Evolution of Value Engineering to Automate Invention in Complex Technological Systems

Roy Woodhead, Mohammed Ali Berawi

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Many global companies specializing in complex technological systems use forms of group decision making to select a combination of solutions from suppliers. This requires technical expertise and up-to-date awareness of what is available within and outside the company. The use of artificial intelligence seems like an obvious progression but is fraught with difficulties. As a step in this longer-term direction, this paper looks to a methodology that uses the idea of functionality to first list abstract requirements before finding potential solutions with appropriate performance characteristics. This paper re-examines a methodology called value engineering, which mixes measurable and immeasurable concepts in its foundational idea. This paper reasons and deduces a new way to conceive this foundational idea so that it can be modelled mathematically and provide a useful step toward a database ontology and schema that would suit artificial intelligence. It also provides an immediate benefit to value engineering practitioners in workshops.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-91
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jan 2022


  • AI
  • Function
  • Functionality
  • Innovation
  • Invention
  • Value engineering


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