Original air date October 10, 2023

How to deliver enhanced end-user experience and avoid ‘value engineering’

Learn how to make engineering projects more successful by gathering owner information earlier in the design process

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Engineering and design professionals are constantly tasked with offering their client (the building owner) tools to make a building smart and sustainable. But how can the engineer achieve this with cost constraints and owner challenges?

The presentation focuses on the importance of defining end-user use cases that describe specific occupant experiences during the early design phase of new construction projects. It emphasizes how this approach:

  • Ensures the delivery of owner design intent.
  • Prevents cost and scheduling overruns.
  • Eliminates the need for scope and functionality cuts, aka “value engineering.”

By understanding and addressing the needs of end users from the beginning, the presentation argues that construction projects can be more successful in meeting their objectives.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the impact of market conditions on the need for technology, tightly integrated systems and open sharing of data.
  • Recognize the significance of defining end user use cases early in the design phase and its impact on delivering owner design intent.
  • Learn strategies to maintain scope and functionality while avoiding cost and scheduling overruns.

Presented By:
Alexei Holstein, Consultant Solution Architect, Schneider Electric

Moderated By:
Amara Rozgus, Content Manager, CFE Media and Technology

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