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building services design management pdf

This book aims to give practical and relevant information to those involved with the design management of building services. In particular it recognises the idiosyncrasies and distinct features of building services engineering that are not specifically covered in general texts on design
management – which tend to be architecturally focused. It does not provide specific guidance on how to design building services systems but it does contain direction on how to approach the management of the design.

The intended audience includes:
◼ building services engineering undergraduates, postgraduates and
their tutors.
◼ other construction-related discipline undergraduates and postgraduates and their tutors
◼ practising building services engineers who aspire to move into
design management.
◼ building services engineers who have found themselves promoted
to design managers and need some support.
◼ architecturally biased design managers seeking a better understanding
of building services engineering design management.
◼ project managers and clients in search of a better understanding of
building services engineering.

‘Purple panels’ are included to offer some light relief from the main text. These provide worked examples, further explanations or useful background information. While the book is biased towards the UK market in terms of references to terminology, legislation and working practices, the approaches are applicable to other regions. The book is to all intent and purpose about management of a process.

Yet successful design management, particularly building services engineering, needs leadership, which in turn means, good, even excellent interpersonal skills. These are about the how we communicate with, listen to, respond to, and understand others, such that problems are more accurately analysed and the corrective actions are more likely to remove the difficulty or resolve the problem, which contributes to the project’s desired outcome and leads to our personally being more successful in professional and personal lives.

In a nutshell, this is the book I wish I had had during my career in industry, as I transitioned from a building services engineer to a design manager and as a part-time lecturer covering building services design management, when I would have appreciated relevant reference material to help structure my lectures.