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What exactly is over-engineering?

Over-engineering (OE) is the process of developing an element to be more robust or intricate than required for its intended application, either to ensure acceptable safety or functionality or to rectify design flaws.

When it comes to safety or performance against a given criterion, overengineering is beneficial. Overengineering, on the other hand, is inefficient in terms of value engineering.

OE is especially prevalent in high-end components or highly specialized market criteria and can take on a variety of forms. Overengineering results in overbuilt elements. In one form or another, these elements will have an unnecessary superior performance. As a result, these elements are more expensive, bulkier, and heavier than necessary.

Overengineering a construction project, for example, can occur through the use of excessively strong and long-lasting building materials, unnecessary over-dimensioned building units (bedrooms, kitchens, basements, and so on), or the addition of excessively architectural features in a structure.

Overengineering increases the complexity of construction projects. This can cause issues for the project’s end-users and reduce the productivity of the entire design team, which includes architects, engineers, and contractors who must develop and maintain all the over-engineered features.

Why is over-engineering detrimental to your project’s success?

Without a question, the cost is the most important component in any company endeavor, but especially in the construction industry.

On the other hand, over-engineering increases both homeowners’ and contractors’ upfront expenditures. As a result, it is not economically viable, particularly in the long run.

In recent years, poor cost performance in building projects has been a serious challenge for both contractors and their clients. To keep expenses under control, it is critical to monitor all project-related aspects and their level of impact.

It is widely accepted that understanding and grasping cost aspects broadens the cost estimator’s competence, enabling him or her to deliver a more sustainable and reliable cost modeling and estimating technique.

A deeper understanding of cost components is critical for obtaining the desired level of accuracy in total cost estimation of anticipated labor charges, material costs, and so on.

The estimator can study these factors and then estimate, plan for, and mitigate their adverse effects on the project’s cost.

How to avoid overengineering?

Over-engineering is a factor that cannot be neglected in building construction. Prior studies indicate that the RCC frame components may contribute significantly to overengineering. As a result, the building industry can avoid overengineering by paying attention to RCC frame members.

As a result, experts believe that the following quantities can be utilized to measure a structure’s OE:

  1. Area accompanied by single column
  2. Efficiency of column i.e., ratio of actual load and capacity of column
  3. Total length of columns for structure
  4. Weight of beam per area of floor
  5. Steel per unit floor area of slab
  6. Beam length per unit floor area

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