Alternative Construction Quality Assurance Programs

by Weston T. Hester, (A.M.ASCE), Asst. Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Univ. of California, Berkeley, Calif.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Construction Division, 1979, Vol. 105, Issue 3, Pg. 187-199

Document Type: Journal Paper


Expanded governmental regulation of the construction industry and increased disputes over professional liability are contributing to a rapid expansion in construction Quality Assurance (Q/A) programs. Recent developments that have contributed to the more widespread use of construction Q/A programs are briefly reviewed. Q/A programs initiated and developed by project designers, by specialized consultants, by owners, and by contractors are identified and examined. Alternative types of Q/A programs, their potential benefits and limitations, and their common applications are reviewed.

Subject Headings: Construction management | Quality control | Government | Construction industry | Dispute resolution | Liability | Consulting services | Owners

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