UNDERSTANDING DESIGN GUIDELINES PROCESS

I_Design_Matrix02-240x61

Understanding Design Guidelines process takes in consideration preparation of overarching design guidelines for the subject area as well as putting them in to practice. Design guidelines for the subject area should be, in the context of Victorian house design, improvement to what Residential Code (Res Code) is already prescribing.

For this reason we created a program and a process that delivers design, application, supervisions, management and improvement feedback to both client and council. 

QUICK PLANS is a software  program for builders and developers to better communicate plans checking process. 

FEATURES

  • a user-friendly web based interface
  • and efficient and streamlined service
  • central storage of communications and submitted/approved building plans
  • real-time automated reporting
  • links to on-line resources

Design Matrix presents:

 

Quick Plans Design Review process with the difference.

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

In review, current process at best applies local standards, design requirements for the subject area and delivery on site. Our program delivers easy to use and understand data input and project checking, compiles data entry and creates feedback for improvement or flag to be raised with local council.

Existing process has following steps:

  1. Preparation of Design Guidelines
  2. Plans of Subdivision
  3. Memorandum of Common Provisions
  4. Signing of the builders engagement form

Current steps

  • Builder has to check/revise plans against above
  • Plans are then sent to the developer/company/architect
  • Check and review need to be sent back as a written response
  • Architect creates letter /conclusion
  • Dispensation (?)
  • Letter review and change of plans on average 3-4 times
  • Receipt of approved letter
  • Scanned plans are sent back to the builder as well as to be archived
  • Developer issues a sign off on their letterhead

Current participants in the process:

  • Land Developer / Syndicate,..
  • Builder
  • Owner /Purchaser
  • Designers
  • Architects-plan checkers
  • Council

THE UNIQUE OFFER OF QUICK PLANS IS:

Simplified path to Quick Plan approvals. Money saving through one place of contact. Better understanding of the Design Guidelines process.

……………………………………………………………………………………………….

OUR DESIGN REVIEW SOLUTION

    1. Create digital builders engagement form.
    2. Digital submission of plans.
    3. Interactive Design Guidelines with check points.
    4. Provision of statistics to continuously improve the process i.e. highest non-conformance with Design Guidelines are…
    5. Minimise number of participants in handling plans.  Old practice bu others (builder/developer/service provider/architect-checker/x 3 revisions / report writing/ approval); our proposal: only Urban Designer and Building Surveyour.
    6. Transparency and easy tracking.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *