Test, Inspections, and Hold Points: How Are You Managing Them?

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Tedaldi, Michael J.   (1998, ASQ)   Nettleship Group, New York, NY

Annual Quality Congress, Philadelphia, PA    Vol. 52    No. 0
QICID: 10677    May 1998    pp. 169-172
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Article Abstract

In the construction industry, projects are more complicated and take more time than in manufacturing. Therefore, a good test and inspection program is a necessity in construction projects. Process steps are repeated in both construction and manufacturing. But in the construction industry, the process steps may differ from project to project, and the construction environment is not as readily controllable as in manufacturing. To meet these challenges, a test and inspection program in construction should be based on written procedures and an accompanying checklist. Both should be in a quality manual. At each process step, acceptability criteria should be determined, usually by referring to contract drawings. Then it is necessary to identify when to apply the tests and inspections. These would include incoming inspections, initial phase tests and inspections, in-process tests and inspections, and the final inspection. To manage the test and inspection program, there must be a quality plan and someone responsible for its documentation. In very large projects, management of the plan could be divided into small pieces and then executed one at a time throughout the job. An alternative is to complete the entire plan before the job starts, if the job has processes that are well-defined and repeatable.

Keywords

Construction industry,Testing,Manufacturing,Inspection


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