10 May 1989
NORTHERN DIVISION NAVAL FACILITIES ENGINEERING COMMAND
A/E GUIDE AND FORMAT INSTRUCTIONS
VALUE ENGINEERING SERVICES
1. BACKGROUND In today's environment of increasing demands
and budget cutbacks, management of the Military Construction
Program is a challenging task. The Navy's needs in facility
construction will always exceed the funds available.
means, therefore, must be utilized to ensure the most efficient
use of our construction dollars.
The Naval Facilities
Engineering Command realizes that Value Engineering (VE) can make
a significant contribution in providing projects that completely
meet our customer's needs and are within budget. In short, VE is
a management tool that provides "Best Value". To capture this
potential, VE must be clearly understood and correctly applied
and must have the involvement and cooperation of every Architect-
Engineer firm under contract to the Naval Facilities Engineering
2. WHY VE IS DIFFERENT FROM NORMAL DESIGN PROCEDURES VE
encompasses a SECOND TEAM approach which objectively analyzes a
project from a function/cost standpoint. A comprehensive team
effort to identify high cost-low value items is essential to an
organized VE team approach. It can be said that the VE
functional study augments normal design efforts.
This intentional "2nd Look" at the project from a cost
standpoint occurs while the design is still flexible.
use of VE can reduce the cost of projects at an early stage,
thereby avoiding scope reduction of "bid iteming" out desirable
items because of budget constraints.
3. SCOPE OF WORK. Value Engineering Services (hereinafter
referred to as VE) will normally be conducted immediately
following completion of design development (35% design) and shall
consist of one 40 hour team study by a multi-discipline team of
professionals meeting on five consecutive work days.
group will follow the five step job plan (see paragraph No. 8) as
recognized by the Society of American Value Engineers (SAVE). A
report shall be prepared which encompasses the recommendations of
the VE study group with detailed cost estimates, live cycle
analysis and sketches, as necessary. The Design Team shall
comment in writing to Northern Division on each recommendation of
the VE Study Group, prior to the 35% review meeting.
VE services shall be performed in a timely manner
concurrently with the normal design procedure and without delay
in the design schedule set forth in the A&E scope.
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