About VeToday

The VeToday site is a sharing of knowledge forum. It is the first and only VE, VA, and VM specific vertical portal in the world. Everyone is welcome. We will posts employment requests, requests for proposals, consultant listings, forum results, poll results, and much more. We want this site to be of value to the Value Engineering professionals and people just wanting general information alike.

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Of course VE Today is the result of a value study. The initial opening period is sponsored by SAMI, LLC, a value engineering consulting company (additional sponsorships available). The VeToday site is partially created through the “community option” of OfficeOnWeb. You can help us produce the resources of VeToday by participating in the fund raising program to support VeToday. It cost you nothing more, or perhaps less, than you are currently paying for Internet or other services (additional sponsorships available).

 

Supporting VeToday

Ever wondered how you can help us help you? You can. Several options are present. Here are a few of our top sponsors:

  • Become a corporate sponsor. Please contact us to become a corporate sponsor and join this list. As of July 2003, the current top ten corporate sponsors are (in order of contributions):

    SAMI, LLC
    VE Society International
    OfficeOnWeb Ltd
    Acumen VE
    PJ Documents
    The Bastian Group
    Miles Value Foundation
    The International Foothills Forum Group
    Korve Engineering
    The Evergreen Computer Group

  • The number of corporate sponsors is growing each month. Honorable mentions we would like to point out at present include: UK Value Society, South Africa Value Society, Australian Value Education Group, Indonesian Value Society, and Bantel.

Other Fund Raiser Options (Saves You Money Too)

You do not have to be a corporate member to sponsor VeToday. Further, you can save money while sponsoring the value community. Here is how. For every person that signs for hosting or access up through this site, the VE Society International gets $2 per month per service per signup to support the society. At present, these funds are used to help pay for the certification improvements.

Details

Here is how it works. Every one gets Internet access, some get hosting too, every person that signs up through the special links on this site gets that access, hosting, or other feature they want at a very good rate. PLUS, we get $2 for every one on the program, EVERY month. Proceeds of the first year are earmarked to help the Detroit and Rocky Mountain chapters put on the SAVE International Conference. After this, we expect it will be earmarked to help the industry organizations, perhaps the 2002 conference. At no time do we plan for the results to be used to pay salaries of SAVE operating staff or others. All funds from this program are to be used to benefit the VE community membership as directly as we can. If you are a member of this program, you are welcome anytime to ask how we spent the money. At present, it goes into the account of VESI to support the VE Society.

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Value Engineering Conferences

There are many Value Engineering, Management, and Analysis Conferences being held in the each year. This is a list of the ones we are aware of. Updates and links to these are updated when we receive them. To request an update, please e-mail us.

China (Beijing) Conference

The 2003 Beijing International Value Engineering and Management Academic Conference (BIVEMAC) is scheduled for April 18-19th, 2003 and is hosted by Value Engineering Society of Beijing. The Value Engineering Society of Beijing (VESB) invites papers for the 2003 annual academic conference on the captioned theme. Call for papers closes Dec 31th, 2002. Manuscripts must be submitted in Microsoft Word can be submitted electronically to the address: vesb@mail.china.com or buaaipmp@263.net.

AASHTO Conference

The 2003 AASHTO (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials) Value Engineering Conference will be held in Tampa, Florida in July 2003. Applications for 2003 AASHTO Value Engineering Awards are due by March 1, 2003.

Institute of Value Management

The theme for the Conference will be: VALUE – a Management Goal. We think the paper selection is still open. Check their web site and contact them to make sure. The 2003 Conference will take place in Lisbon, in 22 May 2003.

Lawrence D. Miles Value Foundation

The fourth conference for university and college faculty will be held by the Foundation in conjunction with the beginning of the next SAVE International conference in Scottsdale, Arizona on Sunday, June 2003. All faculty interested in offering a value methodology course at their school are welcome to attend.

SAVE Conference

The 2003 SAVE International Value Engineering Conference will be held in Scottsdale, Arizona in June 9-11, 2003. Deadline for submission of paper proposals was August 26, 2002.

SJVE International

The 2003 conference dates have not been announced yet. The SJVE International Annual Conference was held Oct 31-Nov 1, 2002 at Arcadia Ichigaya, Tokyo, Japan. Value Practitioners from Japan and overseas gathered to present the latest value study papers and case studies and exchange information. July 26, 2002 and August 30, 2002 was the deadlines for those interested in submitting technical papers.

Australia Conference

The next conference will be in 2004 – IVMA Conference (details to be confirmed – expected to be in Melbourne in September). The 2002 Value Management Conference was held in Hobart Tasmania, on the 29th and 30th August 2002. The theme for this conference is “A Balanced Scorecard – putting the focus on people values in decision making.” The 2004 conference date has not been announced.

Announcing Your Conference

Send an e-mail to VeToday with links to the announcements and a short paragraph. Remember to include dates and other information so people can make their plans.

What is Value Engineering?

Value Engineering is a systematic and organized procedural decision-making process. It has been used in almost any kind of application. It helps people creatively generate alternatives to secure essential functions at the greatest worth as opposed to costs. This is referred to as value. It is usually applied in a team setting, but that is not a requirement. It uses a job plan, is function based, and requires a product be generated as a result of the study (success only). It is also known as Value Analysis, Value Management, Value Planning, and a host of other names. With all its names, it almost has an identity crisis (see dictionary if desired).

Job Plan

A key component of the Value Engineering process (value process) is its use of a carefully crafted and thoroughly tested job plan. Adherence to the job plan focuses efforts on its specific decision process: that contains the right kind of emphasis, timing, and elements to secure a high quality product. The job plan and its sub-elements does this by highlighting and focusing everyone on the involved issues, essential needs, criteria, problems, objectives, and concerns. The eight-step job plan phases are displayed below.

1. Selection Phase
2. Information Phase
3. Creativity Phase
4. Analysis Phase
5. Development Phase
6. Presentation Phase
7. Implementation Phase
8. Verification Phase

The Value Engineering purpose is to ensure that only concepts that have the highest potential for values are ultimately presented and used. The job plan helps avoid decision errors by being very procedural. It is designed to overcome such human limitations such as needing repetition of 130 times before something will become habit, and natural human restrictions such as the ability to keep only three to five items in the forefront of our mind.

Although there are many job plans promoted, each has the same basic elements. They mainly differ in terminology or emphasis placed upon the steps. Therefore, there are job plans that are six-step, eight-step, ten-step, and so on.

Functions

One of the most unique features of Value Engineering is its use of functions and a function-logic process to describe needs, purposes, and ramifications. In addition to its many other benefits, the use of function-logic removes people from many of their preconceived biases. This, and a common understanding, are obtained through the use of two word functions (active verb, measurable-noun descriptors) and placing those functions in a decision-logic diagram. This powerful combination helps remove people from the “I want” position to the basic needs involved. It also helps people see what parts of their decisions rely on critical features, and where decisions are requiring substantial support to maintain them (potential value-mismatches, AKA potential value opportunities).

Result Driven

Every step of the process is geared toward obtaining a result that increases the ROI (return on investment) or value for the client (ourselves, our employer, etc.). As a result, one or more products (recommendations) are always generated in some form. These are presented in both verbal and written forms for use and future reference. That way, you have a record of the results and a series of “fall back” positions to use as your project progresses. A bit of a nag here, if you don’t get a written report from a professional, fire them, and let us know so we can let others know. That’s NOT professional.

Where Did It Come From?

The process is continually evolving and improving. If you take a course in it 10 years ago and go to another, you will see advances in technique and process improvements. (If you don’t, let us know so we can let others know.) The full history of the process is more than 50-years in length. Accordingly, we won’t go through all that here. However, you might like to know that it originated as a result of the efforts of Larry Miles. Mr. Miles is considered the “father” of Value Engineering. An engineer by training, during World War II (1943), he was charged with procuring material for General Electric (GE) manufacturing products that had a comparatively low military priority. Larry quickly found that he would not be able to obtain the parts he needed through traditional methods. As a result, he began specifying the material needed in terms of their function and criteria. (For example: the required product to be provided must translate a rotational force into a lateral force. It must be able to withstand these stresses, fit within the area allowed, and connect to these other parts.) Through this functional mechanism, he was able to obtain the results and parts he needed.

The process was continuously improved by Mr. Miles and later, GE formed a group for the process which also improved it. By the 1950’s, lots of companies and some parts of governments were using it and the ball really got to rolling. Several organizations have been formed to help people learn the process, monitor it, and set standards.

The process generated by Mr. Miles and the General Electric department he headed created the basic structure for the process that has survived to this day. However, we stress that continuous improvement is an integral part of the Value Engineering. Accordingly, every year, improvements are shared by Value Engineering professionals in >various papers and presentations. This site was developed for this purpose too.

Additional Information

There is a large amount of information available about Value Engineering online. The largest and most comprehensive site is value-engineering.com which also has web links to many other sites with even more information. Many organizations have a large site too with copies of some of >proceedings or papers from conferences or other issues (is that a great resource or what). If you would like to obtain more benefits from one of the professional groups, you should join their membership too.

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