Quality in construction: the long-term owner's needs: the necessary policy and management actions

This paper discusses the general principles that can assure road projects conform to specification. The principles are general, but it is a bridge engineers perspective on quality. It assumes the road authority is capable of selecting a contractor who is technically competent to do the job, and the detailed specifications to guide the contractor are in the contract documents. This paper focuses on the responsibilities and actions of the road authority to ensure they are delivered the quality they specified. The supply chain for a bridge can be through five or six organisations. Quality of intermediate products will not be assured by a contract between a road authority and a contractor. The road authority needs to monitor quality issues in casting yards, concrete suppliers, cement, aggregate and steel suppliers, and others. Unless care is taken, the certificate of compliance to a standard may be worthless. It takes effort and expertise and a long term systematic approach. The wealth of a community can be very adversely effected by poor quality basic infrastructure. (a) For the covering entry of this conference, please see ITRD abstract no. E211602.


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  • Accession Number: 01011241
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0855886986
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 19 2005 2:56PM