Tips for Creating a Construction Quality Control Plan
Here are some final tips before you begin collaborating to either create a quality control plan or make adjustments to your existing construction industry quality program.
Communicate clearly and effectively
Communication and quality control go hand in hand, and this can’t be stressed enough. Without a plan to effectively communicate policy, compliance, safety standards, and building expectations, quality control will be an endless process. Quality control should be a part of all communications and discussions about project specifications, and all contractors and involved parties should clearly understand what is expected of them.
Project managers need to identify what kind of communications, how frequent these communications occur, and the manner in which messages are transmitted across the organization. Any monitoring and surveillance activities must be clearly indicated within your quality control plan, as well as expectations placed on subcontractors and suppliers.
Communications with builders and clients must also be exceptional because clients are the deciding factor of whether or not a project was executed according to their standards. When construction project managers collect client specifications there should be a plan in place to communicate these expectations with crews and individuals that are affected.
Have a backup plan
Having a backup plan (or multiple backup plans) is often overlooked, especially when processes, suppliers, and workflows have become well established over a long period of time. But as we well know, no construction project ever goes according to plan. Having a back up plan or a series of backup plans in place and communicated to applicable teams can help avoid costly mistakes and tough client conversations.
Record any backup plans within a management system and keep a record of when and how any of these back up plans were implemented. Making sure all parties are on the same page with defined backup plans ensures quality construction.
Use technology to streamline processes
In light of the current supply chain environment that is plagued by disruption and slow communications, construction industry professionals would be wise to invest in tech solutions that can help make construction quality control management more streamlined and efficient.
Many of the practices involved with quality control management involve careful planning and execution as well as unmatched communication protocols. Technology can help construction companies enhance quality control management with features like automation, accessibility and visibility.
Analyzing data is an important part of reviewing quality control processes and making improvements along the way. Platforms that provide a holistic view of data in a single interface provides insights into new areas so that information gathered from multiple projects, vendors, and suppliers can be turned into actionable information.
According to McKinsey, inefficiencies and wasted resources are common among organizations that rely on manual processes instead of automatic data processing. Bringing technology into the construction quality control management process can reduce efforts, lower costs, and build trust between construction companies and their clients.