The formal problem-solving procedure used to carry out a VE Study is composed of eight parts: Selection, Investigation, Speculation, Evaluation, Development, Presentation, Implementation and Audit.
Selection – Federal-aid funded National Highway System (NHS) bridge projects with an estimated total cost of $40 million or more and all other projects with an estimated total cost of $50 million or more shall be required to have a VE study.
Investigation - Investigate the background information, technical input reports, field data, function analysis, and team focus and objectives.
Speculation – Brainstorming function of design elements: What else will perform the function? Where else may the function be performed? How else may the function be performed?
Evaluation - List Advantages and disadvantages; Establish Evaluation Criteria; Rate Each Idea; Rank all Ideas; Select Best Alternatives for Development.
Development – Develop Alternative Concepts; Prepare Sketches and Calculations, and Estimate Costs.
Presentation – Prepare written proposals and oral presentation and present alternatives to decision makers.
Implementation – The design team then evaluates the VE Team’s recommendations and implements those that are acceptable to them.
Audit – Performance measures of the recommendations are compiled and reported to FHWA.