Specification Writing

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An informative one day training course on specification writing and how to produce an effective, unambiguous and accurate specification.

The specification is the primary means of communication between you and your contractor. It is one of the most important documents you write. A bad specification means that your project is at risk of being delivered inefficiently; it will cost you more, take extra time, and you will not get the results you want.

A specification is generally the first document to be written in a project. Getting it right is a key success factor for good business.  Allowing enough time for rigorous research, planning, writing, checking and reviewing is crucial. It avoids delays and future cost escalation.

This training course has been designed for those who work in organisations that buy goods and services for their own use. It highlights the steps required in putting together a specification effectively.

It will develop your awareness of the different drafting styles and techniques that various specifications demand, whether writing for services, plant or equipment.



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Programme Overview

Sessions begin at 9:00 and finish at 17:00. Morning and afternoon coffee breaks and lunch are included in the programme.

Session 1 - Specifications for buying plant and equipment
Session 2 - Essential characteristics of specifications
Session 3 - Specifications for buying services
Session 4 - Materials specifications
Session 5 - Specifications and contracts
Session 6 - Tender assessment
Session 7 - Writing specifications


Stanley Daniels

Stanley started his career as an apprentice at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment at Harwell in Berkshire and gained an honours degree in Electronic Engineering at South Bank University London. He moved to Ferranti at Bracknell,  where he designed digital computers for naval weapons systems to be placed on board ships of the Royal Navy. He was involved in the introduction of the first integrated circuits into these computers and helped pioneer such techniques as multilayered pc boards.

In the late 1960’s he joined the Concorde project in its early stages at Bristol. While in the development team he organised and optimised the main 3000 channel Flight Test Recording System and the Accident Recorder system. Later he was involved in the marketing of advanced systems. Work on spacecraft systems included a spell with Rockwell during the tendering and proposal writing phase of the Space Shuttle programme.

He worked in the USA in Chicago where he put into production a commercial vending game machine. Novel techniques, new technology and low site maintenance were key features of this exciting venture.

Returning to the UK he set up two automotive design and prototyping factories in the Midlands, one being specifically to implement CAD and CAM techniques for vehicle design and development. Using his proposals, these companies secured strategic new customers in the UK and Europe.

Stanley has 25 years' experience as an ICE Training tutor. He has delivered specialist engineering training to organisations in a variety of industries, ranging from electricity supply, oil and gas, railways, automobile to local government. Many of his training modules contain original thoughts and fresh insights into complicated issues.

Learning Objectives
By the end of this course attendees should:
  • Appreciate the differences between functional specifications and detail specifications
  • Be able to decide on the best type of specification for your project
  • Avoid ambiguity in your specifications
  • Be able to produce complete, consistent and clear specifications
  • Minimise variations and changes, which lead to additional costs
  • Be able to select the most appropriate conditions of contract
Who Should Attend?

This training course is ideal for all those involved in the preparation of specifications for use in their own organisations, and which will be used by their organisation to purchase goods or services. Delegates will include:

  • Engineers and technicians who need to write specifications for their organisation
  • Contract and commercial managers who have to use specifications
  • Project managers who rely on properly constructed specifications for successful projects

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