Thinking out LOUD! - Introduction

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Thinking out LOUD!
Primary Intent
Long History
'Element' Misunderstood
Use in Heavy and Civil?
Not a WBS!
Think Modular Use
Usage of the term 'level'
Omit Reference ID's
Think 'Planning'
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Introductory Comments

As time moves along it becomes more readily apparent that those who seek to write and use new UNIFORMAT II classifications, especially in the heavy and civil engineering area, have widely ranging views on what the UNIFORMAT II is, what it is intended to do, and how best to go about using it.

Having viewed various proposed solutions for a variety of constructed entities it is apparent to the writer that there can often be a clear divergence between what has been written and developed for UNIFORMAT II in the area of buildings, and the wide range of subsequent solutions proposed for heavy and civil engineering.

Through my years of involvement with UNIFORMAT II I have observed several attempts to write new classifications and have noted the wide variance in their application of the basic principles that drive UNIFORMAT II. This widening experience has given rise to a number of thoughts that, while I have largely kept them to myself, it is now time to expose them to the ‘light of day’, in the hope that others, may correct me where I am wrong, and adopt my message where they are not.

The following statements, observations, and thoughts are not meant to be dogmatic or authoritarian (no matter how they may appear) but are simply an airing of background thoughts that have been running through my mind for some time. Indeed they could change as more thought and reasoning is applied to them, the resolution of which I believe, and hope, may well aid in the development of new UNIFORMAT II elemental classifications. The overall intention is that together they will all follow the same pattern, rules and application that guided the original UNIFORMAT II (i.e. ASTM’s E1557 classification for buildings, published in 1992), and form the basis of a cohesive, consistent, and common approach and application.