HIGHWAY DESIGN AND QUALITY - A LOCAL AUTHORITY VIEWPOINT

This article outlines the implications of the impending new European Community requirements for Quality Assurance (QA) and Quality Management, with particular reference to the design services work of Highway Authorities offices. The following points are made: (i) QA is here to stay. All goods and services will be required by European legislation to conform in some way to this concept; (ii) Providers of goods and services to the Highway Authorities should seek third party certification as soon as possible; (iii) Local Highway authorities should develop their present advantages in being able to "Quality Manage" their projects from start to finish including feedback of performance and safety audit; (iv) In setting up QA design systems Highway Authorities, designers and Client's representatives should jointly write procedures in a way that not only ensures the quality of the documentation but also ensures the required quality of highway performance in terms of maintenance and safety; (v) All QA systems and Quality Management processes should be monitored through an efficient computer based system which can identify the costs of achieving the required quality in comparison with the savings in construction, maintenance and performance costs, and (vi) Quality systems must not be bureaucratic. Every effort should be made to avoid the generation of paperwork.

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    INSTITUTION OF HIGHWAYS & TRANSPORTATION

    6 ENDSLEIGH STREET
    LONDON,   United Kingdom  WC1H 0DZ
  • Authors:
    • Braithwaite, J J
  • Publication Date: 1990-5

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 19-21
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00606479
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1991 12:00AM