Integrating Sustainability Aspects into the early stages of the value Engineering Methodology

Ogston, Timothy (2004). Integrating Sustainability Aspects into the early stages of the value Engineering Methodology Honours Thesis, School of Engineering, The University of Queensland.

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Author Ogston, Timothy
Thesis Title Integrating Sustainability Aspects into the early stages of the value Engineering Methodology
School, Centre or Institute School of Engineering
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2004
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor D. Radcliffe
Total pages 111
Language eng
Subjects 0913 Mechanical Engineering
Formatted abstract
Sustainability is a term used to denote the ability of the global community to meet the needs of the present without compromising those needs of the future through environmental protection, social improvement and economic prosperity. To reach the goal of sustainability many public and business organisations have set key targets for reductions in the environmental impact of human activities (Simon, 1997). However, one of the primary challenges facing the global community is the ability of companies to contribute to sustainability by designing environmentally improved products (Fussler, 1996b; Stevels, 1996).

Eco-design is one approach currently being employed by industry in varying magnitudes to product and or service design to aid in the goal of creating a more sustainable future. It is comprised of various environmental impact control methods and tools and forms the sustainability component to be integrated into the early stages of the VE methodology. This thesis focuses on integrating a sustainability approach into the Value Engineering methodology. Value Engineering is a complete management/design system which clearly defines objectives and develops the means to achieve them. It has become widely used around the world due to its effectiveness in analysing products and services at any stage of their development, from concept to end of life. It is a system that is vastly different from any other management/design system as it uses a process that focuses the design team on what a product does rather than what it is. This process is called function analysis and is a technique used to break down the psychological barriers to creative solution generation. This powerful technique forms the foundation of Value Engineering and is also the focus for the integration of sustainability aspects in this thesis.

This thesis develops a comprehensive VE methodology and applies it to the re-design of a moderately complex product. The methodology developed is demanding but yields effective environmental considerations in the early stages of the design process. This is critical in order to achieve the full benefit of sustainability in value engineering.
Keyword Value Engineering Methodology

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