Value Engineering Changes to the Eastside Pipeline

by Antonio J. Perez, (M.ASCE),
Francisco Becerra, (M.ASCE),
John Vrsalovich, (M.ASCE),

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water


Value Engineering is a process of applying analytic, creative and evaluative techniques to a project in order to make recommendations that will, when implemented, maximize value and quality without sacrificing function. [ a formal Value Engineering setting, this usually involves the selection of a team of highly experienced and trained personnel, not previously associated with the project, to make an independent evaluation and make recommendations to reduce cost and/or increase quality. The Eastside Pipeline Project was not given this type of formal independent review and therefore did not benefit from a Value Engineering analysis. However, a number of recommendations evolved from the Eastside Pipeline design team during the preliminary engineering phase, which allowed for lower cost, increased operational flexibility and safety, and improved quality. This paper describes the design changes recommended, and ultimately adopted, by the Eastside Pipeline Project engineers. Despite the fact that the project was not subjected to a formal Value Engineering review, the design team may have achieved similar results through their creativity and by utilizing sound engineering judgment.

Subject Headings: Value engineering | Pipelines | Pipeline design | Water pipelines | Construction costs | Safety | Team building | Water supply | California | United States

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