Value Engineering Design Improvements
As an electrical engineering company based in Houston, TX, Blanco Electric offers Value Engineering Design Improvements (VEDI) services. VEDI is a process used to evaluate the functions and features of a product, system, or facility to identify areas where cost savings can be made without compromising performance, safety, or quality.
In the context of electrical engineering, VEDI involves a systematic approach to designing, constructing, and operating commercial, industrial, and warehousing facilities with an emphasis on cost-effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability.
What is the step-by-step process an electrical engineering firm like ours follows to bring about VEDI in various applications?
Step 1: Define the scope and objectives of the project
The first step in the VEDI process is to define the scope and objectives of the project. This includes identifying the stakeholders, determining the purpose of the project, and setting goals and targets for the project. It is essential to have a clear understanding of what needs to be achieved before proceeding with the rest of the process.
Step 2: Conduct a comprehensive assessment of the facility
The second step is to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the facility. This includes evaluating the existing electrical systems, identifying areas of inefficiency, and assessing the overall energy usage. The assessment should also identify potential safety hazards and areas where improvements can be made to increase efficiency, reduce energy consumption, and lower operating costs.
Here is a version of the step-by-step process that Blanco Electric can follow to conduct a facility assessment:
1. Review available documentation:
The first step is to review available documentation related to the facility, such as floor plans, electrical schematics, equipment manuals, and energy bills. This information provides a baseline for understanding the existing electrical systems and identifying areas for improvement.
2. Conduct a visual inspection
The next step is to conduct a visual inspection of the facility to identify any visible issues or hazards related to the electrical systems. This may include checking for damaged wiring, overloaded circuits, or outdated equipment.
3. Gather data on energy usage
We gather data on energy usage in the facility. This may involve reviewing energy bills, installing energy meters, or using energy monitoring software to track usage over time. This data helps to identify areas of high energy usage and potential opportunities for energy savings.
4. Conduct a lighting assessment
Next, we conduct a lighting assessment to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the existing lighting systems. This may include measuring illumination levels, identifying areas where lighting can be improved, and evaluating the potential for energy-efficient lighting solutions such as LED lighting.
5. Evaluate HVAC systems
Blanco Electric then evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of the existing HVAC systems. This may involve reviewing maintenance records, evaluating the performance of individual components, and identifying opportunities for energy-efficient upgrades such as high-efficiency motors, variable speed drives, and energy recovery systems.
6. Assess electrical distribution systems
We then assess the electrical distribution systems in the facility. This may include reviewing the electrical schematics, evaluating the performance of transformers, breakers, and other electrical components, and identifying opportunities for energy-efficient upgrades such as power factor correction and voltage optimization.
7. Identify areas for improvement
Based on the data collected and evaluations conducted, we identify areas for improvement. This involves prioritizing improvements based on their potential impact on energy usage, cost savings, and safety.
8. Develop recommendations
The final step of the process is to develop recommendations for improvements. This may involve identifying specific upgrades or modifications to the electrical systems, estimating costs, and evaluating the potential return on investment. We present recommendations to our client for review and approval.
Step 3: Develop a list of potential VEDI measures
Based on the results of the facility assessment, the next step is to develop a list of potential VEDI measures. This may include upgrades to lighting systems, HVAC systems, and other electrical systems. The list should be comprehensive and consider both short-term and long-term cost savings.
Here are 20 potential VEDI measures that Blanco Electric considers when working to improve the cost-effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of commercial, industrial, and warehousing facilities:
Upgrading lighting systems to more energy-efficient LED technology
Installing occupancy sensors to reduce energy usage in unoccupied areas
Upgrading HVAC systems to more efficient models
Implementing energy management systems to track energy usage and identify areas for improvement
Installing solar panels to reduce reliance on grid power
Optimizing production processes to reduce energy usage
Upgrading motors and drives to more efficient models
Installing energy recovery systems to capture and reuse waste heat
Replacing inefficient electrical transformers with more efficient models
Implementing a preventive maintenance program to ensure equipment operates at peak efficiency
Upgrading power factor correction systems to improve energy efficiency
Installing variable speed drives to reduce energy usage in motors
Using natural lighting to reduce reliance on artificial lighting systems
Installing automated lighting controls to optimize energy usage based on occupancy and time of day
Implementing a demand response program to reduce energy usage during peak periods
Upgrading power distribution systems to improve energy efficiency and reduce electrical losses
Implementing a voltage optimization program to reduce energy usage and improve equipment life
Using energy-efficient transformers to reduce electrical losses
Upgrading data center cooling systems to improve efficiency and reduce energy usage
Replacing outdated equipment with more energy-efficient models
These VEDI measures can result in significant cost savings, increased efficiency, and improved sustainability for commercial, industrial, and warehousing facilities.
Step 4: Establish priorities between VEDI measures
Our next step is to prioritize the most efficient VEDI measures based on their potential impact and cost savings. This involves evaluating the cost of implementation, the potential energy savings, and the impact on operations. Prioritizing the measures enables Blanco Electric, as an electrical engineering contractor, to focus on the most effective and efficient solutions.
Step 5: Develop a detailed VEDI plan
At this stage, Blanco Electric develops a detailed VEDI plan that outlines the specific steps needed to implement the selected measures. The plan usually includes a timeline for implementation, a detailed cost analysis, and a risk management plan.
Step 6: Implement VEDI measures
When the VEDI plan is approved and budgeted by the client, we start implementing the VEDI measures. This involves installing new equipment, upgrading existing systems, and making other modifications as needed. We ensure that all installations and modifications are compliant with local codes and regulations.
Step 7: Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of VEDI measures
Once the VEDI measures have been implemented, our final step is to monitor and evaluate their effectiveness. This involves collecting data on energy usage, cost savings, and other performance indicators. We will use this information to refine the VEDI plan and make further improvements over time.
In commercial environments, VEDI plans can include upgrading lighting systems to more energy-efficient LED technology, installing occupancy sensors to reduce energy usage in unoccupied areas, and recommending the upgrade of HVAC systems to more efficient models. These measures can result in significant energy savings and lower operating costs over time.
In industrial environments, VEDI plans can include optimizing production processes to reduce energy usage, upgrading motors and drives to more efficient models, and implementing energy management systems to track energy usage and identify areas for improvement.
In warehousing environments, VEDI measures may include installing efficient lighting systems, implementing automated lighting controls, and recommending the optimization of HVAC systems to reduce energy usage.
As an electrical engineering contractor using engineering data to improve our clients’ overall energy usage, cost effectiveness and sustainability, we consider VEDI an essential process applicable to all commercial, industrial, and warehousing facilities.
Benefits of VEDI
By following a systematic approach, Blanco Electric can identify areas of inefficiency and implement cost-effective solutions that provide long-term benefits for our clients. Some of these key benefits include:
Cost savings: VEDI measures will result in significant cost savings by reducing energy usage and operating costs. This will help our clients increase profitability and invest in other areas of their business.
Increased efficiency: VEDI measures help companies operate more efficiently by reducing waste and improving processes, leading in turn to increased productivity, reduced downtime, and improved customer satisfaction.
Sustainability: A strong VEDI plan helps businesses reduce their environmental impact by reducing energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions. This can become part of their official communication playbook, improve the business reputation, and help attract environmentally conscious customers.
Compliance: VEDI measures help companies comply with local regulations and codes related to energy efficiency and sustainability. This can help avoid costly penalties and fines.