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AASHTO Announces Release of Updated Guidelines for Value Engineering
May 23, 2017

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has announced the release of the fourth edition of its Guidelines for Value Engineering. This new edition supersedes the third edition, published in 2009.

Value Engineering (VE) is a function-oriented technique and a proven effective management tool for achieving improved design, construction, and cost-effectiveness in various transportation program elements. VE combines creative and analytical skills to improve the value of products and services by examining their function.

Developed by the AASHTO Subcommittee on Design, and Technical Committee on Project Management, these guidelines have been developed to assist state departments of transportation in addressing the challenges of rising costs and diminished resources by developing successful value engineering programs to improve design excellence and achieve efficient cost and quality control, while allowing maximum flexibility to each state.

The 38-page guidelines include seven chapters, which detail all facets of establishing and maintaining an effective value engineering program, as well as incorporating value engineering principles and practices into all phases of project development, construction, traffic operation, and maintenance.

Copies of the Guidelines for Value Engineering, 4th Edition are available online by visiting the AASHTO Bookstore and searching by the item code VE-4.

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