Value Engineering was created by Larry Miles at GE during the second world war when the availability of certain parts or materials would become scarce, he balanced function and cost against each other.
This provided a methodology to create an item with maximum functionality at a minimal cost.
Unfortunately, in the construction industry, the term value engineering usually refers to cost cutting, but often with a reduction in quality and value, but this can be avoided.
How Value Engineering affects Security
In the world of security, value Engineering usually results in a reduction in the number of doors that have access control, or the number of CCTV cameras.
The risk is that these reductions of equipment, or even elimination of certain systems viewed as a “nice to have”, could have a detrimental effect on the security of the building.
How to avoid value engineering
Usually when a building is designed and specified, the team producing security system specifications are Mechanical and Electrical Engineers.
They ensure that security measures such as access control are deployed on the relevant doors and that CCTV cameras provide an effective coverage of the interior and exterior of buildings.
They are however restricted by design decisions made in advance, which can increase security costs if a holistic approach to security is not adopted from day one.
For lower risk sites, there may be no risk assessment performed, this makes designing security measures very difficult, and may result in a security specification which is at best, expensive and at worse, completely ineffective.
This then leaves the project open to cost reductions and potential elimination of a key security countermeasure.
By integrating effective security decisions from day one, it is possible to reduce the cost of security systems, thereby eliminating the need for value engineering.
Over the next 4 weeks I will show you how to build up a more rounded security design that will provide best value and protection, and stand up to value engineering.
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