California Department of Transportation

Project Development Workflow Tasks (PDWT)

Part 3 - Identify Project Need and Project Initiation Document

II. Project Initiation Document

B. Develop Initial Alternatives (150.10) - Perform Value Analysis (WBS 150.10.10)

P32. Perform Value Analysis

When applied during the PID phase, Value Analysis (VA) is a method used to compare existing alternatives and potentially provide additional alternatives that also meet the purpose and need of the projects. Large and complex projects may have many stakeholders who disagree on the transportation solution. When the District anticipates controversy amongst stakeholders on a project, the District may select the project for

VA study. project managers are responsible for identifying which of their projects requires a VA. The project engineer should consult with the project manager to find out if the project is subject to a VA study.

The initiation of a VA study may occur at any point the project manager deems appropriate but typically occurs when enough information is available during the development of the project alternatives.

The District VA Coordinator and the project manager will be responsible for the formation of the VA team, and the project engineer is likely to be a member of the team. VA Team members will consist of Caltrans and non-Caltrans members. Members do not need to be technical experts. Rather, the VA team should consist of an appropriate cross-section of the project’s stakeholders, including representatives from local government and the local community that the project will impact. Although project engineers will inherently stick to project alternatives that are the most efficient and cost effective, the goal of the VA Team is to explore alternatives that may be more agreeable to the stakeholders and the community overall.

Time Constraint:

Depending on the complexity of the project and number of project stakeholders, duration of this task will typically take two to three months. This includes time for a pre-meeting, a month lag time, a two-week period to study and evaluation of project alternatives, a presentation of the finding and a preliminary report. The review of the findings, and the implementation process may take up to a year or two and will be documented in a final report.


PDPM, (Chapter 19, “Value Analysis”)

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