About Value Engineering
The VE Process: Federal, State and local highway agencies are responsible for getting the best overall project value for the taxpayer. Applying the VE process to suitable projects will help you achieve this purpose. Simply stated, VE is an organized application of common sense and technical knowledge directed at finding and eliminating unnecessary costs in a project.
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The VE Job Plan: The Federal Highway Administration defines Value Engineering as "the systematic application of recognized techniques by a multi-disciplined team which identifies the function of a product or service; establishes a worth for that function; generates alternatives through the use of creative thinking; and provides the needed functions, reliably, at the lowest overall cost."
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Why Perform VE Reviews: Highway designers can be proud of the fact that our modern highways are the best in the world. However, if we are to maintain this position, we cannot simply sit back and design highways the "old fashion way." We need to constantly strive to improve our standards, methods, and philosophy of highway design. One way we can do his is to apply the Value Engineering (VE) process to our highway designs.
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