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Links and further information:
Sainsbury's Case Study:
Specification Management Flyer:
White Paper - Documents vs. Dynamic Data:
Design Specification Management System
Specifications for the design and fit-out of buildings have traditionally
been held and communicated using paper-based manuals, or more recently,
‘electronic manuals’. These manuals are then distributed periodically
to the parties responsible for implementing the design and specification
on live projects.
Many organisations who have adopted some sort
of on-line document management system, often find the system ends up being
a ‘dumping ground’ where no-one coordinates new information or removes
out-of-date files. The information is often presented as little
more than directory structure and file list; the contents of which
may not be obvious. Consequently, it is difficult for users to find
what they are looking for and potentially damaging to a project,
with different files giving conflicting information. A user cannot
rely on the accuracy of the data available.
The ICON Solution
ICON’s Specification Management system overcomes these
problems by effectively managing all changes to the information
as they occur, meaning that the information is always current and
users can establish and maintain confidence in it. It does this
by adopting a ‘no duplication’ principle, meaning that when a piece
of information changes, there is only one place to make the change,
but the effect is apparent throughout the system.
The System also implements an elemental approach
whereby information is entered into the system in small chunks,
then presented in different ways to different audiences.
The System manages information relating to any
aspect of the build and fit-out process. It works equally well with
large or small quantities of data, as well as prescriptive or performance-based
Typically a Standards solution would include
information relating to:
Corporate Branding Guidelines
Policy Documents (H&S, Environmental, Corporate Social Responsibility
Typical Plans, Operational and Layout Guidelines, Design Guidelines
Space Planning Guidelines, Area Schedules
Construction and Shopfitting Details
Engineering Services Specifications
Comprehensive schedules for Equipment, Finishes, Doors & Ironmongery,
Lighting, Signage etc.
A unique feature of the system is ICON’s complementary
support service that helps you to efficiently manage all aspects
of your standards. After initially collating, rationalising, formatting
and populating the system with your current information, we can
then pass content management back to you or maintain and manage
it on your behalf. See our services
page for full details.
||The ICON System provides me with the information I need as a designer to specify the finishes and equipment needed to ensure that the brand is applied correctly to a new store.
Anthony Milne, Wates Design.
||The key benefit of The ICON System is that users know the data is reliable… when something is changed in one place, it changes everywhere, without fail.
Bernard Novell, Waitrose.
||The ICON System is very well structured and covers all areas of Building Design Standards in detail, in order to produce drawings and details, and fulfill schedules of information required for the contractor's master programme.
Robert Edkins, Farrell & Clark LLP Architects.
||The Specification Builder allows Project Managers to create 80-90% of a specification for any new store, only requiring consultant input for the remaining site specific 10-20%. With each specification we are now saving about £700 in fees.
Scott Higginbotham, Boots.