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BS 7000-4:2013

Design management systems. Guide to managing design in construction

Status : Current   Published : December 2013



BS 7000-4:2013 Design Management Systems: Guide to managing design in construction  

There have been significant advances in CAD and Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology, with BIM Level 2 being mandated for use on all government construction projects by 2016.

New technologies (in particular BIM) makes it more important than ever to operate a collaborative design process across the recognized design disciplines and incorporate economic and process considerations.  This also increases the need for greater rigor in the management of that process and for the application of appropriate measures and techniques. 

Since 1996, four key factors have influenced design management and this revision of BS 7000-4 updates the standard to acknowledge and reference them:

  • Collaborative working
  • The influence of new technologies
  • The effect of construction procurement
  • Roles and responsibilities

BS 7000-4 gives guidance on management of the construction design process at all levels, for all organizations and for all types of construction projects. The guidance given applies to purpose-built constructions, equipment and components. It a key document for those who work in and with the construction industry, particularly designers and those managing design. Where general management principles are given, they may be adapted to suit any size of design organization or construction project. The guidance given applies to management of design activities throughout the life-cycle of a construction project, and the principles of the facilities management function.

The revised BS 7000-4 provides the principles and a common reference for company and project protocols, which can also be used in reverse to check that the bases have been covered. By following the protocols and principles in the guide, the design management process will be more efficient and there will be less wastage of time and effort.  

Who should use BS 7000-4?

  • Architects
  • Designers and Engineers
  • Design Managers
  • Information Managers
  • Contractors
  • BIM Consultants
  • Government
  • Local authorities
  • Higher educational establishments
  • Construction professional bodies

This British Standard replaces BS 7000-4:1996, which is now withdrawn.

Contents of BS 7000-4:

0 Introduction
Section 1: General
1 Scope
2 Normative references
3 Terms and definitions
Section 2: Framework for design management
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

Standard NumberBS 7000-4:2013
TitleDesign management systems. Guide to managing design in construction
Publication Date31 December 2013
Cross ReferencesBS 1192, BS 4778-2, BS 7000-10, BS EN 12973, BS EN ISO 10012, BS ISO 12006-2, PAS 1192-2, BS 7000-2, BS 7000-3, BS 8534, BS EN ISO 9001, BS ISO 15489-1, BS ISO 16739, BS ISO/IEC 27000, PAS 55, PAS 91
ReplacesBS 7000-4:1996
Amended ByCorrigendum, February 2014. Corrigendum, October 2014.
Draft Superseded By12/30240618 DC
DescriptorsDesign, Systemology, Management, Product design, Architectural design, Construction operations, Management techniques, Production management, Management operations, Personnel, Records management, Verification
ISBN978 0 580 88382 8
File Size620 KB

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