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12 TABLE 2 FEDERAL-AID VALUE ENGINEERING STUDY COSTS FOR 10 MOST ACTIVE STAs PERFORMING VE ESTIMATES, 19992003 No. of Federal-Aid VE Studies Cost of Federal-Aid VE Studies Average STA In-house Consultant Total In-house Consultant Total Cost per Study Virginia 255 1 256 $4.01 $0.01 $4.03 $15,700 Florida 88 157 245 $1.68 $3.61 $5.28 $21,600 California 12 129 141 $2.66 $5.80 $8.46 $60,000 Texas 0 100 100 $0.00 $1.10 $1.11 $11,100 Pennsylvania 83 10 93 $0.22 $0.26 $0.48 $5,200 New Jersey 89 0 89 $1.10 $0.00 $1.10 $12,400 North Carolina 82 0 82 $0.21 $0.00 $0.21 $2,600 Tennessee 57 9 66 $0.27 $0.05 $0.32 $4,800 Washington 52 13 65 $0.43 $0.32 $0.76 $11,700 Ohio 17 43 60 $0.03 $0.62 $0.65 $10,800 Total 735 462 1,197 $10.61 $11.77 $22.40 $18,700* Source: Annual Federal-Aid Value Engineering Summary Reports (11). Note: Cost values in millions of dollars, except for Average Cost per Study. *Average study costs for the 10 most active STAs. Many STAs now have VE websites that are used to dis- specialists. Approximately 60% of the transportation agen- seminate information internally or to consultants. This infor- cies surveyed indicated that the VE team leader "always" or mation typically includes applicable policy, procedure, and "often" had to be a Certified Value Specialist. As such, the guideline documents. VE workshop forms and agency suc- continued ability of SAVE through its certification program cess stories may also be accessible on-line. to ensure that certified VE team leaders are available to lead highway VE studies remains a critical role. SAVE INTERNATIONAL INITIATIVES MILES VALUE FOUNDATION SAVE International, the U.S.-based professional society pro- moting worldwide VM, has traditionally taken a supportive The MVF was established as "a non-profit public founda- role regarding the application of VE in transportation. The tion dedicated to the advancement of the state-of-the-art of society, originally named the Society of American Value VM through planning, research, and education." MVF is Engineers, was formed in 1959 to promote the education and focused on experiences of the value community in the United States. As interest in VE extended to other countries, so did SAVE's Creating and promoting teaching of the VM courses at focus. Today, it enjoys strong working relationships with the university level, affiliates and other value societies around the world. Promoting public awareness, and Encouraging research and development through schol- SAVE has forged ties with the AASHTO VE Technical arships and grant programs. Committee as well. A member of the Technical Committee typically leads a transportation-focused forum at the annual The foundation does not specifically have an influence SAVE conference. on VE applications in transportation. However, MVF is an excellent resource to value practitioners, academics, and The society's primary role with respect to VE in trans- researchers. In addition, educational ties have been forged with portation is in the education and certification areas. SAVE is several universities aimed at strengthening the value industry the governing body responsible for the certification of value with the introduction of "entry level" value practitioners.