In order to establish an accurate scope of work, we have devised a questionnaire to get all the data concerning the type of process, structural requirements, machinery layout, material handling systems, site conditions, etc. from our clients and their consultants. The process requirements are studied and modifications are suggested in the machinery layout to suit site conditions and economise on the structural grid. This reduces rework and alterations during construction and avoids Extra Items. The Architect’s active role in planning at this stage is a fundamental factor in reducing cost and time overruns.