This guide for professionals begins by defining buildability and its principles, and then shows how those principles apply to the design costing and communication methods employed by designers, and to the preparation and assembly methods used by constructors.
This guide for professionals involved at all stages of a construction project begins by defining buildability and its principles, and then shows how those principles apply to the design costing and communication methods employed by designers, and to the preparation and assembly methods used by constructors. The final section consists of two extended case studies - of a city centre commercial building and a private housing development - which show the operation of buildability in detail, at each stage of a project. Above all, professionals - whether architects, engineers, surveyors or building contractors - will welcome the book's practical demonstration of how buildability can help them to avoid delays, wastage and costly defects, and to produce better quality, more cost effective buildings. Ian Ferguson is co-author, with Eric Mitchell, of "Quality on Site".
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Part 1 Principles: buildability as a key element in building production; tolerances; variety reduction. Part 2 Designing for buildability: site buildability; the building - designing for practical assembly, testing designs for buildability. Part 3 Costing buildability: research; design; tender; contract; construction; life-cycle elements - maintenance and replacement. Part 4 Communicating buildability: assembly drawings; method statements; the communications hierarchy; other methods of communicating buildability. Part 5 Buildability and the contract. Part 6 Preparation: scope and complexity of the work to be fully understood; resources to be sufficient; decisions to be made at tender stage; form of contract to be appropriate; pricing and cost control procedures to be effective; agreed quality levels to be maintained; maintaining good communications; programming to be realistic but challenging. Part 7 Assembly: simplicity in design; assembly under controlled conditions; minimizing preparation for assembly; maintaining the flow of materials, components and sub-assemblies into the growing building; setting out the building accurately. Part 8 Buildability in use: failure precedence; maintenance, repair and replacement. Part 9 Application study 1 - city centre commercial building: substructure; superstructure; cladding; services, finishes and fittings; labour, tools, plant and equipment. Part 10 Application study 2 - private housing development: good access for vehicles; offices, storage compounds and workshops; through accesses for delivery vehicles; minimal need for temporary access; setting out buildings; minimal obstructions; optimal integration of roads and services; individual sites to be level; maintaining a rational order of build; reducing carting distances; foundations and substructures; superstructures; services; finishes and fittings.
BUILDABILITY IN PRACTICE by Ian Ferguson
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