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This Community serves to support the design, construction, and life-cycle maintenance of military installations, facilities, civil works projects, airfields, roadways, and ocean facilities. Resources include all facets of life cycle management from planning through disposal, including design, construction, environmental protection, base operations and support, housing, real estate, and real property maintenance.

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Unified Facilities Criteria Program

The Department of Defense (DoD) initiated the Unified Facilities Criteria program to unify all technical criteria and standards pertaining to planning, design, construction, and operation and maintenance of real property facilities. The program seeks to streamline the military criteria system by eliminating duplication of information, increasing reliance on private-sector standards, and creating a more efficient criteria development and publishing process. Both technical publications and guide specifications are part of the UFC program. Previously, each service had its own publishing system resulting in criteria being disseminated in different formats. UFC documents have a uniform format and a standardized numbering scheme.

DoD Policy Documents

 

Army Policy

 

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Commission on PPBE Reform Issues Final Report for Defense Resourcing For The Future
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This page contains links to Executive Summary and Complete Report issued by the Commission on PPBE Reform.

Commission on PPBE Reform - Defense Resourcing For The Future Final Report
2023 NDAA
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FY23 National Defense Authorization Act to research Military Construction Authorization.

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Construction
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During this phase, a facility is built as specified by the design. It is essential that the government acquires the product that is specified, on time and within budget. Most of this work is performed by contract. Government oversight is performed by a team of contract personnel and professional engineers. Changes made during construction can have a significant impact during the sustainment portion of the life cycle of a facility.

 

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Time Lapse Photo Request
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March 10, 2024 - 10:19pm
QUESTION

Is it unreasonable to ask a Contractor to provide photos for time lapse, regardless of what may have been agreed upon in face-to-face conversations?

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Without divulging important information we are requesting the contractor to provide photos to support time lapse of a project. 

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FE2010 Intermediate Facilities Engineering
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February 14, 2024 - 03:25pm
QUESTION

I have noted a few errors in lessons within the Subject course.

  1. Critical path lesson- lessons 9; during Knowledge review the link for the Critical path example was dead link and did not open to ascertain which path was critical.  i was able to figure it out from printed slides.
  2. Laws and clause section mistakenly list two Far sections as identical on same slide- please see attched.
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Course material needs minor edits- see above.

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What happens to FE when BtB rolls out?
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December 8, 2021 - 05:56pm
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I have a section full of FE-certified employees, but with Back-to-Basics rolling out, it appears as if FE is going to end without any inheritance for the new certifications.  A spreadsheet for mass re-coding of slots went out, and the default that the spreadsheet suggests is to convert FE slots into ETM (Engineering and Technical Management), likely becasue it has "Engineering" in the title.  ETM is a mixture of the old IT, PQM, ENG, and STM certifications. An FE to ETM conversion doesn't seem like the best idea, especially since current FE certified employees inherit nothing in the new system and would have to start from scratch.  Was this a conscious decision to essentially eliminate the FE career field  in Back-to-Basics?

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Content Author… July 21, 2022 - 10:52am

Benjamin - Sorry it has take until now to respond to your inquiry.  Any individual who is in a Project Management role, I would recommend they go into the Project Management Career Field.  As you outlined, there is not really another career field into which other FE personnel can really migrate.  I agree the conversion to ETM does not really work.  To answer your last question, it was a conscious decision decision to eliminate the FE career field.

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Commission on PPBE Reform Issues Final Report for Defense Resourcing For The Future
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This page contains links to Executive Summary and Complete Report issued by the Commission on PPBE Reform.

Commission on PPBE Reform - Defense Resourcing For The Future Final Report

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Policy and Guidance

Unified Facilities Criteria Program

The Department of Defense (DoD) initiated the Unified Facilities Criteria program to unify all technical criteria and standards pertaining to planning, design, construction, and operation and maintenance of real property facilities. The program seeks to streamline the military criteria system by eliminating duplication of information, increasing reliance on private-sector standards, and creating a more efficient criteria development and publishing process. Both technical publications and guide specifications are part of the UFC program. Previously, each service had its own publishing system resulting in criteria being disseminated in different formats. UFC documents have a uniform format and a standardized numbering scheme.

DoD Policy Documents

 

Army Policy

 

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Construction

During this phase, a facility is built as specified by the design. It is essential that the government acquires the product that is specified, on time and within budget. Most of this work is performed by contract. Government oversight is performed by a team of contract personnel and professional engineers. Changes made during construction can have a significant impact during the sustainment portion of the life cycle of a facility.

 

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Disposal

There comes a time when it is not economically feasible to renovate a facility. At this time the facility is either demolished, thereby freeing the land for other uses, or reported to the General Services Administration (GSA) as excess to the needs of the military department. Disposal is primarily a Real Estate function that has planning and environmental ramifications.

 

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Sustainment

Facilities sustainment includes the activities necessary to keep facilities in good working condition, while restoration and modernization include the activities necessary to return or improve facilities to acceptable conditions. 

Additionally, a number of investment alternatives and an effective work management system should be considered in the sustainment of facilities.
 

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Planning

Comprehensive planning is used to provide information needed to make sound decisions about facility project planning and base development.  Planners use a systematic approach or process to develop a plan that analyzes the short- and long-range development potential of the installation or region.

It is a continuous, analytic process that involves the evaluation of factors affecting the present and future physical development and management of an installation. Comprehensive Planning evaluates cumulative data in the form of documents and graphics and provides pertinent information used in the planning and decision making processes.  It incorporates a wide range of data and information that allows planners and decision makers to logically and thoroughly analyze a variety of interrelated factors before making a decision that affects the installation, region, and local community.
 

 

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Design

Once a decision is made to construct a facility and funds are available, a detailed design of a project generally begins. Through the process, a preferred design approach develops and matures into final construction documents. Design actions may be contracted out or performed in-house. The materials, technologies, and types of systems chosen during this function have a direct and life-long impact on the costs to operate, maintain, repair, and dispose of the facility.

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FE Real Estate

Real Estate considerations span the life of a facility. Real estate is the foundation underneath the installation and the facilities supporting the operational mission. The sequence of the real estate life cycle includes the acquisition of property, the management of the property, and the disposal of the property. The DoD real estate program is a unique field that is controlled by a number of separate legal authorities, policies, and regulations. Acquisitions are usually non-competitive because specific land must be acquired.

 

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Environmental

It's everyone's responsibility to use environmentally sound management processes. This is the key to a successful environmental program. Accomplishing the mission is, and always will be, the top priority. However, successfully blending the military mission with the environmental challenge is equally important.

Environmental management is the means of conserving, protecting, and restoring our environment and natural and cultural resources while accomplishing the military mission.  Elements of environmental management include:

Planning: We must analyze the environmental and economic issues to create a facility that can be sustained over time.

Compliance: We must ensure that our operations meet federal, state, local and host nation environmental requirements.

Pollution Prevention: We must reduce pollution at its source and reduce or eliminate the creation of pollutants.

Conservation: We must protect and enhance the life sustaining quality of the land and waterways under our protection.

Restoration: We must repair the damage caused by past substance releases and waste disposal practices.

Proper environmental management and coordination is necessary to comply with federal, state, local and host nation regulations. Good environmental management can enhance mission accomplishment by preventing time delays or operational shutdowns. As an additional benefit, good environmental management will improve community and public relations.

 

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2023 NDAA
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FY23 National Defense Authorization Act to research Military Construction Authorization.

NAVFAC P 445 NAVFAC Construction Quality Management Program
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Reference guide for Navy contractor's quality guide.

NAVFAC Partering Guidelines
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NAVFAC Partnering Guidelines

Keeping the Talent - Understanding the Needs of Engineers and Scientists in the Defense Acquisition Workforce
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This article was written by Alan K. Jenkins, Ph. D., and appeared in the 2009 edition of the Defense Acquisition Journal. Keeping the Talent: Understanding the Needs of Engineers and Scientists in the Defense Acquisition Workforce is an excellent article on how to motivate and retain engineers and scientists so DoD does not lose their valuable contribution to the AT&L Workforce.

Air Force Civil Enginer Center's 2013 Strategic Plan
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The AFCEC's Strategic Plan is a "must read" for all Facility Engineers within the DoD AT&L Workforce. the Plan expalins what are AFCEC's organization, mission, vision, and goals.

Naval Facilities Engineering Command's Strategic Plan 2013 - 2016
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Naval Facilities Engineering Command's Strategic Plan 2013 - 2016 So the FE professional can review the NAVFAC strategic plan

USD Memo on Unobligated Funds
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Current USD Memo on the subject on unobligated funds.

Center for Naval Analysis Study
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Study of Competencies for the FE Career Field

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