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Quantifying the Effectiveness of State Quality Assurance Programs

Project Information

Project ID: 
FHWA-PROJ-09-0016
Project Status: 
Completed
Start Date: 
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
End Date: 
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
FHWA Program: 
Infrastructure
FHWA Subprogram: 
Pavement and Materials
FHWA Topics: 
Roads and Bridges--Construction and Project Management
TRT Terms: 
Specifications; Quality Control; Quality Assurance; Construction; Infrastructure; Research; Bridges
FHWA Discipline: 
Construction and Project Management
TRB Subject Area: 
Pavements, Construction, Research

Contact Information

First Name: 
Katherine
Last Name: 
Petros
Telephone: 
(202) 493-3154
Email Address: 
Team: 
Infrastructure Analysis and Construction Team
Office:
Office of Infrastructure Research and Development
Office Code: 
HRDI-20

Project Details

Project Description: 

State highway administrations do not currently have an objective way to determine how well their quality assurance programs and their specifications are working. A procedure has been developed to assist State highway administrations and Federal Highway Administration Divisions in evaluating the effectiveness of construction quality assurance programs and specifications. The procedure (see "Procedure for Monitoring and Improving the Effectiveness of QA Specifications" in Transportation Research Record 1813) calls for data analysis of the State's construction quality database to determine whether what the State wants (in terms of construction quality) is actually being specified by the State and delivered by the contractor. The procedure can be used to quantify the effectiveness of a quality assurance program, while at the same time identifying problem areas so they can be corrected. It also has the potential for use as a benchmarking tool for State highway agencies. The procedure was used to analyze the Florida Department of Transportation's Construction Quality Reporting (CQR) database, and make recommendations to that State. This is an activity that calls for analyzing various States' databases, making recommendations for quality assurance program improvements, and promoting good database development and analysis.

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