A Cost Effective Quality Control Program for Commercial Construction

by John P. Jackson, Management Analysis Co, San Diego, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Quality of Inspectors—In Search of Excellence


The construction industry recognizes the important need for a formalized quality control program to assure the safety of our structures. The successful program is one in which the owner, engineer of record and fabricator/constructor wholeheartedly endorse as an effective management tool. To be effective, however, such a program must have rigorous meaningful controls. Such control must be the minimum necessary control consistent with overall program effectiveness. The writer presents his thoughts and philosophies as to the key elements for appropriate control of quality. He addresses such issues as early management implementation, appropriate staffing levels, simple short cuts for making quality assurance an enhancement to a project, not a stumbling block.

Subject Headings: Construction costs | Quality control | Occupational safety | Structural safety | Project management | Industrial facilities | Structural control | Owners

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