System for Control of Construction Quality

by Roland M. Parsons, Resident Engr.; Ebasco Services Inc., New York, NY,

Serial Information: Journal of the Construction Division, 1972, Vol. 98, Issue 1, Pg. 21-36

Document Type: Journal Paper


A methodology is proposed for defining and accomplishing the quality control tasks required on regulated heavy construction projects. The system receives input in the form of objectives of the owner, designer and constructor, together with social pressures in the form of building codes and construction permit stipulations. A quality control matrix is presented as a device for digesting and presenting these requirements. A linear responisbility chart is offered as a convenient technique for describing the delegation of resopnsibility and authority. Management tools in the form of a Quality Control Manual, procedures, inspection manuals, and subsystem flow diagrams are suggested for use in carrying out the day-to-day business of administering the quality control effort. The system seeks to present a method for determining the optimum approach for achieving a balanced total construction quality control effort.

Subject Headings: Control systems | Construction methods | Construction management | Quality control | Building codes | Owners | Social factors | Permits

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