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If you’re overseeing a construction project, there are certain things you need to consider to ensure everything goes according to plan. Building is an important part of the development of towns, cities and other places where people need homes and places to work and structures need to be safe, secure and professionally completed.
Shelter has come a long was since trees were used in the earliest forms and today, modern architecture is advanced to accommodate the needs of society and civilisation. It is therefore essential for good quality planning to be implemented on every construction site and project to guarantee safety and the successful completion of a job.
What is construction quality control?
Construction quality refers to the measures taken to ensure a building project is completed according to the guidelines set out in the scope of work document at the beginning. It takes into consideration the expectations that come with a job and sets out what the process should be. The specifics of the process are explained and all parties should agree on the approach and how certain things will be implemented and monitored for progress. It’s important for a construction project to be well managed and run efficiently.
How do you manage quality control in construction?
For a construction quality control plan or programme to be effective, it needs to be arranged by the contractor and stuck to. First of all, a quality control plan needs to be agreed on. This is a definition of how the project’s quality will be managed throughout the process. The people responsible for meeting certain quality standards are discussed and everyone knows where they stand with regards to achieving results. The processes and procedures that will help in doing that are decided on at this point.
Next you need to establish your quality assurance process. The inspection requirements are outlined with the timings decided on and reporting methods established. Those in charge of receiving and reviewing them are also decided on as well as the process that should be carried out if standards aren’t met.
Why quality control is important in construction
There are of course many reasons why quality control in construction is important. A good quality plan ensures a building project is completed to high standards, on time and according to budget. But companies need to also comply to specifications in the construction business. A design needs to be built according to the measurements and features set out in the initial plans.
Also, while you’ll want to stick to the project’s budget as stated above, it’s important to try to keep any costs down that could disrupt and have a knock-on effect to other things if badly managed. Safety is also of utmost importance on a construction site and a professional approach to your quality plans should go without saying. Making sure your quality management system is as effective as possible comes with good planning and organization to ensure a safe and successful result.
How to write a construction quality plan
When putting together your construction quality control plan, there are certain things you should consider including. Firstly, who is going to be working on the project? You need to consider the project’s personnel and manpower. You’ll need a quality manager as your client will need to know who’s in charge. List their qualifications and why they are the best person for the job. Next, you’ll need to list all the other people who will be managing things on a day-to-day basis, your superintendents. List what this person or people’s responsibilities are in your plan too. You can present this in an organization chart.
Once you’ve set out the staff on your project, you can get onto outlining how you’ll be communicating and how regularly you’ll meet to assess progress. Explain your quality assurance surveillance plan. How regularly will you meet and how long for? What will you review? The more detail you include at this point will make it easier for you as you go down the line.
List all the subcontractors and suppliers who will be on the project. Set out and clearly state the project’s specifications so your client understands everything clearly. Have regular tests and inspections throughout your project and make sure these are stated in your plan.
You should have a contingency plan in place for the control of nonconformances. This is what you’ll do and how you’ll handle when things go wrong. Because everything can’t always go according to plan. At the end you should maybe consider a completion inspection to ensure everything has gone according to plan.
Benefits of good quality management in construction
Like many industries and sectors, having a quality management system and plan in place for your construction project is extremely beneficial. Not only will it keep the job safe and secure in terms of working within rules and regulations, it will also look after the personnel ensuring their health and wellbeing is looked after.
Another benefit of quality control in construction is to help keep things running according to schedule and the plans you have set out with the timeline being adhered to. If you’ve ever monitored a construction or building project before you’ll probably remember some being late or running behind. But having a good plan in place will help yours stay on track meaning a happy client and result to be proud of.
Finally, you’ll want to stay as close to the project’s budget as possible which a good quality plan can help you do. This relates to staff wages, building materials and contractors or outside organisations you need to draft in to help get the job done. There are of course many more benefits to employing a good quality management plan for your construction project depending on the circumstances but it will pay to invest regardless.
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