Design process

Understand the design process, what information should be expected in each design phase and how the procurement model and project size impacts the design approach.

The design process

The design process is typically broken down into the following design phases:

  • master planning
  • pre-concept design
  • concept design
  • schematic design
  • detailed design
  • fully documented design.

Design development across the project lifecycle

The level of design required will depend on which phase of the project lifecycle you are in, the project's size and complexity and the selected procurement model. The design will capture the requirements of key stakeholders and inform key project decision points. Design should reflect the proposed scope, program and budget and inform the preparation of documentation required to gain formal approvals before continuing to the next stage of project development.

Other design considerations

Other key considerations throughout the design process include:

  • design coordination and responsibility
  • building information modelling (BIM) for design, and
  • the Victorian Digital Asset Strategy (VDAS) and design documentation.