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Alkizim, A O and Green, S (2005) Robustness in value engineering. In: Khosrowshahi, F (Ed.), Proceedings 21st Annual ARCOM Conference, 7-9 September 2005, London, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Vol. 2, 833–40.

  • Type: Conference Proceedings
  • Keywords: robustness analysis; scenarios; value engineering
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0 902896 93 8
  • URL: http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/ar2005-0833-0840_Alkizim_and_Green.pdf
  • Abstract:
    Current value engineering practice tends to emphasize value for money from a functional requirements point of view, seeking 'optimal' solutions to design problems that are assumed to be static and well-defined. Requirements however change with time. Supposedly optimal solutions are frequently outflanked by changing circumstances. Designs therefore ought to have an element of robustness, such that should circumstances change, they are versatile enough to adapt. This paper describes an ongoing PhD research which starts with the contention that a design with an element of 'robustness' enhances the value of a finished product. It is proposed that robustness analysis be incorporated into the value engineering methodology to facilitate/enhance robustness into a design so as to attempt to 'future-proof' it in the face of alternative future scenarios.