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Part 04 DESIGN
Part 04 of the Manual of Practice outlines the design process for any facility. This process is reasonably simple by definition and explanation, but more difficult to understand in reality and practice. A design process usually involves:
extracting ideas and information from a proposed facility client,
make sense of criteria and translating such interpretations into tangible requirements,
defining and refining these requirements into a coordinated strategy,
coordinating requirements across architectural and engineering disciplines, and
defining and delineating all requirements such that a facility may be constructed for usage.
This Part outlines how the evolution of the design process in the context of constructed facilities is one of a moving target. Design and construction has evolved since man began constructing facilities as we know it, over several millennia. The processes have evolved and changed since this process began, and will continue to change as we develop new and better ways of doing things.
The recent past millennium has seen and experienced great changes, from pencil sketches and notes to computer based drawings and supporting documents. In the distant past, drawings illustrated form, shape, and dimensions. Written specifications were not really used back then as designer-contractor-craftsmen performed and provided quality work. If the work was not acceptable to the designer of the facility client, the craftsmen tore it down and re-built it - simple. More recently, contracts and simple specifications were used, if only to identify who owed who compensation and how much.
This Part also identifies our new millennium, and how things are about to change again - dramatically. The design process will become more fully automated with respect to facility requirements and how that will be achieved, who is responsible, and how things will get done. The current "buzz word" is BIM (Building Information Model). Although BIM is the current buzz word, FIM should really be its handle - "F" for facility as this process applies to most any kind of construction. The early advent of BIM came from the petroleum industry and off-shore drilling facilities. The impact of this change is foreign to some and long overdue by others. In short, the current document development methodology, and all associated deliverables, is about to be completely turned on its head. For some people in our industry, its about time. For others, its the death knell of the old ways that should remain. This planning and design approach has been used successfully in Canada by one of our leading architects going back to the 1970s. There are Canadian engineering firms who have used this plan/design/construct approach for decades.
This Part covers the structure and details of organizing this computer based information, destined for computer software manipulation, is principally categorized in the new OmniClass 2006 Edition. The fifteen tables of OmniClass address virtually all subjects that will be destined for this computer managed information, for most any project, large or small, buildings or warehouses, highways in the Yukon or oil drilling rigs off the east coast.
The new MOP is organized and structured as follows:
Part 01 Introduction
Part 02 Project Delivery
Part 03 Conceptual Planning
Part 04 Design
Part 05 Construction Documents
Part 06 Construction
Part 07 Facilities Management
Part 08 Glossary
Part 09 Appendices
Part 10 References
NOTE: The CSC MOP is an electronic product that can be downloaded and printed. A binder and dividers will be mailed for assembling the documents after printing.
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