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Baldwin, A N, Austin, S A and Pendlebury, M C (1997) Interface of early design and cost advice in the building design process. In: Stephenson, P (Ed.), Proceedings 13th Annual ARCOM Conference, 15-17 September 1997, Cambridge, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Vol. 2, 389–98.
- Type: Conference Proceedings
- Keywords: concept design; design management; design process modelling
- ISBN/ISSN: 0 86 339 759 X
- URL: http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/ar1997-389-398_Baldwin_Austin_and_Pendlebury.pdf
This paper reports on work that is part of a doctoral study, the aim of which is to improve the management of early stage design with particular reference to: developing the brief; the subsequent exchange of design and cost information between client and designers; and the impact of early design decisions on construction. It describes the application of information flow models to early stage design and discusses a model being developed in this research (based on IDEF0) which aims to integrate design and cost information flow. Methodologies for modelling the early stage design have thus far proved of limited usage to industry other than for the purpose of providing a generic representation of the process. If a process model is to be of value to early stage design it will be important to show the relationship between design information and the cost advice given to the client. It's application should also have a clear effect on reducing the risk associated with providing cost advice over time. Integration of cost and design information therefore forms a significant part of the research. Techniques to combine process modelling and other methods of analysis will be investigated to ascertain their utility for managing the schematic stage of the design process. Although the initial work is based on the concept stage in design, it is believed that the schematic design stage represented here will benefit most from the application of design information analysis, as it is here that deliverables can be identified in terms of options, solutions, programmes, and estimates.