Construction Inspection Responsibility from the Viewpoint of a General Contractor and Construction Manager on a GMP Project

by S. W. Goldberg, Turner Construction Co, Boston, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Preparing for Construction in the 21st Century


Absent local laws to the contrary, any member of the construction team, the Owner, Architect, or Contractor, can theoretically arrange for and provide any testing and inspection that may be required during construction. A concrete testing laboratory, for example, can and would provide service to any client who is willing to pay for his services. The decision as to who should be responsible for providing the inspection service is governed by two considerations: (1) Who should assume the liability for the inspections; and, (2) which arrangement best serves the needs of the project? In a broad sense, formal inspections are but one aspect of quality control, and the issue of assuring good quality starts long before construction begins.

Subject Headings: Construction management | Inspection | Contracts and subcontracts | Managers | Construction materials | Laboratory tests | Quality control | Owners

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