BSI publishes PP 8888-1, a guide to BS 8888:2006

11 October 2007

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BSI British Standards has published PP 8888-1, A guide for schools and colleges to BS 8888:2006, Technical Product Specification. As its name suggests, the guide is aimed primarily at teachers of design and technology and students of applied engineering or manufacturing at GCSE, GNVQ or Advanced VCE level - but it could also be of interest to practicing designers and draughtsmen.

The guide explains how to ensure that design concepts conform to current international technical drawing practices through the use of general principles, indications of dimensions and the employment of technical product documentation and specifications as specified in BS 8888:2006. BSI says this demonstration of effective communication tools between designers, manufacturers and quality managers will help prepare students for the real world of commerce and provide relevance to their everyday studies.

Sections of the guide cover all the main areas contained in current syllabi, such as orthographic layouts, dimensioning, sectioning, assembled views, exploded views and part lists. All examples are taken from BS 8888:2006.

PP 8888-1 contains the following:

  • Design brief; function; specifications
  • Orthographic layouts
  • Dimensioning and sectioning
  • Assembled views, exploded views and parts lists
  • An introduction to communicating product design
  • Layout of drawing; line work; lettering; numerals; style
  • Projection and presentation method
  • Representing standard components
  • Dimensioning of technical drawings
  • Glossary

Phil Childs, Chairman of the BSI Technical Committee responsible for Technical Product Specifications, says: "PP 8888-1 provides an insight into the requirements of BS 8888 so that both students and teachers can understand the rudiments of technical drawing. It should help show why it is necessary to convey the engineer's intent in a consistent pictorial manner so that both the maker and verifier of the component can understand it."

ISBN: 978 0 580 50868 4.

Price: £25 or £75 for a pack of five (plus P&P).

For the full list of contents, preface and sample chapter please visit

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