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What Is the Relationship between Industrial Design and Construction?

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The relationship between industrial design and construction is derived from the fact that industrial design is a precursor of industrial construction. That is to say that the concept developed during the industrial design process will be carried out during the construction phase of the project. Every construction project must first of all start with a design phase where the plan for the construction will be laid out in a clear format in order to give the various building and construction professionals a visual with which to work. This link between industrial design and construction can be seen in the drawing of a plan for a construction project, detailing the various proposed attributes of the end product.

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Bearing in mind that industrial design involves the unification of the creative or artistic and technical talents of the industrial designers, any construction project must necessarily involve some form of application of creativity and technical skills in order to achieve the reality of the construction. An example of the application of industrial design and construction can be seen in the case of constructing a refinery where the different attributes of the project will be considered by the designer in order to come up with a unique design that will be specific to the project under consideration. In such a case, an analysis of the site on which the proposed construction will occur will be made by the designer based on the result of a comprehensive site survey. After this has been done, the designer will consider other factors, such as the available construction materials, the scope of the budget allocated to the construction project, and other related factors in order to come up with a proposed design.

This design will usually be in the form of a model, simulating a prototype for a product and further showing the link between industrial design and construction. That is to say that if the project were to be the designing of a specific consumer product, the industrial designer will use a prototype to show a realistic visual of the design. In the same sense, the model of the finished construction project will be a visual with which the designer can show the clients what the proposed construction project will look like after the construction has been completed. At this stage, if there is any dissatisfaction with any part of the plan, the clients and the designer will work together to make any feasible alterations in order to arrive at the final design for the construction project.

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