SAME resolves industry challenges through Industry-Government Engagement

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Woman at podium in front of audienceThe Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) leads efforts to identify and resolve national security infrastructure-related challenges through Industry-Government Engagement (IGE). SAME was founded in the aftermath of WWI to preserve lessons learned in the war and facilitate engagement between industry and government professionals. This engagement serves to enhance our nation’s security, and SAME continues this mission today.

IGE is not about selling government access; rather, it is about sharing knowledge and best practices, conducting joint training, and collaborating on issues to solve real problems and reach consensus. Through IGE, SAME promotes efforts to advance solidarity and cooperation between engineers in civil and military life from inception to project completion.

To this end, SAME encourages its posts to conduct IGE workshops to produce solutions that enhance industry-government collaboration and improve America’s infrastructure. This year, the Tulsa Post of SAME conducted and IGE workshop on government cost engineering challenges, which I blogged about in April here. The workshop brought together private sector members from the architecture-engineering and construction industries, and government members from USACE and AFCEC to form two moderated panels on cost engineering—one from a governmental perspective, and one from a private sector perspective.

The results of the IGE Cost Engineering Workshop were captured in a white paper that was submitted to the Tulsa District, USACE; to SAME National Headquarters; and to the American Council of Engineering Companies for action. You can read the entire Cost Engineering IGE White Paper here.

Through this collaboration of private sector and governmental perspectives, we can uncover solutions that neither group may have come to alone.

Miro Kurka, PE, PMP

About the Author

Miro Kurka, P.E., PMP, knows water is an incredible resource. “I like leading teams and managing water infrastructure projects that make our citizens safer, wealthier and happier.” He is the recipient of the 2019 SAME Individual Industry Government Engagement Award. A retired U.S. Army officer, Miro managed the Corps of Engineers’ program in Tulsa, Portland and Afghanistan for 30 years. He enjoys traveling and meeting people.

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