The N.C. Department of Transportation's Value Management Office ensures the Department responsibly and efficiently uses resources and funding when building and improving North Carolina's transportation system.
The office oversees seven programs that focus on streamlining operations, improving project quality and outcomes, reducing costs without compromising function and increasing the use of environmentally sound and energy-efficient practices and materials.
Although NCDOT uses these programs primarily with road and highway projects, projects related to all types of transportation contribute to the success of these programs.
To ensure they are viable for use in North Carolina's infrastructure, the Value Management Office also evaluates products that vendors, contractors and NCDOT staff would like to use and maintains a list of products that teams of experts have reviewed, vetted and approved for use.
Product Evaluation Program
The Product Evaluation Program evaluates products that vendors, contractors and NCDOT would like to use for construction projects. It also maintains an approved products list of products that have been reviewed, vetted and approved for use.
- Approved Product List
Information about NCDOT-approved products used in the different stages of highway construction
- Product Evaluation Program Website
Information about how products are evaluated, product application instructions and links to additional product evaluation resources
- Producer/Supplier List
Information about the various facilities required to be pre-approved to supply materials for NCDOT projects.
- Minimum Sampling Guide
Information about the various NCDOT material types used in the different stages of highway construction
Value Engineering Program
To be sure that NCDOT is spending its dollars responsibly and efficiently, the Value Engineering Program assembles and leads multi-disciplined teams – with guidance from the Federal Highway Administration – to find ways to add value to projects while they are being designed.
Typical recommendations resulting from studies identify ways to save money while delivering an equal or greater product.
The program also works to reduce the amount of time it takes to complete a project as well as find ways to mitigate construction impacts to the environment.
Risk Assessment Program
The Risk Assessment Program identifies potential risks associated with a construction project and develops a plan to reduce those risks. Risks could include, but are not limited to, construction liability and increased costs due to project unknowns. Risk assessments usually occur when projects are in the planning stage.
The program can also review new or existing NCDOT programs, if necessary.
Constructability Review Program
Before construction even starts, a multi-disciplined team of NCDOT engineers and contractors from the Carolinas Association of General Contractors participate in NCDOT's Constructability Review Program look for possible issues that might arise while a project is under construction. These reviews help bridge the gap between design and construction and ensure that the plans NCDOT produces are practical and possible.
Value Engineering Change Proposals
Value Engineering Change Proposals allow for changes during a project that could potentially save time and money. This allows contractors to submit innovative ideas directly to NCDOT for a share of the cost savings.
The Value Management Office coordinates the review of these proposals and reports on the annual savings totals each Federal Fiscal Year to the Federal Highway Administration.
Resource Conservation Program
The Resource Conservation Program tracks the use of recycled materials on NCDOT projects and researches and identifies ways to reduce, reuse and recycle construction material. This helps save money as well as helps decrease the amount of material dumped in landfills. The program might also look at pilot projects and evaluate the use of unconventional recycled materials.
Post-Construction Assessment Program
Following the completion of a project, the Post-Construction Assessment Program captures lessons learned and effectively communicates them back to designers to consider for future, similar projects.