At Eagle Paving, our goal has always been to create the greatest possible value for our clients. We have found that incorporating value engineering into our design and construction process results in greater added value and reduced costs for our clients. Our team of project managers carefully consider all aspects of the project when making value engineering proposals to each client. We carefully consider and thoroughly explain all options in the following areas:
- Cost reduction: suggestions of less expensive alternatives to specified materials or systems.
- Value added: higher quality products that will increase value for the client and overall satisfaction with the project.
- Life-Cycle Analysis: options that work to create a balance between initial construction costs and the long-term operational budget of the development.
- Maintainability: recommendations of systems and products that will reduce maintenance costs over the lifespan of the project.
Value Engineering for Paving and Construction
Value engineering in paving and construction is the analysis of value vs function of the products, materials and services being used on a project. This generally means either cutting cost without losing quality or functionality, or, improving quality or functionality while keeping costs the same. Eagle Paving considers value engineering to be a necessary step in any design and construction process.
Why is Value Engineering Needed?
Engineers have the capacity to either over-engineer or under-engineer a project. Value engineering is often thought of only in terms of increasing quality, but that’s not always the case. For example, a concrete foundation might be engineered to last 20 years when the building is scheduled to be torn down in 10. A value engineering study would determine that costs could be cut by reducing the foundation’s lifespan to the appropriate window of time. Although over-engineering a project may give the perception of higher quality, it often comes at a higher price with no return on investment. Or a project can be under-engineering in that newer materials are available that may increase quality without increasing costs - this is often the case as new products are developed. Ultimately, value engineering is meant to achieve the highest level of functionality at the highest value.
Lifespan Value Engineering
Many products and materials are designed to function optimally within a specific lifespan. This allows an engineer to select products and materials that last no more and no less than required to meet the requirements of the job. Similar to the concrete foundation example above, designing a project to use products and materials that will outlast the lifespan of the project itself creates an unnecessary expense. As material science improves, designers and engineers need to stay current on what is available.
Maintenance Value Engineering
Maintenance and lifespan must be designed in unison. Maintenance only needs to be engineered into a job if required by the products and materials to withstand the lifespan of the project. Maintenance design often needs to change when products and materials are changed during lifespan engineering upgrades. For example, a maintenance value engineering analysis is needed if, for example, the asphalt used in a pavement project is changed from the original design. The asphalt pavement materials might have a lifespan appropriate to the intended lifespan of the road, requiring no planned maintenance or intervention before the next pavement reconstruction. Asphalt pavement, especially for temporary transportation projects, require a value engineering study to determine that the road is not only engineered to last only the lifespan needed, but analysis to determine that unnecessary durability could result in increased demolition costs when the road is removed in the future.
Value Engineering Study
A value engineering study and analysis can also be called common sense. Advancements in pavement engineering might not move as fast as microchips, but are important to our customers nonetheless. In today’s world of tight budgets and short timelines, reducing even the smallest amount of time or cost on a pavement or concrete project can translate into a dramatic increase in value or function for the overall project. For this reason, Eagle Paving incorporates value engineering at every step of a project.