Enhancing Quality of Construction on Nuclear Facilities

by Kenneth P. Buchert, Southern Illinois Univ-Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Engineering in Nuclear Facilities


From the author's viewpoint and the viewpoint of others, the quality of construction on both nuclear projects and many other non-nuclear projects has decreased. The trend toward recent QA and QC methods of contractors doing their own inspection has not only tended to reduce the quality of construction, but also has discouraged qualified inspectors from accepting positions where this type of QA and QC is practiced. In addition, the methods have decreased the desired interaction between design engineers and construction management. The paper contains detailed recommendations on how the quality of construction can be enhanced on nuclear projects. It is also shown that construction quality must be obtained by different methods than those used to obtain manufacturing quality.

Subject Headings: Construction methods | Construction management | Quality control | Project management | Contracts and subcontracts | Inspection | Management methods | Nuclear power

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