A quality control plan audit for a construction project is the “check” part of the “Plan-Do-Check-Act” (PDCA) process. The purpose of the audit is to see whether your quality plan is working as intended. The best quality plan on paper isn’t a lot of good if it isn’t implemented correctly.
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It may be tempting to let the form-filling, i-dotting and t-crossing lapse when it comes to qualifying your construction quality personnel, but there are many reasons why making the process formal and not relying on your own undocumented knowledge and gut instincts is a very good idea.
The first step in ensuring quality construction after a new contract has been awarded is to set up your quality control team (or quality assurance team, which ever you'd prefer). This consists of management personnel reporting to the head office (via the president or a vice president, depending on your company organization).
The first job of the quality management team is to design a construction quality plan for your project. Your plan has two goals. First, it should explain the company’s QA/QC policies. Second, it should identify any requirements that are unique to the project and the procedures for making both the general and the specific policies work.
While exactly what is in the quality plan will vary from project to project, there are some common elements.
1. Responsibilities of all personnel with regard to quality.
Do you know enough about what's happening on your construction jobsite to improve quality, reduce rework, decrease build time, and lower construction costs? If you're like most senior managers, you don't.
A construction inspection checklist (also known as an inspection form) is like a road map. Both are condensed, thumbnail sketches of the real world … incomplete but highly useful. A road map can’t show every trail, tree, hill and house … If it did, it wouldn’t be useful. They are memory aids and save brainpower. Inspection checklists forms are much the same.
So you're the person who's been asked to write a quality plan — In this article, I’ll take you through a step-by-step process that will help you write your project-specific quality plan.
When most construction quality managers hear the words “corrective action plan,” they think of a big screw up that they’ve got to fix. They also figure it’s going to cost their company money and affect their production schedule.