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UNIFORMAT II is a mystery to some, and its presumed simplicity has been misunderstood by others. This paper makes clear the underlying principles that guided the original (ASTM E1557), and continue to guide the development of additional, ASTM UNIFORMAT II elemental classifications. This elemental view of construction has its origins in an observed need for cost management during the planning and design phases of buildings, and it has been found to be valuable for other purposes as well. Extension of this concept into other forms of construction is following the same principles of functional classification. UNIFORMAT II classifications of construction work are unique. They do not apply the traditional trade/material classification methodology so well understood by the North American construction industry. Instead they identify, summarize, and allow control of specific, critical, and relevant functional parts, or components, without regard to any proposed design solution within an overall construction entity. In order for this to be successful, a succinct, flexible, and yet structured schema is necessary, which this paper describes. Most industry professionals specialize in their chosen industry sector. In following that general principle, the writing of discrete UNIFORMAT II classifications, tailored to entities within these sectors, is also seen as relevant and valuable. Drawn together as modules, they form an overall project, while still affording description and control at a relevant and meaningful level.
UNIFORMAT II, elemental, function, classification, construction, cost, management, control
Huxley, Anthony L.
President, A. Laurence Huxley Consulting Services Limited, ON,