It is customary for quality assurance and quality control to be understood as a process or system which is adopted during the execution of the works in order to ensure that the deliverables are to Client’s expectations.
The quality attained at realization is a function directly related to the quality attained at every step during the project life cycle. Quality needs to be monitored throughout the whole project life cycle and not during the execution phase only.
The staged approach to a project allows key milestones where holistic reviews of design, cost and timing are taking place. This in itself is used as a quality review together with interim review meetings held during each individual stage. These meetings all lead to a better understanding between the team members as to how the realized project should look and feel. Prior to execution on site this look and feel is translated into technical specifications which are of fundamental importance since the specification documents translate to contractors what the Client wants to buy.
At iAS we have also developed our own in house quality assurance system which basically translates the technical specifications forming part of the contract into a quality assurance matrix and a number of check- list. We prefer adopting a quality assurance model by element rather than trade which by experience has proved to allow more traceability while reducing the required paperwork.
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