BS 8888:2017 Technical product documentation and specification
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BS 8888:2017

Technical product documentation and specification

Status : Current, Work in hand   Published : January 2017



What is this standard about?

This is the latest edition of the UK’s technical product documentation and specification standard and the latest version of the standard written to supersede BS 308, the world’s first engineering drawings standard, first published in 1927.  

BS 8888 is unique to the UK, but is such a useful document that a number of other countries are now following the UK’s lead and publishing similar national standards to help their industries work with the ISO system.

Who is this standard for?

  • Mechanical engineers, engineering designers and design engineers in the UK who are working in engineering and manufacturing companies, particularly in defence, aerospace, automotive, rail, nuclear and other general manufacturing sectors
  • Independent design consultancies or design agencies handling design and drawing activities
  • Users of the former national standard, BS 308

Why should you use this standard? 

BS 8888 is the UK’s national framework standard for engineering drawings and geometrical tolerancing. It covers all of the requirements for the technical specification of products and their component parts.

Among other things, it explains the way in which engineering drawings outline and present these specifications. It covers all of the symbology and information that engineers and designers need to include on their drawings, be they manually produced (2D), or in 3D, created using CAD systems and 3D modelling (computer-aided design).

It also brings together, in one easy-to-follow document, all the international standards needed to prepare technical product specifications. The aim is to help the UK industry move over more fully to the ISO system of geometrical product specification. As such BS 8888 acts as a gateway – or roadmap – to around 200 ISO standards on documentation, specification and verification.

Finally, from market research conducted by BSI in recent years, we know that many organizations are still using the withdrawn BS 308 as they find the new ISO standards covered by BS 8888 too complex to move over to. BS 8888 tackles the complexity of the ISO standards by making the material that engineers need on a regular basis available in one place in the body of the standard – making it easier to access and easier to use.

What’s changed since the last update?

This is the seventh edition of BS 8888. The standard is updated frequently to reflect the growing number of international standards which themselves are frequently updated.

This edition of BS 8888 includes the following changes:

  • The standard has been restructured to make it easier to find key information and to improve the flow of requirements, reflecting how they will be used by designers and engineers in practice
  • More information has been included on model based definition, i.e. the use of 3D models and CAD (computer-aided design)
  • Additional information has been provided around the requirements for surface texture and datums

Standard NumberBS 8888:2017
TitleTechnical product documentation and specification
StatusCurrent, Work in hand
Publication Date31 January 2017
Cross ReferencesBS 1134, BS 1916-1, BS 1916-2, BS 1916-3, BS 3238-1, BS 3238-2, BS 3734-1, BS 4500, BS 7010, BS EN 80000-6, BS EN 80000-13, BS EN 80000-14, BS EN ISO 1, BS EN ISO 128-20, BS EN ISO 128-21, BS EN ISO 286-1, BS EN ISO 286-2, BS EN ISO 1101, BS EN ISO 1119, BS EN ISO 1302, BS EN ISO 1660, BS EN ISO 2162-1, BS EN ISO 2162-2, BS EN ISO 2203, BS EN ISO 2553, BS EN ISO 2692, BS EN ISO 3040, BS EN ISO 3098-0, BS EN ISO 3098-2, BS EN ISO 3098-3, BS EN ISO 3098-4, BS EN ISO 3098-5, BS EN ISO 3098-6, BS EN ISO 3274, BS EN ISO 4063, BS EN ISO 4287, BS EN ISO 4288, BS EN ISO 5261, BS EN ISO 5456-2, BS EN ISO 5456-3, BS EN ISO 5457, BS EN ISO 5458, BS EN ISO 5459, BS EN ISO 5845-1, BS EN ISO 6410-1, BS EN ISO 6410-2, BS EN ISO 6410-3, BS EN ISO 6411, BS EN ISO 6412-1, BS EN ISO 6412-2, BS EN ISO 6412-3, BS EN ISO 6413, BS EN ISO 6428, BS EN ISO 7083, BS EN ISO 7200, BS EN ISO 8015, BS EN ISO 8062-1, BS EN ISO 8062-3, BS EN ISO 8785, BS EN ISO 8826-1, BS EN ISO 8826-2, BS EN ISO 9222-1, BS EN ISO 9222-2, BS EN ISO 10135, BS EN ISO 10209, BS EN ISO 11442, BS EN ISO 12085, BS EN ISO 12180-1
ReplacesBS 8888:2013
Draft Superseded By16/30334592 DC
DescriptorsSymbols, Surfaces, Data security, Data representation, Drawings, Technical drawing, Documents, Graphic representation, Data storage, Dimensional tolerances, Abbreviations, Graphic symbols, Technical documents, Diagrams, Marking, Dimensions, Product specification, Engineering drawings
ISBN978 0 580 92686 0
File Size3.446 MB

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