Value Engineering

Value engineering provides a systematic approach to achieving the required project functions at lowest cost - without detriment to quality, performance and reliability.

There are two core principles. Firstly, function should not be sacrificed for cost; true value analysis seeks to define and understand a function, so that critical features can be protected whilst alternatives are considered. Secondly, standards defining current best practice should not stand in the way of innovation – any standard that has been in use for more than five years warrants challenging.

There are many reasons why unnecessary cost creeps into the design of systems. These include: lack of ideas, poor information given to the engineer, honest wrong beliefs, old habits, reluctance to seek advice, out of date specifications, lack of time and poor communications.
We can develop a picture of likely overall costs, before anything is designed, from headline requirements such as the amount of air the building will need, the electrical power required, lifts, BMS, public health and other major issues.

Once the concept design stage is reached, which is the point at which value engineering has greatest benefit, we make sure any over-design is removed and that the client is getting what they really need at best cost, seeking to save energy, make more efficient use of space and establish the optimum procurement routes among other things.

Pro-active advice and option analysis to provide change management and real-time cost control are maintained throughout the detailed design, construction and occupation stages.