Value Engineering

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Aurora Corridor Improvement Project

Value engineering (VE) is a systematic method to improve the value of goods or products and services by using an examination of function. Value, as defined, is the ratio of function to cost. Value can therefore be increased by either improving the function or reducing the cost. It is a primary tenet of value engineering that basic functions be preserved and not be reduced as a consequence of pursuing value improvements.

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Our schedule review services help clients analyze their initial schedule, perhaps received from a contractor, and understand the overall project plan. In addition to reviewing compliance with contract scheduling specifications, there are certain fundamentals that we focus on to ensure a schedule is sound. A review of this kind will ascertain the structural integrity of a schedule in preparation for analysis.

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Constructibility Review

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Constructibility Review Drawing

Our review goal is to support the efficient delivery of the project by pre-empting potential Requests for Information and Change Orders. We will assess the package for completeness, sufficiency, and consistency across the range of drawings and engineering disciplines, and the ease with which information can be found.

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Cost Estimating

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Cost Estimating

Estimating the cost of construction can be a daunting task and is often completed in a hap­hazard manner. Often, the contractor will bring in the field superintendent to take a fast pass through the design documents and assemble a “bid” cost estimate based on his/ her experience and “what” they feel is the right number. At bid day, one of two things happens ~ either the bid is too low for the project or it’s too high. The bid that is too low opens the project team for potential change orders or the contractor fails to complete the project. The bid that is too high precludes the Contractor, who may be the most competent, from completing the project.

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Life Cycle Costing

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Life Cycle Costing Manual

Life Cycle Costing is the total cost throughout its life including planning, design, acquisition and support costs and any other costs directly attributable to owning or using the asset.

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MEP Coordination

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MEP systems must satisfy multiple objectives and criteria for design, installation, commissioning, operation, and maintenance. Different types of specialty contractors (e-g., process piping, HVAC piping, WAC ductwork, plumbing, electrical, fire protection, controls) are responsible for these systems.

Examples of diverse criteria for system design include spatial (avoiding interferences), functional within a system (flow or gravity drainage), adjacency or segregation, system installation (layout dimensions, space and access for installation productivity), and testing (ability to isolate). On complex buildings and plants, expertise and designs are required from diverse specialists.  Since 1993, John Langer Consulting has acted as the MEP coordinator on several large projects including the Zymogenetics facility on Seattle’s South Lake Union, Procyte as well as several large petrochemical facilities in the United States and Mexico.  Let us help you on your next project.

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