Construction projects’ design development is vital to overall project performance. It is key to ensure on-time delivery of designs to support both procurement and the building programme, optimising DfSMA (Design for Safety Manufacture & Assembly) opportunities and collaborating with the supply chain for insights into their expertise and capability, confirming buildability.

To leverage improvements, BBI has developed the Productive Design Programme with two specific focus streams:

1.     The optimisation of the design delivery process

2.     The development of the design using DfSMA and TVD (Target Value Design) principles

The Productive Design Programme enables teams to redefine the design process, enabling seamless design rollouts throughout the project lifecycle. It’s not just about designs; it’s about the invaluable lessons learned, and leveraging these to be more productive, effective, more sustainable and deliver value for the client.

The BBI approach:

From working within multiple other sectors, BBI’s specialists apply best practice production-led thinking to the Construction design delivery process. This is broken down into:

The building design approach – incorporating DfSMA (Design for safety manufacture & assembly) and TVD (target value design) opportunities:

To ensure project designs are ‘easy’ to manufacture and build, then procurement, main contractors and supply chain must be integrated early, providing insights from their knowledge and capabilities to the value requirements of the customer. For example, utilising standardisation across projects to ensure designs are easy to install and maintain, further confirming the design is also safe to build and meets carbon goals.

This also links to Target Value Design, where designs reflect clients’ budgets and are within the value bounds, ensuring transparency and improved communication.

This integration of teams further encourages efficient planning, risk management, innovation, and the implementation of sustainable solutions. Everyone will therefore be informed about any design or programme requests before being incorporated as changes.

BBI’s Productive Design Programme incorporates DfSMA and TVD, through the facilitation of collaborative working sessions, and techniques such as visual management and value stream mapping.

The design process – streamlining and simplification:

This focuses on constructively analysing the design process and then determining areas that can be streamlined. It’s about making all processes, both internal and external, much quicker, more deployable, and more driven towards delivering right first time.

End-to-end optimisation of the overall programme, not just in design, is a must for any construction business, as we look to dramatically reduce waste and increase profits across the industry.

Visual performance management and control:

Visual management improves engagement, communication, efficiency and identifies where corrective actions are required. This is integrated into the Productive Design programme through control boards and standard work processes, ensuring safety and quality control systems are maintained.

This further encourages a culture of continuous improvement, through the visual identification of issues and the countermeasures to solve them.

The Productive Design Programme is part of the overall Productive Series.

The Productive Series Programme: Our bespoke approach transforms the performance of end-to-end project delivery programmes. Integrated at every stage of the project life cycle, the programme promotes substantial benefits, boosting the overall delivery system in the steps towards an industrialised and sustainable sector. Our Productive Series focuses on transforming productive design, offsite, logistics and onsite activities.

The key to all elements of the Productive Series is the Productive Leader, enabling a culture of continuous improvement at all levels. The ability to assess personal, team, and organisational dynamics, to deliver behavioural change and process refinement.

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