Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
We have the following Special Interest Groups (SIGs), each devoted to a specific industry area, such as construction or manufacturing. All SIGs together form the SIG Division.
Chair: John J. Hannon, CEP
Co-Chair: Sean T. Regan, CCP CEP EVP FAACE
This group enhances interaction among academics with interest in the cost engineering and project controls disciplines to achieve two goals:
- Increase the dissemination of AACE International reference and certification documentation within academia.
- 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.
This SIG's charge is to develop, collect, analyze, and share data and cost engineering techniques specific to the aerospace industry.
Chair: Dr. Carla Lopez del Puerto, CCP
This SIG is responsible for the collection, development, and dissemination of recommended practices for general construction projects. This is accomplished primarily through the presentation of technical papers at the Annual Meeting. The SIG initiates and analyzes results of industry surveys.
Enabling Technologies SIG
Chair: Dr. Tyler Burton, CCP
This SIG is responsible for developing a clearer definition and understanding of the human resource and quality management process, as it pertains industry-wide to the cost engineer and manager. Objectives include: furthering the functional role of quality and human resources in effective cost management and engineering, developing a liaison with other similar associations and within our own organization, establishing guidelines for managing quality and people within the cost engineering environment. This committee further focuses on the issues regarding the processes of working within the organization and how such processes relate to the principles of TCM. These processes include such skills as: leadership and authority; power; effective communication; networking strategies; conflict management; and techniques for creating motivated environments and motivated teams.
This SIG pursues and develops innovative cost management guidance for resolution and compliance to environmental issues. The Environmental SIG continues to support activities for the Department of Energy's Applied Cost Engineering (ACE) Team that is developing project/program management improvements for DOE's environmental management. This SIG also supports the Corps of Engineers and other federal agencies.
Government & Public Works SIG
Chair: Joseph L. Macaluso, CCP
This SIG represents the unique interests of cost professionals that work with or for government entities. All levels of government (international, national, state, county, and municipal) are welcome. The SIG aims to share information and resources, as well as promote development and use of recommended practices and other technical products.
International Projects SIG
This SIG gathers and communicates methods, procedures, and related data used to translate all project cost elements of a defined construction project scope of work from one geographic location to another. The SIG hopes to identify, share, and promote those practices and understandings that are common among location factor users and developers. It is an international industry-wide forum for collecting, promoting, and standardizing (where appropriate) areas of location factor development and knowledge that will serve as a basis for continuous improvement.
Information Technology SIG
This SIG represents the growing concerns around the IT industry and the impact that is being made through Project Management guidelines in managing large scale infrastructure and architectural projects. Review of best practices regarding estimation, scheduling, and management of labor intensive efforts are analyzed in order to establish best practices. Presentations at various trade associations and annual meetings are encouraged. Interdependencies between various engineering groups such as Telecommunication, wireless engineering, inter/intranet development, computer engineering, and protocol evolution are explored.
This SIG is responsible for addressing the unique needs of the manufacturing environment. Work on standardization of manufacturing cost definitions and sponsoring technical papers at local sections and Annual Meetings are some of its activities.
Mining and Mineral Processing Industries SIG
Chair: Nelson E. Bonilla, CCP FAACE
This SIG is responsible for addressing the unique needs of the mining and mineral processing industries. Work on standardization of mining/mineral process cost definitions and sponsoring technical papers at local sections and Annual Meetings are some of its activities.
Chair: Michael L. McGraw
This SIG focuses on all cost engineering and total cost management principles pertaining to the oil, gas, and chemical process industries. Key subject areas include chemical process economics, sensitivity and risk analysis, capital and operating cost estimating, project management, cost control, and economic screening evaluations of research and development projects. The SIG's goals are to facilitate communication between AACE members working in the oil/gas/chemicals industries and promote the interchange of information resources, evaluation and estimating tools, and methodologies used within the industries.
Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Industry SIG
Chair: Tonny E. Joergensen
This SIG focuses on all cost engineering and total cost management principles pertaining to the pharmaceutical & biotechnology industry. Key subject areas include process economics, sensitivity and risk analysis, capital and operating cost estimating, project management, cost control, economic screening evaluations of research and development projects and cost and planning of the validation-process. The SIG's goals are to facilitate communication between AACE members working in the pharmaceutical & biotechnology industry, owner-, engineering- and supplier organizations, and promote the interchange of information resources, evaluation and estimating tools, and methodologies used within the industry.
Chair: Robert H. Harbuck, PE CCP CEP
The SIG focuses on all cost engineering activities that are applied in the transportation industry. The transportation industry includes transit, both rail and bus, highways, airports and railroads. AACE International’s members represent a wide variety of the professions active in transportation and include owner agencies, government agencies, consulting, and engineering and management firms. The goal of this SIG is to provide a forum for the exchange of information, challenges and succeses that serve to advance the best practice of cost engineering principles by all members working in the industry.
Utilities & Energy SIG
Chair: Anthony M. Woodrich, CCP
This SIG establishes professional relationships with the American Power Conference, the Electric Utility Cost Group, and the Electric Power Research Institute, among others. It prepares utilities and energy-related papers for annual meetings and for other publications. It reviews technical papers, provides technical input, and provides other technical support for the Association. The SIG acts as the interface between the Association and public utilities. It develops areas for research, responds to industry concerns, and helps promote the growth of the Association in the utilities and energy fields.