Integrated Collaborative Design (ICD) represents new thinking in supply chain management derived from research which considers the flow of design information in projects and its wider effect on strategic business relationships between companies. ICD places the design processes and the management of design information at the centre of project management practice.

ICD is of value to a wide variety of organisations and individuals, from clients to specialised suppliers. It should be particularly useful if you are concerned with:


providing design information for use by others;

receiving and applying design information from others;

creating suitable frameworks to ensure design information can be used effectively in both business domain and project domain activities; or

applying design information effectively in projects.



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The Integrated Collaborative Design study, Thomas Telford and the Construction Productivity Network have recently launched Design Chains: A handbook for integrated collaborative design.