Design and Documentation – its impact on Your Project
The quality of design and documentation has a major influence on the overall outcome of construction projects.
As BUILDING designers, we provide the graphic and written representations,which allow contractors and subcontractors to transform these concepts and ideas into physical reality. As BUILDING designers, we provide the same level of service as a registered architect, however we like to listen to you and work with you so that we both can achieve a common goal – your dream project. We provide more than just a drafting service; we provide a more personalised design & documentation service – because we care!
WE cannot stress enough on Poor design and documentation and how this is a major cause of construction process inefficiency, leading directly to delays, rework and variations, and contributing to increases in project time and cost.
The quality of design and documentation being produced is of major concern to many parties within the construction industry.
As the quality of the design and documentation produced has a major influence on the overall performance and efficiency of construction projects, it is vitally important that issues affecting design and documentation quality be identified and addressed. We are transparent with our processes & guide you through every step of your project, we also discuss your project in a lot of detail so we can capture your requirements in the design & documentation, thus eliminating inefficiency, leading directly to delays, rework and variations, and contributing to increases in project time and cost.
Simply put, Inadequate and deficient design and documentation impacts directly on the efficiency of the construction process by leading to delays, rework and variations, which in turn, contribute to increases in project time and cost
In an ideal world, the design and documentation provided for construction projects would be complete, precise and unambiguous. Unfortunately, contractors are often supplied with project documentation that is considered to be substandard or deficient due to incomplete, conflicting or erroneous information.
Design and documentation quality are greatly determined by the level of professional services provided, with the quality of these services generally being determined by how the services are selected and how the fees are negotiated.
Where designers are selected on the basis of low design fees, then the level and quality of the service provided is likely to be limited and generally translates into additional project costs to the owner.
It would appear therefore to be true, ‘you get what you pay for’, is very appropriate when it comes to design services.
We have been asked a common question: But what is design and documentation quality and how is it measured?
We say “a good design” will be effective (that is it will serve the purpose for which it was intended) and can be constructed economical and safely.
But more importantly, a good design to be “effective”, it must to be communicated effectively through the documentation (with drawings, specifications, etc.).
When we produce documentation for your project, we look at the following elements with great care: such as timelines of the project, accuracy, completeness, coordination and conformance with the building regulations etc.