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Anyone here involved in the management of architectural projects?

I'd be interested in knowing what methods you use, software (including revision management, if applicable), discipline, etc.

At my place of work, we don't use any particular method for project management. We use AutoCAD (currently 2004, supposed to be updated to 2006 shortly), and Synergis Adept for revision management. Other than that, its entirely up to each PM/Designer/Whatever to choose how they will do things. I find this to be entirely too loose a process.

So, if anyone has any input, I'd love to know what you do and how you do it! :)

Mark's picture

I have not, but I can recommend Scott Berkun's book. You can find it here on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Art-Project-Management-Scott-Berkun/dp/0596007868/...

Based on your question, you'll love his intro - he talks about projects NOT just being software.

Project Management is Project Management:

[b]Who [/b]does [b]What [/b]by [b]When[/b]?

thaGUma's picture

Hi, I'm an Architect/PM. The key is to keep it simple as the creative guys are resistant to process that isn't pretty.

I only have one rule. Any changes means a new revision number, a clear description of the revision on the drawing (or front of any written specification) and an updated document record. The document record itself is something intially created by the Architect responsible for planning the job.

If possible get admin/secretarial to control the issue of documents. They sort out the letters/e-mails and can record and update record sheets.

When anyone reveiws the drawing/doc the revision notes are the first point to review. Nothing else. As long as everyone is clear that this is how reviews are carried out then reviewing others work is quick and simple. Externally, contractors and QS/estimators will kiss your feet.

Good Luck.

sholden's picture

BTW ... Scott Berkun was at eTech 2007 and gave a presentation on his new book Myths of Innovation.

http://www.amazon.com/Myths-Innovation-Scott-Berkun/dp/0596527055/ref=pd...

The presentation was very good. You can see my notes posted to Grazr:

http://www.grazr.com/read/sholden/ETech_2007.opml

It was the last session on Tuesday.

Steve

iandstanley's picture

[quote="CuCullin"]Anyone here involved in the management of architectural projects?

I'd be interested in knowing what methods you use, software (including revision management, if applicable), discipline, etc.[/quote]

Not a construction PM - however, I did a good look around a while ago around the UK's Office of Goverment Commerce sites and found a Construction

Documents are based around the assumption that you will be using Prince2 but a lot of the documents will have fairly portable information

Main construction link
[url]http://www.ogc.gov.uk/ppm_documents_construction.asp[/url]

Free PDF downloads on Construction projects!

[url]http://www.ogc.gov.uk/documents/CP0071AEManagersChecklist.pdf[/url]
[url]http://www.ogc.gov.uk/documents/CP0060AEConstructionPocketbook.pdf[/url]

The OGC site has a large number of other FREE tools and books on project management, risk management and many others