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Last edited 08 Jul 2016
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.
- Collaborative working.
- The influence of new technologies.
- The effect of construction procurement.
- Roles and responsibilities.
The latest version of the standard acknowledges these changes and:
- Provides guidance on management of the construction design process at all levels, for all organizations and for all types of construction projects.
- Establishes principles to ensure the design management process is more efficient.
- Provides the principles and a common reference for company and project protocols.
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:
- Designers and engineers.
- Design managers.
- Information managers.
- BIM consultants.
- Local authorities.
- Higher educational establishments.
- Construction professional bodies.
Its contents are:
Section 1: General
- 1 Scope
- 2 Normative references
- 3 Terms and definitions
- 4 General
- 5 Formation and management of the design team
- 6 Responsibilities
- 7 Establishing the brief
- 8 Project plan
- 9 Process plan
- 10 Programming
- 11 Classification
- 12 Project communications
- 13 Costs to the client/employer
Section 3: Design resource management
- 14 Staff resource
- 15 Innovation and value management (VM)
- 16 Technical information
- 17 Manual, CAD and BIM production
- 18 Records management
- 19 Technical equipment
- 20 Procuring design, surveying and other related services
- 21 Extracting data requirements
- 22 Intellectual property and copyright
Section 4: Design process management
- 23 General
- 24 Pre-commission review
- 25 Design brief
- 26 Design stages
- 27 Progress validation
- 28 Design data control
- 29 Design during construction
- 30 Monitoring during construction
- 31 Testing
- 32 Completion
- 33 Post occupancy
- 34 Design management appraisal
List of figures
List of tables
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- BIM articles.
- BIM glossary of terms.
- BIM standards.
- BIM Task Group.
- BS 1192-4:2014. Collaborative production of information Part 4: Fulfilling employer's information exchange requirements using COBie – Code of practice.
- BS 8536-1:2015 Briefing for design and construction. Code of practice for facilities management (Buildings infrastructure).
- PAS 1192-2.
- PAS 1192-3.
- PAS 1192-5:2015 Specification for security-minded building information modelling, digital built environments and smart asset management.
- Post occupancy evaluation.
- Soft landings.
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