Construction Quality, An Institute

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Hart, Roger D.   (1989, ASQC)   Robert D. Hart Associates, Hopedale, MA

Annual Quality Congress, Toronto, Ontario, Canada    Vol. 43    No. 0
QICID: 3589    May 1989    pp. 333-338
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Article Abstract

The construction industry continues to reevaluate innovative approaches to improving quality. It is becoming very clear that new ideas are making an established industry in the United States reassess its Quality Activities. The cost of quality, litigation, mistakes, and competition are making it imperative that this happen soon.

The Construction Technical Committee (CTC) of ASQC is sponsoring a new Institute For Construction Quality (ICQ) at the University of Lowell in Lowell, Massachusetts aimed at being a focal point for the following:

  1. Construction Quality training.
  2. Construction Quality information.
  3. Construction Quality guidelines.
  4. Construction Quality research and development.
Innovative and new approaches have been implemented at the institute that have included the application of Management Decision Analysis, Quality Cost Analysis, the Application of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Statistical Concepts, Dr. Deming Concepts, and numerous other concepts including Japanese Quality. CTC's first text entitled, "Quality Management in the Constructed Project" has been the central point of the Institute's effort.

The construction industry as a whole is continuing to evolve in the area of Quality Improvement techniques, and significant strides remain to be achieved. Many owner, developers, architects, engineers, constructors, and subcontractors are rethinking traditional approaches to such subjects as Quality Assurance, Quality Control, Vendor Surveillance, Inspection and Test. The significant savings that can be achieved through new Construction Quality Management techniques has made recent momentum in the industry happen. The new and technically complex construction projects have mandated the increasing utilization of these quality enhancement techniques.

A few companies in construction are now investing in good quality rather than paying for poor Quality.

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Construction industry


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