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Construction Quality System:


In evaluating the construction management program, consideration should be given to Customer emphasis areas and the observations and findings of similar programs. This evaluation should be incorporated in the risk assessment procedures. As appropriate, the risk assessment should provide for evaluating various phases of the program on a regular basis. Program areas where no major problems exist may not require detailed review. Major problems and those where insufficient information is available for drawing conclusions are candidates for review.

A fundamental component of construction program management is an understanding of contract administration and construction quality. Contract administration is broadly defined as taking a project specification and producing a desired end product. Construction quality management involves traditional quality assurance measures employed to control and verify construction, material and product quality. It also encompasses broader topics of continuous quality improvement. For instance, optimization of decision-making processes, innovative contracting practices for enhancing quality, performance feedback mechanisms, specification improvements and design refinements.

Quality construction is critical to a successful construction program.

Completed construction projects represent tangible products that ultimately define the success of construction projects based on the level of delivered quality. This may include a variety of issues, such as safety characteristics, operational efficiency during and after construction, materials quality and long-term durability, and financial value. Effective construction quality management applications can provide the Customer with confidence that completed construction work meets the objectives for success.

Quality assurance (QA) is the systematic process necessary to ensure the quality of a product. This all-encompassing term includes quality control, acceptance, independent assurance, dispute resolution and the use of qualified laboratories and personnel.

Construction Quality Control Development

Generally, discussion of the basic who, what, where, when and how should comprise three to six pages. Include an additional two to four pages of detailed information for each major category of work. This does not include supplemental materials such as Subcontractor and Supplier plans, certifications, test data, and personnel resumes. Also, the construction quality system should not contain repetitions of contract specifications and meaningless platitudes from quality textbooks.

No matter how much detail is in the plan, it can always be argued that more could be or should be included.

Construction Quality System Overview

The following construction quality system contents are intended to serve as a generic tool to assist in preparing complete and useful QC plans. Each section addresses a major QC Plan item, for instance:

  • Terms and Definitions (optional)
  • 1.0 Applicable Specifications
  • 2.0 Quality Control Organization
  • 3.0 Quality Control Laboratories
  • 4.0 Materials Control
  • 5.0 Quality Control Sampling and Testing
  • 6.0 Production Facility Management
  • 7.0 Field Management
  • 8.0 Acceptance of Work (optional)
  • 9.0 Other Relevant Contractor QC Plans
  • Appendices

QC Plans for other projects can be developed following the above format.

The level of detailed information in any QC Plan will obviously change depending upon the size and complexity of the individual construction project. The above content is designed as a template and guide.

Note: Every QC plan should include examples of forms and reports that the Company will use to document and report the results of QC monitoring, which can appear as appendices in the QC plan. The forms and reports may differ from plan to plan depending on the type of project – for example:

  • Control Charts Used for Materials Placement
  • Material Source Characterization Sampling and Testing Forms
  • Project Drawings List
  • Standard Inspection Report Forms for Field Quality Control
  • Standard Inspection Report Forms for Production Quality Control
  • Standard Test Report Forms
  • Weekly Schedule of Materials Placement Operations
  • Weekly Schedule of Production Operations

Each QC plan should include samples of forms and reports that are appropriate to the project type.