Construction Inspection in South Carolina

by David W. Lewis, South Carolina Dept of Highways and, Public Transportation, Columbia, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Preparing for Construction in the 21st Century


The paper will discuss the experience of the South Carolina Department of Transportation in the use of consulting engineering firms on bridge construction projects. A review of the current management system is provided. The question of who should provide construction inspection services has existed in some form since the beginning of the construction industry. As with other engineering problems, there is not one answer, but there are several solutions which will yield adequate results. This paper does not attempt to consider all of the possible solutions to the problem. It will present the experience of one state's transportation department. The South Carolina Department of Highways and Public Transportation, like many other similar agencies, experienced significant growth during the construction of the interstate system followed by a reduction in size as the construction load relaxed. Due to constraints placed on staff size and growth by the state personnel system, the Department lost the ability to react to increases in work load both in the design office and on the construction site.

Subject Headings: Inspection | Infrastructure construction | Construction sites | Consulting services | Systems management | Construction companies | Highway transportation | Traffic signs | South Carolina | United States

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