The ouput of the concept design phase always includes a concept layout in CAD form, as well as all the necessary information required for the subsequent preliminary design phase.
The concept design process typically commences with a kick-off meeting, to formalise the concept requirements. Development of the control and safety concept is followed by the creation of a preliminary mathematical model, which establishes baseline loading information for selection of critical components. The concept is then developed by considering the system layout and reviewing the availability and capability of key design driving components. After this, a draft Concept Design Specification document is prepared, which provides both a detailed description and a CAD model of the initial system layout. These are formally reviewed with the client, before finalisation of the Concept Design Specification, which includes: