In Russia, there are three stages to the design engineering process:

  • Preliminary design study;
  • Project design;
  • Working documentation.

In recent years, project design (Stage P) has taken on particular significance. Demands placed on the depth of research into technical solutions have increased substantially. If the object of the design engineering process is subject to either government or non-government expert approval, this will be undertaken at this stage.

The official regulatory document is the «Regulation on the composition of sections of project documentation and requirements for their content» (ratified by Russian Federation Government Regulation №87 of 16 February 2008).

The project stage has become so important that oversight of construction from state bodies is based on the documentation produced at this stage. The slightest departure from its content will result in the need to start the approval process anew. This is particularly «painful» where it involves safety-critical facilities, as re-approval may delay construction work by anything from 4 to 9 months.

The number and content of the sections within project documentation varies for production-related and non-production-related capital construction objects, and for standard-design capital construction objects. For the former, 12 sections are required, and for the latter, 10.

Drawing up the «Construction management brief» and «Estimate for construction of capital construction objects» sections is mandatory only for capital construction objects financed either wholly or partially from relevant budgets. In all other cases it is up to the client as to which sections are filled in and how, and this information is shown in the design brief.

Morstroytechnology’s specialists have extensive experience in drawing up and gaining approval for project documentation.