Improving the Quality of Construction - a guide for actions, 2004. Electronic version in encrypted PDF.
SUMMARY A best-practice approach to help solve a worldwide lack of Quality of Construction calls for action by FIDIC, FIDIC Member Associations, firms and international financing agencies.
A survey on verifying the extent of the problem within Member Associations and client organizations was conducted by the Task Force during April to June, 2001. The results of the survey, presented at the FIDIC 2001 Annual Conference, confirmed that a problem did in fact exist on a global scale. The Task Force subsequently started work on the development of a guide for actions. FIDIC has issued many publications which reflect on quality including guides, agreements, policy statements, contract documents, procedures and advice. The approach taken for this guide was to:
FIDIC believes that construction must be sustainable, and to this end, it is the federation's policy that each party in the construction process must be committed to satisfying its obligations with respect to achieving Quality of Construction. Quality of Construction in this context is defined as that quality, which meets or exceeds the requirements of the employer, as specified in the contract documents, while complying with law, codes, standards and regulatory policy that apply to the contract for construction. FIDIC also supports the following statement taken from the American Association of Civil Engineers publication Quality in the constructed project - a guide for owners, developers and constructors:"Quality in the constructed project is achieved when the project team works together to fulfill their responsibilities to complete the project objectives in a manner that satisfies the requirements of each participant. The agreement between the owner and design professionals, and the contract between the owner and constructor, are the cornerstones of project quality The process of developing these documents provides a structured forum for participants to express their requirements and align their interests. As a project proceeds, these documents are a key source of understanding for project objectives and the responsibilities of each team member. The level of project quality is directly related to the clarity with which the team members understand and express their requirements."
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