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MODULE 2: IDENTIFYING THE QUALITY CONTROL PLAN

November 10, 2021

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”18988″ img_size=”full”][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Identifying Your Plan” main_heading_color=”#1e73be” sub_heading_color=”#595959″ alignment=”left” main_heading_font_family=”font_family:Roboto|font_call:Roboto|variant:700″ main_heading_style=”font-weight:700;” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:22px;” sub_heading_font_family=”font_family:Roboto|font_call:Roboto|variant:500″ sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:16px;” sub_heading_line_height=”desktop:18px;” sub_heading_style=”font-weight:500;”]Obtaining quality construction is a combined responsibility of the construction contractor and the government. Their mutual goal must be a quality product conforming to the contract requirements. A cooperative and professional working relationship should be established in order to realize this common goal.

The contract documents establish the quality required in a project to be constructed. Contracting officers are responsible for assuring the contract documents clearly define the quality of materials and workmanship required for a project and that construction contractors comply with the contract documents and produce the required product.

Contractors are responsible for executing their Plan to schedule, control, and assure the end product quality.[/ultimate_heading][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1636651085826{border-top-width: 2px !important;border-right-width: 2px !important;border-bottom-width: 2px !important;border-left-width: 2px !important;background-color: #c5e0dc !important;border-left-color: #004f9e !important;border-left-style: solid !important;border-right-color: #004f9e !important;border-right-style: solid !important;border-top-color: #004f9e !important;border-top-style: solid !important;border-bottom-color: #004f9e !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;border-radius: 2px !important;}”][vc_column][ultimate_heading main_heading_color=”#1e73be” sub_heading_color=”#595959″ alignment=”left” main_heading_font_family=”font_family:Roboto|font_call:Roboto|variant:700″ main_heading_style=”font-weight:700;” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:22px;” sub_heading_font_family=”font_family:Roboto|font_call:Roboto|variant:500″ sub_heading_style=”font-weight:500;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:16px;” sub_heading_line_height=”desktop:18px;”]The goal of the Contractor and the Corps of Engineers should be to provide a quality product to our customers on time and within budget.

ER 1180-l-6, Construction Quality Management, requires the inclusion of CEGS-01451, Contractor Quality Control, in all contracts over $1,OOO, OOO. This specification section details how the contractor will control his construction activities and obtain the quality he contracted for. It requires him to submit a quality control (QC) plan detailing how he intends to comply with the contract. A good detailed QC plan will help us achieve quality construction and the Contractor QCS module will help accelerate and unify that plan.[/ultimate_heading][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][ultimate_heading main_heading=”a. Description of the Quality Control Organization” main_heading_color=”#1e73be” sub_heading_color=”#595959″ alignment=”left” main_heading_font_family=”font_family:Roboto|font_call:Roboto|variant:700″ main_heading_style=”font-weight:700;” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:22px;” sub_heading_font_family=”font_family:Roboto|font_call:Roboto|variant:500″ sub_heading_style=”font-weight:500;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:16px;” sub_heading_line_height=”desktop:18px;”]This is a description of each title and role in the QC Organization as well as a QC Organization Chart.[/ultimate_heading][vc_empty_space height=”22px”][ultimate_heading main_heading=”b. Persons Assigned a CQC Function” main_heading_color=”#1e73be” sub_heading_color=”#595959″ alignment=”left” main_heading_font_family=”font_family:Roboto|font_call:Roboto|variant:700″ main_heading_style=”font-weight:700;” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:22px;” sub_heading_font_family=”font_family:Roboto|font_call:Roboto|variant:500″ sub_heading_style=”font-weight:500;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:16px;” sub_heading_line_height=”desktop:18px;”]Names and Titles of the persons assigned a QC Role in #1[/ultimate_heading][vc_empty_space height=”22px”][ultimate_heading main_heading=”c. Qualifications of CQC Personnel” main_heading_color=”#1e73be” sub_heading_color=”#595959″ alignment=”left” main_heading_font_family=”font_family:Roboto|font_call:Roboto|variant:700″ main_heading_style=”font-weight:700;” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:22px;” sub_heading_font_family=”font_family:Roboto|font_call:Roboto|variant:500″ sub_heading_style=”font-weight:500;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:15px;” sub_heading_line_height=”desktop:18px;”]Resumes and certifications of those in the QC Organization (CQCS Manager, Superintendent, Submittal Clerk, Alternate CQCS Manager, etc.)[/ultimate_heading][vc_empty_space height=”22px”][ultimate_heading main_heading=”d. Delegation Letter to the CQC System Manager” main_heading_color=”#1e73be” sub_heading_color=”#595959″ alignment=”left” main_heading_font_family=”font_family:Roboto|font_call:Roboto|variant:700″ main_heading_style=”font-weight:700;” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:22px;” sub_heading_font_family=”font_family:Roboto|font_call:Roboto|variant:500″ sub_heading_style=”font-weight:500;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:16px;” sub_heading_line_height=”desktop:18px;”]This letter delegates authority to the CQC System Manager and is signed and dated by the CQC System Manager and the Prime Contractor.[/ultimate_heading][vc_empty_space height=”22px”][ultimate_heading main_heading=”e. Procedures for Scheduling, Reviewing, Certifying, and Managing Submittals” main_heading_color=”#1e73be” sub_heading_color=”#595959″ alignment=”left” main_heading_font_family=”font_family:Roboto|font_call:Roboto|variant:700″ main_heading_style=”font-weight:700;” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:22px;” sub_heading_font_family=”font_family:Roboto|font_call:Roboto|variant:500″ sub_heading_style=”font-weight:500;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:16px;” sub_heading_line_height=”desktop:18px;”]The contractor must show how they plan to manage the submittals required by the contract. These QC procedures must show who is responsible for the review and approval of all submittals for the contractor, including those from subcontractors, offsite fabricators, and suppliers. Note that the individual signing for the contractor is certifying that the submittal meets all contract requirements. If too many submittals sent to the government are not in compliance, then it is that individual who should be either retrained or replaced.[/ultimate_heading][vc_empty_space height=”22px”][ultimate_heading main_heading=”f. Control, Verification, and Acceptance Testing Procedures” main_heading_color=”#1e73be” sub_heading_color=”#595959″ alignment=”left” main_heading_font_family=”font_family:Roboto|font_call:Roboto|variant:700″ main_heading_style=”font-weight:700;” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:22px;” sub_heading_font_family=”font_family:Roboto|font_call:Roboto|variant:500″ sub_heading_style=”font-weight:500;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:16px;” sub_heading_line_height=”desktop:18px;”]The QC plan must identify all control, verification and acceptance testing procedures for each specific test. It shall list the test name, specification paragraph number requiring test, feature of work to be tested, test frequency and the person responsible for each test. It is noted that if the contractor uses a commercial testing lab, the Corps must approve it. If the contractor intends to set up his own lab, then this must also be inspected and approved by the Corps.[/ultimate_heading][vc_empty_space height=”22px”][ultimate_heading main_heading=”g. Inspections” main_heading_color=”#1e73be” sub_heading_color=”#595959″ alignment=”left” main_heading_font_family=”font_family:Roboto|font_call:Roboto|variant:700″ main_heading_style=”font-weight:700;” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:22px;” sub_heading_font_family=”font_family:Roboto|font_call:Roboto|variant:500″ sub_heading_style=”font-weight:500;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:16px;” sub_heading_line_height=”desktop:18px;”]Any inspections required by the contract. Check the specifications for what is called “Special Inspections” as well.[/ultimate_heading][vc_empty_space height=”22px”][ultimate_heading main_heading=”h. Tracking Procedures” main_heading_color=”#1e73be” sub_heading_color=”#595959″ alignment=”left” main_heading_font_family=”font_family:Roboto|font_call:Roboto|variant:700″ main_heading_style=”font-weight:700;” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:22px;” sub_heading_font_family=”font_family:Roboto|font_call:Roboto|variant:500″ sub_heading_style=”font-weight:500;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:16px;” sub_heading_line_height=”desktop:18px;”]The QC plan must describe a procedure for tracking construction deficiencies from initial identification thru correction. It is noted that establishment of the procedures does no good unless the contractor is required to implement and maintain them.[/ultimate_heading][vc_empty_space height=”22px”][ultimate_heading main_heading=”i. Reporting Procedures” main_heading_color=”#1e73be” sub_heading_color=”#595959″ alignment=”left” main_heading_font_family=”font_family:Roboto|font_call:Roboto|variant:700″ main_heading_style=”font-weight:700;” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:22px;” sub_heading_font_family=”font_family:Roboto|font_call:Roboto|variant:500″ sub_heading_style=”font-weight:500;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:16px;” sub_heading_line_height=”desktop:18px;”]Procedures for reporting, to include forms, must be included in the QC plan. This should include as a minimum, forms for daily QC activities, preparatory and initial meetings, control testing, final inspections and subcontractor QC activities forms.[/ultimate_heading][vc_empty_space height=”22px”][ultimate_heading main_heading=”j. Definable Features of Work List” main_heading_color=”#1e73be” sub_heading_color=”#595959″ alignment=”left” main_heading_font_family=”font_family:Roboto|font_call:Roboto|variant:700″ main_heading_style=”font-weight:700;” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:22px;” sub_heading_font_family=”font_family:Roboto|font_call:Roboto|variant:500″ sub_heading_style=”font-weight:500;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:16px;” sub_heading_line_height=”desktop:18px;”]The QC plan must also contain a list of definable features of work. There may be more than one definable feature of work in each section of the specifications. A definable feature of work is any task, which is separate and distinct from other tasks, has separate control requirements, or is identified by different trades or disciplines.[/ultimate_heading][vc_empty_space height=”22px”][ultimate_heading main_heading_color=”#1e73be” sub_heading_color=”#595959″ alignment=”left” main_heading_font_family=”font_family:Roboto|font_call:Roboto|variant:700″ main_heading_style=”font-weight:700;” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:22px;” sub_heading_font_family=”font_family:Roboto|font_call:Roboto|variant:500″ sub_heading_style=”font-weight:500;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:16px;” sub_heading_line_height=”desktop:18px;”]While these are not all of the items required to be in the contractors QC plan, they are problems noted during Design Construction Evaluations.

The easiest way to prepare and review a contractor’s QC plan is to have a copy of the contract specification section 01 45 1 available and check off each item specified after reviewing it to determine if it will aid the contractor in obtaining the quality specified. Obtaining quality construction is a joint government and contractor effort.[/ultimate_heading][vc_separator color=”blue” style=”dotted” border_width=”3″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1636655720947{border-top-width: 2px !important;border-right-width: 2px !important;border-bottom-width: 2px !important;border-left-width: 2px !important;background-color: #9eb3bf !important;border-left-color: #000000 !important;border-left-style: dotted !important;border-right-color: #000000 !important;border-right-style: dotted !important;border-top-color: #000000 !important;border-top-style: dotted !important;border-bottom-color: #000000 !important;border-bottom-style: dotted !important;border-radius: 2px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_column_text]

You’ve now completed Module 2. Go ahead and take the short Module Quiz, and the Final Exam after that. You can take the quiz and test as many times as necessary to achieve a passing score of 70% or higher. Good luck!

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