Peer Review & Value Engineering
Our peer review work involves critically assessing traffic study methodologies, infrastructure recommendations, the timing of infrastructure improvements, and impacts to the surrounding areas.
Our external peer review projects typically involve reviewing technical reports and designs conducted by other planning and engineering firms or companies. Peer-reviews are usually conducted on behalf of stakeholders, municipalities and other agencies; or by clients looking for a second pair of eyes to appeal an application, propose an alternate solution, or ensure quality control.
LEA has extensive experience in the Value Engineering (VE) of several large transit, infrastructure, and building development projects such as the Eglinton Crosstown LRT preliminary design, Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension, the Downtown Relief Line South, and Yonge North Subway Extension.
VE is not a design/peer review or a cost-cutting exercise. It is a creative and organized effort, which analyzes the requirements of a project for the purpose of achieving the essential functions at the lowest total costs (capital, staffing, energy, maintenance) over the life of the project. Through a group investigation using experienced, multi-disciplinary teams, projects are improved through the study of alternate design concepts, materials, and methods, without compromising the functional and value objectives of the client.
Our methodology in VE workshops includes the following key steps:
Speculation (creative) phase
Evaluation (analysis) phase
Development phase (value management proposals)
Presentation phase (report/oral presentation)