QUALITY ASSURANCE THROUGH COMPUTERS

A sound quality assurance program is one that must be capable of providing information to users and not just data. It is information prepared from analysis of data that is important. Such information should be provided rapidly, economically, and efficiently. Such information flow can only be accomplished through the use of computers. However, a necessary prerequisite to this flow or feedback of information is its availability at a centralized location, namely, computor files. This residence requirement further mandates a fast data-entry system on on-going operations. Louisiana's Material Test (MATT) data-reporting system comes close to satisfying the requirements of a user-oriented quality assurance feedback system. The system is an on-line computer-based system through which data generated on construction projects can be entered, corrected, updated, deleted, and retrieved through the department's terminal network system. The system, which has been in operation since the early part of 1978, is capable of providing information not only to those responsible for monitoring the construction projects but also to those involved in the planning, design, evaluation, research, and maintenance of pavement systems. Specific examples of the application of the computerized system related to quality assurance are presented in the paper. An overview of the system, with respect to design, development, hardware, and software, is also discussed. The paper emphasizes the need for a computerized quality assurance system as a subsystem of the overall pavement management system. (Author)

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: pp 10-16
  • Monograph Title: Computer Aids and Statistics in Quality Assurance
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00319327
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309030544
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Oct 27 1980 12:00AM