on the AACE website. Just click on Professional & Technical Resources, Online Communities, and then Special Interest Groups (SIGs). What is missing here is a link to the appropriate communities. The website is relatively recent so there are still some kinks to work out. I will make the powers that be aware that a link needs to be added to get to the communities.

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    Todd Pickett CCP CEP FAACE
    Principal
    Conquest Consulting Group
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  • 5.  RE: For the Charter

    Posted 11-21-2017 12:28
    I think the definition for this SIG is shallow, and we should also be exploring avenues within academia to improve existing coursework, and encourage the creation of additional coursework in cost engineering, in the context of assisting universities


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    Alexia Nalewaik CCP
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