Pillar One
    Strategic Definition

    Pillar Two
    BIM Definition

    Pillar Four
    Technology Skills Design

    Pillar Five
    Technology Skills Technical Design

    Pillar Nine

    Pillar Ten
    Asset Management


Business Justification

Introduction A Building Information Model is not just a design tool, but a communicator and bridge between the parties involved in the process all striving for the same goal, a quality building, in a short time and a good price. The industries involved need to look at Information Modeling as not only a design, construction… read more »

Strategic Brief

The second part of the ‘strategic definition‘ stage involves preparing a strategic brief and an initial responsibility matrix so that advisers can be appointed to carry out feasibility studies and option appraisals. Appoint an internal team Having established that the project merits further investigation, the employer should appoint an internal team. On large projects this… read more »

Introduction to information management

Introduction Information Technology (IT) describes technologies and equipment that can be used to store, retrieve, transmit and manipulate data. Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is a specialist application of Information Technology that has some aspect of communication. It includes areas such as; software development, mobile devices, cloud computing, data centres, cyber security, research networks, support… read more »

Development Design

Detailed design is sometimes referred to as ‘developed design‘ or ‘definition’. It is the process of taking on and developing the approved concept design. By the end of the detailed design process, the design should dimensionally correct and co-ordinated, describing all the main components of the building and how they fit together. However, technical aspects… read more »

Technical and Construction Design

Technical Design The process for completing the design and construction of a building is often divided into notional ‘stages’. This can be helpful in establishing milestones for the submission of progress reports, the preparation of information for approval, client gateways, and for making payments. However there is a great deal of ambiguity between the naming… read more »

Elemental costing for design and construction

Cost plans are generally prepared by cost consultants (often quantity surveyors). They evolve through the life of the project, developing in detail and accuracy as more information becomes available about the nature of the design, and then actual prices are provided by specialist contractors, contractors and suppliers. They range from very early initial cost appraisals… read more »

Document control in construction

An understanding of where documents are, who created them, what they are for and how to retrieve them is extremely important in order to avoid confusion and mistakes. Organisations may have their own internal quality management system or iso 9001 certification that sets out their document control procedures, but on a building design project, the… read more »

Common Data Environment- CDE

The common data environment (CDE), is the single source of information used to collect, manage and disseminate documentation, the graphical model and non-graphical data for the whole project team (i.e. all project information whether created in a BIM environment or in a conventional data format). Creating this single source of information facilitates collaboration between project… read more »

Importance of Collaboration

Establishing collaborative practices is of particular importance on building design and construction projects, as they are likely to involve bringing together large number of diverse disciplines, many of whom will not have worked together before. They are also likely to involve the co-ordination and integration of a great deal of complex information, procedures and systems…. read more »

Contract Administrator for Contracts

The contract administrator is the individual responsible for administering the construction contract(s). The contract administrator may be the architect, and indeed the JCT (Joint Contracts Tribunal) standard form of contract describes the role as ‘architect / contract administrator‘ but the contract administrator could be the lead consultant, the cost consultant, or a client representative. GC… read more »