The state of practice of value engineering and its relevance to Uganda’s Construction Industry
Ikanut, Philemon Martins
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Presently, Value Engineering is considered as a tool of construction management that can help companies to improve their procedures, services and final products regarding the client’s needs, as an end user, with respect to time, cost and quality. The concept of Value Engineering has been developed through the years and wider construction markets such as U.S.A. and U.K have identified its value, and practice it extensively. This study set out to investigate the state of practice of Value Engineering in the rest of the world, and its relevance to Uganda’s construction industry. This was achieved by undertaking a historical review of Value Engineering, and by the illustration of the Value Engineering process and the most common techniques used. In addition, a desk study approach was used to analyze different markets applying Value Engineering worldwide. From the study, the outstanding and most popular Value Engineering techniques identified were found to be the 40-Workshop, Charette, Value Engineering Change Proposal, and the Value Engineering Audit. The state of the Value Engineering practice in Uganda was found to be in a very poor state. The desk study approach indicated that countries such the U.S.A, U.K, Japan and Canada had excellent Value Engineering practices, with well documented reports and statistics from the process. The report has been arranged in five chapters. First is the introduction which briefly describes the background of the study, problem statement, and objectives of the study, significance of the study and scope of the study. The second chapter is the literature review which contains information about the origin and evolution of Value Engineering, its definition, process and different techniques. The third chapter is the Methodology that explains the data collection method that were adopted for the study, data types, data collection instruments, target population, sampling, data analysis and ethical considerations. The fourth chapter is the Findings and Analysis which shows the results from the field and their implications. The fifth chapter contains the conclusion and recommendations.