Larry Miles at GE during the second world war created a system called Value Engineering.
The war meant the availability of certain parts or materials would become very scarce.
Larry used his value engineering techniques to balanced function and cost against each other.
This provided a methodology to create an item with maximum functionality at a minimal cost.
In construction, value engineering usually refers to cost-cutting, often with a reduction in quality to increase contractor margins.
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
Mechanical and Electrical Engineers usually design security systems for lower risk buildings.
These M&E Engineers 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.
By the time a project reaches the M&E design team, certain decisions may be already made which can negatively increase security costs.
Security Risk Assessments are not commonly undertaken for every project, making security design more difficult.
This approach 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’s possible to reduce the number of electronic security measures.
This provides a direct cost saving, eliminating the need for value engineering.
Over the next 4 weeks, I will show you how to build up a more rounded security design.
These techniques can stand up to value engineering, while still providing effective protection.
Question: What is your biggest challenge when it comes to value engineering? Let me know.
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