END RESULT TESTING: THE DEBATE HEATS UP

Depending on individual viewpoint, statistically-oriented end result specifications (SOERS) are either a practical economy device suited to present day realities, or another costly addition to the paperwork jungle. But, like them or not, the prospect of continued tight highway dollars may force everyone involved to accept SOERS eventually. Virtually all state highway/transportation departments have already tinkered with this new approach to quality control testing of road construction, according to unofficial estimates, and about half are really familiar with the method. Some 10% of the states are said to be well along the way to using them on a widespread basis. The controversy stems from the fact that with SOERS contractors handle most quality control testing. Highway departments monitor the construction process by way of a statistical reporting system, accept work within tolerable ranges, and adjust payments to contractors based on the amount of deviation from the optimum. Actual implementation of SOERS have varied from state to state.

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  • Accession Number: 00178086
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 12 1978 12:00AM