UK’s national standard for engineering drawings is now all BS 8888:2017

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The BSI aims to stick a small rocket up the UK industry to move it over more fully to the ISO system of geometrical product specification

BSI, the British standards company, has revised BS 8888:2017 – Technical product documentation and specification.

I know… it’s been a long day, but stick with this…

The latest version explains the way in which engineering drawings outline and present these specifications, and covers all of the symbology and information that engineers and designers need to include on their drawings, whether they are produced in 2D or in 3D, created using CAD systems and 3D modelling.
BS 8888 defines the requirements for the technical specification of products and their component parts, providing the information engineers need on a regular basis, including the nuts and bolts of engineering specification.

The aim is to stick a small rocket up the UK industry to move it over more fully to the ISO system of geometrical product specification, and is based on the ISO GPS system of product specification standards.

BS 8888 brings together all international standards needed to prepare technical product specifications, assisting UK industry to use the 200 or more international standards on documentation, specification, and verification.


“BS 8888 is the descendent of the world’s original engineering drawing standard, BS 308, and the revised standard is aimed at engineers who were trained using BS 308 as well as new users,” yawned Dan Palmer, head of market development for manufacturing and services.

“The benefits of BS 8888 include improved productivity, reduced costs, and enhanced quality. For industry, this can mean fewer disputes over compliance or noncompliance of components, reduced scrap and re-works rates, and fewer queries due to incomplete specifications.”

Leading UK organisations such as Airbus, Sellafield, Jaguar Land Rover, and BAE Systems are all represented on the committee responsible for BS 8888 and represent the typical target markets for the standard.

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