Thinking out LOUD! - Primary Intent

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Article Index
Thinking out LOUD!
Introduction
Primary Intent
Long History
'Element' Misunderstood
Use in Heavy and Civil?
Not a WBS!
Think Modular Use
Abstraction
Usage of the term 'level'
Omit Reference ID's
Think 'Planning'
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The Primary Intent of UNIFORMAT II

UNIFORMAT II and its sister classifications, and there are many in use throughout the world, are primarily written and used for Cost Management during the planning, budgeting and design phases of construction projects. Cost Management typically encompasses Cost Planning, Cost Control, and Cost Analysis.

They are not intended to be a full work breakdown structure (WBS), and are specifically directed at the construction aspects alone, but can be incorporated into a full WBS as required.  As each and every project is unique in some form or another making a range of  UNIFORMAT II classifications available as individual entities (modules) aids in the creation of truly project specific WBS’s. For that reason UNIFORMAT II classifications are developed as discrete classifications that can be used individually or together, as a package, to suit the needs of any particular project.

An important, and fundamental, consideration is that any elemental classification shall be just as usable at the commencement of planning as it is at the completion of design and construction. It is therefore specifically intended as ‘high-level’ classification.