Concept and Developed Design - Quality Best Practice Self Assessment

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Typically today:

1)  Construction projects have many quality metrics for the delivery phase but Clients have very few metrics for the Concept and Developed design stages of their projects.
2)  Evidence from projects, supported by analysis by the GIRI (Get It Right Initiative) in the UK, shows that the average construction projects overruns its budget by 20% with worst case examples being 3-400% with time overruns of many years.  The analysis concluded that many project quality issues have their root cause in the design stages of a project.  Both the Client and the Architect processes often have a significant bearing on these issues.
This Concept and Developed Design - Quality Best Practice Self Assessment tool has been developed by a small group of leading quality experts from America, Australia, Canada & the UK, from a tool developed in the Airport Infrastructure industry .

The belief is that use of a tool can significantly reduce the risks faced in projects by following well proven best practices developed from around the world.  This will lead to major cost avoidance, timely delivery and enhanced reputations.                                                
In 2020, the Chartered Quality Institute published a piece of Quality guidance called the Construction Project Lifecycle which laid out the key Quality steps required to maximize the chance of success in construction projects.  This guidance sparked wide interest and positive comments around the world.  These interested people felt that more guidance about Quality Best Practices in the design stages of projects would be an very useful guidance tool.
The tool should be used during the Concept Design and Developed Design stages of a project (as defined by UK's RIBA organization).  Sometimes called Options and Scheme design stages.
The starting point is the Business Case approval Gateway (or some kind of project kick off decision.)  That is:-  a Client/Owner has had an idea, decided that it should be explored and set aside the necessary funds to develop a more detailed proposal.
At the end of the Concept stage, there may be a Recommended Option Approval Gateway, before the commencement of the Developed Design Stage.  On lower risk projects, this may also include funding for the entire project.
At the end of the Developed Design Stage, it is likely that the more detailed cost and schedule would be used to seek approval for the funding of the entire project.
After this (and not covered by this guidance) the project would move to production design, delivery stages and then to Handover and Operation/Maintenance.  
The tool should be used during the Concept Design and Developed Design stages of a project (as defined by UK's RIBA organisation).  Sometimes called Options and Scheme design stages.
The starting point is the Business Case approval Gateway (or some kind of project kick off decision.)  That is:-  a Client/Owner has had an idea, decided that it should be explored and set aside the necessary funds to develop a more detailed proposal.
At the end of the Concept stage, there may be a Recommended Option Approval Gateway, before the commencement of the Developed Design Stage.  On lower risk projects, this may also include funding for the entire project.
At the end of the Developed Design Stage, it is likely that the more detailed cost and schedule would be used to seek approval for the funding of the entire project.
After this (and not covered by this guidance) the project would move to production design, delivery stages and then to Handover and Operation/Maintenance.                                                                                              
                                            
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Date Added: May 23, 2022
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