Adding value

Growth: the development of Negin will complement Boushehr
Growth: the development of Negin will complement Boushehr
Navid Miremarati
Navid Miremarati
Mansoureh Hasanzadeh
Mansoureh Hasanzadeh

Boushehr port’s Mansoureh Hasanzadeh and Seyed Navid Miremarati see the worth in Value Engineering

The need to stretch further into the hinterland to boost commercial aims has led to rapid advances in coastal construction over the past decades. The added-benefit for countries with marine and coastal resources is the sharp growth in marine-based trade and development.

Boushehr Port in Iran did not have the option of extending into the hinterland, which has affected the growth capacity of this port. Despite its favourable position and its successful deployment of container transportation system, growth was stagnating.

With existing facilities unable to accommodate new customers, the development of nearby Negin Island is necessary for Boushehr’s future growth. A number of things were considered for the development of Negin Port Complex, including planning for land use engineering, designing of construction projects based on short and long term economic goals, consideration of the capacity of Boushehr port's channel, improvement of jetties, and enhancement of other water related supplies. Negin will provide that much-needed hinterland area through an economic special zone.  

To that end, a value study - Development of Negin Port Complex - was undertaken this year, based on the principal methods of SAVE, the Society of American Value Engineering (VE).

Full spectrum

The study considered enhancing performances, quality improvement and increases of value indexes. VE revealed cost reductions and conservation of resources when they are used for their ultimate purposes. Because ports employ routine tasks and processes, VE studies can be more advantageous for port management than for other industries.

Connected to both marine and coastal areas, the project faced technical and commercial challenges. The traditional goal of achieving the lowest costs is challenge by modern strategies such as VE, which can aid the decision-making process. VE as a method of examining value has become increasingly popular in recent years.

For the Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) of Iran’s VE study of the Negin Island’s development project, a VE study team was picked from professional bodies who had knowledge of the technical, geographical, economic, and strategic features of the project at both national and international scale.

In order to increase team readiness to make best evaluations, we arranged various meetings between consultants and Boushehr Port experts through six, phased workshops. These were Information; Function Analysis; Creativity (idea making); Evaluation (idea judgment); Idea development; and Presentation.

Identifying indexes

Having collated the ideas, including feedback from users and clients, it was easier to identify indexes - needed for the next VE step. Boushehr Port's indexes in the Value Engineering of the Negin Port Complex development were ‘increase Boushehr Port’s operative potency by providing wharf and supportive area’; and ‘providing future requirements of Boushehr Port in port service and marine transition’.

A particular feature of the VE study was recognition of a need to focus on the costliest or riskiest elements of Negin's development plan. Use of this method enabled the PMO to identify opportunities and challenges, allowing it to take advantage of the first and eliminate the second.

VE also allowed for setting of environmental plans and goals, collating all costs and aims related to socio-economic and environmental concerns in one place.  

PMO selected Value Engineering as its strategy as it supported the organisation in its graduation of the ‘value’ in the Negin project.

Mansoureh Hasanzadeh is environ-coastal engineer at Boushehr Port and Seyed Navid Miremarati

Is project manager of Negin’s Development Plan, Boushehr Port.


Value engineering is a systematic and organised approach to provide the necessary functions in a project at the lowest cost.

Value engineering promotes the substitution of materials and methods with less expensive alternatives, without sacrificing functionality.

It is focused solely on the functions of various components and materials, rather than their physical attributes.


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