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BS 7000-4:2013 Design management systems. Guide to managing design in construction

BS 7000-4:2013 Design management systems. Guide to managing design in construction was published on 31 December 2013 by the British Standards Institute (BSI). It replaced BS 7000-4:1996.

British Standard (BS) publications are technical specifications or practices that can be used as guidance for the production of a product, carrying out a process or providing a service.

The latest version of BS 7000-4 was prepared in response to advances in Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Building Information Modelling (BIM) and the government announcement that BIM Level 2 would be required on all centrally-procured public projects from April 2016. Level 2 BIM requires fully-collaborative 3D BIM with all project and asset information, documentation and data being electronic.

The introduction of BIM places a new emphasis on collaboration during the design process and requires the incorporation of new economic and process considerations. This demands greater rigor in the design management.

The British Standards Institute suggest that four key factors have influenced design management since publication of the previous version of BS 7000-4 in 1996:

The latest version of the standard acknowledges these changes and:

BS 7000-4 applies to purpose-built constructions, equipment and components and is recommended for use by those who work in and with the construction industry, particularly designers and those managing design throughout the life-cycle of a construction project:

Its contents are:


Section 1: General

  • 1 Scope
  • 2 Normative references
  • 3 Terms and definitions

Section 2: Framework for design management

Section 3: Design resource management

Section 4: Design process management


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