Quality: Out of the Manual and Into the Field

by Jerome S. B. Iffland, (F.ASCE), Engr.; Iffland Kavanagh Waterbury, 1501 Broadway, New York, NY 10036,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1988, Vol. 58, Issue 5, Pg. 54-56

Document Type: Feature article


The intent of ASCE's Manual of Professional Practice for Quality in the Constructed Product, Preliminary Edition for Trial Use and Comment is to prevent failures by providing the industry with a quality guideline which engineers will be encouraged to meet and clients pushed to pay for. Because owners wish to minimize costs, most engineers find it difficult to earn back what it costs them to do a job well. The most famous failures of the last 20 years occurred because of design mistakes, construction errors, or lack of adequate inspection and maintenance programs. A structural failure is an extremely rare event. But, when it does happen, it is a reflection on the whole industry. This article highlights key points of the Quality Manual and how they should be applied for quality engineered projects.

Subject Headings: Failure analysis | Structural failures | Industries | Professional practice | Client relationships | Owners | Inspection | Maintenance

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