Quality Control in Construction

by W. O. Hiltabidle, Jr.,
Bradford N. Clark,
Charles E. Schaffner,
John Nelson Linn,
Ralph E. De Simone,
Arnold H. Vollmer,
Elmer B. Isaak,
Leslie D. Long,
Richard Q. Praeger,
Hal W. Hunt,

Serial Information: Journal of the Construction Division, 1965, Vol. 91, Issue 1, Pg. 141-178

Document Type: Journal Paper


All panelists at the Symposium agreed on the need for controlling quality, but there were several different points of view as to method. The prime responsibility of contractors and material manufacturers in providing a quality product was acknowledged, but the degree of professional control needed to secure the desired standards was a matter for discussion. Emphasis was placed on the initial need for competent design and a clear set of plans and specifications. On-site inspection by qualified personnel is indispensable to assure quality; reliance on inspection by governmental regulatory agencies is not sufficient to protect the owner. The architect or engineer bears the principal responsibility for assuring quality, both in the construction and design phases. Serious efforts should be made to provide an adequate supply of trained inspectors. A summary of discussion from the floor is provided.

Subject Headings: Quality control | Construction management | Inspection | Contractors and subcontractors | Material properties | Licensure and certification | Government | Aging (material)

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