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Quality Management in Construction Projects, Second Edition - pdf

It is almost 12 years since my book entitled Quality Management in Construction Projects was published. The response was encouraging and many people appreciated the book as it was totally devoted to quality management in construction projects. I am happy and feel honored that I could share my knowledge, which helped many readers in their day-to-day professional activities related to quality in construction projects.

Since then, ISO 9000:2008 has been revised and ISO 9000:2015 has already been published.

The revised QMS focuses extensively on risk-based thinking that has to be considered from the beginning and throughout the life cycle of a project.

There were certain quality-related topics such as customer relationship, supplier management, quality audits, tools for construction projects, and quality management during each phase of the project life cycle that was missing in the first edition, which I feel are important. Further, some of the figures and tables need to be updated to make for a comprehensive understanding of the subject.

The new edition is divided into seven chapters as before; however, additional sections have been added to update the information provided in the earlier edition.

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Quality Management in Construction Projects, Second Edition - pdf book - By: Abdul Razzak Rumane

Book Description

Chapter 1 presents an overview of quality and is focused on the historical importance and background of quality that has moved in its different forms through distinct phases under a bewildering array of names such as inspection, statistical quality control, quality assurance, and strategic quality management, leading to the concept of total quality management (TQM).

A brief description of various quality control tools with representative figures is included in this part to illustrate their applications in practical usage. Periodical changes in the quality system and cultural changes needed in various areas to meet TQM are also discussed. The chapter also includes principles and basic components of TQM.

There are prominent researchers and practitioners, known as “quality gurus,” whose works have dominated the quality movement. This part elaborates on the contribution of their philosophies, methods, and approaches in addressing specific quality issues. It also includes quality information systems and factors related to quality in the use of CAD software. Customer relationship, supplier management, and risk management are added in this chapter, which was not included in the previous edition. Quality function deployment technique is discussed in order to know how this can be applied by construction project design professionals.

An introduction to Six Sigma and a brief introduction to TRIZ are also included. Basic value-engineering-related topics such as the objectives of value engineering, timings of value engineering, and the benefits of value engineering are also discussed.

Chapter 2 is concerned with the quality management system. It gives a brief introduction to standards and standardization bodies, the ISO certification process, and the integrated quality management system. It also includes information on quality audits not included in the earlier edition. The chapter also covers the cost of quality.

In Chapter 3, project definition, types of construction projects, and comparisons between construction and manufacturing are discussed. Tools for construction projects are added in the chapter, which was not covered in the earlier edition.

This includes design tools, project control tools, material control tools, and lean tools; 5S for construction projects is also discussed. This part defines systems engineering, its principles, and its applications and approach to construction projects. It includes a chapter on the construction project life cycle that is

developed based on systems engineering principles. It details how construction projects can be divided into seven most common phases (five common phases were discussed in the previous edition), such as conceptual design, preliminary design, detailed design, construction, construction documents; bidding and tendering, and testing, commissioning, and handover, further subdividing into various elements/activities/subsystems having a functional relationship, to conveniently manage the construction projects.

Chapter 4 details quality in construction projects and discusses various concepts of quality, principles, methods, tools, and processes that can be applied from the inception of the project until the issuance of a substantial completion certificate.

Brief information on different types of contract deliverable systems, contract documents, and contract types based on the forms of payment is also given in this part. This chapter discusses the owner’s role while preparing project definitions and terms of reference (TOR).

It includes information regarding the designer’s role and responsibilities to prepare design drawings and documents by properly specifying important parameters and features of the required services/systems. It elaborates on different procedures a contractor has to follow during a construction process. The part also includes guidelines for contractors about the preparation and submission of construction programs, logs, product data, and shop drawings.

Various procedures and principles followed during the construction phase are discussed and implemented. These include mobilization, execution, planning, scheduling, monitoring, control, quality, and testing to achieve the desired quality results for the project.

A summary of probable reasons for the rejection of works executed by the contractor is presented in a tabular form. The importance of the work breakdown structure is discussed and a list of major activities used in the preparation of the contractor’s construction program is included in Appendix A.

The general requirements to prepare a contractor’s quality control plan are described and an example contractor’s quality control plan is included in Appendix B.

Brief information on site safety is covered in this chapter, newly included in this edition. The chapter covers quality management and risk management during each phase of the project life cycle.

Chapter 5 presents brief information on post-handover activities such as operation and maintenance.

Chapter 6 discusses facility management and Chapter 7 relates to an assessment of quality.

The book, I am certain, will meet the requirements of construction professionals, students, and academics and satisfy their needs.

Quality Management in Construction Projects Contents

  • 1. Overview of Quality
  • 2. Quality Management System
  • 3. Construction Projects
  • 4. Quality in Construction Projects
  • 5. Operation and Maintenance
  • 6. Facility Management
  • 7. Assessment of Quality
  • Appendix A: Design Review Checklists
  • Appendix B: Major Activities during the Construction Process
  • in Building Construction Project
  • Appendix C: Content of Contractor’s Quality Control Plan

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