Pulling it All Together - Text Reports

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Pulling it All Together
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The discussion to this point has related almost solely to the cost aspect of any planned entity. This emphasis is unavoidable as Cost Management (Planning, Control and Analysis) during planning and design is the genesis of UII and remains its primary use in the Real Property sector to this day.


Notwithstanding this emphasis it has been found that the hierarchal classifications written into the UII family of standards are equally useful for text-rich, written, reports as well. So while this text typically speaks of cost summaries the approach should also be understood as applying equally  to other forms of reports as well.


Elements (functional elements), as defined and identified in UII, can be most usefully thought of as ‘containers’. They are consistent despite the design solutions, materials and construction methods used to deliver them. So, whether the content is a set of measured, or estimated, quantities, assessed unit rates, and resultant sums of money, OR is a narrative describing the design requirements, solutions, materials, methods, current condition, life expectancy, and identified defects etc., the same hierarchy of elements is equally applicable. The major difference is that where this particular discussion paper  refers to adding totals together for a final summary, obtained from cost summaries and analyses any textual output will instead be presented in a book-like form. The element titles will become ‘book’ chapters, sections, and titles. Each separate constructed entity will in effect become a ‘book’, and the overall collection of entities (’books’) included in any project will become, in effect, a project ‘library’.


During the planning and initiation stages this commonality between textual narrative and cost plan is extremely useful and creates a significant interoperability advantage to designers, planners and particularly to the client who (who is not always being fully conversant with construction). All will very easily be able to clearly understand and relate what is planned to be spent, against what is to be received.