Technical Documentation

Our Technical Documentation Team is expert in creating the clear and accurate technical publications essential in maximising the effectiveness and efficiency of any equipment or system. Our expertise encompasses the production of operation and maintenance manuals and training instructions to recognised standards including ASD S1000D and JSP (D) 543.

A Land Rover with Weapon Mounted Installation Kit (WMIK)

CDS can write and create technical documentation in any format to suit customer needs. Our security cleared staff are available to work on your premises or from CDS’ secure facility.

CDS has proven experience in the following:

  • AESP Army Equipment Support Publications
  • DAvP 70 Digital Aviation Publications
  • Def Stan 02-40 Royal Navy Books of Reference
  • Electronic Documentation (in accordance with JSP 886)
  • Interactive Electronic Technical Publications / Manuals (IETPs and IETMs)
  • Illustrated Parts Catalogues (IPCs) and Illustrated Parts Lists (IPLs)
  • Component Maintenance Manuals (CMMs)
  • Aircraft Maintenance Manuals (AMMs)
  • Repair Manuals
  • Final Assembly & Delivery (FA&D) Instructions

All publications may be displayed on a variety of devices such as smartphones, iPads, Notebooks and PCs and can be delivered in the customer’s preferred format, whether that be online, removable media or as printed material.


A MAN tanker truck is pictured at the British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS).

Read our news story about our recent successful delivery of the full suite of Army Equipment Support Publications (AESPs), on time and budget, now being used to operate, maintain and support the MAN Truck and Bus SV fleet worldwide.

Technical Authoring

Drawing from a large and versatile team, our technical authors take a proactive approach to the production of our clients’ documentation. This is achieved by engaging with all relevant stakeholders including project designers, engineers and the end user. This approach ensures that the resulting documentation provides the best possible experience for its target audience.

Technical Illustrating

Illustrated Parts Catalogue Example

Our dedicated technical illustrators are able to take information from a variety of sources including engineering notes, drawings and CAD data. Using a variety of import/export tools, our illustrators are well versed in extracting 3D modelling source data and presenting it in the required file format.

Tech Docs On-Line (TDOL)

Through its dedicated RLI terminals, CDS is able to manage all your technical documentation requirements residing on the MoD’s TDOL system.

Technical Documentation Management and Distribution

CDS can provide a total documentation management service including: hosting source information, version control, updates, amendments and issue to users.

Working from our government-accredited secure premises, CDS can manage and distribute documentation up to Top Secret.


All our translators are native speakers, with the appropriate technical background to fully understand your product and accurately translate complex technical information.

Documentation Conversion

CDS’ scanning team converts legacy paper documentation to an easily searchable electronic format. Conversely, we specialise in the transformation of S1000D XML Data Modules to hard copy documents which comply with prevailing military standards.

CDS has a dedicated scanning department which can convert existing paper documentation to electronic format, including classified information. This service can be carried out either at CDS or at the customer’s premises. (Click here to find out more).


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