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Definitions - V

VA - Value Analysis

Value Analysis (VA) / Value Engineering (VE)
See Conceptual Stage Value Analysis (CSVA), Design Stage Value Analysis (DSVA), and Choosing by Advantage (CBA).

  1. An analysis of the functions of a program, project, system, product, item of equipment, building, facility, service, or supply of an executive agency, performed by qualified agency or contractor personnel, directed at improving performance, reliability, quality, safety, and life-cycle costs. (FAR 48.001)
  2. An organized effort to analyze the functions of systems, equipment, facilities, services, and supplies for the purpose of achieving the essential functions at the lowest life cycle cost consistent with required performance, reliability, quality, and safety. (FAR 52.248-2(b))

Value-Based Decision-Making Methodology
Value Analysis methods that include:

  • Function analysis
  • Cost modeling and analysis
  • Project modeling (quality, square footage, risk, etc.)
  • Life-cycle costing
  • Creative techniques to expand alternatives, such as brainstorming
  • Structured evaluation methods using benefit/cost comparisons, such as Choosing by Advantages (CBA)

Value Engineering Change Proposal (VECP)
A proposal that:

  1. Requires a change to the instant contract to implement; and
  2. Results in reducing the overall projected cost to the agency without impairing essential functions or characteristics; provided, that it does not involve a change:
    1. In deliverable end item quantities only;
    2. In research and development (R&D) items or R&D test quantities that are due solely to results of previous testing under the instant contract; or
    3. To the contract type only. (FAR 48.001)

Value Engineering Proposal

  1. In connection with an A-E contract, a change proposal developed by employees of the Federal Government or contractor value engineering personnel under contract to an agency to provide value engineering services for the contract or program. (FAR 48.001)
  2. In connection with an A-E contract, a change proposal developed by employees of the Federal Government or contractor value engineering personnel under contract to an agency to provide value engineering services for the contract or program. (FAR 52.248-2(b))

Value Planning
A philosophy that states decisions at any level of a project should be value based, producing the maximum advantages for the best value.

VE - Value Engineering

VECP - Value Engineering Change Proposal

VOLPE - Volpe Transportation Center

Volpe Transportation Center (VOLPE)
The John A Volpe National Transportation Systems Center is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Research and Innovative Technology Administration. The Center assists federal, state, and local governments, industry, and academia in a number of areas, including human factors research, system design, implementation, and assessment, global tracking, strategic investment and resource allocation, environmental preservation, and organizational effectiveness.

VPH - Vehicles per Hour

 

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