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Abstracts will be evaluated by members of the Scientific Committee of the 9th International VM Conference listed below:

Prof. Geoffrey Shen

Associate Dean, Faculty of Construction and Land Use,
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Professor Shen is an active researcher in value management, partnering, and collaborative working in construction. He has managed a large number of research projects with funding over HK$15 millions, and has published more than 300 papers in international journals and conferences. Because of his outstanding performance in research, he has been appointed by the Research Grants Council in Hong Kong as a member of the built environment panel of the Research Assessment Exercise 2006.

Professionally, Professor Shen is currently the President of the Hong Kong Institute of Value Management (HKIVM) and an active member of the Institute of Value Management in the UK. He is a founding member of HKIVM and has served the Institute as the Secretary, Editor, and Vice President since its formation in 1995. As a Certified Value Specialist (CVS) and professional Value Management Facilitator (VMF), certified by SAVE International and HKIVM respectively and recognised by the Hong Kong SAR Government, Professor Shen has professionally designed and facilitated more than 30 value management and partnering workshops for a number of large client organisations in both the public and private sectors.

Vice-chairman (International):

Prof. John Kelly

Chairman, Axoss Ltd.

Professor Kelly, currently chairman of the consultancy Axoss Ltd and visiting professor at Nottingham Trent University, is a Chartered Surveyor with industrial and academic experience.  His quantity surveying career began with a national contractor moving to a small architects practice and later to an international surveying practice. 

His academic career began at University of Reading as a research fellow, moving to Heriot-Watt University as a lecturer and later senior lecturer and finally to Glasgow Caledonian University where he held the Chair of Construction Innovation until November 2007.  His research into value management began in 1983 and has been well supported by grants from both public and private sector.  He has published 4 books and 8 research monographs and technical manuals.  His latest book “Value Management of Construction Projects” co-authored with Professor Male, University of Leeds and Drummond Graham, Chairman, Thomson Bethune has sold widely internationally.

John is a registered trainer under the rules of the Value for Europe, European Governing Board and has undertaken value management training for a number of public and private sector organisations.  He is a firm believer of putting research into practice and has organised and facilitated in excess of 60 value management studies on a variety of projects.

Vice-chairman (Local):

Dr. Mei-yung Leung

Assistant Professor, Department of Building and Construction City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Dr. Leung has more than fifteen years of practical/teaching experience in the construction industry/education and has participated in a number of prestigious construction projects in Hong Kong. She received a Tony Toy Memorial Award (i.e. the first prize) in 2002 issued by The Hong Kong Institute of Value Management, H.K. for her PhD thesis and an international award (Thomas D. Snodgrass Value Teaching Award) in June 2005 issued by the Miles Value Foundation in the U.S.A. for her outstanding VM performance in HK and Mainland China. Dr. Leung is also a Certified Value Specialist of the SAVE International ‘The Value Society’ in USA, and a Qualified Facilitator (list A) of HKIVM in HK. She conducted a number of VM workshops for various large construction projects in HK and US. Dr. Leung has attracted over HK$8.5 million as investigator in professional and research grants including three CERG projects and some professional governmental projects. Over seventy refereed journal and conference papers in construction engineering and management have been published or accepted for publishing.

Members (In alphabetical order):

Dr. Roy Barton

The Australian Centre for Value Management (ACVM), Australia

Dr Roy Barton is a corporate facilitator, coach and mentor.  In this integrated role, he focuses on organisational learning as a platform and vehicle for change in projects and organisations.  His work includes Value Management, Risk Management and co-operative contracting on major projects, as well as working with groups of people across all levels of organisations on problem-solving, strategic planning and change. 

The majority of Roy’s work is concerned with building, civil engineering and mining projects.  His PhD thesis examined ways of dealing with the complexities of initiating major projects, using Value Management as a framework.  He works internationally as well as throughout Australia.

Roy is a principal consultant with the Australian Centre for Value Management (ACVM).  He was formerly an Associate Professor of Construction Management and Economics at the University of Canberra, and Adjunct Professor of Asset Management at Queensland University of Technology.   He has also conducted courses in interdisciplinary design management at the University of Hong Kong.

He is chairperson of the Australian standards committee on Value Management and a past president of the Institute of Value Management, Australia.

Roy was has a long-standing relationship with HKIVM, having worked closely with its founding President, the late Tony Toy, in setting up the Institute and providing Value Management education and training for many people in Hong Kong.

Email: roy.barton@acvm.com.au

Mr. Jacky K.H Chung

Researcher, Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Mr. Jacky K.H. Chung has joined the Hong Kong Institute of Value Management (HKIVM) since 1999 and now he is the Editor and Technical Director in the HKIVM Council. He is also the key organising committee of the 9th International Value Management Conference (IVMC08) and the Value Management Conference of Great China (VMCGC08) in Hong Kong. Mr. Chung obtained his BSc degree in Construction Economics and Management with first class honours in 1998 and MPhil degree in 2002, from the Department of Building and Real Estate, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Now, he is doing a PhD study about the collaborative working in construction in Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Hong Kong.

Mr. Chung is an active researcher and his research interests include value management (VM), partnering, value networks, collaborative working, group support system and collaborative working. He has published overall 30 research papers in leading academic journals and international conferences. In addition, Mr Chung has received the Best Paper Award (VM track) form the Fourth Europe PMI Conference in 2001, the Tony Toy Memorial Award (Distinction Award) from the HKIVM in 2002, and the CIB Guyla Sebestyén Award from the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) in Netherlands in 2003 for his outstanding performance. Professionally, Mr. Chung is a Certified Risk Planner (CRP) and an External Consultant of the PolyU Technology & Consultancy Company Ltd. He has professionally facilitated a large number of value management and partnering workshops for a variety of large client organisations in both the public and private sectors in Hong Kong.

Mr. Bryan Clifford

Bryan has championed the cause of improvement in Hong Kong construction projects for 9 years as Managing Director of John Carlisle Partnerships (SEA) and Director of JCP Consultancy International and through his work with the Association for Project Management.

He is a skilled and respected facilitator of improvement teams using the techniques developed by JCP in over 25 years of changing attitudes and behaviours and developing new and more efficient ways of working for construction project teams worldwide. His talents cover facilitation and coaching to develop cooperative behaviours and change management strategies, value management, risk management, knowledge management, process improvement and performance measurement to provide a comprehensive improvement service.

Prior to establishing JCP in Hong Kong. Bryan enjoyed 25 years leading teams working on the design and management of construction projects in Europe and Hong Kong with contractors George Wimpey and consultants WS Atkins and Ove Arup. He was Project Controller for the HAECO Aircraft Maintenance Facilities built in Chek Lap Kok and Tseung Kwan O, an investment of approximately HK$2BN.

Dr. W. Vaughan Coffey Lecturer, School of Urban Development, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Ms. Laurie Dennis Director of Certification Board, SAVE International, USA

Dr. Taehoon Hong

Assistant Professor, Department of Architectural Engineering, The University of Seoul, Korea

Professor Hong received his B.S. and M.S. in Architectural Engineering from Yonsei University and has professional experience in Multi-family housing and Plant at GS Engineering & Construction Corporation and Geochun Construction Corporation. He studied Construction Engineering and Management at the Purdue University, receiving M.S. and Ph.D. where he also worked as a Research Assistant. Professor Hong has participated in several research projects funded by Construction Industry Institute, Indiana of Department of Transportation, National Science Foundation, and Joint Transportation Research Program in United States and Ministry of Construction & Transportation in Korea. He teaches undergraduate and graduate course on CEM, LCC, and Engineering Economics and is working as a reviewer of ASCE, Elsevier, KICEM, and KSCE. His primary research interests include Life Cycle Cost Analysis in Infrastructure Systems, Life Cycle Cost Assessment of Composite Materials in Construction, Maintenance, Repair, and Rehabilitation Strategy for Concrete Bridge Deck, Construction Project Cost Control, Construction Schedule in Highway Work Zones, Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Bridge Deck Panels, Life Cycle Performance for FRP Bridge Deck Panels, Radical Reduction in Project Cycle Time, Decision Support Systems and Construction Process Improvement, Risk Assessment and Strategic Planning, and Infrastructure and Facility Management.

Dr. Kirsty Hunter Researcher, School of the Built and Natural Environment, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

Mr. Colin Jesse

Colin has lived in Hong Kong for 30 years and is responsible for Evans & Pecks’ Asian operations.  He has managed a range of engineering, construction and consulting businesses specialising in the innovative procurement and delivery of infrastructure.

Colin holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and has been seconded onto the Construction Industry Councils procurement subcommittee.  He is a founder member of the Hong Kong Institute of Value Management, member of Project Chambers, the British Chamber of Commence construction industry group and the Australian Chambers’ procurement subcommittee.

Colin has had extensive experience in facilitating partnering, value engineering, and risk management programs for private and government clients in English and Cantonese.

Mr. Claude Jouineau

French VM society, France

Born in 1926, he graduated as an engineer in the French engineering university, Ecole Polytechnique, Paris.

After 10 years of experience in the automotive industry, he joined an important management consulting firm and created a Value Engineering section. He introduced VE in France in the 60’s, at the same time as another consultant.

He later created his own consulting firm specialised in VE, and organized the first Design to Cost seminar in France, with two American specialists.

He authored the first French VE manual, five successive editions of it were printed, made communications at Save International Conferences, he was given the nickname of “pope of VE in France” by a newspaper specialized in industrial matters. He initiated in 1978 the creation of the French VE Society, AFAV, and from 1979 on he lead the organization of several Paris VE Conferences.

He took an important part in the French and European VE standardization work, and in the setting up of the European VE Certification System and of the organization that manages it, the European Governing Board.

A past president of the French VE Society, he is currently sitting on its Board of Directors, and Vice President in charge of International Relations.

Dr. Stephen J. Kirk Past President, SAVE International, USA

Prof. Mohan Kumaraswamy

The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Mohan Kumaraswamy is a Professor at the Dept. of Civil Engineering of The University of Hong Kong. He worked on designs, construction and construction management in Sri Lanka and Nigeria, after his B.Eng. (Civil) from Sri Lanka, and before his M.Sc. in Construction Management, and Ph.D. from Loughborough University, UK. As a Construction Manager and then a Director of the first construction project management company in Sri Lanka, he led many innovative projects and internationally funded consultancies. He is active in professional bodies, including the CIOB, where he was the Sri Lanka representative, and later a Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong branch; and the HK Institution of Engineers, where he was Chairman of the Civil Division. He contributes to development bodies such as the Construction Industry Council, and has been President of the Asian Construction Management Association. He is Executive Director of the Centre for Infrastructure & Construction Industry Development (CICID), which is engaged in collaborative R&D in key areas, including PPPs, RIVANS (Relationally Integrated Value Networks), legal aspects of partnering, contractual payment issues, infrastructure asset management, and industry capacity assessments and upgrades. Mohan is also well known and very active in the international construction project management research community.

Mr. Ho-Kin Li

Li, Ho-kin is an architect by training.  Graduated in from the University of Manitoba, with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies in 1977 and a Master of Architecture in 1980, Mr. Li started his career in private practice in Hong Kong.  After 4 years of design and construction for private houses, apartment buildings and industrial buildings, Mr. Li joint the then Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation in 1984, working as in-house architect on railway related buildings and residential/commercial developments near and around railway stations.  In 1987, he moved to Toronto and again worked in private practice, mostly on shopping centre and office buildings.  In the meantime, he also completed a part-time Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Toronto. 

In 1991, he came back to Hong Kong, after working briefly for the Buildings Department, he joint the Architectural Services Department in 1992.  He has been working in the Central Management Branch on departmental policy, Project Management Branch on major projects such as the Science Park project and the Central Government Complex/Legislative Council Building.  He has also worked on the West Kowloon Cultural Complex development when he was posted to the Housing, Planning and Lands Bureau from 2002 to 2006.  After posting back to ArchSD, he has been working as a Chief Architect, leading a team of architects to work on a number of in-house designed projects including new schools; magistracies and court building; crematorium and columbarium; prisons; and waterfront promenade public facilities.

Mr. Li is a founding member of the Hong Kong Institute of Value Management when it was established in 1995.  He completed his studies of Strategic Asset Management course as provide by the University of Canberra in 1997 and became a Value Management Facilitator (List A) of the HKIVM.  He has since conducted about 20 VM workshops, both for private and public sector.

Dr. Guiwen Liu Associate Dean, Faculty of Construction Management and Real Estate, Chongqing University, China

Prof. Steven Male

School of Civil Engineering , University of Leeds, UK

Steven Male BSc., MSc., PhD has undertaken extensive industrial research and consultancy using VM methodologies. Steven is Chair of the UK IVM’s Certification Board, a member of the UK IVM Executive; Secretary-General of the European Governing Body for Value Management, a Director and member of its Executive Board; and VP (Education) & a Board Member of SAVE International.

Major themes in industrial contracts have involved knowledge and technology transfer, including: value-for-money studies with a range of Blue Chip and Government clients on major projects or with significant refurbishment programmes; studies for clients or consortia wishing to develop long term partnering and supply chain arrangements, organisational change and restructuring, implementing information technology systems or business process re-engineering of projects and teams.

High profile industrial and public sector projects have ranged in size from £1m to £1bn. Steven has recently worked on a range of high complexity studies using VM methods, including:
• National asset management studies for the Environment Agency (£23bn asset base); Central Government through the High Performing Property Initiative (£220bn asset management base, and, more recently for OGC and CABE an investigation into the strategic procurement of major construction programmes and projects.
• The transportation sector – a series of VM and VE studies for London Underground (for example the Connect PFI, Business Administration review, Third Party Unit), BAA (for example, Heathrow five year investment programmes, Heathrow Rail Express), Network Rail/Railtrack (for example Victoria Station interchange, Thameslink 2000 programme, London Bridge Interchange), typically involving impact of interchange and inter-modal issues.
• Iconic projects – Wembley Stadium VM of cost plan; VM of Woolwich Arsenal Regeneration Scheme Master Plan, Spirit Building, British Museum.

Email: s.male@leeds.ac.uk

Mr. Shigeo Ono

Born in 1931. Graduated from the Department of Technology of Tokyo University, majored in precision engineering in March, 1954. Joined Nippon Kogaku K.K. (presently, Nikon Corporation) in April of the same year. After having served as Director of Camera Division, Executive Director and Executive Managing Director, elected as President in June, 1993. Became Executive Chairman in June 1997, Executive Councilor in June 2001, and currently Special Adviser of Nikon Corporation.
Elected as Chairman of Tokyo Polytechnic University in April 2003. Appointed as the third Chairman of Society of Japanese Value Engineering in June 2006.

Awards received are The Order of The Man of Merit for Industrial Standardization Achievement by the Minister of MITI (Ministry of International Trade and Industry) in 1983, The order of the Blue Ribbon in November 1991, and The Order of The Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon in November 2001.

Prof. Low Sui Pheng

Professor, Department of Building, School of Design and Environment National University of Singapore

Professor Low Sui Pheng is with the Department of Building, National University of Singapore. He received his PhD, MSc(Engineering), BSc (Building)(Hons), and Diploma in Building (Merit) from University College London, University of Birmingham, National University of Singapore (NUS) and Singapore Polytechnic respectively. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building.

Formerly a Vice-Dean in the NUS School of Design and Environment, Professor Low currently teaches project management, quality, productivity as well as development technology and management in the BSc(Project & Facilities Management) program and MSc(Project Management) program at NUS. A winner of numerous best paper and teaching excellence awards, he has also consulted, researched and published extensively on various project management topics relating to the construction industry. He has authored nine books relating to construction project management. Professor Low is currently the Asia-Pacific Editor for Management Decision and the Foreign Consulting Editor for Business Review. He is a member of the editorial boards of ten international refereed journals and is frequently called upon to serve in the scientific committees of international symposiums.

Mr. Martyn Phillips

The TEAM FOCUS Group, Canada

Martyn Phillips is the Owner/Director of the Canadian arm of an international management consultancy, the Team Focus Group. Martyn began work in the UK construction industry 40+ years ago.  He provides advice on strategic planning, project controls, value and risk management for high profile projects in different parts of the world.  He has been instrumental in developing an integrated value assurance and cost planning & monitoring system for budgeting and controlling a multi-billion dollar program of government infrastructure projects.

He also teaches advanced project and risk management methods, cost planning and control, as well as the Module I & Module II Value Methodology certification courses, as approved by the SAVE International Certification Board.  In addition, he coaches teams in value assurance in conjunction with his book series In Search of Value, Aligning The Road to High Performance Programs, Projects and ProductsManaging Expectations and Methods.

Martyn is formally qualified as a Certified Value Specialist (US), Certificated Value Manager (UK), Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK), Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (UK), Professional Engineer (Canada) and Professional in Value Management (Europe).

Dr. Ir M. Prins

Dr. ir. Matthijs Prins works as an Associate Professor in Design and Construction Management at Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Real Estate and Housing. He is project-leader of the Architectural Design Management Research Group of that department, and is the department’s director of education
He is joint coordinator of the CIB W096 commission on Architectural Management.
He also worked in the field of policy management, interim management and as freelance housing consultant and researcher.
He published almost 100 publications, and is member of a series of scientific committees and review boards.

Matthijs Prins holds a MSc. grade in Architecture and Environmental Psychology. He successfully executed a PhD. research aimed at the development of a design decision support system to optimise, in terms of life cycle costs, the flexibility of buildings in the early phases of the design process.

Mr. Axel Peter Ried

Axel Peter Ried studied in Germany, Switzerland and the U.S.A. He obtained a Masters Degree in Business Administration and Applied Psychology. He also holds a Masters Degree of Machine Engineering.
During his early career, he worked as a Director of the Berlitz School of Chicago and as an Assistant VP of the Singer Corporation N.Y. In 1962, he started his technical consulting company, RMM-Ried Management Methods. In 1989, he founded a design and engineering company, Berner + Ried GmbH.

Mr. Ried has introduced Value Management, Value Analysis and Engineering in Germany starting in 1961. He has applied VM/VA/VE in several thousand companies of all branches of industry around the world.
During the past 45 years, RMM has trained about 450.000 managers in VM/VA/VE, and coordinated more than 20.000 project teams. Besides VM/VA/VE, Mr. Ried also is an expert in TQM.

Mr. Ried has written 15 books on various subjects and has presented numerous papers at international Value Management Conventions in Europe, China, the US, Japan, India and Singapore.

Mr. Ken Scott Past Chairman, The Institute of Value Management, UK

Prof. L.Y. Shen Professor, Department of Building and Real Estate, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Dr. Søren Wandahl

Assistant Professor, Department of Production, Aalborg University, Denmark

Here he is a member of the building management group. Research interest is project management in the building industry with emphasis on management of value in the briefing process. Value is related to client requirements, where Søren focuses on how to improve the requirement capturing and satisfying the client's perception of value for money. This involves topics such as Value Management, Value Engineering and Value Based Management.

Furthermore, Søren is interested in budget overrun in building projects due to poor cost management.

Mr. Anthony Wilson

Senior Architect, Maunsell AECOM Group, Hong Kong

Studied Architecture in Edinburgh, Scotland and came to work in Hong Kong in 1981. He has extensive experience of all aspects of project delivery from initial ideas, client briefing, concept, scheme and detail design, tender documentation, tendering, and construction supervision through to final delivery and post occupation review. The range of projects completed covers all types, from birth to death, and all stages in between. With his team, he has implemented sustainable design elements on many projects when working for the Government of the HKSAR.

Became interested in Value Management in 1997 and studied under Professor Roy Barton in Australia. Assisted in the establishment of the Government Technical Circular on Value Management and implementing the same in the Architectural Services Department. Became President of the HKIVM for several years and organized 4 International VM Conferences bringing the best practitioners and latest VM developments to Hong Kong.

He is currently assisting as part of the site team with the Ocean Park Redevelopment Project which will continue to bring enjoyment, education and entertainment to the public of Hong Kong and our visitors.

Dr. Ann T.W. Yu

Assistant Professor, Department of Building & Real Estate, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Ann has a BSc degree in Building from University of Brighton, UK and a MSc degree in Construction Management from City University of Hong Kong. She has obtained PhD from the Department of Building and Real Estate, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2007. She started her profession as an Assistant Architect and worked for a number of different professional firms including architectural firms, quantity surveying practice as well as the Hong Kong Housing Authority. Dr Yu has been appointed as an Assistant Professor in Value Management and Construction Management by the Department of Building and Real Estate of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University since September 2007. She has published over 30 research papers on the broad theme of project management in leading construction management journals and international conference proceedings.

Her research interests include value management, construction project briefing, requirements management, design management, strategic management, change management, project and post-occupancy evaluations and project procurement systems.