Quality Assurance/Quality Control: Alternative Approaches to Reduce Failures

by James M. Hinckley, James M. Hinckley Associates, Warwick, NY, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Forensic Engineering: Learning from Failures


Efforts to achieve quality on construction projects usually center around code-compliant design, thorough specifications, and careful inspection. The alarming increase in both the frequency and severity of construction problems, abnormal structural behavior, and partial or total collapse indicates that these commonly employed measures are inadequate to insure quality. An efficient and comprehensive program of Quality Assurance and Quality Control employs a number of specialized techniques adapted for each stage of Design/Construction from Concept through Certificate of Occupancy. In this 'stem to stern' approach, the Owner is assured of getting a structure whose Design incorporates Construction realities and whose Construction methods comport with those assumed during Design.

Subject Headings: Construction methods | Quality control | Failure analysis | Structural behavior | Risk management | Structural analysis | Building codes | Structural failures

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