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Ribeiro, F L (1999) Appraisal of value engineering in design in Portugal. In: Hughes, W (Ed.), Proceedings 15th Annual ARCOM Conference, 15-17 September 1999, Liverpool, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Vol. 1, 277–86.
- Type: Conference Proceedings
- Keywords: design; Portugal; value engineering
- ISBN/ISSN: 0 9534161 2 7
- URL: http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/ar1999-277-286_Ribeiro.pdf
Value engineering when effectively carried out during design process requires the value engineer to explore all value-added options within given constraints, without sacrificing the project quality and performance. This paper examines the value engineering practice in Portugal’s construction industry by investigating theory and practice. A survey was conducted in the last months of 1998 of the largest design and project management organizations in Portugal to investigate the use of VE analysis in design. The survey indicated that 59% of the respondents use VE analysis and some had been using it for over ten years. The reasons why 41% of the respondents did not use VE analysis include the lack of formal guidelines and “not required” by their clients. In addition, this paper examines two case studies were the VE study was used. Most organizations assessed their VE analysis process as a successful or a somewhat successful operation.