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Integrated Management of Margins through Evaluation, Design, Analysis, Tracking and Negotiation

IMMEDIATE Project: Integrated Management of Margins through Evaluation, DesIgn, Analysis, Tracking and nEgotiation

Over-engineering of systems is an often hidden source of inefficiency in systems, which can add significantly to their building and running costs, and reduce the sustainability of systems. One cause of over-engineering is a cumulative effect of different stakeholders adding margins to the requirements and the specification of the system to mitigate against their own risks. The stakeholders often know that their system is overdesigned, but not by how much, because it is not operating at maximum capacity, and they don’t know the peak load requirements. Knowing margins on existing systems is a key consideration in investment decisions for alternations to the current building. The rationale for these margins is typically not shared, so that margins accumulate and cannot be challenged.  

Building on empirical research into margins on building services in hospitals, the research aims to develop

  1. new, more systematic processes for thinking about, managing and deciding on margins in planning and modifying hospital buildings;
  2. a prototype digital tool to make margins explicit by tracking margins in terms of capability and peak loads and capturing the rationale for margins, and displaying them clearly, to enable more rational and coherent margin planning; and
  3. design recommendations for designing flexible building services with suitable margins. 

Project Investigator: , The Open University

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The Centre for Digital Built Britain is a partnership between the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and the University of Cambridge to understand how the construction and infrastructure sectors could use a digital approach to better design, build, operate, and integrate the built environment.

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Toward Blockchain-Enabled Supply Chains in the Built Environment

Jun 28, 2019

3M Buckley Innovation Centre Hudderfield, HD1 3BD, UK

Recommendations for Automated Checking of Regulations and Requirements Management in Healthcare Design

Jul 01, 2019

The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London, WC1E 7BT

International Conference on Smart Infrastructure and Construction (ICSIC) 2019

Jul 08, 2019

Churchill College, University of Cambridge

CDBB Week 2019

Sep 09, 2019

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