Tuesday, November 27, 2012

7 Quality Control Tips

1. Encourage those actually doing the work, not just principals, to stamp or seal documents. Responsibility and initial quality rise with the signing of plans.

2. Adopt a formal checking system, instead of relying on the experience of individuals.

3. Build into a project's schedule and budget the time and costs of review by individuals not involved with the initial design.

4. Have a final design review after all documents are prepared. Late changes can have a major impact upon quality.

5. Get people to job sites as a continual training process. This is especially important for designers and drafters working on details, and will improve the quality of their work.

6. Make sure cost estimates are accurate. Develop inhouse expertise, use an outside expert cost estimator when necessary, and continually update and check the cost of items with suppliers and contractors.

7. Assign only one project manager to see a project through from beginning to end.

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