TRAINING LEVEL: Intermediate
CLASS SIZE: Minimum: 20 Maximum: 30
NOTES:This course replaces NHI course #134064 Transportation Construction Quality Assurance.
Construction materials account for about 50% of Federal-aid spending (FHWA internal review citation here). Therefore, it is critical for States to have a quality assurance (QA) program to ensure that projects perform as expected and are long lasting. In fact, all States are required to have a QA program for Federal-aid projects on the NHS (23 CFR 637), but risks and inconsistencies in those programs present significant challenges to maintaining levels of quality in materials and project-produced materials such as asphalt, concrete, aggregate and soil.
NHI 131141 Quality Assurance for Highway Construction Projects helps you (1) understand the impact and importance of operating a sound quality assurance program, (2) realize the associated risks to payment, and (3) recognize risks to infrastructure performance. During the course you will consistently apply quality assurance concepts and identify strengths and weaknesses in your own agency's QA program.
This new 2-day instructor-led course prepares you to identify and use the six core elements of a quality assurance program for all types of highway projects, from the simplest to most complex. All the course content, including risk-based content, is related to practical experiences and provides numerous opportunities to share and learn from other participants. Topics include:
-Basics of quality assurance
-Quality assurance program requirements including industry and agency support, the six core elements of a program, and the use of QA specifications
-Quality control and acceptance including contractor and agency roles and responsibilities; QC plans; sampling, testing, and inspection; and control charts
-Using data to measure quality including collecting data, analyzing data, interpreting data, and quantifying data variability
-Payment including percent within limits and pay factors
-Verification and materials testing dispute resolution
This is an intermediate-level course for personnel with at least one year's experience working with transportation materials and construction who apply QA specifications on transportation construction projects.
Typical attendees include: Federal, state, and local agency materials and construction staff including inspectors, lab personnel, field technicians, and project managers, as well as Headquarters' engineers and Region- or District-level engineers and technicians.
Secondary audiences that will benefit from the course and add value to discussions include contractor personnel, particularly their quality control managers. Additionally, consultants working for contractors or the agency as part of the quality assurance program could benefit.
If you have questions about this NHI training, please contact NHI at firstname.lastname@example.org or 877.558.6873.