Mr. Russell Black

Project Director,
MTR Corporation Limited

Russell Black is Project Director for the MTR Corporation Limited responsible for all MTR railway projects including both new extensions and upgrade projects. He is a Fellow of HKIE, IPENZ and the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences. He is currently a member of the Provisional Construction Industry Coordination Board, and Chairman of the Construction Industry Task Force.

He has 32 years of experience on major projects involving extensive tunnelling; railway and hydro projects in New Zealand followed by 27 years of metro railway projects predominantly in Hong Kong, but also in Singapore and London.

From 1990 to 1992 he was London Underground’s Project Director for the Jubilee Line Extension’s Parliamentary Bill process and project establishment. He returned to MTR in Hong Kong in 1992 as Project Director at the beginning of the Airport Railway project.

He has participated in all six MTR expansion projects since 1976, including the Eastern Harbour Crossing combined road/rail BOT project.

Continuous Improvement at MTR Corporation
MTR has a history of innovation and leadership in the international metro community. Hong Kong’s macro-economic changes since 1998 have sharpened management focus on continuous improvement, innovation and efficiency. An overview of initiatives in technology, customer service, procurement and management will be presented.



Mr. Donald E. Parker

Lawrence D. Miles Value Foundation

Don is the President of the prestigious Lawrence D. Miles Value Foundation. He formed the Value Foundation in 1977 to support value technology and then renamed it in 1984 with the permission of Larry Miles to honor him and preserve his legacy.

He is a graduate of Northwestern University, a registered professional engineer, a certified cost engineer and a life certified value specialist. He holds the Exceptional Service Award from the U.S. General Service Administration for his 28 years of service to the Federal Government where he pioneered the introduction of value engineering into architect-engineering contracts and created the certification program for SAVE International to contract for VE talent.

For the last decade he has been a Senior Vice President of three major portfolios of commercial office buildings serving as Project Executive in the construction of 5 buildings and Property Manager for over 9 million square feet of space.

Don has written two books on value, two books on project budgeting, and countless papers presented around the world. He developed the first degree accredited university curricula on value engineering and developed the on-line internet course currently hosted by the Miles Value Foundation website.

He is a Fellow of SAVE International and in 1997 he received the Lawrence D. Miles Award, the highest award given by SAVE for technological achievement.

The Legacy of Lawrence Delos Miles
Larry Miles grew up from his Nebraska roots to become known as the Father of Value Analysis. Along the way he was a teacher, a high school principal, a bank cashier and teller, a design engineer and became the holder of 12 patents for vacuum tubes and various circuits. This presentation overviews the essentials of the man. It reveals the traits and characteristics he displayed and saw necessary to be successful in to improve value.

The works he left us, the methodology he created, the tools he used, and their relevance today will be explored. Discover the hidden essence in his message "all cost is for function." Learn why value methodology works for everyone, applies to everything, and has yet to fail mankind if used like Larry used it.

The Miles Value Foundation acts as a conservator of his life's work. The Foundation’s mission is to educate, innovate and advocate. Thank you for inviting me to share this with you. Each of you at this conference can become a significant piece of his legacy if you receive and embrace his gift to the world.

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